Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lakers @ Knicks

I'm expecting a great game from JLin tonight. If you've followed him back in high school or in college, you know he takes it to a another level in big games. Don't be surprised to see JLin hit some three's tonight and show some other facets to his game.

Also, as the Lin-sanity continues, it will be hard for David Stern to keep JLin out of the Rising Stars game. He'll likely be an injury replacement or a special add on.

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  2. Jeremy is going to need to his those mid range shots tonight if they stand a chance to win. Lakers have more mobile big man and play better defense on the pick and roll. And im sure they are going to force him to go to his left and finish, so Lin better bring his A game. As well as the whole team.

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    1. Win or Lose he will bring his A Games against any team...Lakers have a roster full of All-stars Knicks has only one all-stars.....I say he will have a good games, but they may lost....but I am hoping that Im wrong

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  3. Just last week, how we concerned of his playing time. What a turned around?? now i'm kinda hoping he could stay a little below the radar. Linsanity is crazy !! He's currently the most talked about in nba !! I hope he could handle it well.

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  4. check the video out

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEwUvE7jpbA

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  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEJUPpumvC4

    MC Jin with the goods

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  6. I want to see Kobe guarding Jeremy. I think it's every kid's dream to face off against Kobe...it must be surreal to watch that guy your whole life (Jeremy was ~9 when Kobe first started playing) and then all of sudden be playing against him and he's in charge of slowing you down. But probably not any less surreal than the past two weeks have been for him.

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  7. somebody please tell bill walker that if the first 6 don't fall, don't go for #7 & 8!!!! DRIVE TO THE BASKET!!!! Please Knick gods, bless this team with bountiful 3 pt shots tonight. Kobe pretending he dunno nothin about JLIN...he gonna know all about him by the end of tonight. BELIEVE THAT!. can't wait until they face off. #theyellowmamba vs #theblackmamba...this is gonna be EPIC!!!

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    1. for the others, this is what Kobe said when asked about JLin: “What? No idea. I don’t even know what he’s done. I have no idea what you guys are talking about.” LOL, great trash talking.

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    2. Come on.. you left out a few things. He wasn't necessarily trash talking. Check out what he really said.

      "What? I have no idea, I mean I know who he is, but I don't really know what's going on too much with that,"
      "I don't even know what he's done, like I have no idea what you guys are talking about," Kobe insisted. "I'll take a look at it tonight, though."

      I didn't see that as disrespectful. He's one of the best in the NBA (with an inflated ego from it obviously) and I doubt he cares much about hype. It HAS only been a week (less than that) since Lin's breakout performance.

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    3. I saw the quote from another article. I agree, it does sound inflated. But it wouldn't surprise me to see Kobe say that.

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  8. I also would love to see Lin guarding Kobe.

    My initial belief is that Dantoni should not assign Lin to Kobe because that might wear Lin out. Yet Lin faced Deron Williams and John Wall who are the primary offensive threats for their team. Wall put up impressive numbers,.but he could not stop Lin at all.

    I like to see the best talent match up head to head on.both offense and defense.

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  9. JLin could make history by being the first Asian American on the U.S basketball team in the Olympics.. That's if he keeps This Level of play up....

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  10. Imagine that! JLIN on the U.S. Olympic Team! Spain won't know what hit'em!

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    1. Yeah man, people got to understand that JLin is not Yao Ming... Different cultures and his commitment and pride should be with the U.S.. China or Taiwan can have Yao Ming, in America, we want JLin...

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  11. how perfect is it that jlin's coming out party is happening in New York, the biggest stage in sports. although it was frustrating in golden state and houston, it seems almost worth it. if this had happened with either of those previous teams, i doubt it would have gotten this much attention. add to the fact that the team is basically winning with their second unit makes it even sweeter. curious how much coaching/attention he's getting from dantoni now. must be in his ear all day long.

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  12. if i were d'antoni, i'd put jeremy up in the penthouse suite at the 4 seasons until he finds a place to live and take him for a fat steak and get him a new pair of air jordans. Heck, i'd ask mrs. d'antoni to bake a good old fashioned american pie and tell the D'antoni kids to make room at the dining table. the boy just saved your season and your job, coach.

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  13. have to add that it's really annoying that players like jimmer fredette (nothing against him) are lottery picks. yes, he shot lights out in college, but i don't get how scouts thought his type of game would continue in the nba. i guess you can say that about a lot of lottery picks, but his example stands out the most. picks like john wall make sense, but jimmer? and that's not to say jlin was a shoo-in lottery pick. but he's bigger, faster, and better defender than jimmer.

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  14. I can accept Jimmer being a lottery pick. He has NBA athleticism and will eventually become a very fine player.

