G49 CHA @CLE Game Thread

After 2 days, Jeremy Lin is no longer listed in the injury list. Will MKG, JLin, Kemba (sore knee), MWilliams and Tyler Hansbrough be able to pull an upset against LeBron James and the #1 seed Cavs in the Eastern Conference?

  1. The Cavs have won 5 straight after dropping the 1st game under Coach Tyronn Lue including an impressive win against the San Antonio Spurs.
  2. Will JLin find another good bounce-back game after shooting 2-10 along with Kemba in last game?
  3. Will his ankle affect his drives to finish his layup and overall shooting form?

Let’s go, JLin! Let’s pray and hope that he manages to be 100% healthy soon before  to help the Hornets to win


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  • John Focker

    Wow, haven’t had a first in forever. Go Lin!

  • Nice! Disqus was down for maintenance but quickly back up.

    Let’s go, JLin!
    If he gets double-double, maybe the Hornets has a chance to win over King James

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOLOLOL 3rd.

  • John Focker

    If Kemba’s not playing, and Jeremy leads MKG, Marv, PJ, Daniels, Hawes, tank and Psycho T to go Linsane on the fully-staffed Cavs, Linsanity 2.0 will be around the corner.

    And what a great 紅包 (CNY lucky money in red envelope) THAT will be!

  • Lefon Jang

    Maybe MJ will give Lin a big 紅包!

  • If 76ers almost beat GSW, the Hornets can certainly beat the Cavs!
    They almost won the last game in Charlotte before hero-ball struck.

    Go 紅包!

  • John Focker

    First lady Mod.

  • John Focker

    If MJ gave Jeremy the kind of 紅包 that we’re looking forward to, then MJ himself will rewarded with a HUGE 紅包 (Chinese market).

  • John Focker

    Well, I may sound like a broken record, but last year Jeremy even led the sorry L.A. Djangos to beat a fully-staffed GSW. When Linsanity is allowed to happen, ANYTHING could happen.

  • Phillycheese

    Go Lin.

  • kauaiblue

    Looks much like the “depleted” knicks to team in 2012 that went linsane!

  • Acbc

    It’s really annoying for me to hear about how Lin’s value has gone up becuase of his versatility. Versatility equals role player, equal back up player.

    Does any of the ball dominant starters have to be versatile? Only when you are a role player do you need to fill in many different roles.

    I will never be happy with Lin in such a capacity when he clearly has the stuff to be a leader and a star. Lin is a difference maker. On the Hornets, he’s a clearer upper, a heavy lifter and a patsy. Sure, his teammates all seem to like him….What’s there not to like about a great guy like that who would wipe your bumb when asked.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Just watched all of Lin’s missed shots taken during the Lakers’s game on nba.com and I’d like to say Lin should had never been playing in this game…he was clearly tentative and was afraid to get hit driving the lane…All he did was take jump shots and shot at least 3 air-balls..He wasn’t jumping much for these jump shots… and he Wasn’t trying to drive into the lane to attempt lay-ups.

    The lay-up that he missed was because he was afraid of getting hit and fall on his bad ankle..You could tell he was afraid to land on the right foot..If you look at the missed lay-up, Lin made sure he landed on his left foot instead of the bad ankle foot..he kept that foot up as he was landing after the missed lay-up attempt…

    I just hope he doesn’t play scared tonight because he was clearly afraid of re-injuring his bad-ankle during the Lakers game and that played a part in his poor game.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy has shown improvement in his game; call it versatility or any thing you like. He can dribble, he can drive and he can keep the ball alive and tear up the defense. Call in whatever you like. He’s almost unstoppable with his pass and his one on one game with or without the ball. He’s almost unstoppable when he’s healthy.

    Without Jeremy this season, the Hornets has no hope to make it to the playoff. They will be worse than the Orlando.

  • BobbyH

    A near-complete player it is.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy played smart. He didn’t want to aggravate the injury. Give him one more week, he would have lots of time to heal in the ASG week. These games before ASG don’t matter.
    I call it sheer luck that the Hornets can stay at the 9th spot of the Eastern Conference now. If Batum can play, Jeremy should rest on the bench.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Kwok Wai Lai

    MDA and Jeremy is a match in heaven.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lakers beat the mighty Timberwolves. Timberwolves has lots of talented players on their team and they just need a good coach to take them to the next level.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy Lin is an American citizen and he can run for presidency. The fact that he’s Chinese/Taiwanese origin doesn’t change that. For heaven’s sake don’t treat him like a foreign player. Don’t tell him to go back to China because you will regret it if he really does.

  • joyce ward

    I’m beginning to think Charlotte Hornets like lin, and they might want him to stay. They have headlined in the Pic for tonight’s game. Something that makes you go hmm.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    He should have just sat out this game…I know that may sound selfish, but he needs to protect his FG%…He went 2 for 10 in that game with 6 points…He’s a free agent this summer, so he has to keep an eye on his stats.

    That may not be him, but this is how things are done by many players who plan on testing the market this summer..If he wants a starting gig next year, he need to put up good stats…He needs to shoot more which is something Lin is already doing…But he also need to sit out game where he’s not 100% healthy.

    If you’re not 100%, don’t play and risk hurting your stats…Lin has to look out for himself more…Hornets could have beaten the Lakers without his service, so I don’t understand why he played when he was clearly not mentally ready to play.

    If he feel he’s not yet 100%, he shouldn’t play tonight…I don’t want to see him play tentative again tonight…He needs to stay aggressive and look to get into the lane more.

  • sws94

    Yes indeed, Arsenio. 🙂

  • BobbyH

    Hope that’s what layout ahead. Only MDA can appreciate what Lin can bring to the games.

  • BobbyH

    Totally agree. He has some great things ahead after he retires from NBA.

  • Dorothy

    cause Batum and Kemba are not playing, are they?

  • BobbyH

    The keyword, “lead”, hummm …

  • CJSHYY

    I think they will. But I found out every time they put Lin’s picture for game time, they play more team ball. Hope can get a W tonight.

  • cdblue10

    Is Kemba playing tonite?

  • PPP
  • CJSHYY

    Wow! Lin will start as PG? Good.

  • cdblue10

    I can fully enjoy my day off and at the same time watching Lin and Hornets playing as a team,wohooooo go Hornets!!!!

  • Maknusia

    Finally! Buzzanity!!!

  • Maknusia

    🙁 I’m on a move..would be missing the game..Hope its a blast! Go Lin!!! Lets Buzz out CLE!

  • PPP

    Will they put Shumpert on Lin instead of Irving?

  • hope his ankle’s had enough days to heal, enough for him to have a good game w/out reinjury.

  • CJSHYY

    Shumpert is back up SG now. If Lin plays starting PG, they will not face each other.

  • cdblue10

    Mac you can always pitch in,for sure a lot of us will be posting play by play scenarios,I wanna see him crossed Lebron again but I hope he will make the basket this time…lol.The most part that I’m excited with is to see him play with MKG.

  • Acbc

    Could be just the anti jinx we need, like putting Michael to sleep. Lol.

  • MoominFloren

    Woohoo PG finally!!!!

  • Maknusia

    I know…but…but…we know him…he is not a stat person and the quote above from the interview reinstates that he dont care about stat and only wants win

  • lin against irving as starting point guards during linsanity… such a good time… lin started slowly but heated up… irving had a good game too.

    now they have lebron… maybe mkg can hold him down.

  • Maknusia

    that would be sweet…crossover Part 2! Break a leg…baby

  • Maknusia

    aye aye Sir…joining @michael

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! I like the word too. LOL!

  • PPP

    Theres a thing call cross-match. lol

  • donsmacau

    LINSANITY Time FOLKS!

    Only Hope for a Win. Does this sound familiar? Team plagued by injury, nobody left on the bench? Coach has no other options? Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak, Iman Shumpert?

    Yes, Linsanity — Give JLIN the ball and and green keys to the house and let him run Pick & Rolls with Marvin, Hansbrough and all the bigs all-night-long.

    Shooters like Troy must stay active without the ball and move to their spots and be ready when JLIN hits them.

    We could have another historic night if JLIN’s ankle holds up and if Clifford does the right thing and doesn’t screw things up.

  • Maknusia

    Hope to see the dishing and dashing all nite long!

  • PPP

    Dont forget the triple double game.

  • Maknusia

    Good things to come…then!

  • pandaboy99

    This is the game guys… the game where lin crosses lebron over and makes the game winning shot.

  • Dorothy

    Not sure about Lin’s ankle though, based on the post-game Lakers picture, his ankle looked swollen…

  • PPP

    Another triple double for tonight?

    https://youtu.be/Va07knm9MNk

  • golfhacker

    Now we just need Batum to sit as well.

  • sws94

    I think only Kemba. Batum was doubtful, I don’t think they want to play him. Haven’t seen an injury update yet.

  • DX

    Was thinking Kemba never get injury.

  • donsmacau

    If JLIN’s ankle were fully healthy, I would have no problem proclaiming that Hornets led by JLIN at point would be our real SUPER BOWL because I have every confidence JLIN could get this injury depleted team over the Cavs.

    Problem is JLIN himself is also hurt and that is the unknown at this point.

  • donsmacau

    Kemba imo contributed to the injuries of his teammates by trying to Takeover Games and win by himself through Isoheroballing in the 4Qs of easily winnable games extending many into Overtime and fatiguing the team – fatigue increases risk of injury.

  • DX

    Double double should be great.

  • sws94

    Lin’s D is so much better now. Lin played great with Anthony until he mutinied against MDA. Irving looked great, exceptionally talented and only 19 years old there. Lin will need help tonight guarding him tonight, but also Lin may be able to get points against Irving also if his ankle is OK.

  • sws94

    I hope the team runs more tonight. MKG in there means that Lin could have an outlet if that happens. I don’t expect Lin to go to the hole to score as much as facilitate tonight.

  • cdblue10

    Irving and LIn is a good match up same thing with MKG and Lebron,the only problem on this game would the be frontline,I hope they can hold their ground against Mosgov and Thompson,otherwise it should be a great game.

  • sws94

    No.

  • sws94

    Both matchups favor the Cavs. Love vs. Marv also. It will be hard to find any favorable matchups tonight. Cavs are way better than the Hornets. Still, if things fall into place and some of the Hornets have good games while causing trouble for some of the Cavs, anything is possible.

  • swijaya

    Double figures Points & more than 11 Assists.

    11 are max number of Assists by any Hornets to date.

  • cdblue10

    It does,and it’s more fun and exciting to watch especially if the underdogs will win.MKG have played pretty well against Lebron a bunch of time but of course that’s Lebron,OTH Lin won games against Irving before so it could be anybody’s ball game,although in reality Cavs will be in upper hand on this game.MKG,Lin and Batum might surprised the CAVs though.

  • Maknusia

    and to add on…if they could shoots the 3s similar to beginning of the season…they got a chance to bag it…..Lin is gonna pull the defenders and thats gonna create open 3s ….they just need to be ready

  • cdblue10

    Lin,MKG,Batum,Marv and Zeller is a big and solid line up,it’s should be a very good game.I actually like their chances

  • sws94

    How long ago to Lin win against Kyrie? I think Lin can match Kyrie to a point, but Kyrie has the perimeter shot and the ability to drive to the basket and finish. Lin may be better on defense against him but the amount of change of direction that would be needed to defend him would really wear on his ankles. So, just practically looking at Lin’s condition, I just hope Lin can move the ball, assists, keep TOs down and be reasonably effective at making Irving pass rather than having Irving get pass him time after time. That’s all I want.

    To play good defense on LBJ is to make him work hard. But nobody is stopping Lebron. Not K Leonard, not Iggy, not MKG.

    The Cavs are tops in the East. They are at home. They seem healthier. I’m going into this game with low expectations. It’s not impossible for the Hornets to pull something out of the hat. But very improbable in my opinion.

  • cdblue10

    Kyrie just look better because he has Lebron on his team but otherwise Lin has still his numbers against him,MKG knows Lebron pretty well, in a matter of fact he had problems before when he played against him in the playoff but the interesting side would be Batum and Lamb,if they have a good game they can pull this off

  • sws94

    How are Batum and Zeller going to look? If Batum looks like he did the last time he played he’s a huge liability. He went 1/11 and had what, 5 or more TOs? Zeller is just getting back from missing a bunch of games. Marv is good and LIn is compromised and not shooting well. I don’t share your optimism.

  • Alain Gervais

    Datum is not one to shoot a lot. He will get rebounds instead i he needs to.

  • sws94

    I just hope to see less Batum, assuming he plays, force feeding Cody who gets his shot blocked or loses the ball than Lin creating for others through screens and drive/penetration kicks but also transition baskets. I think a Batum/Cody combo won’t work against the Cavs. Lin has to play the main facilitator and not just bring the ball up for any chance at all. Still, it’s a tall order.

  • sws94

    Will he control the offense like he usually does? If so, will the long and athletic Cavs pick off his passes and that lead to transition baskets? I’m just trying to look at the game realistically with their team assets vs. the Hornets and also the relative health of the Hornets.

  • cdblue10

    Every game is a different game,that’s basketball,you won’t expect Batum to be 1-11 again do you?Sometimes getting back from injury will make a player just hungry and eager to play hard.

  • sws94

    Really? I thought Kyrie got his against Lin and Lin against Kyrie in the early days. Lin is better defensively but there are the factors I listed above. In the Linsanity game where Lin had a great supporting cast and solid offensive schemes, Kyrie scored a good amount in that game and broke down the defense and assisted that well. Kyrie is a very skilled player.

  • sws94

    It’s not the 1-11. It’s the ability to play. Batum didn’t shoot, pass, defend or do anything at all well in the last game he played. We can hope he plays better but he has had a lot of poor games since he injured his toe vs. good ones. That’s unlike Lin who has had more good than poor games even on the bad ankle.

  • cdblue10

    Their is no question that Kyrie is a talented player,but Lin still won more game against him when they faced off.

  • cdblue10

    I hope for all the previous bad games he had,he will have the best one today.

  • Alain Gervais

    Datum tov is expected

  • sws94

    Cleveland with LeBron is different than the version without. They went to the finals and without Kyrie playing mostly. Now Lin has the borderline playoff team and Kyrie has the championship caliber team. Houston vs. Cleveland had Houston as the better team.

  • sws94

    Me too. The key guys on the Hornets all have to play well for any chance at a win.

