Rockets' Jeremy Lin sits; James Harden plays through illness

Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin's chest injury kept him out of last night's Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harden played despite having flu-like symptoms, and the Rockets kept their playoff run alive, defeating the Thunder 107-100.

Prior to the game, Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters -- including ESPN -- that Lin would only be available for spot duty off the bench because of his bruised chest. Lin didn't end up seeing the court at all, as McHale said the guard's injury "seems to be just kind of lingering." The bruised chest has resulted in Lin not being able "to do anything for three or four days," according to his coach.

Lin suffered the injury during Game 2, and it kept him out for the second half of that game. He proved ineffective when he returned for Game 3, and he was held out of Game 4.

Harden was displaying flu-like symptoms during the Rockets' shootaround. he played through the illness, going 10-of-16 from the field over 42 minutes and finishing with a team-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists.

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