    Still, you are right in saying that Lin should have been a lottery pick in his draft year. Certainly he was more deserving than guys like Wes Johnson at #4, Al Farouq Aminu at #8, or Paul George at #9. I can live with Wall and Turner, though I must admit I am a bit surprised that Turner has been such an utter bust.

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  15. a lot of these guys have strengths on the court that make them attractive as draft picks. It may or may not translate at the NBA level, but I believe everyone has potential to be great and it starts with your work ethic and dedication to improving your basketball IQ. I've been reading a lot of hate comments about melo's "selfish" game and how it's holding back JLIN...but the truth of the matter is that melo's game is melo's game. he's virtually an unstoppable offensive weapon when he has the ball. Every player with their unique skillset can be a weapon with the right confidence and a point guard who can get them the ball in the right spots. I don't see any issue with all these great players co-existing in this team. They have a magnificant floor general who will truly maintain a team oriented focus and will distribute the ball accordingly. AND THE BOY DUNKS!

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  16. I FOUND THIS BIT OF INFO RATHER INTERESTING. BET MOST OF YOU DON'T KNOW THAT KOBE AND JEREMY LIN HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAT YOU THINK. THEY SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDATE (8/23) AND ARE EXACTLY 10 YEARS APART.

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    1. Prez, look at the Profile tab on the top of our page. It's been there for a few years.

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  17. speaking of profiles @JLINFAN#1, you gotta update it to reflect #17 which has now been immortalized. God bless him.

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  18. listen to kobe's last answer when asked about jlin... a little locker room billboard material...........!!!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/kobe-bryant-fires-few-hilarious-salvos-jeremy-lin-174131018.html

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    1. LOL... classic Kobe. Gotta love it :P

      I'm excited about tonight. A little bit of suspense anticipating what may happen. Praying for you bro!

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    2. I can't understand how people can actually applaud Kobe for being the arrogant, self deluded player that he is. I suppose it is better than feigning humility, but the amount of egotism that he unabashedly exudes is downright repulsive. I know that Kobe is probably downplaying his awareness of Lin's recent successes, but I think that, like Goliath, he is grossly overestimating his abilities. He is in for a bit of a surprise tonight.

      One of the reasons that Lin stands out as such a rare and invaluable player is the fact that he restores my faith in what I once believed the game represented and conducts himself (both on and off the court) in ways that I once honored and admired in classic NBA legends. His tenacity, integrity, humility, unselfish game play, his unvarnished motivations for playing the game ...all of these intangible characteristics are equally as important as his bballin skills on the court. Kobe, I would argue, lacks many of the aforementioned intangible qualities and will never be a true legend in my book no matter how many rings he may accumulate. At the end of the day, Jeremy makes me love the game more...

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    3. Which "classic legends" are you talking about?

      Many of the "classic legends" in the NBA I've seen were pretty foul characters on and off the court.

      Jeremy Lin is already a basketball legend. Now it's time for him to become a NBA legend!

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    4. In particular, I was referring to David Robinson, who was often criticized for being "soft" and lacking aggression simply because he did not perpetuate the "dirty" style of play that most big centers were expected to play. I don't expect many people to agree with this assessment of Robinson nor my definition of what a "legend" exudes. Most, however, will agree that he was a classy player through and through who was characterized by modesty, humility, and unselfishness. The other legend that comes to mind is Magic. He certainly was no angel but played with more of sense of sportsmanship (esp his rivalry with Bird which was tempered by a genuine respect for him) than Kobe. I admit Kobe can play exceptionally well, but his demeanor and lack of integrity, modesty, respect undermine his status as a true legend in my opinion.

      But hey, im not hear to argue with you Khuang. If anything, I am here to revel in tonight's win and support Jlin.

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    5. I guess what I am saying is that Jeremy is a different "breed" of a legend in the making...one that isn't egotistical, self centered, and driven by an insatiable lust for the lime light. Personally, I am glad that he is undermining the "be like mike" and "be like kobe" mentality by playing an entirely different style of basketball that tends to be more team oriented and selfless.

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    6. I agree about Robinson, who I felt was a fabulous and driven competitor BECAUSE he was a great man.

      Now when it comes to Magic, I don't agree at all. Magic hated Larry Bird when they competed, for the most part. He REALLY hated Isiah, which was ridiculous because Isiah and Aguirre stood by his side when he was losing to Larry. Then he keeps Isiah off the 1992 Dream Team.

      Jeremy Lin has fabulous character that drives his fabulous game. He will go down rightfully as a Hall of Famer.

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    7. Regarding Lin, I agree. Like Robinson and Duncan, he will be right there with the true bball greats because of his character and integrity which in turn serve as the foundation depth and quality of his game. Kobe and MJ undoubtedly have/had the skills, but i dont think they possessed the depth of character.

