Jeremy Lin has proved to be many things in the five games since he became a regular member of the Knicks’ rotation. He’s a competent pick-and-roll point guard, a shifty shot-maker and is more athletic than many people assumed.
He might also be a little bit of a liar.
In the midst of playing 39 of a possible 48 minutes in Saturday’s 100-98 win in Minnesota, Lin repeatedly told Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni that he wasn’t tired. His play said otherwise, as Lin faded in the second half before hitting what became the game-winning free throw with 4.9 seconds left.
Lin shot 8-for-24 from the field and 4-for-7 from the line during his 20-point, eight-assist performance. He has scored more points in his first four starts than any player since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.
“He kept telling me, I’m good, I’m good,” D’Antoni told reporters after the game. “That might be the last time I listen to him.”
It took Lin more than a season to get a real chance with an NBA team. He wasn’t about the beg out of a game after finally making it.
D’Antoni leaned heavily on Lin because Saturday’s game was New York’s third in four days, and because Lin has only played considerable minutes in the last five games. The Knicks are off until Tuesday, when Carmelo Anthony could return and threaten to blow up all the momentum the Knicks have built in his absence.
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“I think it will be a great medium. … I don’t see it as a problem.”
— D’Antoni on Anthony’s potential return and how it will impact the Knicks’ chemistry
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