Game 52 Atlanta Hawks v Phoenix Suns: Will Lin’s Reduced Minutes Continue?

With 3 games left before the February 7 trade deadline, Jeremy Lin received an inexplicable 11 minutes of playing time in the Utah Jazz game. His season average is 20 minutes. The minutes were sporadic throughout 4 quarters (2.5, 3.5, 4, 1.5) and certainly did not allow any players to get into playing rhythm. Will it be a new pattern to reduce Lin’s minutes before he is traded or for the rest of the season with the Hawks. With a back-to-back game tonight, Lin fans can see if the pattern of low minutes would continue.

One day after a twitter poll started, 82% of 135 people voted for Lin’s agent to negotiate a buyout if he is not traded by Feb 7 and continue to get low 10-15 minutes which will hurt his Free Agency value in the summer of 2019. A buyout would allow Lin to play with hopefully playoff contenders who can use his skills and services in the playoff. A young team like Hawks would rather give playing minutes to young players for development, even if Lin is arguably the best player in the Hawks team.

230 Comments

  1. 🙏

  2. SacramentoBee reporter just affirms the Kings is still interested in JLin. Good sign?
    https://twitter.com/JandersonSacBee/status/1091820435459600384

  3. plz plz plzzzzzzzz

  4. Kings would be my second choice for Lin to go to. They want to win and Lin can make a case for starting by playing his game. Winning on a non tanking team as well as his clutch end game can take the kings to the next level.

  5. don’t like the Kings but if he can get 20 minutes there, that’s at least a bit better than getting 20 minutes on a tanking team

    I’m also hoping for longer minutes per stint instead of how Lp keeping pulling L;in out after 3-4 minutes of play.

  6. why don’t you like the Kings?

  7. prince is startng thank goodness

  8. What’s the 1st choice?

    Kings is #10 in the West, one spot behind the Lakers. As you said, while it might not be ideal, it still offers more chance to help a team to reach the playoff and shine to help his market value in summer 2019.

  9. lol, let him be Trae’s problem

  10. strong young guys who are already considered as stars or future stars.

    teams like Magic have borderline starters, thus giving Lin more minutes.

  11. Young is hot

  12. he is making everything. its definitly a hot streak

  13. I hope they will put Lin in!

  14. no defense by both teams but thats expected

  15. but I don’t think Clifford respects Lin

  16. Lin in

  17. 222222222222

  18. Yes

  19. Lin check-in time in the 1st quarter for the past 3 games:
    Sac 6:04
    Utah 4:23
    Phx 4:07

  20. Keep scoring now!

  21. Lin is just not looking to score. LP directed or not, the open shots are there and he’s hesitant to pull the trigger

  22. When did Jlin get a turnover?

  23. Lin saw an opening to the rim, just waltzed in for an easy layup.
    The next one he’s about to launch 3 but felt someone closing in to contest/block, passed to Bembry who attack the rim for the easy lay-in. Good decision

  24. He passed to Collins, but caught by opponent

  25. pass to collin. too high

  26. That was a foul

  27. 1 FT

  28. Lin still in

  29. Lin 3pts/1ast/1reb in 4 min with 1-2 shooting so far.
    Good stint in the 1st quarter, looking to score more

  30. TOR first choice as place I think for Jlin because they might be able to win a championship. I can see where Sacto can make Jlin look good because yes, they are young which is why a vital, stable, experienced vet who keep the players in line on the floor has high value. Randolph and Koufos don’t hardly play so have no impact. Shumpert has been given credit for being an influential vet. But he is not the floor general Sacto needs on the back up team. We always talk in terms of how Jlin can help a team. Well, now I am thinking in terms of what team environment would let Jlin show his skills to the best advantage

  31. 22222

  32. And scoring …

  33. Lin out

  34. 8-min continuous stint in the 1st and 2nd quarter is better than yesterday.
    Wonder if LP felt Lin fans’ frustration at twitter or it’s just part of showcasing Lin to the Suns

