G34 CHA @GSW Notes & Observations

  • Jeremy Lin finished with 13pts/1asts/3rebs (5-12 FGM, 1-5 3FGM, 2-2 FTM) in the Hornets 111-101 loss against the Warriors.
  • JLin didn’t play well due to injured ankle, fell down 4-5 times in his drives or trying to cut. He tried his best to contain and blanket Klay Thompson but Klay still played well to score 30pts.
  • Hornets big men were outmatched (1 blk vs GSW 9 blocks) while the transition defense continued to be a problem.
  • Hornets got within 9 with 1.5 min left but the transition defense continued to be a problem giving Curry and Greene 5 pts ( an And-1 + dunk)

MEMBERS POLL

Guess JLin's stats in Game 35 vs PHX
  • Chopz

    1234

  • IsabeliJane*17

    5678

  • blubell
  • occupatio

    doesnt even bother kemba that team is losing. hes used to it. hes been a loser for years. hes happy just taking 20+ shots per game.

  • Epie

    Good Night

  • occupatio

    bye.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Are they doing a state-tour of Jeremy’s games? Damn that’s dedication.

  • Chopz

    : )

  • blubell
  • Maknusia

    910

  • rookie75094

    Jlin should sit out until he is 100%….this “team” isn’t worth ruin your health for.

  • Dan Cohen

    imagine kw is also sitting out for a game and it’s only lin and the bench…playing against gsw.. imagine they win that one. what will people say or wonder.

  • tom

    only positive from this game lol

  • occupatio

    what they always say. that its a fluke

  • blubell

    That’s Linsane!

  • tom

    They wont
    as much as we like Lin they cant beat the warriors with that bench

  • tom

    any win against the warrirors is a fluke lol

  • Dan Cohen

    that’s why I said imagine

  • IsabeliJane*17

    His GSW team mates treated him well and is still friends with a lot of them.

  • Chopz

    If they beat the warriors, it would be “fluke walton”.

  • blubell
  • g night!

  • LinJa

    Lin needs to dial down his team ball a bit and kw needs to dial up team ball a lot. Yeah I think this will work

  • blubell
  • occupatio

    i remember psalm said it would be 4-5 games before the team realizes something. those games have passed hehe. it was just psalm being hopeful.

  • tom

    then a fluke
    just one game wont say much
    but the hornets writers will make a big deal out of it and maybe Lin will get more plays drawn for him

  • occupatio

    it never occurs to cliff to let lin run the offense. instead, cliff comes up with the bright idea to take the ball out of lin’s hands and put it in robert’s. genius, pure genius.

  • Dan Cohen

    hahaha
    I said it has to be 10 games before the season ends. lets see if I’m right
    actually to be more serious… after the all star break.

  • tom

    Everyone was playing to get their tonight… well to some extent no teamball at all(maybe hawes a little bit)
    Cody, Marvin, Hairston, bench and Lin too
    All inspired by Kemba Walker
    You need Batum there to put Kemba in his place hes gone wild
    this isnt good for team
    Kemba is a cancer, really…am i allowed to say that?

  • I guess I was wrong to think losing would bring changes quickly.

    But we didn’t expect Lin to get hurt either. Otherwise, Lin would have games like 35pts vs Raptors in starting in place of Batum. Now Hornets has to rely on Kemba *sigh*

    I want to see what Clifford will do with Lin when he’s back 100%

  • occupatio

    there arent enough games in the season for the ‘ah ha’ moment to arrive.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Next game is a most win…Glad that they are now out of the tough stretch of this western tour……They were never going to beat Warriors and Thunders with a depleted roster.

  • occupatio

    losing doesnt bother kemba. and cliff cannot bother kemba.

  • tom

    Who’s really left? Steph? cant think of anyone else

  • Hope

    My W are really deep and good. It’s like symphony. Unbelievable. Lin looked slow out there.

  • JoeTeam

    I always hated playing on teams with guys like that.

  • Chopz

    I was thinking the same thing when i was watching the rockets game, oops, i mean the hornets game with lin standing in the corner.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Kemba played well enough..he shot decently, so don’t know why you’re attacking him..

  • JoeTeam

    Lin played mostly team ball. Did you notice his rocket pass at the beginning of the game to KW under the basket?

  • blubell
  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    To be fair to Cliff, Roberts did played well..

  • tom

    He played well individually sure
    but he took dumb shots when team was making a come back
    hawes and lamb completely ignored him at the end

  • tom

    thats about it
    he was looking to score all night
    which is fine by me

  • blubell

    Ref just ignoring JLin because he knows JLin is right…
    https://twitter.com/penny10654/status/684255368214519808

  • JoeTeam

    ok,night all we just got a game of street ball and it could have been a great game. I mean, even the Nets played GSW to OT. There were like 2 moments in this game when it could have been a good game, and then it bled away in KW and JLamb ISO play. Lin was like – ok, I’m out here passing the ball … makin’ copies (that SNL guy).

  • JoeTeam

    “You hair needs to come down a bit.”
    “Whaa?”

  • blubell
  • occupatio

    yes. when roberts plays well, hes a version of kemba.

    thats cliff’s idea of playing well.

  • JoeTeam

    I saw him make the right pass many times. He looked to score when there was no choices, like no movement, clock less than 5 once, etc.

  • tom

    just kemba
    lamb did great

  • JoeTeam

    Don’t think so, He took his chances. Made some bad choices. Just didn’t feel like a team effort when Lamb and KW had the ball the most.

  • JoeTeam

    ha ha, basketball 8! That’s good luck, blubell.

  • he’s so used to the guy in the losing effort.
    Bad habits die hard. I don’t think he can change now

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    I know. It’s getting very frustrating to watch. For how many games now, we don’t even see any time for JLin to play solely pg. In the beginning of the season, at least we saw 20-30% and now 0%.

  • JoeTeam

    come to think if it, I’m going to get some ramen comfort food now, nasty game given it should have been a joyous hard game but was just … so ugly.

  • tom

    9-13 really cant complain

  • InfiniteWisdom

    lamb was kinda lucky. those off the glass floaters were all contested. and he fell on like every one of them. he wont get those to fall every game. i like that he attacked though.

  • JoeTeam

    Cliff:

    Ok, we’re going to play the best team in the league.

    Kemba, you iso.

    Lamb – you do what you want.

    Lin, you stand in the corner and nurse your ankle, just draw some D before you pass it back to Kemba or Lamb.

    Everybody else – run clearing patterns and block.

  • sws94

    Lamb is a shooting guard and played better than usual. He needed to shoot. Kemba is a so-called facilitator that didn’t facilitate. I’m fine with Lamb.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Hornets/Cliff/Kemba are used to not in playoffs. So, it becomes more and more obvious to me that JLin shouldn’t stay in Hornets next year even when he likes “Hornets” very much. He is going no where from these people. Only good thing is he is getting consistent minutes to be on the court. That’s the only good thing I can say his time in Hornets for the past few games.

  • JoeTeam

    That’s box score. If you remember all his usage at PG that went for nothing, you will understand my point of view. I don’t respect the box score much, except that I know it means a lot to JLin’s contract so we have to watch it.

  • sws94

    His game is to shoot. If he tries to facilitate, it doesn’t work. Plus, with Lin not himself, somebody needed to score besides Kemba. Can’t get down on Lamb this game. Other games, yes. Not this one.

  • sws94

    Lin hardly stood in the corner this game. He tried to be involved in the offense. It’s just it was hard for him.

  • Spot

    Kevin, is that you?

  • JoeTeam

    Lin wasn’t really tested – he got very little touches in the 2nd half IIRC. I am down on Lamb only in that his scoring was mostly the iso kind. It wasn’t like he got a great past and finished strong, etc.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    3 or 4 of them are also going to Phoenix Suns game:-)

  • sws94

    First half, yes. I’m not so sure about the second half. He played much better than usual for sure. The bench played well the first half. I’m not sure they really played as a unit in the 2nd half.

  • blubell
  • InfiniteWisdom

    cody is a grade A bust. looks like a guy that has gone his entire career using his only asset: his size. he gets by on size and athleticism alone. he has no heart. no fight in him. cant make a dunk right under the basket. remember that dunk he got blocked by t jones? he’s soft. you cant teach heart…

  • JoeTeam

    That’s not what I remember. I remember Lamb dribbling it down and keeping it for himself. So, I guess we’re talking about very different things. If Lamb were moving off the ball and catch and shooting, I’d then agree with you.

  • JoeTeam

    LMAO

  • Spot

    Kemba’s always been like that whole of his carreer.

    I thought he could change in summer but now whole Hornets are pushing him for ASG.

    Déjà vu for Jeremy.

  • sws94

    He was aggressively going to the basket and scoring. The team needed him to score. He’s an SG. When he was in with Roberts he fought like crazy to free himself to get the ball as well. So his off-ball play was quite good. He hurt his wrist and continued to play and also played better D than usual. I don’t think this was one of his poor games. In fact, he may have been the best Hornet tonight.

  • blubell
  • JoeTeam

    ok, he stood at the elbow too. Did we watch the same game? Do you remember KW having trouble setting up so Lin drifted out to get the pass and KW waived him off, basically telling him to get in the corner? Then KW Iso’d and passed off to I think nothing.

    BTW, I’mnot down on with with being in the corner. He’s doing right by the offensive scheme. It’s just they do not pass to him but you see people passing to the corner man on GSW all night long. That’s what I mean, so no knock on Lin at all.

  • occupatio

    cliff, offensive genius.

  • Maknusia

    It seems like it…doesn’t it

  • sws94

    That team is struggling, the Suns. But. Lin didn’t look good this game. Hopefully he’ll look better next game. If so, Lin may have a very good game. But, you just never know. I believe good games are in store. But he has to get past the ankle injury.

  • JoeTeam

    I agree with you here. All of my posts think Lin did well, it’s just not coming across right I guess.

  • sws94

    A few times yes. But when Roberts was in he was bringing up the ball mostly and Lamb was moving well off ball.