  • Rick Johnson

    Pretty tough opposition for his first game as starting PG. Lets hope he’s in his top form and his shot starts clicking. Hornets play well at home though and JLin / Lamb play well together.

  • Rick Johnson

    He’s going to need his 10 game tonight.

  • cdblue10

    So what’s your point here?I already know that Cavs has a better team than Hornets but what I’m saying is Lin won more games against Kyrie when they face against each other.

  • KHuang

    There is no question in my mind that Lin is more talented than Irving.

    Irving cannot play multiple positions, defend, rebound, pass, or crack defenses like Lin can.

  • sws94

    Because they are team victories. With Kyrie having one of the best players in the history of the game on his team and a strong surrounding cast and Lin not, the odds favor Kyrie’s team vs. Lin’s team. What happened in the past doesn’t change the current situation.

  • sws94

    I was mistaken. It is a home game. I thought it was on the road. Well, hopefully Lin gets favorable calls tonight and he isn’t bleeding and not getting them. And if some jerk like J R Smith commits a flagrant on him that it is actualy called. Or the refs see LeBron pulling on Lin’s jersey like he did against him in a game. Lamb is just coming back from injury, so hopefully he’s in good playing shape.

  • cdblue10

    I already acknowledged that Cavs is a better team than Hornets.But Kyrie is not an extra ordinary player.

  • sws94

    I think he’s excellent and can be outstanding if he develops more of his game. He’s all of 23, 24 this year, and he can score and create and draw defenses. I don’t think much of his defense, but his offense is potent. Add two other highly skilled players and it is pick your poison.

    I don’t like watching him that much and vastly prefer watching Lin. Kyrie isn’t as unique in his approach and not as surprising or able to life his team mates close to the same way. He doesn’t have that all-out hustle Lin has either or toughness. But he is skilled and can score the ball.

  • Dorothy

    Sigh, this is a Lin fan site and we have to listen to a “Lin fan” telling us Irving is superior than Lin…

  • cdblue10

    Kyrie is a good player,but I can’t compare him to the likes of Isiah Thomas and Iverson,he is just the poor version of them.What I meant was,he isn’t that great.

  • Maknusia

    I would give Batum a break…since he was getting back into a game mode from injury…everyone gets rusty and not sure if he is 100% yet

  • donsmacau

    Basketball is a team sport not a one-on-one sport.

    Kyrie Irving did what while leading a Lebron-less team?

    JLIN did what with a team of no-names for 30+ games in NY? Answer produced WINS – the ultimate benchmark is WINS

  • sws94

    I understand. Just commenting on how he plays on the court, not trying to bash him. That he goes out there and tries is admirable, but what does he have really? I’m not expecting much. That way, if he plays well that’s wonderful and if he doesn’t, it’s more or less consistent with what I’ve seen from him during the injury.

  • Phoenix Rising

    10+ assists and/or 20+ points then 😀

  • Dorothy

    No, I do not know basketball AT ALL lol,
    but this is a Lin fan site and I hate to see people finding every chances there are to put down Lin. A rational analysis of Lin’s strength and weakness are welcomed and encouraged, but not trying to put down Lin using any sneaky way.

  • sws94

    OK, I wasn’t thinking about them. Just the matchup with (and injured) Lin and their respective teams.

  • Phoenix Rising

    He gets 25+ combined points, assists to be on the safer side :p

  • grover chang

    Wait. Who is starting point guard? Lin or Roberts?

  • cdblue10

    So If Kyrie is that great why can’t he win those games,Iverson brought his team to the finals with mediocre teammates

  • grover chang

    Actually I do. Lin is a better team player, where the whole team gets involved. I see a lot of ball massaging by Irving with freezing of teammates out.

  • sws94

    Well, if both Lin and Irving are injured and slowed down, that will help Lin out defending Kyrie.

  • donsmacau

    So a healed up but previously injured Kyrie will give us a chance to steal this one?

    Kyrie wouldn’t have to play 1 minute and the Hornets stand ZERO chance of winning if Clifford goes with ANY Plan that he has used this entire regular season except for the ONE plan he used on Raptors#1.

  • Maknusia

    If he doesnt, then it should be Coach’s decision to make the necessary changes…maybe CC is seeing something in him or just mere presence…do create the offensive force

  • sws94

    The article says Lin. Most are going under the assumption that it will be Lin. He’s Kemba’s backup, and Batum’s.

  • Phoenix Rising

    But if an individual player’s skill is directing his team’s offense… Irving has better handles, he’s a great isolation player. Lin is a better defender and passer + he plays to make his team mates better.

  • Maknusia

    Fit to play had always been medical staff’s call and its not Lin. Once the fitness certification is given, then its up to coach and Lin

  • sws94

    Maybe. Whatever CC comes up with, I hope it works and recognizes it and makes adjustments quickly if it doesn’t work.

  • xeroid

    Why7 don’t you change your handle to Kyrie win?

  • cdblue10

    A lot of things are debatable but facts are facts,Lin won more games against Kyrie when they face each other,same analogy that you used when you say that Kyrie is a better individual player than Lin

  • sws94

    That’s why I like Lin. I truly wish Lin had better handles under pressure and in the half court, his open court handles are absolutely great. But I like how he makes his team mates better. How he puts more of himself out there on the court. I can watch a bunch of good ISO players with fancy handles that can score. They aren’t that uncommon. Someone like Lin is much more uncommon and he also can finish strong at the rim. His combo of skills and how he approaches the game is more fun to watch. That said, the ISO guys are necessary sometimes, as long as they don’t get carried away.

  • sws94

    Seeing that this is Walker’s first game of the season out, he’s played through a lot of physical challenges.

  • grover chang

    I understand your point. Better ball handler. Better driver. Better shooter. But all that equals better loser.

  • cdblue10

    Lol…exactly!!!!

  • Phoenix Rising

    Absolutely agree bws94. Irving by himself, team goes for a dive. But you suddenly add Lebron to do much of the play making and Irving takes their team to the next level.

  • sws94

    That’s why I think Lin should move the ball up the court fast. Lin should have a plan in place if Shump or LeBron pressure him full court or if the Cavs give him the Heat treatment. That’s the biggest thing I’m concerned about in this game with Lin being the primary PG. Lin can figure out ways with MKG to get assists, but he may need his 10-15 foot jumper to work for him tonight. And his shooting hasn’t been consistent at all this season. If his shots fall tonight, and he figures out the traps and full press, he can have a good game.

    Kyrie unfortunately seems injury prone. That can turn him into a Rose Jr. in a way. Hope not. I don’t wish injury on any talented player or any player of any talent level.

  • Maknusia

    yup…he had been a little lacking in that department…lets see

  • Sophie Paris

    Kemba out maybe linsanity can happen… Hope his ankle is good.

  • donsmacau

    Brian Roberts has been the de facto backup to Kemba.

    Check the games from Dec-Jan. – This season’s greatest fallacy is that Kemba’s Backup is JLIN (blame whatever excuse but those are facts)

    Anything can happen with clueless Clifford.

  • cdblue10

    He had the chance when Lebron wasn’t still in Cavs uniform.Lin brought Knicks to the playoff as a last bench player but Kyrie was always at the bottom 3.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Like to see Lin and teamball earn this one!

  • John Focker

    Problem is he will still find things to nitpick when Lin actually wins. Guess Lin has to average 60%/50%/100% with a triple double for this guy to shut it.

  • Phoenix Rising

    I have. Albeit 2 and 3 years ago. Have you read the latest comments from their new coach? Irving needs to sacrifice more to make this team better… I.e. become a better playmaker

  • Dorothy

    Oh, no, actually I remember when Lin won you disappeared and I even asked where were you in a recent game thread.

  • John Focker

    He literally asked for all those minutes, including garbage time. No one else to blame but himself.

  • sws94

    That’s all he does. I like Nick as a person but on the floor he’s a chucker, hardly ever passes. And doesn’t play much D either. He’s one-dimensional. I think Lin can work on more one-on-one moves. That’s what PFV has been saying for years. It’s time to do it, he’s not getting any younger.

  • grover chang

    I’ll be happy as long as final score is +1. This will be a difficult game.

  • sws94

    He’s a Kemba type. Just more skilled. LeBron is trying to get him to be more of a team player. More of a PG.

  • cdblue10

    What do you mean?He has 14 players 15 including him,compare to depleted Knicks at that time

  • cdblue10

    The bottom line here is,he is just an ordinary player without a superstar team mate like Lebron.

  • sws94

    Regardless, he’s not getting any coddling due to injury because he’s out this game. If he’s out, he’s physically too compromised to play per the medical staff. You don’t think he begged to play for this game? I do. That’s how he is.

  • sws94

    Just hoping for a good game. Don’t need Linsanity. Just a solid performance. If there’s any part of Linsanity I’d love to see it is the assists more than points. Lin 12 points is fine. 12 assists would be fantastic.

  • grover chang

    Stop. The jig is up. Like minded people recognize each other. There is no love in your posts for Lin. The heart could not be hidden forever.

    Not a Lin fan. Fine. Majority of basketball fans don’t care about Lin. But why come to a Lin fan site when you don’t love Lin.

  • sws94

    No way is he ordinary. He is very skilled. He has a bunch to learn to be a more complete player but he’s one of the best ball handlers and scoring PGs in the game.

  • PPP

    Not sure why some posters are negative/worried about this game. It doesnt matter to me whether they can win. What important is how lin plays as a starting pg, especially pairing with MKG. Besides, upsets happened all the time.

    Lets go Lin!!

  • donsmacau

    Oh so the zero % of the time proves that you’re right that JLIN is Kemba’s backup

    While the 100% of the time where either Batum or Roberts etal has backed up Kemba count for nothing.

    Ridiculous, not sure why I even bothered to reply again to this ridiculousness.

  • Maknusia

    OK folks….lets agree to disagree and move on this topic, please…each party had said their pov….thanks

  • TTNN

    I counted only Kemba and AI, we don’t know Batum yet, who is the fourth one?

  • sws94

    Yes he should shoot. But not every time he gets the ball. I used to go crazy with Nick and Lin on the floor together and once Nick got the ball he’d shoot it.

    Lin isn’t perfect but usually does well with screens. There are more skills he can add. But I can find better guys than Nick, guys like Curry, to use as examples to inspire Lin to have more offensive skills.

    You know, Harden is a good offensive player without all of the flopping and depending on foul calls. He is very good at assists when he doesn’t pound the ball. He’s also an SG but kind of PG minded. Lin has learned from him to some extent. Wade is a guy Lin can learn from too. He went from super athletic to crafty. Due to his injuries he had to adjust. L

  • Phoenix Rising

    I feel a little selfish now. Will go with your line 🙂

  • donsmacau

    Sophie I agree with you. Not as confident on the ankle though since it’s been over 1 month.

    As to just seeing a solid performance, that’s ridiculous a solid performance will not beat the Cavs.
    We want to see JLIN lead the team to a WIN if he has control of the team as point guard.

    12pts, 12assts and a LOSS would not be fantastic.

  • cdblue10

    If the game will only played by ball handling itself then he has the shot to be very skilled but otherwise if you can’t convert that into winnings then you’re just another exhibitionist.

  • sws94

    I think calling him “ordinary” is under-rating him. There are great players who haven’t won everything. Irving’s talents are strong.

  • grover chang

    Lin for President. Like the sound of that.

  • Maknusia

    using “nonsense” its a little harsh and some may construct it to getting personal. we just need to be a little sensitive when we chat/post online since there is no emotion attached to words. thanks

    I would have word it, what you said doesnt make sense when the number says otherwise

  • sws94

    Backup in the sense that if Kemba can’t start, Lin starts. All of the people that said Lamb would replace Lin as a closer and if Batum is out Lamb would start were wrong. Batum has been out plenty of games and in every one of those games, Lin started. Anyway, I’m not going to argue with you anymore about this. If Roberts starts tonight, then indeed, he’s Kemba’s backup.

  • sws94

    Duly noted for future posts. Thanks.

  • cdblue10

    Ok,I said that he is a good player on my previous post but a lot of things are just debatable if you said that he is a a very skilled player,because I’ve seen great players as much as you do.

  • donsmacau

    Kemba does not play 48 minutes per game.

    When Kemba rests — approximately 80-85% of the time he has rested he has NOT been replaced at PG by JLIN.

  • sws94

    I agree about Lin and confidence in his dribble. When he doesn’t think about it, he does better than when he’s in ISO and has to think about it.

  • Maknusia

    and this I refer to @disqus_9aWbejEozm:disqus @groverchang:disqus @disqus_uvA4vLUdRW:disqus @johnfocker73:disqus

    thanks

  • sws94

    The question is who starts. That sense of the word, not who comes in to relieves someone. And Roberts has played 28 games this season. When Batum, Kemba and Lin are all playing, Roberts doesn’t even play usually unless it is a blowout. He’s playing more recently because Batum has been out.

  • Maknusia

    no one is perfect…he does improvise and need to continue to learn and get better

  • sws94

    I’d like a lot of assists. Even if he doesn’t score, if he gets guys looks his facilitation becomes valuable. He’s scored a lot before. Him getting assists tonights sends a strong message. But, of course, guys have to catch the ball and put it in the basket when he gives them good looks to get them. So, it all isn’t on Lin.

  • cdblue10

    Knicks weren’t winning until Lin integrated to the line up,but Kyrie was been playing as the superstar player on the Cavs team,he has all the chance to prove how great he can be for 3 years.

  • sws94

    Lin had better pieces, a coach that suited his game, the perfect storm. He did fantastically, historically fantastically but he had better pieces. But he was also part of the losing streak that ended MDA’s coaching in NYC on that team. Boils down to then is then and now is now. Lin has been on the losing side and has had struggles as well as Kyrie since.

  • donsmacau

    And when Roberts comes in who does he replace?

  • grover chang

    Lebron stared down a retired Jordan in the playoffs. Would like to see the hornets give a little payback for Jordan with a win tonight. One for his Airness!

    https://youtu.be/ZfIJEyWYTdE

  • cdblue10

    Exactly…As a fan I love to see this type of game because you’ll get excited even if they win or lose.We have also the chance to see Lin where he at against this type of caliber teams.This will give us idea where LIn at this moment as a basketball player.There is no other joy as a sport fan if you see your favorite player to win against championship team and he has a big part of playing the game(I’m not saying that they’re going to win).

  • LAJane

    Geez some of these guys are so CHILDISH! Just be a grown-up professional, for g*ds sake, and use your skills with some class. Urk.

