First off, obviously it wasn't a great game for JLin. However, after watching the game tape closely, it looks like he had a very good game. He started off on the wrong foot with early foul trouble. He gets called for the block on Pierce when he clearly beats him there and is out of the restricted zone. The previous play, JLin crosses over Rondo and makes a good pass to the rolling Chandler who gets called for the offensive foul even though Bass has at least one foot inside the restricted area. His third foul was another rookie, non-all star call as even though he had his off hand out on the drive to the basket, he never clears the defender away with it. This should have been a non call. Now for his turnovers. He had three bad turnovers. One in the first half where he was a little out of control on the break and slipped and had to pass. In the 2nd, he had two bad passes on the break where he got in the air and no one was really open. What I love is no more silly ball handling turnovers. The turnovers he had were from being aggressive. Also, I love that he is trying the mid floater and not getting caught too far under the basket anymore. Once he gets that floater going consistently, he will be even tougher to stop. As usual, Jeremy stepped up his game in the 2nd half. His stretch of "free throw, steal, finish with the left, then 3 pointer" in the 4th was clutch as was his earlier made shot to stop an 11-0 run. He did force a few bad shots in the 4th quarter, but I just love his moxy and not being afraid to fail. This is just the training grounds for true greatness. Think about it. LeBron has had 9 years and he is still afraid to take the last shot. Jeremy doesn't have that problem. On the defense side of the ball, Jeremy was put into a few mismatches with no help coming. This is just things the team needs to work out. Come playoff time, they'll have it figured out. As for the rest of the team, I really liked what I saw especially in Carmelo. It looks like Stat and Baron are getting into better shape. However, it's pretty obvious that the Knicks don't have a true starting two at this point. Shumpert has the athleticism but can't make a jumper. JR is JR. Let's give Boston some credit too. Rondo and Pierce played out of their minds. Watch and see how they play after this. Seems like the Heat after getting up for JLin like it was a playoff game have let down a little going 1-2. I bet the same thing happens here for Boston. So, even though you'll see headlines of doom and gloom and Lin-sanity fading, don't believe the media. These guys never saw it coming and they can't see it now that it's right in front of their face. Every time he doesn't have a great game, they'll throw out crazy stuff like Baron's gonna take over. Jeremy said it himself, he has to do it over and over and over and over and over and over.
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