  35. what ever lineup prince is on is a mess

  36. They’ll play Lin tonight to showcase

  37. maybe that’s why the Hawks just made him available on the trading block.
    It doesn’t fit the young core

  38. let’s hope so. Although the Kings might be better option for the playoff reason than the Suns

  39. The suns cane back! Time to put Lin back to the lineup

  40. 1st

  41. starters -8 bench +9

  42. The Suns almost tied it. No Lin No win!

  43. Prince reminds me of Wesley Johnson who was drafted 4th by Mchale for the Timberwolves. He was a very good athlete but had very poor bball IQ. That sounds why Lin is so good with willing young players. He can provide the template for how each of them can learn to be good players with each of their own skill sets.

    It’s as if lin becomes the brain for the body of the team.

  44. Don’t remind LP or the tankmaster will sit Lin in order to NOT win. Lol

  45. U r right!

  46. Go Suns go!

  47. Lin in

  48. that was a foul

  49. yea.

  50. Len has messed u like 4 assist for lin

  51. 333333333333333333333333333333333333

  52. That was a tremendous, confident pull-up 3 by Lin!

  53. Coach! Leave Collins with Lin there!

  54. “Lin can really take-over when he gets hot. He’s such a smart ball-handler”, Suns announcer

  55. The point is Lin is more likely to play more minute with the Magic than the Kings because the Kings’s guards are very strong and they are young.

    In Orlando, Lin wouldn’t compete against star guards like Fox and Hield and Bogdonovic.

  56. Suns announcer, tell the Hawks coach please

  57. I think the lady announcer also said Lin is a good defender, always knows where to be at

  58. Lin out

  59. They sit Lin already?!!!

  60. “And always in the right place defensively” – Suns announcer Ann Meyers Drysdale

  61. All true. But. They need a vet to put them over the top and make the playoffs. The young guys may do it, but a steady vet hand who won’t lose them leads when the bench comes in (and may increase it) is enough reason to get Jlin. Jlin is one of the best as getting the best out of his teammates. I don’t know if Clifford respects Jlin, but I think he does. Whether or not Cliff knows how to use Jlin is another question and one I would answer no.

  62. That’s always been the pattern of sub…Lin comes in late into the first and 3rd, play till quarter ends and than gets subbed out by Young…

  63. Young -15. Lin +9

  64. we just got close then he put the unit that lost the lead back in lol smart

  65. Don’t forget ATL is not playing to win, they are playing “for development”. If winning is not the top priority then you do things like they just did. Tanking clouds everything. Here you are thinking about what is the best thing to do to win, when the game on the court is something else entirely. Get with the process! 🙂

  66. what a mess of a game

  67. Indeed! Against the worst team

  68. Lp tryng to lose. he normally change the pg when momentum shift. not doing that today

  69. Clifford will play Lin by default…D.J Augustin is okay but not good enough to keep Lin from getting more than 20 minute per game.

    Just think about it, Augustin is averaging 12 points in 28 minutes…Lin is averaging 11 points in 20 minutes.

    Fox, the King PG is averaging 17 points in 31 minutes…Hield is averaging 20 points in 31 minutes.

    Bogdanovic is averaging 15 points in 28 minutes.

    Point is, I don’t see Lin’s minute improving with the Kings but I would rather him go play for the King than stay in Atlanta.

  70. Right! No Lin No Win

  71. The fight for the No1 Tanking.

  72. what i noticed

  73. they both tryng to lose

  74. Trae making 4 shots in a row with back to back extended 3s. Goes to show if a team wants to prop up a fake star all they need is let them shoot as many as they want and they will eventually make them.

    No one will check how many Trae missed if Hawks get the win. People only remember the 4th quarter highlights.

  75. yup

  76. ive seen enough im done

  77. this is like a jv game

  78. so disgusting

  79. Same with Harden, Walker and all guards who played along side Lin. No need to for defense until they get serious about making playoffs. Meanwhile Lin wasted years in the NBA not being developed nor having the green light to shoot without worrying about defense or limited minutes.

