Thursday, February 3, 2011

Back to Back JLin


The win over Springfield on Wednesday was Jeremy's best game statistically this year. However, it was against a very porous defense and just a bad team. The exciting part is since being sent to Reno for his second stint (11 games so far), JLin has been putting up some very impressive numbers:

51% fg
40% 3p fg
2.04 Assist/TO ratio
2.9 Steals per game

I would like to see Jeremy back up with the Warriors sometime in March. This stay has really helped with his confidence, with adjusting to the speed of the pro game, and with working on point guard play. His play in the D League has been like another season in college, but instead of Ivy League competition, he's had top college level to marginal pro level competition. He's looked better playing against this competition than he did playing in the Ivy League. I just really hope that the Warriors will give him a chance to play some minutes once they are out of the playoff race. If you think he can be a player in the NBA, you gotta give him the minutes to find out. Has anyone seen Gordon Hayward from Utah play? He looks less ready than JLin but has even started a few games. They like his potential and think he can really develop so they throw him in from time to time. JLin can spend the whole off season working on free throws, ball handling, shooting, and hitting the weight room. So, let's not worry that he is not completely ready yet.

Some nice highlights from Wednesdays game:




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58 comments:

  1. Highlights from Wed's game:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asccJJtQl5w

    Lin had some serious highlight footage in this game! That up and under reverse layup was sportscenter quality.

    Some things that people were looking for: he passed out of a trap successfully, he had a drive and kick out to Green (though Green didn't take the shot), he had another drive to the left along the baseline.

    That last layup he scored, I wish he threw down a dunk. He was open in the lane.

    I think announcer Dan Gustin has been won over by Lin's play, but Ethan O'Bryant still seems to hold a grudge/bias against Lin. Whenever Gustin praises a good play by Lin, it is usually followed by silence from O'Bryant. Except for that awesome up and under reverse layup highlight reel... where O'Bryant got really upset at Springfield's lack of help defense for allowing it.

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  2. "His play in the D League has been like another season in college, but instead of Ivy League competition, he's had top college level to marginal pro level competition."

    Yup, I agree. It's very encouraging to see Lin do so well in D-League, which is top-level college talent or higher, which is way above Ivy League.

    "I just really hope that the Warriors will give him a chance to play some minutes once they are out of the playoff race."

    Here's where I disagree. I mean, ideally, yes. But even when the Warriors are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Smart will still want to play for wins for his own future career. Smart has shown this by how many minutes he's been playing Monta. It's because Smart is playing for immediate wins rather than longer term benefit for the team. (The Warriors have less than 1% of making the playoffs.) So even if the Warriors are eliminated, Smart will still not play Lin much.

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  3. smart is like that bighorn announcer. they hate it when lin makes a good play which makes them look bad since they been dogging him from the very start. remember when lin played great at home against houston? and smart had nothing but crap to say..

    On playing Jeremy Lin:
    “I had no plans (to use him). I looked down there and just felt…the guy works every day. Everyday he calls the coach and he’s in there in the early morning working in the gym and I can’t overlook that. I got to look at guys that work hard and want to work hard all the time and he does that. He’s going to make his mistakes, but he works hard and tries to do what you want him to do and tries to defend some people. Again he came in with that group to try and get us back in the game, it was my intention to not play him tonight but he got in and that was it.”

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  4. Ah, yes, the Houston game where Lin and Udoh's defense triggered a come back, but Smart lost the game by pulling everyone who was working and put whole starting 5 in to close out and lose the game.

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  5. Perhaps the wild card in this speculation is the status of Acie Law. Law is definitely injured but hiding his true condition. He has a history of knee and wrist problems. It's understandable that he would try to hang in there so I don't blame him.

    It might be a win-win situation for Lin. If it's true about Acie, and Smart continues to use him, he is liable to lose his job. if Lin stays in the d-league, the stats will be good and he'll get his chance later, with a new coach. However, if Smart wants his best chance for winning, it may be that playing Lin is the best option for backup pg, at least temporarily.

    Maybe the best case scenario is Lin gets called up while Acie is healing, does well (or at least adequate) then returns to d-league to pile up monster stats that look good to a new coach or another team.

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  6. Watching the highlights, I'm sure you notice that "Eat.." doesn't usually have anything good to say about Lin even after a quality play. The good news is that the best way to shut that guy up is for Lin to continue making good plays. lol

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  7. I think Lin will progress most quickly by just staying in the D-League, because of consistent minutes 2 - 3 times a week, and better coaching (IIRC, Coach Musselman has 25 years of coaching experience, including at NBA level, and his father was a coach also).

