Cavaliers Beat Hornets Who Lost Batum and Al Jefferson

The Hornets could not stopped LeBron James who scored 31pt and dished 12 assists in a 103-112 loss. The Hornets lost Batum to strained left knee during the game and did not play Al Jefferson who was ruled out due to quad injury.

  • Jeremy Lin finished with 14pts/1asts/3rebs in 27 min. He got hot in the 4th quarter with 3pt shot and a fadeaway jumpshot over Kevin Love to bring the game within 5 pts (94-99) with 3:49 left but the Hornets couldn’t stop LeBron James on the defensive end. The big men was unable to slow down LeBron to attack the rim, Love’s 3pt shot. There were defensive lapses with JR Smith easy layups
  • The Hornets big men lost the rebounding battle 35-46. They also allowed the Cavs to shoot 55.2% (16-29) from 3pt-land. The Cavs ball movement allowed them to win the assist battle 34-23.
  • With 6 games left, how many games will the Hornets rest Batum to be ready for the playoff? Will they start Lin against the Raptors? Kemba/Lin backcourt won the OT game vs the Raptors. But they might opt to have JLin anchor the Bench Force 1 and start Frank Kaminsky. It’s unknown if Lin’s sore lower back will require more rest.

MEMBERS POLL

Guess JLin's stats in Game 77 vs TOR
  • bolero

    1st

  • JoeTeam

    ha ha, i’m here 2nd as habit.

  • Brent Yen

    I am 3rd as Brent

  • Here’s the last 6 games of the Hornets:
    CHA: @TOR, @NYK, vs BKN, @WAS, @BOS, vs ORL

    It’s becoming clear that Kemba-centric offense probably will lose against tough teams like TOR and BOS.
    The only way they can compete is to start JLin to provide the balance but we know the Hornets would rather keep JLin to power the bench and start Frank than increasing their chance of winning with Lin as a starter.

    I’d say start JLin and Kemba on the backcourt to give good momentum while Batum rests his left knee strain for 2-4 games.
    Let Jorge be backup PG.

    But it’s probably wishful thinking to expect Clifford to develop Kemba/Lin backcourt chemistry with 6 games left in the season

  • orLinaryjoe

    Jeremy Lin Waiting for More, Kemba Walker Needs Some Restraint, Charlotte Hornets Begin Gauntlet

    So how do they make the offense better? Keeping things as they are seems like they’re asking for trouble. Playing against the Cavaliers the way they are now seems to be asking for trouble. Kemba Walker might have a better day from the field, he might have a worse than usual shooting day. Sadly, it doesn’t really make a difference. With teams having more time to specifically prepare for certain things, the Hornets need to put a more versatile, unexpected product on the court.

    Jeremy Lin. No, he’s not the answer to everything the Hornets lack when Walker is struggling and still handling the ball, nor can he do everything that Walker does when he’s hot. But Lin brings a certain aspect to the Hornets that not even Batum does as well. It’s the combination of vision and the ability to slice up a defense, taking up attacking the rim as a first option, something Lin does better than anyone else on this team, and should keep doing early in games. He doesn’t get lost in his own game, he doesn’t get torched on defense (quite the opposite) and in short, he deserves more minutes, and more of them as the one handling the ball.

    Steve Clifford is a good defensive coach, but either super conservative in most games offensively, or simply one who is very afraid to stop sticking to his guns, even when they’re not working. And some people are hard to move from the positions they established for themselves. The Hornets have lineups they’ve hardly used this season that could be very interesting. Some combinations that are great defensively, and have the potential to click on offense, even when it doesn’t include the one-on-one flash of Walker.

    Benching Walker (which means simply giving him less minutes, not throwing him out of the game) doesn’t seem to be an option unless he’s really doing terribly. But taking the ball out of Walker’s hands is a decision Clifford is capable of making, but probably doesn’t want. However, above all, Clifford does want to win, and with the Hornets in a much better position than expected at the beginning of the season, doing the predictable, obvious thing will only stop the Hornets from possibly doing something that hasn’t been done by this franchise since the Charlotte Bobcats sprung onto the world.

    It takes just a little bit of faith in Lin and in a different style of basketball. He doesn’t have the kind of star in Walker who’ll self destruct if things don’t go his way. After almost a season of seeing what works, what doesn’t and what can work even better, Clifford should try to get a home run, instead of simply batting for average.

    http://sportige.com/charlotte-hornets-tough-schedule-jeremy-lin-kemba-walker-steve-clifford-94023/

  • @jain0517
    Translated from Chinese by Bing
    With an ice pack around your waist, left knee ice pack, feet soaking in ice water, the right hand holding the match statistics, Chin cupped in his left hand, saying nothing; Jeremy Lin Lin mood is not high.
    https://twitter.com/jain0517/status/716866387675734016

  • PPP

    starting lin won’t happen unless clifford bench lee which is against his rotation plan. if he goes for a super small line up of walker, lin and lee, they will get killed. it also means walker and lin will play 40+ mins since there is no one can lead the bench.

    I really don’t want lin to play those kind of mins to risk his health for the playoffs. Just saw an interview that his shoulder also being wrap with ice?

  • “After almost a season of seeing what works, what doesn’t and what can work even better, Clifford should try to get a home run, instead of simply batting for average.”

    Good summary but Clifford is afraid to get fired by Kemba by not going through him so Cliff will not going for a home-run by having Kemba share the ball with JLin. I hope I’m wrong

  • yes .. I guess it might be better prioritize JLin’s health when he has much injury to get healthy for the playoff.
    This is a messy situation with Batum and Big Al being out

  • Rick Johnson

    Cliff won’t start Lin unless they are down 0-3 and playing an elimination game. Even then I don’t know.

  • PPP

    not sure he is afraid of being fired. he just get a 3 years extension + next season that means he will get paid the next 4 years.

    he is just a stubborn old school coach who will stick to his plan until its ultimately failed. But, whether we as lin fans like it or not, he over achieves with a possible 48 wins season.

    so, no, he wont go for a home run.

  • PPP

    deleted

  • PPP

    no mention about the shoulder?

  • orLinaryjoe

    You’re not wrong at all. Lin doesn’t even need to start, just needs to be used differently.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    To be honest with you, I don’t think yesterday game should be use as a great case to take the ball out of the hand of Kemba and put it into the hand of Lin….Lin turned the ball over 5 times in 26 minutes. While 2 of these turnovers could had easily gone to the guy that was suppose to catch the ball, Lin still had too many of them..He also had 4 not too long ago in under 30 minutes

    In my opinion, Kemba has been playing well all season and I simply can not see any case to be made that take the ball away from him to hand it to Lin….While I’m the biggest Lin fan out there, I’m not going to delude myself into thinking he’s outplayed Kemba…..The better case that should be made is to start Lin instead of Lee and let them play together by giving Lin 35 minutes per game.

    Kemba, in my opinion, has done very well all year as oppose to the way he played last year…Dude is a baller and I honestly don’t believe Lin has done enough to supplant him as the “go to guy”

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    kemba had 4 turnovers, shot 19 times, got sent to the free throw line 6 times, and got 7 assists. he was used WAY too much and of course, the team lost. i’d rather put the ball in Jorge’s hands than Kemba’s

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    You’d be one in a million if you’d really do that.

    Kemba had 4 turn-over in 41 minutes…That is a huge difference in compare to 5 turnovers in 26 minutes…I’m hoping you understand the large difference between the 2.

    Yes, Kemba took 19 shots, but he made 9 of them…that’s 47% for the night…I have no problem with him taking these shots, as long as he makes close to 50% of them.

    Yes, the team lost, but you could easily put some of the blame on Lin instead of Kemba..I don’t understand why you’d just put all the blame on Kemba and none on Lin when Kemba made most of his shots while Lin shot 3 for 9 and turned the ball over 5 times….Let’s be fair and balance here. I’m a Lin fan but I’m also reasonable. Some of you guys are clearly not reasonable.