  80. he just made another 3 lol

  81. can not agree more

    This NBA is sickening

  82. Add Refs help, we have “star”

  83. atleast those guys are talented. treys stats are not real. usage through the roof. wnning dont matter. no learning how to win. plz trade lin

  84. The “process” at work. No one will check if ATL loses either. Just don’t interfere with the process

  85. what i noticed. suns want to lose. no defense at all. hawks want trey to score so the doncic thing isnt embarrassing.

  86. when was the last time Lin got to play the entire 4Q?

  87. ill make a prediction. Doncic will be a hall of famer. the trade will be remembered as an utter failure. all this propping up his stats. i dont think it matters. time will reveal the truth

  88. Lin might be stuck on this team after deadline.

  89. Great win. This proves that this team does not need Lin, no need for more mentoring. So please trade Lin.

  90. We say that about every Lin’s rival teammates and yet they are the ones who end up being all stars with crazy pts total due to long minutes and shot chucking. Bottomline NBA and fans don’t care just the highlights and pts.

  91. plssss

  92. thats true but they never win championshps do they?

  93. I think so. Lin has done a wonderful job mentoring Trae; now the Hawks can do him a solid to trade him to a contender.

  94. Lin never mentored Trae, just going against Lin during practice and scrimmage would be enough for Trae and Heurter to copy him.

  95. the short minutes could be lins trade about to come. glass haif full lol

  96. Time will not reveal the truth, will only cover the truth.

    Once you are the chosen ones, you will succeed.

    The whole FO, HC and Ref, and Silver will make sure you succeed

  97. Trae 34 min, Lin 14 min

  98. Yup and Russell, Harden, Walker, and Lonzo Ball all says thanks.

  99. thats not true. who win the chip. harden?nope ….melo? …nope…..batum?…nope. history will remember the real great ones not these stat padders

  100. walker dont belong there

  101. How many actually do?! Only two selected teams get to finals. Lin might not get one either. Lin’s goals are starter, all star, and championship. He’s not going to get all star without crazy long minutes and points, and even then he can get snubbed like Doncic with the 50% rigging.

  102. even for championships, NBA refs stole from Warriors and gave to CAVs the year before

  103. thats not true.

  104. Yes he does! Walker plays 40mins per game and takes 30shotsfor 30pts! He’s a fake star through and through!

    It’s tough to decide who gets the longer green light, mins, and shot chucking Harden or Walker.

  105. you forgot about it?

  106. It’s not like Lin’s being remembered either while being pushed off as bench player.

    It’s the MVPs and allstars who are talked about, Melo included.

  107. Cause Draymond kicked Lebron and got suspended. I remember. To be fair Draymond plays dirty and was also the one who clawed at Lebron’s eyes last finals. It was pay back for someone else trying to injure Thompson.

  108. Even if a team were trying to win they’d push Lin aside to not over shadow the star.

  109. I thought about it, too. If Lin’s trade is a done-deal, it makes sense to phase him out. Let’s be patient until Feb 7

    But if it’s not and Lin gets 10-15mpg, let’s get ready to protest together 🙂
    No doubt Lin’s Free Agency value in summer 2019 will plummet

  110. If Lin’s not traded he needs a buyout. What we’re seeing is exactly what Lin would’ve gotten on Hornets for the entire season if MKG was healthy. Remember how Lin only got 10-13mins when MKG came back?

    From the way Lin is pushed aside they don’t need him. Hawks can hold their own in a weak conference. They just need a 5 game streak to have a legit chance at playoffs.

  111. Well, at least this is an improvement from last night when he got 11 minutes.

    But yeah, Lin needs to be traded or get a buy-out….There’s absolutely no case for Lin to stay in Atlanta…

  112. JLin and John Collins were actually paired together this game a bit, so we have some more data on what a Lin / Collins anchored defense looks like without Trae Young:

    https://stats.nba.com/impact/advanced/#!?LineupIDs=202391~1628381&VsLineupIDs=1629027&TeamID=1610612737&VsTeamID=1610612737&sort=NET_RATING&dir=1

  113. Yeah, there’s a chance he might not even get an offer IMO

  114. Hm, Lakers to place on the waiver if Lin got bought out by Atlanta?
    https://twitter.com/KingJamesSZN/status/1091913836481765382

  115. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  116. but if Lin is bought out, Lin can decide whether he wants to sign with Lakers, right?

