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Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  143 responses

Post Up: Gotta Love It

Linsanity continues, two overtime games plus a CP3 game winner.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

With the football season ending Sunday, the NBA certainly filled the void nicely thanks to the surprising play of Jeremy Lin. Despite what the media would have you believe, there are other basketball games being played around the country–and great ones at that. Last night saw 2 overtime contests, a shootout in Minnesota, and a plethora of great dunks, blocks and assists. Catch up on everything you may have missed here…

Raptors 86, Celtics 74

The Celtics may attribute this loss to tired legs or having to travel to Toronto a few hours after a tough overtime loss to the Lakers. But, there really is no excuse for losing to the Raptors who were playing sans Andrea Bargnani. The Celtics only scored 14 first quarter points as Toronto led from wire to wire and led by as many as 16 to snap their three game losing streak. DeMar DeRozan had a game high 21 points and Amir Johnson had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Raptors beat up the C’s down low, outscoring them 42-28 and outrebounding them 42-34–a surprising stat considering the Raps starting frontcourt consisted of Aaron Gray and Amir Johnson. The Celtics committed 13 turnovers in the first half and really never had a chance in this game. Fresh off an All-Star nod, Paul Pierce played poorly, scoring 12 points on 4-11 shooting. KG led Boston with 17 points and 8 boards. The Celtics are in danger of falling under .500; they play the Bulls Sunday and Thursday next week.

Clippers 78, Sixers 77

The Clippers may have lost Mr. Big Shot for the year to injury, but Chris Paul proved last night that he’s capable of hitting a few big shots of his own. In a back and forth game between two of the better teams inthe league, it came down to the final seconds of play to determine a winner. Trailing 77-76 with only a few ticks remaining, CP3 hit a turnaround 17-foot jumper that silenced a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. Paul finished the game with 24 points and 4 assists in the low scoring affair. As a team, LA shot under 40 percent from the field, including 10 percent from beyond the arc, but were able to outscore Philly in the paint 42-24. Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 boards while Mo Williams came in and dropped 14 off the bench. The Sixers got their customary full team effort with five players scoring in double figures, but none of them scored over 12. Andre Iguodala continues to fill up the stat sheet; last night he had 12 points, 8 boards and 7 assists. For the season, he is averaging 13 points, 6.7 boards and 5.2 assists and is making management look smart for not trading him.

Heat 106, Wizards 89

The hapless Wizards had no answer for Miami’s Big 3 who dominated the game en route to an easy victory down in DC. Dwayne Wade had 26 points, Chris Bosh had 24 and 11 rebounds and LeBron had 18, 9 assists and only 1 turnover. How do you compete with that? Miami had its usual package of highlight reel plays and have now won nine of their last 11. The Wizards did cut it to one point late in the third quarter before Miami ripped off a a 19-5 run to take a 15 point lead, effectively ending any hopes of a Washington win. JaVale McGee had a season high 24 points but also admitted that the Wizards were starstruck by Miami: “Sometimes, they (my teammates) see LeBron out there. They see D-Wade out there. They say: ‘Oh my God, he’s going to work on them.’ Sometimes the guys don’t go out there and play like they’re any other players.” C’Mon Son!!

Bulls 95, Bobcats 64

With Derrick Rose looking on from the bench, the Bulls absolutely destroyed the Bobcats. Joakim Noah led the charge for Chicago leading all scorers with 17 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. Chicago is playing great basketball, having now won five straight including four in a row by at least 20 points. Carlos Boozer chipped in with 16 points and Luol Deng had 12. The Bobcats shot 33 percent from the field and only had one player score in double-digits. Charlotte has now lost 13 in a row.

Hawks 89, Magic 87

Two of the biggest All-Star snubs this year are Josh Smith and Ryan Anderson. Last night they proved why. In a game that went to overtime, Josh Smith had a game high 23 points and 19 rebounds while Anderson had a team high 21 and 9 boards. Orlando scored eight straight points in the final quarter and tied the game on Dwight Howard’s (18 and 18) dunk with 1.8 seconds left. In in the extra session, Anderson hit a momentum swinging 3-pointer to cut it to one and the Magic had a chance to tie it on their next possession. But, Jason Richardson couldn’t hit his free throws and the Hawks were able to win their fifth road game in six tries.

Pistons 109, Nets 92

The Pistons have now won four games in a row and last night may have been their most impressive victory to date. Detroit had five players score in double-digits including a combined 34 from Jonas Jerebko and Ben Gordon off the bench. As a team, the Pistons shot 54 percent from the field and were able to overcome their 20 turnovers by forcing the Nets into 18. Greg Monroe had another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds as he continues to impress. Detroit scored a season-high 56 points in the paint and are averaging 51 during their current winning streak. After going on a 12-0 run in the first quarter, the Pistons never trailed again and led by as many as 30 points. They look to build on their winning streak with a game against the Wizards on Sunday.

Bucks 113, Cavaliers 112

Another All-Star snub had a big game in this one as Brandon Jennings scored 24 points, dropped 8 dimes, and grabbed 5 boards; though he only shot 8-23 from the field. The Bucks were able to overcome a 15 point deficit on the road and escaped Cleveland with a win in overtime. The Cavs had a chance to end it in regulation but Antawn Jamison, who was having his best game of the season with 34 points and 11 boards, left 2 points at the stripe and the game went to OT. The Bucks were able to hold Jamison scoreless over the last 7 and a half minutes allowing Milwaukee to crawl back into it. In the extra session, Drew Gooden scored 6 of his 19 points and took a huge charge with 11.8 seconds remaining to seal the win. The Cavs were playing without rookie sensation Kyrie Irving who is sidelined with concussion like symptoms.

Knicks 92, Lakers 85

Kobe Bryant definitely knows who Jeremy Lin is now. The NBA’s newest sensation continued his stellar play with a 38 point , 7 assist effort and had the Garden crowd in hysterics. Lin’s rise has been both mystifying and meteoric and the entire country is swept up in the Linsanity. With Lin at the helm, the Knicks have now won 4 straight and look reinvigorated. Against the Lakers, he did it all. He torched LA offensively, but his biggest play came on the defensive end. Late in the game with the Lakers threatening, Lin stepped in front of Matt Barnes and took a game-sealing charge. Jared Jeffries, who has benefited more than anyone from Lin’s play, scored 11 points and grabbed 9 boards. Iman Shumpert made a few big plays in the fourth and finished with 12 points. For the Lakers, Kobe had 34 and 10 boards, but those numbers are deceiving. The Mamba shot 11-29 from the field and benefited from a few phantom calls that allowed him to go 11-13 from the stripe. Linsanity: 1, Black Mamba:0.