    The Kemba of last year who was an inefficient shooter was inferior to last year Lin…But this year’s Kemba has shot very well..43%FG and 37% from 3point….To make a case for Lin, he’d have to shoot much better and I’m sure Lin knew that when he sign with the Hornets.

    Lin has to raise his shooting line before you can even think about displacing Kemba for Lin…

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i read your two first paragraphs and had to stop..

    first, i don’t even know why you are comparing turnovers per minutes between Lin and Kemba as a rebuttal when i was talking about Kemba’s extremely high usage leading to the team’s lost. i hope YOU understand what you’re reading before writing a book as a response without actually addressing the issue

    second, again it’s not about fg% here, good god. Kemba shot poorly in the first half and they were trailing big time. and guess what? Lin started to heat up in the 4th quarter and they were coming back..

  • leeda harun

    Lin is gonna be alright.

  • leeda harun

    Of course when you are interviewed when you are lose.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    I truly believe It is very unreasonable to make an argument that Lin should start at PG ahead of Kemba for this year..maybe last year Kemba who shot porrly….What’s so condescending about that?..It is simply a disagreement I’m having with you….What is it that you find condescending in my disagreement?

    I look at the stats and Kemba is having a career year while Lin is having the worst shooting year of his career.

    Watching the game, I simply didn’t come to the conclusion that Kemba was at fault for losing….Kemba was also (+2) while Lin was (-15) so you could easily make a case that Lin was as much responsible for the lost…I’m just trying to be fair and balance here. Is that allowed?

    I’m sorry, I find it very hard to hate on Kemba..I understand Kobe, Melo and Harden since these guys were total jerks to Lin. and Kemba has really been balling this year and he’s always had low turnover ratio per 36 which is really what coaches likes.

  • BobbyH

    Kind of agree with you. It is on the coach not to utilizing both talents and not trying to make 1+1 >2, the latter needs some brain.

  • BobbyH

    I seriously doubt Lin will start in case Batum not playing. 66 games into the season, it is clear what Cliff think of Lin, a mere role player.

    For now, I will be content Lin got his 12+ points every game and see if there is some repeat brilliance like Spurs game during playoff.

  • Phillycheese

    Lebron was guarding Lin a few possessions and not on switches but starting out.

  • Phillycheese

    No ALfense today and no Batum. Lin got 27 minutes and looked better in second half. Needs to put a whole game together soon.

  • KHuang

    It’s not Lin’s call.

    Lin didn’t have Jefferson and Lamb, both of whom score wildly against defenses that load up on Lin.

    The problem with Spencer Hawes playing with Lin is that even when he’s in synch – which he has rarely been – he crowds the perimeter due to being scared of playing inside and then Hawes rarely can finish inside anyway.

    Courtney Lee and Nicholas Batum are nowhere near as talented as Lamb. Unlike either of those two uncreative players, Lamb can put the ball on the floor and score. This forces defenses to guard him, even when he’s not shooting well. No Lamb means that defenses can load up on Lin.

  • KHuang

    Completely disagree.

    Walker is a TOXIC player. He hogs, he freezes guys out, he refuses to run plays, he plays no D, and he plays too many bad minutes. Even when he is scoring big mainly by freezing teammates out, the Charlotte Hornets usually fall behind.

    It is because of Walker that the team fell behind early. And then Walker played toxic heroball to try to catch up.

    And Lin’s turnovers? It’s not Lin’s fault when Lin’s teammates can’t catch or cut. Lin’s doing what he’s supposed to, but his teammates need to play too. You can’t just blame Lin for everything, basketball is a TEAM sport.

  • KHuang

    One in a million because the Hornets would be a MUCH BETTER TEAM.

  • KHuang

    NO.

    The Hornets play much better when Lin is running the show.

    Lin usually has not been allowed to touch the ball, plus Lin’s usually fighting from behind due to the deficits Walker puts the team in.

    And last game? Stop PRETENDING that it was all Lin’s fault. Lin’s bench teammates and starter teammates had awful games, as they were playing scared against the Cavs. Why do you ONLY blame Lin when Lin’s teammates don’t do their part?

    Every game, Lin has to repair the damage caused by Walker’s loser play. Walker STINKS.

  • sws94

    19 shots is not a lot of shots. Look at Lillard’s last game. He is a PG. He shot the ball almost 30 times. Curry often shoots the ball in the high 20s as well. Lin has shot the ball 19 times in a few games and has done well and during Linsanity would should the ball over 20 times. And Kemba does get assists, he has a decent average of them.

    This is nothing against Lin and really, don’t take it personally anyone here. Lin makes sense to use off the bench here, not to start, when Batum is healthy. For team considerations, only, it makes sense to use Lin as the second wave, to do the Lin things he could do to either get back into the game or sustain the lead. You simply can’t entrust Guitterez to run the point in a game like this. Part of the Hornets formula is that their bench beats the opponents bench. When that doesn’t happen, they don’t often win. That does not mean Lin has to get less than 26 minutes or can’t get 31/32 or that he doesn’t play with the starters significant minutes or close games. Nor does it mean that all Lin is is a bench player not capable of starting. Don’t assume that please because when I make this statement that’s the wrong assumption. It simply means for team considerations, Lin from the bench makes the team the strongest when considering the others on the squad.

    It makes no sense to displace Kemba either from a team standpoint. Having 2 solid PGs, one that has excellent ball handling and scoring, the other a potent slasher breaking down the defense that can score 20 plus any given night and get his team mates involved, able to play apart or together. Kemba knows Clifford’s systems, is productive, and really, doesn’t do most of the faciltation. The team is designed to have Batum do that and besides the high TOs many gamaes, he does a good job of it.

  • sws94

    Well, they haven’t won most of the games against the Cavs, Toronto and Boston. So, I can see throwing out ideas. I don’t know if I agree starting Lin is the answer because I don’t think he does much with the starters. He usually comes alive when Kemba sits sometime in the 2nd quarter. And, as you are saying in the last sentence, the Kemba/Lin backcourt chemistry didn’t really develop much and the season is practically over. I really think Lin and other major players, Batum, Marv when Lin plays with him, have developed that chemistry. Lin lacks good chemistry with Kemba and has only so-so chemistry with Cody.

  • james brown

    though kw was scoring during his third quarter rally, team was behind that much, but when jlin took over early fourth, they were able to decreased the margin…well they lost because most of the time, it will be hard to win if you bury your team even you’re scoring.

    jlin’s difference is he makes his points on the crucial moments and not only to stat pad.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Well, there’s where we disagree. TOS are not a barometer for everything either. There are good ones and bad ones. I discount the ones where they should have been caught. There is a difference also when a player looks to involve his teammates vs instances where passing is an after thought. When the ball is played off Kemba’s hands, it often ends back in his hands for better oppotunities. A player may score “bundles” and “ball” as you say, but if his teammates are not involved, the results are bad contested shots, poor rebound positions. So, on this team, Lin controlling the ball, and Kemba off the ball (like Lamb) will actually make the best outta both. And no, Kemba should not guard the 2 in this case.

  • sws94

    No. Kemba decreased the deficit the same way Lin started to decrease the deficit in the Spurs game. His scoring in the 3rd was very important then Lin scored in the 4th to bring the game even closer.

    I don’t buy your argument at all that Lin’s points were more important. Kemba started the run to get the team back in the game.

  • james brown

    https://twitter.com/CNM_JLin_Vids/status/716746458381332480

    did i say lin point is more important than kw, pls read my post again.both point scored are all important , but jlin makes point when it matters and not only for stat padding!

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    How do you explain Walker finishing with a (+2) which was second best on the team?…Walker is clearly not the perfect player, but to put all the blame on him is beyond extreme.

