Harden starting; Lin out for Game 5

Harden starting; Lin out for Game 5
May 1, 2013, 9:30 pm
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden, as expected, will play. Jeremy Lin, however, will sit out Game Five.

Both were officially game-time decisions as of morning shootaround, although the Rockets definitely did not hide their expectation that Harden would play.

For Lin, though, this is the second straight playoff game missed after suffering a bruised right chest muscle in the first half of Game Two. He tried to play in Game Three but was severely limited.

Before the game, Lin tried stretching out, but he has not shot a ball since Game Three. Now, he'll sit out Game Five.