Grizzlies 98, Pacers 92

In yet another great game that saw 18 lead changes and 17 ties, the Grizzlies got a team high 21 points from Rudy Gay and squeaked by the Pacers. The game pitted first time All-Stars Marc Gasol and Roy Hibbert against one another and Gasol came away the victor. Gasol scored 15 points, grabbed 7 boards and dropped 5 dimes while holding Hibbert to 5 points. Gasol was the X-factor for the Grizz, hitting clutch free throws and making big defensive stops down the stretch to help his team put away Indy. For the Pacers, David West had a 22 point, 13 rebound double-double and Danny Granger scored 19. The game was tied after the first, second and third quarters before Gasol’s takeover in the fourth quarter.

Blazers 94, Hornets 86

When a team finds itself in the middle of a two game losing streak, a trip to New Orleans is usually the remedy. Portland got a game high 31 points and 8 assists off the bench from Jamal Crawford while Ray Felton scored 18 and dropped 6 dimes. For the fifth time in the last six games, the Hornets led at halftime but couldn’t put a team away in the second half. Trevor Ariza did all he could scoring 23 points, grabbing 9 rebounds and dishing 5 assists in 46 minutes of play but it wasn’t enough. I’m officially putting an APB out for Eric Gordon.

Mavericks 104, Timberwolves 97

Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Love put on a great show out in Minnesota last night, matching each other bucket for bucket. The reigning Finals MVP had 33 points while KLove had 32 to go along with 12 boards in his first game back from a two-game suspension. The Mavs led by as many as 17 late in the third before Minnesota went on a 16-3 run to cut Dallas’ lead to three. But, the defending champs roared right back with a 14-4 run of their own before ultimately leading by 14 with five and a half minutes left. JET scored 16 off the bench and JKidd chipped in with 8 points and 10 assists–but it was all about Dirk for Dallas. For the T’Wolves, Michael Beasley had 10 points off the bench and Ricky Rubio had 10 points and 8 dimes. Minnesota may have found a quality center in Nikola Pekovic who had 10 points and 9 rebounds last night. Per 48 minutes, the big man is averaging 19.4 points an 10.4 boards–take that for whatever it’s worth.

Thunder 101, Jazz 87

The Thunder have short memories. After last night’s win against the Jazz, OKC is now 5-1 after losing and 7-2 on the second or third night of a back-to-back-(to-back). The Jazz played the Thunder tough until a 16-4 Thunder run in the third put the game out of reach. Kevin Durant finished with 19 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 and 11 boards and Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 28 points. After a hot start, the Jazz are now 13-12 and have cooled off considerably. Despite boasting one of the best young frontcourts in the L, Utah was outrebounded 46-32 in the paint and were outmuscled down low. Coach Ty Corbin needs to get his group refocused before next week’s three game road swing.

Stat Line of the Night: Jeremy Lin with 38 points, 7 dimes, 4 rebounds and 1,000 editorial pieces.

Play of the Night: CP3 for the win.


Dunks of the Night: SKYenga


Derrick Williams with the tip-slam.


KD down the lane.


DWade to LBJ.


Tonight: 8 games on the schedule including an interesting matchup between the Nuggets and the Pacers, a Western Conference showdown between the Blazers and the Mavs, and Rubiomania meets Linsanity in a game that might break the internet. Catch y’all tomorrow.

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  • http://aol.com wagers

    Trade Melo for draft picks so it won’t disturb team chemistry..

  • Myung

    Last night was magical. I hate the Knicks, but I was such a big fan of theirs last night, because I REALLY hate the Lakers (and Kobe). Lin put on a show. I just implore those of you still doubting him to just let it go and enjoy the show. We don’t know how long it’ll last for. We don’t know if he’ll be in the League a year from now. All I know is, I’m enjoying every minute of it and you should too. As I admitted to you all earlier in the week, I totally underestimated his ceiling and felt like his game vs. the Nets last Saturday was a fluke. I admitted I was wrong, and that I was REALLY glad to be wrong. I will remember last night’s game the way I remember where I was when Steve Kerr hit the game winner vs. Utah in 1997 or when Shaq and Kobe connected on that alley oop vs. Portland or when Vince won the dunk contest in 2000. It was simply magical and a GIFT to fans of the NBA. I’m a proud Asian American, and I’m thrilled for Jeremy but I’m also just a crazy hoop head and last night was just special to me as a BASKETBALL FAN. And oh yeah, good win for the Hawks, who I am sort of ashamed to admit, got pushed to B game status for me. Haha. OT win by my favorite team vs. their biggest division rival, and I only tuned in during commercials of the Knick game.

  • Myung

    Side note: I’ve noticed two things while watching a lot of ball during this shortened season. 1. A LOT of missed FT’s during key moments of games and 2. In general, teams have performed pretty well without some key studs (Rose, ZBo, Bogut, Horford, Manu, Melo, Wade, Kyrie). I still think those guys are vital to their team’s overall success, but it’s stunning to see how well teams have played, despite missing their best or 2nd best players. I do think scheduling, fatigue, and other factors play a part, but maybe the League isn’t as superstar driven as it used to be? I think Dwight is the closest thing to Peyton Manning the NBA has (the guy whose team would fall apart if he got injured for the year). Just wanted to throw those observations out there. Of course if I asked Kobe if he noticed those things, he’d probably say he has no idea what I’m talking about.

  • JB

    There were other games last night???

