G10 POR @CHA PreGame Thread
After 2 games of hair-raising Hairsanity performance, Jeremy Lin didn’t do very well in this game to finish with 4pts/1a/1r/2stls in 17 min with 2-7 shooting. Only Nic Batum did well with 28pts amidst the horrible news of Paris terrorist attack.
JLin: “(For end game situation), guys are comfortable playing with each other …
We’re gonna stay ready … when(not if) our number is called”
Jeremy’s last statement in the post-game interview said it all. He clearly wasn’t happy that his number was not called.
But he knew that coaches didn’t call his number due to the early struggle to get the 2nd unit going despite 2 strong games vs Wolves & MIN.
He probably realized he’d need to continue to START HOT in SCORING otherwise he wouldn’t get a chance to finish games. Especially as a newcomer & 1 yr rental status, he’d have to score a lot to be given as many chances as Kemba and Lamb who have long-term contracts. The level of trust from Clifford is just not there YET.
That’s okay. JLin is strong enough so he will regroup and think of ways to get going early to earn the trust to have his number called to finish games.
The great thing is Hornets went 0-5 in shooting (Lamb, Batum, MWilliams) in the last 2 min and no FTs in the 4th quarter. Bulls had 6 FTs in Q4, which mattered a lot in a 5pt loss.
Eventually Coach will realize they need JLin’s ability to draw fouls & draw defenders to finish games strong. JLamb is just not a game changer like Lin and Harden who can draw fouls at end of games. Jumpshooters will simply stop being effective when they can’t be a scorer.
NO LIN, NO WIN!
JLin Post-Game Interview