Sunday, April 10, 2011

GSW @ Denver


With Monta not making the trip, this could be Jeremy's first 20 + minute game. He played well in the first half against the Kings but seemed to have a few mental lapses in the 2nd half during crunch time. I'm excited that Jeremy will probably get an opportunity to play extended minutes in the last two games of the season.

27 comments:

  1. Aman2k aka Anthony(?) got JLin's highlights vs Kings up:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ta8ca_5_Vo

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  2. Well Michael, looks like you will get your wish. With Monta, Law, and Biedrins not playing we will see if some of those stats bear out some truth.

    Great opportunity for Lin in any case.

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  3. Lin and Curry back-court! That will be fun to see!

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  4. The announcers are finally recognizing that Lin makes significant contributions on defense. I think the more Lin plays, the more he will win the coaching staff and media over.

    You would think that Lin surely will get 20 mins of playing time given that Monta is out, but then again, this is Keith Smart, the most unpredictable coach in the league. Who knows what he's going to do? It wouldn't surprise me if Lin got a DNP (or played all 48 minutes).

    I've been saying ever since the Warriors were officially eliminated from playoff contention that playing the starters so much in meaningless games will only expose them to a serious injury for no reason. It was only a matter of time. Monta was already having a bad game due to his ankle injury (from playing tons of minutes in meaningless games). It's ultimately the coach's responsibility to say no to Monta wanting to come in.

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  5. Quote by Keith Smart:
    "I would say that anywhere else, other than right here, people would look at it and say it was a good season. I've done everything I could possibly do, and for some strange reason, people (don't recognize it). Anywhere else in the country, people would say we are moving in the right direction."
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/10/SPAS1ITSEP.DTL

    Wow, I don't even know what to say to that. Keith Smart is probably a decent person, but he doesn't know what he's doing when it comes to coaching. He is clueless, and his comments show that.

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  6. Joe Lacob is pretty good about answering his email (or at least someone in his office does it.)

    "Thank you for your e-mail. Jeremy is a valued part of our team and has a great future in this league (my opinion). All basketball decisions will be made after the season but I suspect Jeremy Lin will be with us next year. -Joe"

    Hard to tell which way to take his comments. Frankly, I still feel he might be better off with another team.

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  7. I find it difficult to agree with Smart on his assertion that this was a better season comparing to last year. It's a pretty low standard to compare it to, especially when you consider the addition of David Lee. Anyone who follows this team closely remembers during the preseason Monta played 53 minutes in one game. I know Monta is not Kobe, but he is Kobe on this team. Imagin playing Kobe 53 min in a preseason game and tell me that's good coaching.

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  8. I really don't think you guys have to worry. keith smart is not going to be the coach next year. anyone who follows the warriors politics closely can see the writing on the wall. I'll give anyone 10:1 on a bet on this (min $500)

    joe lacob is one of jeremy lin's biggest fans. the warriors picking up the second contract year option is also pretty much guaranteed too.

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  9. "Monta Ellis released from hospital this a.m. after suffering Grade 2 concussion in last night’s game. Will miss final two games of season."

    comment #21 (http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2011/04/10/consistent-inconsistency-warriors-103-kings-104/)

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  10. It's going to be interesting match up if George Karl decides to go small with both Lawson and Felton up tempo game play and how Lin and Curry will defensively match against them.

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  11. Well it'll probably start with Curry and Williams. And then Lin off the bench. If Reggie gets burnt too badly Lin will probably come in.

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  12. lin will probably come off the bench and get 10+ mins at most. this is smart we're talking about.

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  13. Any way we can see this game online?

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  14. yeah, I'm aka "aman2k". My goal is to have Lin's highlights posted one hour after the conclusion of the games. Unless I attend Wednesday's season ending game at Oracle, then I'll be delayed a bit.

    I suspect Lin will get more minutes than usual today, but Reggie Williams will most likely start the game.

    I consider the Warriors did have a successful season. (it's not like they're a perennial title contender every year).

    My theory of an NBA team signing a new asian player instantly improves their record from the previous season - remains to be true.

    The signing of the following players all improved their team's records: Yao Ming, Wang Zhizhi, Mengke Bateer, Yutah Tabuse, Ha Seung Jin, Sun Yue... and now Jeremy Lin.

    (with the exception of Yi, whose team had identical record)

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  15. http://www.csnbayarea.com/04/11/11/Lin-might-be-third-guard-Warriors-are-lo/landing_warriors.html?blockID=501921&feedID=2497

    Very interesting article... Does Monta have faith in Lin???

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  16. Jeremy has played 9 min in the first half.. looked very scrappy on defence and on the boards. Is 0 for 3 missing two jumpshots and a contested lay up. However he has shot with confidence and at times took control of the offence. Hoping for more pt next half.

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  17. JLin in to play the 4th quarter, does not look good at all. Warriors bench is very outmatched by Nuggets players who rarely score in double figures.

    His shot is not looking good. Needs to work on his shot in the offseason, it looks like he's still pushing the ball with his palm instead of using his jump to get the ball up. There's not much backspin on it.
    He needs to work on that in the offseason.

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  18. I think Lin is holding his own against Denver starters.

    What you are seeing is 1) Dumbo's lack of real offensive and defensive schemes, and 2) the Warriors porous, gimmicky defense.

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  19. Lin is reduced to drive and kick by Dumbo, and Coach Musselman has already showed he can contribute much more on offense, IF you have a real coach with real offensive and defensive schemes.

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  20. Plus, Warriors are down by 20 and Lin's plus minus for game is still only -11.

    Law would probably over -30 in same situation.

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  21. Jeremy, if you read this, please start believing in yourself. You've shown all of us that you can shoot and we all know you can do better. Play your game and things will fall into place. Don't let people intimidate you out of your game. In sports, you have to play "in the zone" to play at your best. If you're open, your instinct is to pull up and shoot (like in college and dLeague). Let that instinct take over. Don't over-analyze or let people get in your head. That will only make you keep doubting yourself on the court. Just play your game and let your instincts take over.

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  22. needs to work on jump shot and finish layups off glass. Free throws looking a lot better.

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  23. He should also work on some post moves down low. He's bigger than most point guards.
    If he can't drive around the smaller guys, maybe he can back them down and hit the turnaround jumper.
    Andre Miller and Sam Cassell made a career out of guard post ups.

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  24. When Aman2k compiles highlights, I hope he includes all of the drive and kicks Lin created in fourth quarter.

    He was able to drive without turning over the ball, and seemed to put the ball on target when he kicked ball.

    Looks like he got a lot of pretty good open looks for teammates, they just couldn't hit shots.

    I'd like to see Lin start with Curry and Udoh and Lee and have Reggie come off bench with Bell. At NBA level, Lin is going to be a facilitator, not creator, and his offensive effectiveness will depend upon having talented teammates around him, that actually complement each othe on court.

    Lin's defensive effectiveness, I suspect, will also go up with Udoh behind him. Lin can also probably keep a few fouls off of Udoh by successfully denying initial penetration into the paint.

    Commentator for Utah Flash D-League game, I think, said he was a good 6 4 in height, and when he walked by Lin in hall, was surprised that Lin was actually slightly taller than him. Sounds like Lin should really be listed at 6 4 or 6 5 with sneakers, rather than the typical 6 3 that seems to show up in stats.

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  25. I'd like to see Lin start with Curry and Udoh and Lee and have Reggie come off bench with Bell.

    I meant for final Portland game just to see what happens.

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  26. ^^ ummm yeah, that's not going to happen.

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