  • blubell
  • sws94

    Not that much. He wasn’t camped there. Of course he sits there to space the floor not playing PG but he moved much more in this game off of the corner than other games. There are times Kemba just created for himself and Lin didn’t bother but a lot of times he was moving to get the ball.

  • occupatio

    well, kemba only needs one screen to chuck a shot up. extra screens is simply unnecessary. =P

  • JoeTeam

    you said it. If it was me playing with KW, I would just not bother and get set up on D. It’s a waste of energy to try to play team ball when KW is in that mode.

  • JoeTeam

    I guess I went blind with rage lol jk.

  • JoeTeam

    On JLamb, I didt see it like that, so we disagree. It could have been his best game, but it was an indiv effort so I’m not liking his play. We don’t have to agree.

  • occupatio

    in other words, kemba ball hurts the entire team’s defense. cliff will never understand this though. he will just complain that the players dont put in enough intensity on defense. hmmm, I wonder why.

  • JoeTeam

    It is starting to sound like McHale and it’s starting to dawn on me that Cliff is not a bball genius. I wonder if JLin has changed his mind about Cliff.

  • JoeTeam

    This is true =pfft.

  • occupatio

    we’ve already seen cliff rage in post-game interviews. its futile. doesnt change a thing. because the issue goes much deeper than some rage fit can solve. its about player motivation.

    cliff will never understand it cuz he looks at kemba and sees only the positives, and not how he drags the entire team down.

  • Maknusia

    OK Some Picture Time

  • Maknusia

    Hairsanity!

  • Maknusia

    Need to get Curry in here 😉

  • Maknusia

    Thats It Folks…

  • Maknusia

    Some Stats!…Like many had observed KW had crazy touches on the ball with lesser teamball…if my memory serves me right…this is a game with least touches for Jeremy

  • Maknusia

    Now compare that with Warriors

  • tom

    Lin went for his shots tonight just wasnt falling

  • sws94

    Some of them fell. As the game went along he got colder. That’s like last game. I actually think his shot is ok.

  • Maknusia

    BRob…for the number of touches he had…he had passed well…the numbers says so as well

  • occupatio

    even though the final point spread was only 10 pts, GSW had MORE THAN TWICE the number of total assists than charlotte.

    that, by itself, says it all.

  • sws94

    I don’t think Kemba’s game is going to change after ASB. Will Cliff do something different? Frank is beginning to play stupid ball. Coaches need to watch that.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    the problem right now is there is no big and wing depth. NONE!

    -Al is hurt. he can at least post up and rebound. his defense sucks but we have enough offensive talent to simply outscore opponents. also cliff is a good defensive coach so team d as a whole should be manageable.
    -hawes is terrible as a whole. great passer but cant defend, can hardly shoot unless he’s WIDE open. he’s good in spurts. play him too much and he gets the itch to shoot too much or drive to the rim only to get stripped or miss a crappy flippy floater. he cant post up either. he sucks.
    -psycho t is psycho. fouls like crazy on d and on offense rushes eveything. his career is over. sorry khuang, he’s done.
    -Marv is regressing to his mean. he started out super hot and now is just solid all around. a good vet but nothing to write home about.
    -Frank? he’s the future. the only bright spot in the front court. sure he needs to learn more and get a nba body, but i cant complain. he’s played great and he needs to start. he plays smart. not everything goes in but it’s never a bad shot… never super forced or contested. he simply misses due to contact? he’s gonna be real solid real soon. he’s already halfway there…
    -pj? ugh…. he fouls. that’s his idea of defense. on offense he chucks. cant fault him, that’s his role. but he doesnt shoot well enough to take minutes away from lin or lamb. it always feels like he’s just a minutes filler… yeah it shouldve been mkg’s minutes but he’s hurt and cliff’s inability to change the rotation without mkg is killing the team.
    -batum i got no complaints except he needs to be healthy. oh and STOP trying to draw 4 pt plays by chucking at the slightest hint of contact. so infuriating….
    -lamb needs more minutes to get in rhythm. he needs more plays called for him. iso lamb is just ugly… defensively he gets lost. cliff needs to address this during practice and film. giving up on a play is unforgivable…

    injuries wrecked this team. kemba, lin, lamb, batum, mkg, big al, frank…add a dash of cody, hawes, marv… man that’s a top 4 team in the east if healthy and clicking…. sigh… what couldve been…

  • Briiick

    No offense to Cliff.

  • sws94

    I don’t like Frank passing up open jump shots and I don’t think he’s passing enough lately. I do like Frank and think it would make sense to start him. Good overall analysis! Thanks.

  • tom

    he missed all wide open 3’s thats not good
    He forced a little bit tn like last night

  • occupatio

    i dont think the number of total Touches adequately describes how hoggy kemba is. because there is no distinction made between touching the ball for 1 second then immediately passing the ball, versus dribbling it for 8 seconds and then shooting.

  • tom

    Warriors announcers had good things to say about Lin
    He’s really improved since rookie year
    Back then he was an undrafted 3rd string PG who would be sent to the D-league often and was happy to be in the NBA
    Now he’s a solid NBA player averaging in doublt digits in 5 consecutive years
    That’s amazing for someone who didnt go to a D1 school(not even carnegie mellon or VCU) or get drafted
    Really feel happy for Lin and his improvement

  • InfiniteWisdom

    his release is too slow. the pump fake and drive was pure crap in the beginning, but better now. i think he’s starting to get used to the nba level. still too much of a finesse player down low though. he needs a go to move and he needs to pull it off through contact. his hook seems ok, but he needs to be able to finish it through contact. that takes an nba body and he’s not there yet. his 3’s are great. cant complain. he looks to have almost 26 ft “curry” range and perhaps he should shoot a touch further behind the line if he cant shoot before the close out…

  • David Ly

    A few notes and observations from the game:

    WARMUP

    – Talking and joking to one of the refs before the game. The ref even gave him a pat on the shoulder. He was the only one I saw on the Hornets socializing in that manner.

    – Lots of resistance band exercises.

    – Practice shots and pre-game refining were mainly assisted by Stephen Silas, his assistant coach BFF.

    – Worked on left handed floater. Missed a bunch of them.

    – Only saw him acknowledge one fan from the sideline near the court side seats. Less socializing than I thought he would be since it was a hometown game.

    – During layup drill he did a one handed dunked without much effort.

    – Shot lots of threes during practice.

    – He received a good sounding ovation when they introduced him during the starting lineup announcements.

    IN-GAME

    – Watching up close, I can see he gives tremendous effort on defense. He seems even stronger in person than on live TV fighting through screens defending Klay or Steph.

    – I think he is still a step slower than his usual self but I didn’t see him cringe or tweak his ankle at all.

    – During a timeout, the Jumbotron showed a lady with a Mohawk and compared it to Jeremy Lin’s hair which got the crowd laughing. This hair is doing wonders for his PR.

    – Not anything new but I saw even more contact on Lin without foul calls especially being closer to the action compared to TV.

    – He sweats a lot more than the other players on the court and his jersey is drenched. I think he does burn most of his energy on defense.

    – There were moments that he was not focused on the action standing in the corner for a few seconds at the start of the play. The ball was even more “sticky” watching live, especially with Kemba ball.

    – He was very confident with his mid-range game.

    – He came out to practice his free throws during halftime a lot earlier than the other starters.

    – He seems to know every single play and doesn’t look lost at all.

    – He wanted to get back in the game during the 4th earlier than he was allowed to. I saw him expecting to enter the game along with Cody but Coach Cliff did not get him in until a few minutes later during a TV timeout.

    POSTGAME

    – He and Steph still seem pretty close as he was the first one to give a hug.

    – He still knows a lot of the people working on the court with the Warriors.

    – Still saw a few J. Lin jerseys here and there. Even an older man in his 50’s sporting a Harvard Lin jersey.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    kemba’s problem is his ability to dribble and get a shot off at any time. great for him and his sir chucks-a-lot stat padding, but bad for the team. short term gain (him scoring and keeping the score close) leads to long term failure (everybody else is ice cold)…

  • JoeTeam

    Great seats, great report! Thanks!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Thanks for the report. Really appreciate it!

  • james brown

    thanks and very good assessment!

  • JoeTeam

    2 shake-bakes air ball 3s tonight to illustrate your point.

  • Thanks for the comprehensive report, David!

    A couple questions:
    1. Does Clifford give directions to Kemba when he played too many ISOs?
    I notice in the 4th quarter, Kemba decided to pass more rather than take it himself
    2. When Lin rested on the bench after he slipped a lot in the 1st quarter, did he check on his ankle, tape, etc.?
    I wonder how much adjustment he made throughout the game on the bench

    We appreciate the report! It must be quite late already when you got back

  • Alain Gervais

    I have to admit I’m not worried about the recent losses. we’ve had a lot of injury issue, Lin is clearly not 100 percent as well. We are also facing tougher competition in a row. Gsw was always going to be a loss. Thank goodness they to a step off the gasspedal. Datum is needed. He stops the game from becoming Kemba ball. After say that Lin and Kemba played great without datum before so whats the issue? Its clear Lin is not as fast as before because of injury and he has faced 2 top teams since coming back. 15 and 13 point for a clearly limited player due to injury is pretty good. The competition will lower as well a, Lin will recover. He is playing slower then he did all season. Walking the ball up every time which is clearly not Lin. So ill be patient and just remember its just the flow of a 82 game season.

  • Thanks!

    From GSW announcers, it’s clear that JLin is a survivor.
    His talent, work ethic and a sprinkle of Divine Lintervention helped him to become a solid NBA player after 5 years despite the lack of college pedigree and D1 coaching.

    And yet he hasn’t played with his strength of having the ball much in his hands in these 5 years!

    And we Lin fans are much like JLin. We still persevere and believe despite Lin not being Linsanity yet =)
    That takes a lot of guts & perseverance. Perhaps that’s why we share the connection with JLin.

