Mar. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (17) goes up for a layup during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 106-87. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Jeremy Lin Will Be A Houston Rocket, Knicks Pass On Linsanity

The market for Jeremy Lin hasn't been set yet and the New York Knicks can match any deal that comes to the restricted free agent. How will it pan out? We follow the Bay Area native and former Golden State Warriors' guard.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: New York Knicks Keep Silence On Linsanity

The Linsanity saga is all but over in New York, but there are still few answers. What exactly compelled the New York Knicks to decide to let go of perhaps one of the best stories in their history?

Jeremy Lin is a Houston Rocket right now, but we don't know exactly WHY he's a Houston Rocket. We don't know why the Knicks seemed to assure everyone everywhere that they were going to retain the Palo Alto sensatioin, only to rescind on those promises at the eleventh hour and let him walk.

And no one in the Knicks organization seems ready to make a comment on the subject. Howard Beck of the New York Times has this to report.

Friday marks the one-month anniversary of the Knicks’ decision to let Lin leave for Houston. Not a single team official has stepped forward to explain the move. It appears no team official will say anything until media day, on Oct. 1.

By then, two and a half months will have passed, giving the Knicks a convenient and self-created loophole: That’s old news. The approved script will no doubt be, "We’re looking forward" and "We’re focused on the players who are here" and "Look, Raymond Felton lost weight!"

It almost surely will not include a meaningful explanation of why the Knicks let their most popular player in a decade leave, rather than match a three-year, $25 million contract. Commenting runs counter to the Knicks’ prevailing, almost-pathological culture of silence.

Lin's status is always going to be a target of mass debate, but it does seem odd the Knicks would suddenly go dark on his departure. This is a man who helped provide New York with its greatest injection of natural fan enthusiasm in ages. To squander it all in a matter of hours because Lin decided to ask for a larger raise seems petty and self-destructive.

Yet it's starting to look like that's exactly what happened.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: New York Knicks Owner Felt Betrayed By Linsanity

Jeremy Lin is off to the Houston Rockets. And it's starting to sound like the reasons he were let go weren't business, but personal. Owner James Dolan didn't seem happy at the way the Palo Alto high school star conducted his free agency at all, and was more than willing to let him walk. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News files this report.

Of course, team officials privately felt that Lin’s actions over the past few weeks were anything but grateful. They were upset that he hired a publicist without their consent and were livid that the second-year point guard out of Harvard went back to the Rockets for more money.

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That third-year balloon payment of $14.9 million could have cost the Knicks another $35 million or more in luxury-tax penalties. Dolan has a history of overpaying his players and has never shied away from the luxury tax before.

But in this case, Dolan felt betrayed by Lin for going back to Houston to rework the contract. After all, the Knicks acquired Lin in December after he was released by both Golden State and Houston.


This is all very strange and bizarre. Why would Dolan be so opposed to letting Lin test the waters? Did Lin give Dolan his word that he wouldn't go out and do these things? Or is Dolan just being extremely petty to avoid paying Lin a figure he probably doesn't deserve? Dolan has broke the bank on unproven talent before, so it's not like this is a first-time deal with him.

In any case, this news will do everything to ampilfy the anxiety and concern the Knicks fans have with their ownership. Lin was one of the best things that ever happened to Knicks fans in the past miserable decade, and they'll now have to learn to deal with basketball without him.

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Jeremy Lin Headed To Houston Rockets, New York Knicks Decline To Match Offer Sheet

Jeremy Lin is getting a fresh start in Clutch City. The New York Knicks are going to let the Palo Alto phenomenon walk to Houston.

It seemed for the longest time that the Rockets would get matched by the Knicks, but rumors started trickling out on Saturday that New York had luxury tax concerns about signing Lin to a longer deal. The Knicks then executed a sign-and-trade to land Raymond Felton, who will now likely serve as their starting point with Jason Kidd providing backup minutes.

Lin gets a fresh start in Houston, where he will (at the moment) be a starting point guard for Houston now that Kyle Lowry is off to Toronto and Goran Dragic signed with Phoenix. It remains to be seen how competitive the Rockets will be with this team (on paper they still aren't very good), but landing a superstar like Dwight Howard could rapidly alter the equation. At least Lin won't have to worry about being a primary option, although he will have to carry more of the burden in Houston. It remains to be seen whether he's worth what will be high role player money at four years and $28.8 million.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: New York Knicks Refuse To Reveal Their Hand

The Jeremy Lin saga is reaching its climax. Where will he end up? Will it be back to the Big Apple, or is he doing the Texas two-step.

The Houston Rockets have signed Lin to an offer sheet worth four years and 28.8 million dollars. The New York Knicks have yet to reveal whether they're going to match or not, and they're coming close to the vest.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports files this report.

On the eve of their deadline to match the Rockets' three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet for Jeremy Lin, the Knicks have yet to tip their hand. Multiple people involved in the process told CBSSports.com Monday that New York has not communicated its intentions to Houston or to Lin's camp.

But there was a school of thought in league circles Monday that the Knicks matching the massively back-loaded offer for Lin should not be ruled out. Doing so would require that one of the Knicks' big salaries would have to be moved in the next two years or the team would face a potentially massive luxury-tax bill in 2014-15.

Lin is really in a no-lose situation. He's either going to get a big contract in Houston or New York and will be pretty well-set for the rest of his career. The bigger issue is with the teams involved. The Rockets will either have a phenomenon point guard or no point guard at all. The Knicks will either be stacked at the point or will have to rely on aging Jason Kidd and the slightly obese Raymond Felton.

We're getting a resolution soon though, as we've only got one day to go. All indications is that it could be Houston, but New York could make a last minute charge. Stay tuned.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Knicks Considering Raymond Felton Instead of Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin has received a substantial offer from the Houston Rockets, and the New York Knicks were expected by many to match the offer for the restricted free agent. Recent reports, however, suggest that the Knicks have plans to look elsewhere:

Frank Isola of the Daily News confirms the report, and Alan Hahn of MSG adds that Felton has always been "on the radar as a plan B." Marc Spears adds that this may be more than just a possibility:

However this turns out, Lin will have a lot to live up to in the coming season.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Houston Rockets Offer Sheet Will Be Signed Friday, New York Knicks Three Days To Match

Jeremy Lin's free agency will come to a hilt this weekend, as he plans to sign the gargantuan offer sheet the Houston Rockets picked up for him. Then the New York Knicks will have to match to keep him, which everyone expects them to do. Howard Beck of the New York Times has more on the Lin situation.

You have to figure Lin took some time to sign this offer sheet to help the Knicks come up with the right offer to appease him. Lin already knows he'll probably be back in New York next season, so he probably just wanted to make sure he got the right offer to match his overall value.

There's a lot for Lin to look forward to returning to New York, like being the starting point guard for a Knicks team with three All-Star caliber players and a legend in Jason Kidd to back him up. The future looks bright for Lin regardless of what happens this weekend, as his financial future looks more than secure.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: New York Knicks Will Keep Linsanity The Starting PG

There is almost zero doubt that Jeremy Lin will be back as a New York Knicks next season as they prepare to match the massive offer sheet the Houston Rockets have thrown his way. But a big question that loomed was whether Lin would still be starting or coming off the bench now that the elder statesmen of point guards Jason Kidd was coming to town.

Looks like that won't be much of an issue. Lin will be the starter to begin next season. Howard Beck of the New York Times has more.

Woodson took it one step further: Lin will be his starting point guard this season.

"You can’t lose your starting job based on injuries," Woodson said. "Jeremy was our starter before he got hurt. He’s not going to be punished for that."

It wouldn't surprise anyone to see Lin getting moved around from starting lineup to first man off the bench depending on his early-season performance as the starter. Lin had his rough spots his first season and needed some time to adjust to point guards once they picked up their game against him. However, if he can develop and grow into his starting position, he should be okay with help from proper mentoring from Kidd.

Lin has to feel pretty confident if players like J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler can all stay healthy at the same time. It's a pretty formidable lineup of big names, and Lin gets to play off of them and get the chance to perform at a high level.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Knicks Should Match Offer Sheet, Linsanity Denies Being Disgruntled

The Jeremy Lin rumor mill gets a little silly as the New York Knicks prepare to match the ginormous offer the Houston Rockets set on the table. The Rockets handed Lin a $28.8 million offer sheet that they knew the Knicks would match. The Linsanity phenomenon means too much to the team on and off the court.

Marc Berman of the New York Post files this report on what the Knicks have planned with regards to Lin.

The Knicks will officially match Jeremy Lin’s $28.8 million offer sheet from the Rockets as soon as Wednesday, when the NBA moratorium ends, thereby keeping the author of Linsanity at the Garden for at least the next three seasons.

The Knicks have 72 hours to match, but likely will take care of it today unless they get bogged down in the massive paperwork from all the other moves they officially can execute.


There were some rumors floating around the Internet that Lin wasn't happy with the way the Knicks treated him during free agency. The Knicks weren't the first ones to offer him a deal and the Rockets were the ones that were proactive in getting him the best possible deal for his team. But Lin was quick to refute any claims that he was angry with Knicks management on Twitter. The New York Post filed this story.

A published report claimed that Lin was displeased that the Knicks did not pursue him more aggressively and the Rockets, who signed him to a $29 million offer sheet, convinced the point guard they wanted him more.

"Lol why do u guys believe everything? No quotes from me = probably not true," Lin wrote in response to some Twitter followers.

Also, this has to be a good sign that Lin is in good shape with the Knicks organization as they get ready to match his offer sheet.

