Even when Lin couldn't finish on drive to basket, threat of his dribble drive opened up his teammates for good looks at basket.At NBA level, Lin is going to have to be a facilitator who makes players around him better, rather than pure scorer / creator.Dumbo can't see that.
27 points is awesome. Especially since he hasn't played a game in almost a month. 6/15 shooting can be improved upon. I like his 2/2 from 3-point land. Silences the critics who bash him for his shooting skills. Finally, 1 assist and 2 TO is OK for a guy who just made it back to the team on Wednesday. He was playing more shooting guard than point guard. Hopefully he can gel with this Reno team. They lost a lot of good pieces in Danny Green, Steve Novak, etc. They desperately need his scoring and defense.
Lin was CLUTCH shooting in fourth quarter (three and two jumper in fourth quarter, and knocked down all his free throws).His misses were mainly missed, contested layups in first half.
Go through play by play from D League archives and I believe you will see Lin didn't miss in fourth quarter.
correction: Lin missed a layup at beginning of fourth quarter, but made every other shot when it mattered:http://www.nba.com/dleague/games/20110318/RNOUTA/gameinfo.html?ls=gt2hp2021000343#nbaGIPlayHe did have a few turnovers, but hopefully he can tighten up his dribble in off-season and make it as tight and automatic as Law in off season.This article on great court vision says how, in addition to innate ability, experience and practice are important, as is making core skills such as dribbling automatic so Lin doesn't have to think at all about it:http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=5797316
"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."
The Utah Flash has been 12/13 with their key player Kevin Kruger and the Reno Bighorns has no key guards except JLin and guess what happened? JLin steps up his game and scores 27 points when he hasn't played a game in so long. I think this game was crucial in showing how talented JLin in regardless of what the coach is doing. Does anyone here believe someone like Acie Law has the caliber of JLin to lead a team to win? Amazing first game for Lin, I can't wait to watch BB again. Btw, for the person who asked how GSW is doing. Another loss to Phoenix, Acie Law is useless again.
Lin finished with good stats but he missed a lot of layups in the 2nd qtr.
13/14. He's a pretty darn good free-throw shooter.