Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Knicks @ Cavs

Against the Bobcats, JLin plays 6 minutes and outscores Melo, Shumpert, and Bibby. Gotta hope Baron waits one more game to come back and we get another blow out for JLin to get minutes against the Cavs.

Check out JLin's garbage time total stats for the season:

21 minutes
17 pts
4-7 fg-fga 57%
9-10 ft-fta 90%
4 rebs
6 assists
1 steal
1 block
4 TO's


36 comments:

  1. Even if Lin shot 0% on 3 pointers, those are still excellent numbers. What really impresses me is that Lin has produced those numbers in extremely short stints and without knowing if he is even going to play. I am willing to forgive poor production from NBA players if their minutes are low and wildly inconsistent, but Jeremy Lin has been super consistent. He is making it impossible for the Knicks to keep him off the floor.
    It would be interesting to see what would happen if Lin started getting minutes when the game's outcome has not yet been decided. I suspect that while his overall stat line would diminish, his production toward getting the win would stay the same.

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  2. Video of the game vs the Bobcats is up:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PTLqq0vr84

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  3. Also topic of should the Knicks play Jeremy Lin more is being discussed here:

    http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=1155576

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    1. Our boy is ready to take the knicks to elite status. Dribble penetrate and dish it to the open guy...that's as pure as it gets and #17 got the eye of the tiger. Bibby should retire, quietly, cuz it's embarrassing.

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  4. well, with the Jekyll/Hyde Knicks, Lin may get more minutes than I thought since the Knicks are likely to blow out or get blown out by 20 pts.

    For the doubters, Jeremy Lin made a very tough midrange jump shot with the defender in his face. And his killer crossover was a drive to the left.

    Here's a video highlight:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzTZY1lCwfY

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    1. He really looked great once he found his rhythm. As impressive as any PG could be in garbage time. That crossover and dish to Jordan, though he was fouled before the shot, was a big league move.

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    2. It would've been a lot bigger reaction if the ref didn't call the foul. It could potentially have been a top 10 Sportscenter play.

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  5. Lin is looking like Steve Nash out there.

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    1. Just need to improve his long range jump shot and he will be pretty darn close, in my opinion.

      He seems to play better defense than Nash. He does gamble and leave his man but that's the edge you get if you gamble correctly.

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  6. Before his free throw, did anyone hear in the background someone said" asian sensation !!!!"????

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  7. Lin actually looked better than I thought watching video vs. memory of real time live on tv.

    That being said, I think we may all be being too much of a fanboy trying to extrapolate Lin's triple double in D-League to the NBA.

    The drive and dish to Landry Fields to me seems to indicate his worth to the Knicks: distribute the ball and open up other players for clean open looks at the basket.

    I remember watching quite a few of his Big Horn games last year and it seems like he has good, but not great court vision (i. e. he isn't going to be a Jason Kidd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3_w0taTPYg). He seems to pick out right teammate when he is pushing ball up court in transition, but he often didn't seem to see open teammate on wing during more normal sets with Big Horns last year.

    But, that great court awareness does seem obvious in his off ball help defense. Other players always seem to be moving head back and forth between ball and player he is guarding. Lin rarely does that, but still seems to be able to track his player with peripheral vision. That court awareness / anticipation seem to be why he gets so many deflections and steals in help defense and also probably why he seems to be in good position for rebounds, too.

    Someone on Real GM Forum said Knicks staff can teach anyone to shoot and it already looks like Lin's free throw has improved greatly. Tightening up that dribble to the extent he doesn't have to think about it anymore probably won't make him Ricky Rubio, but maximize the natural court vision / awareness gift he seems to have: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=5797316

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    1. Jason Kidd really does seem to have eyes in the back of his head!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3_w0taTPYg

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  8. Can someone explain to me how D'Antoni system works??? Why does he keep players that doesn't perform or produce in the game so long???? It seem like he just want them to just keep shooting the ball n i see no team work. When Lin is in the game they seem to play better as a team.... TEAM WORK WINS GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How games do they have to play before D'antoni understand??? Can someone answer me please........

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    1. I don't know how his system works. But I feel that he would rather uses those unproductive players instead of giving Lin play time. His action speaks thousand words: He probably does not plan to keep JLin!

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    2. As a coach, D'Antoni did not show too much winning strategy, did not emphasize team work. And, he does not believe in Lin enough to let him play.

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    3. Thanks for your answers but i think this is his last year of coaching.....i hope the knicks can sent Lin to a team that will allow him to get some minutes...it hate waiting to see him play but always on the bench. I dont even mind seeing him play in the Dleague rather then on the knicks bench.

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  9. I agree. Lin needs to go to a team that has a good coach who can see Lin's potential and mentor Lin to blossom. Guess this day is coming soon (I am praying)! Too bad. Knicks lost tonight. It's a shame. D'Antoni is the one to blame!

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  10. In a real basketball team, the guards have the assists and pass to the F, C and everyone else in the team. Why is it in the Knicks, the guards have near 0 assists and the Forward has the most assists? Why does Shumpert, Bibby, and Fields combine have less assists than JLin in 5 minutes? Please explain!!

