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Game 67 Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat: Getting More Comfortable With Teammates

Game 67 Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat: Getting More Comfortable With Teammates

Finally, Jeremy Lin had a breakthrough making his first 3-point shots after missing 17 threes against New Orleans Pelicans. Lin completed his best game as a Raptors to finish with 14 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound with 6-9 shooting, 2 out of 3 from 3-point line in 22 minutes played. After the game, Lin stated it was good to get the monkey off his back and credited his coaches and his old coach, Doc Scheppler, to continue with the motto of making the next one. It is good to get his 3s working again as Lin and the Raptors will visit the surging Miami Heat who have won four in a row as many injured players such as Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic, James Johnson have recently returned. It will be good t... »

Game 66 Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Pelicans: JLin’s Quest to Regain A Free-space, Free-Flowing Creative Playmaker Mindset

Game 66 Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Pelicans: JLin’s Quest to Regain A Free-space, Free-Flowing Creative Playmaker Mindset

The 3-point shooting slump has never been this bad for Jeremy Lin before; he has missed all his 17 three-point attempts in his #17 Raptors jersey. Will he make the 18th one soon or at least one in the next game for good measure? We can only hope so. But in order to do so, Jeremy would need to block out any distraction or doubt and simply shoot in the game like he does in practice, knowing his shooting form will carry through in the game. Nick Nurse says VanVleet is ahead of schedule, thinks he'll be back in the next 2 weeks, which is a couple weeks earlier than he originally expected. — Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 7, 2019   In a post-practice interview, Jeremy Lin shared ... »

Game 65 Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors: Let’s Go, JLin!

Game 65 Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors: Let’s Go, JLin!

Jeremy Lin clearly has been in a bad shooting slump. He had a bad shooting game (0-8 FG) against the Pistons despite playing excellent defense. The good news is when you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. At some point, Lin will find a way to break through this slump. The season trend shows a good chance that he will bounce back strongly in the next game. In 2018-19 season, Lin averaged 9.5 points and 47% Field Goal after a bad shooting game with sub 30% Field Goal. Perhaps playing against his old team in Houston Rockets and his old coach, Mike D’Antoni, who helped him to create Linsanity will give him extra motivation to simply play his aggressive game. @JLin7 had a bad shooting gam... »

Game 64 Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons: Lin’s Mission To Figure Out Timing and Space in the Raptors Offense

Game 64 Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons: Lin’s Mission To Figure Out Timing and Space in the Raptors Offense

Lin’s Mission to Improve His Timing and Spacing Within the Raptors Offense In the post-game interview with ESPN China reporter, Jeremy Lin mentioned that he wants to continue fitting in, he knows there is a lot to improve on as far as figuring out his timing and spacing within the offense. He’s excited for the future and just needs to be keep building and stay patient. ESPN China reporter live interview @JLin7 after G63 #Raptors won #Blazers. Lin answered 3 questions about Kawhi's last shot, chemistry with Lowry and Ibaka, and preparation for playoffs. #WeTheNorth #Raptors pic.twitter.com/c2JD3sXMy0 — Popo Chung (@PopoChung7) March 2, 2019 The Need To Rediscover 3-Point... »

Game 63 Portland Blazers vs Toronto Raptors: Linning With Defense?

Game 63 Portland Blazers vs Toronto Raptors: Linning With Defense?

In the Blazers vs Raptors matchup, two hot teams meet each other in a fascinating matchup of playoff contenders. While Lin is still struggling with his 3-pt shots as a Raptor, Lin’s defense has helped the Raptors to demolish the Celtics by limiting Kyrie Irving to one bucket in the first quarter when they were matched up. Will Lin’s defense help the Raptors to snatch another win against a strong playoff team in Portland Blazers? Linning or “Winning with Lin” might take another meaning to casual NBA fans if he helps the Raptors to guard Damien Lillard. The Blazers defeated Boston 99-92 Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight win; they are 4-0 on their seve... »

Coach Nick Nurse Praised Jeremy Lin’s Outstanding Defense in Guarding Kyrie Irving

