1. It’s Over!: New York Knicks 88, Miami Heat 102. Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony knew it. Knicks’ forward/center Amare Stoudemire knew it. And now Knicks’ guard Jeremy Lin knows it.
Without question, Miami Heat’s guard/forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade are two of the best defenders in the NBA. Their defensive intensity is infectious to the rest of the team. This was blatantly evident in the first half when Lin was stripped early by Heat’ guard Mario Chalmers, and then by Heat’ rookie guard Norris Cole.
Lin appeared to be rattled (no Joe Flacco, quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens) and looking at times, as if he was distant and despondent. The lowest point for Lin thus far (1-11 FG, 8 TOs), but the best learning experience as well.
2. His Reality Check Didn’t Bounce: If Lin entered his first game against the Heat weighing in 80 percent lighter, due to the helium surplus between his ears, by all accounts he is now feeling the full effects of earth’s gravitational pull. Great players judge themselves on how they do against other great players, and not based on what the media and friends say.
After displaying his talents against lesser talented teams in his first 11 games in the NBA, Lin has been the toast of the league. Against the Heat, Lin and the Knicks realizes they are still far from being a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. Most Specifically, the Harvard graduate worked his butt off to get where he is today, but despite “Linsanity,” he has a lot more work to do.
3: Redemption Song: With just under seven minutes left in the game, Knicks’ head coach Mike D’Antoni put his talent Asian-American guard back in the contest, even when it was clear that the “Big Apple’s” finest had no means of slowing down the blazing Heat. After having a dismal game up until that point, Lin should be encouraged that his coach believed in him enough to put him back in the game.
4: “Cole” World or Discrimination: Cole was all over Lin like white on rice in a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snow storm. No one would be surprised if later reports revealed that Cole may have even followed Lin to the bathroom during half-time. However, Cole was not intimidated when veteran Knicks’ guard Baron Davis came into the game to relieve Lin. “Straight up now tell us”…. (J.Cole)
5. B-Diddy: Davis didn’t do any better, so Lin can sleep soundly knowing that his job is still safe.