QUICK REACTLIN: KNICKS 99 NETS 92

New Jersey Nets 92 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony, SF 35 MIN | 3-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -2

Remember that game where Jeremy Lin went completely bananas against the Nets and totally saved Mike D’Antoni’s job? Remember when, instead of holding it and waiting for someone to foul him, Melo instead kicked it to Lin late in the game when the Knicks were only up five? That was great. And remember when Melo huddled everyone around at center court and Lin was in the middle and no one could hear what Melo was saying but it looked like he was telling Lin he could have one of his cars? Remember that? That’s when it all turned around.

Amare Stoudemire, PF 25 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 17 PTS | +11

This guy! By now, it’s hard not to wonder what he must think when a mere graze of the jersey puts Kris Humphries on the line, while on the other end Stat gets hit so hard the slapping sound wakes up my cat. After a sluggish start and doubtless ailing after two consecutive punishing games, Stat seemed genuinely intent on making sure this wouldn’t be his coach’s last Garden stand.

Tyson Chandler, C 36 MIN | 7-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -1

At nearly 71%, Chandler is converting shots on a basketball court – where monstrous human beings are constantly trying to stop him from doing so – at a higher rate than I am remembering to wash the dishes. It was nice to see the interaction I predicted between Chandler and Humphries came somewhat true, with the two barking at each other a few different times, presumably over fine art. Like his teammates — but unlike them in the sheer hugeness of his head and smile — Chandler’s weary legs seemed rejuvenated by having a guard able to probe and prod the paint. But if you think this means Jeremy Lin doesn’t have to carry Tyson’s skull satchel around any more, you, sir, are mistaken.

Landry Fields, G 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -13

I took down absolutely no notes on Fields in this one. I do know that my instinctive reaction to anything he screws up is never any more intense or vulgar than “DAMNIT, LANDRY!” Which is pretty harmless, in the grand scheme of things. Either way, the important thing here is that we have all kinds of great jokes to make about a Harvard-Stanford starting back court.

Iman Shumpert, G 25 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +5

If my job description included having to guard Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, and Deron Williams on three consecutive nights, I’d probably let someone else have that job. For what it’s worth, Shumpert really does seem to relish the challenges.

Jared Jeffries, PF 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +6

At some point between last night and tonight, Jared Jeffries had a kangaroo leg transplant. Dude was all over the glass, and even had a couple savvy tip-ins off misses. Given the punishment he takes stepping in the lane like he does, I’m surprised Jeffries hasn’t developed a fear of hugging people or something.

Renaldo Balkman, PF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1

< / / / / / / / / / / / / > ~~~~~~~

Toney Douglas, PG 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +9

After the game, Toney Douglas was one the first to congratulate a certain Harvard graduate with a curious buzz-cut who buzz-cutted his way through the bewildered Nets defense. If that’s not class, then I never watched Mr. Belvedere .

Jeremy Lin, PG 36 MIN | 10-19 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 25 PTS | +13

PRETEND THIS IS ALL IN SIZE 72 FONT! SERIOUSLY HOW MANY OF YOU PREDICTED THAT WE’D BE 8-15 AND D’ANTONI’S JOB WOULD BE HINGING ON WHETHER OR NOT WE COULD BEAT THE NETS AT HOME, AND BECAUSE WE HAVE NO POINT GUARDS JEREMY LIN WHO WAS JUST IN THE D-LEAGUE AND WENT TO HARVARD HAD TO COME IN AND THEN HE JUST SHREDDED THE NETS AND I’M TOTALLY LOSING MY MIND! AAAAAAAAAA++++++

Bill Walker, SG 15 MIN | 1-1 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +8

I’ve been pretty hard on Bill lately, mostly because the little time he does play ends up being equal parts bewildering and enraging. But his best sequence tonight – a manly stuff on defense, followed by a timely three on the other end – was key in a game where momentum shifted on dimes.

