Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Feb 15 2012)

  • [New York Times] Knicks 90, Raptors 87: Lin’s Last-Second Shot Lifts Knicks Over Raptors (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:47:17 GMT)

    Another chapter in the legend of Jeremy Lin was written on Tuesday night with a dramatic game-winning 3-pointer against the Raptors that brought the Knicks to a 6-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] In China, Knicks’ Lin Emerges as a Star and a Symbol (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:47:17 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin’s stunning success with the Knicks over the last week and a half has captured the imagination of China, from Communist Party bosses to the often-persecuted Christian minority.

  • [New York Times] Questions And Cameras Greet Lin in Canada (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:24:05 GMT)

    The Knicks, who played the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, held a news conference for Lin before their morning shootaround, which is almost unheard of.

  • [New York Times] In Season of Loss, Brooklyn’s Nazareth Girls Team Keeps Winning (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:30:08 GMT)

    The Nazareth High School girls basketball team is 14-1 in a season in which it has dealt with the death of its coach and the news that the school will close in June.

  • [New York Times] Heat Win Third Road Game in 3 Days (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:02:52 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 23 points and Dwyane Wade had 16, leading Miami to a 105-90 rout at Indiana to become the first N.B.A. team in 33 years to win three road games in three days.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Struggling Bobcats Hoping Augustin Can Help Generate a Win (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:23:57 GMT)

    The Charlotte Bobcats are hoping the return of point guard D. J. Augustin will mean the end of a 15-game losing streak, the longest in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Beat Hawks 86-78 Behind Gasol’s Late Surge (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:12:19 GMT)

    The days of high-scoring games and one-sided victories are basically over for the Los Angeles Lakers under new coach Mike Brown, who is still in the process of learning his roster and adjusting to individual matchups with a less-than-stellar bench at his disposal.

  • [New York Times] Young Scores 35, Wizards Win in Portland, 124-109 (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:24:17 GMT)

    Nick Young scored a season-high 35 points, John Wall added 29 points and nine assists, and the Washington Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-109 Tuesday night for their second straight road win.

  • [New York Times] Afflalo Has 20 Points, Leads Nuggets Past Suns (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:45:22 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo scored 20 points, Ty Lawson had 17 and the Denver Nuggets broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat the short-handed Phoenix Suns 109-92 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Survive Late Rally to Beat Kings 121-115 (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:09:30 GMT)

    Luol Deng came through with 23 points and a career-high 11 assists, and the Chicago Bulls escaped with a 121-115 victory over the Sacramento Kings after watching a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead dwindle to two.

  • [New York Times] Blazers F Aldridge Helped Off With Ankle Injury (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:33:16 GMT)

    Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his left ankle early in Portland’s loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Rested Thunder Throttle Weary Jazz 111-85 (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:39:19 GMT)

    James Harden scored 22 points, Kevin Durant added 21 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Utah 111-85 on Tuesday night for their second win against the Jazz in five days.

  • [New York Times] Lin Hits Game-Winner as Knicks Beat Raptors (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:33:22 GMT)

    Even after his amazing week, this one took Linsanity to a whole new level. Against Toronto on Tuesday, it was Lin for the win!

  • [New York Times] ‘Linsanity’ Touches Down in Star-Struck Canada (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:49:21 GMT)

    ‘Linsanity’ slammed into hockey-mad Canada with the force of a winter storm on Tuesday as Jeremy Lin, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) newest sensation, set hearts aflutter with a Valentine’s Day visit to the league’s most northern outpost.

  • [New York Times] Bulls G Derrick Rose Misses 3rd Straight Game (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:54:16 GMT)

    Bulls star Derrick Rose said his aching back is improving, and he doesn’t expect any lingering problems.

  • [New York Times] The Closer: Flaws Clear Even in Knicks Win (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:59:54 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin won the game for the Knicks on Tuesday with a last-second 3-pointer, but there were flaws on display for the Knicks despite the six-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: George Vecsey — Knicks Pioneer Roots for Underdog in Lin (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:20:12 GMT)

    Wat Misaka, 88, the first Asian-American player in the N.B.A., said he roots for Jeremy Lin because of his guard skills, not their shared heritage.