  • sws94

    What’s the point of that question? The original post is about starting, not about what Roberts does when he comes in. If you want to talk about that, maybe start a Roberts post. My point is about who starts for Kemba in tonight’s game. I think it’s Lin and most people on Hornet’s forums think it is Lin. No one really on any Hornets forum I’ve read think Roberts will start in place of Kemba.

  • donsmacau

    You SAID this, “He’s Kemba’s backup, and Batum’s” that statement is demonstrably false and thank you for finally admitting that your initial premise is incorrect.

  • sws94

    What? I said starting from the beginning. You are trying to change it to who replaces who as backup and that is NOT what I meant NOR is that the point of the original post. Time to end this. It’s going nowhere and we don’t need to get into I’m right you’re not posturing.

  • Phoenix Rising

    These people live in a different world from ours. There is a lot more emphasis on optics and grand gestures. MJ has done his share of trolling Lebron in the past 😀 To the NBA, it’s all entertainment.

    Which is probably the reason we love Lin as much as we do…

  • cdblue10

    I hoped they’re in the same era of basketball.

  • donsmacau

    So you didn’t write this, “He’s Kemba’s backup, and Batum’s” – if that’s how it going to be having dialogue with you…

  • John Focker

    JUST? You do realize that there are only six members in the 50/40/90 club in the history of the NBA, and none as marginalized as Lin.

    You’re the VERY definition of a tiger fan, or something else under the guise.

  • I believe LeBron was still salty over MJ’s comment on “Give Me Kobe Over LeBron” the previous year so he was trying to send a message 🙂

    Also, “I could’ve beaten LeBron in my prime but not so sure about Kobe (since he stole all my moves)” LOL
    Oct 2013…
    Hall of Fame basketball player Michael Jordan doesn’t think much of LeBron James.
    In a video promoting the ‘NBA 2K14’ video game, the Hall of Famer said that he could beat King James in a game of one-on-one when he was in his prime, but thinks Kobe Bryant might prove to be a worthy opponent.
    ‘I don’t think I would lose,’ said the six-time champion, ‘other than to Kobe Bryant, because he steals all of my moves.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2440392/Michael-Jordan-I-beaten-LeBron-prime-Im-sure-Kobe.html#ixzz3z8OTTTWU

  • cdblue10

    These are the things that Lin is really good and he’s not just good, he’s very skilled.Touch down passes,alley opps,interior passing,PnR,making a play out of ordinary,clutch performances,defense,team mates involvement steals and blocks.If not about anything else this guy should be starting and already polished a lot of his flaws since Linsanity,he wasn’t just given the key to play the game compared to a lot of guards that played the game.

  • KHuang

    Oh c’mon.

    If Lin didn’t want to play, he could easily sit out.

  • John Focker

    Apologies in advance for being real blunt here, but whatever happened to:

    Our #1 Vision is “Positively Bringing Together JLin Fans”

    Build a community to enjoy interaction and positive discussion among Jeremy Lin fans

    Shut me down if you’d like, but this type of quarreling is the result of being generous and kind and allowing constant Lin mockery to go unchecked over extended period of time. I have no issue shutting up, but I’m hardly the only member here who’d like to see “fans” like these put in check. If anything this is why this sanctuary was set up, and why many of us left the old turf behind. It’d be truly sad to see this place slowly sink and turned into Old Turf 2.0.

    Lin fans have enough to deal with as it is, last thing we need is a mini-Clyde running around in the last English-speaking sanctuary.

    Checking out.

  • sws94

    l was talking about starting. Backup starter. Yes, he backs Kemba up if Kemba can’t start. Same for Batum.

  • sws94

    Hubris, both sides. I see it in most sports, but not all engage in it. Depends on the personalities.

  • Rick Johnson

    Going to need lots of points because where they usually come from (Walker, maybe Batum) are out. So up to Lin, Zeller, Hawes, Daniels, Williams, maybe MKG to have a big scoring night.

  • donsmacau

    Let’s end this but think about your comment closely. JLIN went to Charlotte with in his own words, “to be Kemba’s backup” and you think that means when he starts in place of Kemba when Kemba cannot start.

    Here we are 3/5 of the way COMPLETED with the season and tonight will be the FIRST game that JLIN gets to fulfill the mandated reason he arrived in Charlotte.

    Clearly you need to review logic & reason, before you go off on a bender like this.

  • sws94

    I’m sorry, but you’ve taken a point and have gone on and on and on about it and it comes down to one thing. Lin starts for Kemba if he can’t play or Batum. Nothing else is relevant and it is now nitpicking about the word backup. Of course it is the first time starting for Kemba because it is the first game Kemba is out. So what? He’s started for Batum numerous times. I’ve said backup starter how many times now? Enough already.

  • sws94

    He’s neither the scoring or facilitation option to make 17/7. 45/35/80 is possible if he goes on a hot streak because it doesn’t depend on him as team option, just his efficiency.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    I totally agree with him.

  • Rick Johnson

    I think MJ will be very happy if JLin leads the Hornets to a win over the Cav’s.

  • Briiick

    Irving had been a stat padding loser. Clueless fans like to show off their math skills citing meaningless personal stats even in a lose, LOL.

  • Rick Johnson

    Wish Lauren Holtkamp was one of the refs but she’s in LA. Anybody have any comment on these refs?:

    Cleveland @ Charlotte Marc Davis Kane Fitzgerald Eli Roe

    http://official.nba.com/referee-assignments/

  • Rick Johnson

    Its been almost exactly 4 yrs to the day ago that this happened. Coincidence?

    https://youtu.be/7mr3P2JMcd8

  • NONONO

    Hope Lin will find a home soon. But I wonder this is for the Chinese New Year? Hope for the best.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Miss Landry, miss Jeffries.

  • NONONO

    Clifford should show this video before the game – Not just for Lin, but also for bench players.

  • NONONO

    Lin has developed more skills this season – cuts (% is the top in the league) and defense (on PGs/SGs/ some SFs).

  • cdblue10

    I believed that next year would be his break out year.

  • NONONO

    he would break out if Kemba rest for 5 games or play full pg role for 5 games

  • grover chang

    🙁 holtkamp is the fairest referee in the league.

  • Linzen

    Rumor has it that Tyson Chandler is available. Will you trade big Al for him to create the defensive trio of Chandler, MKG & JLin? That’s some serious defence.

  • NONONO

    Go for It. Kemba +AL Tyson

  • NONONO

    Tyson + MKG + Lin = Best defense and offense 3 players lineup

  • Rick Johnson

    In a second. Get Tyson

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    MJ won’t take Tyson bad contract.

  • NONONO

    Has Tyson had shoe deal yet?

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Don’t know.

  • NONONO

    How did Lin play with MKG in 1st quarter Lakers game? I missed it.

  • Linzen

    HAHAHA I wish. But, I don’t think the $ works. Tyson’s contract is only 4yr 52M.

  • Linzen

    Tyson’s contract is not too bad… only 52M for 4 years.
    I know at least one 12M/year contract that is worse. 🙂

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    He’s not young either.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    very promising. Both played well defensive end and moved everywhere with or without the ball.

  • NONONO

    Great. Playing with Cody and MKG, Lin doesn’t need to overhelp Kemba, Lamb, Hawes, Batum, Roberts’ weak defenses, then he would be less likely re injure his ankle

  • grover chang

    FO should just ask Lin who he wants on his team.

  • Linzen

    Ture. A 33 year old for a 31 year old…

  • NONONO

    I think AL is done. Hornets played much better without him until too many injures.

  • Linzen

    FO should ask jlinportal who we want for his team. 🙂

  • Linzen

    IMO Al is still a good post up player. He has some pretty moves under the basket. But, his style of play is not suitable for the current Hornets… may be even modern NBA. Warriors have really changed the way NBA plays.

  • NONONO

    Kemba got hurt because he played too much iso wit too many minutes. Lin got hurt because he has to cover two, sometimes 3 players in so many games. Lin + Lamb + Cody + MKG + Marvin >>> Kemba + Batum + AL + PJ + Marvin (old starting lineup)

  • NONONO

    New BF1 = Kemba + Batum + AL + PJ + Frank.. To Clifford, dream big, win big.

  • Linzen

    Cody doesn’t PNR too well with Lin.
    So, I’d prefer Lin + Lamb + MKG + Hansbrough + Marvin.

  • NONONO

    it would work too.

  • NONONO

    2nd bench is not bad too = Roberts (getting better), Daniels (much better), Hansbrough (could start) , Hawes (could be in BF1) and Harrison (potential Harsenity?).

  • NONONO

    AL plays like 41

  • PPP

    This^^

  • Dan Ang

    Dang, that pumped me up right there!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Tyler seems to be the best PnR partner of Lin right now.
    I’m sure glad he’s given more minutes lately. I’m pretty sure that Hanbrough hasn’t hit his ceiling yet.

  • TTNN

    No, that contract is bad…..

  • TTNN

    Zeller could play today

  • Lefon Jang

    Better yet trade Kemba Walker for Joakim Noah & Aaron Brooks.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Harrison has been sent to D-league. He really doesn’t belong right now. Signing him is a big mistake. Hornets should have sent him to D-league long ago. He couldn’t contribute at all. A few games ago, Hornets desperately needs help in SG position.

    I don’t have confident in the drafting of Hornets. GSW is successful as a result of 2012’s draft. They got lucky in 2009 and 2011 by getting Stepen Curry and Klay Thompson. In 2012, they have done brilliantly by getting Harrison Barnes, Ezeli and Draymond Green with 2 of them being the starters right now; Ezeli being their backup center. Andre Iguodal, their MVP last season, Andrew Bogut, Shawn Livingston,Marreese Speights, Jason Thompson and Leandro Barbosa were either acquired from trades or signed as FAs.

    Hornets’ record hasn’t been very successul so far in drafting and acquiring free agents. The best player they have got so far as FAs or trades is Jeremy Lin. Their drafts of Kemba Walker, MKG, Cody Zeller and Kaminsky have’t impressed me either.

  • lleepar
  • CaliUSMC

    he playing today?

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Why does Phoenix want another guard like Kemba Walker. They have already had Brandon Knights and Eric Bledsoe as starters. They also have Booker as their backup SG and Ronnie Prices as backup PG. They have also fired their head coach. Guess they would want to vacate the position for someone like MDA, which is bad news for Lin fans. I don’t think MDA could use Lin in the team there.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The players surrounding Lin were Shumpert, Tyson Chandler, Landry Fields at his prime, Jeffries, Novak, Amar’e Stoudemire and Melo; as a whole much better than that of Hornets now.
    From then on Deron Williams has been all the way downhill and he must hate Lin to make him so well known in Linsanity.

  • Ulysses Modder
  • Rick Johnson

    Noah is out for the season.

  • Rick Johnson

    Hope he breaks LeBron’s ankles and makes it today.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Landry was injured and has never been played at his best since then and Jeffries retired. I sure miss them。

  • Linzen

    Why would you say that?

  • sws94

    I don’t see the big deal. Nice move, he missed the shot.

  • Linzen

    Nice! Thank you.
    I see only two KW, but 3 or 4 JLin appearances. Good stuff.

  • TTNN

    Chandler is 33 this year, his contract is 13M/yr for 4 years starting this season, so he is paid till he is 37. that’s pretty bad contract, and his play dropped, remember Linsanity happen 4 years ago, Chandler is over his prime already. He wasn’t even 30 when he was playing together with Lin in NY.

  • orLinaryjoe

    MJ was not happy there. Wanted to put his bball shoes on.

  • grover chang

    Is Lin the only back up pg in that video.

  • Linzen

    Totally agree that Chandler is not young anymore. But, with the new salary cap next year, 13M/year is almost a back up center price range.

    But then I haven’t really watched him play this year. Is he really that bad? I heard somewhere he was -188 last week. 🙁

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The real coach of the Cavaliers is LeBron. I really don’t like this team at all.
    There are a few teams in NBA which have been playing surprising well; namely, Dallas Mavericks. I really did’t think they can make it to playoff but I’m wrong. They are solid and should be a sure in. Boston Celtics is playing extremely well right now. Toronto Raptors has been nothing but amazing. The fact that Hornets could defeat them is nothing short of a miracle; well, Lin made that possible.
    Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks has gone downhill. Rockets has been horrible . Phoenix Suns, NO Pelicans, Timberwolves all have been so disappointing. They really should have done better than their record shows. Their coaches should be responsible for their below par performance on the court.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Too bad Lin missed the shot. Give Jeremy one more season, he will make this shot. The fundamentals of Lin is getting better and better.

  • DX

    Any confirmation about tonight’s starters? Lin, Batum, MKG, MW, Zeller?

  • sws94

    Probably. I think when it is tweeted someone will post it.

  • DX

    Actually, Daniel can start if Batum like to lead 2nd unit.

  • Rick Johnson
  • sws94

    Your lineup was correct. It’s official, Rick posted it.

  • DX

    Yes, I knew that. If Batum play with 2nd unit, he doesn’t need to share ball with Lin since he like facility now.

  • pandaboy99

    This is a winning lineup as long as batum isnt below average

  • donsmacau

    Batum wants the ball in his hands, he is main facilitator in his mind and in the mind of the Hornets Coach/FO, chances of loss went exponential with Batum confirmed start against Cavs.

  • sws94

    They start together. There may be times where Batum goes to 2nd and Lin goes to 2nd to have a starter player in with the first unit. Probably not too much together. I hope Cliff doesn’t overplay them but…

    What am I talking about? I expect Cliff to play both of them huge minutes even though they are both injured.

  • sws94

    It’ll be interesting to see the level of interaction between MKG and the other guys. MKG in the lineup may change how Batum plays and definitely gives Lin a viable athletic guy for baskets. He also gives Lin a guy that leaks out for transition baskets.

  • pandaboy99

    MKG gives a lot less wasted LIN possessions since PJ wont be bricking 3s

  • pandaboy99

    So let Batum facilitate, get his 6 TOs and lower his contract value

  • heart

    A few times I also saw Batum has tendency to defer to not embarrass himself. So hopefully he knows he will get his if he lets Lin facilitates and gets everyone involved and into rhythm.

  • Sophie Paris

    Let’s go!! ^^

  • Ulysses Modder

    For Hornets win Cavs with this lineup Lin will need to make 30 points in the game of today

  • Linzen

    This is exciting! Finally, Lin’s first start this year AS A PG!

