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Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  66 responses

Post Up: Dirk Does it Again

The Mavs down the Blazers in double OT and JLin takes down Rubio.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Another GREAT night of games last night featuring some fire old-school ABA jerseys. Last night saw a great cross-conference matchup between the Nugs and the Pacers, another 20 point effort from Jeremy Lin and a double overtime thriller between the Mavs and the Blazers. Catch up on all the action below…

Clippers 111, Bobcats 86

With last night’s loss to the Clippers, Charlotte has now lost 14 straight games…14!! The Bobcats are last in the league in points and have been outscored by an average of 14.6 points a game. Over their last five games, Charlotte has averaged 78.6 points and are shooting 37.7 percent–Paul Silas is too old for this sh*t. During last night’s game, the Clippers absolutely dominated Charlotte in the paint. Behind Blake Griffin’s game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds (his fifth straight double-double), Lob City outscored their opponent 50-28 and outrebounded them 48-32 down low. Chris Paul filled up the stat sheet last night with 18 points, 14 assists (including this beautiful dime to Blake), 5 boards and 2 steals and committed just one turnover. All five starters scored in double-digits for LA including 16 from Caron Butler and an 11 point, 12 rebound outing from DeAndre Jordan. For Charlotte, rookie Kemba Walker scored 19; he has now scored in double digits in 17 games this season.

Nuggets 113, Pacers 109

In a game pitting two very similar teams against one another, it’s no surprise that this one came down to the wire. Both the Nuggets and Pacers have built comparable rosters: each has a lighting quick point guard (Collison and Lawson), small forwards who can score in a variety of ways (Granger, pre-injury Gallo), tough interior play (Hibbert and Nene) and a deep bench. Both rely on strong team play instead of one or two superstars, and both find themselves in the top half of their respective conferences. But, both teams find themselves slipping a little bit. Last night snapped Denver’s five-game losing streak, while Indy dropped their fourth in five games. The Nuggets built up a 12-point fourth quarter before Paul George hit a pair of 3-pointer and Darren Collison managed a three-point play during a 13-2 run that cut the lead to one. With Indy trailing by two with a chance to tie, David West committed a turnover that effectively ended the game and the Nuggets escaped with a win. There were some big numbers in this one: Ty Lawson had 27 points, Aaron Afflalo had 23 and Corey Brewer had 19. For the Pacers, Danny Granger had 26, David West had 22 and 7 boards and Paul George had 15 and 6 rebounds. There were also a number of great highlight plays, including Kenneth Faried’s dunk on the break, Nene’s slam in traffic and Born Ready’s steal and breakaway dunk.

Sixers 99, Cavaliers 84

After a tough loss to the Clippers on Friday night, the Sixers bounced back nicely with a 15 point victory over the Cavaliers. With the Cavs missing Kyrie Irving (concussion), Anderson Varejao (wrist fracture) and Anthony Parker (back strain) Philly took complete advantage. The Sixers led 58-41 at the half and never let the Cavs get within 13. Once again, the Night Shift contributed with great minutes. Thaddeus Young finished with 16 points and 6 boards, Lou Williams had 19 and 5 assists, and Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 10 points. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 20 points and 5 assists. The Cavs were led by Antawn Jamison who had another strong game with 20 points and 8 boards, but Cleveland only shot 37 percent from the field and missed 11 three-pointers. This was an important victory for the Sixers. After tough losses to the Spurs and Clippers, Illadelph took care of business against a weakened Cleveland team–the mark of a good team.

Spurs 103, Nets 89

Six Spurs scored in double-digits last night as San Antonio beat the Nets easily at home. Gary Neal led the Spurs with 18 points, Tim Duncan had 13 and 10 rebounds and Tony Parker had 12 points and 5 dimes. In his first game back since breaking his hand early in the season, Manu Ginobili had 8 points and 4 assists in 17 minutes of play. Jersey, who is now 8-21, allowed the Spurs to shoot over 50 percent and were outscored 50-34 in the paint. Deron Williams had 27 points and 8 assists but didn’t get much help elsewhere.