Coach Nick Nurse Praised Jeremy Lin’s Outstanding Defense in Guarding Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving demolished Toronto Raptors back in January 16 game with his 27 points, 18 assists, 5 rebounds (11-19 shooting) in the 117-108 win but Kyrie only mustered 7 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds in 28 minutes on the Feb 27 95-118 loss to Toronto. In the post-game interview, Coach Nurse praised Jeremy Lin because he stood out in his role of guarding Kyrie Irving after Danny Green got into foul trouble. “You know who stood out was Jeremy, right, I made the sub to Jeremy and I thought especially the second time around, Danny got his fourth foul and I had to do it again in the second half and I thought he really chased him hard and got underneath him and bodied him … We saw a little bit of K... »

Game 62 Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors: Coach Nurse’s Plan to Integrate Lin is to Shoot Without Hesitation, No Deferring

Game 62 Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors: Coach Nurse’s Plan to Integrate Lin is to Shoot Without Hesitation, No Deferring

With two days to prepare for Boston Celtics, Coach Nurse reviewed what went right and wrong in the Spurs win and Magic loss. He planned to integrate Gasol and Lin in the team sooner than later. His primary message to Lin is to shoot more without hesitation if open, not defer to teammates especially when he’s in the Shooting Guard position next to Kyle Lowry on the floor. This is quite the opposite of Lin’s previous role as the stabilizer in Atlanta Hawks when he was requested to be playmaker for his teammates but not necessarily have the green light as the first scoring option. Lin is not new in this role since he performed the similar scoring guard off the bench in Charlotte Hor... »

Game 61 Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors: JLin Helps the Raptors Mentality to Figure Out Ways to Win

Game 61 Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors: JLin Helps the Raptors Mentality to Figure Out Ways to Win

Coach Nick Nurse received his first ejection due to 2 technical fouls protesting the referees’ calls in the Raptors 120-117 win over the Spurs. In the post-game interview, Coach Nurse likes that the Raptors are figuring out ways to win even with a little rust after the All-Star Break with Kahwi shooting 8-23 and Marc Gasol being out-of-whack (2-7 shooting, 4 points, 6 assists, 7 rebounds but in foul trouble with 5 personal fouls). Coach Nurse on Jeremy and Others in the Raptors Resilient Mentality on Figuring Out Ways to Win “And Jeremy had a good little stretch in the fourth quarter. But I thought he could have played. Norm could have played. There are some guys who could have p... »

Game 60 San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors: More Versatile Raptors

Game 60 San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors: More Versatile Raptors

After a tough loss 107-125 in the first game at San Antonio after trading DeRozan for Kahwi Leonard, the Raptors will no doubt want to give Kahwi a chance to win against his old team. A win might be another step to convince Kahwi to resign with Toronto in the off-season, especially if the new addition of Marc Gasol and Jeremy Lin to the Raptors can help him to advance to the NBA Finals this season. The Spurs won the first meeting Jan. 3 in San Antonio, 125-107, with DeRozan producing his first career triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Leonard scored 21 points as the Spurs thoroughly dominated the game. He was also booed by the home crowd, fallout from his request to be... »

Jeremy Lin’s Rave Reviews in Toronto Raptors Debut; Coach Nick Nurse Wants a More Aggressive Lin

Jeremy Lin’s Rave Reviews in Toronto Raptors Debut; Coach Nick Nurse Wants a More Aggressive Lin

It was everything that is expected from Toronto Raptors fans who gave such a warm welcome Jeremy Lin in his debut, a mere hours away after signing his contract. Standing ovation, raucous cheers when Jeremy Lin made his first basket, electric atmosphere when Lowry and Lin showed immediate PG-to-PG chemistry by connecting a few times even when Jeremy admittedly only knew three plays in the Toronto Raptors playbook. Jeremy tweeted his appreciation to Toronto fans for the standing ovation and love, “Hectic day but ended with a win (even though I only knew three plays lol)!! Thank you Toronto for the standing O and the love!”. He posted three pictures showing his joyous celebration sc... »