  • I agree with #1 weakness of the lack of reliable big men. There isn’t much reliable PnR w/o reliable big men.

    Despite being slow & bad defense, Al Jefferson can be a consistent threat on offense to give proper spacing for perimeter players to shoot. Hornets made a big mistake letting go of Biyombo who is a reliable shot-blocker

    Injuries aside, Hornets really need to pick up some big men who can finish and defend. Otherwise, it’s really hard for the Hornets to even make it to the playoff in the competitive Eastern conference this year.

  • Papa Lin is a celebrity among JLin Garden fans =)

    https://twitter.com/linspiredinca/status/684280258330136577

  • David Ly

    Very happy to give the report! I love this forum and read comments before, during, and after the game. Really appreciate everyone’s point of view and appreciate being part of the J. Lin community.

    Yes I did see Cliff speak to Kemba a lot more after the ISOs in the third quarter.

    I didn’t really see him too concerned with his ankles on the bench. Maybe I missed something but he seemed pretty locked in to the game. He would get up during made shots from Roberts and Lamb. Didn’t seem to indicate any tenderness with his ankles.

    I actually got back by 10pm local time since I live like 5 min from Oakland Arena.

  • Nice! Good to be close to the arena

    Lin mentioned a lot of taping and some medication so that could’ve helped with the pain.
    But the tender ankle would still not allow him to be explosive on cuts & drives *sigh*

    Hm, hopefully Kemba will buy into the team concept more. Sounds like Clifford tries but he’s not the type to force and insist on Kemba to stick to team-ball. I don’t think Kemba will change much if he feels like he’s feeling hot in shooting.

    We can only hope that Lin will be 100% very soon to help Hornets play team-ball.
    Kemba got TOs when he tried to overpass so he has his limitations, too

  • CJSHYY

    Our D was bad… no one even close to stop him at all… smh! Look at Kemba…

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    JLin and family knows this group of fans very well:-)

  • I’m sure they do =)

  • Briiick

    Kemba looked very Harden-alike.

  • JoeTeam

    Matador!

  • too bad there isn’t a reliable shot-blocker for the Hornets.
    The middle lane was so open that GSW scored the last 5 pts so easily to stave off the run *sigh*

  • bolero
  • Listen to Jeremy Lin – postgame locker room (1/4/16) by Warriors #np on #SoundCloud
    https://soundcloud.com/warriors/jeremy-lin-postgame-locker-room-1416

    https://twitter.com/WarriorsGameDay/status/684273337363632128

  • Hm, Robert Sha seems to think these new shoes could be the culprit for the slip-off
    Let’s hope JLin switches back to old shoes on Wed

    https://twitter.com/Gadgetomi/status/684283146196525056

  • TTNN

    okay, here is the number you are looking for. For this game, Kemba hold the ball 9.0 min. I checked it earlier today, for this season, Kemba average hold on to the ball 7.6 min/game. He did play longer today, but still, higher than average of the possession time.

  • JoeTeam

    TTNN, where did you get this data NBA.com? Good number. Also, did you go to the game tonight? Any observations?

  • Tuan Dinh Vu

    I saw these ladies a lot on the League Pass broadcast. They cheered every time Jeremy did something good.

  • TTNN

    yes, NBA.com. And yes, I was at the game. Got to met those ladies from Lin Garden. They had much better seats than mine.

  • zxcvb

    Honestly, that’s just horrible defense. A decent college player would have scored.

    Kemba moved out of Curry’s way to avoid foul trouble (more energy/mpg for his own buckets)
    Zeller is just horribly slow and uncoordinated. Looks like old Boozer out here.

  • zxcvb

    He aggressively jumps out of Curry’s way to make Zeller pick him up (Kemba is all about his stats, doesn’t want foul trouble like Lin gets defending for both of them). But Zeller is so slow and unprepared, he doesn’t even get in the way, just swipes at him.

  • Maknusia

    wow…good lengthy report…thanks David…hope you enjoyed the game and the environment

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    They are one of the most faithful JLin fans that are from Jeremy Only Lin Garden. Every year they flew to different cities to watch JLin games not mentioned when he was in China or Taiwan.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Game report??

  • JoeTeam

    and zeller didn’t even set his feet to get into the play, overrunning it.

  • Maknusia

    Game report with Stats!!!…am I pushing it?! 😉 lol

  • JoeTeam

    Thanks, glad you were there. So much fun in the East Bay!

  • spiderman

    Bogut likes to grab shoulders

  • spiderman

    Looks like kembas trying to stop him with a hula

  • Brent Yen

    Great report! thanks a lot!

  • Brent Yen

    Seems like besides the Kemba ball. The biggest issue is no connection between Bigs and guards…I wonder why? 😛

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOLOLOL Just said between Kemba and everyone else will more than sufficient to explain the game:-)

  • JT

    just gonna wipe that game out of my memory, last 2 games have not been good for jeremy. I hope he will do better, but at this point I am content if he is an average player in the NBA. 新年快樂

  • LinMad

    When Lin made that 3 and we were only 1 point away from tying it up…then Kemba happened.

  • Guest

    Highlight by Jun Liu

  • adele

    Kemba has a lot of limitations. One is height, two court vision is low, defense? Yes he can score after so many attempts. Lin can score if he makes those many attempts also. And passing is his limitation? That means he is not smart enough to foresee who is open specially if he is double teamed.

  • adele

    That will always happen because it’s Kemba’s team

  • 1mtoldman

    or put more simply w/o the stats but just on the first quarter only “eye test” as i posted: “pretty much all kemba so far”. evidently that didn’t change.

    what i wonder is: with batum out the hairsanity game it was obvious that game it wasn’t “all kemba” how why who provided the impetus to give lin some “burn” with the ball?

    still: lin is on a string of double digit scoring games and “getting his” as well within the limitis of what is allowed him.

    its better overall circumstances/results than he’s had since the first year in houston; but obviously not what could be.

  • 1mtoldman

    hardenesque kemba move there defintely.

  • leeda harun

    thanks for the update guys.

  • Lam

    I don’t get this All star thing. Its after all a glorified popularity contest, yet teams would help their stars pad their stats even at the cost of losing matches? This is really alien to me.

  • Maknusia

    I dont think so either….some fans thinking that its due to ASG….I doubt it…thats how KW had been playing for Hornets….this year he had been shooting better because he has better spacers in the team, and Lin obviously helps on that department as well.

  • Maknusia

    KW is not gonna chance…if anything, it should come the the FO and coaches

  • xeroid

    People think we Lin fans are crazy and mostly Chinese, and Kemba or Harden are obviously much better. Looking at the last game against Warriors illustrates why we think Jeremy is the gold standard and the others are fool’s gold. Lin didn’t seem to be fully recovered and sometimes slipped on his drive. He did his part in defense, covering Thompson and others well. Hornets need Lin’s help defense to be effective even if that opened up 3 point shots by Thompson when he helped, when he contested those drove by Zeller. He missed a few open 3s when he seem to have too much time to think. Yet when he made the 3 that cut the Warrior’s lead down to 1 in 3rd quarter and defense hold, Hornets were poised to take the lead, and in the next 4 possessions, Kemba attempted hero ball and Hornets never recovered. At the beginning of the game Kemba was shooting like 70%, he ended up shooting 42%, not that different from Lin’s 41%. During those possessions Kemba was practically the only one touched the ball, maybe occasional hand over and return to him by the pick, and chuck up shots with no rebound possible as everyone were in perimeter watching Kemba doing his thing. The deficit quickly swelled to double digits. Lin during Linsanity did also hero ball, yet he managed to draw defense to him and found open men for 3 or center under the basket for lay ups. For Hornets to make playoff and go deep they need both Kemba and Lin sharing the ball and generate assists for easy baskets. Kemba need to learn to relinquish the ball for motion offense to work., Lin standing in the corner is a recipe for disaster and no different than Rockets.

  • Brent Yen

    Bogut is just dirty…..

  • Brent Yen

    This is not true, but I get what he is trying to say

  • Brent Yen

    I am pretty sure, if Lin does the same, he would be called a travel….

  • Phillycheese

    I.m a fan. I want him to play. You sit, someone is liable to take your job. Lin is tough.

  • Teal

    We have seen Lin doing that (minus the travel) many times. So yeah, Chef Lin is sooo good too…;P

  • Guest

    I wonder when Jeremy makes his next FA choice, whether he should consider the coaching staff, FO or the “star” that he will play with.

    It appears that the Hornets have the combination of myopic FO–allowing the “stars” to stats pad at the expense of team losing; inept Coaching staff — supposedly defensively acclaimed but defensive schemes and players defensive plays are horrendous; and selfish players ball hog to ice out teammates and kill the momentum/flow.

    So Jeremy & his camp should take serious look at all 3 and have his FA mapped out meticulously. No more just verbal promises and constant underutilisation by the team.

  • TTNN
  • tom

    Houston wasnt a complete disaster Lin helped them get 50 wins thats not bad at all
    and others are fools gold? come on
    Kemba was hogging the ball so much hawes and lamb decided to ignore him at the end

  • CJSHYY

    I think that probably from coach’s order (hawes and lamb ignore him at the end) otherwise they would not dare to do so.

  • Dorothy

    What concerns me is Lin and his agents seem not have the “inside” information. Remember when Lin was traded to LA his parents and Lin were sooo happy? If Lin and his agents knew about Kobe, they would not have been so thrilled for Lin going to LA.

  • CJSHYY
  • Brent Yen

    Lin had no choice about the team he would go to at that time, but he choose to be happy and positive about it.

  • tom

    they looked pretty mad and kemba was waving his arms asking for the ball

  • tom

    Pretty sure they take all of them into consideration
    they are not stupid
    and most of the teams have stars they wanna promote

  • Dorothy

    He definitely had no choice at that time, but one could tell they were wholeheartedly glad Lin would play for LAX, not just oh well we need to be positive about the situation.

  • CJSHYY
  • Brent Yen

    That’s why they are strong

  • CJSHYY

    Haha! Kemba finally got Lin’s treatment… LOL!

