|Lin versus the Kings, one of the worst teams at defending the pick-and-roll. Good sign for more Linsanity. (Getty Images)|
The Linsanity bandwagon rolls back to Madison Square Garden tonight with the Knicks hosting the Kings. Here are five things to keep an eye on for tonight's game.
1. The dream has to end, right? It looked like maybe the Jeremy Lin fun was about to dry up against the Raptors, but he caught fire in the fourth bringing New York back from 18 down. Here's the thing: Lin looked exhausted late in that game. Both mentally and physically. You know he's running on fumes right now, especially with this being a back-to-back. He's scored 20+ in every start thus far -- he can't keep it up, can he?
2. Turnovers. The one thing about Linsanity that we all are conveniently ignoring are the turnovers. He had eight against Toronto and has piled up 20 the last three games. He might be electrifying everyone, but he's also giving the ball away quite a bit.
3. Fun Elias stat: Lin is the only player to go undefeated and score 20 or more points in each of his first five starts since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77. Here are the players with the most points scored in their first six starts in the NBA since 1970: Bob Lanier (162), Charlie Scott (162), Shaquille O'Neal (158), John Drew (156) and Jay Vincent (152). Tonight will be Lin's sixth start and he has scored 136 through those five. So there's a good chance he might be sitting atop that list by the end of the night.
4. Pick-and-roll-and-destroy. You know what Lin does really well? Runs the pick-and-roll. You know what the Kings do horribly? Defend the pick-and-roll. Via Synergy Sports, the Kings rank in the bottom five of points per play in defending the pick-and-roll. Lin excells in the D'Antoni system of spacing the floor and making a decision out of the pick-and-roll. He attacks well, hits the roll man or penetrates and kicks out.
5. Amar'e. The first run with Amar'e Stoudemire didn't go all that well as the Knick big man finished 8-22 from the floor. But that came after a really strong finish where Lin and Stoudemire appeared to kind of start to figure each other out. Remember, those two have barely played together so far. The Knicks want to isolate Lin and Stoudemire in a two-man game style offense, so as they adapt and learn each other, they're only going to get better. By the end of the Toronto game, they seemed to be figuring it out. I bet that continues tonight.