Five Things We Saw

  1. It being the tail-end of their first back-to-back-to-back of the season, and having had their starters log heavy minutes the two games previous, we weren’t quite sure what kind of “energy” the Knicks would bring tonight. Early on, we looked to be running on crude — giving up open looks from deep and turning it over like a bad beach restaurant. Luckily, the second half found us being [relatively] more careful with the rock. Although I can’t for the life of me remember why…
  2. @Ian Begley: Jeremy Lin stayed on Landry Field’s couch last nite because his older brother didn’t have any room for him. Lin: ‘I might just move in with him’.
  3. Deron Williams is proficient at the game of basketball. Even in an offense not exactly built on tenets of “finesse” and “improvisation,” his combination of speed, power, and vision makes Williams a truly frightening in the open court, and only slightly less so in half-court sets. We should trade Jeremy Lin for him straight up.
  4. Robert Silverman: “We’re all very excited about Jeremy Lin, and rightfully so. His explosion…JIM: NO CHINESE FIREWORKS JOKES ALLOWED…tonight was such a narrative-shredding event, one wishes FreeDarko was still around to cover it ten ways from Sunday. Bethlehem Shoals would be all over this ish like white on…JIM: STOP THAT RIGHT NOW. But allow me to play the role of sage, crotchety old coot and git you rambunctious youths outta my e-yard with a reminder of the take of one Eddie Lee Wilkins, a completely unheralded 6th round draft pick who opened a BJ’s Price Club-size can of whup-ass on the Pistons to the tune of 24 points on opening day, 1984. Naturally, this being the Knicks, he promptly blew out his knee and was more or less never heard from again. I’m not saying don’t relish the Jeremy Lin Experience, but let’s not go completely bat guano, here. For at least an hour, our (possibly starting?) PG was trending #2 nation-wide on Twitter. That’s Lin-sanity!…JIM: THAT’S IT. GET OUT, ROBERT.PUNS ARE MORE OFFENSIVE THAN SEMI-RACIST JOKES. YOU’RE A TERRIBLE EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING!”
  5. LINTELLIGENCE.
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38 thoughts to “QUICK REACTLIN: KNICKS 99 NETS 92”

  1. Lol, that’s funny, Harvey Mansfield is indeed rolling over in his, um, bed…..

    And that Lintelligence thing, wow, dorky….

  2. Geez, my post got butchered. I see you can’t start a line with “<" character. Original comment:

    *end scene in Gung Ho, very strict Japanese plant manager says to Michael Keeton, in a heavy Engrish accent*

    “You make me laugh”

  3. Brian Cronin:
    D’Antoni says he is, in fact, leaning toward starting Lin on Tuesday.

    Wow.

    That’s crazy. I told my friend, who’s fantasy team is called “jeremy lin’s cousin,” that he had to pick him up in our league. Now I kind of wish I had. I have Baron Davis sitting on my bench game after game…

  4. He definitely still has issues with ball handling and lazy passing and his shot’s a little crooked, but Lin does have a surprising amount of upper body strength once he gets in the lane.

    Not a good sign that Melo was “done” (his words) towards the end of this one. Though I’m sure other players have expressed similar sentiments this year. This schedule truly is brutal.

    Great win. Can’t wait for Monday!

  5. As an aside to Lin, who I’d love to talk about later, wanted to address Jon’s post on the previous thread.

    Jr Smith played 287 games in his Denver career in which he was given 20 minutes or more playing time.

    In 61 percent of those games, Junior made 2 threes or more. In over 40 percent of those games, Smith made 3 threes or more.
    In fact, he had 75 games in which he hit 4 threes or more!

    Incredibly, he had 38 games in which he hit 5 3s or more (13 percent) 22 of which he hit 6 threes or more.

    In the time frame I looked at, there have only been 512 games league wide where players hit 6 threes or more. Despite not starting, serving a suspension, getting his minutes yanked around, and getting under 30 minutes of playing time in over 65% of his games, Jr Smith lead the league (in that time span) in games of 6 threes or more.

    Were some of these “bad shots?” Sure, here, check out his shots in a 10 3pt game and an 11 3pt game.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDArHfL1brQ&feature=related

    Understand that JR Smith is probably the best streak scorer off the bench in the league…. And one of the few guys who can indvidually carry a team off the bench, like Lin.

    I think he has the skills to be a borderline all-star caliber starter, especially in this offense.

    In the 38 games in which he hit 5 threes or more, the Nuggets went 33-5.

  6. It makes me feel a lot better about myself knowing that Jeremy Lin also sleeps on a couch from time to time.

  7. also, ruruland I’m sure knows much better than me, but Smith isn’t just a 3 point shooter, he is an all-around offensive machine when he’s on. and he’s a Jersey boy, would love to see him back home in the Garden.

  8. Brian Cronin:
    D’Antoni says he is, in fact, leaning toward starting Lin on Tuesday.

    Wow.