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    I don’t know… Linsanity is cool and all… but i need to see him play against an elite defensive team, with a halfway decent pg before I say he’s really done anything. but yeah he was on fire against the lakers smh

  • AdamD

    Great game for Lin last night again. I hope it continues because quite simply it is a young player taking the opportunity that has been afforded to him and it’s fun to watch. Myung, i don’t know if you watched the end of regulation in the Hawks Vs. Magic but Hawks threw away a 8 point lead with like a minute left. It was woeful, 3 lay ups and a dunk. At least they showed a bit of steel in the OT period but that game never should have been allowed to go there. Josh Smith proving why he should have been an all star though, he was fantastic.

  • Justin G.

    I have a question…How many players actually have great games against elite defensive teams? This whole “he’s doing it against subpar defensive teams” is a load of crap. How many of those would you say are in the league anyway? Why aren’t other PG’s doing the same thing? Let me guess, you haters think they would be if they played the same three teams right? On a side note, nobody has scored as many points as Lin (89) in their first three starts since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976/77. That’s crazy…yes, even Linsane.

  • DeeDre

    @ datkid why? Why do you have to hold him to such high standards? Just because he wasn’t drafted you assume the “experts” had to skip over him for a good reason? Before he played the Lakers people were saying “oh their defense is gonna stop them” and “linsanity will end tonight” but dude scored 38 playing his best game yet. So if he does play this great defensive team and plays good what’s gonna be the next excuse? Oh I have to see him play against the 2005 Pistons, if he doesn’t I’m not sold

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    CP3 travelled on his gamewinner.

  • Brahsef

    @datkid “before I say he’s really done anything”

    He just dropped 38 against the Lakers. That ain’t doin anything?

  • Justin G.

    Another quick note, sources at TSN (Canada’s version of ESPN for those of you not in the know) said the Knicks were on the verge of waiving Lin before he had his breakout game last week. Talk about great timing!

  • DeeDre

    Cosign Justin. Couldnt have said it better myself

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The boy is a beast. Looks like I was wrong. He was destroying them last night.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    The Pistons have won 4 straight! BREAK UP THE PISTONS!!!

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    great point, Justin. great individual games against great defensive teams are very, very rare.

  • Myung

    I respect you for coming on here and admitting you were wrong, Allen.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    @datkid against halfway decent pgs??
    Deron, jwall, and isn’t fisher supposedly supposed to be good on D, and I thought I remeber someone mentioning lakers having a great defense the other day.
    Boy can hoop. On the biggest stage against the biggest star, he exploded. He didn’t shrink, he accepted the spotlight and absolutely went off.
    I haven’t been more invested in a game this season since bulls vs. Heat, and I don’t even LIKE the knicks.
    Good look jeremy, keep it up.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wasn’t a big deal. I never disliked dude I just prefer caution. I am happy for a fellow believer who clearly had his trials.

  • http://www.slamonline.com the fury

    I’d rather give the ball in cp3′s hand than rose in the dying moments of a ballgame..uh-oh there goes that comparison again….

  • robb

    man, my Lakers…but it’s hard not to root for Jeremy. You know what I liked the most? he looked so happy out there, he was having fun and it’s great to see someone like him doing well and having a good time playing the game we love. I’m sure Amare will benefit from him, but let’s see what happens when Melo returns.

  • http://www.slamonline.com the fury

    Jeremy lin must control his turnovers though, but hey isn’t it he’s not supposed to be in the L?? Dude’s legit for sure.

  • Jono

    FOR ALL THE HATERS SAYING LIN’S PERFORMANCES WERE AGAINST SUBPAR TEAM DEFENSES, TRUE. BUT USING THE SAME LOGIC, WHY DON’T WE ALSO TAKE CREDIT AWAY FROM KOBE FOR HIS 81 POINT GAME AGAINST THE LOWLY TORONTO RAPTORS. OR SHAQ’S CAREER HIGH 60+ GAME AGAINST THE CLIPPERS.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Controlling turnovers will come with time and experience.
    Hell, he’s only start 3 games his whole career.
    Last nights game should solidify the fact for any doubters that he can hang in this league

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I agree that Lin needs to limit his turnovers but I really don’t see them as hindering him or his team thus far. You have to remember that Lin is technically a rookie playing in a new offensive system with new teammates. He also has never played the type of minutes they have been asking him to play. Add in the fact of the lockout shortened season and I can understand why he may struggle with turnovers. I don’t see it as a problem going forward though.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    ok guys I don’t hate Lin lol..I’m just saying… and JUSTIN has a point. but all i’m saying is that everybody he’s beaten either has A) TERRIBLE team defense(wizards, jazz) or B) a corpse at pg (lakers) i think every pg in the league has dropped 40 on fisher at this point. DEEDRE I’m not holding Lin to high standards… I’m just being skeptical. just how I am with every player. and derek fisher was guarding him, so i’m not sold lol

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I love the call from the Jazz announcer on the Durant dunk:
    “Hayward trying to guard Durant…(DUNK!)…try harder”.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    and AIRS. fisher was good on defense 5-7 years ago. I didn’t see either Wall’s game or Deron Williams game against him but both new jersey and washington have similarly horrible team defense ESPECIALLY on the pick and roll which Lin seems to excel at. These results might be fools gold.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I knew the ‘Derek Fisher is old’ argument was going to come. I am as skeptical as anyone and not one to lavish praise easily but lets stop making excuses for Lins good play. I watched that whole game last night and I can tell you that Kobe even switched off and had to guard Lin at times last night; it wasn’t all on Fisher. Besides, the Lakers are known to have good team defense and Mike Brown is a defensive coach at heart. Bottom line is the kid can ball.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    lmao you guys think I hate Jeremy Lin… I don’t. I kinda hoped he would make Golden State’s roster back in the day. It’s dope that he’s a harvard kid hooping in the nba. I’m just being skeptical, just like I’m skeptical of everyone who hasn’t really proven themselves to me personally or who is hyped up by the media. AIRS you remember, I was highly skeptical of Derrick Rose last year (bc of the hype surrounding him), even though I actually like him.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    I just refuse to buy into the media hype man. Especially in New York where they love to tear people down. The media loves a good story even at the expense of the truth or people’s reputations. They love Lin now, how long before they hate him? Even though orange will become increasingly intolerable as things go on I genuinely hope things work out for Lin.