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Jeremy Lin Offer Sheet Details: Four Years, $28.8 Million Poison Pill Contract With Houston Rockets

For those wondering about the specifics of Jeremy Lin's contract, we have some further details courtesy of Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Houston's four-year offer to Jeremy Lin includes a team option in the fourth year. He will make $5 million in year one, $5.2 million in year two and $9.3 million in each of years three and four. The back-loaded offer is designed to hit the Knicks hard on the luxury tax.

As you can see, Lin's contract is backloaded, with most of the money spread into the third and fourth years of the deal. This occurs because Lin is a restricted free agent who's been in the league only one or two seasons. The Rockets can only offer Lin a certain amount of salary up to the current non-taxpayer mid-level exception.

This Lin deal is the example If one team tries to sign a restricted free agent from the original team, they will try and structure the deal such that the original team will have to pay a hefty luxury tax fee at the end of it. The contract is used generally to exploit the salary cap and new luxury tax rules to ensure the team that possesses the original free agent will have to pay a hefty financial burden to try and keep their player. In this case, Lin.

So while the Rockets aren't likely to keep Lin, the Knicks are sure going to have to dip deep into their salary to try and keep him. The good news is the Knicks can now use their Bird exception to match this offer, and they probably will.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Linsanity Agrees To Rockets Offer Sheet, Knicks Plan To Match

Jeremy Lin could be headed to the Houston Rockets, but is likely going to be a New York Knick. Regardless of how much the Knicks have to pony up and how much it might eventually cost them in the luxury tax, they're willing to go all the way to ensure Linsanity remains their player.

As you would expect, the big winner from this situation is Lin. He's going to get paid huge money by either the Rockets or the Knicks, and his financial status is all but secure.

Lin averaged 14.6 points per game and 6.2 assists per game with the Knicks in 35 games of action before injuring his meniscus and sitting out the rest of the season. Lin figures to either be the starter in Houston or split time with Aaron Brooks, while in New York he'd probably split time with Jason Kidd as he continues his development into a potential NBA starter down the line.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Knicks Prepared To Match Offer From Rockets

Jeremy Lin was a nobody this time last year, and now he's one of the more coveted restricted free agents around. After an incredible debut with the New York Knicks last winter, Lin injured his knee and missed the rest of the season and the playoffs. Many felt that Lin would remain in New York, but the Houston Rockets have become very interested in re-signing the player they let go of just a few short months ago.

Here is the latest on Lin and what the Knicks have planned for their starting point guard.

Following the news of Jason Kidd signing with New York it would be a dream scenario for Knicks fans to have Lin study under Kidd for a season or two, but that's only if they can withstand the financial hit. While they don't have much money to spend, the Rockets have a ton of it.

It appears Lin will make a final decision in the very near future. Stay tuned.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Knicks Will Hit Luxury Tax If Linsanity Signs Rockets Offer Sheet

Jeremy Lin has a decision to make. Does he do something that will undoubtedly secure his financial future, or does he reject it and stay with the franchise that gave him a chance to become a phenomenon on the court?

It's clear the Knicks are ready to match any offer sheet that's thrown at Lin. But the Houston Rockets are going very high. So high that they might very well force the Knicks to hit the luxury tax. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has more on the subject.

Houston's multiyear offer to Jeremy Lin includes back-loaded money designed to hit the Knicks hard on the luxury tax, sources close to Lin said. The Rockets' offer comes as the Phoenix Suns reached agreement with Goran Dragic on a four-year, $30 million contract. The Rockets stopped bidding on Dragic, refusing to go as far as the Suns did.

The Knicks have publicly and privately indicated they plan to match any offer for Lin.

The luxury tax is not a good thing for the Knicks, who could end up losing one or two of their stars in the near future and decreasing their competitive ability in the Eastern Conference. However, New York currently has no point guard to count on going into next season, and retaining Lin is just as much for his basketball skills as it is his marketing ability in the Big Apple. Lin's decision on whether to take that sheet could loom large on New York's cap flexibility going down the line.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Knicks Plan To Match Rockets Offer Sheet

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin wasn't expected to have a protracted free agency, The Knicks figured to be the team that would re-sign the Palo Alto breakout star and keep him in the Big Apple. However, he is looking around this offseason and at least forcing New York to consider how much they'll have to pay to keep him.

The Houston Rockets have made a pretty solid deal to Linsanity that will really force the New York Knicks to try and match and dip deeper into their coffers. Marc Berman of the New York Post files this report.

Meanwhile, Lin’s potential signing of a Rockets offer sheet will make it extremely costly to bring back Lin.

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Multiple sources said the Knicks will match any Lin offer sheet, but unpredictable owner James Dolan has the final say and frets about luxury-tax implications.

The Knicks don't have all that much cap space, so you have to think that as much of an impact that Linsanity makes in New York, the price tag at trying to keep him as a player might not be worth it, particularly when New York is aiming to get Steve Nash at the same time. Still, it'd be pretty form for New York to let Lin go, even if it is Dolan.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Houston Rockets Try To Entice Linsanity From Knicks

Jeremy Lin isn't expected to have a huge free agency period. The New York Knicks will do everything in their power to make sure their phenom guard ends up right back in Madison Square Garden next season.

Nevertheless, he is a restricted free agent, which does afford him the freedom of movement to take a look around the NBA landscape. So it definitely drew some attention when he decided to visit the Houston Rockets this week. Now it looks as if Houston is going to offer him quite a significant amount of money to make him think a little bit.

Of course, the Knicks can match this deal. So don't expect the Knicks to lay down and let the Rockets take Lin away from them, but Houston is going to have to make New York break the bank to ensure Linsanity stays in the Big Apple. That definitely won't make it easier for the Knicks to sign stronger free agents, which will make Lin's job all the more formidable if he returns to New York.

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Jeremy Lin Unlikely To Win Early Bird Rights

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is going to receive a lot of attention this offseason because of his contract situation. Lin is a restricted free agent and figures to be pursued by multiple teams trying to make an offseason splash.

The Knicks figure to be willing to do whatever they can to ensure Linsanity sticks with them for another season. Their ability to keep him might very well depend on whether they can win him his Bird rights. Apparently it's not looking all that good for him.

The Knicks will then be limited to using their $5 million mid-level exception to try and bring Lin back. That's probably enough to bring him back, but it could mean the Knicks might have to lose Steve Novak this offseason. Still, you figured it'd be tough to keep everyone after the amount of money they spent bringing in every free agent.

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Jeremy Lin Rumors: Mike Woodson Says Linsanity Will Be Knicks Starting PG

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin seems to be recovering nicely from surgery on his torn meniscus that kept him from returning to action during the latter parts of last season. Lin could be a Knick next season, but there is a possibility he ends up on another team. Lin is a restricted free agent, and if New York doesn't match other offers, another team could swoop him up and take him if they feel like giving him more money.

Head coach Mike Woodson seems to be fairly high on Lin returning to the Big Apple, and no one else will be taking his spot even if other point guards get picked up for his team.

Lin coming back to the Knicks would really provide a modicum of stability going into next season, as much of the remainder of the roster is likely to be in flux. The Knicks could use Lin to ensure the basketball starts moving more smoothly on the floor, and help New York continue their upward improvement as a team.

The Knicks looked incomplete without Lin on the floor in the Playoffs. It just wouldn't be the same without him.

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Jeremy Lin Not A Guarantee To Return To Knicks

The restricted free agency of Jeremy Lin will arrive this summer and his return to the New York Knicks, the place of Linsanity and the first team to finally give him a true shot on the NBA-level, isn't necessarily the place he'll return to. ESPN New York's Ian Begley wrote about it recently.

"I don't expect that. We're not anticipating that's going to happen. We don't have assurances of anything," Lin's agent, Roger Montgomery, said in an interview with the New York Post. "I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but I'm not going to assume anything. We're waiting to see what happens."

Does that open the door to a Lin return to the Golden State Warriors? Not according to SB Nation's Avinash Kunnath. So this leaves Lin in the wind, a restricted wind, but a wind nonetheless. The Knicks can match whatever comes his way, so it truly is a wait-and-see proposition.

The most exciting part is finding out what the market is for his services. He played well for long stretches but he also turns the ball over at a very high rate and has a small sample size to evaluate. But he's proven to be clutch and fearless. Let's see where the market sees him.

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Jeremy Lin Wouldn't Have Saved These New York Knicks

Jeremy Lin might have helped the New York Knicks be more competitive against the Miami Heat, but it's hard to see him helping them score the upset.

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The New York Knicks Need Jeremy Lin Back

Jeremy Lin needs to come back to help out Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks in their NBA championship aspirations.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Vs. Sixers Exhibit Resilient, Clutch 4th Quarter Play

Jeremy Lin has had his ups and downs with the New York Knicks the past few weeks. When the team was playing to its potential, he was on top of the world. When the Knicks struggled, Lin didn't bear the brunt of the ire, but there was plenty of discontent everywhere because his play was erratic, often counterproductive.

Yesterday was just as much a rollercoaster. Here are the highlights of Lin, where he put up 18 points, three assists, and five rebounds, a steal and a block. However, the stats weren't quite as important as was his ability to overcome poor early play and put up a strong finishing performance.

Lin only made one of his first 11 shots through the first three quarters, but nailed three of his final six shots in the fourth, none of them easy baskets. Lin had to get a floater over a contested Sixer defender, he had to pump fake and switch his original layup to a slight tear drop, then went behind the back and had to switch hands to get his final field goal. He also got a solid block on defense and nailed all ten of his free throws, many of them coming in the fourth quarter.

If Lin can be this resilient whenever he's performing poorly, the Knicks should be fine, and so should Jeremy.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Against Raptors Have A Sense Of Normalcy

Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks have had a lot of issues lately, but they've gotten off to the right start in the Mike Woodson era. And the Palo Alto star seems to be thriving in a more controlled environment.

