Jeremy Lin could be headed to the D-League soon

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Stephen Curry’s ankle sprain will heal eventually, and when it does Jeremy Lin could be headed to Reno and the D-League.

You remember Lin, the Harvard star and Summer League sensation who was invited to camp and fought his way on to the Warriors roster with hustle and effort? The Warriors think he could be a quality backup/rotation point guard down the line.

But not right now. When Curry went down the Warriors immediately signed journeyman Acie Law rather than give key minutes to Lin. Right now Lin is the mop-up, third-string point guard who has played eight total minutes in the last five games combined. He needs some experience and seasoning at the next level.

That means the D-League, according to Comcast Bay Area.

When asked recently whether the Warriors were considering sending Lin to the team’s affiliate in Reno, Warriors general manager Larry Riley responded: “It’s possible. I’d say that’s something that’s on the table.”

If they sent him to Reno he’d play for former Warriors (and Kings) coach Eric Musselman, who has some knowledge to pass along. It could be what he needs to make the next step forward.

Chris Paul, after breaking finger, intends to play in Clippers preseason game tomorrow

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Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.

The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.

Here’s confirmation.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.

Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.

Report: David Lee, Tyler Zeller in line to start for Celtics; Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko out of rotation

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 08: David Lee of Boston Celtics attacks during the friendlies of the NBA Global Games 2015 basketball match between Real Madrid and Boston Celtics at Barclaycard Center on October 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.

It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:

it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.

That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.

Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.

Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.

I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.

This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.