    I get it that Walker is playing the position that should go to Lin, but you have to be a bit fair minded here.

    Lin had an up and down game yesterday…He was terrible in the first half and was part of the group who allowed the Cavs to build a large lead..His (+/-) clearly shows that in compare to Kemba..Lin finished with a (-15) which was the worst on the team.

    My because problem with Lin yesterday was the over-helping that he kept on doing while guarding JR Smith who is a good 3point shooter. Even after JR knocked down 2 3pointers on Lin, Lin still kept on dropping off on him….Lin needs to be aware that he can’t be doing too much help defense while guarding guys like JR.

  • james brown

    if cliff usage pattern is the problem, what do jlin expect for his PT?..to get the right usage, jlin needs to be a starter for cliff to give him stater minutes!

  • james brown

    well he did mentioned on spur game that cliff knew, some players can get him fired!

  • james brown

    even then, he won’t dare to try him!

  • Guest

    I don’t think Clifford is a competent coach like Brad Stevens but I believe he knows how good Jeremy is. The reason Clifford doesn’t let Jeremy shines is not because he has little faith in Jeremy’s PG playmaking and bball skill, he simply follows instructions(from who? I’m not sure, maybe MJ, Cho or collectively by the NBA) to suppress the only AA who’s a Harvard grad. JMO.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    I never stated it was all Lin fault they lost. My problem is people blaming it all on Kemba.

    Remember, Kemba finished with a (+2) while Lin finished with a (-15)…So it is very hard to put more blame on Kemba than Lin.

    My final answer is they both should take equal blame.

    Lin was also leaving JR Smith too wide open by over-helping.

  • james brown

    i only wish for kw to be a true facilitator first rather than a scorer..if he willed it. he can do the scoring when everything else is in place

  • james brown

    the reason why others are replying to your position was because you defend kw but point jlin’s fault.

    on equal footing, kw need to take the blame for team problem because he is the captain and franchise player of hornets. and jlin is just a ROLE PLAYER for the hornets team to take the biggest burden!

    having criticize kw doesn’t connotes hatred but for the simple reason people here favor JLIN more because its his forum

  • sws94

    I agree. After 2 3 pointers dropped, stick to him like glue.

    Really, JR Smith was a big reason why they won the last 2 games. He didn’t get it going in the game the Hornets won.

  • sws94

    I don’t agree with you about that. KW also gets points when they matter. Both Lin and Kemba have been clutch and hit big 4th quarter points throughout the season.

  • james brown

    so be it!

  • sws94

    I think the significant differences between the games the Cavs won and the one they lost is that

    *JR Smith got it going in both losses. When he gets hot from 3, it’s a big deal for the Cavs.
    *Dallevedova provides a lot more facilitation and involvement for his team than Kyrie does. And way better defense. He didn’t play in loss
    *In the Cavs win, there was far more transition baskets. Lin along with MKG really pushed the ball and got easy baskets.
    *The team played better defense with Lin at point and MKG at forward, kept the Cavs off-balance

    Also, the earlier win was a home game and Lu was coaching one of his earliest games as head coach of Cavs.

    Cavs 3 were just too much to deal with yesterday. It’s hard to beat a team that shoots 15/22 from 3.

  • KHuang

    You can’t look at the game as just “Walker vs Lin”.

    Walker had the starting lineup, Lin had tired starters and bench scrubs like Hawes who shouldn’t even been in the game. No Lamb either, and that meant no driving or passing lanes for Lin. And STILL Walker dug that deep early deficit from which the Hornets could not recover.

    And Lin overhelping? That’s NOT LIN’S CALL. That is a COACHING thing, and Lin’s merely following Clifford’s orders.

  • KHuang

    NO NO NO.

    Why should the guy playing less than 30 minutes and is banned from touching the ball be blamed as much as the SELFISH DEFENSELESS BALLHOG who plays the big minutes and gets all the touches and is 99% responsible for losing the game???

    STOP BLAMING LIN.

  • KHuang

    Also, Al Jefferson not playing due to injury and Jeremy Lamb being PUNISHED for having a good prior game hurt badly.

    No single player in the NBA, not even good ol’ Lebron, can beat a top team all by himself without good teammate help.

    And here we have Lin fans BLAMING Lin for somehow not getting bench scrubs like Spencer Hawes to look like superstars against the best team in the East.

  • cdblue10

    Lin could have played better if Clifford will let him play his game.Lin needs to be the PG if he will go in and take Kemba out since they’re just overlap each other or make Kemba as the SG if that’s what he wants.

  • Epie

    It’s not going to change. He’s been doing the exact thing since his college years.

  • KHuang

    Well, I myself HATE KEMBA WALKER’S GAME.

    I’m not afraid to admit it either.

    I hated Walker’s game long before Lin joined this pathetic Hornets team. So nobody can even say that I started hating Walker just because he’s standing in Lin’s way.

    I harbor a special dislike for selfish defenseless iso loser players who don’t want to win. Doesn’t matter if they’re on Lin’s team or not.

  • spiderman

    It’s the HAIR.
    If he had spikes, they would have won

  • KHuang

    Or how about Clifford just RUN HIS DAMN OFFENSE?

    If Clifford did nothing but demand that Walker OCCASIONALLY pass to Lin, that would totally improve the Hornets on both ends of the court while also silencing the vast majority of Lin fans complaining about Lin being frozen out.

  • KHuang

    Not possible.

    Walker is not athletic enough to draw a double team, plus he refuses to pass unless it is to Nicolas Batum.

  • heart

    Why singled out Lin? So did Frank and Lee and every other player who also left their man open. Lin is about team defense, helping out his teammates… He probably tried to get rebounds or steals bc the bigs couldn’t even get rebounds or boxed out their man. Cavs played team ball yesterday and their guys got touches and in the groove of their offense so they made baskets, bc Hornets defense was weak and could not disrupt their groove. JR got his offense groove and confidence so he made baskets.

  • KHuang

    Lin is not being forcibly suppressed by Jordan or Cho.

    It’s Clifford himself that’s doing the suppressing.

    Clifford mistakenly thinks that he will keep his job as long as Walker and Batum are not angry from being badly beaten by Lin in practices and games.

    Next season when Clifford breathes a sigh of relief from having kicked Lin off the Hornets, the LOSING will start. Then Clifford will find out that Lin is COACH KILLAH.

  • KHuang

    It’s all too easy for some Lin fans to single out Lin for blame AND glory.

    The truth is that every game, basketball is a team sport where Lin NEVER gets it done all by himself.

    Focusing one’s attention on Lin myopically makes Lin worse AND better than he really is.

  • cdblue10

    Complaining and pointing out what could improve their offense is a totally a different case,it’s just a matter of adjustment to let Walker rest for the last 4 mins of 1st quarter and give the offense a different looks while maximizing their talent together,why wouldn’t Cliff do that is just mind boggling .

  • CJSHYY

    I agree Lin had too many TO last night & he shouldn’t over help. But don’t agree w “don’t believe Lin has done enough to supplant him as the “go to guy” bc Kemba was set to be do well in the game w lots of game plan for him. If Lin got he same playing time & took the same shots number like Kemba then that’s more fair comparison.

  • It’s good to know that Hornets fans believe that in light of giving Batum some rest, they have the confidence that JLin can start against the Raptors to give them a chance to win like the last 35pts game.

    Of course, Clifford might think differently

    the good news?
    (I’m sure this has been pointed out in other threads)
    the last time Jeremy Lin started against the Raptors in place of Nic Batum, he dropped 35 and the Hornets won by 10.

    Makes me wonder if this “knee strain” is a real thing.

  • CJSHYY

    I don’t think they will start Lin…. Bc both Lin & Lee are not tall enough to be SF. They will use Frank instead.

