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Lin's turnovers a problem for Knicks vs. Heat

Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:25 pm
By Matt Moore 

We told you that the Heat could create turnovers against Jeremy Lin and you saw it in the first half. After the first 24, Miami leads 5-47, as Jeremy Lin has six turnovers, and LeBron James has five steals (though not all are off Lin). Both Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers have done an excellent job of containing and pressuring Lin, while the rest of the Heat have attacked his dribble. Amar'e Stoudemire also has six turnovers, but has 11 points and 3 boards to go with it. Lin on the other hand has just 2 points and 2 assists.

It's a breakneck pace with the Heat running out in transition. LeBron James has 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 2 turnovers. The defense for both teams has been very good despite the high shooting percentages.

Lin has to calm down and run the offense, and not force the issue. Mental and physical exhaustion have to be playing a part, but six turnovers in a single half is just too much. Steve Novak has nine points off the bench. A second quarter run gave the Knicks the lead briefly, but the Heat came right back by pushing the tempo again with Lin in the game. It's been a game of fast pace and big plays with huge blocks and dunks on both ends.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:54 am

Lin's turnovers a problem for Knicks vs. Heat

I think the Lin kid is going to be ok.  He got his lunch handed to him like I thought he would but he did not seem to let it effect his confidence and panic.  That is what I was looking for more than anything.  I actually thought he would have more turnovers in this game, somewhere in the 12-14 range.  He looked tired and I dont know if that was the result of him being physically/mentally exhausted or the relentless pressure the Heat can apply. I guess this gives a reality check to those who were saying he was the next Nash.  He has some more work to do before he gets to that level.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:05 pm

Lin's turnovers a problem for Knicks vs. Heat

But the Lin kid plays in NYC and is the savior of the Knicks so forget perspective.
, you're joking right??

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:52 pm

Lin's turnovers a problem for Knicks vs. Heat

Lin has done well this year, really well, but seriously, did ANYONE think a first year starter fresh from the D league was going to hang with LeBron, Wade, Bosh and co?  Cole and Chalmers both did a good job applying a dose of reality too, and Cole is a rook himself.  But the Lin kid plays in NYC and is the savior of the Knicks so forget perspective. In an odd way Miami learned how to deal with the new soap opera/TMZ NBA last year.  That will make them even stronger this year.  Now they get to watch every other team deal with overly-dramatic situations.  I read that Rose has had to refute trade request rumors concerning Boozer, we have all heard about Howard and Gasol/Kobe, and even Durant has to deal with whispers that he's going to have to deal with Westbrooks approach to playing point.  Boston is "old" and has had its own Rondo trade rumors to deal with.  Miami got all that stuff over with last year.  I'd watch out if I were any other team, except for maybe San Antonio or Dallas.  For some reason those guys are fairly bullet proof against drama, even back when Parker was messing up with Longoria and Dirk was dealing with the choke label.  Pops must be a master at controling media or something and Cuban deflects everything off his team by taking the heat himself.  Wait until rumors and troubles start to leak out from Lob City.  They'll be baseless but in the new NBA drama is king...

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:27 pm

Lin's turnovers a problem for Knicks vs. Heat

Soon we will hear all the excuses.  Or we will hear this is only one game.  He too big of a marketing ploy to write the downfall as fast as the media wrote the hype.  Not rooting for him to play bad, but I have to say "come on man" to the Hype.

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