  • cdblue10

    The way this team was constructed and designed their offense was just a abomination ,players have no conscience in chucking up the ball even if they have already committed mistakes in previous plays.Their defense is atrocious because it’s always breaks down from the point of attack.Their bigs doesn’t know how to play PnR and how to deliver a higher percentage shot,they can’t even post up even against smaller players and again defense is slow as molasses.If they want to reach the playoff they have to trade people and changed their style of basketball.

  • CJSHYY

    I wish Lin can choice “star” he will play w… but so far he couldn’t yet…

  • CJSHYY

    I think Hornets bigs are not good. All their care the most it’s score for themselves. Not good in PnR, set screen, or get Reb….

  • Brent Yen

    I think ppl has this issue backwarded..It is Lin who is not to be signed/traded as the man of the team…So there will always be a “Star” ahead of him in almost any team.

  • CJSHYY

    Exactly.

  • Maknusia

    Good job on the tweet…thx

  • cdblue10

    Their fundamentals are very weak and they try to win it by themselves,this part should be the coach mistake and also the mentality of their so called superstar is a part of it.If teammates won’t be included in the offense,the tendency is for them to take it on by themselves.

  • Acbc

    Great stat, I wonder if that’s been the current trend.

  • wu kong

    I think some of the joy was being on the west coast. hadn’t his brother just moved to LA so being close to family was a huge bonus.

  • wandertheglobe

    Are they from Taiwan?

  • Acbc

    I think it’s PTSD from Houston for sure. But I’m sure it happens. I follow the raptors and they seem to be promoting DeRozen lately.

  • adele

    Not in the Nets.

  • adele

    And Jaret Jack is old and injured

  • adele

    Philly also no star yet

  • Acbc

    Can you give us your take on the guys icing out Kemba at the end? I’m curious if there’s a riff brewing or did it appeared Clifford talked to kW to get him to play team ball

  • adele

    Lin should really consider being with MDA because somehow MDA will manage to coach Lin properly and will manage to use his strengths properly. And the trust is there too plus they believe in each other and bring out the best with their potentials

  • wu kong

    it is the norm for the team. Above is for last nights game… below is the season ….kemba’s touches are way out of control. If he were an elite with efficiency it could be tolerated but he is not …

  • Maknusia

    true…I’m not denying that a team promotes their “star” to be in ASG…but I was more referring to how CHO runs their offense and how the the system is accustomed to KW….sadly KW is also accustomed to making more shots…all of us had read KW scout report when Lin joined CHO…they had clearly stated KW’s weakness and problems

  • wu kong

    just a bit more context…. Time of Possession for all players: Kemba is ranked 5th in league?!?! James Harden is 14th! http://stats.nba.com/tracking/#!/player/possessions/?Season=2015-16&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&sort=TIME_OF_POSS&dir=1

  • occupatio

    great find. thanks. that says a lot.

  • wu kong

    one more… if you go by totals and not per game Kemba is 3rd in league… this is ridiculous.

  • Some NBA analysts see Kemba as the 6th Man (a great scorer w/o involving team much)

    The problem is the Hornets have invested a lot of money in Kemba ($48M/4yr) so they’re stuck with him

    Realistically, Lin’s highest potential this year is to be dual PG with Kemba (just like his 35pt explosion vs Raptors when healthy)

    Let’s hope JLin get back to 100% very soon

  • cdblue10

    Wherever MDA would be next season we will expect that Lin will go to that team.He’s free to choose his team next year and it’s just a simple academic for him to join with MDA again.

  • Maknusia

    I dont think TOP (Time of Poss) means ball hog. To my understanding…

    TOP = shows whom the offense is run with
    In this case obviously Kemba is the first option and this proves that CHO is running majority of the offense via Kemba. Lin is just a 5th option

    ASPT = would be a better indicator to show how long a player holds the ball for each of his touches

    ADPT = is a supplement for ASPT, where it shows the number of dribble per touch.

    Looking at these numbers, clearly shows, CHO is overrunning their offense thru Kemba and obviously he over dribbles as well.

    If we were to compare to Rox, obviously JH number would be lower bcoz of DHoward’s factor

    The sad thing is, CHO posses more offensive threat players, but they are not being optimally used.
    Hence you are right, Kemba touches are out of control!

  • Acbc

    Game knows game. They came up together, one fledgling was thrown out, the other was fed nicely. Stef is too good a guy not know how and why this all happened and that in an alternate reality, it could have been him instead of Lin.

  • JJ Hui

    Just curious why is Carnergie Mellon or VCU that you mention?
    Thanks!

  • JJ Hui

    The white shirt is my friend. 🙂 She said she is a crazy Lin fan! LOL!

  • Acbc

    Your imagination is supported by the fact Lin and Lakers beat GSW last year.

  • Acbc

    Lin had a lot great passes in his mind as he watched KW hog the ball. It’s only when he actually HAD the ball that he made those passes. Lol

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lin actually has been doing great in teams where he plays out of position. Just look at 2 talented players Ty Lawson and Lance Stephenson when they’re put in the same situation.

  • Acbc

    Acbc is that you, haha

  • CJSHYY
  • tom

    D1 schools but they are bad

  • tom

    Its not that simpleIt’s a players league if there are superstars on the team, MDA will have to put them first

  • Hornets lack of interior D was fully on display in the easy Draymond Greene dunk when they cut the lead to 8pts
    (along with Curry easy And-1 play)

    Whose fault is it? Zeller’s bad positioning? MW & Lamb inability to clog the lane?
    I’m just glad Lin didn’t leave Klay alone to try to take charge.
    IMO Hornets big men need to step up.

    https://twitter.com/HiveTalkLive/status/684248748910886912

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Just like Harden… let PB do the D job for him. smh!

  • CJSHYY

    True. Kemba didn’t want to get into foul trouble.

  • JoeTeam

    “Street ball, you are defining,” said Yoda to Luke.

  • JoeTeam

    To me the problem lies in the guy who go 108 touches.

  • JoeTeam

    that doesn’t seem like a big deal.

  • CJSHYY

    Haha! Of course he’s the biggest problem for this team bc the ball was in his hand for long min on court.

  • JoeTeam

    this +1!

  • JoeTeam

    2X he helped them get to playoffs in key games.

  • CJSHYY

    Hornets bigs are not good but Cliff also needs to take some blame bc he knew the problem for so long why he didn’t fix it? Just keep saying not get enough Reb… Poor interior D for so many post game interview…. But do nothing?! smh!

  • JoeTeam

    like the discussion last year about Kobe, Brent concluded every FGA missed = TOV.

  • JoeTeam

    wow, there’s your proof this is Harden-lite, only because he’s worse at keeping the game close. It’s actually a mix between Harden, Kobe, and Monte.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Their best player also a small player to screen for his big? They play for each other. When will the Hornets do that, play for each other?

  • Briiick

    No offense to Cliff.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    I don’t have the clip but in the second half, Just when Kemba brought the ball up court, Ms. Ready said it’s time for the Hornets to set a good play then Kemba shot a long air ball which silenced Ms. Ready causing her changing the topic so quick. SMH.

  • JoeTeam

    and also Coach.

  • heart

    I was listening to GSW commentators. They pointed out several things that we all knew but probably was not discussed by Hornets commentators. 1) KW was a volume shooter in last night game; 2) Cliff’s ill-advised timeout cut off Hornets’ 2nd bench momentum when they were in the groove; 3) GSW Bigs screen for Curry which implied Hornets bigs were not doing their job for Hornets guards.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Zeller would be a good PF not center. His weakness of rebounding 1) short arms 2) need a lot of knees bending before he can jump high.

    Hawes? He can’t jump.

  • golfhacker

    I didn’t follow the Hornets last year. Did they trade Biyombo or did they just let him walk?

  • JoeTeam

    And JLin fighting through multiple screens (it’s on vid) = overload for one man assigning himself to play team ball both ways. Coach doesn’t have his back, or cannot have it for some reason. As psalm said, bigs were ineffectual.

    I see panic mode on CHA = ISO mode, because they see it in KW. It’s not calm like when JLin is PG. So, when say Cody or Kam make a soft entry and get a brick or block against, they think … what do I do? They don’t think get tough in the paint, focus on the coaching … they think … freelance! Defensive freelancing is overcommitting before the play develops because you think you can bust a move and flush someone out. You don’t think in terms of who can weave in behind you if you do overcommit, etc.

    Psalm’s posted Vine on that last layup by Curry shows Cody just went for it, diving left. KW looked like a matador, jumping right for the fake and actually looking like he was hiding from the chase by getting behind and caught up behind Bogut. You do that if you are not trying, you hide behind a screen and you rest. Cody jumped the other way. To Curry, it was a slow moving zig-zag. With the game close, you just can’t do that if you want to win.

  • JoeTeam

    I don’t have NBA manager skillz, yet to me it looks like Hawes is best when it comes to pick and pops as a JHill-lite. He has an ok shot if he has time. He can’t do that on this team, plus the hot and cold thing, so his contribution is limited except does he play good D? I don’t watch for that so what do you think?

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    pick and pops is very low percentage shots and I hate that to be done by big man. Only weak big man would score outside the paint unless you’re Tim Duncan. Not sure about his “good” D though.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    They didn’t really watch them every night to see what we’ve been seeing in every game. Hornets put too many eggs in Kemba’s basket now. Hard to remove some or they never wanted to?

  • JoeTeam

    hmm, then that’s why we cringe every time Hawes plays, it is iffy.

  • TTNN

    this is a killer P&R that is really hard to defend. Since Kemba had no way to stop a rolling Draymond. And if Zeller iced it, and Kemba helped, it is an easy pass to Curry for a wide open shot.

    I think that’s why GSW was undefendable, and Draymond always play together with Curry. that combination is deadly.

  • Briiick

    Besides MJ, who are KW fans LOL.

