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Lin vows to return before season’s end, but he’s doubtful Tuesday

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Jeremy Lin spoke to reporters after Monday’s practice and noted that while he doesn’t think his ankle sprain is serious, unlike his three hamstring strains, he’s essentially day-to-day.

The Nets officially confirmed that later Monday, listing Lin as “doubtful” for Tuesday vs. the Pistons.

“It’s the story of my season,” said Lin. “Every time we’re about to hit our stride, get into a rhythm or we start to figure things out, something’s happened.

“I’m thankful it was just an ankle and not a hamstring or something like that,” Lin said after receiving treatment. “This is more of my comfort zone. Every basketball player has gone through ankle injuries.”

So who gets the job while Lin recovers? Kenny Atkinson tapped two of the youngest Nets, 23-year-old Spencer Dinwiddie who had 18 and eight Sunday and 22-year-old Archie Goodwin, who’s on a 10-day deal that has five days to run. No doubt, the youngest Net, 22-year-old Isaiah Whitehead will see minutes as well.

The Nets have 13 games left before the season ends on April 12. Lin, the team’s big off-season acquisition, has played 24 games thus far.