It’s a miracle that Twitter has not exploded sometime over the past two weeks because of the Knicks' new point guard Jeremy Lin ‘10. LIN-sanity has taken over Twitter, the Internet, the NBA, and most of planet Earth. The Harvard grad and NBA sensation has become the hottest athlete on the web, garnering over one million Twitter followers in China along the way.
As you read this, Twitter is bursting with new words and puns about Jeremy “Stroking it Like a Mando” Lin. Just check Spike Lee’s Twitter. The world is using Twitter to spread the LIN-sanity. Here are our top 5 Jeremy Lin tweets of the week.
After having its seven-game winning streak snapped on Friday night, the New York Knicks, largely thanks to another big game from Jeremy Lin ’10, bounced right back for a win on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Dallas Mavericks, 104-97.
Coming off arguably his worst performance since entering the starting lineup night, Lin played Sunday’s game like he had something to prove. Although he still committed seven turnovers, the former Harvard co-captain recorded 28 points, a career-high 14 assists, and five steals.
“I think right now I’m being aggressive and learning a lot from my mistakes,” Lin told Metro New York after the game. “I am trying to play the way I’m supposed to play, which is aggressive and putting pressure on defense.”
Here at The Back Page, we like Jeremy Lin. We also like ranking things. They are probably our two greatest loves, so we began to think of how we could combine them into one giant love. And then we got it: Alumni Power Rankings.
We all know how great the past two weeks have been for Jeremy Lin, but what about other alumni? How have they been faring in this New Year? We decided to look at the top seven Alumni to see if anyone could top Lin so far in 2012.
Since the New York Knicks’ game against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4, it seems that no one can stop Jeremy Lin ’10.
That is, no one except Lin himself.
While all the buzz has been about Lin’s record setting scoring, points aren’t his only stat that has shot up. In his first five starts, the Harvard alum recorded 30 turnovers—a number that sets the record for most turnovers in a player’s first five starts since the NBA/ABA Merger.
On Wednesday night, when his Knicks took on the Sacramento Kings, the turnover streak continued as he committed six on the night. Proportionally, how bad is this? Well, he alone accounted for 33% of his team’s turnovers. Some of this can be attributed to his position, true, but if we compare his 36 in the last six games to the stats of other players, it does not look good for the second-year player.
The league’s leader in turnovers, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, has committed 121 in 28 games. If we take Lin’s current numbers and correlate them to what they would be after 28 games—let’s just say that it would be 47 more than Westbrook, a guy known around the league to leave the ball in the hands of the opponents.
Overall on the season, which includes the games before he was Linsational, Linsane, or even Lincredible, he is averaging 6.4 turnovers per every 48-minute sequence. The guys in front of him on this list are people like Ryan Ried of OKC, for example, who has played four minutes on the season, and committed one turnover during that time, shooting his TOP48 rate up to 12.5. Or Eddy Curry…who is infamous for being, well, Eddy Curry.
If we look through Lin’s game tape, there are a couple obvious reasons why he commits so many turnovers.
Firstly, he often telegraphs his passes all the way through, leaving little doubt for the defenders on which way they should cheat. Secondly, the guy goes to the hoop. A lot. Anytime that happens, there is bound to be some instances where he dribbles it off his foot or tries to force it to a teammate in just too much traffic. The point isn’t that his turnovers are unwarranted, it is that there are just so many of them.
As he plays more and adapts to the highly intense world of being an NBA regular, these mistakes will go down. But for right now, despite his extraordinary play, his turnovers have just been too numerous for this hype to continue for much longer. While his points and assists have been consistently high for the last week and a half, Lin must do something, and fast, if he wants to correct this Linterruption to his quickly-growing legend.
After Jeremy Lin’s clutch buzzer beater in Toronto on Tuesday night, the Knicks were gel-lin (cheap, I know, but it’s too tempting) on Wednesday, capturing a 100-85 win over the Sacramento Kings in front of a raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden. With seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Knicks had a 30-point lead, but the fans, gripped by Linsanity, were still glued to their seats.
Tonight was a true illustration of what Lin has been saying repeatedly since he burst on the scene: success is a team effort. But that’s not to say the former Harvard standout didn’t do his part, as he dished out a barrage of alley-oops and Nash-like passes to his teammates in the first five minutes en route to a 25-17 New York lead after one quarter.
New York never looked back and by half time, the Knicks (15-15) had managed to extend the lead to 18 points over the lifeless Kings (10-19). Seven different Knicks tallied at least 10 points, and in an impressive display of depth, the bench added 39. The Kings struggled to guard the plethora of options Lin had at his disposal.