  • [New York Newsday] D'Antoni cautious, but praises Lin (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:13:57 EST)

    Mike D'Antoni isn't ready to say Jeremy Lin should be an All-Star or that the Knicks are his team — yet.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Video: Why is Lin so good? (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 01:29:52 EDT)
  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks' Postgame Chat (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:48:59 EDT)

    After Jeremy Lin’s first game-winner as an NBA player, leading the Knicks to a 90-87 win over the Raptors, ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling and Mike Mazzeo couldn’t resist chiming in on the most Lin-sane finish so far since the undrafted player’s streak started last week.
    Zwerling: What impressed you most about Lin tonight?
    Mazzeo: His perseverance. At times, Lin was bad Tuesday night. Early on, it seemed like he was going to wind up with 20 turnovers.

  • [New York Post] Jeremy drains 3-pointer with .05 left to lift Knicks to 6th-straight ‘W’ (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:59:20 -0500)

    TORONTO ALL­â?? Jeremy Lin called his sudden 10-day phenomenon “a miracle from God” â?? and that was before he completed a miracle comeback with a miracle final-second 3-point shot.
    The fairy-tale story carried north of the border and got even more spectacular as Lin dribbled down the clock in a tie game…

  • [New York Post] Never a doubt guard’s legend would grow with game-winner (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:34:00 -0500)

    TORONTO ­â?? Around the arena, inevitability ruled the moment. Among 20,092 people inside Air Canada Centre, all of them on their feet. Among the Toronto Raptors, who could sense they were being set up as patsies. Among the Knicks, of course, who have come to believe that there is nothing…

  • [New York Post] Former Far East teammate: Lin found his game on other side of the world (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 02:29:41 -0500)

    It was July 2011, and everyone’s NBA dream was on hold because of the lockout. Jeremy Lin, whose belief in realizing that dream was starting to wane, received an invitation to go back to China and train.
    Lin and his parents flew to Guangdong province in the southeastern corner…

  • [New York Post] D’Antoni’s Va-Lin-tine to wife (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:17:40 -0500)

    TORONTO — Laurel D’Antoni found roses delivered to her doorstep of her Westchester home at 10 a.m. yesterday.
    She was thrilled at the Valentine’s Day sentiment, but cautious as she picked up the flowers.
    “I wouldn’t have been surprised if the note card said Jeremy on…

  • [New York Post] Amar’e finishes strong in return to Knicks (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:12:45 -0500)

    TORONTO â?? Amar’e Stoudemire has a new tattoo teardrop near his right eye in memory of his deceased brother.
    On his return last night to the Knicks, that teardrop represented a tear of joy as Stoudemire celebrated wildly on the court with Tyson Chandler after Jeremy Lin’s “miracle” 3-point…

  • [New York Post] Chandler ring presentation surprises Raptors coach (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 02:03:06 -0500)

    TORONTO â?? Raptors first-year coach and former Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey got a big surprise when Knicks center Tyson Chandler presented him his championship ring in a ceremony before last night’s thrilling 90-87 Knicks win.Casey got his ring in the mail Sunday, but the Raptors wanted to see a…

  • [New York Post] Iman steals show (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 02:01:56 -0500)

    TORONTO â?? Iman Shumpert played possum most of the fourth quarter, thinking he could pick Jose Calderon’s pocket a few times, but never sensing the time was right.As it was, he had given the Knicks a fighting chance in this game by smothering Calderon, who spent the first three…

  • [New York Daily News] Lin calls run with Knicks ‘a miracle from God’ (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:20:02 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin is calling his rags-to-riches NBA story “a miracle from God”, adding that it is more than just a coincidence that everything is suddenly breaking right for him.

  • [New York Daily News] Lin-stant Classic! Jeremy’s 3 wins it (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:10:22 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin had the crowd on its feet, Jose Calderon on his heels and the game in his hands. All that remained was the shot. One final glorious shot.

  • [New York Daily News] Like Tebow, Lin answers team’s prayers (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:09:53 GMT)

    The name Tim Tebow was overheard in the visitors dressing room Tuesday night after Jeremy Lin delivered another miracle win for the Knicks.

  • [New York Daily News] Lin is Mr. Big ShotALL while Mayweather  is just another Twit  (Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:36:50 GMT)

    Ignorance comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. That is about the only lesson to take from the latest round of tweets from Floyd Mayweather Jr., who took to Twitter on Monday and Tuesday to put in his two cents’ worth on the Jeremy Lin phenomenon.

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    60 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Feb 15 2012)”

    1. Right now,we’re 4 games behind Atlanta and Orlando and only 3 1/2 behind Indiana. Atlanta has no Horford, and now Grainger is out with an ankle injury. That’s why it’s so important to pile up wins before the All Star break, after which our schedule gets brutal.

