Jeremy Lin returns to the Houston Rockets' starting lineup Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks because of a rib injury to point guard Patrick Beverley.
Beverley is out 10 to 14 days after sustaining the injury during the Rockets' season opener Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"I'm taking precautions to make sure I'm 100 percent all right," Beverley said. "If this was the playoffs, I would play tonight for sure. I'm going to go crazy over here sitting like I'm a coach with a suit on, but I can root my team on and look at the game differently, maybe see some things that I don't see while I'm out there and try to add to my game when I get back."
Beverley was injured in the second quarter of the game and did not return. Lin sustained an injury that required stitches to his chin but finished the game. Beverley had five points and Lin had 16.
Lin started at point guard for the Rockets last season after breaking out with the New York Knicks in 2011-12.
"I'll still be the same player," Lin said. "Obviously, we need Pat and we need Pat to play at a high level for us to be where we want to be. He has to get healthy. Other guys have minor injuries, too. Everybody needs to get healthy."
Rockets guard James Harden has a sore wrist and back, but said he will play.