Just wanna say...The clutch D was not a flop!Anyone that says it is...Well go away :PBesides Kyrie deserves it even if it is...Lost count how many times he flopped all game cause Lin was doing a number on him on d.
Found this on CFhttp://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/Kuku426/LinKyrie_zps8dea5c9d.png-Lin got hit in the face -Lin got pushedClear foul as it seems. Lin could have added some drama but if he did it only means hes a pro :)
And animated gifhttp://img846.imageshack.us/img846/3833/8601a18b87d6277f18c197f.gif
Thanks willydilly, haha nice!
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i'm watching the game now, can anyone tell me when this happened so I can watch it?
Like way towards the end, near 1min mark 4Q.
@k.smith: try this -http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Xkts_GEj_M
And oh yes...ITS GOOD REACHING 20!!! ROX ARE NOW ONE OF THE COOL KIDS!
And a perfect gentlemanhttp://niketalk.com/t/518761/hung-out-with-jeremy-lin-last-night
bto. Thx for the link and article.
@LC,You are welcome. We all like to read about JLin on and off the court.
I just want to say, i am glad they keep wearing that uniform! I hope they keep wearing that. Maybe that will bring them more luck and energy and wins! Even though some called it ketchup and mustard and mcdonald, but I like it! The bright color is So spirit lit up.
and i believe its a championship uniform.
:) definitely. Why not right? Who knows. You never know where it will end up.
No it's not. It's good than the red white.
Lin is by far the best perimeter defender for the Rockets, before everyone thought it was Parsons, but now it's clear. Coach Mchale needs to put Lin in to defend Kobe.
1st JLin highlights vs Cavaliers -1/5/13
Thanks via!!I love the "AND 1" in the 4th quarter!I also like that cross-over step back jump shot in the 2nd quarter =)
@via,You must have the "Chinese Connection". :-)
Yeah Jlin def had a very good game, @ety. ^^[Shh, @bto. Underground source. Needed a secret password to access...]
Great job via! Felt like i've seen the entire game. Im working so i only saw Q4.This was better than seeing the whole game too.All i wanna see is Lin Lin Lin.
Coffeetime will have a longer version. :)
Just a fun game to watch tonight. I know fans and analysts on here tend to analyze Lin's games from inside out, and most of the time, the negative part of Lin's games seem to get over exaggerated. As a fan, we laugh and scream with joy when Lin made a good play, and we yell and scream with disappointment when he made some dumb turn overs, which is very normal. We all enjoy Lin's games no matter what because he's just a fun player to watch. His game always involved all 6 guys on the floor. Not one, not two but all 6, and he does it so well that make the team very entertaining. For all the fans with all these negative comments and such, ask yourself if that's necessary. Almost all of us watched the games. We all saw some dumb plays and yes we screamed with frustration and disappointment. JLin could be absent offensively in some games but his presence on the floor help win games with his intangibles. As a fan, let's just enjoy the show and share our love of the game. This site is like my game day buddies. I feel like I'm watching the game with my buddies, and we all are into it. Yelling and screaming. I'm busy with work so a lot of time, I get to catch the game in 2nd half but thanks to you all, I feel like I watched the entire games because of all your postings during games.
Why 6? Do u count one of the refs or the coach? Just asking..... Hmmmm
Fun to watch the game here. :)I guess when I hear neg stuff I assume it's said in the heat of the moment, prolly while tearing at their hair in frustration. [I can see how it don't have to be that way though -> @wil said as much the other night.]
6th man is very important too. Should have explained it better; guess post's getting too long, lol.
To sum today's game up:1. Lin played great D on Kyrie, forcing Kyrie to flop many times and is Kyrie's nemesis on TOs. Lin has 4 TOs himself but hey all I have to say is, LIN WAS KUNG-FU FIGHTING! Great shooting on treys, fast and sharp release, like I keep saying he is getting close on dialing in his 3s, now he needs to continue to practice and get that muscle memory/consistency and he is going to develop into a legit threat on the perimeter and take pressure off Harden.2. Harden looks a bit cold but then again Cavs did a good job making him uncomfortable, he has a shoulder patch may be affecting his shooting as well as his handles, and he just couldn't penetrate for his usual eurostep/drives. Still not bad from the 3 and he is just to go to guy for FTs, that play where he lost the ball and made the trey at 0 seconds on the clock was money.3. Asik...I'm just glad Smith played big today. Asik can't box out if his life depended on it, really bad on both ends.4. Morris decent game. Patterson/Delfino continues to step up, bought time keeping score close while both Harden and Lin rested...TD can't defend Kyrie as he gets faked/juked too easily though he did stop Kyrie on a few drives. 4Q was played primarily with a starter backcourt and bench frontcourt. I hope this trend (as in bench playing well) continues and Rox's bench develops some depth. With Beverley's signing I think this will bring some much needed backup playmaking and move TD to 2, where he clearly excels.5. Parsons defense is still meh. Still not shooting/driving well and forcing too many shots, and his handles really needs help. I wonder what's bothering him.6. Smith stepped up big time, but all Rox big men still need to box out more. I'm sure McHale is going to get on his ass about his 1/5 FT shooting.
Good that we still have you while wifflewiffle is out with his report.
I just got home and is browsing the site to backread. since yesterday, I'm like, "tomorrow's the game of Houston Rockets vs KYRIE IRVING, and I'm gonna watch just the replay.."
