Saturday, February 11, 2012

Knicks Win 5th In A Row

Jeremy looked fatigued and roughed up but he still came through in the end.  He had an assist to Steve Novak for the game tying 3, followed by a free throw to take the lead with 4.9 seconds. The Knicks then held on for their 5 straight win. It wasn't pretty as Ricky Rubio gave Jeremy fits taking away his right handed drive. JLin also left at least 3-4 layups short at the rim and was blocked a few times as well. Even for what seemed like a sluggish night for Jeremy, he finished with a impressive line and more importantly, the win.

20 pts
8 assists
6 rebs
3 steals

21 comments:

  1. He's got to bring down the TO's. But should be interesting to see Amare back this tuesday.

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  2. Against Memphis without Love, Rubio went 1-6 with 4 TOs and only 1 assist. I really like Rubio, but that is what an actual bad game looks like. Don't get me wrong, JL will have those too every rare once in a while, but I can't find much fault at all with the great all-around production he had today. The missed layups and TOs barely matter.

    Lin had no Amare, no Melo, no decent backup PG to give him any real rest. He got hacked mercilessly, too, with few whistles.
    Gonna love watching Lin and Rubio go at it for years to come! Two great PGs with different styles.

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    1. Regardless, in his last 4 games, it's games of 8 TO, 2 TO, 6 TO and 6 TO. That and being stronger to the left (e.g., consistently being able to dribble twice while going left, layups with left hand) appear to be what he needs to work on.

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  3. Come on Paul, don't delete my comment just because you can't handle some criticism.

    There have been tons of other t-shirt spam links in older comments posted too.

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  4. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/jeremy-lin-true-hollywood-story-knick-sensation-york-a-week-article-1.1021119


    “He’s the Victor Cruz of the NBA,” says Steve Tisch, the Giants’ co-owner, standing by his courtside seat. “What a story.”

    Tisch, who produced the Academy Award-winning film “Forrest Gump,” was asked if Lin’s unlikely rise to stardom could translate to film.

    “There are possibilities,” Tisch says. “Can Will Smith or Tom Cruise play him?”


    ????

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    1. Steve Tisch is Jewish. Hollywood, which is controlled by Jews, loves to put down Asian men. Anytime there is an Asian related movie with an Asian in the leading role(s), the role(s) will change from Asian to non-Asian.

      Examples: http://www.racialicious.com/2009/12/03/casting-white-actors-in-asian-roles-1957-to-today/

      Also good: http://www.racebending.com/v4/

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  5. things for lin to work on: free throws and driving with the left hand and finishing with it. i'm not concerned with his jumper because he has that nice arcing shot. rubio took the that drive to the right away and he couldn't shake rubio off most of the time. it was my first time watching rubio and he was pretty good.

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  6. yeah, i also think it's funny that we think Jeremy had a bad game; imagine saying that after a 20-8-6 output last week...

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  7. I think this game showed what a great player Jeremy was. When a great player has an "off" game, he still gets 8 assists, 6 rebounds (career high), scores 20 pts, and leads his team to a come-from-behind victory, and outperforms Ricky Rubio. And all this after an exhausting 38-pt game the previous night, flying halfway across the country to play a back-to-back game. I am totally flabbergasted.

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  8. Teams are making it hard for lin to throw alley hoops to chandler. They are also hammering lin a lot more. I hope Knick has the medical staff to keep Lin in top shape to endure the nightly beatings.

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  9. Lin deserves a multi-million contract...

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  10. This is for our boy Rubio and Calderon is next.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Spanish-basketball-team-poses-for-offensive-pict?urn=oly,100152

    "We felt it was something appropriate, and that it would be interpreted as an affectionate gesture," Calderon, who plays for NBA's Toronto Raptors, wrote on his ElMundo.es blog.

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  11. From watching the second half, it looked like Lin was being a ball hog (don't know if that is true if you actually break down video).

    That being said:

    1) he did come up with that steal down the stretch, but couldn't finish at rim (don't know if he should have dished or not)

    2) first missed throw, not sure if that was nerves or not. Last year at Golden State, he would have missed both, and he even know sometimes doesn't have a feel for distance on the free throw and clangs one. His free throw motion looks so, so much better than last year, so wondering if Knicks coaches have fine tuned it

    3) most importantly, he was honest about his performance after the game:


    “I struggled a lot tonight,” Lin said. “They did a good job of playing me in the gray areas, making my decisions not necessarily clear.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/sports/basketball/lin-lifts-knicks-past-timberwolves.html

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    1. Also found this good article on the Lin phenonmenon becoming "The Lin Effect":


      http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/02/11/12/Lin-has-pointed-Knicks-in-new-direction-/landing_timberwolves.html?blockID=664712&feedID=5930

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  12. My 3 comments from the game:

    1) Jeremy was exhausted. Obviously. But this was the root of all evils. He was showing signs of fatigue in the 2nd half of the Lakers game already, not to mention this one. The missed lay-ups, the TOs, even the missed FTs were all stemmed from the tiring body. With the way Lin is loading and playing, he'd be lucky NOT to hit the rookie wall before the All-Star break. More importantly, he'd be more prone to injury when his body is too fatigued to keep up with his mind.

