Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jeremy Takes Over In 4th Again

We'll have post game analysis of the last two games by a Jeremy Lin "insider" coming up soon.

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  1. Mr. 4th Quarter came through once again... It feels like February all over again the way he's been playing.. This dude always balls when it matters, GO JLIN!!!!

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    1. Definitely give Lin his due (especially 10 for 10 free throws down the stretch when it mattered), but there was some Philly blog I read this morning say Collins took Holiday off Lin (his long arms were making it difficult for Lin to get shots off comfortably), and change in defense may have let him get his shot off more comfortably, so perhaps Stat having great game and forcing change in defense (?) had something with his fourth quarter performance (pick your poison), but again, kudos because Lin delivered when Sixers may have challenged him to win game by trying to take super stars out of offense.

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    2. All game long Jrue was stifling the one they call Linsanity. His length and ball hawking skills allowed him to keep Lin a non-factor for the first three quarters. When the new lineup came out, Jrue was put on JR Smith while a combination of Jodie and Lou was put on Lin. If you want to know how this faired for the Sixers, just go ahead and take a look at Lin's 4th quarter numbers why don't ya? Go ahead, I'll wait. Steve Blake's on TV so I can just pause on a close-up of him and drool. Done? So you can clearly see that Lin was doing whatever he wanted with either Lou or Jodie. Lin was coming off the high screen-and-roll, getting to into the paint with ease on his way to 10 made free throw attempts in that quarter alone. And when he kept getting into the lane possession after possession, there was never a change to put Jrue back on him.

      http://www.libertyballers.com/2012/3/21/2892563/sixers-drop-another-close-game-this-time-to-knicks-tebow-carmelo-amare-nba#storyjump

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    3. @ Joe LOL ! It sounds like some 76er fans are crying over the loss and blaming everyone on the team. The reality is, in clutch time, the Knicks and Jeremy Lin did the RIGHT thing: They attacked the basket and got to the free throw line.
      The Sixers did the WRONG thing: They settled for outside jumpshots in an attempt to shoot their way back into the game, trying to channel their inner Robert Horry, which only works if you are in fact, Robert Horry.

      The Knicks won because of their team attitude. And let's hope they keep this up.

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    4. I absolutely agree, but my main point is that some of these coaches may be making decision to try and shut down Melo and Stat right now and make Lin prove he can deliver in crunch time (which he has!)

      Lin said second Indiana game that he and Melo were running 1 3 pick and roll, but defender was not leaving Melo.

      Don't know why Doug Collins made that defensive switch in fourth quarter of Philly game, but I suspect it was because Stat was going off and he chose to see if Lin could deliver.

      Hopefully, Woodson can keep Melo happy so he understands there will be point in playoffs where other team has shut everything down and only option will be difficult shot from Melo (hopefully he has worked out his shooting by then), but just play team ball now and don't worry of headlines say how Lin won this game or that game right now. He will be needed at some point...

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  2. Funny how every time they showed Will Smith, I keep thinking of Fresh Prince cause he look exactly the same now as he did back when he did that show in the 90's, lol...

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  3. He smells blood in the water and attacks the rim fearlessly. That's why he's a great 4th quarter player.

    When most players get tired, they settle for jumpers. But Jeremy knows that opposing defenses are tired too. They no longer have the energy to contest shots without fouling. So he goes right at 'em.

    And thanks to his hard work with Doc Scheppler, Jeremy can take advantage of the FT line better than ever.

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  4. he's definitely getting the fouls called for him now. it's annoying to see other players take cheap shots trying to get him off his game but he just keeps on going. his free throws are really good now and it's a weapon.

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  5. Undrafted Jeremy Lin had a better game than #2 overall pick Evan Turner.

    I prefer double Ds over busticles.

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  6. I have to admit...last couple weeks, I underestimated JLin's ability to improve his FT shooting. I didn't think he can go from a 75% FT shooter to 90% over time. Now I think he's on his way there, and that improvement came overnight! Amazing!