    Go Lin Go!

  • Acbc

    If Lin can get Daniels going hot again, he won’t need to score so much. Lin with 20/16 can lead them to a team win.

  • KHuang

    Hopefully Batum looks to SCORE, not pass.

    His wannabe point guard game is terrible.

    Batum should stick to being a 3. WHOOPS,
    that’s MKG’s position.

  • Rick Johnson

    Batum can play team ball. He seems to go iso-hero ball when playing with Kemba. But I’ve seen him play well with JLin. I just hope he’s got his shot back. That his toe is okay and Cliff isn’t rushing him back too soon.

  • KHuang

    The key to the game:

    Lin needs to avoid foul trouble at all costs.

    Let Irving score if it means less fouling.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Comon Lin, do some heavy lifting for the win!

  • So Kyrie was MKG’s HS teammate.

    Maybe MKG whispered some tips to Lin on how to guard Kyrie

  • NONONO

    For some reason Lin never (almost?) played well with Batum. Any comment?

  • Lin 1st assist to MArvin 3!

  • Lefon Jang

    Marvin’s the man

  • NONONO

    Batum toke PG away from Lin

  • Lefon Jang

    and turned over

  • Lefon Jang

    nice foul, Tristan came to the rescue

  • ManOnFire

    come on Lin

  • Lefon Jang

    c’mon Batum

  • Dorothy

    22222222222

  • Lefon Jang

    there’s that midrange!

  • cdblue10

    222

  • Lin for 2222!! YEah
    Nice Pick-and-Pop with Zeller

  • NONONO

    Batum got to stop dribble the ball!!!!

  • ManOnFire

    LIN!!!!!!

  • Lefon Jang

    Batum again! shoot the ball man

  • Batum should STOP passing.. so many TOs

  • NONONO

    Batum should be counted 4 TOs already. Stop!

  • cdblue10

    Clifford need to tell Batum stop to dribbling the ball

  • ManOnFire

    Lin will pick it up in the 2nd quarter.. Batum is being a detriment to this team right now

  • travis

    Batum just awful

  • ManOnFire

    Lin should touch the ball every time in the half court

  • Ulysses Modder

    I already said that the cancer of Lin were not Walker, is Batun

  • sws94

    Batum is messy out there.

  • heart

    Cliff is so wrong. He allows Batum and MKG to initiate offense when he has the best Hornets PG on the floor???? I have counted at least 7 total possessions initiated by Batum-6 and MKG-1 have turned out either turnovers or no points. SMH!!!

  • cdblue10

    That’s a foul

  • MKG plays hard and hustles!

  • DX

    Batum stop handling the ball. Put Daniel in .

  • sws94

    Cody hesitated too much. Lin got him the ball. That’s the problem with these bigs.

  • CJSHYY

    Cliff is hopeless…. smh!

  • Lefon Jang

    Finally, BAtum made a shot

  • cdblue10

    Just be a role player Batum,thats your job

  • Good drive by Lin but blocked by KLove.
    Nice assist to Batum

  • cdblue10

    MKGGGGGGG

  • It looks like MKG can almost finish everytime he drives or got the hand on the ball

  • travis

    Mkg also refusing to give up the rock not liking what I’m seeing

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin has 4 assist

  • cdblue10

    Williams…..this is a playoff atmosphere type game,loving it.

  • sws94

    I think he’s fine. He’s pushing the pace.

  • ManOnFire

    Lin playing a good floor game with 4 assists already

  • aras

    Lin facilitating great love this right now from him.

  • ManOnFire

    hes told to do that its fine dont worry

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Love it lin forced LBJ give up fast break.

  • cdblue10

    As long as he’s defending and making good plays,it’s fine with me

  • He saw an opening and decided to go aggressive..
    Can’t fault him for that.

    He might need a floater or use the board avoid blocks next time

  • travis

    Lin very composed great job so far

  • heart

    Heard Dell said Lin must be “creative first” instead of shooting since he’s PG tonight. Haven’t heard him said that about KW.

  • Mr Chuckles

    Haha, Lin holding up Lebron in the backcourt. Like what Kobe did to Lin in MSG during Linsanity and Lin swiped away Kobe’s hand.

  • Alain Gervais

    Kemba doesn’t have those type of skills

  • NONONO

    Lin would have 15 assists if Batum focus on SG.

  • Lefon Jang

    Go LIn!

  • sws94

    Exactly. Lin is playing quite well.

  • cdblue10

    Nice drive…Lin!!!

  • Alain Gervais

    Im really surprise how healthy Lin looks

  • Ulysses Modder

    Now Lin without Batun

  • travis

    Great job pickings his spots

  • Lefon Jang

    The tank with some action!

  • cdblue10

    Here we go…

  • LOL Hornets dominated offensive rebounds.. Lin, MKG, Frank

  • Linzen

    That’s how you play TEAMBALL!

  • cdblue10

    Boom!!!

  • Lefon Jang

    LInsanity

  • Dorothy

    22222222222

  • YEah, Lin with long 2222!!

  • travis

    No legs on his shots but still playing very good

  • Lefon Jang

    First time Hornets starter not in a deep hole after 1st quarter!

  • Alain Gervais

    Lamb omg

  • cdblue10

    wow smith read that play very well

  • Linzen

    nice block… :((((

  • Alain Gervais

    Smith is a lot better on the cavs. He actually plays defense

  • great athleticism to block

  • sws94

    Great defensive play by Smith. Good play by Clifford but great play by Smith. Still don’t like him.

  • ManOnFire

    triple double alert for JLIN: 5 pts 3 reb 4 ast WOW WHAT A START!

  • Alain Gervais

    So by the looks of it Lin is playing Kembas minutes so he won’t play with the bench

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lol. Neither do i

  • ManOnFire

    who doubted JLIN would have a monster game today? certainly not me.. hes in ALL MY FANTASY LINEUPS!

  • travis

    2 rebounds 5 assists

  • Linzen

    CHA can trade KW now.

  • cdblue10

    Imagined what he can do for a better team and a better teammates if allowed to be a Jeremy Lin

  • That was a well-designed play by Clifford for Frank to throw an alley-oop but a bit short so JR can get up & block it.
    Lin’s pass would make it an alley-oop for a dunk

  • Alain Gervais

    correct it is on the pass not Lamb who rushed the dunk a little

  • Sophie Paris

    I called Linsanity. Lol

  • travis

    Great teamb all competing with the favorite of the east (no kemba)

  • heart

    Dell, Lin has made 4 Assist in 12 min, 1qtr. Haven’t seen KW done that yet.

  • NONONO

    I not sure Lin is 95% healthy.

  • cdblue10

    Lamb 3333

  • travis

    He looks about 80

  • NONONO

    About right.

  • Linzen

    not even in 48 mins… hehehe

  • cdblue10

    This is more a playoff team Hornets than what they want to manufacture in the beginning of the season.Long,athletic and plays team ball.

  • ManOnFire

    95 is good enough

  • Linzen

    Agreed. This one will go deep.

  • And MKG got 7 by himself!

  • ManOnFire

    Kemba had a couple games with 4 assists with 1st quarter but certainly not his norm

  • Lefon Jang

    Lamb wow!

  • cdblue10

    Lammmmmmmbbbbbb

  • Linzen

    Jeremy LAMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rick Johnson

    Good move Lamb !!!

  • ManOnFire

    LAMB IS THAT DUDE!

  • huge offensive rebound by Lamb + putback
    32-31

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Good play by Lamb.

  • Cavs doubled Lamb on 3pt line

  • ManOnFire

    Clifford should play Lamb with the starting unit and sit Batum

  • ManOnFire

    Irving torching whoever is in front of him

  • cdblue10

    Needs to put Lin in

  • Alain Gervais

    Kemba doesn’t come in until 5 minute mark

  • ManOnFire

    dont worry he willl come in around 6 minutes mark

  • sws94

    Lamb is playing really well.

  • cdblue10

    He needs to adjust sometimes

  • Rick Johnson

    Need to get some stops.

  • yellowshadow

    if cliff doesnt get lin’s butt back in game im going to slap his shiny head with some mr clean

  • sport

    Walker not playing due to injury?

  • CJSHYY

    Why moved Lamb out of the game? He’s doing good.

  • Rick Johnson

    Knee

  • sport

    LOL Mr Clean haha

  • Alain Gervais

    He just came back maybe tired

  • Lefon Jang

    Batum forcing too many passes

  • cdblue10

    thats a free throw

  • LinMad

    did Lin start today?

  • sport

    Anyone else thinks Hornets are not in a deep hole because the chuck master Walker is out?

  • Mr Chuckles

    yes

  • Starters haven’t come back (except for Batum subbing for tired Lamb) with 6:47 in the 2nd quarter.
    Maybe Clifford wants to give bench more time

  • cdblue10

    Whaattttt?!!!!

  • Yes, Hornets is winning the assist battle 10-8
    No wasted possession with ISOs

  • Mr Chuckles

    Bad call

  • Alain Gervais

    This is usually the normal time. Around 5 minutes when Kemba would come in

  • Lefon Jang

    c’mon Batum, shoot the ball!!!

  • LinMad

    batum’s passes are very off mark

  • Linzen

    exactly!

  • cdblue10

    Refs are dictating the game,bad officiating

  • golfhacker

    Most of his passes are.

  • cdblue10

    Nice Kam but Clifford don’t fall in love w/ 2nd unit

  • sws94

    Batum bailed out of a TO there.

  • Lefon Jang

    Tank is eating Love alive

  • cdblue10

    Hahahahah Tank!!!!

  • cdblue10

    I hope Lin is subbing in after this time out

  • Alain Gervais

    Kevin Love really don’t play defense

  • stam

    So how is Lin playing? how is his ankle?

  • stam

    his passes look terrible i’m surprised he doesn’t have more TO

  • golfhacker

    Good. 5 pts 4 assts in 1 qtr.

  • Rick Johnson

    Lin back

  • yellowshadow

    there’s no other game i want hornets to win than this one with lin at the helm as pg >_<!!

  • Lefon Jang

    What a pass by LIn!

  • cdblue10

    Batum is finally surrendering to Lin

  • golfhacker

    Assist 5

  • Mr Chuckles

    Feed the Tank

  • cdblue10

    foul

  • Lefon Jang

    LIn got the call!

  • LinMad

    all that contact for a damn whistle

  • Alain Gervais

    i little lucky there lol

  • yellowshadow

    all that contact and a slow whistle!!! are you kidding me!

  • Linzen

    Is it just me? The first unit plays a lot faster.

  • Alain Gervais

    Every since MKG return they have been

  • LinMad

    those superstar calls

  • Alain Gervais

    Happens

  • LinMad

    the world is ending.

  • travis

    Jeez the missed free throws

  • cdblue10

    With a long athletic MKG and Lin running the floor,give them time and this team will be humming

  • aras

    damn these missed freethrowes but everything else so far from lin has ben real good peeps

  • yellowshadow

    lebron looks frustrated!

  • sws94

    He went 10 for 10 in one game. Happens. Exactly. I think just slow it down and take the time and he’ll knock them down.

  • stam

    yes he’s looking good. i hope his ankle is ok!

  • Alain Gervais

    law of averages

  • golfhacker

    That’s only 2 misses in his last 20+.

  • Lefon Jang

    stop with the free throws, he’s got 5 assists!

  • DX

    I can tell Lin is only 70-80% health now.

  • Mr Chuckles

    he was missing a bunch when he was healthy. it happens. not gonna sweat it.

  • sws94

    He’s playing well. I wanted to see him get assists. I think he has only 1 TO and he looks confident handling the ball. I think he’s doing great.

  • DX

    I don’t only mean the FTs.

  • golfhacker

    Zeller needs to put on some big boy pants.

  • Rick Johnson

    Layup by James too easy.

  • Mr Chuckles

    Dude is soft.

  • yellowshadow

    RUN THE DARN PLAY THRU LIN OMFG

  • Mr Chuckles

    MKG has one fugly shooting motion.

  • sws94

    So MKG’s shot last game was not his norm.

  • Good decision by Lin to attack when Hornets need some points on the board
    2 FTs coming

  • Rick Johnson

    Lin got to start scoring more, be more of a threat. Not really drawing in the defense to get teammates open. Got to get those FT’s too.

  • sws94

    Yep. Time to knock these down those. Both.

  • yellowshadow

    lin should be doing that every possession! kyrie aint got no d!

  • zxcvb

    MKG and Batum ruining ball movement.

    50% FT shooting from Lin, but he’s doing a great job as PG.

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin is playing find. His shot will fall

  • cdblue10

    He’s stronger than Irving and not that really good in defense,I agree to attack the basket more

  • zxcvb

    As PG, he’ll heat up in the 4Q. Have to get others going first.

  • NONONO

    Look like double double for Lin today

  • Alain Gervais

    MKG is not hogging the ball. Datum Latly hasn’t. The Cavs are playing iso. We stop passing the ball late

  • travis

    So far batum and Mkg awful

  • sport

    If only Lin was 100%, his shot is still today including his FTs. Hornets really needs his offense!

  • yellowshadow

    MKG, its time to stop shooting, your D is still worth it

  • zxcvb

    Team looks so much better without Kemba. It’d look even better w/o Batum.

  • cdblue10

    I’ll give MKG a pass,he’s hustling on rebs and defense

  • zxcvb

    Hogging several possessions led to the Cavs run.

  • travis

    Idk he’s open every play he’s hurting the team

  • Linzen

    He will do better in the 2nd half.

  • Alain Gervais

    MKg has to allow the ball to find him. If he iso its not a good play.

  • cdblue10

    Need to get him going sometimes and reward his effort

  • sws94

    And missed some makable shots. When Frank went out Hornets lost a lot of the offense. Lamb also had a lot of fire. But, LeBron and Kyrie weren’t in either when they were in.

  • Cavs executed well to close the 2nd quarter.

    Hornets couldn’t finish well. They would need Frank to continue to exploit Love’s defense.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Zeller is a fool of gold big man

  • cdblue10

    Yes he’s not making the shot but to contain Lebron is not an easy task and so far he’s successful in doing so

  • heart

    MKG– 16:52 min, 1/7 FGM-A, 2pts, 0 Ast, 1TO; NB–15:42min, 1/3 FGM-A, 2pts, 3 Ast, 3 TO–> Not good ratio.

  • zxcvb

    Has to play teamball. Lin will find him. But MKG just wants to hog like Kemba.