Knicks 100, Timberwolves 98

I don’t think the Knicks would have won this game a few weeks ago. But, the Knicks hung tough and were able to pull out a great win out in Minnesota. With Jeremy Lin running the show, this team looks much more confident and they believe that they can win–a complete 180 from just a month ago when they looked tentative and hopeless. New York showed great resilience against a talented Wolves team and kept coming back after falling behind and eventually were able to pull out a two-point win. Kevin Love continued his dominance over the Knicks; this time going for a game high 32 points and 21 rebounds. In his last three games against the Knicks, he has averaged 32 points and 22 rebounds–ridiculous. The Knicks were noticeably fatigued last night and when their shots stopped falling thy relied on defense to get the job done. New York forced 2o turnovers which led to 29 points and held the T’Wolves to 11 points in the fourth. Steve Novak, who has been thriving in D’Antoni’s system ever since Lin took over, hit two huge three-pointers late in the game–including a game tying shot with 36 seconds left to give his team the boost they needed. After getting fouled heading to the hoop, Lin hit one of two free throws, effectively icing the game. Along with Novak’s 15, four other players scored in double-digits. Lin continued his amazing stretch with his fifth straight 20 point game and added 8 assists and 6 boards. Rookie Iman Shumpert had 20 before fouling out late in the game and Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 7 boards and provided his team with interior toughness. For the T’Wolves, Nikola Pekovic took a night off from his bouncing position to score 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Ricky Rubio had 12 and 8 assists but had a pair of costly turnovers late in the fourth.

Mavericks 97, Blazers 94

After missing two potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation and in the first overtime session, Dirk Nowitzki nailed a fadeaway with 16.9 seconds left in the second overtime to push the Mavs to victory. Dirk led the Mavs with 20 points and 9 boards while JET had 19 and 6 boards off the pine. Along with JET’s 19, the Mavs scored 44 points off the bench and shot 46 percent as a team. Leading by as many as 18, the Mavericks allowed Portland to rally and force overtime thanks to 23 Dallas turnovers (6 by JET) which led to 23 points for the Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge had another huge game, going for 33 points and 12 rebounds back in his hometown. Aldridge also hit a clutch turnaround jumper to tie the game with 12.9 seconds left in regulation and force overtime. Jamal Crawford chipped in with 19 off the bench and Gerald Wallace had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Despite being the oldest team in the league, the Mavs are now 7-3 on the second night of a back-to-back. The Blazers are now 15-13 and have struggled mightily away from the Rose Garden; they are 4-10 on the road.

Magic 99, Bucks 94

After a Milwaukee fan told Jason Richardson he was “washed up” in the first quarter, JRich responded with 31 points thanks to nine 3-pointers. Richardson hit four 3′s during a 16-0 fourth quarter run that allowed the Magic to storm back from a ten point deficit. Dwight Howard struggled offensively but still managed to fill up the stat sheet. He only had 11 points, but helped his team with 14 boards and 4 blocks. Hedo Turkoglu had 19 and 6 assists and J.J. Reddick finished with 14 off the bench. Drew Gooden continues to fill in nicely while Andrew Bogut sits out due to injury. Gooden had 21 points, 8 boards and 4 assists and has been playing great for Milwaukee over the last month. Brandon Jennings’ struggles continue; last night, Jennings shot 3-14 and 0-5 from behind the arc. Over the last six games, Jennings is shooting 31.7 percent and Milwaukee has looked much more cohesive with Beno Udrih running the point.

