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For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:56 pm
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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. 
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Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:22 am
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

badpick4sporsin:  "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..."

because all these idiots keep forgetting that melo was playing without a quality point guard this entire season which is why he was given the role of a point forward - something that he never had to do before.

the knicks were losing because they didn't have a PG to run D'Antoni's system, so melo and Stat had to go iso - not the other way around.  so now Lin comes into the picture and people forget that he's a point guard running D'Antoni's system.  so now we will see how they play together.  is this so hard to comprehend?

Melo played with andre miller and chauncey billups.  before Lin, he had tony douglas.  c'mon, tony douglas should not even be a PG to begin with. 

bottom line - he is defending melo because everyone else just likes to blame melo for the knicks' losses without even understanding what's going on.



Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:12 pm
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Berger isn't blaming Lin for the loss. he's saying its best they lost before Melo gets back because otherwise all blame for the winstreak ending loss would be shouldered by Melo. its best this streak can no longer be seen as invincible without Melo. 



Since: Feb 19, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:59 am
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Knicks' Supporting Cast Can't Shoot - Let Lin and Amar'e Down 


Berger has completely missed the boat here. Jeremy Lin can shoot, so can Amar'e, the other Knicks can't (wait 'til Melo gets back). In this loss, Lin went 2 for 5 on 3 point shots (40%), the rest of the team went 2 for 22 from downtown (10% - ouch!!!). Overall, Lin went 8 for 18 (45%)  and Amar'e shot 12-21, so between the two of them they shot 51%. The rest of the team shot 11 for 36 (30%).  Amar'e and Lin combined went 10 for 13 from the free point line, the rest of the Knicks were awful,  going 9 out of 16 (56%). Novak, Shumpert, Fields, Walker went 7 for 31 from the field. Ok, so Lin had 9 turnovers, but the reason was, the Hornets could pack the paint and block his drives because the Knicks could not shoot from the perimeter or mid-range. Knicks outrebounded the Hornets by 10. Bottom line, Knicks lost by 4 not because of Lin, but because except for Amar'e the rest of the team could not hit the broad side of a barn. Average shooting from the rest of the team would have meant the Knicks would have won by 10. not lost by 4.

Hannibal Scipio hit it right on the money, this should be the true analysis of the game!! Not by the clown anaylsis Berger, where do they hire these clowns as anaylsyts and writer?

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Since: Feb 19, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:56 am
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

I mean by  not this clown Berger!!



Since: Feb 19, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:51 am
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

The best analysis of the game!! You should be on ESPN or any analyst team!!



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:21 pm
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

did this writer think the knicks would never lose again?one loss ends the LIN era?how about try seeing how melo adjusts to playing with a playmaking point guard before judging him?if i were d'antoni i'd work pick and rolls with melo as well as amare.this would be a good way to get the ball to both lin and melo on the same play.it also gets melo good shots he doesnt have to work so hard to get.not hard with 5 good players on the court to get good offensive flow.



Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 8:29 pm
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Ken Berger getting writing more stuff that doesnt make sense. Linsanity isnt over til melo gets back because then they'll go back to thier losing ways again. Theres no reason that you have to make something out of a simple loss like this anyways................




Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:25 pm
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Knicks' Supporting Cast Can't Shoot - Let Lin and Amar'e Down 


Berger has completely missed the boat here. Jeremy Lin can shoot, so can Amar'e, the other Knicks can't (wait 'til Melo gets back). In this loss, Lin went 2 for 5 on 3 point shots (40%), the rest of the team went 2 for 22 from downtown (10% - ouch!!!). Overall, Lin went 8 for 18 (45%)  and Amar'e shot 12-21, so between the two of them they shot 51%. The rest of the team shot 11 for 36 (30%).  Amar'e and Lin combined went 10 for 13 from the free point line, the rest of the Knicks were awful,  going 9 out of 16 (56%). Novak, Shumpert, Fields, Walker went 7 for 31 from the field. Ok, so Lin had 9 turnovers, but the reason was, the Hornets could pack the paint and block his drives because the Knicks could not shoot from the perimeter or mid-range. Knicks outrebounded the Hornets by 10. Bottom line, Knicks lost by 4 not because of Lin, but because except for Amar'e the rest of the team could not hit the broad side of a barn. Average shooting from the rest of the team would have meant the Knicks would have won by 10. not lost by 4.




Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 5:43 pm
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

More BS from Ken Berger. Does anyone believe this guy has any real scoops inside the NBA? That any team would actually fill this clown in on anything behind the scenes?

Every article he writes is like a daydream story a 5th grader would scribble up while bored in class.



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:22 pm
 

For Knicks, ideal ending to Linsanity

Also, keep in mind, this is the same genius that brought you an article on how the UK Wildcats could take on the Toronto Raptors. Berger is pretty boy who writes fluff.


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