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Jeremy Lin Does it Again

 

 

With Carmelo Anthony hitting the showers after appearing to pull his groin in the first quarter and Stat dealing with the passing of his older brother, Jeremy Lin stepped up and refused to let his time on the floor go to waste. Lin surpassed his previous career high of 25 he set on Saturday with a 28 point, 8 assist performance, leading the Knicks to a 99-88 win.

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The win was not only huge for the Knicks momentum, but it was big for their confidence. Without their two best scorers, the Knicks bench proved that they can carry the team when the weight shifts on to their shoulders. Jared Jeffries was able to fill up with stat sheet with 13 points/8 rebounds/2 assists/1 steal/1 block and that was just the beginning. Steve Novak had a huge night, scoring 19 in 17 minutes and Bill walker was able to contribute with 11 points and 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Novak and Walker combined to go 8-for-17 from beyond the arc, something the Knicks have struggled with all season.

The most glaring question I couldn’t help but ask myself after the win was, “Who the hell is Jeremy Lin?” Where did he come from? Does he always play this hard? After doing a little research I found out some interesting things about him. Jeremy grew up in Palo Alto, California in a devout Christian home and even has hopes of being a pastor one day. After receiving a whopping zero athletic scholarships, Lin decided to attend Harvard, not bad Jeremy. Lin finished his collegiate career as the first player in Ivy League history to record at least 1,450 points 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals.

 

 

Still, Jeremy was undrafted in 2010. After receiving offers from the Lakers, Mavericks and Warriors, Lin decided to sign with his hometown team. After being waived by Golden State in 2011, he signed with the Rockets only to be waived again. After Shumpert’s short lived health scare, the Knicks decided to take a chance on Lin to sure up the point guard position. Hey, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure right?

Lin looked humbled during his post-game interview when the Garden erupted with MVP chants. “Man I love all the fans here, thank you to everybody who came out” Lin said with a smile, “Basketball is fun when you play on a team that wants to work together, work through tough times and have victories like this one”. This type of two game performance, 53 points/15 assists/7rebounds/4 steals/81 minutes, can only make Knicks fans wonder if their PG woes are over, or if another major disappointment is on the way. For now, just enjoy the ride.

 

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By: Nicholas Circharo
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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