Jeremy Lin expects to play Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns, ready to return after tweaking both of his ankles during training camp. The Los Angeles Lakers have been relying on Ronnie Price for big minutes, as Jordan Clarkson and Steve Nash have also been out due to injury. Lin made the announcement himself on Twitter:
ankles are finally feeling better...excited to get back on the court tonight! #Lakers pic.twitter.com/tWiOWVGsRP— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) October 21, 2014
It's unclear what kind of minute-load Lin will take on in his first game back, or if he'll take back starting point guard duties. The Lakers have a heavy schedule to close out preseason, and their game against the Phoenix Suns is the first half of a back-to-back. Los Angeles plays the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday in Ontario.
The final game of preseason is Friday against the Sacramento Kings, making a stretch of three games in four nights for the Lakers. Lin's return should be a boost for an offense-starved roster that's struggled offensively without players who can create shot opportunities or finish at the rim.