  • yellowshadow

    but he be suppressing leflop

  • Linzen

    Repeat after me.
    We Want Tyler! We Want Tyler!

  • Alain Gervais

    Cavs are a terrible team but are great individual players. If we pass we win. Kyrie and lebron iso was the cavs offense for the last 3 minutes

  • Dell: “Lin ran the team pretty well in the 1st quarter ..”

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin has to play within the system

  • cdblue10

    Huh?

  • zxcvb

    Hornets played great for 20m. Then Cavs hit some tough Js and MKG played Hero Ball.

    Lin needs to play PG unless they specifically force it out of his hands. Batum is either injured or losing focus.

  • Briiick

    I am happy seeing Lin’s 5 ASTs in the 1st half. When Lin is facilitating, good things will happen.

  • sws94

    Yes. I hoped to see some chemistry with Lin but don’t really see much of anything yet.

  • Alain Gervais

    I don’t remember MKg hero ball.

  • travis

    Lebron is shooting 4/7 with 3 assist and 0 to where’s the containing?

  • zxcvb

    During the Cavs run, MKG pounded the dribble 2-3 times. No bucket and a Cavs bucket right after.

  • heart

    Then MKG and NB took over w/the offense…. Thank God the bench picked it up..

  • cdblue10

    single digit point isn’t good enough for you?that’s like 4 points every quarter.

  • Alain Gervais

    Have you ever thought a team like the cavs that was in the finals just last year could play defense good enough that no one was open. All of MKG shots he was the most open one.. Which was by design

  • travis

    Lebron a picking his spots he doesn’t try to takeover every minute he plays

  • Alain Gervais

    thats not true

  • heart

    And MKG has NOT made any Assists. Hopefully, he sticks to defense and lets Lin set him up for easy bucket.

  • sws94

    He did. It wasn’t PG centric but he was stabilizing and I like that he didn’t really force the issue. Made really good passes except for 1.

  • Linzen

    So sad I have to go and gonna miss the 2nd half. You guys have fun.
    GO LIN GO! Go Hornets Go!

  • zxcvb

    Lin was wide-open. MKG looked him off. Too much dribbling from him.

  • Relax, folks …

    You can focus on Lin missing 3FTs or focus on Lin running the team well (5 out of 13 Hornets assists vs CLE 11 assists)
    Even Lin knew he needs to get better at FT line; he knows what he needs to do.

    But what’s important is to play team-ball to get a W.
    That’s why Dell praised his ability to run offense, not criticize his missed 3 FTs.
    This is not LA or HOU announcers anymore

  • Alain Gervais

    I don’t remember that.

  • 5+ more assists!
    Hope you come back happy

  • zxcvb

    Also, basketball is a game of runs. CHA is one Lin-led run from tying it/taking the lead.

  • yellowshadow

    lin spending too much time doing commercials!

  • heart

    Explains NB 3 TOs? And MKG dribbles and turnover?

  • Alain Gervais

    thats was the first quarter

  • Alain Gervais

    He didn’t. Lin cant hold the ball all the time. The guy had 5 assist and the chances of more. Datum needs to play better and MKg make some shots but the cavs just out played us late. They played better defense while getting easier shots.

  • yellowshadow

    less zeller, more handsborough! cmon cliff, the boy’s earned his minutes!

  • golfhacker

    You are obviously new here. Most posters here know I am a huge fan. It’s embarrassing that people are blaming this and that on his sore ankle. Like anyone here KNOWS the actual condition of his ankle. BTW – I am home.

  • Whitman Lam

    Cavs are scoring easy baskets in transition everytime Charlotte misses or turns the ball over. Nobody running back on transition D.

  • MKG was doing well driving and getting rebounds to retain possessions.
    His shots weren’t falling (1-7); hope he adjusts to get closer

  • cdblue10

    Most of them were Batum’s turn overs

  • Good challenge by Lin on LBJ missed 3

  • cdblue10

    Batum is making up with his previous plays

  • yellowshadow

    why didnt lin get assist off batum?

  • cdblue10

    Nice D

  • Great start by Batum 5pts to start 2nd half
    54-58

  • yellowshadow

    if overhelp leads to lebron shooting the 3, it is a good trade off.

  • yellowshadow

    better than kyrie penetrating, lebron cant shoot

  • Lin assist to Marvin 3!!!

  • cdblue10

    C’mon ref

  • sws94

    Run the ball through Lin, not Batum. Assist.

  • grover chang

    More fun with team ball.

  • Whitman Lam

    Kyrie Irving is scoring on the Hornets at will.

  • yellowshadow

    if lebron getting the open 3 is cav’s solution, that is a defense you go with EVERY time. look at lebron’s fg % this season especially on the 3.

  • Whitman Lam

    Hornets don’t set screens like that.

  • sws94

    That’s what I mean by Kyrie is a skilled player. He’s a solid offensive player.

  • Alain Gervais

    He is iso heavy

  • cdblue10

    MKG is running the floor and threwing off’s Cavs defense

  • zxcvb

    Game of runs…just like that a one-shot game.

  • yellowshadow

    if lebron getting the open 3 is cav’s solution, that is a defense you go with EVERY time. look at lebron’s fg % this season especially on the 3

  • Whitman Lam

    Irving is an elite scorer like James Harden, but his defense and passing are not elite.

  • sport

    Wow Hornets not shooting very well yet still staying close with the Cavs? Are the Cavs not taking this game seriously?

  • sws94

    Push the pace. That’s what I like about MKG. In fact, that’s what Lin should do more.

  • yellowshadow

    kyrie #2 handles in the league and strong 3 pt shooter

  • stam

    yes, when his ankle is better.

  • zxcvb

    Cavs are playing hard and making 3s. Hornets teamball is keeping it close.

  • sport

    or a PNR coach

  • BobbyH

    Bad ankle. Can’t run much.

  • sws94

    Agree. He’s an elite scorer. Not a complete player yet.

  • stam

    his ankle bothering him, he’s not explosive and is a bit slower than usual.

  • DX

    Really? 6 asts is bad in O?

  • heart

    No, Kyrie has multi screens and Hornets bigs are not helping.

  • BobbyH

    See if Kuang is right, just let Kyrie scores and ices out his teammates.

  • sws94

    He’s not very bad in defense, Kyrie is a tough guy to cover. And he’s making assists and pacing himself. He’s not looking for his own shot that much.

  • Lefon Jang

    WHat a pass!

  • Alain Gervais

    wow what a pass

  • cdblue10

    Wowwww that passed,Kyrie can’t do that….lol

  • yellowshadow

    i love marvin williams

  • LinMad

    that no look pass by Lin was sick

  • zxcvb

    THAT’S A PG.

  • Rick Johnson

    7 AST’s

  • yellowshadow

    OMG!!!!! LINSANITY PASS!!

  • cdblue10

    c’mon ref..

  • Lefon Jang

    and 1 !!!!

  • Dorothy

    222222+1

  • Alain Gervais

    Datum nice pass

  • LinMad

    wow good pass by Batum to Lin.

  • Linsanity TeamBall!!! YEAHH!!

  • cdblue10

    And 1,I think Lin can be compared to Kyrie but better all around,not individual player though

  • sport

    Lin and 1 for the lead yes! Nice assist by Batum!

  • zxcvb

    “Lin is having a bad game.” LOL

  • yellowshadow

    LIN DOUBLE DOUBLE LOOKOUT ALERT

  • Lefon Jang

    LIn you’re awesome!

  • Whitman Lam

    Just keep letting James brick the jumpshot. BRIIIIICK !!

  • cdblue10

    Kyrieee reallly can’t do that…lol

  • zxcvb

    Batum as PG is killing me. Lin needs to play PG.

  • LinMad

    Lin killing it!

  • zxcvb

    WOOOO!!!

  • zxcvb

    POINT GUARD SKILLS, BABY.

  • Lin the PG is awesome!!!!!

  • zxcvb

    Here come the refs…

  • Briiick

    Lin ball, aka team ball is so much fun to watch and winning too !

  • And Batum…. “You SHALL not PASS!” lol

  • sws94

    LIN!!!! fantastic pass to MKG>

  • zxcvb

    Miscommunication between Cody and Lin.

  • Lefon Jang

    all night long! 333333

  • Alain Gervais

    333333

  • Dorothy

    3333333333333333333

  • cdblue10

    Boooom Kyrie can’t do that…lol

  • sport

    15 for Lin woot woot!!!

  • Lin for 33333333333!!!!
    YEAHHHH!

  • LinMad

    Lin 333333333333

  • zxcvb

    LINNNNNNNNN

  • yellowshadow

    KEEP SHOOTIG LEBRON LOL

  • cdblue10

    That defense Kyrie can’t do that

  • zxcvb

    Where u at “manonfire”????

  • zxcvb

    Come on, Cody.

  • sport

    bad foul by Cody!! uh!!

  • Lin 13pts/8asts/4rebs..

    Double-double or Triple D watch =)

  • zxcvb

    Cavs are actually playing well and hitting tough shots.

    Lin-led teamball is just too good, even with crap bigs.

  • Lefon Jang

    yes!

  • travis

    Whose team has less talent and is winning atm

  • LinMad

    they’re going to rest Lin soon if they want to use him more in the 4th

  • cdblue10

    Sorry I missunderstood

  • Lin is hot now. .. 2FTs!!

  • Lefon Jang

    Free throws there! Do not doubt the great one!

  • LinMad

    16 pts 8 a

  • NONONO

    Sweat finally

  • zxcvb

    Lin is elite as starting PG. Just give him the damn ball, MJ!!!

  • cdblue10

    MKG and Lin is the motor of this team

  • what a great reverse layup by MKG
    79-72!!!!!

  • LinMad

    MKG reminds me of Kemba just a bigger version

  • zxcvb

    Now that’s a good shot by MKG. AT THE RIM. No more off-dribble jumpers.

  • stam

    GOOD TIMEOUT TO GIVE LIN A REST.

  • Alain Gervais

    MKg was falling down idk how he stayed up

  • cshot

    hows jeremy doing guys!? just got off work

  • Briiick

    Hornets minus KW look like a deep playoff team, LOL !

  • zxcvb

    Lin needs a breather. And then play the entire 4th.

  • yellowshadow

    you know, lue IS a better coach than blatt just based on his timeout calls

  • sport

    Lin playing well but definitely a bit rusty as PG and handling skills with the ball getting striped a few times.

  • zxcvb

    ELITE.

  • sws94

    MKG. Yes.

  • LinMad

    doubt that will happen

  • aras

    he is doing great cshot. wonderful basketball

  • travis

    Nah just a big lin fam bro

  • Dorothy

    No way, MKG is way better than Kemba in many ways

  • Alain Gervais

    2 minutes is not much of a breather.

  • Rick Johnson

    Lue looks confused. “Hey what’s going on?, They’re supposed to be pushovers.

  • LinMad

    PG Elite

  • zxcvb

    *shrug*

  • Lefon Jang

    4 guys on him

  • cshot

    GREAAAAAT NEWS!!!!!

  • cshot

    baaaam!

  • sport

    Cavs underestimating Hornets as a scrub team is their demise!

  • cdblue10

    sheeezzzz stop

  • aras

    that strip was more about him making a bad decision going in that deep than handles

  • LinMad

    8 assists, how can you complain?

  • travis

    Oh lol

  • sws94

    Yeah, but overall Lin is playing well.

  • cshot

    does mkg pass the ball to lin? or is he a kemba type player?

  • Sophie Paris

    Can we keep that rythm 🙂

  • LinMad

    ya i think he wanted to shoot it but too many people, he got trapped

  • DX

    Agreed, another reason the teamates haven’t been familiar with Lin’s PG style.

  • Lefon Jang

    Mo can’t shoot to save his life

  • cdblue10

    haahahah these refs

  • yellowshadow

    if hornets can beat the cavs tonight, it is possible they can win against heat, wizards, and bulls!

  • Alain Gervais

    correct call

  • LinMad

    wow Lamb, just leave ur guy open will u

  • Lefon Jang

    need to ice hawes

  • cdblue10

    Nice D Lin

  • Lefon Jang

    great D on MO

  • cdblue10

    Lin is feeling it

  • Lefon Jang

    can you say LINSANITY ????

  • Dorothy

    333333333333333333

  • LinMad

    Lin 33333333333333

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin with the heat check

  • sport

    Finally Lin needs to shoot more teammates are bricking shots! MJ are you watching?! Lin’s your star not Batum not Walker and not MKG!

  • Briiick

    Yes, blow them out , Linnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

  • cdblue10

    Kyrie is a better player but Lin’s teams is winning I don’t get it!!!

  • cshot

    LETTSSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOo!

  • zxcvb

    Haha! Lin too cocky with the 2nd 3pt shot. Love it!

  • sport

    Darn too bad he missed the last shot if not it’d really be Linsanity night with back to back 3s!

  • Whitman Lam

    Buzzer beater heaves rarely go in. But there was only 1 sec on the clock.

  • zxcvb

    Love the attitude though. He’s feeling it to take that shot.

  • aras

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ENTER THE DRAGON!

  • yellowshadow

    kyrie is definitely the better iso player but lin is better all rounder with defense plus

  • Rick Johnson

    Lin thrives in the 3rd and 4th quarter:

    https://twitter.com/SwarmnSting/status/695060118388355072

  • zxcvb

    Keep hatin’!

  • yellowshadow

    CMON, RIDE THAT LIN TRAIN CLIFF! UNLEASH THE MR. 4TH QUARTER!

  • cdblue10

    thank you.

  • zxcvb

    Need the bench to hold serve for a few minutes.

    Also, Batum has to not play PG for the rest of the game.

  • travis

    Ride him like secretariat

  • DX

    If Lin is 100%, the last shoot he usually attack the rim and make foul.

  • David Kim

    Linsanity today!!!!!!

  • Briiick

    That’s right. If you think Lin was doing well in the 3rd quarter, you haven’t seen Mr. 4th quarter yet !

  • cshot

    love seeing lin take shots like that! even if its bricks lol. that swag in his step today

  • blueCypher

    I really hope that other GMs/teams see that Lin is a starter and with the right usage

  • travis

    I think he was just feeling it

  • zxcvb

    Agree. He would probably attack, but getting hammered is NOT what they need.

  • cdblue10

    That MKG and Lin connection will lead this team to playoff

  • sport

    No he was feeling it for sure but too bad. Must’ve have rushed it cause of the buzzer.