Here's the video highlights of Lin against the Toronto Raptors.

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Lin has done a good job of distributing the basketball, but here he looks more assuredly in control in distributing the basketball. He doesn't really overwork his defenders, but works the ball around to the three-point shooter (like Carmelo Anthony or Steve Novak) or makes nice baskets on the move to get the ball to a player (like Amare Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler) whose defender is out of position. Lin is starting to let the game come to him rather than trying to force the game too hard, and it's paying off with more polished performances that have improved the Knicks as a whole.

More importantly for the overall success of the Knicks, Anthony has looked a lot stronger working off of Lin. Anthony assists Lin on several of his baskets, driving to the basket and kicking it out for some wide-open threes. The offense does seem to be working a lot better with Anthony and Lin working in concert.

If the Knicks defense can also continue its upward improvement under Woodson, then New York can become quite a dangerous team come playoff time.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Vs. Bulls Shows Knicks Star Can Compete With Derrick Rose

Jeremy Lin is no Derrick Rose. He will never be Derrick Rose, he will never have the speed and athleticism of Derrick Rose

But Lin provides a particular set of skills that can make him dangerous to people like Rose ... if fully developed that is. Right now he's showing glimpses, but he can prove to be quite a pest to everyone else.

Here are some of the highlights of Lin against the Bulls.

In transition

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Lin continues to operate quite strong on the fastbreak when he doesn't have to work within the halfcourt sets, where he still struggles with his decision-making and how to distribute the ball between all his talented offensive options. You'll see here how he executes a perfect bounce pass to find Tyson Chandler when the Bulls are on their heels, getting the easy bucket before the defense can set up and dig in.

Steals

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Lin always struggled with keeping Rose in front of him, but he still remains active in the play and does his best to cause Rose some trouble when he meets the teeth of the defense. You'll see here how quick his hands are in stripping the basketball when Rose exposes it in trying to make a decision when his driving lane is cut off. If the Knicks defense does a good job, Lin can still make a play and turn it to offense on the other side. Lin had three steals in this one and made some other solid plays with the ball.

Blocks

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Lin again shows that he can stick with Rose even when he gets the first step, in this case making a spectacular backside block on Rose to prevent the layup. Lin is no incredible defender, but he can make plays if his man makes a bad decision. Lin added three blocks to his three steals tonight, showcasing his versatility.

Seth of Posting and Toasting (our Knicks SB Nation site) reports that he was satisfied with Lin in this contest.

Anyway, Lin did his darnedest against Rose. Offensively, he had eight assists, many of which came on terrific lead passes in transition. As in the previous game(s), though, Lin picked up his dribbles, lost some dribbles, and forced some shots (including one or two that would have had shirtless Knicks fans running around the court throwing grenades if Melo had attempted them). He was mostly in control and created plenty of plays, though.

It isn't Lin that's the biggest problem. The team has to learn to start playing around him. They need to learn to defend better, keep their men in front of him, and just stay active play after play. Lin is willing and able. His superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire need to improve their overall play.

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Jeremy Lin Can't Win With Amare Stoudemire And Carmelo Anthony Struggling, Knicks Fall To Bulls

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks is starting to settle down with his turnover problems. The former Palo Alto star had a decent game even if he continues to struggle to find the shot. Lin shot 4-11 from the field, but did hit all six of his free throws, finished with 15 points and managed to dish eight assists, grab three steals and even swat three blocks. Not too bad against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls defense.

The biggest issue continues to be his teammates, who are stuck in eternal struggle. Amare Stoudemire had 20 points but put up only three rebounds. Carmelo Anthony was better defensively (eight boards) but shot 8-21. The big two All-Stars for the Knicks continue to struggle, and the defense seems to suffer everytime they're on the floor. Chicago had 22 offensive rebounds, leading to 13 more field goal attempts and more opportunities to win.

Lin can't really start performing at his best until Stoudemire and Anthony learn how to play with him.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Vs. Celtics Have That Tim Tebow Feel

Well, Jeremy Lin-Tim Tebow analogy lovers, you wanted some evidence the two of these guys were more similar than you thought. Here's your one game sample to pick from.

The Palo Alto native returned back to Boston, city of his college days at Harvard, and it seemed like most of the game he was pressing to impress when a more settled performance would've done quite well. But even when he was struggling to put everything down right, he still managed to make a few winning plays to keep his team alive. Sound familiar?

Here are the video highlights of Lin vs. the Celtics.

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For most of the game, Lin wasn't good at all. His first half line was putrid, as Lin posted a line better suited for your phone address book. He was turning over the basketball, he was pressing to make plays, and he struggled mightily defensively. Rajon Rondo toasted him during his career performance for the Celtics, and showed how far Lin has to go to be an elite player in the league.

Neverthless, despite Rondo thoroughly dominating Lin on the statline, the Knicks still had their chances of winning. If you're wondering how he did it, take a look at some of those plays he made. Those intangible, absurd, bizarro winning plays.

Keeping a ball alive leading to a strip of Paul Pierce at halfcourt, then going the other way for a layup to cut the lead to four with 2:30 to go? Nailing a corner three to cut it to one? Assisting to Carmelo Anthony on the two go-ahead baskets late in the fourth? Hitting tough contested off-balance fadeaway jumpers with Celtics strewn all over him? Where did those come from? Aren't those Tebow-like plays, making unconventional things happen to keep his team in it? Seth of Posting and Toasting says as much.

Lin, in general, had a pretty bad game with spurts of excellence. Lin's creation off the dribble was sloppy and inefficient and he didn't have a prayer against Rajon Rondo (who had an absurd triple-double), but Lin almost made up for it with some ridiculous plays. It felt like all the shots he hit were tough ones and, when the Celtics seemed to be pulling away in the fourth, he stole back his own turnover and sank a layup, then drilled a corner three to cut the deficit to one.

Hopefully Lin strays away from Tebow territory, since that usually means he has limitations rather than weaknesses. It could just be more growing pains from facing the most elite point guards in the league like Rondo and Deron Williams, as they want to do their best to show they're the superior floor general on the court. But sometimes Lin might have to dig down and summon those Tebow-type performances to keep his Knicks moving upward.

(I wish I'd never brought this comparison back up.)

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Rajon Rondo Outshines Jeremy Lin, Celtics Beat Knicks In Overtime

Jeremy Lin has helped get the New York Knicks back to respectability. But he still has a long way to go to outshine Rajon Rondo.

Rondo totally decimated Lin over the course of 53 minutes, compiling a career performance with 18 points, 17 rebounds, and 20 assists. Lin had trouble blocking out Rondo rebounding-wise, and Rondo got some easy baskets off of cuts. It was a classic performance by the Celtics point man.

The Celtics as a team frustrated and flustered Lin, cutting off passing lanes and forcing him into tough looks. They forced Lin to switch onto bigger players and try and defend them, and the Knicks were slow to rotate back. Lin finished 6-16 with 14 points and five assists as well as six turnovers, although he did enjoy a brief flurry with a steal and layup off Paul Pierce and a big three to put the Knicks in position to win in regulation.

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Jeremy Lin Leads Knicks Against Celtics On Sunday

Although Linsanity may have cooled off a bit as of late, the New York Knicks are still very much in the running for the playoffs behind their new superstar point guard. Jeremy Lin is coming off another fantastic double-double against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in which Palo Alto's favorite son only allowed one turnover. Lin will lead the Knicks into enemy territory on Sunday, as they take on the suddenly-surging Boston Celtics.


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Although they were experiencing some struggles prior to the NBA All-Star break, the Knicks have still won 10 of their last 13 and four of their last seven games. They're hoping that Lin's solid play can push them above .500 and snap the current three-game win streak of the Celtics.

Sunday's game will tip off at 10:00 a.m. PT. The game will be televised nationally on ABC.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Vs. Cavs Show Resilience, Restraint

Jeremy Lin continues to be very tough to beat. The Palo Alto superstar keeps finding ways to run the offense as the starting point guard for the New York Knicks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the latest victims. 19 points and 13 assists (with only 1 turnover) is about as efficient as it gets.

After the jump, an abbreviated highlight reel.

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This is a resilient performance for Lin. For one, he got bloodied up early as you can see. And Cleveland poured it on and tried to exploit him as best they could. Lin's bloody nose didn't seem to stop him from coming back on the court and continuing to drive to the basket. Lin didn't just absorb contact, but he embraced it, and made it very tough for defenders such as Kyrie Irving to deal with him offensively, particularly considering how good he was passing the basketball tonight.

Lin didn't have to dominate the basketball as much as he did in previous nights. He made quick and active decisions. If the defender dropped off him to prevent the dribble drive, he didn't always stay back and try and nail a shot, but made a concerted effort to either drive inside or feed the ball inside to exploit Cleveland's porous defense on the interior.

Seth of Posting and Toasting seems to think Lin's performance needed some defensive polish, but the offensive production more than made up for it.

[Lin's] inability to stick with Kyrie Irving (nothing to be ashamed of) early demanded some Knick help rotations that just weren't gonna happen, but his offense was solid. The Cavs trapped him early, so he made quick bail-out passes and let someone like Carmelo Anthony operate from the weak side. Later, he got more aggressive driving to the rim (pretty sure none of his two-pointers came outside the paint, but ESPN shot charts aren't being helpful right now) and made some gorgeous entry passes from out on the perimeter. Irving or not, this really was some of the worst defense we've seen Lin play-- several blow-bys, a few silly rotations off of good shooters, and a couple costly fouls-- but he made up for it with an efficient and very productive offensive outing. Splendid recovery from a dismal last game and a very busy All-Star break.