Huh? Jeremy shredded Kyrie the first time they met. And even today, he got him good despite Harden dominating the ball in the 2nd half.Kyrie got about 4-5 of his buckets on Douglas and Harden. And Jeremy forced 2-3 steals on him that others got credit for ('cause there was a scramble or Irving juggled it away). That's not to mention 3 bailout calls for FTs -- ugly 8 TOs for Irving, lol. No one will mention that that, though... He's a stat-hunting turnover machine with absolutely no D -- Irving was ranked the WORST defender in the entire NBA last year among starters. Seriously. Who cares about scoring 23 per game when you give up 30??? He's an amazing shooter with major upside (still so young), but he's nowhere near elite yet. Just look at his garbage team in the the garbage East -- Jeremy led Novak, Tyson, Jeffries, Fields to victories.Jeremy is a player who succeeds or fails on his own merits. When he's on, nobody can stop him. When he's off...he can stink against the Raptors or Hornets. Athletic weakside shot-blockers/contesters like Batum are the only reliable defense...unless he develops a reliable jumper!
@zxcvb - yah dude. I know Lin is way, way, way, WAY BETTER than Kyrie Irving. I meant it as this: Rockets is TEAM, Cavaliers is KYRIE IRVING. Kyrie is a good scoring guard, but he is definitely NOT carrying the Cavaliers. guy's no LeBron.
It's funny -- if you said that anywhere but here people would laugh in your face......and yet one wonders why the Cavs are 8-27 in a horrendous East that the Rockets have destroyed all season....and why Lin is 2-0 against Irving with two different teams (one veteran, one young) despite Irving's Cavs beating the Knicks pre-Linsanity....and why the Cavs did better with Varejao and no Irving than they did with Irving and no Varejao.Luckily, it's a marathon not a sprint! In 2-3 years, Jeremy will prove once and for all that he's elite. He'll have the stats and the big wins.
Kyrie Irving had 8 turnovers and I have YET to hear even just one person from other boards rip him on it... still waiting
I guess you gonna wait for a long time. They will say he score 30 pts. That's alright with his 8 tos. Whereas if Lin score 30 pts with 8 tos, expect a lot of them jump on his tos but 30 pts.
finally somebody did at Yahoo - with 6 thumbs up and 0 thumbs down."Kyrie Irving's 8 turnovers was the difference. He's an amazing talent but needs to be more careful with the ball. Seemingly he gets a pass on this--wonder why?"
In other news, Clippers KILLING Warriors in 3Q, ahead by 30pts...Chris Paul is just scoring treys in Curry's face, 5/6 treys wow...Looking forward to Rox playing both teams.
highlights from NBA. commentators have a lot of nice things to say about Lin, and they show all his 3-pointers from tonight.http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/2013/01/05/0021200493-hou-cle-recap.nba/index.htmlalso, after the video is finished, quickly turn it off, or it will play that dreidel video again.
Lol thx for the warning!
Gawd that dreidel video :/
Oh dreidel dreidel dreidel - I made it out of clay - and when its dry and ready - oh dreidel I shall play!It has a lovely body - with...
Nice compliment from Isiah Thomas in this video. And that's saying something because Isiah is one of the greatest point guards of all time.
I actually enjoy that song a lot especially delfino's part.
I already hate that song "dreidel" . LOL
Sadly our JLin can't sing very well. Well, no one but Delfino had any musical talent.
You can tell PPat's secretly grooving to that when no one's looking...
Lol...delfino is really into that song and enjoy himself so much..I got a lot fun and entertaining listening to their bad pitch...
Jeremy is off-key, maybe that's why he got an (ex) girlfriend who can sing... lol
I have that as my ring tone :)
guys, interesting read:HUNG OUT WITH JEREMY LIN LAST NIGHTBlonde girl's brother knows Chandler Parsons, and we all ended up out with Lin for a couple hours last night. Went out to a few bars, was with Parsons and Delfino for most of the night. Met up later with Tony Douglas, James Harden, Marcus Morris.YES, from all accounts, he is as good a guy as he seems. He turned down plenty of girls throwing themselves at him (seriously this was crazy) and he also turned down an invite from some teammates to go to the strip club. Toney Douglas gave me a free cover voucher but I never made it over there.I post this not because I want to "show off," but because I wanted to give a neutral account of such a controversial sports figure. Personally, I always wonder about Tebow and other known Christian athletes and if they're "keeping an image," but from what I saw last night, Lin is a great guy. Probably gave a wave/handshake/"what's up" every 20 seconds over a two-hour period in one bar. I was amazed at how patient he was. I would have gone nuts. One guy kept saying "I have to tell you something" and got too close, so Lin had to push him away.Couple tid-bits:- the jersey-chasers there were possibly the most purely "shallow" human beings I have ever met.- James Harden ranks Game's albums 1. Documentary 2. Doctor's Advocate 3. Jesus Piece- Asked Lin if he wanted another beer back in the hotel room, he says "I'm just thinking about those Twizzlers" and points at these Twizzlers on the TV stand. Shrug and give him the bag.you can check the whole discussion here: http://niketalk.com/t/518761/hung-out-with-jeremy-lin-last-night
I just read that before the game end from Chinese Lin fan site. Some said it's not a problem if Lin actually did go to strip club...haha..Even themselves want to go..lol
Sorry, but Jeremy sounds boring. You're a 24 year-old male, how about living little? Seriously, if one of my boys turned down an invitation to a strip club, I would slap them. I get the impression that he'd rather be at home playing video games than hanging out with women. Perhaps he has a public image to maintain, but I guess he is who he is. Like that time he covered his face with his hand when he hanging out with Jeffries and Fields. There's no need for that.Landry Fields is a Christian, too, but take a look at the chick he's with. He's gettin' it in, you what I'm saying?
care to provide a solid explanation with what's wrong with choosing to play video games than hanging out with women? is your definition of "living a little" has something to with meeting women.... at a strip club?
