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Jeremy Lin “questionable” for Friday vs. Magic

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Jeremy Lin’s return from a hamstring strain got sidetracked Wednesday when after playing well against Houston Monday, he headed back to the bench vs. the lowly Lakers.

Lin practiced Thursday in anticipation of returning to the court Friday in Orlando, but the Nets still list him as “questionable.” Better than “out” or even “doubtful,” it still makes his return uncertain. A lot, Lin said, will be determined Friday morning when he wakes up.

“I felt good today, so we’ll see how it responds tomorrow,” Lin said. “No guarantees right now. Something like this you just wait to see how it responds.

“It’s not anything serious or long term,” Lin added. “Just wake up tomorrow, and if I feel good we’ll go through the process. If not, we’ll just keep on day-to-day. But something like this you have to see how it responds.

The Nets have yet to have all 15 players healthy for a game. Monday, it looked good until Justin Hamilton came down with a migraine. Then, Wednesday, Hamilton was back, but Lin was out.

For coach Kenny Atkinson, he will be patient.

Atkinson said: “He practiced today and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. When he comes in, does he feel great? We’ll see how he does tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Isaiah Whitehead continues to get better. Over the last four games, he’s averaged 10.5 points, shooting 62.5 percent overall and 30 percent from three.

“I like his Coney Island toughness,” Atkinson said.