  • TTNN

    Since everyone is a threat thus no one could come out to help, so bottom line, it is Zeller’s problem that he should position himself that he should not be picked by Curry. Just like Kemba is in no way to stop a driving Draymond, Curry is also should not be in position to stop Zeller if he start moving a little bit earlier, and position himself over Curry

  • sws94

    Star players don’t always buy into his system. If they are ball dominant types, they often don’t. Anthony, JR Smith on the Knicks, Howard and Kobe on the Lakers. He couldn’t really get those players onboard and so he left coaching teams they were on.

  • Rick Johnson

    Nathan Gottlieb‏@zukovka

    My buddy @DunlapSports, content director for Fansided (whom I wrote two Lin stories for) has gotten Lin to agree to a 1-on-1 interview …

    https://twitter.com/zukovka/status/684494171382624256

  • CJSHYY

    Wow! That’s good news. Can’t wait for the article from interview.

  • Rick Johnson

    That looks like Doc Scheppler JLin is talking too. Hope he gets his shot back on track:

    Warriors selfie‏@warriorsselfie

    Jeremy Lin. #NBAVOTE by flora_822

    https://twitter.com/warriorsselfie/status/684452351877451777

  • CJSHYY
  • CJSHYY
  • sws94

    Questionable can go either way. Even if he plays he’ll probably not look right. Lin looks like he’s playing. Lamb shouldn’t play. Funny thing is in his post-game interview he just said he was sore but OK. Obviously players don’t know how injured they really are a lot of the times.

  • JoeTeam

    Letting go:

    Hey all, I’m going to let go of the KW, Lamb, Cliff, FO discussion. Mainly because it seems it’s agreed to by most here and in the other site and probably by all people who watch bball objectively.

    JLin cannot change the course these people have set, so I’m just going to enjoy the moment with him. Yep, he has potential not being used that is huge. Yep, he’ll have ups and downs and I’m not going to argue with people to see his down days are not as down as down. I mean, many people have real experiences with box scores, etc. so I accept that too. To all Lin fans! we are good.

    Happy days ahead!

    PS, there is still value to having discussions with friends who see most of it, but just need a fact or 2 to spill over to interpreting JLin’s play more positively. For example, a friend told me JLin wasn’t aggressive for some reason, and when we talked about the ankle, the slips, he immediately focused on how well he played on D and the positives. I heard some positives that I didn’t know, so it is worth it to talk.

  • Lamb is doubtful. If Lamb can’t play, Lin would be needed to score more.
    Perhaps stagger Kemba and Lin floor time so either one would be on the floor at most time?

    https://twitter.com/rick_bonnell/status/684499150667292673

  • james brown

    nice appreciations of facts joe and that’s also how i attact things that are happening with JLIN including the people around him..It will be tedious to all person if we continue to harp on thing we and JLIN has no control of yet, so better enjoy what is being offered and move on afterwards.

    Great post!

  • LinJa

    Wait for batum status

  • Hive Talk Live is on with Adi Joseph NOW

    Adi Joseph, NBA editor for Sporting News, joins us with his takes on the Big Al injury and why the Hornets are suddenly regressing.

    https://twitter.com/HiveTalkLive/status/684509198508527616

  • james brown

    so many players now facing little injury except KW? LOL!!!

  • They’re talking about recent offensive inefficiency:
    – Kemba & others try to score more in Al’s absence

  • TTNN

    no, its not him. This guy is way younger, and I thought he was somebody in warrior’s FO. Lin is pretty close to him, and I saw him every year in Lin’s game, and Lin make sure talk to him after practice. I remember when Lin was with Rockets, before the game this guy was sitting at the base line, and Lin tried to use a ball to hit him.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    I saw report saying that Kemba had sore knee or something like that.

  • james brown

    hope they ask him if he like being a Sg rather than a PG if he will choose. 😛

  • james brown

    KW maybe is too old a brain to change his approach on how he played the game…

    anyway he got his points..that’s all that matter to him right now as he speaks thru his plays!

  • james brown

    maybe on her thinking..how many time will she has to see KW play alone in the court?

  • james brown

    LOL!

  • james brown

    coach needs to implement that during offense, KW must be a SG , not a PG!

  • james brown

    sore knees and yet hog the ball and dominate offense with matching 40minutes PT? whre’s the coach?

  • tom

    Lin needs to make shots too
    he can easily score 30 on the suns

  • james brown

    hampered by his mini injury i guess?..he can get 30+ but when he can get his feet back.

  • james brown

    coach Cliff need to limit KW dominance on the court and play him only for 30 minutes or less to make Hornets a little bit competitive!

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • LinJa

    Lin will not stay in hornets next season. He is too good.

  • LinJa

    They’re gone

  • 🙂 I check Rondo FT%
    It actually has improved from 45.2% in DAL to 50% in SAC
    His career FT% is 60.4%

    http://espn.go.com/nba/player/stats/_/id/3026/rajon-rondo

  • tom

    unacceptable as an NBA player

  • Rick Johnson

    Yep, no way stay to be 2nd unit to ball hog Kemba

  • zxcvb

    With Batum out, Clifford is letting Kemba handle the ball 100% of the time instead of splitting things 50/50 with Lin. That’s the problem with the offense (and why Lin isn’t scoring/shooting more).

    The problem with the defense is that Kemba, Lamb and Zeller are lazy, inept and slow (respectively). Even PJ is at least trying. But those three are literally moving out of the way to let guys score. Probably because they don’t want to pick up fouls and jeopardize their stats.

  • Rick Johnson

    Is it Kirk Lacob the owners son? They played ball together in their youth:

    http://www.warriorsworld.net/2015/02/13/dear-kirk-lacob-an-open-letter-from-a-warriors-fan/

  • LinMad

    I said this before, if the Hornets bigs get back to being bigs (getting rebounds, setting up screens/plays) then we’ll win more games. We also can’t allow KW to be PG and only have 3 assists in 40 minutes. That’s ridiculous. The reason we lost the last 2 games was because of rebounds/assists.

  • zxcvb

    Gotta ask him about an MDA reunion next season.

  • zxcvb

    It’s all a domino effect caused by Kemba’s poor PG skills.

    He doesn’t pass to his bigs in the PnR, so they don’t bother setting good screens. He freezes Lin out, which hurts Lin’s shooting rhythm. And unlike Lin, most players don’t hustle on defense/rebounding unless they’re being rewarded on offense. No one wants to do all the dirty work while Kemba gets his empty stats in another loss.

    If you watch Lin, even during Linsanity, he loves to reward guys for hustle plays, good screens. In fact, he sometimes “overpasses” in order to promote unselfish play. It often costs him a TO, but it lets bigs know that he’s looking for them. This is all the important intangible work that a good PG does. Guys like Kidd and Billups knew this as well.

  • Giant @jlinfoundation $4500 check from Lin fans is ready to present to @JLin7 after Suns game tomorrow!
    I lost the old one so I had to create a brand new one.

    I wonder what I should write on the back so maybe I can use it as poster to cheer for JLin during game.
    Any suggestions? Maybe Hairsanity…

    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/684534116935532544

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    It’s time for players like Troy Daniels, Brian Roberts, Tyler Hansbrough, Harrison to step up and earn their pay check now.

  • Yascar

    Nice Psalm, thank you for doing this. And I vote Hairsanity! ?

  • 1mtoldman

    my question is: why “with batum out” b4 in the “hairsanity” game, why did lin get pretty much equal “burn” with the ball and it wasn’t 100% of the time kemba.

    what who why caused the possibility of lin getting really as i remember it almost equal opportunity to run the plays, control of at least be an intregal part of the offense, not half the time the ball in walkers hands and the other half divided between everyone else as was the case last game (as stat confirmed by i would assume ttnn here previously).

    what was different that game that made “hairsanity” possible? and why has it been shut down since (albeit with lin still getting major minutes and putting up a run of double digit scoring games within the limits of what is available to him).

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Talking about ball hogger.
    Who is the number 1?

  • 1mtoldman

    not sure if this was intended as a joke or what but the interseting thing is rondo actually revealed why he never shoots any free throws: its because he goes out of his way to make sure he never “hits the floor”. he is (apparently) yes deathly afraid of being injured by falling on the hard court (unlike lin gets pounded to what at least 2 or 3 times a nite).

    i dont remember the specifics of rondo’s previous major injury which pretty much altered his career strait downward until this season but perhaps the genesis of this “psychological fear” is there.

    and so he makes sure he runs away from any agressive fouls that might find him ending up there. i dont have the exact quotes to hand but this is what he said.

    his ft shooting at one time was 35% but…its understandable and was really insignifcant if he never shot ft’s.

    and now we know why.

  • thanks, I’m thinking Hairsanity with some variety of hairdos if I have time
    I still need to create a card, possibly with funny Star Wars theme lol

  • 1mtoldman

    dont “lose” it again.

    (or some conspiracy minded people might think another psalm scandal brewing).

  • JoeTeam

    yep, talkin’ through his game.

  • JoeTeam

    thank you James Brown – I Feel Good!

  • JoeTeam

    Quote a verse, it will mean more to him … you know in your heart what is good.

  • orLinaryjoe

    “Tryouts for who is going to be better” basically describes the situation.

  • Rick Johnson
  • Great idea.. the verse should be the main theme, not an after-thought
    Thanks, Joe!

  • Warren

    Jeremy Lin On 2015: ‘Learnt To Appreciate Life’
    http://www.morningnewsusa.com/jeremy-lin-career-2015-2351367.html

  • Acbc

    I agree. We make up conspiracy theories to try to make sense of what should’ve been an easy conclusion from that game. Make Lin a second option and he’ll put up winning numbers, just like in the preseason. People look at us like we’re crazy making things up but the ugliness of the truth is why we choose to hope for something reasonable.

    The ugly truth may just be that there are no plays or screens set for Lin is that they want to make sure he doesn’t create another Hairsanity game so that fans don’t go Linsane.

  • LinMad

    Does Lin have a lot of fans in Phoenix?