Haha...this the one who claim he is Lin fan saying Jeremy Lin is boring not going to strip club and will slap him if he turns down his invitation to strip club. So to you going to strip club means fun character? Well, that's you then. You can't call people is boring just because that? Different people have different character and interest. Luckily you are not his friend.
Cool post. He's just a regular guy who has good morals and is comfortable in his own skin.
As if a NBA player with a 25m contract needs to pay to see women naked, any number of JCs would gladly get down for free, JLin is econ major afterall.
Cxxxxxxx Axxxxxx @CxxxxxxxxxxxWats Jeremy Lin. Avenue poppin right now wit da Rockets n da building11:07 PM - 31 Dec 12JLin do party. Maybe not into that scene [strippers, etc.]
This story is a clear fabrication.The part about JLin refusing to go to a strip club is a give away. Even more ludicrous is JLin declining the affections of various groupies throwing their bodies at him.Beyond his studious, Bible-studying, glasses-wearing, innocent choir boy demeanor, JLin is a PLAYA. There is a reason why a coach once called JLin "Ron Jeremy." ;-)
Even the Houston Rockets page on facebook mentions how Jeremy Lin TOOK OVER in 2nd quarter. Recognize!
ESPN also made that note -> played unselfishly, took over 2Q.[info fr Baidu]
JLin carried the team the whole game. JLin dropped 14 points in a quarter in the 2nd!
I wasnt surprised with the way he conducted himself inside the club. He really is a good testimony to what Christian living should be. Proud of you brother jeremy. May God continue to give you strength in the midst of all these temptations.
Thats not neccessarily religion - just self preservation. Im talking hepatitis, herpes, fungus... hmmm yummi
I'll take both +1:religion + self preservation + family up-bringing:)
[You guys make it sound like going to strip clubs is so bad, no wonder Harden is feeling misunderstood.]James Harden @JHarden13They don't really understand me, and I'm cool with that...8:04 PM - 5 Jan 13
Does he actually refer to patronizing strip club? o.O
@via lol...haha...did he really refer to the club thing? What did harden's tweet refer too?
That's not bec of religion.That is bec of his personal relationship with Jesus.You don't do or avoid things bec you preserve your physical health but your spiritual health.Going to the strip club per se is not bad or does you harm, but the things that happen inside which can get you involved can cause a lot of harm.
And imagine what people will say if jlin did go...though it's normal thing..but I bet these people will make it sound abnormal of him going to that place. So to avoid all these, perfect not to go.
[No just kidding!]I don't think Harden would give a d about what people think.[@lyd - It's not a reply to someone, just a stand-alone tweet.]
...via,these pics ...I guess you are right. He careless about what people think of him. Different personality from our boy jlin. Just glad jlin is still the jlin we know. Money, fame all that won't change him too much.
@jlin74ever:What happens there that you call bad? Cant bad things happen in a regular bar as well? Or - on the backseat of a car? And how do you have a relation with Jesus? BTW:You find plenty of reason to "hold back" if you look at some NFL players. Some have 10 kids with 10 women they only met once and pay alimony to 3 ex-wifes. Bancruptcy at the age of 35 is not rare. Again - self preservation is a good incentive to "hold back" :)Anyway - decent people dont hold back because of religion or because of a relation with an imaginary being. First - how can you have a real relation with an imaginary being? Even priests fail to live such a life.Second - whats spiritual health? How about hormons and needs? Where is rational thinking and moral choice?
Different personalities -> diff ideas of recharging/ relaxation.
WillydillyI can sense your immaturity when it comes to spiritual matters. You say Jesus is an imaginary being?Did u know the most popular Book cslled The Bible?Well, i am not gonna go further in this discussion bec it wont reach a good outcome for sure.but i guess, you are one jeremy fan who is solely mesmerized by jeremy the player and not jeremy the person.You need to meet jeremy in person so he can introduce the so called imaginary being you are talkng about, who jeremy referred to several times as the only One he tries to please when he plays. To quote him, "I am playing for an audience of One",referring again to the imaginary being for you.
Beleive it or not, but Kobe had a squeaky clean image once....
Writing poetry in his hotel room?
"These other guys on the team will be going to clubs. Kobe will go back to his hotel and read a book or play Nintendo...On the road, while his teammates hit the bars, he's in his room alone, writing poetry."
Lol, so he had no choice but to be alone in his room, writing poetry <- prolly curses...
