In a surprising twist of fate, somebody is stopping the ball in New York, but it’s not Carmelo Anthony, and it’s not JR Smith. It’s the god-send himself, Jeremy Lin. The Knicks just polished off a 111-115 overtime loss to Boston, a game New York had in the bag before Paul Pierce knocked down an awkward looking trey near the end of regulation, and from there we observed the regression of Jeremy Lin. It appears the kid at least temporarily bought into his own hype, and during overtime fancied himself the team’s best scoring option. In a handful of bad possessions, we saw Lin darting to the rim with little regard for initiating any sort of ball movement, and all the while Carmelo Anthony was left open around the perimeter. What came of it was a barrage of bricks and air balls, while cutters and perimeter shooters could only watch. It remains to be seen what Anthony might have to say about this one, but we have to think he’s not all too happy with Lin. After all, it was Anthony who led the charge to erase a double digit deficit in the second half, and it was Lin who undid it all. He finished 6-16, with more turnovers than assists. Meanwhile Lower The Rim stud Rajon Rondo posted as massive a triple double as you’ll ever see from a point guard, scoring more than Lin, turning over the ball less, and dropping a mere 20 dimes in the process.
Lin is smart enough to push through this and correct his play. But as of right now, he’s been brought back to earth in a pretty resounding way.