    2. Toronto had six possessions from 3:09 remaining until Lin tied it on the 3 point play at 1:05 and couldn’t even get a shot off the rim:

      3 steals by Shump Shump
      2 blocks by Chandler
      1 where Kleiza got fouled and hit 1 of 2 FTs

      Chandler/Jeffries/Shumpert are not only all spectacular defenders, but they complement each other so well. Chandler is in the top handful of basket defenders in the league, Shump Shump the same on the ball, and Jeffries can guard any of the five positions necessary.

    3. Abbey, funny thing about that is Kleiza didn’t even get fouled, he rolled his ankle an hobbled, Shumpert completely missed him. I watched it like five mins ago and I repeated it several times, the herky Jerk from rolling the ankles made him react in a way that let him draw the foul call.

    4. Oh, right, good point. Yeah, the angle from behind the basket seemed to make that pretty clear, I was just going from the play by play but forgot the specifics.

      That is two 4th quarters of defense in a row that the Oakley/Mason Knicks would have been proud of. They took great pride in owning the 4th quarter, nice to see a bit of that again.

    5. Reposting this from last thread: “Re: Lin’s turnovers – Last night Lin had half of all of our turnovers and considering his usage his somewhere between 40-50%, that’s kind of a good thing right? Since it means that he’s generally setting up people for shots, it’s much better if he turns it over than say, STAT or Tyson since a Lin assist is generally leading to a pretty easy, efficient shot.

      Similarly in the lakers game (6 out of 14 to’s) and TWolves (6 out of 20, I believe). Also, I don’t think our total turnover’s have really up. We were already turning it over at a horrible rate before Lin. Maybe we’ve just upgraded to the right person turning it over? Stat heads, help me out here…”

    6. That NYT piece (in every sense of the word) by Benjamin Hoffman highlighting Lin’s perceived flaws really pissed me off.

      The knock on Lin in his scouting reports was that he is turnover prone. He can work on that, but he still dishing out more assists so I can live with it.

      Furthermore, on what planet is it a bad ft% when you hit 3 of 4?

      And to now say Lin may be showing signs of cockiness because he asked MDA for an iso play – that won the game – is pure bs. I hope Lin is a little cocky so that when he is bringing the ball down court, he has the stones to pass to a wide-open Novak, instead of a double-teamed superstar like Melo.

      Maybe I just need more coffee …

    7. jon abbey:
      Toronto had six possessions from 3:09 remaining until Lin tied it on the 3 point play at 1:05 and couldn’t even get a shot off the rim:

      3 steals by Shump Shump
      2 blocks by Chandler
      1 where Kleiza got fouled and hit 1 of 2 FTs

      Chandler/Jeffries/Shumpert are not only all spectacular defenders, but they complement each other so well. Chandler is in the top handful of basket defenders in the league, Shump Shump the same on the ball, and Jeffries can guard any of the five positions necessary.

      Who would have thought we’d EVER be saying THAT?

    8. I witnessed a bona fide miracle last night.

      I saw Jose Calderon play defense for a good 3 quarters.

      I was jaw dropped.

    9. TDM: That NYT piece (in every sense of the word) by Benjamin Hoffman highlighting Lin’s perceived flaws really pissed me off. The knock on Lin in his scouting reports was that he is turnover prone. He can work on that, but he still dishing out more assists so I can live with it. Furthermore, on what planet is it a bad ft% when you hit 3 of 4?And to now say Lin may be showing signs of cockiness because he asked MDA for an iso play – that won the game – is pure bs. I hope Lin is a little cocky so that when he is bringing the ball down court, he has the stones to pass to a wide-open Novak, instead of a double-teamed superstar like Melo.Maybe I just need more coffee …

      I didn’t get it. All I thought was this guy writes for the Times? A piece that simplistic would be ripped to shreds here. To call out Lin for missing FTs down the stretch while saying nothing about T-1000. Seems like he just wants to position himself on the other side of the fence in case things change so that he can scream “I told you so.” since there is no analysis presented or evidence that he even watched the game or if he did comprehended what he was watching.

    10. TDM:
      That NYT piece (in every sense of the word) by Benjamin Hoffman highlighting Lin’s perceived flaws really pissed me off.

      The knock on Lin in his scouting reports was that he is turnover prone.He can work on that, but he still dishing out more assists so I can live with it.

      Furthermore, on what planet is it a bad ft% when you hit 3 of 4?

      And to now say Lin may be showing signs of cockiness because he asked MDA for an iso play – that won the game – is pure bs.I hope Lin is a little cocky so that when he is bringing the ball down court, he has the stones to pass to a wide-open Novak, instead of a double-teamed superstar like Melo.

