To the contrary of what many twitter folk declared in the 2nd quarter, Linsanity is in fact in full effect. Lin shook off a turnover ridden first half to lead the Knicks in a gritty fourth quarter comeback. Down 9 to begin the fourth quarter, the Knicks pulled off a second straight fourth quarter miracle.
On February 4, Jeremy Lin lit up the Nets, in his first game in which he received extended minutes. He scored 25 points and dished out 5 assists. After that game, the Linsanity began.
After a miraculous week, Jeremy Lin was just named as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, after picking up the same honor in the NBA D-League. Forbes says that Jeremy Lin “is the fastest growing athlete brand in the world”.
The Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-98, in front of the largest crowd to see a game at the Target Center since 2004. They were there to see Jeremy Lin, who had an off night, but still finished with 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
(Illustration from Bobby Bernethy)
Barring an NBA Finals featuring the two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers only visit Madison Square Garden once, this year. The occasion is a one time chance during the season to see Kobe Bryant and what exploits he’ll have at the Garden. In 2009, it was his 61-point performance; In 2008 it was a near triple double performance of 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists; In 2006, he dropped 40 at the Garden. Time and time again, the Lakers visit to the Garden brings about questions of, “What will Kobe do tonight?”
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Jeremy Lin, people.
It’s hard to imagine that the first NBA player of Taiwanese-descent, who graduated from Harvard and went undrafted, could make such an impact for the Knicks, but Jeremy Lin razzeled and dazzled in front of the MSG crowd, Saturday and Monday nights.
Jeremy Lin proved that his performance against Deron Williams was not a fluke, as he had 28 points and eight assists against the Utah Jazz, in what was probably the best win of the season, so far for the Knicks. He actually almost had a triple-double, since he had eight turnovers, but he was being very aggressive, while repeatedly attacking the basket.
Apparently, there is a script that this new Knicks squad led by Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony must adhere to when they play the Celtics in Boston. Take a double-digit first half lead, blow it in the third quarter and then lose in heart wrenching fashion in the fourth quarter.
Tonight, the Knicks kicked off their one and only back-to-back-to-back with an energy filled loss at home against the Bulls, by a score of 102-105.
Now, like many times this season, the Knicks played three quarters of good basketball, but were debilitated by one quarter. Tonight, that quarter was the second.
First off, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts recently. Starting tomorrow, we will be back to regular programming over here.
Azaz wrote a fantastic post documenting Amare Stoudemire’s struggles, and I thought I would make a little graphic to back that up.
After the loss to the Nuggets, the Knicks received some dreadful news: Josh Harrellson fractured his right wrist and will be out approximately six-weeks from the date of surgery.
Now, coming into the season, if you told me that our second-round draft pick was going to be injured, I’d be upset, but I wouldn’t expect it to effect the team too much. No one really expected much from Jorts, but, luckily, he’s proved to be a consistent role player that helps the Knicks on both ends of the floor. Losing him is going to REALLY hurt the team.
Who knew Madison Square Garden was hosting a weeklong Halloween special? Nightmare week featuring the Knicks is finally over, after the ‘Bockers lost in double overtime to the Denver Nuggets, 119-114. They finish their four game home stand losing all four games and push their losing streak to six. In the first matchup between these two teams since their blockbuster trade last February, Danilo Gallinari scored a career high 37 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, in his return to MSG. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points on just 10-for-30 shooting in his first game against his former club.