    2) Learn to play with fatigue. Which rotation player doesn't have to deal with it? We all know Jeremy always gives his full-efforts with a strong will. But this could be detrimental in the long-run because when his mentality overpowers the physical body, he'd be at the brink of an injury. Furthermore, his game would also suffer, the shots, the passes, decision making, and of course on defense. If I were D'Antoni, I would had told Lin to bring it down a notch in the second half, when he was obviously dragging it, and just focus on getting his teammates involved and setting them up. This way it would had helped players like Novak, Fields and Chandler to be more involved on the offensive end. Lin could had also slowed down the tempo a bit, being more careful with the passes, since his teammates could had been tired as well, and the reaction time would be slower. Playing at a slower speed could help trimming down those bad passes and save some energy for everyone.

    3) It's OK not to shoulder all responsibility. This is something I think Jeremy acknowledges personally but not doing it physically, because you could see how he's been carrying the team on his shoulder "all his life." Being down in the second half, Jeremy really wanted to spark a comeback and was really driving hard into the lane just to launch fruitlessly on those dying legs. There was one play where he drove into 4 other wolves (or muskies!) in the paint just to gased out at the lay-up. The effort was admirable, but had he passed the ball out to any of the teammates, they would had been as open as the night's ever given. I am not talking about a few plays, I'm talking about the mentality of "allowing others to carry the team," at least at times. The real leader only need to take the stage when there's no one else to do it, at the most critical moments.

    The 80s-90s Bulls did not start winning championships until MJ learned to hand the scoring load to Pip et al. I can still remember in their first championship finals against Magic and the Lakers, MJ had 45 but then the 2nd highest scoring Bull was Pip at 17, and the Bulls lost in Game 1. In game 2 MJ pretty much changed his attitude from the start, passing the ball out whenever he touched it. Everyone else (Pip, Horace, Paxson, etc) began to chip in from the beginning, and played really well when MJ sat on the bench. Later in the game whenever the Lakers were making a comeback, MJ would just answer it with another bucket, it was easy because he had saved all the energy from the first half.

    Even without Amare and Melo, the current Knicks have enough talent to share the offense. Novak is obviously the dead-eye shooter (He is Bamboo version of Steve Kerr), Chandler runs the PnR beautifully, and Shump is a very athletic slasher. As long as Lin could draw away the focus of D from those players, they could be very effective.

    I know Jeremy is one fast learner and rarely makes the same mistake twice. I am sure he will learn from this game and show up next time just that much better. Let's just pray for him to stay healthy, and the rest will fall into places naturally. That's how Jeremy Lin basketball is about.

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    1. Find Lin a competent backup and then we'll talk about fatigue.

      Lin had a tremendous night despite the fatigue. He now is being played by the "Jordan Rules" in which the Pistons sent every guy at Jordan to stop him. Lin still roasted the Wolves in the first half and won the game at the end.

      Had the Knicks played him 30 less seconds, they would have lost to the Wolves.

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  13. Lin is not even in game shape in yet his first 4 starts he still able to score 20 or more points and high assist... Lin is here to stay...

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  14. Hey, so i can't post my Lin videos here anymore? i keep getting this message,

    "URL contains illegal characters"

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  15. The team carried JLin in the 3rd and most of the 4th. JLin carried the team in the 1st. Its called teamwork and remember Baron Davis has been out so JLin has had no rest all week. When your playing 35-44 minutes for 5 games in 7 days, it'll wear even the strongest of players. You have to give him credit for lasting till the end AND getting the win without their top players. Remember the Knicks almost beat Chicago and Boston the other week so if JLin was there to give the assists and penetrate, this team would be very difficult to handle.

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  16. Rubio is getting too much defensive credit.

    Lin torched him and the Wolves in the 1st half. Fatigue from having no real backup limited Lin in the 2nd half. Besides, Lin got to the line when it counted and won the game.

    Rubio is a good player, but I don't feel that he has All Star potential. The creative skills and arm length are there, but the explosiveness and scoring ability never will be there

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  17. Jeremy lin has been going off so much me and my friend made a rap about him .. appreciate it if you listen to it :)
    http://soundcloud.com/equasian/all-i-do-is-lin-ft-young-chang

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