Oh ok, I should have re-read the article instead of trusting my memory, lol. The non-bar going and poetry writing happened during his rookie year.---Extra: Posterized: Kobe's smash on CP3
Kobe Bryant writes poetry in his hotel room?It that a joke?In other news, Metta World Peace does high level quantum physics calculations in his spare time. And Demarcus Cousins likes to read Proust (especially his masterwork À la Recherche du Temps Perdu) in his spare time.
best stat showing the great d lin played on kyrie all night. Kyrie Irving, 8 TO
Jeremy Lin highlights vs Cavaliers || Jan 5, 2013 [Geraldd Lin version]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPBTMM43Fpkp.s. typo in the beginning of the video (it said Dec 5, 2013)
HOTDOGS vs MUSTARD game.Rox vs. Cavs
It's all about food haha
KHuang - guess you can't get over the hotdogs (Bulls) vs newspapers/tin foil guys ready to bake, eh? lol
Oh...no. Mustard is not bad.
Even a bottom team like cav in the east has good home game attendance, why is the Houston rockets attendance so bad?? Tickets price too high? Houston not really enjoy watching basketball? That market is low to me no matter what mega star they got.
It seems like forever this way....lol...when will the football game end then?
well there's like nothing to do in cleveland...
Lol. No. That's not true. I hope rockets game attendance will improve. More people more energy from the fans. And the players will got more motivate.
They've got the team to do it now.Kind of surprised at how low the attendance is, Houston is like the 4th largest city in the US with over 2mil population.
I wonder if getting them Michael Jordan will improve it or still the same. It seems like even in the Yao time it already this low, even if they made to the playoff.
The Rockets have been a lottery team in recent seasons. Fans are justifiably not excited about their home team. Nobody likes to watch their home team getting bullied on their own turf by powerful Western Conference teams. Once the Rockets clinch a playoff berth, excitement will rise.
Rockets home court has always been a fair weather affair. It really wasn't until the first championship in 93 until the seats started to fill up. Up until that time, Houston was known as 'Choke City' by the local fans because of it has never won a championship in any professional sports up until the 93 - 94 Rockets. CF originally was named after 'Clutch City' which was a reference to the championship years!That was almost 20 years ago.... so Houston is not like the other big cities with winning traditions in professional teams.
Wow, not sure why I didn't see this before, but wtf is with 6 b2bs in January, with 5 straight?Was hoping the schedule would ease up, but its like wtf?
The Rox tough stretch ahead. 5 other Western Conference teams' brutal January schedule.[Not same caliber though]
Mac can pull a Pop. Rest Lin and Harden to protest the brutality.
JLin + Team vs Cavaliers - 1/5/13[Blaiyan]
McHale post game vs Cavaliers - 1/5/13
JLin post game vs Caveliers - 1/5/13
haha..i like the translation...good work to whoever doing that..especially the part (pretending to be the coach again).
He always know how to talk. Especially asking about Kyle Iriving's performance part. His opponent definitely should have a lot of respect for his modest words.
Lin's jump shot mechanics look great. Maybe I'm seeing nothing, but his jump shot looks so different to me. Now Lin has a right foot slightly ahead, which gives him more stability and flexion. He also is doing a full smooth followthrough with his right hand, which is unlike the spastic Tyrannosaurus Rex wrist flick he was doing last season into this season. Somebody on the Rockets is working with Lin on his shot. Lin's shot looks great to me right now.
You are a funny boy Huang. He makes a couple of shots and here comes the fluff again. Nothing has changed. As Lin said after the game, it can take just on shot for him to get going, and tonight he got going. Simple as that.
You just can't stop FLAMING PEOPLE, can you Asa?I don't know what previous screen incarnations you posted under here, but you sound the same as other trolls. Stop flaming people.
PEOPLE? Huang is PEOPLE. Forgot you REPRESENT the entire Asian race.
Here comes your racist BS again. Asa, what other troll names have you posted under here?You keep trying to ruin this forum because you are nonAsian who hates Asians. STOP LYING about being Asian.
You need help from me to liberate you from the depths of extreme chimera. No more living in la la land.
Dude, you are seriously messed up in the head. What the heck is motivating you to troll on this forum?
You need to relax Huang. I know you're trying hard to make it racial because you're an insecure individual, but you need to stop distorting and contorting.
But you just can't resist flaming people because you HATE ASIANS. Don't you realize that this is a Lin forum where nonAsians like you who want to flame Asians are routinely retaliated against? You understand that if you had left out your racism and personal attacks, I probably would've agreed with your basketball assessment. You know that, right?
Troll on this forum? Racist on this forum? Anymore? I need to straighten you out, the mentally ill. I've not criticized anyone here except you because you need help. You're extremeness is making me sick to stomach and disrupting my joy of coming to this site.
Change your troll name from KHuang to DoucheHuang, maybe I'll think it's someone else and let you slide.
You're exposing yourself, Asa. And stop with the cursing. There are CHILDREN reading this forum, though you don't care one bit about offending them.
See what I'm saying. Huang is now seeing cursing. Huang first sees racism and now sees cursing, neither are reality. It again fortifies that you need serious help.
I understand you now. Your goal is to CORRUPT this forum with your vile language and hatred of Asians. You've appeared here in several prior hate filled incarnations posing as an Asian even thiugh you are not. You target me because you feel I represent "all Asians". You have made yourself very clear.
yeah , guys! my 10 yr old kid reads this forum. so , please...
