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For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:56 pm
NEW YORK -- Linsanity was going to end some time. For the Knicks, this was the ideal script.

After seven straight wins over nearly two weeks, fueled by outlandish statistical production, a 38-point performance against the Lakers, a Hollywood buzzer-beater in Toronto and a team-wide revival of chemistry and good times, there had to be an ending. A return to normalcy.

A loss.

All of those things arrived Friday night for Lin and the Knicks, who lost to the previously six-win New Orleans Hornets 89-85. Lin provided glimpses of his lead-guard artistry, but also coughed up nine turnovers to go with his 26 points and five assists. The Knicks committed 21 turnovers resulting in 28 points, shot 4-for-24 from 3-point range and 19-for-29 from the foul line and trailed by as many as 14 points and held the opponent under 20 points.

So why is his good, that only one game after climbing all the way back to .500 after being 8-15 when Lin first got significant floor time on Feb. 4 against the Nets?

Because Carmelo Anthony, in all likelihood, returns Sunday afternoon at home against the Mavericks. And thus, the end of this magical ride with the undrafted, Asian-American point guard from Harvard can't be his fault.

"I don't think this is good because I hate losing," Lin said. "But I know what you're saying in terms of everything dying down a little bit. It may help me, it may help the team a little bit in terms of having everything off the court cool down."

Lin blamed himself for the loss, saying, "If everyone wants to credit me for the last seven games, then I definitely deserve this one on my shoulders. That's fine with me. ... Just a lackluster effort on my part. Nine turnovers is obviously not going to get it done from your primary ballhandler."

The teammate who will need broad shoulders once he's back was the guy warming up hours earlier before the game on the Madison Square Garden court, testing his strained groin and launching jumpers with his iPod playing in his ears. Anthony, who will try to practice Saturday with the goal of returning to the lineup Sunday, has heard day after day of pre-emptive criticism that his ball-stopping, isolation-oriented offensive style would derail the chemistry Lin has inspired and bog down the Knicks' offense.

So maybe it will be prudent to allow Anthony to actually come back and play with his new point guard before deciding that it can't work.

"I don't think it'll change from my standpoint, my approach to the game," Lin said. "I think I'm going to come in with the same mentality, to attack and be aggressive, maybe run (fewer) pick-and-rolls and hopefully be more efficient. Obviously, it's always a good thing when you have more weapons, more play-makers -- not that we don't have enough right now. But somebody with Melo's capabilities, you don't get that every day from anybody."

Also coming on board soon will be newly signed shooting guard J.R. Smith, who is expected to arrive in New York Saturday night -- though he's unlikely to play Sunday without having practiced with the team. Smith brings some baggage with him, but presumably he will put it down long enough to knock down 3-pointers in bunches, something the Knicks could not do Friday night.

Before all the changes and adjustments that will come with them, the end of Linsanity -- or at least, the return to normalcy -- is out of the way. And for the Knicks, that might just be for the best. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:21 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Why is Ken constantly defending Melo?

He hasn't come on the court with Lin yet. Who knows what will happen. It's like when you do something bad as a kid and you start explaining to your parents before they find out...I know this looks bad, but just hear me out...

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:55 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

What a terrible article, Linsanity is far from over.. dude is a second year player, seeing his first real action in the NBA.. not surprising that he could have a bad game or two

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:12 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

What an idiotic headline. Do you really think Linsanity is over because he lost a game? Did you REALLY expect NY to win every fame. Did Tebow mania end after his first loss, or after the Chiefs smoked him. NO! This entire article, your so call "Insider" fluff is pure horse hockey. I'm sure everyone who cares about the NBA can't wait to see the NY-Mavs game this weekend, but wait Lin lost a game, so I wanna see him now. Right! Berger, you're a DOLT

Since: Feb 18, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:12 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

What a Stupid article ...

Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 2:59 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

 Steve Nash had seven turnovers of his own the other night.

Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 2:18 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Lin has done a outstanding job of bringing the team together. What really impressed me was when he said "If everyone wants to credit me for the last seven games, then I definitely deserve this on on my shoulders." Just shows a very mature and very well educated young man. He will do well. He looked tired which I am sure he was. Going from a sometime player to a full time starter with all of a sudden being cast into a hero and all of the attention and inverviews would make a veteran player tired. No they do not want to make another mistake and trade this kid. The first mistake was spending a ton of money and cap to get Anthony. No I am not a big Anthony fan as he has ruined my fantasy team a many time with so many in my thoughts of needless injuries. Lin has moved me from mid range in a 30 team league to contention for very little cap. He has done the same for New York in the real world. Just think that the Lakers who are begging for a point player could have had Lin for nearly nothing. Anthony is still the key to the playoffs for New York. Anthony when good is really good even if I do not like him on my team so he needs to take this kid under his wing and let Lin feed him the ball just like he has been doing the last 8 games. Take the pressure off the kid for sure and the Knicks can not only go to the playoffs but maybe all the way to the title game. You know when these guys get rolling they are a load. Good Luck!

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 1:46 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

I still think the Knicks should sell high with Lin, his value right now is good enough that he could be part of a deal to land a veteran ball handler like Steve Nash. Lin is a great story but great stories don't win titles and 9 turnovers aren't gonna get it done. This kid is a turnover machine. 

Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:58 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

NBA still sucks - says the guy who checks out NBA articles and posts on them... 

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:21 pm

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Hopefully everyone will shut up now.  Guess what?  The NBA still sucks...

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:35 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

I watched the post-game interview.  This kid has class and gets it.  I really hope he gets to stick around a few year, I'd like to see him develop.  He's pretty funny too.  Good for the game. 

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