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No question now, Lin is for real

Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:13 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 5:39 pm
Jeremy Lin did it again Sunday, leading the Knicks to 104-97 win over Dallas. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

It is no longer a surprise. It is no longer unbelievable. It is no longer improbable. And that makes it no less fun to experience. The Jeremy Lin Experience is very, very real. 

Lin lead the the Knicks  to a 104-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks Sunday as Madison Square Garden was once again taken over by Linsanity. Lin finished with 28 points, 14 assists, 7 turnovers, and 5 steals against the 4th best defensive efficiency squad in the league, as he returned to his double-team-splitting, drive-and-dish-kicking, absolute takeover mode we saw through his first seven games and recovered from the Knicks' loss to the Hornets. He still turned the ball over at a high rate, but after 46 minutes and with that much usage, you have to expect some mistakes, and Lin more than made up for it with his efficiency (28 points on 20 shots), and five steals to convert opportunities for the Knicks. 

The Mavericks tried Shawn Marion on Lin, the same Matrix who shut down LeBron James in the Finals. They tried Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, hedging, trapping, rolling. Some of the traps worked. Dominique Jones put in good minutes on him. But Lin adjusted. That was the question with Lin, whether he could change his game to match how teams would attack him. He did, and made the Mavericks pay.

There isn't much you can say at this point that hasn't been said. But this was a statement game for Lin and the Knicks' belief in him as a legitimate starting point guard. Beating the Lakers with 38 points was his real arrival on the scene. Downing the Mavericks on national television after the Mavs are considered to be one of the best scouting teams in the league? That's putting his stamp on the league. Even if he did need to go right every time to do it (via GameTracker): 

Lin definitely got help from his teammates. J.R. Smith made his Knicks debut, and finished with 15 points. He slumped after a hot start, but also cherry picked a clinching bucket late to help bury the Mavs' last chance. More astonishing that Lin in this game may have been Steve Novak, another fringe player at the start of the season, absolutely lit up the Mavericks, working from the corner and hitting 4-5 threes. It was a pretty absurd shooting display on his way to 14 points off the bench. The Knicks' bench outscored Dallas' deep supporting unit by 10, 33-23.

Lin is a legitimate starter in the NBA. Right now, he's a legitimate star. It's possible he could fade, that he just caught the Mavericks (and Lakers and Raptors and Nets...) on a bad day. But the odds of that are now the same as any other great young player in this league. He's done it against the best competition, and he continues to improve as his team does. Mike D'Antoni has his point guard. The Knicks have a leader. And New York has a bonafide sensation worth getting behind.

The Jeremy Lin Experience is real.
Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:40 am
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Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:41 am

No question now, Lin is for real

Even Jeremy Lin must be sick of the Jeremy Lin headlines.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:05 am

No question now, Lin is for real

First it was Lin was a flash in the it is pretty clear that he can put up numbers even if the opponents are game-planning for him.  As players are added and come back Linis still the center of the whole thing.

So now how do we explain it?  Well, it seems some of the Dallas players were sayin' and some commentators are saying he is a "system player.  He is the beneficiary of D'Antoni's system!  Yes it isn't that Lin is a phenom it is the system that is producing these results! 

C'mon now, he is being compared to Steve Nash not because he is playing in the same system so much as he is playing well like Steve Nash.

Give the guy some credit.  He made some tough drives down the lane and yeah he is making some mistakes but he will learn from them -after all he is a Harvard graduate. 

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:30 am

No question now, Lin is for real

I was able to see Lin play for the first time and I have to say I am impressed at how quickly he adjusted to the traps Dallas threw at him.  Like he said, he is now on the scouting report for opponents so I will reserve forming an opinion until he has 2-3 bad games. My guess is that he will bounce back.  He has all the heart in the world and appears genuinely humble.  Knicks look like they have lucked up and found a pg that can run their offense sitting at the end of their bench!  I hope this gives other races hope they can play in the NBA and be successful.  The NBA needs more diversity but not just token diversity.  It needs people that can really play like Lin.

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:05 pm

No question now, Lin is for real

took matt moore this long to figure out lin is foreal? umm can  u say fired?

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:01 pm

No question now, Lin is for real

you mean Linsane!

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:49 pm

No question now, Lin is for real

Fantastic.  But guys, if you can't go to your left, you can't be successful long-term.  He better get that down, fast.

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:35 pm

No question now, Lin is for real

God just let the guy play - I know the NBA needs a new face now that Lebron is hated but this is over kill just like Tebow was to the NFL

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:27 pm

No question now, Lin is for real

He is the real deal as far as knowing the game and being able to perform. No question about it.  My only question now is how durable is he?  Less than 10 games so I can't tell yet if he'll hold up well to the wear and tear of playing NBA ball. Will have to see.

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:21 pm

You're Kidding, Right?

You cannot be a proven player in the nba before youve even played 10 good games thats insane.

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