More importantly for Lin, his teammates provided him with ample help. Baron Davis showed he could work as the backup. Carmelo Anthony did a good job slashing and scoring, and Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler did a good job cleaning up inside. All of them got some partial help thanks to great feeds and looks from Lin. Iman Shumpert returning to action and Steve Novak getting good looks also seems to be a result of better, crisper ball movement.

So despite the gaudy stat line, this was about as restrained as you can hope for Lin. He created, but he also let other players work with the basketball and ensure maximum offensive efficiency from most of the Knicks. You have to wonder if his unselfish, confident nature is permeating the entire team.

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Jeremy Lin Puts Up Derrick Rose Numbers, Knicks Beat Cavaliers

Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks got the post All-Star break festivities kicking in style with a strong comeback victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. After trailing 61-49 at halftime, the Knicks outscored the Cavs 33-19 in the third quarter to recapture the lead before finishing with a 38-23 run to get the win.

Lin finished with 19 points, 13 assists, five rebounds, and probably most importantly only one turnover. Lin matched the efforts of Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (who had 22 points, seven assists, three rebounds and four turnovers), but more importantly Lin got great supporting performances from the rest of his cast. Carmelo Anthony added 22 points, Steve Novak finished with 17 points after raining down threes, and Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert all finished with double-digit scoring.

Lin's performance stat-wise has only been matched by one other person this year: Last year's MVP, Derrick Rose.

The Knicks have a rare three day break before they take on the Boston Cetlics on a Sunday afternoon game.

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Jeremy Lin Clocks Just Nine Minutes In 2012 Rising Stars Challenge

Newly minted superstar and New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin participated in the 2012 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge in Orlando on Friday night. The evening was a kickoff to the NBA All-Star Weekend, with the main event being the NBA's freshman and sophomore up-and-comers facing off in an exhibition game that ended up being wildly entertaining.

In a twist on the normal format of Freshmen vs. Sophomores, this year's game pitted hybrid teams led by Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley. Lin was a member of Team Shaq and was, unfortunately, on the losing end on Friday night. Lin had a largely uneventful night. He only played five minutes in the first half, going 0-for-1 shooting with one assist: a nifty alley-oop dunk to teammate Blake Griffin. All told, Lin played for only nine total minutes and took just four shots, sinking only one.

Alley-oops, dunks and gaffes were the order of the night. Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show of shooting for Team Chuck, particularly from beyond the three-point line. Irving picked up the MVP with 34 points, including eight treys. Team Chuck led for the entire game and picked up the win by a final score of 146-133.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Vs. Heat Reveal Carmelo Anthony Needs To Do More

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks stepped up big against the Miami Heat. He saw Dwayne Wade charging right at him, and he knew he had to step in and take the contact. And there he was, ready to haul inside and take the contact.


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And he did! And that's the extent of the Jeremy Lin highlight show.

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There isn't really much of a surprise. The Miami Heat are blitzing the NBA right now, and Lin and the Knicks were the latest victims. Lin's turnover issues became even more pronounced Thursday night when Mario Chalmers played him full-court on multiple possessions, stripping him once in the backcourt for an easy layup. Then Norris Cole got right up on him and did similar things. Multiple Heat defenders were ready to crash in and help on the defense against Lin, and it was wildly successful.

Lin is a solid basketball player, but he's no LeBron James or Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade, and more importantly, he's no Carmelo Anthony. This wasn't his game to win or to lead. This was Anthony's chance to regain leadership of the locker room and prove he was the player the Knicks need the most to become champions, not just playoff-worthy (as Lin had done).

Only he wasn't ready. Anthony should've been running more of the offense against the Heat, because he does have the athleticism and the strength to handle these high-intense possessions. Anthony sitting in the corner and waiting for Lin to give him the ball was a bit of a waste; this is the game where he should have been the one taking all the shots and making all the big decisions, because Lin was left out an island and marooned by his teammates while the Heat defense swarmed endlessly, constantly.

Anthony needs to play a part in this role, a much bigger one (as Ken Berger of CBS Sports notes). The Heat are too good for Lin to overcome on his own, too much for Mike D'Antoni's offensive schemes to overcome. The over-reliance on the point guard generally leaves him vulnerable to vicious counterattacks, and the turnover-prone Lin generated too many easy Miami baskets. It was an onslaught that too many teams have become familiar with, and now Lin can join the party.

Lin can certainly play well against a majority of teams, but being the focal point against James and Wade is too much to handle. Anthony and Amare Stoudemire both need to start making their All-Star weight felt, or the Knicks will be plateauing soon enough.

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Jeremy Lin, Knicks No Match For Heat, Lose 100-88

Linsanity is good but it's no match for LeBronsanity. Or Boshanity for that matter.

Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks struggled on Thursday night against the Miami Heat, who played great team defense while the big three scored efficiently in a 102-88 victory to end the first half of the season.

Miami forced Lin to turn the ball over eight times and forced the Knicks to turn the ball over 19 times, grabbing 12 steals in a fantastic defensive performance. They also blocked 10 shots, with five of those blocks coming from Joel Anthony.

Miami has won eight-straight games, their best streak of the season, and have the best record in the NBA headed into the All-Star break..

Amare Stoudemire helped to carry the Knicks in the first half, but just two of his 13 points came in the second half. Carmelo Anthony struggled shooting the ball, dropping 19 points on 7-20 shooting. Lin scored just eight points on 1-11 shooting, with six of his points coming from the free throw line.

Chris Bosh led all scorers with 25 points, but there wasn't much separation between the big three. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and LeBron James scored 20. James also had nine rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks in a fantastic complete performance.

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Jeremy Lin Video Highlights Vs. Hawks Showcase Adaptability And Confidence

Jeremy Lin might be growing on all of us, because his highlight reels are starting to look pretty by-the-book to all of us. So you'll have to excuse me if this analysis sounds a little derivative. But Linsanity does seem to be settling down into Linormalcy.

Here are his highlights.

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Lin again doesn't need his athleticism to produce. The Knicks guard didn't try accelerating to the hoop in a vain attempt to try and overwhelm his defender. What he instead used was an array of hesitating dribble-drive moves to the basket that deceived the Hawks and allowed him to either distribute the basketball or make a move to the basket and finish close to the rim.

You'll see on Lin's first basket how he managed to drive to the basket past Jeff Teague, made a quick spurt to get past the hedging Hawk defender, then extended with the left hand to go high off glass past Zaza Pachulia. On another basket, Lin got ready to make a pass in mid-air to Tyson Chandler, but Teague did a good job defending the passing angle to Chandler for the alley-oop. So Lin simply flicked the basketball up toward the basket and let it swish through. On another basket, Lin got stuck on his pivot foot in the post with a big defender on him, but instead of trying to kick it out, pump-faked the jumper, got his defender in the air, then went up strong toward the basket and banking in the layup. Lin used a stop move on two of his later floaters to get additional buckets.

Lin's passing isn't too out-of-the-ordinary. He converted some great passes to get Carmelo Anthony involved, particularly in transition. He made a great football pass over the outreached Hawk defender, placed a good bounce pass when the Hawk big got drawn in to stop the ball, and also did a good job finding Melo perched on the baseline. What's most interesting is how well Lin is able to work the ball to the slashers and bigs around the perimeter. They're mostly simple passes, but they work right into the hands of the cutters instead of forcing them to have to wait for the basketball to arrive. That optimizes Lin's ability to work the offense and keep the Knicks running right.

Obviously the most innocent days of the Lin saga may be nearing an end. But what matters the most is how well he can endure. Tomorrow night might feature the most brutal of tests against the Heat, but so far, he's been far more good than bad.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Vs. Nets: Deron Williams Show Overshadows Linsanity

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin had another solid game statistically against the New Jersey Nets, but compared to the absolutely insane standards that have suddenly been placed on him, this was a disappointing performance, largely because he was overshadowed by Deron Williams. Williams put together an incredible performance that left Lin and the Knicks in the dust on Monday night.

Williams was pretty much unstoppable from behind the arc, and he made it a point of interest to not get surprised by Lin a second time around. Lin has struggled to fight over screens in his young career, and he got fooled on a couple of occasions.

Seth of Posting and Toasting had this analysis of Lin's performance.

- Lin, overall, had one of his worst games since he's been a Knick. His defense on Williams did pick up as the game progressed-- again, there was a point at which Deron could've hit a three with a bag over his head-- but he got proper smoked in this one. On offense, Lin ended up with a solid if inefficient line, but looked pretty out of sorts. He, perhaps more than any other Knick, tried to create too much for himself. Lin forced some bad, untimely attempts and occasionally went hunting in vain for foul calls. Again, he put up numbers-- 21, 9, 7, 4 steals, and just 3 turnovers-- but did it inefficiently and with spotty decision-making throughout. Nothing to freak out about, just not a good night. This is where we remind ourselves of who Jeremy Lin is and where he came from, and also notice the fact that even on a bad night...shit, that's quite a line.

Indeed, there were bright spots, particularly Lin's ability to fight through the rough patches and turn in a fine overall effort, even if it won't go in the Jeremy Lin pantheon.

Here are the highlights for Lin.

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In general, Lin was having trouble meshing with new parts Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, as well as the still-struggling Amare Stoudemire. The offense never looked terribly crisp and everyone seemed to be functioning haphazardly. The performance was filled with the same issues that plagued the Knicks before Linsanity took off.

It'd be hard to say that Lin and Carmelo can't function together. It's clear they can. Lin and Melo did work a high screen and roll on a few occasions, and Anthony did get an easy basket off the ball. But right now it seems the team has hit a bit of a wall, and it can only be resolved with time and reps. A lot of players are being reinserted back into the rotation, meaning that everyone needs to share the rock more. Lin doesn't need to handle the ball on every possession. But the offense has yet to gel with these new players the way it did when Lin was totally in control of the show.

