Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin remains day-to-day with a bruised right chest muscle and his status is uncertain for Game 3 at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night at Toyota Center.
“Not going to make any promises or anything,” Lin told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday. “I just don't know. Right now, it's just day-to-day. I'm still hopeful, still optimistic. I just learned my lesson about making guarantees.”
As a member of the New York Knicks last season, Lin was unable to return from a knee injury and missed the playoffs.
Lin played all 82 regular-season games this year despite a series of ankle sprains, but removed himself from the lineup just before the start of the third quarter. Lin reportedly suffered the injury on a first-half collision with Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha.
“It feels a lot better,” Lin told the Chronicle. “Tomorrow we're going to work on some more stuff. Today was all range of motion. Tomorrow will hopefully be some jumping. And we'll go from there. See how it responds tomorrow. I really don't know. This is something that should heal quickly. I'm not there yet. I don't know when I will be. Hopefully, soon.
“The worst part was the spasm-ing. That's gone now. Now it's just getting range of motion and getting pain free. I can't shoot today. We tried to do the shooting motion just to get range of motion. Right now I have range of motion, but I don't think I had any force.”
STILL BAD MATH
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said after his team's 105-102 victory in Game 2 on Wednesday night that getting outrebounded 57-40 by a team starting three players 6-foot-5 and under “doesn't add up.”
The math wasn't much better after Brooks reviewed game film.
“We have to make sure we box out,” Brooks said. “It's all about boxing out. It's not about rebounding. It's about making sure your body is in front of the basket. Because they have a lot of 3-point shooters, there's going to be a lot of long rebounds.
“Everybody's been taught to box out. There's a couple of different ways, you just have to get it done. Rebounding is boxing out and getting it done.”
HIGH ON A HOG
Former Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley joined the Rockets' starting lineup and excelled in Game 2 with 16 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound rookie began this season playing in St. Petersburg, Russia, and signed with the Rockets in early January.
“He's been doing a great job,” Sefolosha said of Beverley. “He's very intense in his game and I think he gives them a lot of good timing on the offensive end, just getting some second shots for them. He got a lot of offensive rebounds a lot of different things he's doing well so we're going to have to put a lot of emphasis on stopping him.”
Beverley played 41 minutes Wednesday and could play even more minutes on Saturday, depending on the health of Lin.
Midway through the second quarter, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Beverley banged knees when Beverley reached for the ball as Westbrook was calling for a timeout.
Westbrook was hobbled, but remained in the game and is expected to start Game 3.
“He'll be fine,” Brooks said. “All we did today was watch film and shoot some free throws.”
Three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant scored 29 points in Game 2 to extend his streak of 21-plus points to 28 straight playoff games.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Michael Jordan have had longer streaks in the playoffs in the past 40 seasons.
The all-time longest streaks belong to Abdul-Jabbar (57), Jordan (47), Jordan (33), Durant and Kobe Bryant (26).
Brooks on how the 6-foot-1 Beverley finished with 12 rebounds (five offensive) in Game 2: “Beverley is going (after the rebound) every time. That's not common (for a point guard). We have Russell who goes a lot, but not every time. Beverley goes every time.”
BY JOHN ROHDE