  • Dan

    yup there are other games played in the nba, but who cares? linsanity! :D

  • t-sizzle

    i don’t see Lin’s turnovers as an issue. the dude was making smart plays all game long. he reads the defense and doesn’t force anything and is composed. give me his turnovers over shumpert’s all day. 4 years of university indeed makes a difference

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

    datkid just stop. Your skepticism makes no sense whatsoever.

  • robb

    ^^^^ At Harvard no less. That may be his biggest asset. Lin is very intelligent, that’s why I think he’s not a one week wonder. He’s gonna use his brain and study how to be effective when teams start figuring him out.

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    The reason I see Lin continuing to have success, even if it may be tempered going foeward, is that every mistake, every challenge by the opposing team only seemed to focus his mind even more on being in the moment. He doesn’t get flustered. Thriving in the big moments

  • 23

    im glad to see the majority of people here got linsanity. this is good for the league. this guy just scored 38 points against one of the all time greats. he didnt let kobe outshine him. he stepped up to the challenge and made kobe eat his words.

  • 23

    when kobe said he never heard of lin, i had a feeling that it was just a mind game. maybe even an intimidation move… it didnt work tho!

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    Teddy I’m just saying I’m skeptical of everybody man. what’s wrong with that?

  • t-sizzle

    kobe’s just kobe being arrogant, acting cool. trying to be like jordan

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    I love this: “Lin’s rise has been both mystifying and meteoric….” And I love basketball.

  • Myung

    According to datkid, “You know, Michael wasn’t that great because he played with Scottie. And also, Paxson carried him in Game 5 of the 1991 Finals. The bench won Game 6 of the 1992 Finals. Paxson bailed him out in Game 3 of the 1993 Finals. Kerr won the game in Game 6 of the 1997 Finals. And he pushed off of Bryon Russell in Game 6 of the 1998 Finals. Overrated. I’m skeptical.”

  • Justin G.

    What’s wrong with being skeptical of everybody? Really?

  • Myung

    Just messin with you, datkid. Your skepticism of Lin is kind of frustrating, but you explained yourself well so I’ve got no problem with you. Besides, we’re all entitled to our opinions, even if they’re wrong and/or misguided.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Lockout? What lockout?
    Isnt David Stern based in NYC?
    And this fairy tale (that i truly am enjoying) is making the bball world go gaga…
    Oh Darth Stern, you master of distraction you. You sly S.O.B.
    But an undrafted guy from Harvard, sleeping on teammates couches like some divorcee, scoring and dishinghis team to 4 wins in a row, WITHOUT the 100 million dollar ‘stars’, dropping 38 in his 3rd start? against the Lakers?
    Come on: orrrrrchestrated!

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

    @datkid, its not hype when you do it for a whole season numbskull.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Note to Jason Terry: Dirk is feeling it again (60% FG last 3 gms, 28 pt average).
    Stop shooting 7-21 OFF THE BENCH AND GIVE THE SCORER THE DAMN BALL!.
    And for the 145th time: please wake up Lamar, or leave. This is ridiculous.

  • Ugly_fish

    Datkid is a loser. Lin got his numbers against Deron Williams, John wall and devin Harris all of whom have either been all stars or have all star talent I don’t see how any of those 3 are “subpar”. The lakers have a huge interior all star front court yet Lin took it inside and finished. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY the Knicks are actually winning!! They were heading down the toilet with the Black Hole as the focal point and couldn’t win a game now they reeled off 4 straight two of them against western conference playoff teams.

  • Myung

    Dark, it does almost seem unreale, right? What I was watching with my own two eyes last night, it felt like a fairy tale. If I watched a Disney movie, and some skinny undrafted Asian American kid dropped 38 at the World’s Most Famous arena with all that scrunity and media attention (no NFL or MLB right now) against one of the most storied franchises (Lakers) featuring one of the best 10 players to ever play the game (Kobe), I would say, “That is SO corny. You better be happy this is a Disney movie because this stuff can’t happen in real life.” Those first 5 minutes (crowd going bananas, 9 points and 2 dimes) were the stuff of dreams. That near breakaway dunk. That spin move. That three over Pau. That reverse lay in. All of it. It just felt like a movie. I know I’m going a little overboard, but for an Asian American guy like me, it just blew my mind. It’s going to go down as one of my favorite sports memories of all time, and I HATE the Knicks.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    To be skeptical at times seems like just another way of playing it safe, not looking bad.
    And, seriously darksaber?

  • cardel

    Calderon had a huge impact on the victory against the Celtics. 17 points, 14 dimes, 4 rebounds and 0 turnovers. Great performance from an underrated player.

  • ripslam

    So everyone who posted those snarky skeptical comments yesterday are looking pretty dumb, huh?

  • shutup

    that was a great Knicks game, it feels weird to that. but anyone else catch the fact that he has the record for most total points in first 3 starts since the merger? I love his energy and his passion is contagious, def makes basketball fun to watch, like when the Clippers are rolling or when Miami gets out on the fast break. what im trying to say “I Love This Game” lmao

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    airs: your sarcasm meter is turned way down.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    @Myung: exactly, buddy.
    Like a damn disney feel-good flick.
    Uncanny and VERY inspiring. I live in Asia now and went to my fav outdoor court a few hours ago, the S’porean and chinese players were all talking about one thing: Lin.
    The pride and joy they all displayed was too nice.
    Was like a watercooler cliché, everyone talking about how incredible he’s playing.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Great TEAM win by the Knicks last night. The whole Knicks team stepped up defensively. Heck even Steve Novak had a nice defensive strip of Gasol that lead to a Lakers turnover. Also, I agree with Peter Walsh, that charge Lin drew late in the 4th was huge. Those are the kind of (get your hands dirty) defensive hustle plays BOTH Amar’e and Melo need to be part of when they get back. On the other end of the floor I loved how Shump attacked the paint and drew a foul on Bynum for a three point play. These are the type of plays that WIN games in the REAL SEASON. The Knicks are playing so hard and for one another right now. All that matters to them is winning and grinning, not stats. When Amar’e and Melo get back in the lineup, the Knicks will get good bench production after going through this stretch without the two. I’ve read and heard a lot of talk Melo won’t thrive in the offense, and I just chuckle. Melo will play a similar type role in the Knicks offense as Paul Pierce does for the Celtics right now. Melo is the Truth, and he can score from anywhere on the floor in any situation. Offensively speaking, Melo’s the most talented and flexible piece on this entire Knicks roster. I’m not worried about Melo fitting in at all, because I know for a fact he’s a WINNER. Speaking of “ball stoppers,” it was great to be able to STICK IT TO Kobe Bryant last night. Felt real good.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Haha, my bad. It doesn’t translate well in type.
    Never know, some ppl really believe that nonsense.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Face it, datkid is bitter, delusional, and insecure. He couldn’t see the light if you opened up the blinds in his bedroom. And speaking of intollerable, reading his comments is just that. It’s like being in a store and hearing some kid sceam at the top of their lungs and embarass his parents in front of everyone because they didn’t buy the kid what he/she wanted. lol

  • Justin G.