  117. Why is there such news? Do you think Lin might have asked for a buyout behind the scene?

  118. Well this is interesting if true. Ordinarily I would reflexively say no. But I admit bias and don’t care for ledumb so would not want to help him. But looking it as to how would our guy benefit maybe it is worth it to ditch my personal prejudice. Two things I like is that if this rumor is true, then it means Magic signed off on it, or at least initiated it, and two I am sure they asked king James first and he must have ok’d it. I may not like ledumb and have a little fun with him but it is not for things related to basketball. He is arguably the best individual player in BB and a true force to reckon with. So that means JLin has some chance at winning and winning a lot. I think rondo (yes boooo) and JLin would be better than Lonzo Ball at pt. When ledumb is not in then JLin can facilitate and the team does not lose a step. Will have to take a look at the team roster to see who might make up a potent bench with JLin leading. LAL could be a very good place for our guy and if bron benefits, well that is ok for now

  119. but Lin will have to play behind Ball AND Rondo, that is really a 3rd string pg….

  120. Looked at the roster. If AD goes to LAL Ball or rondo probably won’t be there anyway. The problem is tha t LAL will probably have to give up besides Ball 2 of these young guys: Kuzma, Hart zubica ingram

  121. I would like to think Lin would not want to join the Lakers.

  122. that’s right

  123. lebron is different from Kobe

  124. I am willing to contribute to his buy out if needed.

  125. Honestly not much but he’s a team player. And between Hawks tanking and Lakers running for a ring I’d choose the later. That is if Lonzo ball and Rondo will be gone for AD.

  126. Rondo is a better half court field general than JLin, and Lonzo is a probably a better at on ball ball pressure, but not sure who would be better at just keeping his man in front of him and out of paint in isolation when not having to fight through endless screens.

    Lin’s a better shooter than either, so my guess is that it would really would depend upon what Lebron needs next to him in any given game situation.

    (No one gets man shot attempts paired with Lebron, though everyone is expected to make those few shots when he passes, so empirically speaking JLin probably would need very extended minutes, in lieu of shot attempts, to establish rhythm to deliver if Lebron needs his help in Q4 of games; his body loosens from just running around, hustling, and playing defense, and his shot becomes more rhythmic then. Freedom Lebron gave Matthew Dellaveva Mozgov pick and roll after Kyrie Irving fractured his knee cap in playoffs seems like template for success if Lin were actually to join the Lakers)

  127. to claim a player from waiver wire needs to have enough cap space to do so. basically no team has $13.7m cap space to claim Lin off waiver. He will clear waiver after 48 hours and becomes a UFA if he is really bought out.

  128. for Lin to sign with the Lakers, i would assume that Lakers have traded Ball and Rondo in the package as rumored for AD. Otherwise, I am not sure Lin would sign with them.

  129. Here are some other LA basketball writers. I scanned their twitter feeds from the last several days and didn’t see any mention of Jeremy.

    Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli (LA Times)
    Brad Turner @BA_Turner (LA Times)
    Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne (ESPN)

  130. To all who observe Chinese New Year, happy new year!!! and yes that include you, @Dinoneseus:disqus LOL

  131. Happy Chinese New Year

  132. Every NBA player is playing for his next contract except Lin.

    Read this. All these mentioned VET contracts expire after this season,yet Hawks FO and LP and Nets FO, Traitor Joe take Lin for granted, never appreciate he always takes care his teammates and wants to play team ball. SMH

    Not sure Lin should go into that mess.