Right now, the Knicks are having trouble figuring out how to get players who are so used to controlling and moving with the basketball to move without the basketball. Many of these talented players stood around and watched Lin on too many possessions, forcing him to take the most shots. That shouldn't happen, not with guys like Stoudemire and Anthony featured prominently.

Still, these are growing pains for all the players. Smith has proven he can put himself back in order when he has a capable point guard leading him, as has Melo (2008-09 Denver Nuggets anyone?). Stoudemire has been a pick and roll monster for ages, and should be okay if he gets fully healthy. Lin has talent around him now, and it's hard to see him failing with more talented players. If 21 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, four steals and only three turnovers is a bad performance from him, then he's probably going to be able to stick through it.

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Knicks Vs. Nets: Jeremy Lin Scores 21, New York Loses In Carmelo's Return

New York Knicks fans were looking forward to the triumphant return of Carmelo Anthony to Madison Square Garden where he and Jeremy Lin would form some kind of unstoppable super duo.

Deron Williams had other ideas.

Williams drained a career-high eight three-pointers and had a season-high 38 points, and the New Jersey Nets held off a fourth quarter run to down the New York Knicks, 100-92, on Monday.

Jeremy Lin paced New York with 21 points to go with nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals before fouling out with 44.9 seconds remaining. Anthony had 11 points and six helpers for the Knicks, who went 6-1 in his absence because of a groin strain.

Kris Humphries added a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds for New Jersey. MarShon Brooks donated 18 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 11 for the Nets, who went 2-1 on a back-to-back-to-back stretch of games.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Vs. Mavericks Show The Lasting Power Of Linsanity

The New York Knicks keep on learning more and more about their phenomenon Jeremy Lin. What seems to be more clear than ever is that it's something that might be sticking around longer than a few weeks.

Lin continues to display that he has all the tools to not only succeed at the pro level, but thrive and produce on a winning team. The victory over the Dallas Mavericks was the latest evidence.

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Lin went against the Dallas Mavericks' fairly solid team defense and showed that stopping him isn't an easy thing. Shawn Marion is one of the best individual defenders in the league and helped hold LeBron James in the NBA Finals last year, but Marion was blown by on several occasions, forcing help defenders to come over and breaking down the Mavericks defense.

It didn't get much better when matched against Jason Kidd. Or Dirk Nowitzki, who Lin just backed up on behind the three-point line and unleashed a dagger three.

Lin also made crisp decisions whenever he got that initial penetration. If he was met by a defender on his way to the basket, he made the right decision to find the open man on the outside. With two men primarily focused on him, one with initial defensive responsibilities and another (usually a big man) coming to meet him, someone had to be open somewhere on the floor. If he couldn't find that open man, a turnover usually resulted.

When no one met Lin, he drove inside and got to the basket, which usually resulted in free throws, an inside assist to one of the bigs for a slam dunk, or a layup of some sort.

Not that Lin's game was limited only to his dribble penetration. Sometimes he could just dribble around the outside and find the right guy, like Steve Novak. On defense, he crowded his defender and managed to make a few impressive plays with big steals.

But in general, Linsanity's success revolves around his athleticism and skills that help him break down the initial defense, then having the smarts to make the right decision when he does that. That's generally what makes you an NBA point guard, and that's where Jeremy Lin seems to be heading.

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Knicks Vs. Mavericks: Jeremy Lin Shines Again, Knicks Battle Back For 104-97 Win

Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks played host to the Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, looking to keep the good times rolling and the Linsanity in full effect against the defending NBA Champs. And behind another stellar performance from the Palo Alto native, the Knicks erased a large second-half deficit to earn the 104-97 victory.

Lin would finish with another impressive double-double of 28 points, 14 assists, five steals, four rebounds, and four steals in 45 minutes on the floor. His turnover problem reared it's ugly head in the second half with six after only one in the first half, and was 11-20 from the field and 3-6 from downtown.

J.R. Smith scored 15 off the bench for New York in his return to the NBA after starting the season overseas in China, while Amare Stoudemire, Landry Fields, Steve Novak, and Tyson Chandler all finished with doulbe-digit points as well.

As for the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki dropped 34 on 11-20 shooting for Dallas, but it would ultimately prove not enough.

The legend continues.

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Knicks Vs. Mavericks, Halftime Update: Jeremy Lin's 12 Points, 6 Assists Pace New York Early

Palo Alto native and current New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin isn't looking like a letdown will be coming soon since he shot into the stratosphere of NBA stardom over the past few weeks, having a very solid first half against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon, helping the Knicks maintain a three point lead by the score of 48-45.

Lin finished the first half with 12 points, six assists, two steals, a block and a rebound, while limiting the turnovers (the only thing he's struggled with) to only one in 22 minutes of play. He shot 5-10 form the field and 1-3 form downtown. Stanford product Landry Field's added 11, while Amare Stoudemire eight.

Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion lead the way for Dallas at the half, each scoring 14 and 11 respectfully, while Marion was given the task to guard Lin for most of the first half, let's see if that continues.

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Spike Lee Wears Jeremy Lin's Palo Alto High Jersey, Possibly Jinxes Knicks

Friday night was not the prettiest night for Linsanity. Superstar point guard Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks saw their seven-game winning streak get snapped by the visiting New Orleans Hornets. What's more, Lin was charged with nine turnovers in the game, matching the NBA season high for single-game TOs.

It is possible that Linsanity hit a speed bump due to the gear that famous Knicks fan Spike Lee was sporting at courtside. According to the Associated Press, Lee was wearing Jeremy Lin's actual Palo Alto High School No. 4 jersey.

...A fellow former Palo Alto player, who was tasked with transporting Lin's old No. 4 jersey cross-country so it could be worn Friday night by the New York Knicks' biggest celebrity fan: Spike Lee.

The latest twist in the Lin saga started earlier this week when his high school coach in California, Peter Diepenbrock, said in an interview with a New York radio station that he hoped to put a Vikings jersey on the director's back. Turns out Lee heard about it and had one of his representatives contact Diepenbrock about making it happen.

Very cool stuff...except that if you believe in that whole "jinx" stuff, it may have cost the Knicks a loss to one of the worst teams in the NBA.

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Jeremy Lin Scores 26 Points, Knicks Fall To Hornets

Jeremy Lin had a rough first half on Friday night against a mediocre New Orleans Hornets club, but the young point guard picked it up in the second half and ended his night with 26 points, five assists and four steals. Lin ended with nine turnovers, but eight of them came in the first half. The sign of Lin realizing he was being too careless with the ball and in-turn began involving his teammates speaks volumes about his potential going forward.

The Knicks trailed for most of the game and a late rally fell short in the fourth quarter. Amare Stoudemire continued to mesh well with Lin and recorded a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds. For the Hornets, Trevor Ariza had a huge night with 25 points and eight rebounds. New Orleans ended up winning 89-85.

Jeremy Lin and the Knicks will look to get back on track on Sunday afternoon against Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET, which is 10 a.m. in the Bay Area.

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Jeremy Lin Struggles Badly As Knicks Trail Hornets At Halftime

Jeremy Lin has taken over the basketball world with his clutch shots, slick passes and team-first attitude, but there has been one major flaw to his game thus far: Turnovers. Lin is averaging a little more than five-per-game since taking over the starting point guard job with the Knicks a few weeks ago and he has already surpassed that number in just 21 minutes against the Hornets.

With the Knicks trailing 43-39 at the half, Jeremy Lin has eight turnovers, 10 points, four assists, two steals and two turnovers. Hardly the kind of ball security you want from your point guard.

Could the Kim Kardashian rumors and Rising Stars Game selection be getting to his head? Probably not, but they're bound to come out eventually. And with all eyes on the second-year guard out of Harvard, you can bet some folks are going to become skeptical of his ability to run a team once defenses have a chance to catch up to his play style.

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Jeremy Lin & Fernando Valenzuela Have A Lot In Common

Back before Jeremy Lin and all this Linsanity was even born, there was Fernando Valenzuela.

"I'm not really a big fan of basketball, but I think what he's doing is great," Fernando Valenzuela said Thursday, by phone from Los Angeles.

Yes, the author of FernandoMania knows all too well what Lin is going through at the moment. FernandoMania swept across the game of baseball, and the nation for that matter, back in 1981 when the Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander was dominating out of nowhere starting the season 8-0 with five shutouts, eventually becoming the first NL rookie to lead in strikeouts.

Fernando, now 51, brought sellout crowds wherever and whenever he pitched. Women wanted him, men wanted to be him, but there's only so much Fernando to go around as there is only one Fernando Valenzuela. Thusly, there can be only one Jeremy Lin.

"I just think he has to focus on the game," the six-time All-Star said. "That's the only thing he can do: keep working and keep doing his job. Maybe you find time here and there to talk to the media. But he has to focus on what he does best."

Culturally both Lin and Valenzuela represent their heritage on a well-publicized stage; The number of Mexican stations carrying Dodgers broadcasts grew from three to 17 midway through Fernando's first season, and the rise of the Asian-American Lin is peaking interest all over the globe.

"When I first came up, in my first year with the Dodgers, I heard from a lot of Latinos. Those fans helped me a lot," Valenzuela said. "It just helped me to be close with them, and I think that's when a lot of new fans came along and started following the game."

Lin is following a similar path, inspiring Asians from all walks of life with his outstanding play, now he has to keep it up:

"You guys (reporters) are all talking about him, and I think it's great,'' he said. "I hope he can keep doing it."