Suns 98, Kings 84

Jared Dudley had a team-high 20 points and 10 boards and Steve Nash dropped 15 dimes as Phoenix cruised to a 14-point dub over Sacramento. After getting within 7 points in the third quarter, the Kings could not overcome the poor play of ‘Reke Evans, who scored just 4 points on 1-9 shooting. Boogie Cousins did all he could leading Sacramento with 26 points and 9 rebounds but he did not get any help from his teammates. Rookie Markieff Morris played a great game, scoring 18 points and grabbing 6 boards while Marcin Gortat had 15 and 7 rebounds. The Suns shot 50 percent from the field while holding Sacramento to 35 percent shooting in the easy victory.

Stat Line of the Night: Kevin Love with 32 points and 21 rebounds in a losing effort.

Dunks of the Night: Blake with two huge dunks.



Nene goes hard in the paint.


Tonight: Abe is back to take you through the week. The action kicks off with the Bulls and Celtics and Heat vs. Hawks amongst others. Have a great week everybody.

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  • AdamD

    Well done to the Knicks on a tough win. That Novak three pointer can’t be overlooked, hit it from way beyond the arc and swished it. You could see that Lin was suffering at the end of the game, front rimming everything but he was very solid early on. He does need to watch the TO’s though. I’m really enjoying watching Tim Duncan at the moment, he’s still got it. even if he is slower than he used to be. It would be awesome to have Mavs vs. Spurs in the playoffs just to see if him and Dirk can pound on each other like they used to, they were great match-ups.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    I’m with Adam. Timmy and Dirk would be a joy to watch.

  • Phillip

    Saw the final minutes of Dallas-Portland game. Kidd was AWESOME! He still can ball. Two ridiculously sharp assists turned the tide in Mavs’ favour. Kidd and Nash are two point guards who remind me that NBA guards can win without scoring.

  • waka2hehe

    im glad my knicks won again,but that dallas portland was a great game and dirk was a bomber

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

    24 shots to get 20 points, an 8:6 assist/turnover ratio, and 1 W. He aint no All-Star but he’s a solid role player.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Cosign Huey. And I genuinely think the Spurs will make it out of the first round and even be a very tough second round exit. I know better than to write them off as long as Duncan still breathes.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Yesterday was the first time I get to see Lin. He’s a serious baller!! Liked his attitude and confidence. But I never expected the Knicks to win in the end, Minnesota were terrible in the 4th.

  • Jer Dawg

    I liked the clip where Chris Paul dribbled off to the side and somehow knew Blake was trailing down the middle of the court and dropped a sweet no look behind the back bounce pass for Blake to crush once again. I want to credit Paul for the pass. Nothing better than the pass for the easy basket especially when it’s at the difficulty that it was made.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ LA Huey: Really? You’re gonna make that prediction now after he has ONE game that was slightly worse than his other 3 great games?
    First of all, he went 7/12 for 15 points in the first half alone. By the second half he was a little burnt out, which is why he went cold. Keep in mind he’s basically a rookie and has been playing a sudden amount of insane minutes. He does need to keep the turnovers down but to say definitively that he won’t be an All-Star, or that he’s just a solid role player doesn’t make sense.
    Did you know that his 89 points through his first three starts are the most by any player since the NBA/ABA merger? Basically anyone in the modern era… ever.
    To chalk up 20 points and 8 assists, on a night where he made the game-winning drive, being DEFINITIVELY “no All-Star” is a little off-base, no?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’ll repeat that: Jeremy Lin scored more points through his first three starts than any player in NBA history since the NBA/ABA merger. Can we stop trying to predict how low his ceiling will be?

  • Heals

    Life on the line, I’m going solid back-up over perennial All-star…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Teddy: It’s not an insult. At this point, you could say Stephen Curry is a very solid role player. When I see Lin play, I don’t see future All-Star written all over him. I see solid starter in the mold of Brandon Jennings/Devin Harris/2001 Mike Bibby. Not saying he plays like them but his impact will be similar. But that’s just my opinion.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lin has had more bad games in his career then good ones. His last 5 games tell you just as much as his first 38. To act like he is more then a solid role player after 5 games is over-reacting (imo)

  • T-Money

    Im still waiting to see what his role is going to be before projecting anything. Lin is not a 20+ shots a game guy. I need to see him work the screen and roll with Stat first and how he will operate with Melo getting his touches. Minny stayed attached to his right hip and forced him left in the 2nd half, they also went under screens – it wasnt just fatigue.