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  8. Lin is beasting the D-League and I don't see any reason to go back to the Warriors if he's not going to get minutes. The only thing he needs to work on is setting up the half-court offense. Most of his assists are coming off fast breaks where he's very good at distributing. But he's not going to get as many fast breaks in the NBA. If he can get better at setting guys up in the half-court, his game will almost be complete.

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  9. Agree that d-league is the best thing right now, but I would like to see him get one more stint at Oracle just to measure progress. Staying with the W's though doesn't seem like a good fit (except for us fans.)

    I've said this before, when the W's are out of playoff contention, fire Smart and bring in Musselman on a temporary assignment to send a message to the team to step it up and to the fans that Lacob is willing to make the necessary changes.

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  10. How much better is a D-League team compared to a college basketball team ? I'd say a D-League team is like playing against a Top 20 or even Top 10 college basketball team every night.

    It's not NBA caliber competition, but it's the best situation to learn the fundamentals. Lin has only been in Reno for a month, and his game has improved significantly.

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  11. Disagree with the idea that Lin should play for other teams. It's kind of copout.If you are good enough,every NBA coach would love to find space/time for you. Polishing his skillS @ dleague till ZERO turunover for next 10 games is the best way to market his worthiness.

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  12. RE: Smart
    He is a talker, like a politician. It is more important to see what he does... and he is not doing much. He is over working this starters and is unable to develop a productive bench.

    Fact: R. William, V. Rad., Udoh, Amundson, Gadzuric, and Wright are all solid productive players for 10-15 min per game.

    Fact: Lin and Jeff Adrien are playing a notch above others at the D-League.

    Fact: v. Buck Warriors was out rebound 49 vs. 36 and look who did not play: Amundson, Gadzuric, & B. Wright. (But C. Bell played! ?)

    The additional 10 min rest for the starters will definitely produce more energy in Q4 and result in more wins. I just don't think Smart is getting the most out of what he has.

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  13. Smart is looking for immediate wins and not thinking about long term investment because the Warriors have been in "rebuilding" seasons for the past 3 years. The franchise said it themselves, they're tired of rebuilding every single year.
    Not saying Smart is a good coach at ALL, just saying that looking for immediate wins isn't unreasonable in any way.

    Utah has a kinda of a safe playoff spot, they could afford more trash minutes here and there. Warriors really need wins, especially when David Lee isn't producing as much as he's getting paid. He was an All-Star last year.. . what the hell man??

    I totally agree with Jeremy's current talent along with his current competition (including progress). It would definitely be nice to see him play some NBA minutes again to truly see his progress, that'd be really fun.
    We could always make observations of how one is doing well and dominating, but it doesn't make a difference unless they could bring it to the NBA. Hasheem Thabeet was destroying people left and right when he was in D-League, but it didn't translate. Not saying Jeremy's the same, but that I REALLY want to see Jeremy back in the NBA playin ball.

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  14. Bighorns sign forward Steve Novak and waive guard Thomas Gardner to make room. Interesting though, the Bighorns website says Gardner will be resigned next week. Hmm, wonder how they will get a roster spot for Gardner, maybe they are losing another guard to.....?

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  15. "Disagree with the idea that Lin should play for other teams. It's kind of copout.If you are good enough,every NBA coach would love to find space/time for you."

    unless you're a star player, you need a team with the right fit and need. but even michael jordan got passed up in the draft because the first two teams didn't need a guard.

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  16. wow just watched the first half of a euroleague game. they're pretty bad. rubio, in my opinion is so hyped. my first glance at rubio and he disappoints. rubio is so slow, he was getting jerked around by the opposing point guard. makes me appreciate lin's effortless defense even more. plus rubio had 1 nice pass off a dribble penetration but that's it. nothing a lot of production after that. quite boring

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  17. DO you have a link to euroleague game

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  18. http://espn.go.com/espn3/index

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  19. Awesome half for Lin! Can see positive contribution he can make off the bench for the right NBA team.

    And that simple bounce pass in transition or while driving to the hoop looks like it may become Lin's signature move.

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  20. I second on Rubio being overhyped. After I read that article on how Rubio processes thousands of data points, making him a court vision genius, I went to youtube to find some Rubio highlights, expecting to be blown away. Boy, were they disappointing. I didn't see any genius court vision plays.

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  21. Good to see Lin handling the ball more and improving his PG skills. His assists have been up in the last few games.

    Also maybe Lin can pick up some shooting tips from Novak.

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  22. Is it just my imagination? Lin seems to make turnovers in the 2nd have, usually dribbling into trouble. Conditioning or what?

    Yeah Novak has a sweet stroke, helps Jeremy's assist numbers too.

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  23. "half" not "have"

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  24. how tall is novak? is he a sg? i know they are overloaded with guards and often run small with 3 guards at the same time but it seems lin and novak works really well together in the backcourt. so much better than the two small sg's crap the warriors always run. i would even say the combo of lin/novak works better than monta/curry. hell, almost every backcourt combo in the nba is better than the monta/curry combo.

