G23 LAL @ SAS PostGame Thread

Jeremy Lin finished with 14pts/8asts/2rebs/1blk in 30 min.

After he was benched in the 4th quarter with 2:46 left, Lakers and Kobe made multiple costly turnovers allowing Spurs to tied the game.

In OT, Byron finally inserted him back with 1:04.  He made two crucial plays to help the Lakers win:

  1. With Lakers trailing 109-110, he positioned himself correctly to anticipate where the rebound would come so he drew a foul when Duncan barreled onto him. Lakers ball.
  2. With clocks winding down, Kobe passed to Lin who tried to drive to the rim but was well covered so he made the right decision to pass to Nick Young who made the clutch 3pt. 112-110

Jeremy showed great anticipation on defense and made the correct read to not force the drive inside and passed to Nick Young who made the great shot. Great defense and great facilitation as Byron as he requested Jeremy to do.

That’s what great Point Guard will do. Make the correct decision and not turn the ball over. Perhaps this is the game to earn Byron’s and Kobe’s trust that Jeremy can be the PG that they need.

I will let others who watched the complete game to provide their analysis.