JLin had a great game even in the loss at Denver. I'd say it was one of his top 5 games of the season. He was ultra aggressive all game taking to the hole and hitting open jumpers. He thoroughly outplayed Ty Lawson, blowing by him at will, using the high p-n-r. His D was solid on Lawson as well as his few impressive stops on AI.
My biggest question is why did JLin come out after just 4 minutes and 53 seconds in the 3rd? He just got blocked and had a foul but he only played 16 minutes in the first half. With not being on a front or back end of a back to back, JLin playing extremely well (aggressive, 1 TO, hitting open jumpers, only playing 25 minutes last game), and the Rockets up four, subbing him out early was truly a head scratcher.
My theory on this is a little different then most. I see it as sort of like the first few black quarterbacks in professional football, Marlin Briscoe and James Harris. People are not used to seeing an Asian point guard start in the NBA, just like they were not used to seeing a black QB starter back in the late 60's and early 70's, and it goes deeper than just this. Most people back then didn't believe an African American could be a good QB. They saw them only as good athletes but not having the mental make up to be the leader of a football team. Now similarly, for conscious, but probably more subconscious reasons, many can't see Jeremy as a very good or possibly great point guard. They underestimate his talent and don't seem to see what we, JLin followers, seem to see so clearly. That he is an all-star talent, that just needs to be unleashed and given ample opportunity.
This could explain some of the misuse and misjudgment of his talent. Look at this list:
Tommy Amaker: Jeremy Lin never started at point guard on a Harvard team over a 6ft 180 lbs Drew Housman
Keith Smart: Played Acie Law over Jeremy Lin
Mark Jackson, Jerry West: Chose Charles Jenkins over JLin
Rockets Org: Kept Johnny Flynn and cut Lin
Knicks: Played an old Mike Bibby over JLin and were on the verge of cutting him
McHale: Seeming under usage of JLin
So, what does this all mean? JLin has said it multiple times himself. He just has to be that much better than the next guy and he has to prove it over and over and over. I have no doubt that he will make the best of whatever situation he is in, and in the end his talent will overcome all of this other junk. I think if we're going to let this seemingly unfair treatment get to us as fans, we're the ones that will suffer. We as Jeremy Lin fans have to be strong and persevere and overcome the negativity just as well.