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  25. Good aggressive play by Lin. But sometimes it's better to be careful than aggressive.
    2 bad turnovers to close the 3rd quarter. 1 ticky tack foul by reaching for a steal, resulting in free throws.
    He needs to know when to attack and when to stay in control and pass it out. He can't always beat the defender off the dribble.

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  26. damn, he's so explosive to the lane. lovin it

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  27. and that was to his left.

    nice pass down low to green

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  28. Great tip and bounce pass for a slam dunk.

    That is what JLin can contribute against complete NBA team!

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  29. lin may get a dd tonight and the rebounds are always up there too

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  30. Damn nice pass to O'Bryant, he misses a dunk. Can Jeremy get half an assist? lol

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  31. can't believe lin is not getting any touches for a while now

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  32. damn, woulda been a nice assist had green stayed put for the pass. and why is mussleman keep running iso for sloan up top?!

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  33. dleague ref really making bad calls, they don't see how fast lin is stripping those balls and calling him for reach in

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  34. So close to a double double!

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  35. Lin hasn't taken a 3-pointer all night. He's driving in on every touch.

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  36. yeah, but he is driving to his left which is a great sign. i think his jumpers are looking a lot better each game and he sure is more confident taking them. good progress

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  37. HE NEEDS TO STOP MAKING TURNOVERS!
    HE NEEDS TO STOP MAKING TURNOVERS!
    HE NEEDS TO STOP MAKING TURNOVERS!
    HE NEEDS TO STOP MAKING TURNOVERS!
    HE NEEDS TO STOP MAKING TURNOVERS!
    HE NEEDS TO STOP MAKING TURNOVERS!
    HE NEEDS TO STOP MAKING TURNOVERS!
    HE NEEDS TO STOP MAKING TURNOVERS!

    LOL
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  38. The IDA announcers were professional and articulate. Much better than hearing "wow" every couple of minutes.

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  39. Great game by Lin!

    What he did tonight I think can translate very easily to NBA.

    I counted maybe 4 mistakes all night, and most of those were from being overaggressive, and I think two were late in fourth quarter when game was in hand.

    His team high +22 probably accurately reflects his value to team tonight.
    Again, probably best game by Lin against tough defense like he will see in NBA.

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  40. Funny comments about Rubio.

    Rubio at 19 was the PG for the Euroleague champions last year. At 17, he was starter in the gold medal game in Beijing and assigned to guard Kobe. He is a top NBA draft pick. He is three years younger than Lin. Please stop embarrasing yourselves with these comparisons.
    One thing I can assure you: Rubio will never be sent to the D-League.

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  41. Good job by the announcers too. lol
    Agree that pairing with Novak would be good. He can really shoot. Lin has his double double if O'Bryant can just dunk. Man, the Warriors really wasted a draft choice on him.

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  42. Patrick O'Bryant is probably the wimpiest 7 footer in the league. That's why he's in the D-League. He doesn't make use of his size because he won't post up and he settles for jumpers.

    I'm glad the Bighorns signed Novak. He and Lin can make a good 2-man pick and pop combo. All he has to do is set the screen, then jump out behind the arc when both defenders follow Lin.

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  43. rubio sucks man. he has no lateral quickness. he never played a single nba game and when he does, he will get shutdown on both sides of the court. he can't use his "vision" if he can't dribble penetrate. he is looking like a fool on defense in euroleague right now. just wait until the nba guards get a hold of him. "reality now", you are dumb as ever coming back here with all your spamming. why did you stop with all the "HE NEEDS TO MAKE HIS FREETHROWS!!" spam of yours? lmfao. lin really shut you up for a moment in here. it was all nice and quiet until you showed up here again.

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  44. Reality Now,

    Please google "Critcal and Analytical Thinking". If the media tells you 1 and 1 equals 3, DO NOT BELIEVE THEM!

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  45. When @Reality Now says: "One thing I can assure you: Rubio will never be sent to the D-League." He's saying Rubio is so bad he can't even make it to the d-league.

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  46. One thing I notice is that Lin has trouble receiving the pass when a defender is overplaying him. He needs to learn how to break free from defenders.

    Also, I wish Lin can shoot like Steve Novak. He hits jumpers with little effort from anywhere on the court. His form and release is flawless.
    If Lin can copy that he will be an NBA All Star.

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  47. Highlights from Fri's game. It sure is pleasant listening to the away announcers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjVHS505QDg

    Things that Lin displayed today that fans (aka armchair coaches) were looking for:

    1) Variety of scoring besides driving right. He had a floater in the lane, drove left, used a pick for a long jumper, and also cut to the basket to receive an assist.

