Nets PG Jeremy Lin went through a full practice on Tuesday, and is expected to play in Brooklyn's first game after the All-Star break, on Feb. 24 in Denver, Kenny Atkinson told reporters after practice on Tuesday.
Lin, who has been dealing with multiple hamstring strains this season, has played in only 12 games, last appearing on Dec. 26 against the Hornets. Monday marked three weeks since Lin re-aggrevated the hamstring injury and Brooklyn announced he would be out three-to-five weeks.
The point guard discussed how tough it's been to watch his teammates struggle while he's been stuck on the bench.
"I feel for the guys because they're playing hard, they're playing the right way, they're moving the ball, trying to do the right things," Lin told Greg Logan of Newsday. "They're giving effort, and sometimes, it doesn't happen. Sometimes, we have a good lead, we're in control, and we lose it.
"I'm not going to lie. It wears on everybody. I walk in there, and I just feel bad. I feel bad. I'm a little bit upset at myself. I just feel bad for the whole situation, really."
While Lin might not have liked how he performed in his first full practice, Atkinson was pleased with what he saw in his starting point guard's return to the court.
"He did pretty much everything, even a little extra afterwards, played a little full-court,'' said Atkinson. "He's going to get that 10-day All-Star period to get his rhythm, get in better shape, work on his cardio. So, good news. He looked good, shot the ball well. His conditioning he's got to work on a little bit."
The Harvard grad is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 25.0 minutes per game. Before Lin suffered his first hamstring strain, the Nets went 2-3 to open the season with him in the starting lineup, including his best performance of the year when he recorded 21 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds in a 103-94 win over Indiana.
The 6-foot-3 point guard has reached double digits in points in all 12 games he's played in.
The Nets play Milwaukee in Brooklyn tonight before going their separate ways for the All-Star break. They will then regather for their "circus road trip" which begins in Denver next Friday.
Brooklyn will not practice again until Feb. 23, but Lin is expected to work out away from the HSS Training Center during the break.