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    1. So many factors reebok...Routine of his shot is better!!! He shows himself his arm angle of release before getting ball. Pause after his rhythm dribbles... ball straight to pocket... nothin but net...
      Pre game routine involves getting his 15 foot muscle memory locked in...1/2 time free throws help him for late game situations ...such as tonight.
      the last component...he KNOWS it's going in....totally in a relaxed believing mode.. It's just artwork now!

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    2. Look the interview jeremylin.net did with Lin's shooting coach,Doc Scheppler, a couple of weeks back. He predicted JLin would become a 90% FT shooter. Said Fields is getting coached up this summer.

      Knicks needed every one of those FTs. JLin should take all the Tech for the team except when Novak is on the floor.

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  7. Looks like the official score keeper robbed JLin of an assist. JLin had a steal late in the 2nd quarter, and threw the ball down court to Melo for a jam. They gave the assist to Chandler instead. Looking back at the game, JLin had 2 assists in Q1, and another in Q4. He should have 4 assists total for the game.

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    1. ^I was staring at my fantasy when that happened. I was like WTF why didn't it change it to a 3? Anyways, he missed a lot of open looks which should have gone in. He could have easily had a 20+point game. Fortunately, he made up for it on his defense. Overall, the Knicks are playing like its playoff time.. which is fantastic. I'm sure Miami was watching this game VERY closely.

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  11. Jrue Holiday is a good defender. He's like the 76ers answer to Iman Shumpert, Bruce Bowen, or Raja Bell. It's good to see that Jeremy didn't let the defense pressure him into comitting too many turnovers.

    His shot selection and scoring will go up with more practice and experience. Low turnovers are a good sign.

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  12. Coach Woodson had some nice things to say about Lin today:

    http://knicksnow.com/videos/858/woodson-ny-82-phi-79

    I like how he refers to Linsanity...I think Woodson is quite happy with Lin thus far, even admits he put the ball in Lin's hands in the 4th even though Lin struggled through 3 quarters, that's trust for ya...

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  13. Jeremy is beating the trap so much faster now by attacking it instead of waiting for it. No hesitations. Would like him to change directions more often during a game, but man that shaking and baking with the melo screen, behind the back misdirection, then blow by his man for a layup was sweet! Please more of that Jeremy. Remember that dunk you had against John Wall with the fake right? Awesome!

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    1. That behind-the-back crossover (and finish) was one of the best plays of his young career. Hope that becomes a signature go-to move for him.


      Highlights courtesy of geraldd39:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7ICoHolZIk

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    2. yea...i love the melo screen when he saw jeremy cutting to the basket. is the same melo??

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  14. I believe next year will be so easy for Lin. In his career he will have such a reportoire of moves to use that he can literally dance on the bb court. Just like Olajuwon, different positions of course. Can't wait for that day to come.

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    1. The Knicks need to make some moves during the offseason. Bring in some better 3-point shooters to spread the floor, so that JLin has room to operate, and the defense can't clog up the lane.

      Anyone notice that the offense runs more smoothly with Novak on the floor ? Now imagine if there are 2 or 3 players, shooting at least 40% from deep, for Lin to kick the ball out to.

      Every Championship level team needs good outside shooters.

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    2. Novak is a great 3 pt shooter. The problem is his defense is weak. He cannot cover the stronger post player. Defense is more important.

      JLin's defense has looked much better the last few games because Woodson has the Knick's defense switching less on screens and PnR. In the past JLin's man would lose the switch defender. So the opposition's point guard number were attributed to JLin.

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  16. What Jared Jeffries told Lin before the 4th quarter (after Jeremy went 1-11 through the first three quarters):

    "This is when you have to prove that everything you've done up to this point is legit, [prove] what you're made of."

    Man, I love Jeffries. In addition to being a great "glue guy," he really knows how to motivate Jeremy.

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    1. If that is true then Jeffries is real good guy to have as a teammate. Will need him to pump up Jeremy during the playoffs.

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    2. Jeffries is an incredible athlete and and incredible person. During the Toronto game (during the Linsanity stage), when the Knicks were trailing through the game by 8+ points, Jeffries told Lin to hang in there and that it's a long game and that they will pull through". And they did.