    IAMORANGE, I understand that you’re wearing your blinders but you kind of contradict yourself here. You say the Knicks are playing so hard and for one another right now, which is true. But you say Melo will just fit seamlessly back in, as will Melo? Those two (and even you have to admit) have two of the biggest ME attitudes in the league. And they aren’t going to be taking those charges either. Neither has shown any inclination to do the dirty work that it takes to play championship ball and it’s not going to start now.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Justin G How will Amar’e not fit in with a point guard who can run pick and roll? Did you watch him with Nash in Phoenix or even with Felton last year before the trade? And as for Melo, he’ll be much more effective now that he’s not forced to bring the ball up so much as a point forward. With poor point guard play Melo was getting the ball put in his hands like a hot potato with the shot clock about to go off, which led to bad shots. With a true floor general in D’Antoni’s offense, the spacing will be better, and Melo will pick his spots and get much better shots. The team is buying in. Guys wants to win, especially Melo in NY, his home. He wanted the NY stage and the pressure that comes with it.

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

    @ datkid: That’s cool holmes, but when they’re performing and getting better each day… There’s a point where you have to start doubting your doubts, lol.

  • shutup

    I dont see Amare being a problem he actually thrives when the offense is free flowing (still have nightmares of what he was putting up against the spurs) its Melo that concerns me, I hope that seeing Lin’s enthusiasm will inspire him to step it up defensively, and if he can defer to Lin and let lin get him easier shots there is no reason that this team cant be successful.

  • Justin G.

    Stoudemire is going to fit in better as long as they actually run those pick and rolls for him. For whatever reason Chandler has been getting those play calls. You act like Melo has never played with a good point guard before. He has, almost his entire time in Denver and certainly the last 3 or 4 years. How’d that work out for him there. A good point is not going to change the way Melo approaches the game other than not having to bring the ball up. He’s still going to be a ball stopper and he’s still going to play terrible defense

  • AdamD

    I could be wrong, but did Stat not play very very well pre-Melo? he didn’t make the Knicks world beaters in any shape or form but they were a very solid squad. He does know how to play with a solid point guard on his team, in D’antonis system, it’s essentially how he was brought up in Pro-ball. I can’t see him being a massive problem on his return. Melo’s return will be the litmus test for the Knicks.

  • AdamD

    Wow, three posts with the same point in the time it took me to reply…

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    28 points, 8 assists, and almost 2 steals in four games… I don’t think that’s going to continue, but you just can’t be a scrub to average those numbers for any four game stretch in the NBA. And it’s all wins.
    I tried to convince everyone his nickname should be Jeremy “Storybook” Lin but no one was digging it. Is sh*t like Lintendo really going to win out? Can’t we give him something without his name?

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    Wai.. what? there were other games on?

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    I don’t see Stat hindering the Knicks when he returns, but don’t expect Amare to return to his 25ppg like he was under Nash and Felton. And that’s not a knock on Lin in anyway. D’Antoni has given all the pick-and-roll opportunities to Chandler and wants Amare to get his buckets other ways. Amare has not looked comfortable at all trying to score in post isolations or off-ball backdoor screens so I don’t think he’s gonna be magically rejuvenated. Don’t think he will hurt the team though.
    Melo… well…

  • Zabbah

    Lin’s a good player and he’ll have a long nba career. I need to see more games before I can call him a franchise player, though.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    SLICK RIC- I was talking about mid-season when the media decided rose can do no wrong Jacka**, and when people were acting like there were no flaws in his game and when bulls22 was sucking him off daily. Maybe I wasn’t clear enough but you really should’ve been able to figure that out. and MYUNG- lmaooo I hear you. I figured you were kidding with the jordan comparisons, but I’m chilling tho. UGLYFISH- you can’t read. read what i said again. CAREFULLY this time. IAMAB*TCHFOREVER your delusional and in love with men you’ve never met. Everything you say is invalid troll. You’re free to speculate on the size of another man’s genitals while we talk basketball

  • Drew

    Knicks need to dump Melo. He’s the NBA’s black hole and once he’s back NYK will be back to their old losing ways.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @JustinG Actually the first year Melo had a true floor general he got to the Western Conference Finals. Even KG didn’t get out the first round and to the WCF’s with Minnesota until he had Sam Cassell. Another thing I’d like to point out, let’s not mistake the Eastern Conference for the strong Western Conference back when Melo played on the Nuggets who usually faced the eventual NBA Champ in the first round. 50 win teams were barely getting into the playoffs in the Wild Wild West. Bottom line, Melo will fit in with Lin, because he’s a cold blooded assassin, who will do whatever it takes to win. And come real season, when the game slows down, you need guys like Melo, who are going to get you to the free throw line, and get you shots when everyone else is cold.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    datkid needs counseling. lol

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    S/O to myung, teddy and airs who you can actually have an argument with w/o them getting in their feelings about a disagreement. I hear what ya’ll are saying. Lin will probably prove ya’ll right soon. and UGLYFISH- here’s what i was saying. every team Lin has beaten has A) either HORRIBLE team defense(nets wizards, jazz) or a pg who is too old to play defense(lakers, although I think devin harris defense has fallen off considerably as well) and for the record, devin harris hasn’t been good for about 2 years. now shut up.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    justin i’m not allowed to be skeptical of somebody? oh……

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Call me a hater if you want but I don’t think this will last. Also, Magic has to be the dumbest cat on TV when he compared Lin to JStockton. I know it’s easy to get swept up in the hype and make outrageous statements but dude is nothing like Stockon. Stockon was one of the best if not the best at creating good looks for his teammates on damn near every possesion and Lin is more a scoring PG than Stock ever was.
    I appreciate Lin’s talent and what he’s doing at this very moment but please…I beg of the media and fans not to turn this into another Tebow-like saga.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    if Jeremy Lin is a Create-A-Player, his offensive and defensive awareness must be 99. His feel for the game is immaculate. he’s almost always at the right spot to make a play on both ends of the floor. you can’t deny that. his IQ won’t ever be lost so he’s here to stay.

