It wasn’t quite Linsanity, but Jeremy Lin did his best to put on a show for the New York Knicks fans at the Madison Square Garden on Monday – the way he so often did last season while wearing the orange and blue.
After hearing mostly cheers – a classy reaction by the fans – when he was introduced as a starting point guard for the Houston Rockets, Lin got comfortable early and attacked the rim at will with little resistance from the Knicks’ defense. He would have his way throughout the night to help the Rockets dispatch the Knicks 109-96 with 22 points on nine-of-15 shooting, four rebounds, eight assists, four turnovers and two steals.
Lin looked forward to getting this game “over with” because it would provide some closure, and he’s right. The two teams don’t meet each other again this season, leaving little reason for the media to discuss any further about what happened between Lin and the Knicks over the summer.
Tweet of the Day goes to Jay Williams, whose sources told him that the Knicks will not match the Rockets poison offer sheet for Jeremy Lin. The reports on Lin’s situation has been all over the map for the last few days, and a multiple number of writers had different takes on whether keeping him would be the best choice for New York. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith also provided their take on the situation over the weekend, causing plenty of drama. The bottom line is this: Lin’s contract situation will come to an end by the end of the day, and it couldn’t end soon enough.