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  19. my fellow JLIN groupies...awesome...just AWESOME!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/sports/basketball/coaches-agree-in-jeremy-lin-knicks-unearth-a-diamond.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

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  20. MARK MY WORDS..KOBE GONNA EAT A HUGE PLATE OF HUMBLE PIE AFTER TONIGHT...

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    1. I don't think Lin is necessarily out to humiliate Kobe even though he is obviously aware of the threat that Kobe poses (i am pretty sure that Kobe, being Kobe, will attempt to "school" Lin personally on a few plays). Rather, I think that Lin is focusing on helping the team to play as a cohesive unit again, unselfishly, and with just as much tempered intensity as they have during the last 3 games. It will be a difficult feat but I don't doubt that they are capable of pulling off the win tonight. I just hope there are no injuries and that they avoid early foul trouble.

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  21. interesting article here with more lacob and smart comments

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/sam_amick/02/10/lin-warriors/index.html

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    1. Funny ! Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he regretted cutting JLin and said :

      "We should have kept [Lin]," Morey wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday. "Did not know he was this good. Anyone who says they knew misleading U."

      " ... misleading U." ???

      The whole freaking Jeremylin.net knew two years ago when he showed Wall up at the summer league.

      We were screaming for the Warriors and Keith Dumbass to play him along side Curry ... but noooooooo Dumbass didn't think Asian can play bball.

      Oh well ! The rest is history !

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    2. Lol, but yeah we don't have to risk any $$ in our support for this guy.

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    3. I'm risking time, and time is $$ /trolling LOL

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  22. smart needs to stfu...he's a moron. he had NOTHING to do with jlin's development. He had EVERYTHING to do with burying our boy at the end of the bench while he rode acie law into oblivion. jeremy's too humble to speak up against this punk, but dummy ain't foolin anyone...

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    1. According to the SI article above, the Warriors owner Lacob said he disagreed with Smart (Dumbass) about playig Acie Law instead of Lin. The article also said he liked Jeremy a lot. So this may seem to imply that not using Jeremy could be one of the reason for Smart's firing.

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  23. Kobe's trash talking reminds me of what Nick Galis did to Michael Jordan.

    When the Greek National team played Jordan's stacked UNC team, Galis scored 23 pts in defeat. Jordan taunted Galis and said he wasn't good enough to play in the NBA.

    The next year, Greece lost again to Jordan and UNC. However, Galis schooled Jordan by scoring 50 on him. Afterwards, Jordan was in awe of Galis.

    Jeremy Lin is going to come out looking for blood. Mike Brown's and Kobe's comments will ensure that. Teams in the NBA will eventually learn that Jeremy Lin plays every game for revenge.

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    1. i don't think it's in Jeremy to proof he is better than other people. He'll do what's needed to help his team win.

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    2. I'm no Lakers fan, but you've gotta give it to KB24. I studied MJ as I was growing up, so I know a lot about his Airness and watching Kobe's attitude and demeanor for the game reminds me of Jordan. Kobe Bryant wants to win and he f*cking wants to win...so let's not disrespect Kobe, coz his competitive drive is what got him 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS and that's 2 W/O SHAQ!

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    3. I don't think Kobe is trash-talking here. He genuinely is unfamiliar with him. And remember, Fisher is his longtime teammate and pal. If Kobe says, "Yeah, I'll have to guard Lin" that an insult to Fisher.

      He didn't say JL can't play or that he's gonna dominate him. Kobe just said, "Let's not get ahead of ourselves."

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    4. well i guess it's time for lin in a few hours to make kobe a believer.

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  24. what's done is done. things happened and lin is in a great position now.

    i'm excited yet nervous at the same time to see how lin will perform against the lakers defense and bigs clogging up the lane. he'll have to believe in his jumper when he's open during the pick and roll. this will be a good test for lin against a good quality defensive team.

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    1. No need to be nervous. Did u not read my post that JLin had his best game against the Lakers as a rookie.? Fisher couldn't keep up.

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  25. Prediction ( You heard it here first ):

    For tonight's Lakers vs Knicks game, JLin stats will not be big but he will set up his team mates the best he can and it will be up to those guys to win or loose it ( I mean if they can make theirs layup and open 3s').

    The Lakers got two very good big man inside and Kobe. Shumpert could have a big night since he can dominate the SG play. If Novak can shoot the lights out like the last two games the Knicks will win or loose a very very very close game.

    If Amare and Carmelo were playing, Lakers have no chance !!!

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    1. Feltball, I think you have a well-hedged prediction! You heard it here first. Jeremy again scores 20 points and 8 assists. Bryant will guard Lin. Go Knicks!

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    2. SKL,

      Got to be real and respect Kobe, man. That dude is Goooooooooood (Good)!

      You must have missed my last prediction when I guaranteed Knicks will beat Utah by more than 10 points. Wasn't hedging then ! Was more adamant. You can go back and check the blog.