  • LinMad

    Yesterday’s game I actually noticed Lin yelling at Kemba when he had that stretch of ISO plays. I forgot which half it was but I saw him yell at Kemba while they were both on the court. I think after he yelled, there was like a timeout then Kemba started passing more. But then it went back to ISO plays again.

  • sws94

    Lin was healthy in that game. Now he’s not. When he handled the ball in the GSW game he was falling and fighting to stay with it. We can’t tell anything while Lin is not strong on his ankle.

  • grover chang

    Walker could not afford to sit. If linsanity hits while he is on the bench he could lose his job.

  • Dan Cohen

    habits hard to breaka

  • Dan Cohen

    no… roberts will be playing more.

    AND SEE, I told everyone here that lamb will be out the next game.. (look at the fall and that wrist play)… I was right!!! You want proof? I will give you proof.

  • Briiick

    Well said.

  • Dan Cohen

    no he won’t. 12 mill vs 2 mil.

  • Dan Cohen

    See, I was dead on, that next game, lamb will be sitting out due to injury (I watch that game). so no need to worry about him taking lina’ joba… but then this time, lin has to show he is better… and it’s his opportunity to do so… else lamba will take his joba on the offensa.

  • Briiick

    Agreed. Cliff never lets Lin play at a role and sets similar to the ones led to Linsanity.

  • Briiick

    The top brains of Hornets throw the money wrench in every lineup that
    starts to show some life. Before removing him or at least giving him a
    short leash, there is no hope they can reach the playoff. In the meantime, let’s keep voting for Lin to counter it.

  • “else lamba will take his joba on the offensa”
    Is this Jar Jar Binks dialect? =D

    Lamb finally had 1 good game with good effort on defense but it’s good for him to rest his injured wrist

  • no conspiracy :]
    only the symbolic check was missing. The real one was safely at JLinFoundation

  • golfhacker

    Mods – time to tipoff is wrong.

  • Maknusia

    thanks…@psalm234:disqus over to you

  • Acbc

    In The summer I had written that there are 3 keys to Lin’s revival this year. Evrery one predicated upon the desire to win.

    1/ whether MJ would rather be the brilliant expert owner or would he’d rather have the Hornets win.

    2/ whether CHO would rather have his draft choices and FAs do very well to promote his GM abilities or would he rather have the Hornets win.

    3/ whether Clifford would have the backbone to withstand the pressure from the FO to play their own chosen players to promote as stars or would he rather win.

    Obviously so far Lin has been used more to prop up starters in order for THEM to win than actually about using Lin to win. Many of the losses including last 6 games was no matter how well Lin played, the starters couldn’t close the deal. It is what it is, we’ll just have to stomach it till the end of the season.

    We have had PTSD for 3 years and it is because we simply cannot believe people can be so dumb to see as we do that KW is the problem, Clifford the enabler, Cho the mastermind and MJ the uninterested owner. We come up with conspiracy theories because we simply don’t want to believe people can be so selfish, greedy; to have to lie and use others for their own benefit. Maybe WE ARE TOO NAIVE to be in this fake “entertainment/ sports” business. Maybe it’s just us after all.

    My hope for Lin this year is that he found a coach who actually believes in his game and wants to make it a dynamic force that spearheads the change he professes he wants to make happen in Charlette. A month ago I was pretty sure that Clifford didn’t have the intellectual skills to be a coach for Lin who is operating at a mental speed that Clifford has never seen or believe possible. Now I’m sure of it. (I hope he’ll still prove me wrong). To me Clifford is a very competent defensive assistant coach. What Clifford lacks is the in game skills needed to be a “playa” in high stakes game of head coach brain poker, and it is brain poker. To be a playa, you need to be confident, assertive, creative, proactive; you need to assess risks and rewards on the fly and make quick decisions; you have to know when to make those risks without playing your trump cards too early or too late, BUT YOU MUST BE BRAVE AND BOLD TO GO FOR THE WIN AND DARE TO FAIL. Has Clifford ever shown any guts to bet big? What I’ve seen from him is a lot of second guessing and doubling down on the tried and true. To me, that’s not the kind off leadership you follow going into battle with full confidence.

    IMO, Lin will just put his head down and work his butt off for the rest of the year. He will do wis due diligence, shake hands, thank everyone and head off to his next team.

  • thanks, it’s fixed now

  • thx, got it

  • tom

    The best way to promote Cho’s abilities as a GM is to win and he’s not a bad GM he put up an okay team and got Lin for dirt cheap.
    Owners own the team they dont have to be an expert or anything its business or way to avoid tax
    and yes Clifford is weak he can’t say no to FO, an assistant coach at best

  • tom

    maybe because Clifford feels he needs Lin more than Lamb lol

  • JoeTeam

    And the world will see by you faith and his …

  • golfhacker

    No worries!

  • JoeTeam

    It is just us, and Lin too else we would not be his fans.

    It is then on us to let go and be free, for what is to come, what faith promises.

  • JoeTeam

    Lol, I’m just thinking through the script at home.

    Michael, why can’t we win more.

    Honey, let’s keep basketball to me and my boys, ok?

    Ok, I’m just wondering.

  • JoeTeam

    Good for him.

  • tom

    MJ is not responsible for how players are used
    People need to lay off of him
    He does not decide how Lin is used

  • Dorothy

    You are probably right that MJ does not decide how Lin is used, but I do believe he decides how Kemba should be used…

  • JoeTeam

    I don’t know man. I’ve been around a lot of company owners and while you have management, all owners have control.

  • Acbc

    You know it. Reality sucks. We choose to believe in the good in humanity even if they act like Darth Vader. Lol. ” you have saved me Lin, yes tell your sister. You were right, you were right”.

    Faith and believing in the best of what we all can be is definately not for the feign of heart. We Lin fans are tough. Our faith is strong.

  • JoeTeam

    well, it’s not like we have years in between good games, so I can’t see bing a Lin fan as much of a trial but more, his trials teach us in warp speed. It helps that I’m not experiencing his emotions, so it’s easier to learn at warp speed.

  • JoeTeam

    he ha meta a fouling machine. Good to see him back, LAL v GSW. Too bad he and JLin never got to share time on LAL.

  • Dan Cohen

    zamm straight mufo!

  • not as big fans like us but there’s quite a few
    at least 120+ stayed during late Q&A session last year

  • John Focker

    He gets out of the way of opponents during D, hence no PFs and no injuries, and lots of Ls.

  • John Focker

    I suggest pushing that knee, let the hog do his thing. 48 minutes PT for Kemba in Phoenix.

  • kauaiblue

    Good, gets some of fire going boy!

  • tom

    well this isnt really a company

  • ICYMI

    BDotADot5 with his latest MJ impersonation LOL

    https://twitter.com/BdotAdot5/status/683079287168090112

  • JoeTeam

    It is, there are people on W2 and management.

  • Briiick

    Agreed. Hornets just offered KW a fat contract, they don’t want to be embarrassed by letting Lin facilitate and out-shine their homemade stud.

  • LAJane

    Of course he went back to ISO plays. KHuang rightly points out that guys who don’t spent that full time in college never completely master the fundamentals, but in Kemba’s case I don’t think that would have helped anyway. He got a lot of awards and attention from high school on, and had the bad luck to rise quickly to starting point with the Bobcats due to Augustin’s injury. He has never experienced anything but the spotlight and has years now of deeply reinforcing his perception that hero streetball style is his responsibility and his worth. He’s a decent guy, and surely thinks of himself as a team guy. It’s just that he really has no true experience of surrendering within a team, no true discipline for that, no emotional control over his hero self-image. Imho it’s too late. I don’t think he’ll ever be able to unravel this deep conditioning. Whatever guidance comes his way will get blunted by his habits and lost under pressure. MJ has a lot of resources tied up in him, so naturally he’ll want to prop him up and hope he matures. Self deception is the most common human failing, and trips up the smart and the good as well as the stupid and evil. Lin has achieved such maturity. I am certain he is well aware of all this, so he may holler at Kemba, but I doubt he blames or resents him for his shortcomings. He really seems to have crossed over to walking his talk…he always strives for the highest, but lets go of what he can’t control. I think it’s why he still looks happy. I want that too.

  • After 34 games, it’s safe to say that Lin is used as :
    1. a backup playmaker to designated stars Kemba and Batum.
    2. shutdown defender in absence of MKG & partly to cover the big men’s inability to rebound

    The high ceiling has been 35pt explosion in starting in place of Batum but it probably won’t be enough to change Hornets plan to feature Kemba/Batum/MKG as stars next season unless Lin has at least 5+ more 30+pts.

    Lin is correct not to call Hornets home yet since he and the Hornets essentially signed a 1 yr-deal to help each other.

    We don’t know if the next 48 games (+ possible playoff games) would give opportunities to Lin to showcase his full strength having the ball in his hands. There’s no Tyson Chandler, Ed Davis to dazzle us with beautiful PnR.

    I guess @joeteam:disqus advice is very sound. We should enjoy JLin playing and trying to make the most of his opportunity as a Hornet. Lin doesn’t know what tomorrow holds but he knows who holds tomorrow.

    For tomorrow, I only wish for a great team win and a smiling Lin on the court. I’ve never witnessed Lin’s team win in Phoenix in 3-4 tries so a W would be huge =)

  • JoeTeam

    You’re all gonna have fun, and we’re looking fwd to your game report. Your summaries are nice, and for sure I thank you for the positive bent on this site. Very nice place to low key it until it gets Linsane again.

  • Rick Johnson

    infinity88‏@linfinity88

    @JLin7 @OracleArena after #CHAatGSW game.The hoodie looks nice.

    tikakd:Come on sis…Glad Jeremy is a good sport

    https://twitter.com/linfinity88/status/684619839390924804

  • Spot

    That’s really a great Epiphany’s present!

    Certainly Jeremy’s being a good boy throught the year! LOL

  • thanks for the kind words 🙂

    Also for your great encouragement for the rest of Lin fans to simply enjoy the ride since JLin is certainly doing the best no matter what hand he was dealt with.