      Maybe I just need more coffee …

      Haven’t read the piece, but you knew some backlash was inevitable right? That’s kinda the way the narrative evolves. The hype that goes way beyond the actual level of play is intentionally over the top. That sets up the next round of stories — about how the hype was way over the top.

      As for turnovers, obviously they’re too high. At the same time you can see teams kinda throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Lin to throttle the pick-and-roll. Minny did it — add to it that Rubio is a far better defender than I ever thought. I’m willing to be patient with some of the turnovers as Lin gets his legs, adjusts to what defenses are doing, and learns his teammates. Oh, and @7, quantitatively a TO is a TO in that all of them create an extra possession for the opponent. Qualitatively though, I’d rather see Lin get trapped or something because I suspect that as he gains experienced he won’t make the same mistakes.

      As for FTs, yeah, you really want to see any NBA guard able to shoot in the 80s.

      As for the clearout, Legs pointed out this morning, and I was thinking the same last night, that was good play. You can’t go PnR there because they’d been trapping all…

    11. I think the end of game play shows Lin learning from his experience. At the end of the first half in Minnesota, he went too early and ended up giving the Wolves an extra basket at the end. By going isolation and launching the 3, Lin guaranteed that OT would be the worst that the Knicks could do. If he misses that shot, the rebound could not have been gathered during regulation. If he makes the shot, Toronto would have less than a second for a desperation 3 to tie it (which they missed).

    12. Re: Lin asking for the iso at the end: any play that ends with a good offensive player going 1-on-1 with Jose Calderon is a good play. I’m pretty sure that Lin wouldn’t have asked for an iso if it were Rondo guarding him.

    13. I stayed with the post game and Lin said they bottled up the potential penetration (or something to that effect) so he took the shot “even though my percentages are not good”. There was more to it but I forget. when have you ever heard an NBA player acknowledge that 1) he knows what his percentages are 2) acknowledge that anything about him is not good. Very refreshing.

    14. TDM:
      That NYT piece (in every sense of the word) by Benjamin Hoffman highlighting Lin’s perceived flaws really pissed me off.

      The knock on Lin in his scouting reports was that he is turnover prone.He can work on that, but he still dishing out more assists so I can live with it.

      Furthermore, on what planet is it a bad ft% when you hit 3 of 4?

      And to now say Lin may be showing signs of cockiness because he asked MDA for an iso play – that won the game – is pure bs.I hope Lin is a little cocky so that when he is bringing the ball down court, he has the stones to pass to a wide-open Novak, instead of a double-teamed superstar like Melo.

      Maybe I just need more coffee …

      Screw that guy, Jeremy Lin can hammer a wall into a nail

    15. Frank:
      Re: Lin asking for the iso at the end:any play that ends with a good offensive player going 1-on-1 with Jose Calderon is a good play. I’m pretty sure that Lin wouldn’t have asked for an iso if it were Rondo guarding him.

      IMO Calderon was daring Lin to shoot, rather than let him drive for up-close shot or a foul. Good percentage play defensively.

      jon abbey:
      Toronto had six possessions from 3:09 remaining until Lin tied it on the 3 point play at 1:05 and couldn’t even get a shot off the rim:

      3 steals by Shump Shump
      2 blocks by Chandler
      1 where Kleiza got fouled and hit 1 of 2 FTs

      Chandler/Jeffries/Shumpert are not only all spectacular defenders, but they complement each other so well. Chandler is in the top handful of basket defenders in the league, Shump Shump the same on the ball, and Jeffries can guard any of the five positions necessary.

      I’ll go you 2/3 on this.. I’m not gonna call JJ a spectacular defender, although he’s pretty good and the versatility is a definite plus. I’d put Chandler as #2 in the league, center-wise.. haven’t looked up his oppo numbers but I bet they are spectacular. And Shumpert is terrific – another year or two and he’ll be a perennial 1st-team all-defense, unless he decides to channel his talents into jacking up 20 shots a game (paging TDDWTDD… )

    16. From Synergy – you probably don’t want to try going 1-on-1 against Shump Shump:

      PPP-against Shump in isolation = 0.53 PPP
      PPP-against Shump in the post = 0.56 PPP

      He apparently doesn’t do quite so well against the PNR ball handler when the ball handler ends the possession (ie. shot/foul/TO) at 0.83 which is still above average. But other than PNR ball handler stats, he dominates Tony Allen across the board in defensive stats.

