Lin's return dampened by loss to Mavs

Lin's return dampened by loss to Mavs
December 24, 2013, 9:00 am
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Jeremy Lin talks about his first game back

The Rockets knew going in that Jeremy Lin’s return to the lineup on Monday night against Dallas, was hardly going to be celebratory. While Lin returned to the lineup, Rockets starting point guard Pat Beverley underwent surgery earlier in the day on his fractured right hand.

The Rockets announced that the surgery to repair the fracture was successful and he is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks recovering from the procedure.

On top of the Beverley injury, James Harden was also out for his second consecutive game with a sprained ankle. Harden said earlier in the day he hoped to be ready for the team’s Christmas day game against the Spurs in San Antonio.

Lin started alongside Francisco Garcia in the backcourt for the first time all season and his struggles were mainly with hanging onto the ball more than anything else.

“It felt like every pass I threw was deflected,” Lin said. I just got to keep playing and trying to make the passes and do better.”

He finished the game with five of the Rockets 18 turnovers, however, Lin did provide an offensive spark for the team with 20 points. It was his first 20-point game since Nov. 14 at New York.

“I can’t complain about how my body felt for my first game back,” Lin said. “I felt pretty good, there was really never one stretch was I was just dead, just tired at times.”

Houston was also playing without center Omer Asik (thigh/knee) and center Greg Smith (knee).