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Jeremy Lin, Knicks Welcome Hornets: Jerry Seinfeld Still Can't Watch

The New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin continue what has been a whirlwind week and a half as they welcome the New Orleans Hornets to town. Lin has become an international sensation as his seven game run has been a pivotal part of the Knicks current seven game winning streak that has them back in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Of course, it would not be the New York Knicks if there still wasn't something a little screwy going on. MSG Network airs a sizable chunk of Knicks games and they currently find themselves in a dispute with Time Warner over subscriber fees that has both sides accusing each other of lying.

The only thing that really matters in all this right now is that many Knicks fans are left without the chance to watch their newest star, Jeremy Lin, strut his stuff. After years of struggles, this is the most significant sign of hope for Knicks fans and many of them do not get to watch it. Jerry Seinfeld summed it up best.

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Jeremy Lin Added To Rookie-Sophomore Game 2012, Joins Blake Griffin & Ricky Rubio On Team Shaq

When the original rosters were released, Jeremy Lin was not included because he hadn't really played all that much. He'd had about two or three marquee performances and hadn't quite yet taken the league by storm. He was a curiosity.

Yet somehow, the league found a way for Kenny the Jet Smith, Commissioner of this BBVA Rising Stars contest, to add in two wild-card spots; one for the rookies, one for the sophomores. Amazingly, they found room to put Linsanity into the game. What a shocker!

Lin was the third pick overall, going over to Team Shaq, as Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley were picking the teams for this game. And he's on a team full of exciting young players.

Here is the roster for Team Shaq.

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves

Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons

Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats

Norris Cole, Miami Heat

Landry Fields, New York Knicks

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons

Here's the roster for Team Charles.

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

John Wall, Washington Wizards

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers

Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz

Marshon Brooks, New Jersey Nets

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Linsanity Goes Political: Sarah Palin Weighs In On Jeremy Lin

The Linsanity movement (new nicknames welcome) continues to break down all barriers as politicians on both sides of the aisle are weighing in on the stunning rise of Jeremy Lin over the last ten days. We heard yesterday that Barack Obama has caught some of Jeremy Lin's exploits, and his arch-nemesis Sarah Palin is weighing in on the rising young star.

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Does it surprise anybody that a politician would not be willing to pick between Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow? Linsanity has captured the nation and truly knows no boundaries.

Although both Tebow and Lin are stunning stories, anybody who has seen the two of them play would likely recognize that Lin has more pure basketball-playing skills than Tebow does QB skills.

Tebow has done some great things, but many folks view it as a guy doing a lot with very little. On the other hand, Jeremy Lin has come out of nowhere, but he is showcasing a variety of basketball skills that could allow him to establish a solid NBA career. Of course, maybe we should wait more than ten days before making such proclamations!

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Kim Kardashian Camp Denies Jeremy Lin Date Rumors

I know this is going to break everyone's heart here, but Kim Kardashian and Jeremy Lin will not be the next big couple for gossip rags to harass. Because the two aren't even going to date. What a shame.

"Absolutely 100% NOT true. Someone made that story up!" Jill Fritzo told amNewYork. She wouldn't elaborate on how the rumor got started.

Sources are still trying to figure out whether or not Kim Kardashian was the original source for the story. That would just be insane right? I mean, this is only the third guy she's been circulated with on the same day.

It's been a crazy day for Kim. First she shot down those Mark Sanchez rumors, then she doesn't seem to be getting back together with Reggie Bush, and now you deny trying to seek a date with one of the biggest rising stars in the sporting world?

Why, if I didn't know any better, I'd think you were begging for attention. That'd be rather appalling. I'd have expected so much more from a Kardashian.

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Jeremy Lin and Kim Kardashian To Go On A Date, According to Report

Editor's Update: Kim Kardashian's camp denies the report.

Well, it's now come down to this.

According to a report from Christianpost.com, reality television personality Kim Kardashian is scheduled to meet with New York Knicks budding superstar Jeremy Lin for a 'date' according to a source close to the situation.

"She thinks [Jeremy] is cute, and she's good friend's with [Knicks player Carmelo Anthony's wife] Lala. It's going to be a double date," a source told MTO.

Yeah, this might be happening. But if I had to guess, it was set up by publicists. Because if there is a spotlight to be found, Kim is going to do whatever it takes for it to shine on her. Kardashian is fresh off her 36 minute marriage to the Nets' Kris Humphries, and while Kardashian's intentions are said to be 'genuine,' critics have accused her of simply trying to fix her tarnished public image.

But here's the million dollar question, just what do a Harvard graduate and a Kardashian have to talk about over dinner?

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Jeremy Lin Highlights Showcase Passing Ability For Knicks Vs. Kings [VIDEO]

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks has generally wowed the crowds of Madison Square Garden with his ability to score the basketball. But on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings, he took the primary responsibility of point guard seriously and ripped the team defense apart. Lin used pick and roll after pick and roll to set up alley-oop after dunk after alley-oop after dunk.

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Lin usually took advantage of big men like DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson hedging out to watch for Lin's dribble penetration. That usually left Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire open, and they got several baskets off of that. Lin's ability to attract so much attention from the Kings defenders gave several Knicks teammates the ability to strike, particularly swingman Landry Fields.

Lin didn't do as much on the scoring end, but he maximized his opportunities and generally made good decisions when he didn't turnover the basketball. Lin's ability to keep his dribble alive slowly wore down the young Sacramento defense, and it was enough to help lead the Knicks to another comfortable victory.

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Jeremy Lin At All-Star Weekend: NBA Wants Linsanity In Haier Shooting Stars Contest

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is apparently going to get a chance to showcase his talents at All-Star Weekend. Unfortunately, it looks like it'll be as one of the participants in the stupidest contest the weekend has to offer--the Haier Shooting Stars Contest. The NBA wants him there participating in that event.

If you're unfamiliar with the format, it involves an NBA player, an NBA legend, and a WNBA player taking shots all over the basketball court, culminating with each team trying to nail a halfcourt fling. While the contest might be somewhat interesting to viewers, it's at best a morbid curiosity, and a truly clumsy way to market the NBA's hottest star on its biggest weekend of the regular season.

Perhaps they should think a little bit longer about trying to get Lin in the Rookies vs. Sophomores game or even the Skills contest, because unless Lin nails his 50 footers perfectly, this doesn't sound so exciting.

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Jeremy Lin Sits Out Fourth Quarter As Knicks Roll Kings 100-85

When his team would previously gain a 20-30 point lead, that's when New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin used to get in the game, better known as 'garbage time.' Now Lin is sitting with the starters sipping Gatorade when garbage time comes around, and that's exactly what happened in the Knicks' 100-85 drubbing of the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night.

Lin would finish the game with a nice double-double, scoring 10 points on 4-6 shooting form the field along with 13 assists, 9 of which he dished out in the first half. He also had five rebounds and a team-high six turnovers all in only 26 minutes after sitting out most of the fourth quarter.

Although not the scoring output that Lin had been putting up recently, it was still another effective game from Lin, and another victory for the New York Knicks.

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Jeremy Lin With 9 Assists, Knicks Lead Kings 54-36 At Halftime

The Sacramento Kings have come in with a concerted effort to make sure Jeremy Lin doesn't beat them with his scoring. Lin does only have six points on two-of-four shooting and it seems Sacramento's trapping and focus on Lin have kept him from doing any scoring damage.

And of course, Sacramento is down by almost 20 because the Kings have totally ignored everyone else. Lin has distributed nine assists to various players like Landry Fields and Tyson Chandler. Fields is shooting 4-5 from the field and has 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire have nine points each in support.

The Knicks have held the Kings to under 33% shooting. Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins have combined to shoot 3-16, which is a guaranteed recipe for a loss. Marcus Thornton has 13 points to lead Sacramento, who are in a deep hole to start the second half.

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Linsanity Growing: Jeremy Lin Can Count Barack Obama, David Stern Among His Fans

The buzz surrounding Jeremy Lin's week and a half run of "Linsanity" is adding more and more followers at higher and higher levels. Some people have taken their time jumping on the Lin bandwagon as they wait to see if he comes back to Earth sooner rather than later. While it has only been five starts and six games of big performances, his consistency is proving more and more legit.

It should surprise nobody that NBA Commissioner David Stern is excited about the young Knicks guard and his performance lately. Stern has indicated in the past that he no longer roots for a single team as he did before he joined the NBA. Rather, Stern roots for strong, positive storylines and of course no repeats of the Ron Artest Brawl. In Jeremy Lin, the NBA has a development that could very well prove to be the best sports story of 2012 and beyond. Naturally, Stern used the story to plug some of the NBA process as well:

"I think it's a huge win for the NBA Development League (where the Knicks briefly sent Lin) because what we do is, we keep players around to give them that one more shot -- and you never know," Stern told the newspaper.

"The conventional is wisdom is that you know everyone who's going to be coming into your league by the time of the McDonald's High School All-American game. It's so much fun to see some unpredictability thrown in, and I hasten to add, it's been five games only. So we'll see. I think it's wonderful."

Lin was reportedly on the verge of being released by the Knicks before head coach Mike D'Antoni decided to give him a bigger shot. The Knicks have been dealing with a variety of injuries and were struggling to get on track. They have now won six straight thanks in large part to the contributions of Jeremy Lin.

It is no surprise that President Barack Obama is paying more attention to Lin as well. Obama is a noted basketball enthusiast and he has started paying a little closer attention to the budding star. The sky is quickly becoming the limit for Lin as he develops into a national and potentially international sensation.

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Jeremy Lin Returns To Madison Square Garden To Face Jimmer Fredette, Sacramento Kings

Jeremy Lin has done it all with the New York Knicks since becoming a starter and he will return home to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to take on the Sacramento Kings. That means a potential matchup with Jimmer Fredette, should the coaching staff decide to play him, and a chance to show his former coach, Keith Smart, who made the dumb decision to not play him last year in Golden State.