  • Maknusia

    wow…SCurry is injured again….yet they blowout LAL

  • JoeTeam

    Yes, well, I got caught up with betting frustrated with KW. Then I realized it’s not about them but all about how I adjust to them. Sort of helps 2016 get started right. Have a great time! It’s nice you have a reason to maybe shake JLin’s hand. Tell him to stay with the idea that he posted, 2 Cor 12:7. He’s always going to go higher if he embraces his own humanity and improves.

  • JoeTeam

    It was ok to watch but I wanted NY to do a little better. Rest of the, new faces, nice to see Meta again. He and DGreen almost got into a fight, Meta so emotional and so is DG.

  • JoeTeam

    no hover hands! who’s sis is this?

  • Rick Johnson

    Noticed that too. Might be a friend or someone he actually knows.

  • TTNN

    Okay, report from yesterday’s game.

    First of all, I only bring my cell phone, thus low quality picture and video, and I tweeted them out already. What I see is very similar to David Ly reported. And I realize I could some of what David refered to on my phone.

    https://twitter.com/22NN4/status/684397043201130496

    I think this is the dunk David mentioned.

    https://twitter.com/22NN4/status/684393211687636996

    This is the intro, and Lin did got some cheer. Most people know about him.

    https://twitter.com/22NN4/status/684391798936977408

    I also got the complete hand shake before the game, I like the one he did with Lamb.

    https://twitter.com/22NN4/status/684200586107961344

    Floater.

    Jeremy didn’t practice too long, his shot were so so, sometime it gets in a lot, sometimes he will miss. Then he went back in locker room.

    Too bad I did not got to see his spiked hair close, since my seat is not that great.

    In game:

    Lin started with not getting calls from ref. He will get hit, but the ref will ignore. There was one ref Lin talked to a lot, but still got a lot of un-favored call.

    Lin wasn’t that aggressive to look for his own shots, he even rest in some plays when standing in the corner. He and Lamb were the wings, some times he will run and then switch with Lamb, and when Kemba bring the ball up, and run initial P&R, Kemba run towards Lamb side, and Lamb will run out to get the ball. Looks like Lin knows offense will go from that side, thus he will get Lamb to ran out.

    He will also run towards the top of the key, but not to get the ball, instead, he run in a way that Curry and Thompson will switch so that Curry end up defending Kemba, and yeah, Kemba will initiate offense then. I think Lin did that a lot at Rocket for Harden.

    Not too much activities when he sits out, he does looks close with Kaminsky. Looks like in this team, players know when they will be in, and when they will be out. That’s easy to see where they will sit. If Lin will go back in, he will sit right at the center, facing the coach. If he will be sub out, he will go to sit at the side, not really in the center of the huddle.

    Only suprise was at the end of 2Q, Lin went sit right at the middle of the bench, and then an assistant coach go talked to him, and he stand up, and walk out to the side. Meanwhile, Lamb was wondering on the court, and Clifford went directly to him, and get him to go sit at the bench when he was talking to the players. I did not see Lin made any mistakes, or coach was unhappy with Lin, but that looks like a spontanious change. I thought might due to some match up, or maybe Lin had two personal foul already and coach want to play safe.

    Second half, Lin is more active, The wide open 3 Lin missed, that play was called by the coach. Even Lin looks a bit surprised, and he missed that one. Don’t see too many plays called for Lin. That one Lin was wide open.

    At the end of the game, Lin hugged Curry and Draymont, then go directly inside.

  • Acbc

    Lin was slipping and sliding a lot last game and many blamed his new shoes while most argue it was just his ankle. IMO, it’s the ankle.

    In tennis, there’s a lot of ankle and foot injuries. When trainers go out and take the players shoes and socks off to work on their foot injuries, you’ll soon remember how top tennis players all have the ugliest blistered callous covered feet. It’s not surprising because of the constant demand for the athlete to make powerful and quick pushes and stops with those feet.

    Many of the top players now use a unconventional hard court slide to stop, hit and recover to the middle of the court. The advantage is that this method keeps most of the body closer to the middle compare to the classic stride through stop where after you hit the ball, you still have your momentum going further away from the middle of the court.

    What this has done is create more ankle and foot injuries. Li Na had such an injury in the finals of the Australian open when she turned over on her ankle. Sliding on hard court requires a very talented set of feet to know exactly how much dynamic friction is needed to slide, not slip and certainly not roll over. To do that the ankle has to set the foot at the right angle, then the pinky toes must judge how much force is released by turn up the outer edge and when to curl down to stand up the player before he slips. All these things are done by the lower brain totally uninhibited by cognitive brain functions. All it takes is a little doubt and hesitation to disrupt the flow of muscle activities. Add on top of that is that fact that you have a taped up desensitized foot that cannot perform to the max of its angles, you have a lot of slipping and sliding.

  • Thanks for the complete video & report! Great tag team with David Ly

    Watching on TV, we also saw Lin was more active to start the 2nd half.
    It gave me a feeling Lin was testing his injured ankle in the 1st half then gave it a go in the 2nd half.
    I wonder if we’ll see the same thing tomorrow.

    Did you see Lin was slower than his normal self in his burst and acceleration when watching in person?

  • If you are not fond of Chander Parsons, do not watch this “ZooChandler” clip
    It’ll give you nightmare lol

    https://twitter.com/HowardBeck/status/684107522123427840

  • occupatio

    I really dont understand this paragraph. so lin came out of the game? i dont get it.

    “Only suprise was at the end of 2Q, Lin went sit right at the middle
    of the bench, and then an assistant coach go talked to him, and he stand
    up, and walk out to the side. Meanwhile, Lamb was wondering on the
    court, and Clifford went directly to him, and get him to go sit at the
    bench when he was talking to the players. I did not see Lin made any
    mistakes, or coach was unhappy with Lin, but that looks like a
    spontanious change. I thought might due to some match up, or maybe Lin
    had two personal foul already and coach want to play safe.”

  • Thanks for sharing the knowledge. I too thought it was the ankle since he slipped repeatedly on the same foot.
    Let’s hope tomorrow he gets much better

  • I took it to mean he was ready to go in by sitting on the middle of the bench but an assistant coach told him he didn’t need to come in. Lin came in a bit late in Q2 with 5:16 left

  • TTNN

    he still drive in okay, I don’t feel slow, but not as strong though. Also don’t jump that high, so I think he is not 100% for sure.

  • TTNN

    That was the time out with like 2 min left in Q2? So at time out, all player get out and sit at the center of the bench, and wait for the coach to talk to them. Player who will go in after time out will sit there, who will not go back in will not. After that time out was called, Lin came off the court and go directly towards the bench and sit there, I think he thought he will go back in

  • Acbc

    Unfortunately my experience from following players for 50 years, it takes a while to fully recover and perform at peak levels. JoeTeam and I had a long discussion about this and the conclusion we came to was that Lin CAN play but how well is an unquantifiable debate. A slightly injured Curry or Lebron is still a lot better than 90% of the rest of the league.

    IMO, Lin is just too nice a guy to place the good of the team and his fans to sit and rest. He’s definately hurting his own stats and allowing haters to judge him negatively. Lin will play as long as the coach needs him to, besides Clifford doesn’t have to worry anymore about Lin out shining his stars.

    What is telling is that even though Lin is a bit slower, his defence is still better than the rest of the team. Lin’s bball intelligence puts him proactively in the optimum place to defend.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes, a friend’s girlfriend’s sis.

  • oh ok, so this was when Lin came out with 2 min left in Q2.
    thx. I misunderstood

  • JoeTeam

    yes, I read the more ankle injuries you get, the “dumber” your feet get because of the nerve endings getting damaged and your autonomous system doesn’t work as well. My ankles are flunk outs by now.

  • JoeTeam

    HBarnes came back to respectable stats, so maybe JLin can value his own journey and give himself a break or week’s break.

  • JoeTeam

    Thanks, TTNN, very nice to read this and also, your seats looked good to me. It must have been loud there, and I heard when HBarnes came in, it was a great standing O. Nice.

  • JoeTeam

    ha ha one of his 40 guess passes. Nice to have friends at home.

  • jeremylin17

    why do people like jeremy in charlotte better than LA and Houston. His stats were the best in his NBA career aside from linsanity during his two year stint with the rockets. However, in general people seem to be contempt with jlin in Charlotte stating that he has finally found a resurgence. Lin averaged more assists and points when he was with the rockets. Although he was maybe treated unfairly, it appears that the rockets offense was more tailed to Lin’s style than Charlotte. They played heavy pick and roll and he was able to get to the rim frequently, but in Charlotte he has to play much more ISO’s as coach clifford is showing his incompetence by not drawing screens for jlin. I just want to know what you guys think about his situation in Charlotte, because clearly his stats were way better in Houston than they were in LA or Charlotte.

  • Rick Johnson

    Wow, how did you know that?

    Arron Mollet is Jeremy’s friend and going out with her sister:

    https://twitter.com/penny10654/status/605555244588613633

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Obviously from JLin’s fans:-)

  • Maknusia

    Some interesting ball passing stats.

    The below table shows who does the player frequently passes the ball to; per game.

    Jeremy Lin

  • Maknusia

    JLin on Passes Received

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Maknusia

    Kemba Walker – on Passes Made

  • Maknusia

    KW – Passes Received

  • Maknusia

    Nicolas Batum – Passes Made

  • Maknusia

    NB – Passes received

  • LinMad

    he’s not on the list?

  • LinMad

    So it looks like Lin is 4th-5th person when it comes to KW and Batum

  • james brown

    now mom will never have anxiety whenever his son leaves home because his kid has a role model who espoused Humility and inner Joy!