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    @theScore
    Yao Ming, Shaq and Allen Iverson are officially headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
    https://twitter.com/theScore/status/717006995711258624

  • james brown

    its better to dislike/hate players way of playing but implying hatred for one’s person should not be tolerated.

  • DX

  • james brown

    that someway i have spoken it as a “WISH” LOL!

  • I just checked Hairston shifted to SF when Lin and Kemba started in that OT win against the Raptors.

    Hairston and Lee are listed as 6’6″ but Hairston looked more physical.
    Based on the latest trend of Frank starting, it’s more likely that Frank will start.

    But the small lineup actually match up better with the Raptors small lineup

  • sws94

    It’s a matter of committing. I watched Lee carefully and he didn’t go as far off of Smith as Lin did nor did he go into the paint as much. At this point in his career, Lin just has to sense how hot the 3 point shooter is and how far to move off of him. And, to be honest, I’ve heard Cliff several times in other games say “Jeremy stay home” which I think means, don’t help.

  • It’s interesting to note that Raptors have started a small lineup recently with Lowry/Powell/DeRozan listed as PG/SG/SG (6’/6’4″/6’7″)

    If there are no politics, it actually makes more sense to start Lin than Frank to counter this small lineup to match the speed.

  • CJSHYY

    Hairston guard SF player better than Lee. Don’t think they will let Lin back to starting lineup bc they had been tried to build their own players team chemistry for a while… Lin is the helper if they need him…. that’s it.

  • That’s definitely the established role in the Hornets lineup to prepare for the playoff: Lin anchoring BF1

    It’s pretty sad when Lin won’t start even if it gives them better chance of winning vs the Raptors.
    On the positive, it only increases more chance for JLin to leave the Hornets in the off-season

  • heart

    Raptors play small ball. Last time Lin helped w/ defense tremendously when he started in place of NB. K.Lowry had a hard almost the entire game. He couldn’t make shots. He was able to when KW started isoing in crunch time and lost the crucial possession, and the game ended in OT. If Cliff wants to win, he better start Lin if NB won’t play or else Hornets might be looking at another loss. Raptors want to redeem themselves from the last loss, and this game will be on their home court.

  • CJSHYY

    There is no more BF1 now… Lin is part of most important 6 guys for the playoff in this team. Don’t remember since when… Cliff already said they want the same lineup to close the game… that’s pretty much said it all. They hope their own players to settle & win the game by themselves. Bc they knew Lin will not stay for next season.

  • xeroid

    People are blaming Kemba because when Lin came on the game usually with about 4 minutes left in first or third quarter, Kemba is the PG and controlling the ball with zero touches for Lin sitting in the corner. When Kemba sits out at the beginning of second and fourth quarter, Batum usually takes charge. So it’s not the total minutes, Lin plays usually 24 minutes, with about 10 of those minutes sitting at the corner doing nothing, while Hornets struggle on the other side, getting in each others way. Sure, Lin’s help defense occasionally gets burned when one opponent gets hot, but here lies in the success of the team defense. JR runs hot and cold and I think generally is a negative for Cav and Knick before that. I understand Kemba will be used close to 40 minutes per game, but if when he overlaps with Lin and he utilize Lin to his advantage and passes to each other, the team chemistry will greatly enhance. it’s not the individual statistic, sure Kemba averages 21 points per game, but whether the team wins against good teams with playoffs looming.

  • Yes, some people might wonder what’s the importance of JLin starting if he has a chance to close.

    You pointed out correctly that the momentum gained by preventing Lowry and others to heat up is priceless.
    This is the perfect game to start a small lineup to counter the Raptors.

    Digging a deep hole by starting Frank who can’t match up vs smaller guards is simply not fair to him and the Hornets. Let’s see if Clifford will stick to politics or try to win the game by simply matching the small lineup

  • CJSHYY

    But Lee made a big mistake in the last few sec when JR was under the rim on the other side of court & Lee was not even there to cover him so JR made easy 2 pts. Of course, Cliff’s dumb coach on the last few sec last night.

  • Lately, BF1 has been rebuilt around Big Al in the middle with Lin/Lamb which is nice to see Lin establishes the connection with Big Al

    Too bad Big Al was out with the quad yesterday.
    Lin/Zeller didn’t have much connection lately

    Oh well, let’s just hope Lin will be healthy 1st and make the splash in the playoff when it really counts

  • JVG and Shaq also congratulated Yao Ming to be part of 2016 Hall-of-Fame class
    https://twitter.com/NBA/status/717016517498445825

  • grover chang

    I blame Allen Iverson and Jordan highlights for today’s culture of isoball. But I know Jordan actually played hard on both ends. What is your opinion on Iverson?

  • I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s just an ice-pack?

  • donsmacau

    Charlotte fan website “Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s absence evident against Cleveland Cavaliers”
    http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/4/11359228/loss-of-mkg-most-evident-against-cavaliers
    Of course not one word about the fact, in previous win over CLE, JLIN was the critical starting floor playmaker who led and engineered complete team effort in a comfortable victory (also without Big Al and Kemba). Additionally no mention that MKG was critical member of the 0-23 loss streak.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Those guys are pr for the team wearing media cloth.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Even with Batum out 2nd half, lin’s minutes compared to Lee and KW was a disgrace.

  • heart

    ATH is Hornets mouthpiece. They’ve lost their credibility w/me long time ago.

  • sws94

    I don’t agree that Batum usually takes charge when with Lin. He did that a few games and it annoyed me but that hasn’t been the case recently. If you watch Lin, he looks for Batum to work in tandem with and play through. Lin also feels like he wants to establish Al a good amount of time and a lot of his PG play is transitioning at first to the rhythm he has to establish as Kemba leaves the court. So the first few sequences aren’t really Lin ball and by the time Lin ball is established, Kemba is back in. Lin is definitely also pointing when he’s on the court, whether with Kemba or not and often, it is away from him as I think the aim is to whip the ball around the weak and strong sides to keep the defenses scrambling, but his team mates are slow to get that and it ends up on the strong side too often. Marvin is one guy that gets it as does Batum mostly now. Kemba, no clue. And one thing about Batum is to me he seems offensively limited to his fadeaway 3s and 2s and doesn’t really post up great. He’s more into being a facilitator it seems who has to rely on whether his perimeter shots fall or not for offense. Lin senses that, IMO, and uses that energy along with his and when they get it going, it’s good basketball.

    I like the Al and Lin that do a good amount of give and go. That way Lin either gets his easy 2 points cutting to the baskets that gets him going offensively or he gets to the foul line. Lin also just draws fouls but if he isn’t late in the quarter, he’s not shooting FTs as much.

    I think the Cavs had more purpose and poise, shot well from 3, the usual amount of 3 point slow to close out coverages occured but with more 3s falling and that’s all she wrote. Lin’s 2nd quarter wasn’t good (I think his back hurt and he jammed his finger on a non-call), his 4th quarter he found his magic (went off of adrenaline and determination) and we move on to the Toronto game. All in all, it was a positive game for Lin because of the strong 4th quarter but I think Lin himself would have liked to have played better in the 2Q. He takes his setting the tone with his energy as the leader of the 2nd team seriously.

  • Hans

    Back injury is really really annoying. I have 2 herniated discs and my body has never allowed me to play at will since, not to mention all these acrobatic moves that Jeremy does so often in the air. Prayers to his back and health. I wouldn’t mind Jeremy resting as much as needed until the playoff.

  • sws94

    This is in response to MKG’s absence, not to you as a poster or At the Hive’s site. Anyway, MKG’s advantage is his energy. He has solid defense but his energy was missing. His pushing the pace. His going out and wanting to run in transition. What made the Lin/MKG pairing so powerful in the game the Hornets won, and provided two of the biggest highlights, the Lin to Cody pass and Lin to MKG dunk on transition drives, was MKG being a running mate with Lin. That’s what Houston has that the Hornets lack, getting out in transition where Lin can throw his football passes, football lobs, fake one way and no look passes that have the defenses on their heels. The whole half-court game the Cavs will win. Blend some half-court with pushing the ball in transition like Lin and MKG and set that tone, it’s another game.

