I hate to continue to post tweets about the whole Jeremy Lin phenomenon, but this seems like the start of a waning story. The Knicks lost to the lowly New Orleans Hornets after winning seven in a row, and it came in an unlikely fashion. Looking sloppy since the opening tip, the Knicks, due in large part to Lin’s NBA season-high 9 turnovers, lost at home. This was a considerable upset as the Hornets are completely depleted with injuries (Eric Gordon, Emeka Okafor, Jarret Jack, Carl Landry, Jason Smith), and the Knicks are as hot as they come. Lin is starting to show heavy signs of mental and physical fatigue. When Carmelo Anthony returns, he needs to understand his role on the court, and improve wherever possible. I have not lost faith in Lin, but the Knicks need to get themselves together for Sunday’s game against the Mavericks, who come in with a six-game winning streak.
Smith, back from his stint playing in China, is finally back in the USA and ready to make an impact in the NBA. This is nothing to sneeze at, however. Smith is a phenomenal athlete, and makes an immediate impact wherever he decides to land. The Knicks seem to be close to getting a deal done, which would make them an even scarier team down the stretch. With Smith, the Knicks could roll out a lineup of Jeremy Lin, Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amare Stoudemire, then have Landry Fields, Baron Davis, Iman Shumpert, Jared Jeffries, and Steve Novak coming off the bench. The Knicks, after being one of the NBA’s biggest disappointments less than a month ago, may be NBA Finals contenders before we know it. Don’t overlook this signing; JR Smith can play.
- Dwight Howard notched hit 23rd double-double of the season as the Sixers fell to 0-6 when their opponent scores 100+ points.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, theCeltics have held their last 26 opponents under 100 points. That’s tied for the 6th-longest such streak in a single season in the shot clock era.
- The Pacers arrived at their Cleveland hotel to find Miami’s team was also staying at the Ritz-Carlton. Vogel joked, claiming they deserved it. “Take that,” he said. “You don’t play well, you’ve got to stay with those guys.” LeBron James and Co. play the Cavs on Friday.
- Memphis is 8-1 vs. teams below .500.
- Jeremy Lin had 6 turnovers, his 4th in a row with at least that many. This is tied for the second- longest such streak in the past 5 seasons, matching up with Russell Westbrook. His 36 turnovers in his first in his first 6 NBA starts is the most by any players since 1977-1978, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
- Former Vice President Al Gore and famous boxer Mike Tyson were in attendance at the Knicks game.
- The Bobcats have now lost 16 straight games and have failed to reach 100 points in each of those games, which is tied for the 2nd-longest such losing streak in NBA history. The record is 17 by the 1995-96 Grizzlies.
- The Clippers-Washington game featured first-overall draft picks from 3 different drafts; Blake Griffin (2009), John Wall (2010), and Kenyon Martin (2000).
- Josh Smith recorded 30 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots in a win over the Suns on Wednesday. Only two other players have reached such a line in the past 25 seasons.
- Of the seven games LaMarcus Aldridge has missed over the past 3 years, four have been against the Warriors. The Warriors are now 1-5 in games decided by three or less points this season.
I hate to continually use tweets pertaining to Jeremy Lin; I’m a huge advocate of not playing stories out. However, this story just continues to get better, and there’s something new every night. Although Lin didn’t hit any buzzer shots or dunk on anybody, he was quite solid once again, dishing out a career-high 13 assists in the Knicks blowout win overt he Kings. The Knicks are truly playing like a team now, and if Carmelo Anthony returns and produces, the Knicks have suddenly become a deep playoff contender. The Kings just handed the Knicks their 7th win in a row, and their upcoming schedule looks relatively easy. Also worth mentioning, Amare Stoudemire got a tattoo of a tear drop on his right cheek to honor his brother’s death. The game was indeed played with a heavy heart, and Amare played a fine game.
And just when you thought the Jeremy Lin drama would start to fizzle, this happens. Steve Nash, alluding to the movie Like Mike where an orphan puts on a pair of shoes and suddenly dominates the NBA, could not have used a better example. This is becoming a fairy tale overnight, and there are just a million positives about it. Surely, the story is going to be aired on overkill, but Jeremy Lin is an absolute publicity machine for the NBA and the New York Knicks. He is in the biggest market in the country, he is extremely unique, and his road he traveled to where he is at now is as improbable as they get. How NBA scouts missed out on this kid is beyond me, but regardless, the Knicks seemed to have not only found their point guard of the future, but an absolute gold-mine for basketball and sports as a whole. This fairy tale seems to have no end in sight, and I have never been as excited for a player then I am for Lin. Truly inspirational, and incredibly entertaining.