More of the same, race, hatred. I target you because of your hallucinating ways affecting the children that will read this forum. Your hate Asians approach is diluting the world view as how Asians are perceived. You're an insecure Asian but not everyone are like you. You try to rally an outcry of racism by targeting the innocent Lin fans to further your propaganda. You live in a fantasy world embellishing an extreme endearment that is misleading the children to false conceptions of the real world. You have made yourself extremely clear as well.
The first victim of Huang's nonsense, chan c.
Asa, as long as KHuang posts something that contains no name calling, KHuang can say Lin's shooting motion is great now, so no need to respond. It seems to me that Lin is now releasing the ball a little bit earlier than he used to.
That's fine eb5. Huang claims to be the biggest Lin fan but he doesn't even follow what the guy had to say after the game on why he shot well. Instead, he comes up with his own agenda about shooting mechanics. I'm done for today.
I'M NOT DONE. Actually, that was a GOOD POST by Asa just now. I agree with everything he wrote. I guess I'm NOT the biggest Lin fan. Could've fooled me, though!
Actually, his shooting mechanics is different. Before, he pushes off his quads like he's going to jump off a trampoline. Now, he's incorporating his quads and toes into the shot which is more Harden-esque. Also, his back was always slightly slouched when setting up the the three. His back is much more looser yesterday which allows his back muscles to be much more springy. Maybe Harden did a quick session with Lin.
Definitely looks more fluid rather than rabbit like.
"@ChandlerParsons @runyappleya coming this summer!"Chandler Parsons @ChandlerParsons is gonna be in Taiwan with Jeremy Lin this summer!
And the bromance begins.
Can't know til it happens. [Landry was slated to go to Taiwan with JLin too.]All Rox players except Harden [and maybe JLin] are assets. <- May need translation.
via -ai ya.....
Just bonding [weirdly.]Parsons is well-known as a ladies' man.
i want to see Landry fields visit taiwan with jlin more than Parson.
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Lol I don't even know how steals work anymore.So Lin knocks the ball out of Kyrie's hands 2-3 times, he got 0 steals, went to Harden because Harden picked up the ball.Harden knocks it out of Kyrie's hands twice, Lin picks up, but Harden got both steals.Am I watching this wrong?Counting the foul TO and one steal by Smith that's 7, and Morris got 1 steal for 8 TOs on Kyrie.So was watching Cav's post game, and Kyrie is pissed off about his TOs and he blames himself. Even though Lin caused 4 of them he doesn't mention his name, except "that last call I don't know what that was I haven't watched the tape".But he probably know why he shot for shit and knows half his TOs are cause of Lin hahahahaha.Both Kyrie and coach Scott was all on Harden's nuts about how Harden won it for Rox 4th quarter.And I still don't know why Lin didn't shoot the FTs for the offensive foul, but its ok let Harden pad his stats since he's #1 FTs in the league...I guess.Sigh maybe Jeremy should of finished that layup on Kyrie, Kyrie got in front of him but was flatfooted and Lin was already launched, but he could have used his body for a left handed layup? But he handed it off to Harden and he got blocked by Livingston.And if he would have not got a travel on the fake towards the end cause he would have blew past Kyrie like he did all game.Kyrie scored:- 1 trey on Lin when he was hot- 2 layups on Lin- 1 fast break on LinRest were on others, either off a switch, or by TD, or by Harden. Now about Kyrie's misses:- 8 because he was guarded/contested by Lin- 6 because he was guarded/blocked by othersSo basically,Against Lin, Kyrie was 4/12 or .33 shootingAgainst rest of Rox, Kyrie was 6/12 or .50 shootingOverall against Rox: 10/24 or .41, below his .46Add to the TOs CAUSED by Lin, we can safely say Lin did a really good job defending Kyrie :)
Ball don't lie. Les Alexander, Lin's boss, KNOWS all this. That's why he signed Lin in the first place. When contract negotiations come up again in 2 years, the dumb NBA teams will pass on Lin and the good ones will go after him.
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Houston was fortunate to win due to second night of Back to Back. Was this the reason for so many TO's in first half. Another game with weird ref calls - Rockets players were often left with bemused expressions - LOL.Also the tiredness showed up Parson's and Asik's lack of skills - in the paint they seem to hold the ball in slow motion and defenders easily strip them. With Asik, defenders just wait for him to bring the ball down to his waist or knees after he catches it at head level, then take the ball away like candy from a baby.Apologies for mentioning this on a Lin website but if these guys could finish off balls passed by Lin, he would be awarded assists rather than sometimes TO's.
Asik can't catch fast passes even if he rested for a year. He has gotten better lately, but still got ways to go to lose those butterfingers.Problem is Lin will pass to him sometimes when Asik is overmatched, and Asik will do dumb things like a layup in the face of a dominant shot blocker instead of just powering it through for a dunk...Sometimes he draws fouls, but majority of times he doesn't. Either way it wastes an assist.Parsons hasn't done well recently, ever since his shoulder injury, and his handles has never been good, he gets stripped easy, but has speed and can blow by defenders on cut to the rim fast if he catches them sleeping.
And his shooting has suffered a lot lately (Parsons).
Asik don't know why.
I am actually quite worried for parsons because tony D had problems with his shoulder the last season and his shooting was terrible. Mchale should not play parsons till his shoulder is good to go. IT is worst for the team and for parsons in the long run. I know they want to get as many wins as possible but Parsons should sit out .
