Lin M.I.A. in the Playoffs…Again.

Posted: April 24, 2013 by OnDNxtLvl in Knicks, NBA, Sports

Linsanity..

I’m “only 85%”. That was Jeremy Lin’s answer when asked if he would join the Knicks as they battled for their playoff lives vs. Lebron James and the Miami Heat in the 1st round of the playoffs last year. Linsanity had taken New York City, and the world, by storm…but then Lin injured his knee. The typical timetable for his return was weeks before the playoffs were scheduled to begin.  A 39yr old Grant Hill had the same surgery that season and returned in two weeks, but after 7 weeks of recovery Lin deemed himself not 100%, stating “it’s a matter of me being able to jump and cut at 100%, not 85 or 90 percent.” And so the Knicks were embroiled in a hard fought playoff battle without him. Iman Shumpert blew out his ACL in game 1, Lin would not come in to help. In game four Baron Davis collapsed to the ground in pain, done for the season, still no Lin. He was petrified of the thought of being shutdown by Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole again, endangering his chances of landing a huge payday with his looming free-agency. A choice that his teammates lamented, and Knicks fans resented. He left them hanging, because he was only “85%”.  As if any player is 100% come playoff time.  Ask Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler this year.

Well it looks like Lin is at it again. He is M.I.A. in this playoff season. No longer able to ride the coattails of James Harden to easy buckets, Lin has been outplayed handily by the Oklahoma City Thunders backcourt. In game 1 he had more personal fouls (5) than points or assists while shooting just 1-7 from the field. It was as uncomfortable to watch, it seemed like he just didn‘t belong on the floor with the likes of Russell Westbrook or even Thabo Sefolosha. In game two he didn’t fare much better – with just 7 points and 3 assists. He was practically a non-factor. A liability on defense and a pg who isn’t allowed to bring the ball up-court – a duty befallen unto an already stretched James Harden. So now Harden knows how Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis felt last year, you leave it all on the floor for your team. But your teammate Lin is nowhere to be found.

 

-Pierce

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Comments
  1. eman163 says:

    Some players excel when the games mean something, while other just psych themselves out of the game. I think Lin has always been an average player who rode the coat tail of the media hype of him being the young Ishiro of basketball.

    Knick fans should be happy they didn’t over pay for him, because I believe he is going to be one expensive bench player.

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