  • AdamD

    Orange, as I’ve said, i think Melo will be a bigger threat to the flow of the offense when he returns than Stat. On your point about Melo reaching the WCF with a good PG, that is true enough, but if i re-call correctly that Denver team was very good collectively on D, i think that was the Dahatny Jones, Martin, Birdman crew. (that was also when Kobe described guarding Melo as being like wrestling a bear) Currently, the Knicks aren’t at that level which can’t really be ignored, Offense and D are equally important. Also, just the point about the game slowing down and Melo drawing fouls, John Schumann on NBA.com put up an interesting blog about how the Bulls were very good at not fouling, but he specifically focused on Melo. That may show that later in the post-season those easy points might not be there. Not trying to hate, in case anyone starts.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Not many of lins points came outside of the offensive scheme.
    Say what you like but he’s got a team of bill walkers and novaks flowing smoothly, he’s running that floor. He ain’t no stockton but he’s definitely no scrub

  • Eli Porter

    He’s like a 2k12 create-a-player. He came into the league out of nowhere and he gets better at things each game

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

    I gotta agree with jtaylor21 man, some things are just out of hand, the kid is playing great but to say you see john stockton in him is blasphemous .

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Genuinely happy for the kid, Lin.
    One can look into his eyes, and see the fire. The passion. His swag.
    The intellect, for he is a cerebral player.
    Anyways, again, happy for the kid.
    If he never has a decent game after this, he made his point.(s)
    He’s here to stay.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    First it was J-Lin is a fluke. Then comes the Melo can’t play with Lin angle. Afer that myth is BUSTED, what will it be next? Oh and @AdamG the Knicks team defense is getting much better, which is a testament to the hard work they’ve put in, as well as the addition of Tyson Chandler who’s played a key role in changing the culture at the defensive end. In the past ten games alone the Knicks are #9 in PPG defense, and for the season they’re #14. You’ll see the Knicks DIFF start to go upwards with their offense getting more on “point.” Bottom line, I’m happy with the progress I’m seeing from the Knicks…they’re definitely headed in the right direction. The TEAM came together in the “Knick of time!”

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    This is great for Lin. He’s pretty damn close to being a majestic galloping unicorn. I do not however think this will last that long at this level

  • Albie1kenobi

    I believe with Jeremy Lin, melo and amare will actually become unstoppable. The General(TM) will get them both such easy shots that they won’t even have time to hold the ball long enough to be ball stoppers.
    Think about it: Lin running pick n roll with amare and melo at elbow extend on the weakside. The General(TM)’s decision making will create a monster that not many teams can contain.
    Seriously, just imagine it.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    @Teddy-the-Bear:
    This has been bugging me for a couple of days;
    What’s your opinion on Toney Douglas now that it’s been established that J. Lin is better than him? Should they trade him? What should happen with Douglas?
    I mean, not too long ago, you were lobbying for him pretty good.
    Peace.

  • Albie1kenobi

    One thing on Jeremy Lin: D’Antoni better dial down his minutes soon. He plays all out every possession, so he’s gonna get burned out within a month. He’s a long term solution, not a short term fix. Treat him as such, and you’ll be rewarded, dantoni. I hope you are smart enough to realize that.
    On the other end, The General(TM) need to ask Nash to be his mentor. Their game is similar (high IQ crafty playmaker), so it’s immensely beneficial for Lin to learn from Nash. I can’t wait for the next Suns/Knicks game.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I’ll admit it, I was wrong about the majestic galloping unicorn that is Jeremy Lin (please let that name stick). He’s not a star athlete, not an elite shooter, and doesn’t have great court vision. However there are two things he does have that go overlooked in this league: intelligence and footwork. So I was wrong. Kid is good and he’ll stay around for a while. To be clear, I’m not hopping on tha bandwagon; I just like the kid and hope he does well.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Oh, I’m on the bandwagon!! lolol
    definitely on the bandwagon.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Someone posted a link on Twitter of a blog post someone else wrote before the 2010 draft.
    In it, he argued that Jeremy Lin was the second best point guard prospect behind only John Wall.
    He implored GMs to not let the fact that he was in the Ivy league cloud their judgment of him because he actually performed even better against power conference schools, like when he put up 30 or so against UConn.
    I bet that post got some laughs back then.
    Now?
    Any NBA team needing an assistant GM might wanna seek dude out.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Oh, and even though I knew about Lin when was at Harvard and I always thought he was worthy of being in the NBA, I always thought he was more suited to be a reserve or even 3rd string PG.
    I also expressed my doubts after his first big game but now I have no problem admitting I was wrong too.
    I’m a big fan of Lin also.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Matic if you find that will you send it my way?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    When a rookie comes into The League, I try to say nothing. Unless he’s undeniable like, a Shaq or The King.
    I take pride in trying to give a good assessment of a player.
    LaMarcus Aldridge is an example, when I called him out as a franchise player. My guy, Jukai, tried to say otherwise… but, that is neither here, or there. As is such, Aldridge is making me look good.
    Jennings is making me look good.
    There are others.
    Now, in conclusion, I am self aggrandizing. Proudly.
    Shout out @Riggs.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    well damn. Yeah enig, I’d like to read that as well.

  • webstarr

    I woulda loved to have seen Lin in Jerry Sloan’s offense…I think it would have fit him like a glove.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Check twitter kid

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    ight thanks soop

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    If Lin is able to keep this up for the rest of the season, the question becomes, will the Knicks be able to resign him. I mean, the Knicks can only offer 5 mil a year. I’m sure there will be another team who’ll want the skills AND Asian fan base that Lin brings with him and offer him more paper.