  • shutup

    Actually now its more points in his first 4 starts than anybody else since the merger. What I get from his last 5 games is that given the opportunity to run a team, he can do just that. Last night was a solid win, he made smart plays down the stretch, smart decisions and ultimately got the win.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Nbk, lins first 38 or so games, whatever it may be, were under different circumsatnces.
    He played on a golden state team for most of those where curry and ellis dominated the ball, at most we could expect 8-12 points at his role. At most.
    This is a completely different situation and he’s taking full advantage of his opportunity, we can’t really relate the two. How good was gilbert in GS compared to DC?
    Though saying he’s more than a solid role player might be jumping the gun a bit, I’m more inclined to believe that than him being subpar.

  • Justin G.

    How can anyone say it wasn’t just fatigue, especially when after the game he said he was pretty much dying out there? I don’t think it can be stated enough what he’s doing, to be honest. He just adds to his record of points in his first starts overtaking Allen Iverson now. I’m not sure what else you people want from the guy.

  • Matt Park

    I think that with consistent playing time of at least 20+ minutes a game, he’ll be able to drastically cut down on his turnovers. He has to learn to dribble up court with his head up, to cut down on his charges (I think he had two last game, although the charges show his aggressiveness going to the rim), and to not panic when he gets surrounded in the paint. He runs the pick-and-roll very well, is quick and athletic enough to the rim consistently and finish (he was killing Rubio with his quickness last night, he just couldn’t finish), and is showing a nice pull-up jumper in his last three games. He had a wicked stepback jumper in Ridnour’s jersey and another pull-up against Rubio last night, although that’s not to say those were the only ones he had. I think that he doesn’t really have a definite ceiling, or one that we can tell, at this point. He’s played badly in limited minutes with the GSW and the Knicks after that because he wasn’t the one handling the ball. Lin is a Steve Nash-esque point guard: he needs the ball to be effective. He doesn’t have a spot-up jumpshot yet because we’ve seen that from past games with GSW and the Knicks. I think New York’s best option is to continute giving Lin starter minutes but play him with the second unit often.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca niQ

    I think you guys are overlooking something… Jeremy Lin is actually making Jared freaking Jeffries look like a pretty good baller out there.
    Oh on another note, this might be a little crazy but… If Lin is on the All-Star ballot next year, I have a feeling the fans will have a ball voting for him. Just a heads up. LOL.
    Nike should make a shoe for him while he’s still the talk of the league!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    All of sudden after 4 great games and 1 decent game, everyone is a Lin’s defender/fan? You can’t even question whether or not the guy is a legit, longterm starter without droves of people labeling you a hater.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Right.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    lmao everybody loves Jeremy Lin now, as I found out yesterday. 5 good games does not an all-star make but he’s slowly convincing me that he’s legit, maybe VERY legit. Teddy you gotta chill man lol….being a solid player in the nba is not an insult.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    that being said can we please discuss something other than jeremy lin? I salute the man but for the last 3 post ups that is ALL we’ve been talking about.

  • RobbieJay

    rip whitney huston, i know its not basketball related but still

  • Lin4President

    I disagree. I think he is an all-star. In the last 5 games, given consistent minutes and the opportunity to play without looking over his shoulder after every mistake: he has been the best player on the floor. You simply can’t deny that. He hasn’t just been playing well as a role player – he’s clearly the leader of the Knicks right now and the reason they are winning.

    You can legitmately make the case that he is the most valuable player on that team; including Melo and Stat. I don’t care who you are, you can fluke 1 maybe 2 games, not 5 in a row. Teams have been out to stop this kid, but they can’t. He’s outplayed D-Will, John Wall, Fisher and Rubio.