Asik is doing just fine. On any other team in the NBA, he's be a backup low usage center just like he was in Chicago. But with Jeremy Lin feeding him, Omer Asik is a 10 point 10 rebound center. Asik is providing EXCELLENT value for his contract. Nobody here has criticized Asik more than I have. And now I am Asik's biggest supporter. The Rockets are doing just fine with not just Asik, but their other players. A jumping jack fleet footed power forward like Josh Smith would help, though.
I disagree. I think no one has criticized Asik more than I have.. haha.. those marshmallow hands, never go for easy rebounds, never fight for offensive rebounds, clogging up the driving lanes, does not know how to set picks or how to guard a pick and roll.. I've said it weeks ago that Greg Smith should be getting all of Asik's minutes and McHale seems to be agreeing!
oops I meant, Asik never goes for anything EXCEPT easy rebounds. AND, he has no clue how to box out.
OK Etane, I yield to you. I thought Asik was just gassed. He looked so slow and tired to me. I forgave Asik this game because of what I thought I saw. What I like is that Asik battles. Having been a NY Knick and Phoenix Suns fan all my life, I have watched opposing centers walk all over the Suns and Knicks. I'd rather have Asik hustling and trying than seeing a flatfooted superathlete like Jerrod Mustaf staring into space as the game whizzes by him!
Should Lin wear a facial safety mask like Kyrie? It seemed to give K Irving less fear of driving in among the giant defenders. Both guys are 6'3" but Kyrie is 9 lbs less heavy and is much nippier than Lin. This is understandable - one was No. 1 draft pick, the other was a D League player.
That was what I was thinking but would it affect his peripheral vision? And only a handful of players in the NBA wear facial masks...
I find it extremely disheartening that people at clutchfans are thinking Lin is "soft" for "flopping" or worst still discussing if he flopped. He is representing your team damn it! . Cavs fans curse at Lin I get that since he was on the opposing team but rocket fans? Worst still, people think Lin is "soft". seriously WTH. Lin gets plenty of hits and rarely whines about it. I really feel bad for Lin.
I know exactly! I just really hate how Lin is getting a bad rep for being "soft" which is extremely false. Cant believe I am getting so riled up . I just wish people at clutchfans would support him. A 20 point game and all they can talk about is the flop? Seriously? When he plays badly I get it... I do not like things to be sugar coat as well but to actually discuss it as if Lin is on the opposing team is just sad.
Pxxx Pxxx @pxxxxxxxxxxxIt wouldn't be a Rockets outing if it didn't involve Jeremy Lin bleeding from the head. Dude is tough as nails. #greatwin @clutchfans7:04 PM - 5 Jan 13[There's no satisfying them...]
@Via: you are really good at this! Getting all the info you can find! Sometimes I know as fans here we can so anxious for Lin but I know he is still figuring his role of the team .It is times like this I wish he can go linsanity mode (lesser tunrovers and better defense :)) I really hope he does good in the lakers game. The last 2 outings he had werent too good. Most importantly , get a win! you excited to see Lin go at it with steve nash?
You bet! #BeatTheLakers---I'm learning [trying] to be patient, @mint. Maybe the calmness of some of the 大哥s here are beginning to rub off on me. I guess a part of being anxious is simply our desire to be pro-active and to take control of our fate. -> We also want to see him do this. But we are not in his shoes, and can't have all the info we need, anything we come up with as a solution for him won't be "it." It's also foolish not to factor in his personality [diff fr ours] -> diff values. [If it were me, eb5/ Michael Terry's advice to disregard protocol and just shoot makes sense. Game theory, right? That's not JLin, he values other things above stats, etc. He's above "playing the game," maybe. SMH]Not easy to be patient, it means having faith, gambling that things will somehow work out in the end/ be worth the wait. People who blow hot or cold are trying to see if they should cut their losses. People who might sometimes get angry at him when he has a bad game wants him to justify their emotional investment in him.If it's up to me, I'd want him to not be so good/ unselfish. But what can you do. :)
mint, people believe Lin is "soft" because he's Asian and the incorrect stereotype is that Asians are soft. In my decades of watching the NBA, I have never seen a tougher player. I've also never seen a player take more hits either. Lin has taken more hits in his short NBA career than I've seen ANY other player take in an entire career. I have never seen a tougher player than Lin.
JLin thanks fans - ASG
Jeremy's New Year Resolution : one hour devotioncool :)
Rockets fast break dissected:http://www.thedreamshake.com/2013/1/4/3828334/film-appreciating-houston-rockets-transition-offense-james-harden-jeremy-lin
was watching the cavs/rockets game recap on nba.com earlier. it sounded like isiah thomas was part of the recap crew... and was actually praising lin. must've been killing him inside that lin played well. he's a known two faced racist little shit who was giving lin parting shots on twitter when the knicks refused to match lin's contract.
Wasn't sold on JLin.
Bleacher Report just gave Lin a B- grade for the game. Seriously, that site is rubbish most of the time except for one or two writers (Marshal Zweig is a good objective writer and one other guy forgot his name). The rest of the writers are just writing off of the stat sheet and not actually watching the game.