    If this is true it shows EXACTLY how inept MDA is……

    We play on MONDAY…

  9. Given where Lin played I’m shocked nobody made the obvious MSG joke. Wait shocked isn’t the word I wanted. No, I meant relieved.

  10. Lin on Lin…
    Just wached the game….I needed something like this.
    The tide is turning.

  11. Anyone who saw Lin eat up Wall in summer league knew he was capable of this. Oh and his .215 WS48 in “garbage time” was also a clue. I’m kinda pissed we waited this long to play him. Of course, that’s D’Antoni’s MO.
    Lin defended better than Expected but he’s also capable of passing better than he did last night. He’s exactly what we need… On our bench the whole time…

  12. Thomas B.:
    Given where Lin played I’m shocked nobody made the obvious MSG joke.Wait shocked isn’t the word I wanted. No, I meant relieved.

    Damn I had that one lined up this morning too….

  13. By the way, I assume that everyone, of course, recalls how similarly thrilled we were with the idea of Iman Shumpert as our savior at point guard after his astoundingly good first couple games against poor opposition this year, imagining he would run a smooth offense and defend like a beast, and also recalls that Shumpert, while satisfactorily beastly defensively, has been Douglas-level bad on offense since that time.

    I mean, I was pretty impressed with the all-around display last night too, but when guys go undrafted, warm the bench their first season, get released, then warm the bench at their next team, they usually don’t turn out to be All-Star (or even starter) material the minute they get burn.

  14. Yoda,

    It is good to get thrilled in a, so far, disappointing season where thrills are hard to come by. I feel most people here have this single data point of a game so tempered. We know that teams will adjust the pick’n roll D of Lin to force him to beat you from the outside. If he develop that side of the p’nr option, our team just solved a major problem. Let’s face it. This team isn’t going anywhere without such a pg. I believe in the last thread, someone exclaimed that we may have found our back up point guard. IMHO, that’s what most well informed fans envision the ceiling of this latest development.

    Now, if we could get everyone healthy (read: Melo, Stat, TD, BD)the team would get back to the realistic levels of our present expectations

    BTW, my take is that Shump is a prototypical D’Antoni SG. In the past, DA seems to favor athletic defenders that can give you occasional offense. This is how I see 21 Shump Street. His history of past TS inefficiency will be masked in that role while allowing the team to take advantage of his many pluses.

  15. Lin being released by the idiots in Golden State doesnt count as a warning sign in my book. Plus, Lin is older and readier than Shump, despite not having a lot of NBA minutes. I think a lot of people missed the boat on this guy. Not saying he’ll be a star or anything, but definitely a quality rotation player and maybe a starter.

  16. Yoda, I think Starks and Mason had the sort of start to their careers that you described. While it’s not probable it would not be unprecedented.

  17. There’s something about bringing guys up in our organization from being unheralded to starters/ rotation players that made last years team particularly endearing before the Carmelo deal. Finally seeing guys like Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields and Jared Jefferies legitimately earn rotation minutes makes this team much more root-able. For all the statistical breakdowns we do – important as they are in predicting success – at the end of the day these are just guys playing basketball.

    Its easier and more enjoyable to embrace Carmelo when he embraces Jeremy Lin and as Brian pointed out in the game feed, Landry Fields. I’m looking forward to this team getting a chip on its shoulder and harnessing the “nobody believes in us” mentality for the rest of the year instead of being scared to lose like we’ve been all year (with the exception of Chandler who really looks like a Knick the Knicks of old would embrace). Before we can be a championship contender, we have to develop that irrational pride that inspires the team to go to battle every night.

  18. Of course, at around this time last year, we got the great Mozgov game. I hope that Lin lasts longer as a Knick.

  19. If this game had happened 3 weeks ago there would have been time for voters in China to vote Lin in as an All-Star starter ahead of Wade.

  20. KnickFanInCelticLand: Now, if we could get everyone healthy (read: Melo, Stat, TD, BD)the team would get back to the realistic levels of our present expectations

    Hudson River: Finally seeing guys like Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields and Jared Jefferies legitimately earn rotation minutes makes this team much more root-able.

    Let’s not forget Jorts!!!

  21. Lin looks like he has the skill set to be Chris Duhon, Part Duex, for this team. The points are probably a mirage but he can competently run D’Antoni’s offense, as someone in the next thread said, “without vomiting all over his shoes.”

    If this isn’t a complete illusion, Lin lowers what you have to ask from Baron Davis (whenever he plays). Lin also reduces the ball-handling responsibilities for Melo and STAT.