    If the Hornets want to get to the next level, they need more transition basketball players and plays. And Lin needs to get out and run and have team mates that can run with him.

  • sws94

    I would love that too. With Batum’s injury, Lin may actually play more. Because there are 3 teams with similar records and the Hornets are looking to get the best seeding possible.

  • JoeTeam

    well, only a few more games left until Playoffs.

    Hope JLin is resting up ready for a great performance for his K negotiations!

    To all posters still agitating … nothing new, so low key is sweet for next endgames. All is well, nothing is going to change. But change is gonna come lol.

    Now, Playoffs – that’s going to be fun to watch. We will see a different JLin. Then UConn guy. The Linsanity guy. Let’s see what KW does in playoffs with that guy next to him. He’s only seen glimpses of that (sure sure, I know after Lin got hurt by Thabo Sef, he wasn’t too aggressive).

  • Hans

    To all the Mandarin-speaking JLin fans…I have been doing an NBA podcast with my buddies (2 Asian Americans and 1 American from Maine) for over a year now, and last week we did a session on Jeremy’s recent surge and struggles. This was recorded after the outburst against the spurs, nets, the downfall at detroit and then the ave game vs bucks. We discussed what we all know for a long time, Jeremy’s mentality to the game, he’s 4Q clutch, what could be the ideal landing spot for him this summer, his ceiling etc. I am not native Mandarin speaker so please bear with me if I sound a little funny! Of course comments and questions are very welcomed!!! If you can’t read Chinese but can understand you can just click the podomatic link for the podcast.

    https://www.facebook.com/littleguylayup/posts/1678218629119520

  • Hans

    The thing is, as long as the Hornets don’t match up with the Cavs in the first round, I don’t think it matters that much. Yes home court is nice, but Hornets arent necessarily bad at away games. Since Jeremy’s back is so important to his shot, and therefore his game, and hence the outcome of the game/series, resting is very, very, critical to Hornet’s playoff run, could mean more than the seeding.

  • sws94

    I agree. Lin’s back is more important than any game really.

  • Hans

    Kemba/Lin/Lee/Marv/Zeller… I could see this line up running like mad. On the other hand, should the Hornets run with the Raptors or should they go big with Al in the middle, Zeller at 4, Marv at 3? Going big was the key to Spurs win over the warriors, bc it’s just not possible to outrun/small the warriors.

  • Hans

    Zeller still has a blue collar mentality, not always ready to catch and dunk. He’s more primed to box-out, rebound, bang etc. that’s why he missed those high risk passes from jeremy.

  • Check out the T(Hor) promo for Tyler Hansbrough in the Hornets Playoff marketing campagin
    I wonder if JLin will get similar super-hero campaign

    https://twitter.com/hornets/status/717047634024931329

  • CJSHYY

    So weird. He didn’t even have playing time in so many games…. why it’s him?!

  • it’s very odd indeed

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Either the guy in charge of marketing is insane or he’s trying push Clifford to play Tyler more.

  • BobbyH

    Maybe more for other players will come out.

  • Interesting interview on Adam Morrison’s NBA experience (3rd draft pick by Hornets in 2006) by JJ Redick
    [7:10] Redick asked Morrison about how difficult to navigate the “dog-eats-dog” locker-room culture because teammates will compete for minutes/touches/contract

    It’s amazing that JLin manages to navigate this “dog-eats-dog” NBA culture to not only survive but thrive for 6 years now.

    After falling out of public view after a short-lived NBA career, Morrison opens up about his jagged journey, including his view of NBA locker-room culture, his inability to get another chance in the NBA, and, yes, he addresses public suspicions that he’s overseeing a “post-apocalyptic bunker.”

    https://twitter.com/JGuitarza/status/716984265003692032

  • CJSHYY

    Maybe. He’s also from NC.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Not sure if he even makes the playoff 12 player roster. Poor Tyler.

  • KHuang

    I personally didn’t think MKG made any difference against the Cavs.

    Lin was the catalyst, and inserting Lamb or Hairston in MKG’s place would have yielded the exact same result as or better than MKG.

    For many years, I have considered MKG the most wildly overrated player in the NBA.

  • NONONO

    Jeremy Lin believes they could win it all for the rest of season and make top 3 or 4 sports. Would Hornets players and coaches (ever) believe it?

  • NONONO

    i feel they have been very satisfied to just make the playoffs

  • KHuang

    I don’t have a high regard for Allen Iverson.

    I considered him a selfish low efficiency player who lacked fundamentals. But I don’t like how Allen Iverson couldn’t run plays and usually didn’t defend hard. I was never as impressed by Iverson as the casual NBA fan was.

    Michael Jordan? DIFFERENT. He played solidly fundamental winning basketball on both ends of the court. He was so fundamentally sound, I never considered him “selfish” even though he shot the ball all the time. When a guy was as dominant in his era as Jordan was, he HAS to shoot selfishly!

    My only criticism of Michael Jordan is not truly a criticism of his ability. That guy was SO REF PROTECTED that he could grab and hold and hack people on defense. I always considered Jordan a slightly above average defender who was artifically made into some elite defensive juggernaut because the refs let him illegally wrestle opponents. If Jordan was officiated fairly on defense, he’d never have been the “great” defender that he was.

  • KHuang

    Either way, I TRULY DON’T CARE what people think of me.

  • KHuang

    Lin called it in preseason –

    and here we are.

  • Hans

    if Jeremy is allowed to play like he was with he ROX in the playoff, they could make it past the first round. as long as they don’t face the Cavs in round II, they could at least put up a good fight against the raptors. I think it really comes down to how much freedom is Clifford will to give Jeremy. From all signs and clues we’re seeing something around 25 mins, which should be enough to get past the first round, make the series interesting against the Raptors, but not enough to make some noise against the Cavs. If Jeremy is allowed to orchestrate the offense and play his game for 30+ min every game, i’m confident they could take down the Raps and make it interesting for the Cavs.

  • KHuang

    If Lin started for this Hornets team, he’d put up a SERIOUS FIGHT against the Cavs and might even cause an upset.

  • KHuang

    Adam Morrison actually did OK in the NBA until his KNEE blew out.

    After that injury, Morrison never recovered.

  • KHuang

    Bad coaching by Clifford.

    Hansbrough is still the best big man on the Hornets.

  • KHuang

    The playoffs will be a RELIEF.

    Less ref cheating means that Lin will be able to play his game more fairly.

    The NBA game was never as easy for Jeremy Lin as it was in the playoffs against the powerful Blazers.

  • KHuang

    Like I said before the trade, Hairston >>> Lee.

  • KHuang

    Actually, the Charlotte bench is STRONGER THAN EVER.

    The combo of Lin, Lamb, Kaminsky, and Jefferson has been so potent, Clifford has had to remove Lamb and limit Kaminsky’s minutes in order to prevent the starters from looking bad.

  • sws94

    Yay. Gets to a point in life where you truly just don’t care. People don’t like you, so be it.

  • @rick_bonnell
    No update yet on @hornets injuries heading into Tuesday’s road game with the Raptors.
    https://twitter.com/rick_bonnell/status/717089943860994048

  • Rick Johnson

    Should have given a chance against the Cav’s. Frank, Cody and Hawes getting beat up in the Cav’s game.