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  17. Sorry folks, can someone here explain to me the last second of the game, where its mentioned by the commentators that the 79er's team can get a foul throw but did not do ask for one? I'm really confused. Do they have to ask for a foul throw from the referee? American games can be so technical.

    Thanks.

    f.y.i. I'm from South East Asia(basically a soccer guy) and embarrassingly only following NBA and basketball games because of the rise of Jeremy Lin. If you asked me what pick and roll was a month ago, I would think it was some kind of pastry.

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    1. In basketball, the game ends when the time runs out. However, the time stops when someone is shooting free throws. Therefore, if the Sixers had fouled the Knicks player with the ball, the Knicks player would shoot free throws. This would have stopped the clock so that after the Knicks player had finished shooting free throws, the Sixers would get the ball and still have a little bit of time to try to score.

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    2. Wow...Now I understand. Thanks Andy & real-dsb for teh explanation. Cheers.

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    3. Welcome fellow east-asian friend!

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  18. Sixers were down 3 points with 4 seconds left. Knicks had the ball. If the Sixers don't do anything, then the time will run out and they'll lose the game. The Sixers could have fouled the Knicks on purpose and hope that the Knicks miss both free throws. Then the Sixers could have one more opportunity to tie the game.

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  19. In the post game Lin interview:

    “A credit to my teammates that they kept the game close for me,’’ Lin said.

    Probably didn't say it on purpose, but sounds about right that it's Lin's team.

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    1. I'm really scratching my head about what you just said.

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    2. He was saying that Jeremy made a Freudian slip that implied that his teammates are his helpers and that the game was being played so that he can win (personally). Then JW's conclusion was that while it was an inadvertent turn of phrase, he (JW) believes that it really is Lin's team. JLin is the Id, the king, the rainmaker, the Man. What do you think JW, did I translate you right?

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    3. Exactly, since Lin's humility is always to promote the "TEAM" and not "ME".

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  20. That's what I'm about what a beautiful forth quarter performance by the knicks, I love the defence!

    J.Lin was just SMOKING a like shake and bake and some salami and cheese and BAM 16 clutch points in 4th quarter keep it up Lin.

    The fact that they competed hard against a strong sixers team shows me that they have the potential do go past a first round

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  21. Howard Beck in The New York Times on the Knicks' win over the Sixers, which featured Jeremy Lin scoring the last eight Knick points in a close game:

    The game came down to defense, grit and Jeremy Lin’s unwavering self-confidence on a difficult night.

    Lin had 16 points in the fourth quarter -- after shooting 1 for 11 in the first three periods -- and scored the Knicks’ last 8 points, all from the foul line.

    “It’s just a credit to my teammates, how they kept the game close for me,” he said. “Man, the way they defended was unbelievable.”


    I read it once. I read it again.

    And I simply could not get past it. The kept the game close ... "for me?"

    I wasn't there. I didn't here his intonation. I'm not going to pretend I know what he meant by "for me." It may have meant something selfless, like "despite my bad shooting."

    But it also sounded just a little bit like a cold-blooded crunch-time killer. A little like Kobe Bryant. A little like: Of course the ball's going to be in my hands at the end kind of way.

    Jeremy Lin's clutch swag
    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39286/jeremy-lins-clutch-swag

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    1. I'm quite certain, from the situation Jeremy was speaking, he was referring to the team played well together to avoid being dragged down by his poor shooting. "The win goes to the team, the loss goes to me," that's the mentality he's always had.

      Very deep down inside, I'm pretty sure there's that will and mentality to carry the team on his shoulder, but that's not what he meant in public. He's too smart for that.

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    2. JLin was talking about how his team bailed him out. In the interview, JLin thanked his team for keeping it close, while he struggled.

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    1. http://knicksnow.com/videos/863/lin-ny-82-phi-79

      The reporter asked "you had a game like this in tornoto when you struggled, then in the 4th quarter, you really made an impact, how do you stay in the game mentally while you struggling.. "

      then came J Lin's answer ... "for me"...

      again, he didn't take credits, but deflected to his teammates..


      http://knicksnow.com/videos/863/lin-ny-82-phi-79

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