  • Heals

    ^^^Kobe put 40+ for 3-5 games in row, what’s his season average? Rondo started last year on pace to break the assist record how’d that turn out? Did you see KyleLowry’s #’s to start the year, is he still averaging a 3×10? Check back on that Presidential bid in 25 more games homeslice…

  • Heals

    @Heals – hate much lately…

  • Mike from Spain

    I don’t know why you say Lin killed Rubio with his quickness. Rubio clearly forced him left and funnelled him against Pekovic, and I counted a few such situations in the first half, he missed all of them. He got the ball stolen in the pass to the big man from the baseline on two such drives to the left. Once word is out that you force him left and he’s not good there, he’s going to be contained. I saw that when he was allowed to go from the right against Ridnour, or through the middle of the lane against Love, he killed his defender in the first half. I counted… like one basket or two over Rubio. Then he scored like one or two in the whole second half. In the second he got moving screens from Chandler (so many… he never gets called for it!!!) and slammed Rubio with his forearm to get space at least a couple of times. He did not get called for blatant pushes on the drive, and tries to force contact a little too much.

  • The Truth

    Year of the Dragon baby, nothing but good vibes for the Knicks! Trade Melo, and build around Lin, Amare, Tyson, Fields, and Novak…it’s a sign!!!

  • Mike from Spain

    I think Rubio played better, he had no turnovers… until the last few seconds of the game. What crushing two turnovers at the very end, if it wasn’t for these two, he’d have had a very decent line of 12 pt- 8 ast- 2 reb – 3 steals and a block, and no turnovers. If he hadn’t had that last minute meltdown, the wolves would have won the game.

  • That Dude

    @Heals… um pretty much all the guys you mentioned are perenial all-stars. Lowry will be one soon. If Jeremy is in the midst of these guys, you are contradicting yourself.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He took 24 shots to get 20 points. He didn’t “kill” anybody. He had 8 assists and 6 turnovers. He not only didn’t kill, he didn’t play well at all (save a few big plays at the end).

  • Mike from Spain

    Lin has this really good change of pace and direction, he can do some crossovers. He can shoot from outside, and shoot good floaters. He can finish at the rim, but forces the issue a bit too much for my liking. And plays the Pick and roll better than anyone else at NYC. I am somewhat irritated that people are saying he outplayed Rubion, and I think that part of his success is having fresh legs compared to the rest of people on court in the last few nights.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    Ya’ll gon STOP saying Lin killed John Wall.. He got 28 and 10 but wall got 30 9 and 7… I didn’t see the game but he most likely outplayed him in general.

  • Name

    Even the biggest cynic in the world can admire what Lin has done. Dude has had more setbacks than any of you keyboard warriors can imagine. At any time he faced a major obstacle he could’ve told himself that he was chasing a pipe-dream, gave up and moved on to something else. He didn’t give up and now he’s front page news on every major paper while you’re sitting in front of your computer criticizing him.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    lin actually had 23* in that game nvm

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    and in reality, he didn’t really outplay d.will so much as break mostly even w/ him. Lin: 25-7-5 D.will: 21-11-6 (lin shot better from the floor though) but d.will and john wall are top flight pg’s and that’s still VERY impressive. but i’m just saying. and the point heals is making THEDUDE is that hot streaks happen… but they don’t LAST. especially in a weird season like this.

  • Lin4President

    Ok, we can go all day, on the technicalities and criteria of what constitutes “outplayed” – Yes, you can pick apart his turnover to assist ratio, whether he can go left or not, how many shots he took…etc; I’m not saying he doesn’t have weaknesses, but the bottom line is this: Jeremy Lin dropped buckets on all those guards, most of the time outscoring them, while playing team D, dishing to team-mates and keeping them involved; but most importantly – leading the Knicks to wins.

