The Warriors actually played well tonight with all the starters showing up. They would've had a great great shot to win this one if they made their free throws (6-14) and took better care of the ball (12 TO's between Monta & Steph). I really liked Lou Amundson's play. He is going to make a huge difference with his energy, offensive rebounding, and defense. Once Ekpe Udoh comes back, the Warriors will be even more energetic and athletic up front.
I'm a little disappointed that Jeremy didn't get in to give Curry and Ellis a few extra minutes of rest. However, very understandable with the game being tight all the way, and with Jeremy yet to earn the full trust of Coach Smart. With Lou back and Udoh coming back soon, this should really help the team as well as the 2nd unit and Jeremy. These guys will cover his back with their shot blocking and hit the offensive glass when he goes to the hole.
Let's hope that JLin gets some productive minutes tomorrow against the Spurs. The good thing for JLin (bad for the Warriors) is that no other guard off the bench is doing much either. He still has an opportunity to get some solid minutes if he can keep up the defense and get comfortable offensively. Right now, he is playing solid on the ball defense but struggling to get through picks. It's a little tougher than the Ivy League but guarding Monta and Steph in practice should steepen his learning curve. His off the ball help defense has been nice with his good quickness and anticipation to go over and get a hand on balls or giving help off his man. Offensively, he is able to get by his man and get to the rim like he did in College, but now he has to get his shot off over a big help defender. This is where an Amundson or Udoh will be helpful as they should be cutting around the hoop and open for a JLin assist when he drives. Jeremy seems to be taking a lot better care of the ball as well. However, he still looks a bit lost on most sets and not comfortable sitting out on the 3 point line. Hopefully, he can get into some sort of rhythm because his jumper is not that bad. Once he hits a 3 pointer or two, it will really help his confidence and his offensive game as a whole. Lastly, when he is bringing it up, he needs to not jog it up but bring it up quicker, so they can get into their sets faster. He needs to also cut quicker and harder to get open when he wants it up top.
Again, with all that said, lets take a step back and realize what a great spot this is for Jeremy. Remember, Dallas' 1st round pick Dominque Jones was sent down to the D League. JLin would not be on their active roster. If he were on the Lakers, he would at best be the 3rd point behind Fisher and Blake. Most likely, he would be in the D League with the Lakers as well. He still may be sent to the D League with the Warriors, but right now he is being given opportunities, albeit short ones. Let's realize that Steve Nash as the 15th pick for the Suns, averaged 10 minutes per game behind KJ and JKidd. Don't forget, JLin is an undrafted, Ivy Leaguer, Asian American, who just went up against Steve Nash and Russell Westbrook.
On a side note, just received the JLin Swingman Jersey (Adidas brand, runs big) in the mail. Very sweet.