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Point guard problems: Westbrook out, Lin questionable as Thunder, Rockets prepare for Game 3

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    In this photo taken Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook grabs his right knee during the second quarter of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City. Westbrook, who remained in the game, will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the City Thunder’s championship chances. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Associated Press

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    Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) in the second quarter of Game 2 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Associated Press

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    Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) in the third quarter of Game 2 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Oklahoma City won 105-102. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Associated Press

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    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) gestures in the third quarter of Game 2 in their first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Oklahoma City won 105-102. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Associated Press

The Houston Rockets could be without starting point guard Jeremy Lin when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 on Saturday night.

The Thunder definitely will be missing their point guard, with All-Star Russell Westbrook out indefinitely with a knee injury that will require surgery.

The Rockets hope Lin, who has a bruised chest muscle, can return for the first playoff game in Houston since 2009.

The Thunder lead the first-round series 2-0, but the injury to Westbrook, which occurred in the first half of Game 2, could change the complexion of the series.

Superstar Kevin Durant has averaged 26.5 points in the first two games. He knows playing without Westbrook will be a challenge.

He says: "I've just got to rev it up a little bit more."