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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 1, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:35 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

You comparison to Mo Williams is off. Your crazy if anything you've seen makes you think he'll be a 10 points and 6 assist player in this offense. The guy is easily an 18-20 points per night player with 8-10 assist per game. Take his 2 worst games so far- when he scores less points his assist go up as when he had 13 the other night. He might be a 10 points a night scorer on another team but in this pick and roll offense he should easily avg 18-20 a night. He's been a starter now for 7 games and played in 8 games and avg 25 points. Even if you take away his best performance, 38 points and his worst of 10 points- he's still avg 23.5 points per game. Your 10 points and 6 assist per night makes no sense.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:37 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Linsanisty, will definitely slow down, he is a nice payer, more like a Mo Williams then a Steve Nash. He willl average about 10 points and 6 assists when Melo comes back. Once teams see him a second time around they will start stopping his drive and pushing him to his left. Everyone is making way to much of this for obvious reasons. It's truly a great story and had caused a well deserved media frenzy, but no chance it makes the Knicks into a top contened at all. They all want the ball and defense still wins Championships. The Knicks will be a 500 team and get the 7 or 8 seed. Lin makes them marginally better. I could even see Lin slowing down and Baron Davis could even take over when 100% healthy. The Linsanity will come to and end soon. Welcome back ball hog Melo everyone!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:35 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Lin might still turn out to be a really good player with a larger sample, but news goes around the league fast, as do tendencies,ets.  Lin won't continue his current stats once everyone in the league has a "chart" on him.  He may, though, still put up decent numbers.  Having Carmelo Anthony to feed might help his assist/turnover ratio some. 

We'll have a better idea of Lin's true place on the food chain in another month or two.  Until then, even though it's a great "feel-good" story, it's just hype. 

It's appropriate, though, because everyone knows that nobody does hype like New York. 

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:10 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Berger you are a moron

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 8:54 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Not  knick fan...but why is it that every time there is a situation where there is a great deal of hype and excitement, someone makes a statement that it 'ends'or is 'over' once a team loses? The knicks lost a game..does anyone think their fans are any less excited about Jeremy Lin...people just need hedlines so badly it is ridiculous... Linsanity comes to an end..tebow time comes to an end...its called a loss..did anyone think they wouldnt lose eventually...just another dumb story

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:18 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

I was just thinking how bad it would have been for Melo for the Knicks to have this huge winning streak upon his arrival.  He comes, back - they lose a game - all of a sudden its his fault.

The Media blows stuff up most of the time...take this Lebron to Cavs story..

The Knicks, with JR Smith, Melo, Amare, LIN-Sanity, Fields, Chandler, B-Diddy (when healthy) should at least get past the 1st round of the playoffs this season.  I'd put them behind the Bulls and Heat and slightly ahead of the 76ers, Hawks, Pacers, Celtics, and Magic.  They are the East #3 seed without a doubt.

In Mike's system...Lin/B Diddy are perfect PGs, Melo is perfect #3, Amare is perfect #4, and Chandler gives him something @ C that they never had in Phoenix.

I'm not a Knicks fan either, I like the Hawks (for some reason - mainly being from ATL)

Now that I think about it, Knicks are a huge threat to the Heat and Bulls.

Either way, glad they lost so I dont have to listen to media blame Carmello.  That would have been terrible for him.

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:09 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

This makes perfect sense if you understand how Vegas odds and point spreads work.  The oddsmakers are trying to make odds (and spreads) so that an equal amount of people are betting on each contestant - 50/50.  This is how they ensure that they make money and limit risk. So, if there are a lot of dumb, gullible people out there (and there are) who think that the Knicks and Lin are, all of a sudden, worldbeaters, and are placing a lot of bets on the Knicks, the oddsmakers have to keep raising the point spread to cool off their ardor.  The Vegas oddsmakers aren't stupid.  The bettors (fleecees) who are very susceptible to hype are.

We saw the same thing regarding the Super Bowl.  The Pats were 3-point favorites (of the bettors) but among football insiders the Giants were a slight favorite. Therefore, the outcome wasn't an "upset" to anyone but a fool...or a sportswriter...but I repeat myself.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:47 am

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

The most Linsane part to this story is that Vegas oddsmakers had made the Knicks an 11 point favorite.

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