Here's my breakdown on Jeremy the past two games:
Knicks vs Sixers: I give Jeremy a D for the 1st half and a C in the 2nd.
Sunday's game against the Sixers was Jeremy's worse since the Heat debacle. The Sixers and the Heat are the two most athletic and long teams defensively. Jeremy has never seen this type of defense in the Ivy League, D-league, practicing with the Warriors, practicing with the Knicks, or any team he has faced so far. He will adapt, figure out what types of passes he can and can't make, etc.. I remember back to his first Warrior open practice in his rookie season. He looked a step slow and not used to the speed and athleticism. Same thing here, he will adjust his game accordingly.
One good thing was all of his turnovers were on forced/bad passes and not from ball handling, as ball handling has been a major problem of his. The other problem against the Sixers was his shot selection. He forced a ton of shots and missed open looks as well. He settled down a bit in the 4th. But by then the game was out of hand. Still it's amazing how many out there say how lousy he was and he still gives you 14 and 7.
Knicks @ Bulls: Jeremy gets an A for the first and a B in the 2nd.
I thought Jeremy outplayed the MVP in the first. He had an amazing swat on DRose and played great D on him and also controlled the tempo of the game. I've heard many say he doesn't play defense, but I don't understand where they come up with this. He usually stays in front of most point guards but when they do get around him, he stays on their hip and contests shots. He did this against Rondo, who missed tons of layups against JLin. He also did this to Jrue Holiday of the Sixers, who shot 14% mostly against Jeremy. This was the same thing with DRose, who was 5-15 in the first half, mainly against JLin.
In the 2nd half, DRose came out fired up as he probably realized the undrafted, Asian-American kid played him at least even up. DRose got his MVP calls getting Jeremy in foul trouble and really took over the game. DRose definitely didn't want to get shown up by our boy. Jeremy more than held his own and showed all his elite level athleticism and his willingness to go at the MVP. I don't think it will be long before Jeremy will be performing nightly at the same level as DRose. Again, the team showed glimpses of what they can be. They really missed Jeffries in this one as he's the type of player you need against the Bulls. He can guard a Taj Gibson and keep him off the glass.
Also, getting 3 steals and 3 blocks mainly against the MVP is crazy crazy stuff. Jeremy's steals per 48 minutes was right up there with Chris Paul even before this game. This is another truly amazing stat that is mainly overlooked by the media and talking heads. You have to be an elite level athlete to even dream about these kinds of numbers.
Even though it was another loss, I'm really encouraged by what I saw from the team and Jeremy. They showed some heart, and Jeremy showed what I knew he could do. The schedule doesn't get much easier for the Knicks but if they can somehow make it into the playoffs, this adversity will really make them a scary team, and Jeremy a scary point guard to deal with come playoff time.
Gotta see this video: Get that weak stuff outta here MVP!