  • shutup

    Its all about the W, he out played all these guards in fact he’s outplayed everyone in his last 4 games, because numbers dont matter if you dont win. I just dont understand why people seem to hate soo much, since when is getting 20-8 in a win proof that a player isnt good? Isnt that like D.Roses avg on the season? (my fault D.Rose is going for 22 and 7.9;) and before you get your fingers ready to roast me on that last fact, I AM NOT COMPARING HIM TO ROSE. just wanted to point out that 20-8 in a win is impressive by itself, but this streak of 5 games is what a true underdog story is. Sit back and enjoy watching basketball, stop hoping for someone elses failure.

  • shutup

    unless its Tom Brady, then I’ll hope with you and rejoice when he walks off the field with his head slumped.

  • Heals

    thanks dat…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign shutup. Although I felt bad for Tom Brady despite my being a Giants fan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    shutup needs to shut up.

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

    Teddy, I’ll be happy for him if he turns out to be a 20-10 type player but (as someone pointed out earlier) I don’t think he can keep this up once teams respect him and actually create a scouting report for him. I guess it’s a little early to predict his All-Star chances considering we don’t know where he or Deron will end up this summer. This much is certain, his willingness to pass to the open man has is infectious and (for now, at last) has transformed the Knicks.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    cosign LA Huey, and in my view you can definitely outplay whoever your playing and still lose. Lebron dropped 40 on the bucks and the heat still lost. does that mean stephen jackson, mike dunleavy or whoever OUTPLAYED lebron. no. I would say no. But I would agree that winning is still more important that stats.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    and no problem heals… i got you.

  • Justin G.

    The haters and those in denial are looking more and more ridiculous. Datkid saying “he didn’t really outplay DWill so much as he broke even with him” actually illustrates how good of a game Lin played. He was even with who a lot of you call the third or fourth best point guard in the league and that’s supposed to be a bad thing? Then he contradicts himself by using the Bucks/Heat game and Lebron’s 40 vs. losing the game. Nobody outplayed him because nobody came close to his stats. Jennings was closest with 31 and 8. What people are seemingly not looking at is how the rest of the Knicks as a TEAM are playing since Lin was put in the lineup. They’re playing as a team, all making the extra pass, playing harder and with more enthusiasm. I don’t think you can overstate that enough.

  • http://hoopshype.com/salaries/new_york.htm Gametimeweezy

    I think O said on another thread are they even going to be able to sign him. Click my name I looked up the breakdown of the Knicks Salaries for the next few years. I see why they amnestied Billups but 3 people are hurting that capspace bad. Not like this is newsbreaking but still.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Is it me, or are the Knicks “haters” shifting all over the place? Recap: 1.) Lin isn’t for real, he’s a fluke. 2.) Ok, let’s see Lin do that against a good defensive team. 3.) Ha ha ha, Knicks won’t be able to re-sign Lin. 4.) Melo won’t be able to play with Lin, he’s a selfish “ball stopper.” I love busting myths, right in your face… That’s my thing.

  • http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/knicks-in-a-position-to-keep-lin/?ref=basketball IAMORANGE4EVER

    Click my name for the link to this by Howard Back at the NY Times: Lin will be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Knicks can match any offer he receives, without respect to the salary cap. So if the Knicks want to keep him in July, they have every means to do so.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I had no idea that the new rule scr*w*d deserving players out of money. That sux for Jeremy Lin (if he keeps anywhere near a comparable level of play up)

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    You can’t be serious justin…..can you read? I NEVER said it was a bad thing. I said it was still VERY impressive. Bc you know… it was. and the lebron 40 point thing was actually to something somebody else said. It had no relation to what I was saying there, which you really should’ve been able to figure out but whatever

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    smh justin over here grasping at straws….. it doesn’t matter how fair i try to be to Lin bc people will just try and make it seem like I hate him lmao

  • 23

    Wow, I can’t believe all the negativity towards lin. Hes playing his butt off. But for some reason people are magnifying his weaknesses (every pro athlete had them) rather than commending his success and stellar play. Right now everyone is saying “you can’t judge after only 5 games” but I already know as soon as he as an off game, th haters are gonna say I told you so. They’re only going to judge off of 1 game when its convinient to them. If these five games he scored under 10 points and had less than 5 assists people would say he doesn’t belong in the league. Nobody would be sayiing “hey guys let’s give him more time to see if hes for real.” So many haters here

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    His last game wasn’t very good. He just played a ton of minutes. And had the ball in his hands the whole game. Nobody is saying those things.

