Sure, he played great in his first three games in wins over the Nets, Jazz, and Wizards, but those were far from impressive wins, so naturally it was not easy to completely buy into Jeremy Lin.
Well, Friday night all but proved that he is the real deal.
The undrafted Harvard graduate scored 38 points on 13 of 23 shooting in just his third career start, while dishing out seven assists en route to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lin has now lead the Knicks to four consecutive victories, three of them without Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, and has averaged 28.5 points and 8.5 assists in those victories.
Despite Kobe Bryant’s 34 points, Lin was undeniably the best player on the court tonight, outplaying Bryant in nearly every aspect of the game.
For Knick fans, there is legitimate reason to be excited for really the first time all year, and the anticipation for this team to get to full strength could not be higher.
Think about it, the Knicks have found what they have been looking for and have needed all season: a true point guard. The fact that Amar’e and Carmelo have had trouble meshing together is no secret, and Jeremy Lin certainly has the capability to fix this problem.
With two of the league’s best pure scorers playing alongside him, Lin will be able to focus more on his role of running the offense and being a distributor.
Some people might begin to suggest that this team is better off without guys like Anthony and Stoudemire, but I am not buying into that for a second.
Yes, they have had their struggles this season, but that was largely due to the fact that they did not have a true point guard to run the offense, which is absolutely vital in a Mike D’antoni offensive system. Lin will be able to let this offense flow and get the ball in the hands of Stoudemire and Anthony, allowing them to do what they do best, score.
How good can this team be? Well, we will just have to let it play out itself, but their potential has no limits. Challenging for an Eastern Conference title is, in my mind, in no way, shape, or form out of the question.
Stay tuned, as Jeremy Lin just might be the perfect missing piece for a Knicks team that has the talent and ability to compete with anyone.
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Written by Michael Burke
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