      Shump / Tony Allen
      Overall: 0.74 vs. 0.88
      Iso: 0.53 vs. 0.71
      PNR BH: 0.83 vs. 0.73
      Post-up: 0.56 vs. 1.38
      Spot-up: 0.78 vs. 1.04
      Off-screen: 1.05 vs. 1.12
      Handoff: 0.92 vs. 0.15 (Very small sample – 12 plays)

      if he keeps this up and registers a dominant defensive game or two more like he did against Kobe, he really should get some votes for All-Defense.

      of course I don’t want to jinx him like I did Novak – of course he is a total sieve on D and shoots 1-5 right after I spend a half hour posting about how great he is.

      Also – and they must be loving this – Miami is totally flying under the radar right now and just absolutely dominating. LBJ has been totally ridiculous lately. His line against Milwaukee – 35 points in 33 minutes on 16-21 shooting, a TS of 78.4 with ZERO 3’s taken and only 3 FTA – amazing.

    17. I was on mad dog radio this morning on XM radio talking about my funny Jeremy Lin situation. Figured I’d share it here.

      I don’t know why, I don’t know how it started. But when it comes to the Knicks I’m extremely superstitious. To the point where if I am doing something and the knicks are winning and I stop and something changes, i’ll go back to doing whatever I was doing. If someone comes into the room and the Knicks start doing poorly I’ll ask them to leave the room.

      Well I work nights, so sleeping in the morning is sometimes tough, so i’ll usually put a movie on while I go to sleep. But I put something on that I’ve seen a lot so that I don’t focus on the movie.

      The night before the Knicks game against the Nets I put on the Empire Strikes Back. After Lin did what he did the next day I did the same thing, and needless to say for the last 10 days I’ve watched the friggin Empire Strikes Back everyday since when I’ve been going to sleep. Probably silly, but I have no intention of stopping until it fails.

    18. Spree8nyk8: I was on mad dog radio this morning on XM radio talking about my funny Jeremy Lin situation. Figured I’d share it here.I don’t know why, I don’t know how it started. But when it comes to the Knicks I’m extremely superstitious. To the point where if I am doing something and the knicks are winning and I stop and something changes, i’ll go back to doing whatever I was doing. If someone comes into the room and the Knicks start doing poorly I’ll ask them to leave the room.Well I work nights, so sleeping in the morning is sometimes tough, so i’ll usually put a movie on while I go to sleep. But I put something on that I’ve seen a lot so that I don’t focus on the movie.The night before the Knicks game against the Nets I put on the Empire Strikes Back. After Lin did what he did the next day I did the same thing, and needless to say for the last 10 days I’ve watched the friggin Empire Strikes Back everyday since when I’ve been going to sleep. Probably silly, but I have no intention of stopping until it fails.

      Banned from the site should you stop, you will be.

    19. Remember when everyone thought we’d take Singleton over Shumpert so we could improve our defense.

    20. Frank:

      Also – and they must be loving this – Miami is totally flying under the radar right now and just absolutely dominating.LBJ has been totally ridiculous lately. His line against Milwaukee – 35 points in 33 minutes on 16-21 shooting, a TS of 78.4 with ZERO 3?s taken and only 3 FTA – amazing.

      on their third game in three nights last night, they went into Indiana and just demolished them, 68-39 at halftime!

    21. Brian Cronin:
      What are the defensive numbers for Boston’s guard, Bradley, Frank? He looked really good against the Knicks. I wonder if he is really that good.

      ask and you shall receive. and they are AWESOME.

      Bradley’s PPP vs. play-type
      Overall – 0.66
      Iso – 0.37 (#1 overall in NBA)
      PNR ballhandler – 0.74
      Post-up 1.25
      PNR roll man – 1.0
      Spot-up – 0.51
      Off-screen 1.63
      Handoff- 0.5

      Other than iso, PNR ball handler, and spot-up, they are all VERY small (<10 plays total) samples. But undeniably impressive…

      The one thing I will say about Bradley – I think he fouls the @#^ out of everyone when he plays defense, and I'm not sure why the refs let him get away with it. I watched a bunch of his plays on synergy and in my non-ref opinion could get called for blocking fouls just about every possession that he decides to play tight. Maybe that could be said for everyone, I don't know.

      The other thing that would make him less valuable than Shump is that Shump can guard 1-3 whereas Bradley is pretty much confined to 1's and small 2's.

    22. Spree8nyk8:

      Remember when everyone thought we’d take Singleton over Shumpert so we could improve our defense.

      Look, I said I was wrong. I make mistakes from time to time.

