I may be the only guy who really liked what I saw last night. Yes, Jeremy struggled a bit in the first half but I thought he played great in the 2nd. It seemed like he initiated the offense about 90% in the 2nd half and did not turn it over once. He penetrated well, controlled the ball, and gave his team great shots on almost every possession. Not to mention, he really D'ed up Westbrook. You could see that Westbrook really wanted to take it to Jeremy but JLin defended him well and caused Westbrook to turn it over quite a bit.
Lets also put this into perspective. This was a competitive game as the starters for both were in until under 3 minutes. This wasn't getting blown out by 40 at Detroit, like Phoenix. This wasn't never being in the game from the first half like it was for Dallas at Chicago. This was on a back to back after flying in late from their coaches daughters funeral. This was without a starter and many feel, 2nd best player. This was against the Western Conference champs who were jacked to shut down their former teammate, James Hardin.
It was also very significant to see Jeremy play back to back, 38 then 41 minutes. Also, 18 assists to 6 TO's, 3-1 assist to turnover ratio in the last two games shows he is getting comfortable. I see the cup half full and I'm seeing progress.
Also, I wanted to touch on the PER. I think it's a very accurate measure of a player but remember it's an mainly an offensive statistic. That's why Rondo made the All-Star team with PER in the low 17's in 2010 and 2011. That's why JKidd has never had great PER numbers either. By the way here is the career PER's:
Let's put into perspective that JLin is in the infant stages of his career. Even though there are many already trying to label him a bust or lower his ceiling, he is a starter on a young team that is growing along with him. There are going to be more growing pains along the way but that's part of the process. I'm going to just appreciate that I can watch the only Asisan American playing in the NBA and I'm going to enjoy this ride.