Thursday, February 9, 2012
Can't Stop the LIN-Sanity!
With no Carmelo Anthony (with groin, ankle and wrist injuries) or Amar'e Stoudamire (death in the family), the Knicks have won three straight games. The bigger story has been the emergence of Jeremy Lin.
Lin has been the catalyst in the winning streak putting up over 20 points in each of the three games, becoming only the second player to score over 20 points and have eight assists in his first two career starts. The other player: LeBron James. Who needs Melo and STAT, right?
Let's not get crazy. The victories have been over the Nets, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards, but Lin has outplayed some good point guards on those teams, Deron Williams and John Wall among them. If Lin keeps playing like this who needs Baron Davis, no? When everyone gets healthy, how do you send this guy back to the bench?
I am not surprised the pride of Harvard has been lighting up the Garden to where Knick fans began chanting "M-V-P" after the Jazz game. I saw Lin carve up defenses as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Still he was demoted to the D-league for reasons current Warriors coach Mark Jackson has to research about now.
Before we annoint Lin the next Michael Jordan, lets see him play against some elite teams. With the Lakers coming to town on Friday, we will see if the magic will continue. One question: Why has Lin been buried on the bench all this time behind the likes of a washed up Mike Bibby?
Fire D'Antoni (sorry, couldn't resist)!
Well, in an otherwise disappointing season it is good to see a little excitement back in the World's Most Famous Arena.