  • shutup

    ROASTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LMFAO

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

    Caboose: That was a wonderfully backhanded compliment, and a skillful way of admitting you were wrong while not really admitting you were wrong. Nicely done, man!

  • T-Money

    Lin is playing awesome ball but I see no comparison with Nash. As a bigger guard with a streaky jumper, he reminds me more of Kidd. And I dont think his basketball IQ is off the charts.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Oh if he keeps it up they definitely won’t be able to sign him. I think that may be the saddest part of this, Knicks fans may hate him regardless

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Here’s a question, since Omar brought up the point of possibly increasing your Asian fan base as an added bonus for signing Lin – would that only be true for Asian-Americans or would it extend to Asia as well?
    The Rockets had millions of fans in China because of Yao Ming, which obviously benefited them financially, but would China or Taiwan stand behind an American-born descendent of one of their own?
    I know being Mexican-American, to people in Mexico when a Mexican-American excels at anything they don’t pay it much attention because, as I’ve heard so many of them say “he’s not one of us”, he’s an American.
    I just wonder if the same would apply with Lin and the Chinese?

  • http://bulls.com airs

    @matic, I saw on sportscenter, ppl in mass groups were watching last nites game in china, it was like a championship game or something.
    They also added more knicks games to their tv schedules.
    So I think china would def. Stand behind lin.

  • Cool Dude

    @Enig. Right now, people in China and Taiwan are incredibly hyped on him and behind him all the way. The Japanese and Korean dudes I know here in the states are behind him all the way as well.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Also, that’s interesting about mexicans not acceptin mex-americans.
    Coming from a filipino viewpoint, it seems filipinos are ready to accept and take credit for anyone having even the slightest bit of filipino blood or relationship to filipinos.
    Its like “oh you know dat congressman? His wifes best prend is married to a pilipino!”

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Interesting guys, thanks.
    Good to see Asians can cheer on Asian-Americans unlike hatin-a** Latinos ignoring Latino-Americans. LOL.
    And I can only speak on my own experiences, but from what I’ve seen that’s been the case, where Mexicans honestly feel like they have nothing in common with Chicanos other than Chicanos are originally from there.
    There’s exceptions, of course. Mexicans really warmed up to Selena back in the days but it wasn’t easy at first.

  • JB

    will the Knicks be able to afford Lin at the end of the year. Melo, Amare and Tyson’s contracts are huge. They need to figure out a way to re-sign this kid.

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

    Click my name for an article today at the NY Times by Howard Beck, which states the Knicks will be able to keep Lin.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Teddy: Wasn’t meant to prop up my own ego (that’s childish), I just want to keep it all in perspective. I posted on here that I thought Lin would drop 14 and 6 with poor shooting on the Lakers. I was wrong. I thought he’d struggle to contend against a solid defensive team. Well, we all saw that wasn’t true. I was right when I thought he had limitations (he does) but they are obviously less damning than I initially believed. So what do you want me to say? I was wrong.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Teddy: Wasn’t meant to prop up my own ego (that’s childish), I just want to keep it all in perspective. I posted on here that I thought Lin would drop 14 and 6 with poor shooting on the Lakers. I was wrong. I thought he’d struggle to contend against a solid defensive team. Well, we all saw that wasn’t true. I was right when I thought he had limitations (he does) but they are obviously less damning than I initially believed. So what do you want me to say? I was wrong.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/12/post-up-chris-who/ IAMORANGE4EVER

    Click my name for The Post Up a little over 6 weeks ago when I “broke the news” on Dec.27 at 10:40 am that the Knicks claimed Jeremy Lin…Then check out JTaylor21′s comment at Dec.27 at 11:08 am…PRICELESS! LMFAO! It’s so nice I posted it twice.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/02/post-up-nuggetron/ IAMORANGE4EVER

    After the Knicks lost to the Bulls on TNT, Thursday night at the Garden, I was in The Post Up on February 3rd saying, “Give Jeremy Lin some burn tonight!” Click my name and look at the end of my comment at Feb.3 at 11:43 am. That Friday night versus the Celtics, Jeremy Lin got in the game in the first half. To take it further, in the next Post Up on Febuary 4th at 10:14 am I said, “I loved seeing Jeremy Lin get in the game early in the 1st half. Wish he got back in there in the 2nd half.” Two days later, Saturday, February 4th versus Deron Williams and the Nets, Linsanity begins. So ask yourself, are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? I don’t know about you, but I got goosebumps right now. ROFL

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Hey ORANGE, nobody is listening to you. Cause for every one thing you get right (Lin), there’s five things you get wrong (Knicks contending for a title being the most glaring).

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    What was that Caboose? You making up stuff now because you’re upset. lol

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Upset? Ok, let me do what you do. Danny Green is gonna be a stud in the playoffs for the Spurs. The Magic will make it through to the Finals because of Ryan Anderson. The Celtics won’t make the playoffs. The Timberwolves make the playoffs cause Rubio wins ROY. Goudelock becomes the answer for the Lakers. Kendrick Perkins dunks all over Blake next game. Now, if any ONE of these things comes true, I’ll look like a genius for calling it now.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Caboose, just to lighten things up, are you from Orlando? I like that city. I’ve had a some good times there.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Haha I’m actually not. Born and raised just outside of Sacto, living in Berkeley, CA right now. I grew up as a Kings fan but when I was five, I read a book called “Hoop Heroes” and it had little illustrated stories of 4 of the NBA’s “hottest stars”: Patrick Ewing, Stephon Marbury, Grant Hill, but most of all, Penny Hardaway. I must have read his story dozens of times. I became both his and the Magic’s biggest fan that year. Been rooting for Orlando ever since. I’ll always want the Kings to do well, but my heart rests with the Magic.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    caboose is the homie lol

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    So you’re out in Cali, huh. Speaking of the Kings, I hope they stay in Sacramento, and get that new arena. I love the heart/loyalty their fans got. As for your Magic, I bet you can’t wait until all that will Dwight stay or will he go drama is over.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I hope JTaylor21 reads his Priceless ish, and gets all red in the face. lol

  • AdamD

    If the t’wolves don’t score from this time out it’s going to madness with ‘Lin hits game winning Free throw’ if they do it will be ‘Lin’s missed free throw loses game’. Funtime!