    2) Assists besides in transition. He had a lot of assists in half court today. Frequently he would drive and draw 3 defenders, so he kicked back out to a wide open man for a 3 ptr. He showed great vision on several interior passes.

    I think we got a glimpse of Lin's future game: dribble penetration to score or kick out to teammates. Occasional jumper and 3 ptr to keep defenders honest. We saw how effective it was when teammates set screens for Lin, either he was freed up for the drive, or he could run the pick and pop. That didn't work at all on GS (Lin: Can you set me a screen, Monta? Monta: Are you **** kidding me? Give me the **** ball already!) That is why Lin needs to stay in D-League, he can actually work on all these things.

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  48. even though Lin still has alot to work on in terms of guard skills, only so much of it can be developed in the d league. I enjoy watching all of his games on the futurecast but my gut feeling is that the longer he stays down there, the harder its going to be for him to claw his way back up. Hopefully im wrong but i would like to see Lin get called back up soon

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  49. I've watched since his beginning games in the D-League and noticed significant improvement in his game. He had a few turnovers this game and 9 assists, but more importantly he has handled the ball much better. At first, he would just get the ball stolen easily from driving in, but now it takes a double or triple team to even have a chance. More specifically, JLin before would pass the ball and get it stolen but now with 9 assists, you see how much he has improved in passing.
    Also, I complained about him missing FTs but with 13/14 in the last 3 games he has definitely improved in his shots. Unlike some players who are decent but remain at the same level, JLin is one of those players that work extremely hard to improve his weak points and it shows on the court.

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  50. Reality Now...


    Seeing the Court Like the Great Ones: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=5797316

    Great Court Vision is apparently an innate ability, but honing it requires practice and experience (knowing offensive sets and where other players should be, and also having athletic teammates who can finish when they get the ball).

    Lin may not be flashy like Jason Kidd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3_w0taTPYg) but I think that simple bounce pass in transition or even in traffic driving to the hoop might become his signature move. Adding some fakes and misdirection ala Kidd is probably something Lin can add down the road, but his effectiveness now and in NBA will come from being somewhat unpredictable on drive now (instead of just playing drive to hoop or pass, he can now dish and pull up jump and keep opponent off balance).

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  51. "Yes," says Damien Farrow, an Australian Institute of Sports scientist who is a world leader in court-vision research, "there is a lot of information that can be considered and processed in these situations. However, typically the elite guys like Rubio don't get bogged down with all that information. Through practice and experience, they know how to filter the information and attend to only the most critical."



    It helps if one can dribble without conscious thought.

    "I was struck by his ballhandling," Farrow says after watching YouTube highlights. "One often-forgotten element that really assists a player to process information well is that they have automatic control of the core skills. In Rubio's case, his ballhandling helped in a number of ways." It allows him to devote greater focus to analyzing the behavior of other players and more easily manipulate their subsequent actions. By wrong-footing defenders, for instance, he can deceive them about his intentions, buying time and space at their expense.

    "We call it 'dual-tasking' and it is a common measure of skillful performance," Farrow says. "Many wrongly think if a player is a poor decision-maker that the way to fix this is to provide more decision-making training. This may be the case [with some players], but if they have only average control of the core skills -- ballhandling, in this case -- this may be a more important aspect to fix." At the same time, researchers now believe that coaches can help players develop their court vision by using video tools and practice techniques that encourage them to concentrate on passing options and visual clues.

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  52. Rubio has great court vision. It will help him greatly while he is sitting on the bench watching Lin play. lol

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  53. Warriors recall Jeremy Lin from D-League

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/02/05/11/Warriors-recall-Jeremy-Lin-from-D-League/landing_warriors.html?blockID=404732&feedID=2539

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  54. Jeremy Lin just been recalled again. He's going back to the NBA. Hopefully he'll get more minutes this time

    http://bayarea.sbnation.com/golden-state-warriors/2011/2/5/1976838/warriors-recall-jeremy-lin-from-d-league-reno-bighorns

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  55. Don't get too excited about this guys. Lin's only getting called up because Law's out. There is a perception that Law takes care of the ball, but his A/TO is only 1.6 this year. When Law comes back, Lin goes down again.

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  56. Charlie Bell arrested for suspicion of DUI! Will the Warriors cut him due to this?

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/02/05/11/Warriors-Bell-arrested-for-suspicion-of-/landing_warriors.html

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  57. 3 turnovers is perfectly reasonable when you have 9 assists. it's not so great if you only get 4 or 5 assists.

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  58. 3 turnovers in 30+ minutes isn't bad by NBA standards. Only 1 turnover was a mishandled ball.
    1 looked more like the defender stripped him on a shot attempt on a shot attempt.
    1 was a miscommunication with Danny Green, he drove baseline when Lin thought he would spot up in the corner.

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