  22. Did you catch the Lin / Melo bow? what up with that?

    I forgot all about Jorts. IF / When we get him and Baon back, wouldn’t it be great to see the minutes look something like this:

    PG: Baron: 26, Lin: 32
    SG: Landry: 18, Shump: 24, Baron: 6
    SG: Melo 36, Landry: 12
    PF / C: Amare and Tyson: 36 each, JJ / Jorts: 12 each

    nice 8 man rotation. No need to play Walker or TD!!! No need to even think about Steve Novak / Balkman / Bibby! No need to play Baron or Lin over 30’ish minutes, not pushing shump over 24’ish!! I like it. I like it a lot.

  23. So you want to give more minutes to Shumpert, who’s got a TS% of .436 and almost has a negative WS48, than to Fields, who is above average with respect to both of those metrics? Glad you’re not coach.

  24. Technically Landry gets 12 at SF giving him 30 to Shump’s 24, though the PGs get 58 so whaddo I know

  25. thanks Nick. I had Landry at 30, Shump at 24.

    I know you made an honest mistake, but I can’t resist…..glad you’re not doing my taxes!!

    They key to where I was going is, when you add Jorts and assume you’ll get something out of davis, you can go to 8 guys and feel comfortable. If you have to reach deeper and grab TD or Walker vs. certain, teams, that’s fine too. My point was, you can split it up over 8 guys without pushing anyone to 40 or having glaring holes anywhere. For example, Amare plus 4 guys who can’t score doesn’t happen when it’s Lin plus Amare. I’d love to see Lin, Shump, Landry, Jeffries and Jorts start the 2nd quarter, with someone actually running a pick and role w/ Amare.

  26. Anyone who has read scouts’ reports on Lin, watched some of his “film,” knows that this kid can be something. I studied up on Lin last night for a few of hours, scouring through the various reports, trying to verify them the with his tape. (Check out his tape against Kemba Walker and John Wall)

    He has two, perhaps three weaknesses: relatively short wing span, average lateral movement, unorthodox shooting motion with a slower, more of wide-legged set-shot kind of release (which makes it more difficult to get his shot off all the time)

    He does, however, possess: excellent first step and acceleration, above-average leaping ability, excellent court vision, accuracy with his J despite form, but most importantly above-average bb IQ and toughness.

    He played as a combo guard until his junior year, which makes his instincts and skills as a pg even more impressive.

    I think so much of the draft is overconcerned with upside and hitting on that franchise-changing pick, that the kind of qualities Lin exhibits are frequently overlooked.

    Lin has all the qualities of a really good role player who can flourish when surrounded by star offensive players. He’s going to make open jump shots. He can play pick and role basketball with a high a degree of efficiency. He’s going to make Amar’e better, he’s going to space the floor and be a jump shooter Melo can set up. He’ll initiate a fast break and make the proper pass ( He’s going to give toughness and energy on defense, even if there will be guys he can’t always stay in front of.

    And perhaps most importantly, given his background, I think he’s going to be a guy capable of orchestrating a smart offense, understanding when to do what and against whom.

    Finding a player like Lin, from a Knicks perspective, is the reason I think you take the risk on overpaying three stars.

    It takes work, but you can find glue players like this who in some ways, help complete a synergy between the star players…

  27. yoda4554: By the way, I assume that everyone, of course, recalls how similarly thrilled we were with the idea of Iman Shumpert as our savior at point guard after his astoundingly good first couple games against poor opposition this year, imagining he would run a smooth offense and defend like a beast, and also recalls that Shumpert, while satisfactorily beastly defensively, has been Douglas-level bad on offense since that time.I mean, I was pretty impressed with the all-around display last night too, but when guys go undrafted, warm the bench their first season, get released, then warm the bench at their next team, they usually don’t turn out to be All-Star (or even starter) material the minute they get burn.

    I think if you read about the circumstances which have forced Lin to move around the league, you might rethink this statement.

    Look, this isn’t the first time MDA has waited too long to use his bench, to give a talented player a shot.

    I also think there’s an undeniable race prejudice that has factored in from the time he was drafted, because frankly, the NBA has never had a succesfull Asian guard. Lin is a good athlete, not a complete one, but he clearly has enough of the fast-twitch fibers to compete at this level. He can finish, he has strength. But it will be all of the other qualities that will make him, IMO and obviously I understand he’s played one game, a very good support player.

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