Dude, don't even mention Bleacher Report. It's a content farm that encourages stupidity to generate hits. "Is Jeremy Lin the worst player ever but still better than Lebron James and Snooki unless Obama is a Muslim???"
Two Intriguing Things I Noticed:1) Jeremy missed his first couple jumpers SHORT. And then he missed his first FT -- SHORT. But after he made his second FT, he got hot with his jumper. Was it a conscious adjustment? Did it just make him relax? Not sure...but it was the clear "turning point."2) Jeremy imitated Harden on a drive that got him FTs. He attacked the rim but held the ball LOW in front of him. When the defender reached in to strip the ball, he quickly threw his arms up to create contact and draw the whistle. Afterward, Harden said something to Jeremy and Jeremy smiled. I have a feeling he said something like, "See? I told you that move works..." I would LOVE to see him try that amove gain. He's gotten great at protecting the ball in traffic, but Harden's patented "FT-Magnet" is too valuable to pass up.
I know that Durant does that swing arms upward into defender move, too. He does it on the jumper and the nba has recently said that would no longer be a shooting foul. I think Harden and Durant probably developed that move together. Harden however does it on the drive, so it has to be a shooting foul. A veteran like move, but mastered by two very young guys.
"Turning point?", zxcvb?You may be more right that you know. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong (even you, Asa Bojangles), but did I see Lin turning his body slightly more to his right for his jump shots?The form Lin used to shoot jump shots this game is EXACTLY what I was writing about this summer when I was pleading for Lin to change his jump shooting form. The hitch in his hip, the short jerky release, the ball being released too far to his left, the corkscrewing of his hands, the jacknifing of his elevation - all those things I were criticizing in Lin are ALL GONE. Now he looks GREAT to me and that beautiful rainbow shot of Lin's just swishes through the rim. I LOVE Lin's shooting now.
@via,You are really good with those links. I bet you are a software engineer by trade.
I only saw bits and pieces of the game plus highlights and the boxscore, but it looks like JLin had an outstanding two-way game tonight. Kyrie is a load, a budding superstar that is nearly impossible to stop, but Lin's tireless defense made Kyrie work to get his points. Oh, and when Lin wasn't working to try to slow down one of the most dynamic young talents in the league in Kyrie, Lin offensively was putting the team on his back with that huge 2nd quarter, when Harden started out ice cold and someone else had to step up. Lin had his plate full tonight and he handled it with aplomb. He devoured that plate and then asked for seconds! More performances like this one, please!
Is Lin a "budding superstar" in your eyes too, like Irving?If not, I totally respect your opinion. Just curious.
"Is Lin a "budding superstar" in your eyes too, like Irving?If not, I totally respect your opinion. Just curious."If Lin performs like this on a consistent basis, then yes, he is easily in the conversation as a superstar. The key word here is consistency.
Do you think Kyrie Irving has consistently performed like a "superstar?"Once again, I respect you if you say yes. Me personally, I do not regard Kyrie Irving as anything CLOSE to a superstar. I want to see more effort on defense, more effort at team play, and more WINS from Kyrie Irving before I hail him as a "budding superstar". After seeing this game, I now understand why Cleveland is losing so much with Kyrie Irving as their leader.
But I do respect your take on both Lin and Irving, achondroplasiaphobia. I do believe Lin will keep playing well. The best is yet to come, in my opinion!
Statistically and eyeball-test wise, he is a budding superstar on offense. He has every offensive tool in the book. He has a superstar's offensive skillset.But you're absolutely right about his defense. From what I read, he was the worst defender in the league last season per Synergy stats. Also his team needs to win for him to be considered a true superstar. That's why I said "budding" superstar.But then again there have been some superstars that don't play defense. Kobe stopped playing defense long ago. Harden is the current Rockets star, yet he plays pathetic defense. Dirk is a poor defender yet led his team to a ring.But in general, yes, if we really want to narrow it down, true bona-fide superstars have to play both ends of the floor. Jordan, Duncan, KG, Olajuwon, Kareem, early 2000's Kobe, Shaq, Lebron...If we're going by that definition, then no, Kyrie will never be that kind of superstar because of his piss poor defense.But offensively, statistically and aesthetically, he has it. Maybe I'm overrating him because his offensive game is just so aesthetically pleasing, but then so is the rest of the league.
One more thing: given all that, the way Lin forced Kyrie into a bad shooting night was outstanding. Just outstanding. Nobody can stop Kyrie, you can only hope to contain him, and Lin did just that, and still found the energy to light it up on the offensive end. Impressive performance by Lin.