(I'm sorry for the pun.)

Anyway, Lin and the Knicks will take on the Kings at Madison Square Garden with tipoff coming at 4:30 p.m. locally in Sacramento. It will be very interesting to see how the coaching staff tries to defend Lin; my guess is they will try and bully him with Tyreke Evans and then frustrate him with the quickness of Isaiah Thomas, but that's just me. For as much fun as Jimmer vs. Lin would be, it would probably get pretty ugly on the defensive end of the court for Sactown.

Fearless Lin Prediction: 29 points, 9 assists, 5 turnovers in a big Knicks victory.

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Jeremy Lin Game-Winning Shot Yet Another Incredible Feat By Knicks Point Guard

The story of Jeremy Lin is turning into one we would only find in a movie out of Hollywood. You should know the story by now: overlooked out of Harvard, Lin went undrafted in 2009 and was either cut or dealt by numerous teams before landing with the Knicks. The young point guard has taken over the country with his clutch shots and smooth handles, and hit a game-winning shot against the Raptors on Tuesday night with less than a second remaining.


Pretty incredible.

While the big shots are incredible to watch, there are a few things to watch for going forward. For one, Lin has to cut down on his turnovers. He's averaged six turnovers in his five starts, including eight in the win over Toronto. There are also many wondering how he will mesh with Carmelo Anthony once the latter returns. Melo has a reputation as a guy who isn't exactly the easiest player to get along with on the court.

Regardless, Lin is doing something never done before in the NBA. He has the record for most points scored in his first five career starts and the Knicks are winning with him in the lineup, something the team had not been doing a lot of without Linsanity. He also appears to be a great kid with a sincere team-first approach to the game, judging by how he always praises his teammates when being interviewed by the media.

Next up, Lin and the Knicks will host the Sacramento Kings. If he and Jimmer Fredette don't guard each other for at least some of the game, there is something seriously wrong.

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Jeremy Lin Escalates Linsanity With Game-Winner To Beat Raptors

Linsanity. Linderella. Lin Tebow. All I do is Lin Lin Lin Lin Lin. Pretty much every cliche and meme has been thrown out in the past week and call it whatever you want, but Jeremy Lin has captivated the nation. Hardcore hoopaholics, everyday fans and NBA-haters alike have started to sit up and take note of the phenomenon and naturally, disappointing no one tonight, the sudden star hit a game-winning three pointer with .5 seconds on the clock to give the Knicks their sixth straight win.

Lin didn't have the most efficient game ever - hitting on 9 of 20 for 27 points and 11 assists in 43 minutes, but also turned the ball over eight times along the way. In true Tim Tebow fashion though, he came through when it mattered.

After trailing most of the game, including a twelve-point deficit at one point in the fourth quarter, the Knicks fought back to within three points with 1:05 remaining. You couldn't script what happened next. Lin drove the lane, hitting a layup while getting fouled, and and after adding a free throw the ballgame was tied. The Raptors couldn't convert their next possession, and Jeremy Lin calmly hit a three pointer as the shot clock expired to put the Knicks up three, 90-87.

If you're not infected with Linsanity yet, you had better check your pulse.

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Jeremy Lin Relied On God Through His Hardships

So much for avoiding parallels between Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow. Two of the most incredible phenomenons in sports appear to have too much in common to make sense, particularly their reliance on their faith to become the players they are now.

In an excellent exclusive that features Lin's trials and tribulations before making it right with the New York Knicks, Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reports on how Lin persevered due to his own personal self-belief in the Lord.

"I was playing garbage minutes the first two to three weeks," Lin said. "On top of that, I had no idea what the system was and what we were doing. We couldn't practice, so I had no opportunity to prove myself. There was definitely a little bit of "what's going on?" in my prayers.

"It's a constant battle. My flesh was constantly pulling at me. Whine. Complain. Whine. Complain. But the other side of me was thinking, 'My God is all powerful.' ... That's the sad part. When I look back, there are so many times in my life where I've questioned God. Why do I even doubt God? At the same time, it's a growing process."

It certainly seems as if Lin has always relied on his Christian ideals to help him get through the tough times, although it's probably no different from any man of faith who's managed to succeed. What's more important is Lin's work ethic and strong mental will, as well as his intelligence and ability to adapt within the game. If Lin wasn't able to utilize all his talents to the utmost of his abilities, he probably wouldn't have made such a meteoric rise and made his impact felt so quickly.

All of that comes together with players like Tebow and Lin. Faith is only one of many factors.

(Also, Tebow looks like an average to mediocre quarterback who plays poorly most of the game, but pulls it out in the end. Lin actually looks like a promising young guard who makes the most of his opportunities.)

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Jeremy Lin Named Eastern Conference Player Of The Week

To nearly being cut to one of the NBA Players of the Week. What a time it's been for Jeremy Lin..

Lin started off with a surprising performance against the New Jersey Nets from the previous week. Then he got the start the next three games and put up three great performances in a row. He earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors for his efforts.

(Click the links below for highlights of each performance!)

Lin put up 28 points, eight assists and two steals against the solid Utah Jazz, then put up 23 points, ten assists and four rebounds playing the Washington Wizards, and culminated his week with an incredible performance against the Los Angeles Lakers, putting up 38 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. He slowed down the following game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (hitting the wall in the second half), but did hit the game-winning free throw to ensure victory.

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VIDEO: Jeremy Lin Scores Winning Point Against Minnesota Timberwolves

The New York Knicks are counting their lucky stars for Jeremy Lin and for the two teams who released him in the shortened 2011-12 NBA season before he wound up in the Big Apple. On Saturday night, Lin once again fueled the offense in a nail-biting 100-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves as the Knicks ran their winning streak to a season-high five games.

Although Lin wasn't at his best in the game, he did rack up 20 points. Check out the video below to see the foul and the free throw that would prove to be the game-winner for the Knicks.

Hopefully Lin will continue to compile highlight reels for a very long time and keep giving fans coast to coast a chance to fall in love with the sport all over again.

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Jeremy Lin Does It Again: Sudden Superstar Scores 20 As Knicks Defeat Timberwolves, 100-98

The Jeremy Lin three-ring circus rolled into Minneapolis on Saturday night as the New York Knicks took on the hometown Minnesota Timberwolves. Lin once again rallied his team to another win, this time in stunning come-from-behind fashion. With the 100-98 victory, managed in the final seconds of the game, the Knicks are now holding a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season.

Lin was not nearly as sharp in Minnesota as he was in his brilliant game on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. He shot just 8-for-24 from the floor, including 0-for-3 from the three-point line and 4-for-7 on free throw attempts, but his 20 points still led Knicks scorers. Lin also put together six rebounds, eight assists and three steals.His 39 minutes on the floor was second only to Love's 43.

On the T-Wolves end, it was definitely the Kevin Love show for the duration of the game. Love had a monstrous double-double, managing 32 points and 21 rebounds, leading all players in those categories. Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic was no slouch himself, with 21 points and 13 boards.

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Linsanity Heads North: Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves Host Jeremy Lin And Knicks

Linsanity heads to the Land of 10,000 Lakes when Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks travel to play Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday evening.

Jeremy Lin was in full force Friday in Madison Square Garden when Lin continued his unlikely rise from obscurity, pouring in a career-high 38 points along with seven assists and four rebounds, as New York downed Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers, 92-85.

Iman Shumpert added 12 points and Jared Jeffries scored 11 for the Knicks, who defeated the Lakers for the first time since January 30, 2007, ending a nine- game losing streak to Los Angeles.

Lin, an undrafted Harvard product, is averaging a startling 28.5 points and 8.0 assists during New York's four-game run and the 114 total points he has scored over that span are six more than he had in his 38 previous NBA games with Golden State and the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony will remain on the sidelines tonight with a strained right groin, while Amare Stoudemire isn't expected back from grieving the death of his brother, until next week.

The Wolves, meanwhile, come in after dropping two straight contests, including Friday's 104-97 setback to Dallas at Target Center. Kevin Love returned from a two-game suspension for kicking Houston's Luis Scola in that one and finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds.

Michael Beasley added 20 points while point guard Ricky Rubio had 10 points and eight assists.

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Jeremy Lin Highlights vs Lakers: Palo Alto's New Favorite Son Outshines Kobe Bryant

The sudden Jeremy Lin hype machine kept on rolling on Friday night as his New York Knicks hosted the Los Angeles Lakers. The game was televised nationally on ESPN and Lin more than delivered on his biggest stage to date, in his biggest opportunity to date. The kid from Palo Alto eclipsed his previously career-high for points -- 28, set just a few games ago -- by racking up 38 while leading the Knicks to a convincing win over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. By the end of the night, Lin was drawing raucous impromptu chants of "M-V-P!"

Here is a video of Lin's field goals in the game. My favorites are the coast-to-coast 360 spin in the paint past Derek Fisher and the long two over Pau Gasol.

But my personal favorite moment in the game was probably when Lin drew a charge late in the fourth quarter. It was a huge play and I don't think I've ever seen someone so happy to get knocked to the ground. It was quite a game, all thanks to Jeremy Lin.

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Jeremy Lin Continues To Dominate, Scores 38 Points As Knicks Knock Off Lakers

The Jeremy Lin story just keeps on getting better and better. The young point guard for the New York Knicks played in front of a national audience on ESPN on Friday night against the Lakers and had an incredible game, scoring 38 points in 39 minutes. The Knicks won the game by a score of 92-85.

Not only did Lin score well, but he continued to dish the ball to his teammates and ended the night with eight assists. He turned the ball over six times against the Lakers, but, honestly, who cares at this point? Jeremy Lin is incredible.