  • 1mtoldman

    ive tried to make this point but it has generally fallen on deaf ears here.

    lin fans have this ptsd syndrome from dealing with the obviously malicious intent towards lin in houston and the general attitude of benign consideration in charlotte in comparison and ignore the actual reality of results.

    that said however: lin has had a significant turn around in charlotte since the “hairsanity” game.

    why he was given sudden license in that game to actually play his game no one has satisfactorily answered, but he was and from that point forward he has been given the minutes if not the ideal play making circumstances to reverse the negative results trend you rightly reference.

    in his last however you want to calculate it 7, 10, 12 games he has put up numbers both raw and advanced beyond anything he has done since that short stretch of new york/linsanity games.

    so tho yes his first year in houston was still his best year; should his current trends numbers sustain (and really as long as he remains relatively healthy with all the hornets injury issues they should) he will have a year equal to or better than ever over a extended period of time.

    its too early to tell really where the season will go but yes yer observations are correct tho in conflict with general sentiment on this board at least as it had been manifesting itself.

    but again the most recent data suggest a reversal not in charlotte but within the charlotte season that should it continue would create productivity within the range of if not linsanity/new york (short term) than at least houston first year (long term)
    despite the lack of ideal usage here; the main point being, to yer broader view:

    for the first time in his career he is not playing point guard. despite that obvious mistake (both for lin and the team) he has managed to take the minutes and circumstances given and use them productively. at least recently.

  • Guest

    Cho got Lin for dirt cheap not bcuz he’s smart but it’s Clifford-D’Antoni connection, plus Clifford’s few-hour sweet talk…

  • TTNN

    Batum play less time together with Lin compare to Kemba though.

  • Acbc

    Lol JT, if they get any dumber, you’d need to work on using those front knuckles of your hands.

  • 1mtoldman

    in the last 11 games that he has played lin has been given at least 27 minutes every game except the reffed out early houston game.

    previously this season after the first two games of the season he had received 27 minutes only 5 times, 4 of those in a run of 4 games in mid to late dec.

    lins numbers for his last 11 games: 15.2. points on 44% shooting

    lins numbers for the first 21 games: 10.2. points on 43% shooting

    dissecting the numbers further, lin’s points per minute are pretty much the same (and the same as those of batum for example).

    the bottom line is with lin as it always has been: minutes.

    now obviously his assists are way down this season because he is not being permitted to be a point guard the majority of the time (for the first time in his career).

    but lets face it what people look at most is points and the argument that well lin gets more minutes because he’s playing better is confusing cause and effect and false.

    he performs pretty much the same all the time. its just that (as any player) he needs the minutes to put up the numbers. give him batum’s minutes and he’ll put up batums numbers. give him the minutes he’s getting now and he’ll put up numbers beyond any season including new york.

    so: conclusion, tho being used all wrong and actually worse than at any time in his career just on the simple fact of not being permitted to play point guard if he can be permitted the minutes he has been getting for the last 11 games he has played he should produce scoring numbers the best yet in his career (he only averaged 14 points a game in new york overall) insuring interest for free agency and a legitimate “revival” in charlotte where things were going in the opposite direction for the first 20 games.

  • TTNN

    I think the major thing I’m satisfied is that coach/team did not put un-real blame on Lin, fans like Lin, and the report kind of reflect what we see.

    On the other hand, Lin was not given the chance to share the load in play making and do what he was capable of, I think in Houston, coaches somehow always was asked why not, and in Hornets, those questions were not even asked.

  • Acbc

    Great post LAJane. I’m sure Lin is well aware of subtle “invisible currents” guided by the last 40 years of greed because of the collapse of the communist system. That trigger was the enabler of personal gain as the ultimate principle of modern life as perfectly exemplified by the 1% who owns everything. They do it with self deception to lie and cheat on the backs of everyone else. This attitude filters down throughout society and we fight amongst ourselves to get a little more of the pie….for what? It’s a very good sign that Zukaberg has already declared that he intends to give away most of his fortune by the end of his life. Even if he doesn’t come close to that promise, it signals an ideological denial of greed for greed sake. Lin is also trying to reverse that tide as well and chnage the ” invisible hands” that guides us to a ethical, moral and holy one!

  • 1mtoldman

    ok so what are we seeing here: walker and batum just pass the ball back and forth to each other except walker on occasion (this part i am surmising) ala harden when the clock is running down and his random dribbling has produced nothing also passes to williams to bail him out.

    all the other players (including lin but not necessarily especially ignoring lin) are irrelevant.

    sounds about right.

    btw: batum is a good stat comparison for scoring with lin because they both take about the same number of shots per minute.

  • tom

    Because Houston was a way better team with so much talent
    opponents had to guard Harden, Parsons, DH12 so Lin had more space to operate
    and since Lin isn’t an iso player running more PnR helps him and since these guys can shoot/finish way better than charlotte players, Lins assists also go up like draymond green wouldnt be able so rack up so many assists if he werent playing with so many good shooters

  • tom

    thats pretty smart of him to take advantage of that

  • Acbc

    That is why statistics can be misleading when used to infirm a certain idea on a subject. It’s like the republican senator who brought a big snowball in from a snowstorm that just went through DC to illustrate that there is no global warming. The next day it was springlike weather.

    While statistically Lin may have had better numbers the whole year than even Charllete, if you look at the trend, you’ll see that it was being depressed deliberately to push Lin off the starting role the following year. Better numbers doesn’t make a man happy, just as being filthy rich can help you sleep better at night. The point being is that the two years in Houston was am teal beat down of a player to destroy someone’s inner strength and confidence. Look at how Lawson has fallen flat on his face in Houston getting the Lin treatment. It was pure mean spirited mental torture to see Lin suffer indignity after indignity.

    LA was the bottom.

    Hornets isn’t perfect but at least Lin has started to erase some of the media misinformation spread by the vindictive media assault on Lin’s reputation in the last 3 years. Clifford has been nothing but positive about Lin. He may not want Lin to outshine his stars but he doesn’t throw Lin under the bus.

  • CJSHYY
  • CJSHYY
  • SI Cauldron has an article on Kemba Walker’s improved shooting
    Kemba worked with shooting coach Bruce Kreutzer to improve 3P to career high 35.3%. Steve Hetzel for P&R plays

    It’s understandable how much the Hornets invested in Kemba Walker after giving him $48M/4yr contract.

    There isn’t much demand in NBA for an undersized PG with that huge contract so the Hornets can only hope Kemba will get better because they’re stuck with him.

    I wonder if both coaches also work with JLin

    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/684784276953407488
    https://twitter.com/si_nba/status/684780293551710208

  • tom

    Actually after the TV deal, Kembas contract will be really cheap for his production

  • LAJane

    Why stop at the last 40 years? 🙂 Human history from ancient times to the present has been the push-pull between personal benefit and social community. The extremes of this are rapacious greed vs. crushing social enforcement…a pendulum that has swung throughout the course of history with tribes and states and empires rising and then imploding when they become too rigid to sustain life. Saints and sages and philosophers have all tried to find ways to stand apart, in the serene and generous center rather than in the violent shoving and shouting. In his religion Lin has found his path to that center and imho it’s a big part of why many of us keep him in our sights. A reminder and inspiration that to fully be “in the world but not of it” is the only way to live a joyful and playful life. End of sermon 😀

  • CJSHYY
  • sws94

    Lin has to play due to Batum being out. This team is less of a challenge than the last team but to me he looked worse against GSW than OKC.

  • CJSHYY

    I think Batum probably will play vs Clippers? Hope so. Not really know how long Batum will be out….?

  • to be fair, it might be cheap if we measure $ for PPG but not for # of Wins

    Hornets seems to be married to the idea that they will sink or swim with Kemba as the PG because of his electrifying style but overlooks the lack of court vision that a PG should have to make his teammates better.

    Clifford tried a few times to make JLin distribute the ball but he’s just testing the water not to make Kemba too mad at him.

  • cdblue10

    I think he is over payed.

  • sws94

    Me neither. I guess his injury is harder to play on than Lin’s.

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! I think so….

  • DX

    Lin should be very careful about his ankle.

  • heart

    Hornets team is being depleted w/ injuries. Let’s pray for protection and quick recovery for everyone on Hornets team.

  • new PHX game thread
    http://www.jlinportal.com/g35-cha-phx-game-thread/

    With Batum officially out, JLin is expected to start again.

    JLin status is PROBABLE & Lamb status is QUESTIONABLE

    Will JLin’s injured ankle cause him to slip a few times like in the GSW game again? Will it get better and allow JLin to drive and make cuts?

    The Suns has 9-game losing streak while the Hornets has 4-game losing streak. This will be a great Win to get the Hornets back on winning track.

    Let’s hope and pray that Jeremy Lin’s health will improve quickly. After the game, I plan to present the symbolic $4500 fundraising check to JLin Foundation to Jeremy to let him know many faithful fans are supporting him https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/684534116935532544

  • rookie75094

    I rather Jlin sit out until his ankle is 100%…. don’t want to watch him struggle and give more fuel to the racist haters

  • kauaiblue

    He needs to get a sharing coach…

  • kauaiblue

    Hes being used as a garbage man cleaning up after walker and batum… dont like it…

  • spiderman

    Interesting how Lin’s not utilized when he should be, and utilized while injured.

    Yes, Hornets have several injured players. But none of them are rushed back to play like Lin.

  • JoeTeam

    I need those for all the fist bumps I get ha ha.

  • Acbc

    It’s always a pleasure to discuss philosophy with you.

    I’ve always said that Lin is a transcendent player. Now we know it’s on both levels of human development. IMO, the centre is the now of past, present and future. Lin talks a lot about that and trust his future to God. On the bball court, he transcends the team into a different plane of play of unselfish beauty. On the spiritual plane he is helping fans to reach the transcendental eternal time of God.

  • tom

    ppg is basically what matters when you are the teams lottery pick
    If he goes to another team, he’ll slowly get phased out

  • tom

    not really

  • JJ Hui

    I am not surprised because they are the very competitive academic schools especially CMU! 🙂

  • tom

    Oh yah one of the best engineering schools
    Stanford, Michigan and Michigan State are really good academically too thou