If you’re like me you have also been along on the Linsanity roller coaster so far this year. I’m still a fan of him on and off the court but I am also quick to criticize his play. I understand that he is basically still a rookie but the Houston Rockets didn’t give him $25 million to gradually become a legitimate player.
However, in his last four games Jeremy Lin has been on a bit of an upwards trend. If he continues this remains to be seen, but you have got to love what he has done this past week. Last night against the Denver Nuggets he dropped 22 points and 5 assists. On Monday against the Utah Jazz he racked up 12 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Last Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets he picked up 14 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Finally, last Friday against the New Orleans Hornets he finished with 13 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 steals.
Jeremy Lin’s biggest problem this season has been inconsistency. But in the last few games he has shown some consistency. He has struggled all season long from the arc but the last few games he has stayed away from that a bit. He’s been taking a few steps in and taking successful jump-shots instead. He has also been driving to the lane more forcing the defense to focus on him and he either finishes, gets fouled or finds an open man.
A lot of Lin fans stress that he’s a good defender, but in reality he has been mediocre. People base his defense way too much on just steals. Steals are just one part of playing great defense. But I do think he has the potential to be a great defender, he just needs to work on his footwork. This is what the offseason is for.
He still may not be back to the Linsanity days of last year on the New York Knicks, but he looks to be coming around. He will be a big reason why the Rockets either make the playoffs or fall short. No pressure though.