Not only did those watching the game take notice of Lin, but the social media train pushed his name for nearly three hours. His name and a variation of hashtags (#OMGJeremyLin and #Linsanity were my favorites) were trending worldwide throughout the entire game and everyone from local fans to national sports writers were tweeting about him.

Since the NBA/ABA merger, no player has ever scored more points in his first three starts (89) as Lin has this week. We're watching something special right now, folks.

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Kobe Bryant On Jeremy Lin: 'I Don't Even Know What He's Done' [VIDEO]

Kobe Bryant is the type of guy to tell it like it is. He doesn't beat around the bush, he just gets to the point. And when asked about the recent success of New York Knicks point guard and Palo Alto native Jeremy Lin before his Lakers take on the Knicks, Kobe shot straight from the hip: "I dont even know what he's done."

Obviously Kobe isn't watching a lot of SportsCenter, or reading a lot of blogs, so I doubt he's been part of the Lin fervor over the past week or so. Just look at some of his quotes:

"I know who he is, but I don't really know what's going on too much with him. I don't even know what he's done. Like, I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I'll take a look at it tonight though."

When asked agin about Lin Kobe reiterated his ignorance about him:

Who is this kid? I've heard about him and stuff like that, but what's he been doing? Is he getting like triple doubles or some [stuff]? He's averaging 28 and eight? No [stuff]. If he's playing well, I'll just have to deal with him."

Would Kobe choose to guard Lin?

"Jesus Christ. Let's not get ahead of ourselves."

You can see the whole interview for yourself here:

Kobe Bryant on Jeremy Lin: 'What the [fudge] is going on?' (via brohrbach)

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Jeremy Lin Vs. Kobe Bryant The Feature Attraction In Lakers Vs. Knicks

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers are two of the biggest stars in the NBA right now. One has been a star forever, the other has learned what the spotlight's like in one week. And now they collide in Madison Square Garden.

Let's get real. Lin and Bryant don't play the same position, and it's not like they're going to be matching up on each other to start up. It's more likely that Lin will be matched up against Derek Fisher and Steve Blake, who on paper should be perfect matches for Lin to exploit. Neither have the ability to stay in front of Lin for too long though, which might mean Bryant might be forced to check Lin at some point in the game.

However, more critical for Lin will be how he can deal with the imposing Laker big men inside. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are not going to be so easily dislodged from the paint, and the Laker defense has generally been very good when the main players are in the game. Lin might have his way against the second-unit Lakers, but producing against the starters might be a difficult task unless he gets help from everyone else.

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Jeremy Lin on 95.7 The Game: 'It's Been An Unbelievable Week'

Palo Alto native and current New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin went on ‘The Rise Guys’ on 95.7 The Game to discuss the miraculous week he has been having as a starter for the Knicks, how he felt leaving the Warriors, and even drawing some inspiration for Tim Tebow.

On his current hot streak, did he know he had it in him?
I can’t sit here and say I knew this would happen. It’s something that I’ve been working towards. To have this happen so fast has been miraculous. I’m just so thankful to god and my teammates and the organization for giving me these opportunities. It’s been an unbelievable week.

That’s for sure. As for the W’s, Lin said he didn’t see it coming:

Was he surprised when the Warriors let him go?
My agent and I had zero idea that was going to happen. Obviously it was really tough for me at the time but I just tried to hold on to a lot of the promise that God gave me through the bible to trust and to have joy in our sufferings and to trust in his perfect plan so that’s what I’ve tried my best to do and I’m thankful for how things have turned out.

Lin is a strong man on Faith, and drew some inspiration from another high-profile athlete:

On how Tim Tebow has been in inspiration:
I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration just because he’s a polarizing figure and the things he says in interviews and his approach to the game is just unbelievable and I respect him so much and I actually want to be able to do some of the things he does in terms of the amount of charity work and nonprofit work and the way he impacts people off the field. That is what is most inspiring to me about him.

Now let’s see if Lin can keep up his inspired play.

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Jeremy Lin's Tomahawk Slam, Video Highlights Against Washington Wizards

The New York Knicks have found themselves something special in point guard Jeremy Lin. Well, at least they have for the past few days anyway.

Lin continues to impress after dropping his third-straight 20-point game against the Washington Wizards Wednesday night, highlighted by his mid-court crossover of the Wizards' John Wall to uncontested tomahawk slam in the third quarter.

But I digress, let's take a look at some of the highlights shall we?

First we have Lin making a nice bank shot from the left side, almost looking a little Monta Ellis-ish in the process. He may have learned this from him during his time with the Golden State Warriors, who knows. Either way it's nice to look at:

Jeremy Lin The Bank is Open Knicks vs Wizards (via doko0218)

Next we have Lin making a nice move to the basket from the top of the key, showing a little hesitation handle to open up a lane to the basket:

Jeremy Lin's Nice Move Knicks vs Wizards (via doko0218)

Oh, you wanted to see that dunk, huh? OK, here you go!

Jeremy Lin crosses over John Wall, dunks on Wizards (via RocketsRed)

How long can he keep this up? Nobody knows, not even Lin.

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Jeremy Lin Teaches John Wall How To Dougie, Knicks Win 107-93

Palo Alto native and current New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has become the toast of the Big Apple with his set of terrific starting performances, essentially going from Landry Fields' couch to the proverbial penthouse in a matter of days. But Lin was out to make it a trio Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards, and certainly did, dropping a double-double on the way to a 107-93 Knickerbocker win.

Lin kept it up Wednesday night against the Wiz, finishing with a solid double-double of 23 points and 10 assists in 34 minutes on the floor. He shot 9-14 from the floor and 5-6 from the stripe, including a nasty crossover of John Wall followed by a tomahawk dunk in the third quarter. He also had a steal, a block, and four rebounds, one offensive.

Lin was accompanied Tyson Chandler's 25 points and 11 rebounds, Landry Field's 16 and eight, and Steve Novak Iman Shumpert combining for 36 off the bench.

Not to be outdone, John Wall dropped 29 in 36 minutes on the floor for Washington, who now move to 5-21 on the season, while Trevor Booker added 16 points and seven boards as well. Wall was a -4 in his time on the floor tonight, while Lin was a +18.

Lin has now scored 76 points in his last 3 games. He scored 76 total points in 29 games as a rookie last year for the Golden State Warriors. The Linsanity continues...

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Golden State Warriors Far From Lamenting The Loss Of Jeremy Lin

Former Golden State Warriors Jeremy Lin dropped 25 points and seven assists against the New Jersey Nets this past Saturday, then had himself an encore with a 28-point, eight-assist performance on Monday against the Jazz. Now the entire state of New York is abuzz with Lin fever, while out here in the Bay Area, the feeling is somewhat mutual with some fans.

As for the Warriors themselves? They aren't really worried about being without Lin.

Head coach Mark Jackson was asked about the Lin situation, and certainly didn't dwell on the fact that the W's are now without his services after waiving him before the season, nor did Jax have any part of trying out a Nate Robinson v. Lin comparison:

"It's a stretch, it's a stretch," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of those comparing Lin to Robinson. "The fact is Jeremy Lin was let go so we could clear money to get DeAndre Jordan. So, it's not fair to say ‘Why did you go get Nate?' That had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. Jeremy Lin is playing great."

"I wish him nothing but the very best. I hope he continues to play great basketball because in my short time with him, he was class and quality."

Lin was a pick-and-roll master at Harvard, and with Mike D'Antoni running nothing but with Lin on the floor, it seems to be working. He didn't really showcase much of that with Keith Smart at the helm in Golden State, but there's a lot to be said about how the W's really felt about him-- essentially giving him away for a player they didn't, nor had a realistic chance at signing.

Now the W's have Nate, and Jackson is fine with that:

"At the end of the day, Nate Robinson won games for us," Jackson said. "And it's not a fair comparison because it's not either/or. We went and got Nate when Steph (Curry) went down and we needed help at the point guard position."

Everyone in this league watches film, and I highly doubt that Lin can keep this level of play up; the other teams will figure him out. Until then he can enjoy his big boost in twitter followers, internet search traffic, and hopefully wins out in New York before he has a bad game and becomes a goat in the Big Apple once more (like all other Knickerbockers.)

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Jeremy Lin Shines Outside The Bay Area

Where is this coming from?

How is this castoff from the Golden State Warriors, the hero of Palo Alto basketball, the man who led Harvard back to prominence, turning into the next incarnation of John Starks for the New York Knicks? How's he outplaying seasoned NBA point guards and putting up 25 and 28 points in two straight games after barely able to getting

Who knows, but we could have a sporting phenomenon in the making in Madison Square Garden.

(via TaiwaneseNOTChinese)

Jeremy Lin scored 76 points in one season with the Golden State Warriors. He's on pace to break that mark in three games after putting up 53 points in two games. He's gone from bench scrub to shining star in the Big Apple, and a few more performances like this could send him on the path to international stardom.

Lin isn't really an elite athlete, but he's crafty enough to get his way on the court. Lin generally lulls defenders to sleep with a solid handle to keep defenses from totally committing to stopping him, then Lin finds the hole in the defense to attack and finish. If he can't find a position on the court, Lin will dish it to someone else for a wide open shot or get the ball back to reestablish the handle. He's an extremely smart basketball player in a league that could use more of them.

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You can see from the highlights above how good Lin is. He always has his nose around the ball, he distributes the wealth, and he makes the right passes at the right time. This guy looks like the best point guard on the Knicks (not saying much), and is perfectly fit for Mike D'Antoni's system.

And Warriors fans just have to be wondering why they gave up on this guy in the first place.

To discuss the Warriors and Lin, head on over to Golden State of Mind. To discuss Lin's performance with Knicks fans, check out Posting and Toasting.

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