Tag:New York Knicks
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:31 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:08 pm

Knicks G Jeremy Lin hits game-deciding free throw

Posted by Ben Golliver

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin did it again, drawing a foul and then hitting the game-deciding free throw against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Saturday night.

With the game tied at 98 with less than 10 seconds remaining, the Knicks cleared out for Lin at the top, and he drove to the basket amidst a swarm of defenders, drawing the foul on Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour with 4.9 seconds remaining. 

Lin missed the first free throw, but made the second one to put New York up for good, 99-98. The Knicks went on to win, 100-98, after the Timberwolves couldn't convert on their final two offensive possessions. The win marked New York's fifth consecutive victory.

Lin finished with 20 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals on 8-for-24 shooting in 39 minutes for New York. Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio finished with 12 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds and 3 steals on 5-for-15 shooting in 35 minutes. The performance comes one night after Lin hung a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

Here's the video of Knicks guard Jeremy Lin drawing a foul and hitting the game-winning free throw against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:46 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:12 pm

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

J. R. Smith expects to return from China this week. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

Get ready, America, he's about to be our problem again.

Former Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith, now an unrestricted free agent, said this weekend that he will return to the United States, after playing in the Chinese Basketball Association during the NBA lockout, on Wednesday.

Smith announced the news on his @TheRealJRSmith Twitter account: "Ladies [and] Gentleman I am happy to tell you my return to the United States is [official]! I will be home [February] 15, 2012! #Hyped!"

An explosive scorer and fearless shot-taker, Smith, 26, averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.9 minutes per game off of Denver's bench last season. 

Smith signed to play for the Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones during the lockout, inking a 1-year deal worth a reported $3 million back in September. The contract did not include an NBA opt-out, meaning Smith was stuck with Zhejiang until their season ended.

According to Asia-Basket.com, Smith is averaging 35.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Zhejiang this season. Smith's scoring average was tops in the CBA this season but multiple incidents involving his sister and girlfriend getting into altercations with fans at his games became major international headlines.

Sportando.net reported this week that Zhejiang is now mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in the CBA, so all of that is in the past. Had Smith's team qualified for the 3-round playoff format, he could have been stuck in China through the end of March.

Smith's Twitter profile description now includes a list of NBA teams he could sign with: the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. The Knicks are generally considered the odds-on favorites to land him but he's been linked to a bunch of teams in rumors.

On Friday night, Smith tweeted: "Got a few interesting texts after the NY vs LA game!" The Knicks, thanks to a career-high 38 points from guard Jeremy Lin, defeated the Lakers, 92-85, at Madison Square Garden.

Hat tip: HoopsHype.com
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:22 am
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:18 pm

Jeremy Lin, Knicks beat Lakers: photo gallery

Posted by Ben Golliver

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, sending the Madison Square Garden crowd into a tizzy time and again with his big shot-making. (You can watch every basket here, if you missed it live.) 

Lin, a Taiwanese-American guard from Harvard, has emerged as a major, pleasant surprise for the Knicks. New York's win over Los Angeles was its fourth consecutive victory, and Lin's 89 points in his first three career starts are more than any player has scored in their first three starts since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976-1977, according to ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Knicks reportedly considered waiving Lin prior to his recent explosion and he had been crashing on a teammate's couch. His sensational play this week led his former GMs to admit their mistakes in cutting him, it drew comparisons to the breakout success of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, and it inspired a song. "Linsanity" has gotten so big that, as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported, Lin received some pre-game advice from Lakers forward Metta World Peace.

Here's a visual look back at Lin's magical night against the Lakers on Friday, from start to finish.

All photographs courtesy of Chris Chambers and Nathaniel S. Butler for Getty Images.

Lin's image is shown on the jumbrotron during player introductions. (Chris Chambers, Getty Images)

Lin swoops in for the lay-up in transition after the Knicks defense forced a first half turnover. (Chris Chambers, Getty Images)

Lin skies for a reverse lay-up over Lakers big man Pau Gasol during the second half. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)

Lin celebrates with his teammates after knocking down a second half jumper as Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni tries to hide his excitement. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)

Lin holds his release on a fourth quarter 3-pointer, as the Madison Square Garden crowd cheers him on. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)

Lin went head-to-head with Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who made headlines on Thursday by admitting he didn't know much about Lin's recent play. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)

Two of Lin's fans wear his jersey and hold iPads bearing his image and name. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)

Three Lin fans catch "Linsanity" with t-shirt designs bearing the letters in his name. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)

Two Knicks fans seated courtside wear Jeremy Lin masks to show their support. (Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images)
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:20 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:19 pm

Knicks G Jeremy Lin career-high 38 points (video)

Posted by Ben Golliver

Here's video of all 13 field goals by New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin on his way to a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Lin scored in every conceivable manner, knocking down 3-pointers, hitting pull-up jumpers, taking defenders off the dribble, hitting leaners and finishing a nifty spinning lay-up, among other feats of offensive genius.

The Knicks defeated the Lakers, 92-85, and Lin's 38 points were a game-high, topping Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Lin finished 13-for-23 from the field and added 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 39 minutes. The Knicks were without All-Star forwards Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.