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  11. I can only say that somebody is I-d-I-o-t and we all know who he is!

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    1. is the organization that allow *the* idiot the real one?

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  12. It's a good think the knicks lost!!! This will put pressure on D'antoni to rethink why his offense sucks. One day he will know that there is a diamond ( Jlin) on a bench ready to shine!!!!!!!!

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  13. Lin has been very consistent. His last game at Golden State he played around 20 mins and had something like 15 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists, and a steal and block. If he regularly gets 20 minutes or more he WILL fill up the entire stat sheet and help his team win.

    All he needs is minutes. All he needs is one coach who will look past superficial biases and just give him regular playing time. It's pretty telling that in limited time with both GS and NY that his teammates end up actively supporting him and rooting for him. He's a true leader and easy to root for. He's come up clutch his entire life, from HS, to big games in college, to shining in summer league or D-league, to making the most of his limited NBA time. He's got amazing will and resilience, and all he needs is one legitimate chance.

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  14. One day after the nice performance, we've taken 2 steps back.

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  15. can u spot him?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba

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  16. Everyone go to Mike D'Antoni Facebook page and plead with him to give JLin more minutes. Long shot but worth a try !

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mike-DAntoni/68346759149?sk=wall&filter=12

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  17. Plead with him to give more minutes? C'mon Man!

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    1. How else is JLin going to get minutes if he play well and the coach still doesn't put him in ?

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  18. Here is today's article Mike D'Antoni said about sending Lin and Jordan to D-league. I like these two kids good attitude and am very proud of them.

    http://www.goerie.com/article/20120126/BASKETBALL05/301269921/Knicks-coach-likes-partnership-with-BayHawks

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  19. "D'Antoni said it's easier to send down players like Jordan and Lin because they weren't expected to play much for the Knicks this season.

    "If they figured in our plans, we wouldn't send them down in the first place," he said."

    Pretty much sums it up, D'Antoni doesn't really even see Lin as being anything more than a bench warmer, wouldn't have mattered if Lin put up a triple double in that 6 minutes the other night. The guy has simply made up his mind that Lin is not part of his "plans."

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  20. D'Antoni: "We won't be able to assess them anyway, so it's better that they go down and play so we can watch them play and develop... If they figured in our plans, we wouldn't send them down in the first place."

    You know what, at least D'Antoni's being up front about it. That's better than misleading players (and fans) that if he performs well enough, he can earn some PT.

    So let's keep hoping for 20-pt blowout games so Lin can play 5+ mins of mopup duty. I think when he comes in with less than 2 minutes, the game play is garbage. But with 5+ minutes, the scrubs actually play seriously.

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  21. Now we all know why the Knicks have perennially been a bad team and will continue to stay that way.
    I liked Dantoni in Phoenix when he had Steve Nash as his pg (who really is one of the all time great pgs), but I don't think anybody could win with the current Knicks backcourt rotation.
    Jeremy Lin is probably the best guard on the Knicks roster. Like all of us here, I feel that starting him and playing him real minutes would stop the Knicks from losing.
    Keep in mind that the Knicks have traditionally gotten rid of every high production point guard off the team. Mark Jackson had two phenomenal seasons before he was benched and traded. Rod Strickland had two seasons before he was traded. Stephon Marbury (admittedly a nutcase) had earned a max contract from Phx right before being traded to the Knicks, and Marbury could play back then. Chauncey Billups lasted half a season before owner James Dolan got rid of him. So as a quality pg, there is a high likelihood that Jeremy Lin wouldn't be kept by the Knicks even if Dantoni started him and played him 40 minutes a night.

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    1. the thought occured to me that perhaps coach has a system he wants executed and he's sticking with the veterans and the players that picked up the system well. I don't know how shumpert fits into that category, but maybe his aggressiveness and athleticism covered up his shortcoming (ball hog) during the limited preseason. This can be the only explanation that is plausible. The players are not playing under his system right now and they have a bad record. Dantoni is going to stick to his plan and hope the team clicks eventually. Pray for JLin, the NBA is a crap shoot.

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  22. anyone get the sense that with at team of stoudemire, chandler and anthony in the front court, jlin at pg and (pick your poison) at the 2 ...whether it's shumpert, fields, douglas, walker, novak or even [retire already, please] bibby, this TEAM would operate much more efficiently? Everybody would get open shots. the strength is in the front court, not the guards. Did anyone see what kobe did last night against the clips just by distributing the ball to his front court?

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    1. Yes, Lin would be a terrific starting pg not just on the Knicks but several other NBA teams.
      Lin seems to grasp Dantoni's system, as evidenced by his excellent on court production. Now whether Dantoni recognizes that or not, I do not know. Not all coaches are able to recognize quality play when they see it.
      Ball distribution has traditionally been a problem for the Knicks. Given their history, refusinf to play Jeremy Lin is a predictable outcome.

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