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

    Shumpert is the SG of the future for the Knicks. That was quite clear tonight. He and Lin make one hell of a backcourt. Thank goodness Shump doesn’t have to play point anymore, ’cause he can flat out get to the hoop and his midrange is getting there. And who knew Steve Novak was this clutch?? Lin looked a little tired out there in the second half but he came through in the end. DOPE game.

  • shutup

    20-8 and the win, this kids for real the fairy tale continues

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    A nice grind out victory for the Knicks. They definitely stole this one, but I’ll take it! Shumpert gets game ball for this one, and Steve Novak was huge for us again…he’s giving us that perimeter shooting we sorely needed.

  • shutup

    the Spurs quietly racking up wins, Duncan with another double double, allstar or not they have a chance if everyone stays healthy, at the least they will be a tough out for anyone out west

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

    ^ yep and yep.
    Also fun fact: Lin’s 89 points through his first three games as a starter are the most by ANY player since the NBA/ABA merger. That’s pretty crazy.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    You’re a pretty chill guy when the Knicks aren’t involved, Orange. And yeah, I’d hate to see the team and its history leave Sacramento but given the VERY conservative nature of the surrounding communities, there’s zero chance they approve a tax hike, no matter what it’s for. I really think Seattle is where they’ll be in four years.
    And you’ve probably missed all my rants on the Dwight situation. Dominant though he is, he is not giving the Magic everything he can. I want to see him traded cause he’s not staying.
    And datkid, I’m not sure if that was a compliment, insult, or reference that went way over my head.

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

    meh no worries Caboose, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. All is good in SLAMville, lol.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Haha true that Teddy. I like my opinions and background to be known, that way any biases can be assessed when I debate something. It helps when there is already a framework in place. Civil debate is possible here on SLAM, no matter how much some of the new guys here try to wreck it.

  • Jetstar7

    At this point, if Lin-tendo’s performance is still gonna be judged on a conditional basis, you are a player-hater. Whether his stats impress you or not, the bottom line is this: the Knicks are on a 5-game winning streak. You can’t hate on that, if you do, you don’t understand basketball. One other side note, I’ll really love to see those of you calling Deron Williams a subpar PG to his face. For what it’s worth, I’m not a Knick fan, just rooting for a basketball player making it despite the challenges.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Thanks for the kind words Caboose. Sometimes things can get misconstrued in written form. I’ll try to be more mindful of that when making comments. At the end of the day, it’s all good baby, just like one big happy dysfunctional slamily.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I really hope nbk and Allen read this. I’ll say it: I misjudged you. Just know that we grow weary of Knicks everything especially when SLAM covers it on their own. Same reason I don’t update y’all on the Magic every chance I get; it makes me sound overly biased. But you know your stuff (usually) so I’ll temper my temper.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I read it. I know Orange is an intelligent guy. But he also loves to be an antagonist. I wish he just played the grounded civil card more often but it’s all good either way, I’m used to how it is, I just try and ignore the trollishness now. That one fool who I don’t want to talk to/about kinda drove home how tedious and ridiculous the constant bickering is.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Agreed nbk. You know as well as I do that there’s usually “teams” in any argument. I won’t lay them out here, but I’m sure you know there’s usually alliances that form pretty early on.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Once the argument breaks down yeah pretty much. Too many grudges and what not

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    We should borrow from Festivus and have an airing of grievances. That’d be really fun to read.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    @datkid – I agree, no one is skeptical of a scrub. If he was a scrub we would just know that. The fact that people are skeptical is because he’s already proven people wrong… as in so just what CAN’T he do? I hear you this really doesn’t mean much until I see him playing at a high level up to and into the playoffs.
    @Orange – hey I was the one that said the day night Melo got hurt that the Knicks would be fine until Melo gets back with what Lin is bringing to the table. Winning 5 out of 8 against these suckas. We see the Mavs in about a week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Man….Lin’s got one hell of an upside. Dude can just simply drive the lane with ease

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    JETSTAR7 No one called devon williams a sub-par PG. I said the nets team defense was terrible. you didn’t read my comment.

  • el_larsen

    cosign myung first comment
    i hate the lakers and the knicks but watching lin going for 38 was magical
    i love this game!
    ho and the pistons are on a winning streak!!

  • Jetstar7

    Easy there @datkid, why so defensive? I wasn’t directing my comment at you, just ranting in general as for the past few days, all this talk abt Jeremy lin’s performance has seen quite a few people saying his matchups has been less than stellar. It gets a bit old. Also, let’s just enjoy it for what it is and stop saying oh the opponents team defence is subpar. If Lebron James goes off for 38, 7 and 5 or whatever, I think it’s safe to say none of us here will be saying oh he got that off of a bad defensive team. A week ago, dude was about to get cut. Now the team is on a 5 game win streak thanks to his play. To discount that is to disrespect the purity of team sports and an underdog player trying to make good. I think that’s worth celebrating to. I’m not here to instigate a fight, nor am I grinding an axe. Just a regular hoop fan who believes in the magic of sports. Long live basketball.

  • Jetstar7

    @datkid, for what it’s worth you did say this,”…but i need to see him play against an elite defensive team, with a halfway decent pg before I say he’s really done anything.” isn’t that implying Deron Williams as being only halfway decent? Last I check, guy’s a perennial all star.

  • Justin G.

    @ORANGE…Did you really say Melo will fit in with Lin just because he is a cold blooded assassin? Or that he will do whatever it takes to win? What a load of crap! There’s one assassin in this league and he plays for the Lakers. And if Melo really does whatever it takes WHY DOESN’T HE PLAY DEFENSE? He is not a team player, he is a “me” player first. Why are you the only person that doesn’t know this? @datkid…You can be skeptical of someone. You just said you were skeptical of everyone. That’s dumb. And I don’t think it’s right for you to say someone has a man crush on 2 guys he’s never met when you clearly have the same crush on nbk and AllenP. Unless you’ve met them. That’s different

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