Here's the ridiculous highlight reel of every Jeremy Lin basket during his career-high game for the New York Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:26 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:20 pm

Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

Posted by Ben Golliver

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant threw a pass to himself off the backboard to set up an assist to All-Star forward Pau Gasol during the fourth quarter of a Friday night game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

It was Bryant's only assist on the night. He finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds in a 92-85 loss to the Knicks. Bryant was overshadowed by a career-high 38 points by Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, as "Linsanity" was at full tilt for much of the evening

Still, this was a remarkable play, as Bryant was clearly trapped, lost his dribble and was dealing with heavy defensive pressure. That a play as unusual and smoothly executed as this -- made by the league's most recognizable star, no less -- could be a footnote shows exactly how big the Lin phenomenon is right now. This is Lin's world, for now, and we're all just living in it.  

Here's video of Bryant's tricky self-pass off the backboard, assist to Pau Gasol combination play against the Knicks.

Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:18 pm

Of course there's a Jeremy Lin song

By Matt Moore 

This may have gone too far. 


There are no words to this Linsanity at this point. 
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:49 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 4:14 pm

Jeremy Lin says Tebow is an inspiration to him

Jeremy Lin is kind of sort of the NBA's version of Tim Tebow. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Linsanty, meet Tebow Mania.

Jeremy Lin's explosion onto the NBA scene isn't quite to the 24/7 talk that followed around Tim Tebow, but in terms of NBA storylines, it's about as close as we're going to get. The only thing that might be able to match it is if Jimmer Fredette started scoring 25 points a game in the fourth quarter while leading the Kings to a 10-game win streak.

For now, it's Linsanity. This is a guy that was cut from two NBA teams (the Warriors and Rockets, with GM Daryl Morey admitting today on Twitter he messed up on Lin), is sleeping on a teammate's couch and wasn't entirely sure he wasn't going to get cut by the Knicks yesterday. Lin joined 95.7 The Game in San Francisco to talk about his rise to fame, including a person he draws some inspiration from -- one Timothy Tebow:
“Actually a lot of inspiration just because [Tebow's] such a polarizing figure but I think the things he says in interviews, his approach to the game is just unbelievable and I respect him so much. I want to be able to do some of the things that he does in terms of the amount of charity work and the non-profit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him.”
Getting to know Jeremy Lin

Like Tebow, Lin wears his faith on his sleeve a bit. He mentioned God quite a bit during the interview and his Twitter bio says, "to know Him is to want to know Him more," with his profile picture being Jesus talking to a man on a bench. Lin hasn't spawned the jokes or putdowns that came with Tebow, but he definitely relates.

Lin, a Harvard grad that didn't get a single scholarship offer out of high school and went undrafted, isn't afraid to say he's surprised by his success.
“Yeah definitely true. I can’t sit here and say I knew this would happen or something like that. I think it’s something that I’ve been working towards to try to kind of establish myself in the rotation but to have this happen so fast has been miraculous and I’m just so thankful to God, my teammates, and this organization for giving me this opportunity. It’s been an unbelievable week.”
He's getting his shot now and he's taking advantage of it. In his three games playing prominant minutes with the Knicks, he's averaging 25.3 points and 8.3 assists. The Knicks have won three straight games, two coming without Amar'e Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony. It's still early on in Linsanity and things could chill at any moment.

But for now, Lin's living the dream. And sleeping on a teammate's couch.

Via Sports Radio Interviews
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:42 am
Edited on: February 9, 2012 1:58 am

Report Card 2.9.12: Linsanity strikes again

Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to their third straight win in his second start. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore 

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

Complete Linsanity He did it. Again. In NBA history, there have been four players to post 20+points and 8+ assists in their first two career starts. Jeremy Lin became the fifth Wednesday night, with 23 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, just two turnovers and 9-14 shooting. Once again an opponent opted to go over the screen, to dare him to drive and/or pass off the pick and roll, and once again Lin destroyed a team. The dream continues. An amazing ride. Also, this happened, which is Landry Fields and Lin's new handshake, in which they open a book flip through it, put on glasses, and then slip on pocket protectors:

Orlando Magic Orlando did not stomp the Heat. But they did throw them up against the lockers, shook their lunch money out, and bloodied their clothes a bit. The Magic essentially had a two step process. Challenge the Heat at mid-range in face-up and passinsg situations defensively, and hit a metric ton of threes. It's nothing we haven't seen from Orlando before, just against a very good team. The occasional lapse to let the Heat back in it, even as good as Miami is, keeps them from an A, but a very solid performance for Orlando and a huge win.
Memphis Grizzlies The Grizzlies beat the Wolves by just five (though it was really a seven-point lead before a needless foul and so-what three), when they were without Kevin Love. Scoring just 85 points isn't going to get it done. Memphis passes with a win over a quality team with or without Love, but fails to show anything that suggest they have resolved their myriad problems.
Los Angeles Clippers The Cavaliers were without their best player in Kyrie Irving and still ran the Clippers out throughout the game. Not the comforting start to the post-Billups era you would hope for, particularly letting Ramon Sessions have his way to the tune of 24 and 13.
New Orleans Hornets What do you want to go with, here? Scoring just 67 points? 14 points in the first period, causing an awkard situation when the crowd didn't get to sit down for five-plus minutes to start the game waiting for the first bucket? Such a wide range of sad failure for the Hornets. Anthony Davis, Hornets fans. Anthony Davis.

Jeremy Lin (23 points, 10 assists, Linsanity)
Tony Parker (37 points and 8 assists, validating All-Star reserve status if selected)
Dwight Howard (25 points and 24 boards in win over Heat)
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