  • zxcvb

    This is why you can’t judge Lin’s “cold streaks” vs. other starting PGs.

    It’s so much easier to shoot when you’re handling the ball a lot.

  • Promo Sports World

    What…..I disappear with the family and book back in the states and jlin does work

  • Where’s the praise when he made shots, man?

    Don’t make us wonder if ur a fan 😀

  • stam

    nice one by lamb to spencer

  • cdblue10

    hahaha hawes

  • DX

    Lin is obvious slowing the speed. He is save energy for 4Q since not fully health.

  • Hope

    25&10, let’s go Lin.

  • Promo Sports World

    How is he looking folks ????

  • stam

    spencer hawes killing in q4.

  • sport

    Kyrie is fools gold just like Harden, no defense, and won’t be a guy you want for Championship team. Lebron will not get any more rings with Kyrie and Love as his “star” teammates.

  • golfhacker

    Was just about to say that!

  • Briiick

    Blow out win, Let’s do it !

  • Alain Gervais

    i doubt it.

  • travis

    What are u thinking spencer hawes

  • golfhacker

    Be happy with a win against Cavs, with Lin leading the team!!!!

  • cdblue10

    Roberts you dingo!!!

  • Rick Johnson

    Other than that stupid technical Hawes playing well.

  • stam

    Bench playing well so far making some stops which is great.

  • yellowshadow

    spencer hawes look like that uncle that sticks his fork in your plate

  • spiderman

    bunch of thieves

  • Yascar

    Pretty good. 18/8/5

  • sport

    Lin leading the team with Walker the fake star out and MJ watching, and against a Championship contending team with Lebron! YES! MJ better draft up that MAX contract and think seriously about trading Walker and not signing Batum after this game!

  • Promo Sports World

    Some one catch me up…..

  • zxcvb

    Kyrie is a lot like Kemba — gets his own stats while losing the game.

  • cdblue10

    That iso plays from Kyrie is freezing out his team mates

  • travis

    Spot on

  • sport

    Good! Will help Cavs dig a deeper hole! Iso ball is loser ball in modern NBA!

  • Alain Gervais

    He isn’t a playmaker at all

  • travis

    Players like Irving and walker are good as 3 options on contenders

  • stam

    Roberts playing D.

  • LinMad

    why was Kemba out today?

  • Alain Gervais

    Kyrie is a better and flashier kemba

  • Whitman Lam

    Seriously ? Does Tristan Thompson ever set a pick that’s not moving or grabbing ?

  • Alain Gervais

    Knee sprain

  • LinMad

    how long is that?

  • Sophie Paris

    Sore knee

  • Alain Gervais

    He looks worse this year.

  • sws94

    Kyrie’s play is degrading now. Streetball, forced, sloppy, ugly.

  • cdblue10

    Include Lebron on that category

  • golfhacker

    Tyronn Lue calling timeout, having none of that ISO from Irving. That’s coaching.

  • Whitman Lam

    It takes weeks to recover from a sprained knee.

  • Alain Gervais

    idk i think its listed day to day

  • stam

    good lets hope he hero balls more..

  • yellowshadow

    yeah, lue is doing well as a coach.

  • Briiick

    This is very accurate actually.

  • cdblue10

    But he’s better though…

  • Hope

    Linn the oh => teammates got touches and play hard.

  • cshot

    i kind of agree..hes a scorer for sure.

  • sport

    If Leborn was smart he’d get rid of Kyrie and Love. These 2 do not have a contender and Championship heart! I hate Lebron but he’s the only one who actually works hard on both sides of the floor on his team!

  • guest

    This should be the future Hornets team if Lin stays.

  • Whitman Lam

    Lebron puts dudes into a bearhug.

  • Alain Gervais

    The only plays they set up for kevin love is threes. No posts at all. I kinda feel sorry for him

  • LinMad

    but maybe with better role players/bigs

  • sport

    Nah they could do better than Batum, he’s not a star at all. MKG is great, got the height, great on defense and not a chucker.

  • cdblue10

    Add a Bruiser w/ good PnR game center and this team will go a long way

  • stam

    that was such a bailout foul.

  • LinMad

    what’s with Cliff’s forehead? Did someone punch him?

  • guest

    Cleveland missing Delladova.

  • zxcvb

    Problem with the Cavs is Kyrie. All about his own stats, not much of a passer.

    They should trade him for a solid 2-way PG like Conley and they’d win the title.

  • travis

    Possible first round matchup?

  • Whitman Lam

    Irving slips and falls, and refs give him FTs. Lin gets fouled going to the rim, they call it a TO.

  • Alain Gervais

    he is always screaming out plays.

  • LinMad

    omg Lamb…how u miss that. That was too flashy, that’s why.

  • Alain Gervais

    we don’t need him hurting Lin

  • Rick Johnson

    Lamb should have dunked that.!!

  • cdblue10

    Nice Roberts

  • Alain Gervais

    Lamb getting earful from MJ

  • cdblue10

    Put Lin in Cliff

  • sport

    I doubt it, GSW is way too strong. Even Love’s not much of a help compared to Wade and Bosh!

  • zxcvb

    Love the bench holding down the fort. Lets Lin rest.

  • yellowshadow

    wow, i know lamb’s shot was bad but he was doing well over all. they benched him just for that??

  • LinMad

    bring Lin in now?

  • Rick Johnson

    Lin will come in at around 6:00

  • sport

    Lead going down, put Lin back in now!! Batum can’t playmake!

  • cdblue10

    Thats MKG

  • Alain Gervais

    MKG hustle

  • cdblue10

    Thats MKG again

  • LinMad

    MKG is a real big.

  • stam

    yeah hornets is now missing kemba lol

  • zxcvb

    Without Kemba, teamball and defense is SO MUCH BETTER.

  • LinMad

    what?

  • cdblue10

    Frankkkkkkkk

  • sport

    MKG is the missing guy to work with Lin! He’s beast on the boards!

  • aras

    MKG IS BOSS!

  • yellowshadow

    put lin in!!! what are you waiting for?????

  • sws94

    MKG’s hustle is real.

  • zxcvb

    YESSS. TEAMBALL. This is the Lin Effect.

    He gets guys playing together. Even when he leaves, they keep playing that way because it gave them the lead.

    If only that Kemba guy stopped ruining it…

  • cshot

    is lin done…?

  • cdblue10

    Smith just bow to Hawes,he’ll eat you alive

  • cshot

    put lin in dammit lol. let him get his double double

  • Alain Gervais

    relax

  • LinMad

    5 minutes to get 2 assists

  • stam

    Please put Lin in he needs 2 more assist please.

  • james brown

    its the missing link…offensive rebounds!

  • cshot

    i just don’t want his double double chance to evaporate lol

  • Briiick

    Better rest Lin unless the lead gets smaller. He is not 100% yet.

  • golfhacker

    Hawes is lucky he was on a basketball court and not somewhere else. Haha!

  • aras

    The unit thats on right now is doing real good cliff prob does not want to change anthing

  • Rick Johnson

    At The Hive ‏@At_The_Hive 7m7 minutes ago
    Did some math to confirm but in the third quarter: Lin/MKG 18, Cavs 17
    https://twitter.com/At_The_Hive/status/695062629916745733

  • Whitman Lam

    Would be a 20 pt lead for Hornets if they could just finish some easy layups at the rim.

  • Alain Gervais

    i want that to but i see cavs are close to giving up

  • zxcvb

    Lin has had a great game. If CHA blows this open, I’m fine with him resting.

    Ankle isn’t an excuse, but it’s probably still a little sore. And there’s a back-to-back on Fri/Sat.

  • cdblue10

    Is MJ ready to buy ’em some shoes?Lin would say,just give me the key

  • LAJane

    Talk me down 🙂 So hard to be patient!

  • DX

    This game recalls me Hornets was at 2nd place in the East.

  • aras

    The unit thats on the floor right now is doing real good thats why cliff prob is not putting lin in he does not want to change anything. and i am fine with it as long as they dont lose the lead

  • zxcvb

    Let him rest if possible. #s look nice and there’s a back-to-back coming up.

  • sport

    Is Lin coming back in at all?

  • Promo Sports World

    No ego easier to coach this way

  • Promo Sports World

    Coach is riding the chemistry

  • cdblue10

    C’mon Cliff,don’t make this a bs game for Lin

  • NONONO

    Lin 18, James 17 with 5 more mins

  • yellowshadow

    typical JR smith….

  • DX

    Not only Lin, WM, Zeller is sitting too.

  • travis

    Hawes did throw like 2 elbows on that sequence

  • cshot

    waiting

  • Rick Johnson

    Smith’s got 5 fouls. 1 more and he’s out.

  • yellowshadow

    i hope kaminsky knows how lucky he is to be with hornets, while d. russell is getting iced by his coach after being #2 draft pick

  • cdblue10

    That’s considered as a blows,take him out

  • LinMad

    JR and Hawes really hate each other lol

  • travis

    Lebron with the flop like he caught an uppercut lol

  • jolno

    It’s been reported that D. Russel has entitlement problems. Big ego without any accomplishment in the NBA.

  • LinMad

    u can’t …change a foul call

  • golfhacker

    BS call.

  • heart

    This is the difference between Lin and NB initiating offense. NB does not probe and just passes Hawes the rock between 2 defenders, Lin would probe first and then set up for pass for easy bucket.

  • golfhacker

    Lin gonna check in?

  • Promo Sports World

    Lin in yet folks

  • stam

    Lin coming in.

  • LinMad

    Lin coming in now

  • LAJane

    Por fin!

  • Good D by MKG on JR missed 3

  • cdblue10

    time out Clifford demmit

  • MJ got fired up

  • Briiick

    MJ was unhappy with the defense, yelling beside the court!

  • LinMad

    Who’s fault was that? Hawes or Frank?

  • yellowshadow

    he remember’s lebron’s disrespectful staredown dunk

  • zxcvb

    Never seen that before (as an owner).

  • sport

    Did MJ yell to foul lebron from dunking that?

  • zxcvb

    Okay, time for Lin to put this away.

  • zxcvb

    Lebron pushed off.

  • aras

    I swear I hate lebron

  • blueCypher

    Was MJ unhappy about the Hornets defense or a no-call by the refs ?

  • Alain Gervais

    no call

  • aras

    no call

  • LinMad

    MJ needs to get fired up more when they don’t play defense or team ball.

  • cshot

    pretty sure defense, cus that was pathetic

  • Whitman Lam

    Lebron pushed off on Roberts to get the long pass.

  • Hope

    Lol, mj got away with that alot

  • cdblue10

    Thug life game from CAvs….smh!!!

  • NONONO

    MJ got mad on Roberts, then on Clifford – should have got lin up early!!!

  • golfhacker

    No call on LeBron push off on Roberts.

  • heart

    First time I saw MJ got upset and animated on a play…

  • BobbyH

    I am wondering if ref can give a T to an owner of s team.

  • Alain Gervais

    it was on push off

  • LinMad

    oh I see, MJ is angry that BROB got pushed by Lebron. I didn’t see it at this angle.

  • yellowshadow

    the refs are giving cav divas calls because they afraid of lebron

  • Come on, JLin.
    2 assists & 2pts to make MJ look good on his words

    “The most important acquisition in the off-season”

  • Whitman Lam

    Yeah, Mark Cuban’s got about a dozen T’s.

  • sport

    He does but afterwards with Walker isoball they revert back to old habits. Exactly why Lin should be the one given the star treatment and max contract! If Walker can stay out rest of the season and Lin leads this team to the playoffs it’d be great! Lin leading this team to playoffs without Walker in the way will be proof that he’s a star.

  • Rick Johnson

    JLin should break LeBron’s ankles again. That would cheer MJ up.

  • cdblue10

    C’mon Zeller find a spot

  • zxcvb

    Bad TOs…Cody and Lin have 3 TOs on bad comminication.

  • aras

    CMON LIN

  • Rick Johnson

    Oh no 2 TO. come on Jeremy

  • Lefon Jang

    LIn will shoot 2

  • that’ a HUGE offensive foul by LeBron!!

  • LAJane

    Darn…widen that gap again.

  • yellowshadow

    MAN SCREW ZELLER, WHY ISNT PSYCHO T GETTING SOME MINUTES!!!!

  • zxcvb

    There we go, Jeremy. This is YOUR game to close.

  • sws94

    Lin 2 sloppy plays. He’s out of rhythm.

  • cdblue10

    lets see if he has still ice on his veins

  • zxcvb

    First one was his fault. Second was Cody’s.

  • cdblue10

    still has it

  • Lin 2 FTs made it 100-92
    CLUTCH!!

  • Lefon Jang

    made the free throws!

  • LAJane

    Thank you Jeremy!

  • aras

    alright lin has to calm down right now

  • LinMad

    those 2 FTs gave us a little breather

  • sport

    Wow Lin getting the fouls calls like he’s a star!

  • Mr. 4th Quarter!

  • golfhacker

    2 more assists please!

  • Rick Johnson

    Lin sat too long, too much nervous energy bottled up.

  • cdblue10

    ice veins

  • Lefon Jang

    Yes Lin!!!!

  • blubell

    2222222222

  • Dorothy

    2222222

  • Lin…. He HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!!

  • zxcvb

    OUR MAN MR. CLUTCH!!!!

  • LAJane

    I love this guy!

  • Lefon Jang

    Batum finally do something good

  • Mr. Clutch Time, baby!!!!

  • aras

    H*** YEAH THATS THE WAY!

  • yellowshadow

    OMG, IS THIS REALLY HORNETS? WE’RE RUNNING PLAYS IN THE LAST 2 MINUTES OF THE GAME??? WHERE THE ISO AT?

  • zxcvb

    LIN + Defense will put this game away.

  • Linsanity struck again!! Yeah!!

  • LinMad

    look what happens to audience when Lin plays. They all stand up

  • zxcvb

    Come on, defense…

  • Lefon Jang

    LIn!!!!!

  • LAJane

    Yeah, fine. Dunk. Too late Mr. James

  • Dorothy

    22222222222222

  • cdblue10

    hahaha that’s Jeremy Lin

  • JLINNNN for the clutch layup!!!!

    LINSANITY in the HOUSE!!!

  • LinMad

    LIN GERTTING ITTTTTTTS

  • zxcvb

    WOOOOOOOOO

  • Lefon Jang

    Cav’s commentator said Lin made the all-star tonite

  • travis

    Lin got hyped hahaha

  • Promo Sports World

    Holy clan

  • zxcvb

    KEMBA WHO???

