I can still hear the Knicks crowd chanting his name…. WHAT. A. GAME for the 3rd string point guard-it was unreal! Back when the Knicks signed Jeremy Lin, Earlier in the season, I wrote about how excited I was that we picked him up. Last night’s game was an exciting one. The Knicks were booed in the 1st, but when Jeremy entered the game, the mood changed IMMEDIATELY! He filled up the stat sheet with career highs, 25 points, 7 assists, just to name a few. What was even more impressive was that he did it against one of the most elite point guards in the league, Deron Williams!
If you have been following Lin this season with the Knicks, he was only playing garbage minutes. Then, he was sent to the D Leaugue and was finally brought back to the Knicks to only play more garbage minutes. Then, all of a sudden, he came into the 2 quarter of the Celtics game and played some solid minutes against the veteran team. I figured he would come back in the 3rd, but never returned. But yesterday, I guess the coaches saw something in Lin’s game and he played over 35 minutes against the Nets. And he made the most of it. He must have been listening to Eminem’s Lose Yourself, because he took full advantage of the opportunity. Lin’s play put smiles on all Knick fans, players and coaches.
We wanted a point guard and it has been answered, well, at least for last night’s game. Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but the kid’s got potential. His penetration was solid, something we have been lacking for quite sometime. Once he starts hitting down the outside shot on a consistent basis, the sky’s the limit for him. I’m sure D’Antoni is ecstatic and a little relieved because when and if Baron Davis is available, we could possibly have our point guard issues answered.
This was the first time we got to see how effective this team is with an actual POINT GUARD who can penetrate. The Knicks fans, analysts, sports writers and coaches kept repeating the obvious about what the Knicks are missing and it looks like the answer was sitting on our bench the entire time. Congrats, Jeremy Lin!