  • LAJane

    Q for you: I was worried about the Cavs game ahead of time, and seeing the highlights didn’t help. Of course they came to win – didn’t like losing to the “lowly” Hornets last time – but from my point of view they seemed also to come determined not only to stop Lin but to do whatever they could to damage his shine. I was concerned about more or less deliberate attempts to injure him. However…I’m not a long-time enough NBA watcher to know, and while I do believe there’s anti-Lin bias it also could be that this is garden-variety NBA macho culture? Everybody gets this treatment unless it’s certain that teammates have the target’s back and will retaliate, or refs are being favorable to the target? We are very focused on Jeremy, but is this more common than I realize? I hear that it was much more brutal back in the day. I have never forgotten Jeremy’s comment last summer that he’s “just trying to stay in the NBA.” He knows far better than anyone here the obstacles he faces, and that perhaps most other players face?

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Too much behind closed door in this organization.

  • Someone also mentioned that Zeller is conditioned to grab a rebound off Kemba’s shots so he’s not used to catching JLin’s passes.

    The chemistry is definitely not there.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Unlike Zeller, he wouldn’t miss one pass from Lin.

  • vincent

    Is it still possible for lin to win the 6th man of the year award?

  • vincent

    https://twitter.com/hornetspr/status/717099813460901892 Batum and jeferson listed as questionable for tomorrow

  • You don’t really believe that Hairston is better than Lee, right?

    From the eye test, Lee is a better defender and shoots better than Hairston.

    I checked the post-trade stats
    Lee: 9.5/3.2r/2.1a with 48.2% FG, 38.8% 3FG
    Hairston: 7.4p/2.6r/0.6a with 48.7% FG 23.6% 3FG

    Lee’s stats is a little better, especially on the 3pt shooting and assists.
    I like how Lin/Lee play together too.

    If Kemba is not the PG, Lin/Lee/Batum can go really far

  • JoeTeam

    And yes, a RELIEF you got that right. Everyone will have to compete, so it’s less this “i’m in the NBA” and more do or get out thing.

  • Rick Johnson

    Writers been casting votes for two weeks until the end of the regular season. He would have had better chance if Linsanity broke out at least 2 weeks before voting started. Realistically seems like window is closing.

  • grover chang

    Thanks. Love your basketball insights.

  • NONONO

    Lin has approved he could lead the team beat Lebron and Spurs which Kemba has failed to do in his career. I have no doubt Lin would believe himsefl that he could win it again if he had the control of the ball. I wish for whatever reason, Kemba would rest for Raptors game, and let Lin lead the team win (does not have to score 50+, or even 30+) for Hornets

  • NONONO

    let them rest, let Kemba rest. Then Horners has better chance to win.

  • NONONO

    i am not sure Lin cares about 6th man. He wants to win and he likes to start.

  • Rick Johnson
  • Rick Johnson
  • vincent

    it would have been sick if the hornets were not gonna make the playoffs then linsanity happened l and they clinched like the 5th seed or something

  • blueCypher

    Interesting. And he is a free agent this summer

  • jimmyL

    not really

  • jimmyL

    Well deserved!

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    if he leaves them, i can see the Grizzlies picking Lin up which i’m ok with

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Anywhere but Charlotte or LA, assuming BS and Cliff still their coaches.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    The Commercial Appeal independently confirmed that Conley was re-evaluated last week by team doctors. It was determined that it is in Conley’s best interest to not return to action until the 2016-17 season. 1 hour ago – via Memphis Commercial Appeal

  • Michael

    I have often wondered where this Hall actually is.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Had Lin taken Memphis contract, he would be a starting PG for playoff now.

  • This is a hilarious podcast with JJ Redick seamlessly advertise products during interview LOL
    Check out [30:33] when he simply read the commercial script to Adam after commenting on a player’s NBA career
    “I agree Tyrus for some reason didn’t work out after the first big contract.
    Adam., this might seem like a random question but have you every been frustrated trying to buy a ticket online?..”

    Hilarious!

  • I wish he would try to come back..
    So many articles commented on him being a bust from being soft.

    It shows how hard JLin had to work to stay and get better in the NBA

  • HVJoy

    Morrison was the 3rd overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, chosen by Michael Jordan in Charlotte. Despite that, he was not happy in the locker room there with rookies and veterans who are teammates and rivals at the same time. I cannot help wondering what Lin, as the only Asian undrafted player, must have endured in each team locker room with different dynamics since 2012.

    What came to mind first was the public taunting, including the curse words and “Charmin” label, last season by a teammate and a coach. It is amazing that Lin was able to stay focused on achieving his goals, to survive in NBA, not be overcome/distracted by adversity and pressure in this politics-driven league. Not an easy journey. No wonder he is loved by so many fans in the US and abroad. Wish Lin will shine and thrive in the upcoming Playoffs, the 4th in his NBA career.

  • heart

    But then he would be stuck in a multi-year low mid-level contract w/o player option. I believe in God’s timing. Everything will work out for Lin’s good even though it might seem bleak to us, but w/ God everything is possible.

  • There is no way JLin would know that before the season started 🙂

    Besides the slow MEM system, Conley has been more durable than Kemba in the past few seasons.
    It’s okay, JLin will seize the chance when opportunities present themselves.

    Also, the low-ball contract for 3-4 years would be a bummer with the huge salary cap coming soon.
    JLin definitely made the right financial decision to sign a short-term contract

  • yes, JLin strikes me as having the right personality, perseverance to navigate through the toughest locker-room especially with all the superstar egos of Melo/Kobe/Harden.

    It’s truly an underrated skill that JLin possesses but one needs to have the right mental strength to endure these issues. Without it, he’d been long gone from the NBA without the benefit of being a draft pick.

  • bolero

    Doubtful, it seems a lot of people will be voting for Jamal Crawford..

  • bolero

    Lin will take a lot of hits. someone counted the number of times Lin got hit from the Cavs game. 9X
    Somebody mentioned that one of the Cavs player said they have to stop Lin. It didn’t work in the 4th Q.

  • Bulldog

    Had Lin shared his load, he wouldn’t have gotten injured.

  • Bulldog

    Not Houston either.

  • bolero
  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • KL

    Before the season started I read an article about how last season, Mo Williams took over when Kemba was injured, the team started winning and were playoff bound. When Kemba came back, Kemba chucked the team straight back to the lottery.

    This immediately raised red flags for me. But I told myself if anyone could succeed in such an environment, it was Lin.

    And yes Lin was spectacular this season, in his limited role. It is what it is, they will not let him start. But Lin moulded Bench Force 1 into a great team. I believe he helped Marvin Williams and Lamb have resurgent seasons. Lin helped Kaminsky achieve lots as a rookie. Confidence is everything and Lin dishes it out like candy, even at his own cost.

    Lin was also tossed with a difficult challenge of playing with Al. Yet Lin has made more of it than Kemba ever could. With Kemba it was either Kemba iso or Al iso. Lin has made Al pass out of the post a bit more because of his cuts and also made Al roll to the basket more.

    All the above shows amazing intellingence and resiliance on Lin’s part. I hope he gets a bigger role somewhere soon.

  • Arsenium12 .

    Another contribution Jeremy has made this year is the bible study group he organized. A group like that, at the very least, could build bridges between the players, draw them together as a team, and give them a more balanced perspective on the challenges they face individually, as they go through the season.

  • KL

    Yes Jeremy gives on court as well as off court leadership.

  • Rick Johnson

    https://twitter.com/stevekylerNBA/status/717156370890506240

    So if Conley stays at Memphis, Knicks, Nets, 76ers would be looking elsewhere for a PG. Maybe Dallas too if D Will leave looking for a bigger contract. Available PG’s other than Lin, Rondo, D Will, Lawson, Chalmers, Mo Williams, Ish Smith, Dellavadova.

  • NONONO

    Mo and Lin’s are on 2M contracts vs Kemba’s 11+M contract. Kemba got many great stats (only on points!) with poor W/L ratio against top teams because many of his stats have built on the cost of others who cover his weak defense or cost of the games.