    23. TDM: Banned from the site should you stop, you will be.

      huh??? I must have missed the joke if you were making one.

    24. I’m enjoying the knicks more than I have in a long long time, but one problem in this country is that everything is over-hyped. The knicks are winning, they’re headed for the playoffs, and can potentially make some real nosie when they get there. Lin is fun, but this thing is hyped much much much much much too much. That’s the all powerful media at work.
      The over adulation is fun when it’s happening, but it’s unhealthy for the the knicks and especially for Lin. It’s not real. It cannot sustain. You know what happens when things get over-hyped? They crash.

    25. Brian Cronin:
      What are the defensive numbers for Boston’s guard, Bradley, Frank? He looked really good against the Knicks. I wonder if he is really that good.

      I know Ainge drafted him for defense.. he had a rep as a fantastic defender, even though he couldn’t shoot or do anything else, really.

    26. ask and you shall receive. and they are AWESOME.

      Bradley’s PPP vs. play-type
      Overall – 0.66
      Iso – 0.37 (#1 overall in NBA)
      PNR ballhandler – 0.74
      Post-up 1.25
      PNR roll man – 1.0
      Spot-up – 0.51
      Off-screen 1.63
      Handoff- 0.5

      Other than iso, PNR ball handler, and spot-up, they are all VERY small (<10 plays total) samples. But undeniably impressive…

      The one thing I will say about Bradley – I think he fouls the @#^ out of everyone when he plays defense, and I’m not sure why the refs let him get away with it. I watched a bunch of his plays on synergy and in my non-ref opinion could get called for blocking fouls just about every possession that he decides to play tight. Maybe that could be said for everyone, I don’t know.

      The other thing that would make him less valuable than Shump is that Shump can guard 1-3 whereas Bradley is pretty much confined to 1’s and small 2’s.

      Thanks!

    27. @30. Hahaha.

      There’s more to the Knicks than Lin, seems like Lin understands that. So until Lin Starks it, it’s only fun.

    28. When does the NBA announce that Lin has been added to the Freshman-Sophomore game at All-Star Weekend? Or did that already happen? I know that the Knicks would love it if Lin could get the full five days to rest, but I cannot imagine Stern allowing the biggest story in his sport today be absent from Orlando.

    29. Is Lin freshman or sophomore? Wondering if there are playing time considerations.

      And skip the all star weekend otherwise.

    30. One of the things I enjoy most in life is getting irrationally excited about things. However, my baseline expectation since the inception (Linception?) of Linsanity has *always* been “competent point guard that makes D’Antoni’s offense work properly for once.” Everything else is simply the most opulent icing on the cake imaginable.

      What a blessing this is.

    31. Brian Cronin:
      What are the defensive numbers for Boston’s guard, Bradley, Frank? He looked really good against the Knicks. I wonder if he is really that good.

      I think he’s why they are shopping Rondo for a big.

    32. ephus:
      When does the NBA announce that Lin has been added to the Freshman-Sophomore game at All-Star Weekend?Or did that already happen?I know that the Knicks would love it if Lin could get the full five days to rest, but I cannot imagine Stern allowing the biggest story in his sport today be absent from Orlando.

      Not until after they announce blake griffin withdrawing from it. Which is probably going to happen since he is playing in the all star game.

    33. Anyone who hasn’t read Robert’s blog on the NYT today should – great piece on Jefferies:

      http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/and-now-a-moment-of-appreciation-for-jeffries/?ref=sports&pagewanted=all

      Just curious Robert – you mentioned that Jared going to the rim is like a giraffe on roller-skates – not sure if you have young children but that totally reminded me of a very popular children’s book (with which I have zero affiliation) called Giraffes Can’t Dance – in a nutshell it tells the story of a dance competition amongst all the animals in the jungle, and Gerald the Giraffe is ridiculed for being a terrible dancer – until he wanders off and finds new music that he dances very well to — sounds just like Jared! in fact, Jared should totally release a Jared version right now. I’d buy it, if only so my kid said “basketball” rather than calling it “orange soccer ball”.

    34. hoolahoop:
      I’m enjoying the knicks more than I have in a long long time, but one problem in this country is that everything is over-hyped. The knicks are winning, they’re headed for the playoffs, and can potentiallymake some real nosie when they get there. Lin is fun, but this thing is hyped much much much much much too much. That’s the all powerful media at work.
      The over adulation is fun when it’s happening, but it’s unhealthy for the the knicks and especially for Lin. It’s not real. It cannot sustain. You know what happens when things get over-hyped? They crash.