  • travis

    Fan favorite everywhere he goes

  • aras

    L*IIIIIIIIIIIN !!!!!!!!

  • sport

    Did announcers just call they(Cavs) made Lin an allstar tonight? Wow that’s a first!!

  • stam

    Jlin with his hands raised!

  • Briiick

    Linsanity shows up when facing the contender !

  • Rick Johnson

    LINSANITY !!!! ALWAYS BEEN THERE !!!

  • LinMad

    2 more assists!

  • Sophie Paris

    Linsanity for u

  • cshot

    COOMMOOOOOOOOOOOn!!!!

  • yellowshadow

    MISTER 4TH QUARTER!!!

  • blueCypher

    Can the other teams/GMs please see what we see :!

  • leeda harun

    wow

  • golfhacker

    Hornets announcer: “Jeremy Lin has done a great Kemba Walker impersonation”. Are you freaking kidding me????

  • MJ be like, “JLin made me look like a GENIUS!”

  • sport

    Yes Lebron you can shoot or dunk all you want but if your teammates are crap they can’t save you!

  • LAJane

    Really? Great…the tide is turning!

  • Whitman Lam

    KRYee Who ?

  • Brewkowski

    man, i want to see highlights now!

  • travis

    Wow

  • LinMad

    Rich Cho and MJ happy

  • cdblue10

    I think they finally found a gold….make it happen Cho and MJ

  • Rick Johnson

    Cho looks happy

  • Brewkowski

    pls, kw doesnt pass or make his team mates play better.

  • LinMad

    wow ejected fans for what?

  • sport

    No he’d be a genius if he gives Lin that MAX contract after this game! and trade Walker away and not sign Batum!

  • yellowshadow

    wow ive never seen hornets fans this pumped up before

  • Rick Johnson

    Robin Lundberg ‏@robinlundberg 2m2 minutes ago
    Jeremy Lin is killing the Cavs. Continues to kill it as a starter this year.
    https://twitter.com/robinlundberg/status/695068389983797249

  • Great D by JLin leading to Kyrie TO!

  • sport

    Wow Cavs announcer praising Lin as allstar and Hornets doing the opposite, nothing new!

  • leeda harun

    So happy

  • LinMad

    Good D by Lin!

  • stam

    Great D by Lin lol

  • Alain Gervais

    Lebron just running through people

  • Linsanity fever raised their temperature 😀

  • Cookiemole

    He said it with good intentions. I know and you know it’s bs, but he did say it with good intentions.

  • LinMad

    its over lol why try

  • zxcvb

    Lin’s defense elite in the 2nd half too.

  • zxcvb

    LIN-VP.

  • Who’s Mr. 4th Quarter! JEREMY LIN!!!!!

  • Nitron

    Whoohooo….

  • zxcvb

    MJ: “WELP. TIME TO TRADE KEMBA.”

  • cdblue10

    Lin whipped Kyrie’s and Lebron’s bum on this game.All haters and doubters and people that thinks Lin is a softy and has a soft handles need to shut up!!!!!

  • MJ just gave huge butt-slap to JLin!!!

  • cdblue10

    You’re my boy now….!!!!

  • LinMad

    MJ just smacked Lin’s butt during interview with Stephanie Ready lol

  • heart

    Thank God! Lin For The Win!

  • sport

    Finally MJ got to see first hand what Lin can bring to his team! Wake up! Trade Walker and make Lin the star with the Max contract!

  • Whitman Lam

    Lin should’ve made that last fadeaway shot, but I’m not mad, he forced Kyrie into a turnover to seal it.

  • zxcvb

    Lin being nice: “Kemba is irreplaceable.” LOL.

  • I am The Jason

    I did not see this coming. Walker can just rest until after the All-star break.

  • sws94

    MJ pats Lin in on the butt. Yes!

  • zxcvb

    Haha, come on man. He can’t make everything.

  • Mr. Best Teammate! =D

  • DX

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LINSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yellowshadow

    lin in interview “MKG i love you!” LOL!

  • sport

    Without Bosh and Wade to help him, Lebron alone is not enough! Heat were tough and Cavs are no where near that!

  • leeda harun

    linsanity is not a fluke

  • james brown

    sprite player of the game on a winning game!!!!

  • cshot

    woooooooooo!!!! mkg lin chemistry!

  • Whitman Lam

    Lin = Scottie Pippen 2016

  • DX

    Irreplaceable SG.

  • Alain Gervais
  • LinMad

    start Lin from now on as PG.

  • blueCypher

    My as* kemba is irreplacable.

  • james brown

    political!

  • spiderman

    does not sound right lol

  • Briiick

    MJ slapped on Lin’s rear when he was about to be interviewed.

  • cdblue10

    Just a good team mate

  • sport

    Lin finally playing well against Lebron’s team and beating him for the first time! This is so sweet without Walker the iso ball chucker!

  • zxcvb

    Whenever Lin is the obvious MVP, he ALWAYS talks about others.

    Whenever Kemba or most players are the MVP, they ALWAYS talk about themselves.

  • cshot

    he need some of that yellow booty

  • stam

    The team played much harder without kemba lol

  • Whitman Lam

    Yes he can !

  • james brown

    so much freedom on LBJ uncalled offensive fouls! but i take the win… sweet.!!!!

  • LinMad

    Team basketball beat the Cavs today and it started with Lin.

  • I am The Jason

    The Hornets need to unleash the 2 million dollar man for more wins.

  • gasparthe2nd

    This is Linsanity!!! Who needs Melo [oops, I meant Kemba]?! It is what my man Lin can do when he’s in control. Nothing new.

  • zxcvb

    It couldn’t have gone better today. Cavs didn’t even play badly — they made a ton of 3s and tough shots until Lin just gutted them in the 2nd half.

    Let’s hope MJ and Cho noticed…

  • sport

    He’s the reason this team’s been losing winnable games! Kemba please stay out rest of the season!

  • heart

    Lin is Mr. 4th Qtr. He made critical 4pts in crunch time (2 pts from FTs and 2pts on a jump shot) in the last 2:32 minutes. NB made 2pts from FTs.

  • spiderman

    lol

  • Rick Johnson

    Team played more as a team. Didn’t depend on one player to get hot. This type of play is more sustainable game after game and on the road.

  • stam

    This is the first game lin did not get called for phantom foul lol

  • cdblue10

    Best time to play a best game

  • james brown

    TLC…touching for sympathy for LBJ

  • travis

    Like dantoni said “what’s impressive is he scores in context to teamball”

  • james brown

    if they could only think!

  • zxcvb

    Kemba + Cody + 1st rd pick for Rudy Gobert?

  • Mr Chuckles

    Haha, I only meant the FT too.

  • xeroid

    I posted that this game is a preview of the playoff for beating Cavalier yesterday. Now it came to past.

  • blubell
  • james brown

    this is fun basketball…JLIN style!!!!

  • Phoenix Rising

    Hate to toot my own horn (not really), but I called it! 😛 Now can we please have Jeremy start for the rest of the season… This front office can’t be so stubborn!

  • Rick Johnson

    5 players in double digits. Scoring more spread around, more players involved and play harder on defense.

  • LinMad

    what about his assists?

  • Mr Chuckles

    It is the Lin-Effect.

  • heart

    I also want to give credit to the bench tonight. They kept the lead. But our man, Lin, was the impact player who will this win.

  • travis

    Lin is Jason Kidd steve Nash hybrid

  • sws94

    Proud of him. Had low expectations but Lin was great. Yeah, maybe too many turnovers but really don’t care about them that much. His FTs got better in the 2nd half. He made big baskets in the 4th. He hunkered down on D in the last 2 minutes. Fabulous. Hairsanity. Linsanity. Absolutely wonderful game from Lin.

  • LinMad

    I heard from one of the announcers that if they start Lin he will score 7 points more than he does on the bench.

  • stam

    absolutely, the bench played well tonight

  • sport

    Hype of MKG was real! MKG is a team player and beast on boards and defense! Good thing they had him to guard Lebron! Trade Walker ASAP and this team is complete! Batum will do for this season but they can find a better FA than him!

  • blubell
  • james brown

    somebody might get jealous?

  • Sophie Paris

    Kemba for not playing? xD

  • travis

    Cody got n the way for his layup

  • golfhacker

    And smarter (i.e. Let Lin run the offense)!

  • Rick Johnson

    They aren’t used to counting assists. Only points. LOL

  • james brown

    LOL!!!

  • aras

    He was great take away those 2 turnovers in the 4th but other than that fantastic

  • LinMad

    they were good TOs, he either tried to penetrate or dish it to a big.

  • Sophie Paris

    Yeah Lin you’re irreplaceable to my eyes lol

  • xeroid

    And Lin kept Kyrie under control in the second half.

  • stam

    there was a bit of miscommunication with some turn overs where players were not in the right position. That is him looking to make a play so those are acceptable to me. Now picking up his dribble is a bad turn over lol.

  • LAJane

    Just did a quick pass through “At the Hive”. Hahahaha….they’re so unused to winning, and especially against LeBron, who they take as a big deal, that they can hardly believe their eyes. They are actually starting to say…wait for it…LINSANITY 😀

  • Mr Chuckles

    Yes, his energy and rebounding has been a surprise to me.

  • blubell
  • adele

    Wow! What a game. I was Lintertained. That’s what you get when you let Lin run the show.

  • BobbyH

    Robert helped too in 3Q-4Q

  • Rick Johnson

    In interviews he’s always praising his teammates, Even made a point to praise Kemba. True leader.

  • Alain Gervais

    Guy is not scientifically literate. A black whole cancels out everything. If he was a black hole on defense that means he is great defensively given black holes vs anything is always black hole with the win.

  • xeroid

    3 of the TO are correctable if the Bigs cut after Lin starts to drive, so he can have out lets to pass.

  • sws94

    I love the points but those 2 passes in transition, the lookaway to Cody and then the fake everyone out and then pass to MKG for the dunk, I really loved.

  • blubell
  • Epie

    Yeah and of course, louie being louie “BREAKING NEWS!! Kemba is still our starting PG so thats that …we need him to still be”

  • Phoenix Rising

    This should be no surprise. Lin has been the most consistent starter on this team (probably one of the most consistent in whole NBA, this season). This was almost pre-ordained 🙂 Many people on this forum could “feel” a big game by Jeremy!

  • LinMad

    I noticed Jeremy Lin gets the crowd going and probably the player that makes the crowd stand up the most in home games. When that happens, the players play even harder and that equals a win.

  • cdblue10

    I hope the debate between Kyrie and Lin is sealed now.

  • Briiick

    Team ball wins anytime against silly exhibitionist’s ball, and is more fun to watch too.

  • yellowshadow

    lakers could’ve had this, but byron scott let it all go to waste.

  • Alain Gervais

    BS just wasn’t a good coach

  • Sophie Paris

    Player of the game ! Hehe

  • Rick Johnson

    Rick BonnellVerified account

    ‏@rick_bonnell

    Per @HornetsPR that win broke a 23-game losing streak to LeBron James-led teams (includes the playoff sweep)

    https://twitter.com/rick_bonnell/status/695072683390701568

    They would have won the first game of the season if they left the ball in JLin’s hands.

  • sws94

    Lin or MKG. It’s between those two. Maybe for different reasons. Lin is exciting.

  • Briiick

    Lakers pretended to tank in order to protect KB’s spotlight, preventing Linsanity from happening.

  • blubell
  • blubell
  • Alain Gervais

    This game is more impressive. They were bad then.

  • BobbyH

    Got to say that Batum gave the ball to Lin in the last few seconds. A respect from him to Lin.

  • Illbe

    Was there any DOUBT what our boy can do when he gets to play POINT

  • sport

    If after this game MJ still doesn’t know Lin’s his ticket to a Championship team and needs to trade or bench Walker he’s really really dumb!

  • yellowshadow

    yeah man, if they played ed davis and lin together as the main unit, they would’ve won at least 15 more games. smh. how low the lakers have fallen.

  • LAJane

    Nice that this is such a big deal to them, and that LIN DID IT!

  • Alain Gervais

    I think Lin has surpassed BAtum as the second option offensively.

  • LinMad

    MJ and Rich Cho has some thinking to do about the future of Hornets and how to incorporate Lin into their plans.

  • Hope

    Nice win!

  • LinMad

    Batum hasn’t looked great in awhile. I never thought Batum was a max contract player. Not even when he had good games.

  • blubell
  • LAJane

    He’s not merely flashy…he has that magic CHARISMA in spades.

  • cdblue10

    But until this time Cliff you still don’t know it.

  • LinMad

    Cliff should have said “it’s about how we play together”

  • Alain Gervais

    Me two. He is a good team player. a third option ideally. He had a great start but has regressed slowly even before injury.

  • Phoenix Rising

    Agreed. He has never been “the guy”. Especially during crunch time. Jeremy on the other hand has lots of practice! 🙂

  • Rick Johnson

    NBA.com
    ‏@NBAcom
    Big night by @JLin7 gets 2nd-straight win for @hornets, snaps Cavs’ 5-game win streak: http://on.nba.com/1UMfcvp
    https://twitter.com/NBAcom/status/695069516154421248

  • grover chang

    It’s not about stats. It’s about wins.

  • LinMad

    Rich and MJ were here today. I wonder if they were assessing how well Lin can handle the starting PG role if they ever decide to trade Kemba.

  • Rick Johnson

    Saw Cho with a big smile on his face.

  • stam

    and yet Lin still passes to him lol.

  • sport

    Nope some haters already calling this game a one off thing saying Lin’s inconsistent and backup.

  • Alain Gervais

    I think its more likely Batum leaves if anyone does.

  • heart

    Remember, the play when Lebron dunked on a fastbreak, and MJ got upset bc no Hornets fouled him. That could have been the turning point for Cavs run. But, thank God that moment helped put Lin back in the game. We all were wondering when Cliff would return Lin or not at all, but probably Cliff saw MJ upset and had to do something.

  • cdblue10

    They were entertained and love the passion of MJ,it’s my first time to see him fired up again like that!

  • Steppen03

    Just get a chance to check the box score now and …. WooHoo!!!
    Now, This Is the game that I want the Hornets to win =)

  • sport

    Sorry I’d rather take the 24 pts! 15pts looks too average.

