What is going on here? In a fairly joyless past few months of sports watching, this Jets/Knicks fan finally has something to feel positive about. Out of nowhere, it appears the starving for a point guard Knicks have found their man buried on their own bench. Of course I am talking about Jeremy Lin, who turned some heads Friday night, nearly brought the roof of the Garden Monday night and led the Knicks to their third straight victory tonight.
I am sorry but it is hard to buy any fluke talk about Lin’s talent when he goes for a minimum of 20 points and 8 assists in three straight games, especially with two coming against DeRon Williams and John Wall. Tonight he racked up 23 points and a career high 10 assists en route to a 107-93 win over the Washington Wizards. For the second straight game, the Knicks were without both Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire but still found a way to win.
I am aware two of the three previous wins have come against the lowly Nets and Wizards. Yet, it is admirable how scrappy the Knicks have been the past two games without their two superstars. It is exciting to imagine the possibilities of this offense when they are at full strength. Having a point guard who produces like Lin, makes a world of difference especially for a team who was so inconsistent in that area like the Knicks.
In the immediate future, the Knicks are going to have a hard time this weekend facing the Lakers and Timberwolves without Anthony and Stoudemire. If they could find a way to split, they will be in good shape to make a run back to .500 when they return the following week. The absence of Stat and Melo has forced the Knicks to discover how to move the ball again on offense, spearheaded by Lin. Also spearheaded by Lin is Tyson Chandler playing his best basketball of the season, Steve Novak turning into a major weapon off the bench, and Landry Fields playing with a ton of confidence.
If…if Lin keeps playing at this level, the Knicks could have a very solid backcourt rotation to compliment their big three up front in the second half of the year. Lin, a healthy Baron Davis, an improving Iman Shumpert, and Fields playing like the first half of last season isn’t half bad.
There appears to be hope in a season that was once looking hopeless for the Knicks. Like a quarterback in football, a point guard can change everything.
Let the Linsanity continue.