      I feel the same way as far as the joy for the team that I have felt. But as far as the sustainability. Which part is unsustainable? The winning streak? Of course they are going to lose games, but I don’t see why Lin’s play is unsustainable. He isn’t doing anything at an unreasonable clip. His shooting %’s and turnover numbers could even improve. This could easily be the right guy finding the right situation and everything just clicking into place. I think in another system he might not be as effective. But in this system not only do I think he can continue, I think he could even improve. I mean you would think he has to still be learning the system, his players. I think we could just be seeing the beginning of something. Unusual road to take for him, but now that he is here. When I look at that kid, failure doesn’t really seem like an option to him, at least not from a confidence perspective. Maybe I’m a homer on this one. But that kid looks every bit the part to me, and I really can’t see this being a flash in the pan.

    35. Frank:

      Anyone who hasn’t read Robert’s blog on the NYT today should – great piece on Jefferies:

      http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/and-now-a-moment-of-appreciation-for-jeffries/?ref=sports&pagewanted=all

      Just curious Robert – you mentioned that Jared going to the rim is like a giraffe on roller-skates – not sure if you have young children but that totally reminded me of a very popular children’s book (with which I have zero affiliation) called Giraffes Can’t Dance – in a nutshell it tells the story of a dance competition amongst all the animals in the jungle, and Gerald the Giraffe is ridiculed for being a terrible dancer – until he wanders off and finds new music that he dances very well to — sounds just like Jared! in fact, Jared should totally release a Jared version right now. I’d buy it, if only so my kid said “basketball” rather than calling it “orange soccer ball”.

      I read that to the boys all the time.

    36. Jeremy Lin’s emergence certainly makes it more so, but all these games one coming soon after another, so wonderful for fans.

    37. Lin is only 23 and has never gotten significant burn in the NBA until now, and he’s performing amazingly well. His numbers are not inflated by some flukey hot outside shooting streak. He has the prototypical size for his position. He’s playing in the most point-guard friendly system in the NBA.

      Sure, he’s had a lot of turnovers. But he handles the ball almost the entire time he’s in the game– when you combine his usage and assist percentage you realize that he is involved on an incredibly high percentage of the plays on offense. Lin’s overall turnover percentage is 18.8%. Compare that to some of his peers:

      Rajon Rondo 22.4
      Ricky Rubio 22.7
      Steve Nash 24.4
      Deron Williams 17.7
      Jameer Nelson 19.4
      John Wall 19.9
      Russell Westbrook 17.0
      Ray Felton 20.0
      Kyle Lowry 19.0

    38. JK47:
      Lin is only 23 and has never gotten significant burn in the NBA until now, and he’s performing amazingly well.His numbers are not inflated by some flukey hot outside shooting streak.He has the prototypical size for his position.He’s playing in the most point-guard friendly system in the NBA.

      Sure, he’s had a lot of turnovers.But he handles the ball almost the entire time he’s in the game– when you combine his usage and assist percentage you realize that he is involved on an incredibly high percentage of the plays on offense.Lin’s overall turnover percentage is 18.8%.Compare that to some of his peers:

      Rajon Rondo 22.4
      Ricky Rubio 22.7
      Steve Nash 24.4
      Deron Williams 17.7
      Jameer Nelson 19.4
      John Wall 19.9
      Russell Westbrook 17.0
      Ray Felton 20.0
      Kyle Lowry 19.0

      Alan Hahn just wrote a similar point in his Fix blog today. I think that really does a good job illuminating the issue on the TOs. If Lin is making between 4-5 per game but he is making up for it with assists and play making it is essentially cutting into the difficult positions where players like Amare (most importantly), Jeffries, Shump and hopefully Melo were getting the ball causing THEM to make a higher % of TOs vs their usg than Lin. So overall this is a positive outcome.

    39. Just think, it was only two weeks ago we were all jokingly asking about the availability of Jimmy Chitwood, Teen Wolf, Air Bud, etc… to come and save the Knicks.

      And now here we are, just 6 games later, with a hollywood story almost as cheesy as a dog, a chimp, or a warewolf.

      Jeremy Lin is like Rudy, if instead of Rudy getting into a game and sacking the quarterback, Rudy went onto to dominate the NFL.

      If Linsanity was a movie, I’d have walked out of it by now. So contrived. So cheesy.

      So awesome.

    40. I recall Amare making some comments before the season about how his posture is fixed and he’s a bit taller and he’s now obsessed with perfect posture (all to prevent further back injuries).