  • cdblue10

    He needs to protect someone else…lol

  • Phoenix Rising

    Well then these people are talking out of their “rear ends”. Jeremy has been the most consistent starter on this team. Period.

  • Rick Johnson

    He will look good once again if JLin keeps playing PG. Lin makes his teammates play better than they normally do.

  • CJSHYY

    I like Robin. He’s sure happy… Haha!

    https://twitter.com/robinlundberg/status/695068389983797249

  • LinMad

    ya he looked excited and into the game. I’ve never seen that when Kemba was ISOing. Crowd was in it too when Lin was dishing dimes.

  • LinMad

    the whole crowd was into the game. That’s the Lin effect.

  • stam

    LOL!

  • sws94

    They probably didn’t know Kemba would be out. It’s a big game. But they saw what Lin did. MJ patted Lin on the butt. That’s fantastic.

  • sport

    Yes that dunk could’ve been a momentum change and good thing it happened if not who knows when Lin would be back in!

  • grover chang

    Lin also gets the other coach to stand up. They don’t keep stats on this, but I think Lin causes more opposing coaches to call time outs. They can’t believe their team is losing to this guy.

  • LinMad

    ya I was wondering why it took so long to put Lin back in. And when he finally did, buckets after buckets.

  • Alain Gervais

    The last 10 games datum is averaging 8.3 points at 29 percent fg %

  • LAJane

    The word might be getting around 🙂

  • sport

    I don’t mind Batum staying but Walker is the one who needs to go.

  • LinMad

    give the max contract to Lin instead lol or even half of it. Lin would be happy with 10 mil.

  • stam

    very surprised they recognized this.

  • cdblue10

    Sport we always have the same thinking in terms of making a team better

  • Phoenix Rising

    Hey, I didn’t say Batum is a bad player. He is not the “playmaker” you want for large number of possessions. He is still good to continue a play – drive, shoot, pass (very good passer when he wants to be)… Anyways, this is about Lin! He needs to start. Any unbiased analysis of his numbers clearly shows this. Kemba just isn’t (or doesn’t want to) playing team ball, and that is exactly what this team needs!

  • stam

    LOL you are funny

  • pero_square

    Don’t you know sunlight kills trolls? Our man is shining so bright right now exposing all the doubters and haters.

  • LinMad

    i agree with this. But if Batum stays he needs to be facilitating less.

  • blubell
  • BobbyH

    See if Horents FO/Coach use the next 3 home games to see what Lin can do as starting PG.

  • wandertheglobe

    Lots of Hornets fans are saying that Lin is probably going to get around 10M per this summer in open market.

  • Dorothy

    Maybe he is also not 100%? I give Batum some benefit of doubt

  • cdblue10

    fair value,but i won’t be surprised if he will get 12-14

  • blubell
  • Alain Gervais

    the cap will go up. and lamb got 7 million with the cap increase in mind. so 10 million for Lin is ok actually.

  • Mr Chuckles

    Haha.

  • LinMad

    the only reason I dont want him to get too much is because people will say he’s over paid again even though he isn’t. He could very well be worth 12-14 mln. He’s improved on this defense and he can play make still and more crafty at shooting. He still needs to fine tune his shooting but I think he’s more valuable as a player when he was in the Knicks.

  • stam

    Lin required only 13 shots to get 24 points.

  • Alain Gervais

    If he gets his real value from this year 12-14 would be good

  • pero_square

    This. Still another half season to play for.

    Dude needs to pass the ball more tho.

  • sport

    Definitely and Lin needs to be the main PG and ball handler!

  • zxcvb

    He’s banged up, but that’s to be expected. He’s 27yo but has played as many games as a 30yo (entered the NBA at 19). Cho and Cliff are in love with him for some dumb reason.

    I liked Batum a lot in Portland, but he’s simply not a star. He’s a great glue guy when healthy.

  • golfhacker

    He’s really not a good passer. Too deliberate.

  • cdblue10

    Let them hate

  • LinMad

    let me guess, ATH will feature MKG instead for the win.

  • wandertheglobe

    Batum is regressing because of injury. Hopefully, he’s not back to last year’s version.

  • BobbyH

    Just name a active backup PG that can start and deliver such performance time after time. Linsanity is not a fluke, it is suppressed. Lin is a starter. period.

  • David Kim

    From realgm

    Re: Charlotte vs Cleveland Wed 2/3 7PM EST

    Post#427 » by ChokeFasncists » 3 minutes ago

    It would be interesting to see what Cliff does now. The right thing to do would be to take this opportunity to make Lin the starter, who facilitates better, then have Kemba play the scoring off the bench role. Fact is, the starters haven’t been playing better than the opponents in the beginning of halves against good teams for ages.

  • Steppen03

    More than anything, I wanted JL7 to play great against top teams. Cavs were on a mini winning streak. This Is The Best Win of the season so far! Happy for the entire team – Team efforts all around!

  • David Ly

    Best all-around game of the season for J. Lin in my opinion. I think this was one of the best post-linsanity games he has had in terms of playing point guard against an all-star and top team in the NBA. He made mistakes but played through them and carried the team both offensively with big shots / passing / defense.

  • sport

    Forgot those haters! Lin needs to get the Max contract to to be guaranteed a starter role and the star treatment! Look at what happened when they signed Harden and Howard with bigger contracts?!

  • Rick Johnson

    No kidding. How many times we see the starters dig a hole the bench had to pull them out of?

  • blubell
  • new thread
    http://www.jlinportal.com/linsanity-broke-lebrons-23-win-streak-for-the-23-michael-jordan/

    JLin was the player of the game in helping the Hornets to beat LeBron’s 23 game Win-Streak over the Hornets (including 4 playoff games) for the #23 Michael Jordan himself.

    – The Hornets beat the Cavaliers 106-97 behind great team-ball (26 asts vs 16 asts)
    – The Hornets overwhelmed the Cavs in rebounding with 49-28 advantage behind MKG’s 13 rebounds. MKG set a great tone in the 1st quarter with 7 rebounds
    – The win gave Clifford his 100th win

  • heart

    This is a big win going against Cavs #1 EC team with all their team starters playing. Lin’s first time starting as PG and was able to get teammates involved and playing cohesively. He controlled the tempo and knew when to score and got the win. I’m very happy for Lin and for Hornets tonight. But Hornets need to take a bold step and let Lin be the PG. If not, I hope Lin will lead his own team soon…

  • sport

    I don’t think that’s up to Cliff, it’s up to MJ and Cho! Politics dictated who who could play as starter. I think Lin’s agent should give MJ a “call” after this game. “How about that Max contract?”

  • stam

    Yes and it certainly made Coach look good with that decision.

  • CJSHYY
  • wandertheglobe

    If and only small if the Hornets are trading away Walker. They need Roberts to be a capable back up for Lin. Good news is Roberts did well tonight.

  • zxcvb

    I agree. He had an “excuse” not to show up — thrice-sprained ankle, facing fully healthy #1 seed, constant yoyo-ing of SG/PG roles — but instead he dominated for the team AND himself.

    I read that CHA hadn’t beaten Lebron in SIX YEARS. He was 27-0 or something.

  • LinMad

    that’s my boy!!!

  • pero_square

    He is a Lin fan since the Linsanity days through and through. Classy guy and very funny too.

  • stam

    starts with the FO and coach.

  • sport

    Yes if they can’t trade Walker they need to bench him! Lin needs to be PG!

  • Phoenix Rising

    MKG has been playing well so far. His defense and hustle is very good. But what has surprised me (comparing previous years) has been his improvement on offense. Hope this stays on!

  • zxcvb

    This is unquestionably the biggest win of the season for Charlotte.

    Vegas must have lost millions on this game alone because everyone but “crazy Lin fans” were expecting a blowout loss.

  • Singapore BB Fan

    Its a BIG Deal for MJ to jump out of his seat watching any BBall game.
    Well, JLin is capable of doing just that… Congrats!!

  • zxcvb

    Kemba is “that dude” who would have scored 20p and lost by 20p.

  • LinMad

    i needed to bet. I could have won a million dollars today.

  • LinMad

    Byron: “Lin is definitely an NBA player”

  • LinMad

    Lin electrified MJ’s butt. He hasn’t felt that way since…Chicago Bulls

  • Phoenix Rising

    I think so too!

  • DX

    Hornets hasn’t won Lebron’s team in 6 years and 23 games. WoW

  • sport

    Well technically MJ jumped out after Lebron’s dunk cause he was unhappy and worried for his team!

  • Phoenix Rising

    Today, we don’t want to hear that mans name! 😀

  • wandertheglobe

    If Kemba played tonight, Hornets win or lose?

  • LinMad

    lose, there would be too many players ISOing. When Kemba leads by example, others will follow his path.

  • sport

    Is it possible to bet online legally for Hornets’ games? I’m serious.

  • zxcvb

    …by a lot. He’s like a lesser Kyrie–score for himself, lose the game.

  • Phoenix Rising

    Unless Kemba all of a sudden becomes a team player for tonight’s game… Nope.

  • cdblue10

    lose he can’t defend anybody

  • DX

    Maybe 3 OTs.

  • wandertheglobe

    12M vs 2M. One year contract vs 4 yr. Sure, Lin is a better facilitator, but unfortunately, NBA politics, GM and owner don’t want to look foolish.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lin is a star player who always get the short end of a stick. Cavaliers lost on the free throw line. They fouled a lot.

  • bolero

    are you guys happy now..

  • cdblue10

    Not yet,I wanna be greedy,he needs to start and if they’re bold enough they can trade that dude(KW)

  • xeroid

    If you are in Nevada or New Jersey.

  • james brown

    but calmed him when Jeremy made the succeeding shots to muffed and foiled cavs attempt to comeback

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Well Walker is a good scorer. He could stay but he has to learn to play team ball like the game they play against the Raptors. Walker each played about 30 minutes and shared the ball would add to the depth of the team. Offer Walker’s contract to Lin.

  • sport

    Bummer I’m in Illinois. :/

  • sport

    Lose, Kyrie will have high scoring game with Walker guarding him. While Walker ices his teammates out with his iso chucking bricks!

  • Phoenix Rising

    They need to at least give Lin some more run as a starter. See what they have. He has definitely earned it. With his play as a starter, this whole season.

  • james brown

    why value others point of view if we know he deserves the RIGHT salary.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Not fair!

  • sport

    When can they trade players? They seriously need to trade Walker before end of this season if they’re serious about keeping Lin!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Very close to a double double. Lin didn’t play excessive high minutes like LeBron and company. Their starters played on the average over 35 minutes. Hornet starters played only about 30 minutes. With so many highly paid players on the team, Cavaliers had to play their starters a lot.

  • sport

    Yes please so Linsanity can be revived in full force! When Kemba comes back it’d be too late for him to go back to his PG position and chucking ways! Lin needs this chance to make and convince MJ that Hornets is HIS team!

  • james brown

    he is part of a playing five for hornets so he’s valuable part, not the only part needed but part of a one piece meal teamball!

  • james brown

    no, he always gives the ball to JLIN when crunch time begins..see and review the previous games now and you will see the facts for yourself!

  • james brown

    both players played with heart and you can see it from their games..and both are not FLASHY too!

  • james brown

    he doesn’t need to score 50points just to be recognize..but his play…unselfish plays make the team responds for a win!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The team that should seek Lin’s service most is Brooklyn Nets.
    They could start by hiring MDA as their head coach. MDA and Lin would destroy the Knicks.

  • sport

    I don’t mind Lin staying with Hornets if they make him the starting PG and trade/bench Walker!

  • james brown

    JLIN: spencer ..”a little troublemaker”

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    They must offer Lin a new contract before the season ends. Anyway MDA + Lin is a package that many teams covet in the off season.

  • yellowshadow

    i cant even… espn didnt put lin’s no look pass to zeller on the highlights???!!!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy Lin vs Kyrie Erving, what amazes me is Lin hasn’t fouled not even once in the game.

  • rabit1111

    This game reminds me the start of Linsanity when he had 25pts and 8asts against DWill Nets. A replacement PG for the injured starting PG. I can feel it coming if Kemba stays on the bench for a few more games.

  • travis

    charlotte arena was rocking like it was msg tonight… mj has some reevaluating to do

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    When Kaminsky is making his layups and Marvin Williams is hitting the 3s, JLin can finish off the Cavs with 24 points in 13 tries.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Kyrie was awarded only 5 foul shots but Jeremy got 11/23 foul shots for the Hornets made no foul against Kyrie. Kyrie scored 26 points in 17 tries made 4 fouls 5 assists 1 rebound with only 1 TO; a nice game but not enough. Lin scored 25 points made 5 TOs but 8 assists 5 rebounds and gave up no free throw against Kyrie.

  • sport

    But that would mean Hornets firing Cliff as well. Not sure if they have the guts to trade Walker and fire Cliff! And will Lin mention hiring MDA in his negotiations? He’s too nice to get the coach fired but I hope his “agent” talks some sense into him!

  • KHuang

    Like I wrote BEFORE the season started, Kaminsky always had this ability in him.

    It’s just that Walker’s putrid playbreaking made it impossible for Kaminsky to get into rhythm.

  • grover chang

    And the hometown football team NY Giants won the super bowl that year. Be weird if Panthers did the same thing and linsanity struck again.

  • Whitman Lam

    I was impressed by Kaminsky’s defense. I think he can be a better defender than Zeller, because he knows how to step out and trap on the Pick n Roll vs. Zeller who just parks himself in the paint and does nothing to disrupt the ball handler.

  • Whitman Lam

    Yeah, but those nights are rare. Even more rare is when Spencer Hawes has a good game and finishes layups.

  • Dan Ang

    Well said!

  • Linzen

    It’s 10:30pm my time now… going to watch the 2nd (Linsanity) half. Can’t wait!

    Hope I won’t scream and wake up my wife. Hahaha

  • use a headset, man.
    I’m gonna find mine now lol

  • TK Wong

    I’ve noticed that too …

  • Maknusia

    lol…looks like Jeremy did all the must do’s that we talked about and not only got a Win but a nice lap to his butt from MJ! 😉

    Hope CC and FO realizes, the key of winning is giving the ball to Lin atleast at 50%

    Go Lin…trully happy for the win…not many can say they manage to pull it off against Cavs *clap* *clap*

  • Maknusia

    MJ electrified JL butt as well! 🙂

  • Maknusia

    indeed! really happy that we got the Win with Lin