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Jeremy Lin comes up huge in Knicks win over Nets

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Seldom-used backup point guard Jeremy Lin came up huge for the New York Knicks in a tightly-contested 99-92 win over the cross-town rival New Jersey Nets Saturday evening.

Playing in front of 19,763 eager and frustrated Knicks’ fans, Lin dazzled the Madison Square Garden crowd with an array of impressive drives and scores at the basket.

Lin scored a team and career-high 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting.  He also led the Knicks with 7 assists and two steals in a team-high 36 minutes of playing time.

Pretty impressive considering the former Harvard grad had seen action in just 37 total games in his first two NBA seasons coming into the game.  Also keep in mind Lin did most of his damage against one of the top point guards in the league, Deron Williams.

Knicks’ lack of options at Point Guard

However after looking at the Knicks’ dire point guard situation this season Lin’s breakout performance Saturday night may not surprise anyone.

New York does not boast a single dribble-penetrating guard on this season’s roster besides maybe Baron Davis who has yet to play in a game this season for the Knicks.

While athletic rookie Iman Shumpert provides the team with a jack-of-all-trades type offensive skill set; one thing he doesn’t do well is attack the basket and make plays consistently in the halfcourt.

Mike Bibby (see Methuselah).

Tony Douglas is much more prone to chucking the long ball than getting into the paint and Landry Fields, although a shooting guard by lineup, resembles more of a perimeter small forward or wing.  His job is generally to attack the offensive glass, get out on the break on the wing and spot up in the corner.

Jeremy Lin’s value to the Knicks moving forward

The above sentiment regarding the Knicks’ current guard situation only highlights Lin’s value in, yes just one game, moving forward.

Lin attacks the paint seemingly every time.  And he doesn’t just do it to get his own shot.  When Lin gets to the painted area his head is up surveying the defense.

What you have to like though if you’re a Knicks’ fan is Lin’s innate ability to finish at the rim with contact.  A strength the 6-foot-3 inch, 200-pound combo guard showcased repeatedly against the Nets Saturday night.

He does a tremendous job of, not only keeping his dribble alive in pick-and-roll sets, but when he gets into the teeth of the defense he may shoot the ball or drop off a dime to one of his teammates.

Obviously what all this means is that Lin is able to get the Knicks what they truly have failed to get this season on a consistent basis; and that is easy points.

Shumpert, Douglas, Fields, Carmelo; none of these guys can consistently get into the teeth of the defense.

And probably more importantly, none of those guys have a similar knack for making plays once they get there.

However, we are talking about one game here and Lin will have to show consistency to not be discounted as a ‘one-hit wonder’.

His spot up game is woeful and if the young man intends to keep playing big minutes in New York he will have to indeed shore up that part of his offensive game.

Regardless, Lin’s defensive hustle and offensive play-making ability Saturday night really amped up an anxious Madison Square Garden crowd who had been dying for some positive energy for quite some time.

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