      I think this is hurting him. Has anyone seen him bend his knees all year? He does everything from a stiffer position now. This hurts him the most on defense. He never bends his knees, therefore he can’t slide his feet quickly and opposing players blow by him. Which one day will cause for Tyson to get in foul trouble in an important game.

      I am high on every knick on the roster besides Amare and Douglas. Douglas because he sucks. And Amare looks as though he’ll never be the same physically. I wonder if Amare put on 20 lbs of muscle in the off-season because he wanted to dominate 5s and then Chandler comes and renders Amare a musclebound meathead that can’t stop or blow by anybody. Not worth 20 mill a year….

    41. cgreene: Alan Hahn just wrote a similar point in his Fix blog today.I think that really does a good job illuminating the issue on the TOs.If Lin is making between 4-5 per game but he is making up for it with assists and play making it is essentially cutting into the difficult positions where players like Amare (most importantly), Jeffries, Shump and hopefully Melo were getting the ball causing THEM to make a higher % of TOs vs their usg than Lin.So overall this is a positive outcome.

      Also totally incredible how Chris Paul’s TO% is SIGNIFICANTLY lower than everyone else’s (like 11%?!) while his ASST % is in the top 5 at 44%

    42. That TOV% data makes me feel a bit better, OK a lot. I was getting the impression from the TO/g that he was exceptionally subpar. To see him “better:” than guys like Rondo and Miller among others is a relief. And yes Chris Paul is otherworldly. FWIW some on the poster put the links in the post game thread.

    43. @20

      I’d rather have him shorter, faster and more explosive as opposed to taller, slower, stronger and worse. Get rid of the 20lbs and move.

    44. Let me join in the Linnin’ and word-smithin’:

      LINSANITIZED (adj.) 1. having undergone the processed of being cleansed of one’s false hopes of deflecting the inevitable crushing of one’s spirit by the suddenly and mysteriously all-powerful forces of “destliny.” ex. Among NBA franchises, he Nets, Wizards, Jazz, Lakers, Wolves and Raptors are now linsanitized.

      OK, corny, but I couldn’t resist.

    45. TDM:
      That NYT piece (in every sense of the word) by Benjamin Hoffman highlighting Lin’s perceived flaws really pissed me off.

      The knock on Lin in his scouting reports was that he is turnover prone.He can work on that, but he still dishing out more assists so I can live with it.

      he is a little turn over prone now, but that is to be expected. he is a rookie (essentially) who never was exposed to big time defenses in college and is getting blitzed with defenses he has never seen in the past few days.

      B ball is a lot less complex than deciphering football defenses because the traps/blitzes can only come from 4 off the ball defenders rather than 11 in football.

      does anyone remember how totally clueless eli manning looked vs baltimore in his rookie season, but now, he is impossible to confuse.

      20 games from now after he has seen all the possible angles the traps can come from and figures the correct response, with his basketball iq and non basketball iq his to’s will dry up.

      and all the myriad of positive stuff he does will overwhelm the occasional to.

    46. Frank:
      Anyone who hasn’t read Robert’s blog on the NYT today should – great piece on Jefferies:

      http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/and-now-a-moment-of-appreciation-for-jeffries/?ref=sports&pagewanted=all

      Just curious Robert – you mentioned that Jared going to the rim is like a giraffe on roller-skates – not sure if you have young children but that totally reminded me of a very popular children’s book (with which I have zero affiliation) called Giraffes Can’t Dance – in a nutshell it tells the story of a dance competition amongst all the animals in the jungle, and Gerald the Giraffe is ridiculed for being a terrible dancer – until he wanders off and finds new music that he dances very well to — sounds just like Jared!in fact, Jared should totally release a Jared version right now. I’d buy it, if only so my kid said “basketball” rather than calling it “orange soccer ball”.

      Hilarious! I do have an adorable niece that I dote on and I thought I’d read her every children’s book imaginable (Duke the Diggingest Dog, anyone?), but I have never happened upon Gerald the Giraffe. Jared just always struck me as being particularly giraffe-like.

      The link to the article (and some ESPN stuff o’ mine on Lin) is up here: http://knickerblogger.net/nyt-and-now-a-moment-of-appreciation-for-jeffries/

    47. Stern has stated that Lin cannot participate in the Rising Stars game, but somehow I expect that an injury will magically change that:

      Stern was asked if Lin would be allowed to participate in the Rising Stars game for first- and second-year players at All-Star Weekend. Stern said no, but Lin could appear in a skills competition.

    48. If Lin were invited and not Shumpert, I think that would be unfair. . . but the world is not fair, so it may happen.

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