With the Rockets run of backcourt injuries, Aaron Brooks has received consistent playing time and a surge in confidence that had been shaky since he fell out of the rotation in Houston and Sacramento last season.

“Just developing confidence again,” Brooks said. “It’s been awhile since you’ve played and it’s been awhile since you’ve actually been comfortable on the floor. I thank the coaching staff for sticking with me. But it’s still early. You have to keep everything in perspective.”

Lin’s absence, expected to be at least two weeks, would be the longest of the season for the Rockets, but Brooks’ play did lessen the blow.