What Kyrie seems to do well is create space by dribbling and stepping back for short to mid-range jumpers, in addition to having the Lin-like ability to finish at the rim. I would like to see Lin take more step-back short to mid range jumpers early in the game to get his offensive juice flowing. As Lin said himself, even one shot going in can get him going. As for Lin's shooting mechanic, it seemed to me that Lin is releasing the ball a tad early -- therefore getting more stability and push on his long jump shots. Anyway, when Lin's long jumpers are falling in, Lin becomes a very dangerous player offensively as well as defensively. Certainly, Lin has become a more complete player under the Rockets system which forced him to improve his weak points rather than allow him pass by just putting points on board. Maybe that's a good thing in future. One problem is that given the number of shots (less than 10 shots) Lin often takes during games, unless his long jumpers fall more than 40%, Lin is not going ot get 20+ points per game at this stage. This is why I really want him to take around 15 shots per game. I also now see Lin move away from the corner when Harden is covered and come closer to the top, to hint or tell Harden to pass to Lin. When Harden is covered by one or more defenders, Lin is actively seeking to receive the ball now. In short, he's playing with more confidence rather than shirking away from receiving the ball, which seemed to be the case in the past.In short, if Lin can consistently play like this, I would say Lin deserves to be called an all-star. I also agree that I do not consider Kyrie or Harden as super stars because they lack effort on D. To be considered "super star", you really have to have complete game. I look for Lin to start showing a better offensive stat next year and go to 16+ points and 8 assists per game stat, while displaying a more varied jump shots. I was not as impressed by Kyrie as I heard from pundits. I think Lin could just have easily led Cleveland to the same record or better. Yes, Kyrie gets his points, but does he lead his team to more wins? I doubt it. I am more impressed by Parker than Kyrie.
Kyrie can easily remain a "budding super star" for very long time IMO, unless his play translates to more wins for his team. I also seem the tendency for Lin to keep passing to Asik when clearly Asik is being defended strongly. In those situations, I wish Lin would shoot more. Also, forget passing the ball back to Harden on a break-away; Lin should have went up strong to the rim, and if he misses, Harden was behind anyway. Either Lin makes the lay-up, gets fouled, or Harden puts it back up.
OK you guys, I've had ENOUGH OF BOTH OF YOU!!! I am in awe of your posts. My brain shut down. achondroplasiaphobia and eb5attorney, I need some time to digest what you guys just wrote. You two just overwhelmed me with your thoughtful analysis. I'll comment later, though I doubt I can contribute anything further here.
Earlier on another thread, I wrote that I would not be here following Jeremy Lin if he had Kyrie Irving's game. I'm not seeing the defensive hustle, the teamwork, or the decisionmaking that is required to play winning basketball. Irving is young and will grow. Hopefully he'll address his deficiences.
So I was watching Temple Of Doom on tv the other day and it hit me.... Jeremy Lin is Short-Round!!
Here is what I got from McHale's comment. The first sign of a compliment towards Jeremy Lin from McHale.Greg was fantastic tonight. 11 points, 11 rebounds, he played really, really well. Pat came in and gave us another big lift off the bench. I thought Jeremy did a good job defensively even though Kyrie had 30.
sounds good to me. I predicted before this game that the Cavs would try to attack Lin because Lin is perceived as the weakest defender in the entire NBA because he's Asian. And that's exactly what happened. I also think that Asik looked very tired. I think had he been his normal self, the Cavs would have been defeated by halftime. I do believe that Asik will have no trouble against the Cavs next time around, even if Anderson Varejao is in the way. I am OK with Asik not having a great game. I do believe that Jeremy Lin solidly outplayed Kyrie Irving yet again.
Kelvin Sampson probably told McHale to hold off complimenting Lin, but McHale couldn't help it. Kelvin probably wants to credit TD for playing superb defense on Irving and dropping those 3's when the Rockets really needed them. In all seriousness, McHale did not compliment about Lin shooting in the 2nd quarter to give the Rockets the lead before half time. Perhaps, he still wants Lin to improve in that department before he would give any compliments Lin's way. His post game comments was all about Harden. Another one of his strategic ploy to boost Harden up and make him feel like he is the man for the Rockets. McHale isn't a dummy. He knows you can't get to the playoffs without an elite scorer. Almost every team has one. Knicks with Melo, Lakers with Bryant, Heat with Lebron and OKC with Durant.
TD playing superb defense on Kyrie...Hahahahahaha!!!Everyone is on Harden's nuts. But you do need to give Harden some credit, he knows how to look good even if he is cold :DAll he has to do is somehow score more than Lin.
Also, McHale is a GAMER. He knows that certain players need different treatment. In Lin's case, I'm all for him saying "Jeremy did just OK". Lin needs to never be complacent in his game, plus he plays better with an edge. I don't even know if McHale realizes what he's doing, but it's WORKING. I wish I had a coach like McHale who pushed my buttons like that.
KH - Not sure why on the reason behind the double standard. The notion that McHale hates Jeremy is just stupid. I do like the net effect where the pressure to repeat Linsanity is not being constantly fed espeically... so that Lin can just play bball.If Lin has a consistent 20+ streak going later this season, which I believe he will, the media will likely will want to blow up like last season again.
I also think Lin appears no longer bring back the ball too far behind his head in a rolling sling type of motion. He now appears to put the ball in front of his head and follows through nicely, especially in the three point shot via has linked.
coffeetime version: 14:59 longhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AgpXajLgqg
Great! I am just waiting for this long one!
Lost in the Royce White news today is that the Rockets just signed Patrick Beverley to a 3-year contract. FIBA must approve the deal before it becomes official since Beverley is still under contract with a club in Russia. He is a 6'2" guard. The Chicago Tribune ran a big article on him today because he played high school ball in Chicago at the same time as Derrick Rose (they are the same age). The article did say that the big criticism of him prior to going to Europe was that he was a shooting guard in a point guard's body. So he went to Europe to improve his point guard skills. Apparently, he did well. He was MVP in the EuroCup tournament out there.It's unclear what this means for Jeremy and TD, but I'm sure this will affect Machado's spot on the team.