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.
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Next up: Rising Stars Challenge (tomorrow 9pm EST, 6pm Palo Alto time)