TORONTO — Jeremy Lin openly envisioned a full day off of mostly sleep would completely clear up his sinuses.
That didn’t happen at all.
Lin reported “no progress” in his ailment in recent days, but he maintained he feels good enough to play when the Lakers (19-51) visit the Toronto Raptors (42-30) tonight at Air Canada Centre.
“I feel all right,” said Lin, who reported no issues with his recent issues with back alignment. “I feel good enough to play.”
Lin believes the lack of improvement simply stems from the frequent travel and various climate changes on the Lakers’ current trip. The itinerary has included stops in Oklahoma City (Tuesday), Minneapolis (Wednesday) and Toronto (Thursday-Friday).
Yet, Lin has still thrived through those circumstances. He has averaged 22.3 points on 53.7 percent shooting and 5.67 assists in the past three games. Still, Lin admittedly encountered frustration when he sat out for most of the fourth quarter and overtime of the Lakers’ win on Wednesday in Minnesota despite scoring 19 points.
“I just try to go out there and do my best,” Lin said. “It’s by the grace of the God. I take a lot of medicine with Advil and Tylenol and whatgever the training staff gives me. Then I try to play. It’s not the worst thing trying to play through an injury or something like that. That’s more difficult.”
If Lin cannot play, however, Lakers coach Byron Scott said he would “probably” start Wayne Ellington, while also granting more minutes to Jabari Brown.