  • zxcvb

    Don’t want Lin in Dallas after their shenanigans last summer. Cuban will always be looking to replace Lin with a “big name” PG. I really think it’s down to Nets or Sixers. Makes too much sense given their circumstances. I’d say there’s a tiny chance of Knicks if Melo leaves (i.e. demands a trade).

  • zxcvb

    Even during Kemba’s career year (his only good one), he can’t beat a single top team. It’s ONLY Lin who has done that (CLE, SAS, @TOR). That’s the biggest red flag for me. Lin in an “off year” still beats Kemba in his best year.

  • Rick Johnson

    We really don’t know what transpired with Dallas last season. Mostly they were embroiled with DeAndre Jordan so don’t know what the situation with Lin and them were. They did give him a chance in the Summer league and would have signed him afterwards if he didn’t chose the GSW’s. Can’t burn to many bridges there are only 30 teams in the NBA.

  • Barry Allen

    I think all these players including the Hornets will regress once Lin leaves at the end of the season and drop in standing. Lin seems to always be undervalued whenever he goes. His X-factor of creating cohesiveness within the team and his creative spark is so vital.

  • donsmacau

    Nic observations, I had also heard about Mo’s short term success and that shortly after Kemba returned they traded Mo off — if anyone has a link to that period of Hornets history I’d love to know more detail as to what Mo did, e.g. was his assists high or making shots or defending well etc..

  • vincent

    how did mo williams get such a bad contract. He has been underpaid, and he gets no minutes. I dont understand how delly starts over him when kyrie is out… it makes no sense especially after his unbelievable season last year in CHA

  • HVJoy

    So Kaminsky’s birthday is April 4? It is the Children’s Day celebrated in Taiwan, a national holiday there.

  • kittyhead

    I guess injuries.poor defense.age…

  • kauaiblue

    He is even stronger now.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    That’s why Clifford got his contract extension despite years of failure Hornets head coach.

  • Uh-Oh

    A sincere suggestion: try not to say too much 就是…就是…就是…pause for few seconds is ok and better.

  • Dan Ang

    If that’s the case, hopefully Lin find a home soon, only 26 teams left….25 if you don’t include Golden State.

  • Dan Ang

    This brings up a point, during the Cavs game, it does seem like they were pressuring Lin quite a bit (did a good job) at the beginning. The refs didn’t help either. This allowed Kemba to play lights out. And when the game got close, the Cavs tightened up their defense on Kemba. And Lin was unleashed!
    That in a nutshell is what’s so dangerous about the Hornets come Playoff time. Who do you game plan for? Coaches who what Kemba can do, but Lin being an X-factor, you don’t want him to get going. We he does, it’s a wrap….we see this time and time again.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Lin needs to practice this for the next attempted water dump
    https://vine.co/v/ijVZZZIhVxP

  • vincent

    lin’s shooting percentages are wayyy better than Kemba’s have been aside from this year. Last year Kemba shot around 38 percent. Kobe has been shooting around 36 percent this season. (All atrocious) Lin’s shooting percentages have never dropped below 40 percent. Yet Kobe and Kemba still average over 18 a game the past two season combined. Their percentages are absolutely atrocious. Yet people say Lin is inconsistent lol… This tells me that the coaches have an unbelievable amount of trust in these plaeyrs as they are the star players in their respective franchise. If Lin is given the chance to take over games like we all know he can he will surely be a star. I am praying that he finds a coach that will give him this opportunity. Whether that means MDA reunion or not I really don’t care Lin will succeed if given the reigns to the offense that plays HEAVY pick and roll.

  • MorlockO

    Problem is Lin keeps playing with Different Big man everytime… less skilled big man needs more time with Lin to figure out where to expect his passes, but if you keep playing with different play makers then your timing will be off… that’s what I saw in this game….

  • Rick Johnson

    Dang, that’s a big screen for a sports restaurant.
    https://twitter.com/Loveforlife0323/status/717176789861212164

  • Rick Johnson

    Curry got great peripheral vision, court awareness. Especially with that hot broadcaster in front of him interviewing him.

  • Rick Johnson

    Joy Jeng
    ‏@Loveforlife0323
    @JLin7 Snapchat 👻 update: It’s Frank’s birthday… and he’s acting up lol #CHAatTOR
    https://twitter.com/Loveforlife0323/status/717181538748669952

  • james brown

    good observation!

  • KHuang

    That’s not as much a problem as the fact that Spencer Hawes has been a very poor roll man all season.

    He either crowds the 3 point line and fires bricks, or he stumbles inside and loses the ball at the rim.

    Hawes is a great personality, but he needs to MAN UP and start playing HARDNOSED FUNDAMENTAL BASKETBALL.

  • KHuang

    Every offseason, there is a wildly overrated point guard who is a future bust in waiting.

    Last season it was Goran Dragic, this season it’s Mike Conley.

    Even at full strength, Conley’s game is very pedestrian. I’ve been thoroughly unimpressed by him ever since he entered the NBA.

  • KHuang

    No, he’d be DNP CD all season long.

  • KHuang

    Lin will take less hits in the playoffs with all the cameras focused on the refs.

  • KHuang

    The hits against Lin are primarily race based, but blame the REFS and not the players.

    If the refs called the game fair, Lin would not be hit like that.

  • Arsenium12 .

    If anyone is interested in some background about Mo Williams’ time in Charlotte last season, here are some stats from his games. His first game with Charlotte was Feb 21 (traded from MINN) and his last game was Apr 10. The games he started are shaded in a rose color. Generally, he shot solidly when he was a starter but had some problems with his 3-pt shots. He didn’t shoot as well toward the end of the season. As a rule, he seems to have taken a lot more shots than Jeremy. Click to enlarge the graphic.

    For what it’s worth, “At the Hive” said : Williams’ departure seemed certain once the season ended. He came to Charlotte excited to play with long-time friend Al Jefferson, and he played some of the best basketball of his career the first two weeks he was in Charlotte. Like the rest of the team, Williams struggled by season’s end, and it became clear that his playing style didn’t fit well with Kemba Walker’s because in many ways they were too similar.

    See : http://www.atthehive.com/2015/7/6/8904089/mo-williams-to-sign-to-the-cleveland-cavaliers
    __________

  • CJSHYY

    It seems Kemba & his backup couldn’t work well in the past… Do you know what’s Mo’s playing time? Like Lin or shorter?

  • Rick Johnson

    JLin should have talked to Mo Williams before signing with Charlotte. He went to Mo Williams BB camp so I’m sure he’s got his number.

  • CJSHYY

    I agree Lin should talk w Mo… but I guess Lin was so sure about what Cliff promised him bc he believed he will have the chance to play his game… Anyway, season almost end so…

  • sws94

    Higher. 29.1 minutes.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/player/gamelog/_/id/2178/year/2015/mo-williams

    But I don’t know if some of it was due to Kemba’s injuries. I think he missed a bunch of games that season.

  • Lefon Jang

    For those that missed the NCAA championship, here’s the buzzer-beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins (we know he’s not going to Charlotte):

    https://youtu.be/L7FFJUz0tdo

  • CJSHYY

    I think this was due to Mo starts more games…

  • sws94

    Kemba missed a lot of games last season. I think around 18 but that’s not an exact number. I’m guessing it by glancing at the chart. That may be why Mo’s playing time minutes are higher.

  • golfhacker

    I got my MBA from VU. I will not sleep tonight!!!!

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    mo >>>> kemba

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    They had it all reversed. Kemba should have sat out longer.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    What happened to mo, happening to Lin.

  • TTNN

    he was like 35 min when he starts, and dropped when he was from bench.

  • The only way JLin can comment about refs (in the NCAA championship game) without getting fined 🙂
    https://twitter.com/JLin7/status/717181379105005568

  • John Focker

    Lin completely shut down Conley allowing ZERO points TWO YEARS ago, when people were parroting that he can’t defend.