      This time, don't dare to make such prediction. Not sure Lin will get 20 points, maybe just 15 assists. Kobe might make it a point to hold Lin scoreless.

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  26. From PatLeezy at RealGM:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92iFFbdBMHA

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  27. don't forget that gasol and bynum are slower than the knicks (current) undersized front court. i think we're underestimating our knicks. I for one, believe that Jeremy will continue with his offensive productivity by contributing both points and assists. I think it will be a messy game which will send the knicks to the line often (i think it will be a key factor), but i believe this knicks team will perservere, together.

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  28. More Lin story ...

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/phil_taylor/02/10/jeremy.lin/index.html

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  29. Shaq predicts 21 pts, 9 asts for Lin.
    Kenny agrees, adds that the Lakers don't defend PNR well.
    Barkley said that Lin will never score more than 19 pts again. (ok I made that one up =)

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/behindthemic/#nba/2012/02/10/021012.btm_shaq_kenny_lin

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  30. So LinSanity has finally taken over. I've been following Lin through this blog since he was at Harvard. No offense but the pressure is really high for Lin in this game. Remember the big game at Harvard against Cornell where he only scored 9 points? I won't be surprised if he chokes up a little tonight b/c of all this pressure. However i'll still be rooting for him win/lose. Go Knicks!

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    1. which game was this? the big harvard cornell game the year lin and wittman graduated lin scored 24 and played great. just cornell was a better team.

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  31. A look back at the Jazz game. This video highlight shows the unconverted passes and defensive plays too. He could have had another 7 assists if the Knicks had converted from point blank range.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh8cF-HDc3c

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  33. This is like when I went to the United Center to see Jordan, Pippen and Rodman for the first time! Nothing beats watching a team on homecourt and I'm not even from Chi-town! I'm so excited!

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  34. Q&A with the only person who predicted Linsanity (Part I):

    http://lin-sanity.com/2012/02/10/qa-with-the-only-person-who-predicted-linsanity-part-i/

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  35. It's on ESPN3 tonight fellas. Which means a lot of y'all should be able to watch it, even if you don't have cable.

    http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/source/espn3/#sport/basketball/

    Make sure you're on Feb. 10.

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  36. The way J Lin gets layups reminds me a lot of how B Roy used to get layups. It's not by blowing by people at lightning speed like Westbrook and Wall. It's more of a slowed down controlled pace before a short burst to the rim. It's how even against a big time shot blocker like Javale McGee, Lin barely got swatted at.

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  37. Here are my predictions for J-Lin tonight

    21 pts, 9 asts, 5 rebs, 2 steals, and 5 TOs

    Nevertheless the Knicks win by 6. Kobe scores 25 points.
    Chandler will add 16

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  38. From Joe Lacob (Warriors owner, Jeremy's family friend) in an SI article: "I was criticized, and we were criticized, a lot last year for not having a quote-unquote, backup point guard, on the roster," said Lacob, who hired current coach Mark Jackson rather than re-sign Smart in the offseason. "Jeremy Lin was the backup point guard, and then we brought in Acie Law and [Smart] didn't play Jeremy but played Acie Law, which I thought was not great. That was something he and I disagreed on.
    "Jeremy was a kid that we really liked. I'm not going to sit here and say I thought he'd have 28 [points] and eight [assists] every night, but I certainly thought he could play."


    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/sam_amick/02/10/lin-warriors/index.html#ixzz1m1piBcZe

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  39. If i was D'Antoni, i would start Steve Novak at Small Forward and Iman at Shooting guard. Novak is a better shooter than Walker. In addition Ron Artest is having a bad year so Novak won't be a liability defensively. Iman is a better defender than fields and a better shooter. He'll defend Kobe and get passes from Lin when Lin penetrates. Thats my 2 cent.

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  40. agree. best lineup is Chandler setting the high picks pulling Bynum or Gasol away from the hoop, Novak at the stretch 4, Shumpert at the 2 to guard Kobe, and Fields at 3 with Lin running the show.

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  41. whoever predicted 21, he's at 18 at the half so at his rate he may hit a new career high. Amazing game but the Lakers are exponential tougher on the D than the last 3 teams, you can see JLin trying to penetrate but failing and doing it again until he got through. They've gotten amazing guards against Lin like Blake and Fisher and Lin still outplayed them. With their 2 v 1 on Lin, its creating openings for the others. Going to be a tough game but if they win, it will seriously be Linsanity!!

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  42. 38 POINTS!!! In your face Kobe!

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  43. Seriously...somebody needs to ask Kobe do you know who LIN is now???
    He better Tatoo LIN on his face!! LOL

    38pts, 7asts, 4rebs, 2 stls~~BOW to LIN!!!

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  44. Wow! What a phenomenal performance. Lin is going to be one rich player next year. Let's hope he gets a nice long contract. Congratulations Jeremy!

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