…and pray that the Knicks learn how to rebound.
(@patleezy on the video)
Melo (post game interview) answering his favorite question about “fitting in” with Lin:
I don’t think about that [dismissive tone]
Melo on the losing streak potentially fragmenting the team:
We’ve been in this situation before. Earlier in the season, we came together and fought through it. Right now, times are tough. I’m not gonna get through it by myself. Nobodys gonna get through it by themselves. We need everybody.
Talk is cheap. Make it happen.
Knicks struggles are correlated with Carmelo Anthony's return...just sayin'
Team “leader” Carmelo Anthony after the game:
“It’s not fun. Playing out there…it’s not fun.”
Photo: SB Nation
Do the Knicks have one of the best second units in the NBA or what? Steve “Discount Double Check” Novak hit five three pointers in eighteen minutes as the Knicks marched back from a sluggish start to beat the Cavs. Lin was very productive, as his numbers indicate- 13 assists to 1 turnover. But in all honestly, it was a true team effort tonight as six guys were in double figures.
I missed parts of the game since I was focused on my Northwestern Wildcats needing a win over Ohio State to make our first ever NCAA tournament (of course, NU lost). Sigh.
Anyway, here are a few bullets from the Knicks victory:
- In the first quarter, Omri Casspi smacked Lin in the nose with his left arm and left his nozzle bloody for a bit before the training staff was able to fix him up. As usual, Lin continues to take a banging on the court- a byproduct of his agressive style of play.
- Is Amare becoming the third wheel on the Knicks, behind Melo and Lin? Before the game, Amare admitted that his back injury kept him from playing in the offseason may have affected his game. On the floor tonight, STAT went a relatively pedestrian 14 and 5 on 4-11 shooting.
- It was funny to hear the crowd groan a bit when Melo goes Iso…I feel the same way.
- D’Antoni on now benchwarmer Toney Douglas after the game: “We believe in Toney.” Yea…OK, Mike.
- Tyson Chandler is a beast.
- 50 bench points.
- Lin was +13 for the game. Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, was a game worst -19.
Next up: Sunday @ Celtics, 1pm EST/10am Palo Alto time on ABC
Um, the Heat are a really, really, really good team. Lebron and Wade were flying up and down the court, Boshasaurus couldn’t miss a jumpshot and both Chalmers and Norris Cole handcuffed Lin all night like he was a POW. It’s tough to beat a team that’s bigger, faster and stronger when you don’t bring your A game- and that was the case tonight for your New York Knickerbockers.
Lin started off decent with two assists right off the bat, but he never seemed to look comfortable as the Heat were adamant to end the Jeremy Lin hype that has dominated the sports world for the past two weeks. After the game, Lin admitted: “I can’t remember another game where it was hard to just take dribbles”. Indeed, the Heat defense was just that good. They have the athleticism and length and tonight, they also brought supreme determination to shutdown Lin. Kudos to Coach Spoelstra for a solid gameplan as well (stop the Asian on Asian crime, Erik!).
So, Lin, Melo and Landry head to Orlando for this weekend’s All Star activities. It will be fun to see Lin hoop with Blake and Rubio (among others on Team Shaq), but Lin DESPERATELY needs some rest. It’s been a rollercoaster month. Time for Jeremy to shut down for a bit, recharge the batteries and sleep on an actual bed.
Just hope the Linsanity continues starting next Wednesday against the Cavs.
Links and Stuff:
The Knicks Blog Recap / NYT Recap
Lin Had Prayer Answered…
Lin Rookie Card Goes for 21K on Ebay
Lin and Tebow Have “Connected”
Next up: Rising Stars Challenge (tomorrow 9pm EST, 6pm Palo Alto time)
If there is any player who has a right to be fed up with Linsanity, its probably Deron Williams.
D-Will lives a few blocks from Chinatown in Soho. He was also Jeremy’s very first victim back on February 4th – that magical night started Lin’s sudden ascendance to worldwide fame.
Tonight, Williams reminded everyone that he is still the best point guard in the New York metropolitan area.
His sharpshooting from beyond the arc (8 for 14 for 38 points) was just too much for the Knicks to handle. Throw in Carmelo Anthony’s rustiness, Iman’s Shumpert’s absence and Amare’s sub-par performance…and that’s a loss.
Links and Notes:
Lin Post Game Press Conference / D’Antoni Post Game Press Conference
Deron Williams Post Game Interview
A Taiwanese reporter asks “It seems like you always beat the best team[s] like yesterday…but today you lost to a no good team” …Yup, that about sums it up!
Deron Williams: “We definitely had this game circles…the way everything has been going on with Linsanity”.
Jeremy Lin and ESPN’s ‘Accidental’ Racism
China’s New Sports Problem: Stop the Linsanity?
Next up: Hawks at MSG, Wednesday 7:30 EST.