  • 23

    20 points and 8 assists and 6 boards isnt very good? not to mention he sealed the game and his team got the w! Oh wait but the first things you see are his turnovers and fg percentage. I swear some people here want him to fail soon. Stop over analyzing his future and potential and just enjoy watching him play. If you don’t like him then change the channel.

  • http://hoopshype.com/salaries/new_york.htm Gametimeweezy

    @Orange the Knicks haters are definately shifting.

  • http://hoopshype.com/salaries/new_york.htm Gametimeweezy

    @nbk It’s not screwing deserving players its a rule for players with 2 or less years, they have no tenure yet. Also saving some idiot team from signing him to an outrageously high contract at this point.

  • shutup

    @Datkid I understand what you mean about outplaying someone, but when stats are close as they have been the W is the deciding factor to me. As for Rubio he outscored him had as many assists as him and eventually hit the game winning free throws. and in the past 4 games you cant say that Lin hasnt been the deciding factor, and as for 20-8 being a bad game thats a stretch, especially when the team gets a win. Oh and I’m sorry to all the Patriots fans…..sorry you backed the wrong team, lmao. I’m still bitter about that tuck rule(I wanted Rice, to win another superbowl), but two Giants superbowls ease the pain just a lil bit

  • Mike From Spain

    The Knicks did not so much win as the T-wolves handed it to them. Lin is great, but remember that he’s played big minutes in just 5 games, and being rested does a lot towards keeping quickness and explosiveness. Which are two factors he relies heavily upon. I am just saying that a part of the success, which I cannot really quantify, comes from him being much fresher than anyone else he plays against. I would say that the Wolves game is more representative of his top game than the Lakers game. And that is still a great game, but not All Star.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    20 6 8 on 24 shots with 6 turnovers. If you have the ball the whole game you’ll get stats. Just because he had good basic stats (Pts rebs assts) doesn’t mean he had a good game. Which is perfectly fine. He shouldn’t have this many good games in a row no matter how good you think he is.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Gametime, if a team wants to overpay somebody, I don’t think there should be a rule to protect that team. Honestly, that Gilbert Arenas rule only restricts player rights. That’s all it does.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    In the Knicks’ 100-98 win over the Timberwolves on Saturday, Lin shot just 3-of-14 and scored eight points when defended by Rubio. In the second half, Lin was 0-for-7 and scored just one point against Rubio.

    Against all other defenders, Lin shot 5-of-10 and scored 12 of his 20 points.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Rubio played some great defense on Lin. I haven’t watched a full game of Rubio but his highlights sure have been entertaining. And I think he leads the NBA in steals per game at the moment…

  • Justin G.

    You know people are grasping for anything when they’re starting to factor in things like minutes played and how much a guy has the ball. I guess Lebron is just a stat stuffer because he plays major minutes and dominates the ball right? Obviously I’m not comparing the two but the point is still the same. Sure Nash is leading the league in assists but he’s playing 38 minutes a game so it doesn’t mean as much. Give me a break and just give the kid credit!

    btw datkid, I CAN read and when I reread what you wrote it still came across as you downplaying what Lin did vs. DWill.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah Justin keep acting like you can’t tell the difference between Lin’s game against the Timberwolves, and what LeBron does, or what Nash does (and he only plays 31 minutes a night anyway sugar-pie) – that makes you look like you have a great grasp on relevant information. smh

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