  • watch the girl in blue dress running away from the excessive celebration starting at 00:30 🙂

  • TTNN

    Coach played Mo with Kemba a lot, and that killed the team, since both of them are short and that’s pretty bad defensively, Lin had size and that’s not as bad a problem. But coach did not play Lin/Kemba enough as much as Kemba/Mo together.

    I still think Lin wasn’t really think Hornets is a long term team for him.

  • John Focker

    Word, can’t really hate on Mavs full-out since Donnie was the one who gave Jeremy a shot when no one else would.

  • John Focker

    Really disillusioned by Cuban after the crazy contract to CP25 and then last Summer.

  • TTNN

    well, Paige drives in and got hacked without call, exactly the same way as Lin though…..

  • jimmyL

    Congrats to Yao Ming the first asian to be successful in the NBA and be elected to the NBA Hall of Fame
    paved the way for others such as Lin himself.
    What he’s done is truly amazing, he was definitely a super star in his prime, one of the best bigs in his era
    Hope Lin gets inspired by his induction to hall of fame and start a new linsanity in the playoffs!

  • Lefon Jang

    In the right place at the wrong time!

  • HVJoy

    Maybe. But the circumstances are different — Lin started with Hornets at the beginning of the season, and he chose to have a 2-year option in his contract. I think he wanted to rehabilitate his reputation/image after playing in the tanking Lakers.

  • The previous off-balance 3 shot by Marcus Paige was also a great one
    Great championship game by both Villanova and UNC
    https://twitter.com/fandings/status/717191544399331328

  • HVJoy

    I agree that Lin didn’t see Hornets as “a long term team for him.”

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    GOOD!

  • KHuang

    Congratulations indeed to Yao Ming.

    I hated his game and didn’t think he was that good, but congratulations anyway. He is a deserving Hall of Famer.

  • jimmyL

    Yao was well protected got many FTs
    Wish Lin got some of that too…

  • Dan Ang

    Congrats to both achievements!

  • LAJane

    Thanks. Enlightening, as always 🙂

  • Dan Ang

    Big Al on the other hand, has been on 🔥 while playing with JLin.

  • sws94

    I was more impressed with the shot by the NC player than the last shot. I don’t really know college basketball much so Paige was the NC player that shot the game-tying 3? If so, that shot was very impressive.

  • Dan Ang

    Thanks.

  • JoeTeam

    nice!

  • Phillycheese

    Not sure what game you were watching, but Kemba had his breakout in 3q and also was invisiblein 1h. Lin had a big 4q but stunk it upin the first three.

  • Phillycheese

    Its stuff like this that makes me nottake you seriously.

  • Rick Johnson

    Byron Scott: Lakers wing Nick Young ‘not here with us, mentally’

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15134150/nick-young-los-angeles-lakers-not-here-us-mentally-coach-says

  • james brown

    1st,2nd and 3rd quarters, pressure and game plan was with jlin, then when kw erupts, they changed and tighten it up kw, jlin was freed at 4rth to make that 4th quarter rush!

  • CJSHYY

    Poor Young his career pretty much destroyed by BS…. Hope next season he will have good season.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Nick Young to Byron Scott: You’re a fine one to talk!

  • DX

    Is Jeremy Lin The Best Back-up Point Guard In The NBA? Find Out Who Gets The Nod

    Read more:

    http://en.yibada.com/articles/113847/20160405/jeremy-lin-best-back-up-point-guard-nba-find-out.htm#ixzz44vlAImYT

  • John Focker

    At least Nick Young has a mind to use, should he choose to.

  • Sueki

    For a man his height Yao Ming was GREAT.

  • FreeJLin

    You want him to be devaluated as a back-up point guard?

  • spiderman

    Lol… Not that good but a deserving Hall of Famer. How does that go together?

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Agree with this..I was going to post the same thing..I had recently noticed that Power now starts and he’s 6’4 while Derozen is now the defacto small-forward…

    Lee will be a Derozen and Lin could guard Power…Power is 6’4..Lin is 6’3

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Agree here…I’ve seen KHuang post some really bizarre stuff that makes it very hard to take him seriously.

    No one actually believe Hairston is better than Lee…Now, since Hairston is only 22, I could see someone make a “potential” case for Hairston, but with the exception of that, Lee is a far superior player at the moment.

  • adele

    Clifford sweet talked him. He said some nice things to Lin. Even most of the fans here believed in him. I even believed him during the pre season. I got so excited and I thought that finally Lin found his home. But Lin got deceived again. Even us. Even me. That’s why I’m very persistent and vocal about Clifford and the hornets. I used to just read blogs but after rockets and lakers marginalization, I can’t stay silent with this hornets team and Clifford who obviously not doing what they’re talking. Can’t stand the unfairness and the politics.

  • donsmacau

    Shocked and disappointed that Washington Post would use the term “Chinaman” in a headline article. To me, I find that word as derogatory and demeaning as the “n—-r” word is to blacks if you know the historical connotations.

    “Hall of Famer Yao Ming redefined ‘Chinaman’ for the NBA and brought the game to hundreds of millions”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/05/hall-of-famer-yao-ming-redefined-chinaman-for-the-nba-and-brought-the-game-to-hundreds-of-millions/
    “Tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching chong yang, wah, ah soh,” Shaquille O’Neal said in a TV interview in 2003”
    Phil Jackson told the L.A. Times: “I don’t think it bothers [O’Neal] in the least. He understands fully the NBA has put out four forms of (All Star ballots) in Mandarin, Cantonese, Pekingese and also Hong Kong-ese.”

  • JoeTeam

    they just went to the dark side to get eyeballs … yup, WP should not need to play that game, and the more people play it, the more our society goes to the lowest of human impulses. We need Walter Cronkite back … read up and watch the vid on his Kennedy coverage.

  • Whitman Lam

    Yeah, nobody could hit Yao in the face and get away with it.

  • sws94

    psalm, here is a link to a high-res Raptors logo for the Raptors game thread.

    http://content.sportslogos.net/logos/6/227/full/4578_toronto_raptors-primary-2016.png

  • Brent Yen

    That water melon tho…

  • sws94

    lol.

    Not the prettiest logo, new for 2015-2016. I think most Raptors fans liked the old dinosaur logo better.

  • thanks, wow .. this looks like a Jurrasic Park logo 🙂

    I probably keep the old one for this game since JLin had 35pts previously let’s keep the winning streak
    But I’ll use it for next time (hopefully in the playoff!)

  • jimmyL

    there were a lot of no calls on him too
    but he got called a lot too

  • jimmyL

    Na we like this one cuz we are winning
    we used to be one of the worst teams in the NBA

  • new TOR game thread
    http://www.jlinportal.com/g77-cha-tor-game-thread/

    With 6 games left, the Hornets is trying to improve their seeding from #6 to 3-4 to secure home-court advantage. But Batum and Al Jefferson are questionable for the game due to injuries

    1. Would the Hornets start JLin to provide a small lineup (Kemba/Lin/Lee) that matches up well with the Raptors small lineup (Lowry/Powell/DeRozan)?

    2. Would Jeremy be able to make life difficult for the Raptors as he has a knack of doing in his past performance? He had 35pts/4asts/rebs in the OT win in Dec 17

    Let’s go, JLin! Let’s hope and pray JLin continue to hit his stride and carry the momentum to lead to big wins.

    http://i0.wp.com/www.jlinportal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Lin_LINE_LetsGo.jpg?resize=131%2C126

  • jimmyL

    Well because the person who wrote is Chinese, she can say it

  • Hans

    oh! thanks a lot for the reminder! Will keep that in mind and improve from there!

  • Dan Ang

    Same game as you. Where did my observation go wrong?

  • It makes so much sense to counter small lineup with another one from basketball perspective especially knowing how effective JLin was to start the last time but bad politics can overrule it.

    Let’s hope JLin plays all out no matter what.

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