Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  34 responses

Miami Heat’s Defense Overwhelmed Jeremy Lin, Knicks

Despite the buildup and excitment for Linsanity in Miami last night, it was the Heat who provided everyone with a harsh dose of reality. From the Herald: “The moral of this not-so-happy ending for the Knicks: Defense wins when it counts most. The pugnacious Pat Riley philosophy, embraced by Erik Spoelstra, proved much more effective than coach Mike D’Antoni’s drag-racing approach. AmericanAirlines Arena was temporarily turned into a basketball asylum as fans and glitterati came to see what all the craziness was about. Even Knicks groupie Spike Lee flew in to see if his team could continue its remarkable turnaround under Lin. [...] ‘It’s hard to be Peter Pan every day,’ D’Antoni said. ‘They were geeked up for him. They come at you real quick and the first time the speed is overwhelming. We played arguably the best team in the NBA. We played well and then sputtered out. They set the bar for us.’ Heat guard Mario Chalmers said he and his teammates kept bumping up against Lin to make him uncomfortable. Wade said they tried to obscure his vision of the floor. ‘I can’t remember another team where it was so hard to take dribbles,’ said Lin, 23. ‘They were pushing me left. There’s a lot to learn. I’m far from where I want to be.’ Not long ago he was sleeping on a friend’s couch. Now he has a contract that pays him $9,295 per game and a Rising Stars Challenge spot during All-Star weekend in Orlando. Then he wants to go fishing and escape the attention that has transformed his life. ‘Hopefully I’ll be out on the ocean with no cellphone reception and the people I love,’ Lin said.”

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  • Startown

    He did look overwhelmed

  • https://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Orange was right again. I feel so foolish.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    right LA Huey? how does he always know?? lmaooooooo

  • T-Money

    we gotta dead that couch story.

  • Justin G.

    @datkid…I’d ask him but I have a feeling he won’t be showing up today. lol

  • jay cutler

    The only people who will dwell on this are the haters who wanted to “prove” that he isn’t a *star* player.

    But if you were cool with knowing along that no one said this guy is Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan then you take it as a lump he learns from. The Heat – the best team in the NBA – really did throw their very best at him. Full court press, smart PnR coverage, aggressively stuffing the lane, etc. Reminds me of Kobe in his Utah airballin’ days.

    Good thing the Lakers didn’t pronounce him a failure and a bust after that and amnesty him for more Nick Van Exel playing time.

  • Jono

    Why is this even surprising? Miami are easily the best team in the NBA, better than even OKC. They’ve got essentially the same pieces as last season plus guys like Battier and Cole, not to forget a healthy Haslem. This year is realistically their year, unlike last season when the hype surrounding them overpowered peoples sense.

  • LP

    This does prove he isn’t a star….he’s a very good player tho,but lets not throw “star” around after 10 games… 8 turnovers, gross…

  • bull22

    i was hard on lin, but as i said he is a work in progress and will only get better, he needs to reduce his turnovers,make quicker decisions with ball
    and continue to get better on defense. even though miami’s squad was put together fraudently they are a measuring stick if you want to consider yourself a contender.

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  • Riggs

    Realistically, who here thought the knicks had a chance of winning?

  • Paul H

    I have a feeling a few of the elite teams will play with this type of ferocity. Just to send a message, “we are still here, you wait your turn young fella.”

  • BlackStar

    I think most people will agree that Lin can play … but people got reckless with saying Melo should be traded because Lin is the new star in town. People were drinking that Kool Aid a bit too quickly. I actually feel sorry for Lin now because now that he’s on team’s scouting reports, players are going to try to prove a point that he’s not what the media built him up to be. D Will attacked him, Miami attacked him … Now I expect everyone to come at him hard. It’s NBA hazing at its finest.

  • BlackStar

    @ Riggs – I thought the Knicks could have won … but then I came back to reality when I saw Miami’s speed and athleticism on defense. I’m a LA fan, but damn … That ring is Miami’s for the taking. Besides OKC and maybe Chicago, NO ONE wants to deal with them in a 7 game series.

  • Paul H

    As long as ‘Bron can play like this when It matters most, yeah, the ring Is Miami’s to lose. Can he tho? I still have my doubts.

  • BlackStar

    @ Paul H – I used to say that Dallas would never win a ring with Dirk at the helm, but he developed enough heart to get it done last year. I think Bron will do the same … it’s just a matter of when.

  • RunNGun

    As already obvious, Knicks won’t make it out of the first round.

  • bull22

    heat is not invincible, they can be beat. last year not only were they beat but a championship was won on their home floor in a embarrassing fashion.
    something that mj and tim duncan never allowed on their home floors during
    their finals runs.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmao we won’t see him for about a month justin. good riddance

  • bike

    Lin wasn’t the only one to get beat up. Melo and Amare got stifled as well. The Heat are unbelievably dominant right now.
    LeBron has the potential to be the G.O.A.T.

  • LA Huey

    MJ and Duncan never took an L on their home floors in the Finals? That’s not true.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    ^Series clinching loss at home.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    He isn’t a star or elite player but a very good role player as I always said. And people need to quit saying the Heat were working hard on D, they were playing like they normally do they weren’t putting emphasis on Lin smh.

  • bull22

    @lahuey, tim duncan and michael jordan never allowed another team to win an nba title on their floor, my bad if you misunderstood.

  • LA Huey

    Oh. OK. I was confused because Duncan and Jordan never lost a Finals series so it seemed obvious that they’d never lost a clincher.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Bike…. dammit never mind.

  • bull22

    but don’t get me wrong la huey, to beat the heat you have to put up a herculean effort and not buckle and focus the way the mavericks did.
    those three cats got together to be the nba bully so until otherwise they are at least the defending eastern conference champ.

  • LA Huey

    I agree. The Heat aren’t invincible but, should they stay healhty, it’s pretty close to it.

  • bull22

    yeah pretty close to it, but iam hoping that the nba finals loss festers in their minds in a negative way like past losers, and that boozer and noah will
    be more aggressive and not wilt, if they meet the heat again in the playoffs.
    since i have been watching nba ball only the pistons and lakers have won a
    title the year after a loss, that is a span of two decades.

  • Ldub

    I like Lins spirit. Finally, what I have been saying for a week now has happened. Lin had a poor shooting game and a bunch of TOs. This is not an I told you so post, but this was bound to happen. You gotta take your lumps. True stars are able to bounce back. I hope this kid doesnt stay down in the dumps over it. He sounded motivated in the interview after the game. 1st step on becoming a star, being able to see where you need improvement and not allowing your ego to become greater than your actual game. I like the kid, want him to do well, just not sold on his game yet. If he can continue this all season then Im down with Linsanity. But it starts after the ASG…how is he going to come back after? Triumphs start as trials. Gotta overcome something.

  • Karen

    More like LINsomnia. Looks like he was sleep walking out there. Still a born again Linner though.

  • Bill

    Let’s see, the Knicks had two starters that are playing to get back in shape, and a guy who is basically a rookie at point vs a Miami team that is healthy, running at full stride, with the best record in the league.

    I can’t believe Lin lost this game. Please…

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Shut up, he shot 1 for 11, 8 TOs. It reflects that his run was a product of awful teams.

  • LC

    Red. Did you suggest that the Mavs is a awful team? Did you watch their winning streak before that?