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/report-lakers-veterans-emotionally-charged-verbal-confrontation-luke-walton-060723887.html

  133. I read this D. and a lot of the comments. Lots of stacking up Ledumb and Magic and the old vets against Walton. Fans are hot! Could say it was racial, like most everything is portrayed today, and maybe it is. But I withdraw my endorsement of Jlin to LAL. He would be perfect for Luke Walton’s team play concept but not for the others. He might get chewed up there by the vets who might totally ignore him. Add in the toxic james, the less-than-talented Magic as president and it is a bad scene. If I’m AD I am questioning the idea of joining james. Picking up those 3 vets, two of which have a reputation as malcontents and this is the result. This is a case of where Jlin would help LAL but it does nothing for him. Under my new guidance system of looking mainly at what team would benefit Jlin the most, the LAL are not on it. Now thinking buyout. Let TOR trade for Dedmon. Then TOR picks up Jlin w/o counting against cap or salary. Now TOR has Dedmon and Jlin and will be really dangerous. Jeanie Buss needs to clean house after the season. Keep the young guys, get rid of Ledumb, Magic, the agent guy. Keep Walton, get his input on new GM. If she screws this up again she is the west coast (the best coast) version of dumb Dolan, an entitled rich kid.

  134. “cheering for the rams but cheering for a pregame woj bomb even more”
    Lin cheering for the New England Patriots for the SuperBowl?
    https://twitter.com/leaguefits/status/1092124929107980288

  135. @JLin7
    🎵Change me O God, Wash me through and through, Create in me a clean heart, Make me more like You 🎶
    https://twitter.com/JLin7/status/1092113274710110209

  136. Happy Chinese Year to you and family! 🙂
    So trade or no trade?

  137. Thanks for the additional explanation of the waiver qualification.

    It’s awesome news if teams can’t claim him off the waiver list due to high cap space so Lin can make his choice. Yeah, Raptors would be better than the Lakers because the Finals showing can really help his contract values in the summer.

    Lakers is really a mess with the rumor LeBron trying to get Luke Walton fired, the uncertainly with ADavis, Lin can get easily lost in the shuffle and the surrounding chaos

  138. I’m not sure; buyout is less likely than trade in the first place because Atlanta can get some picks.

    Perhaps it’s speculation about who can fill in as Rajon Rondo if he got traded in ADavis trade

  139. Some nice news from LA but not the Lakers: https://fansided.com/2019/01/29/los-angeles-clippers-race-nba-playoffs/ ATL could have taken this route. They have the players in Jlin, Dedmon, Bazemore, Len and even Carter. Trading for a couple of players and they could have been like the Clippers, in the playoffs based on the non-GSW model. Of course they couldn’t have featured 19 y.o TY but then TY would not have uttered his stupid comments about being better than Luka. And the fans and the sport would not have been “processed” to losing. I watched a whole Clippers game earlier this season, 1 of only 2 (other was TOR) and really liked their style of play. Jlin would fit in perfectly there, high percentage efficient BB, not relying on 3 pt shots. No stars but solid players and good coaching. Another good thing was Austin Rivers leaving.

  140. It baffles me that he mentors these morons

  141. Some guards on the move …
    __________
    https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1092149551992094720

  142. portland is out of the running

  143. good..With the Blazers giving up 2 second round,that may take them out of the running for Lin

  144. Thank you @brentyen:disqus for that heartfelt, sincere happy new year. When I was a kid my dad forbid be from taking red packets unless I handed them over to him so he could take the money inside put it in a fresh envelope and give it to someone else’s kid. So do the right thing and happy Chinese new year.

  145. Lin will pick his next team based on minutes and I seriously doubt Toronto has enough minutes to give Lin, specially with VanVleet and Lowry manning the PG position.

    Orlando is the favorite if Lin wants to play instead of spending a lot of time on the bench for Toronto.

  146. Happy Chinese New Year @psalm234:disqus , you do all the hard work while we just come here to waste bandwidth. Thank you.

  147. Happy Chinese New Year @kauaiblue:disqus. May our Lin be traded soon.

  148. A whole hog happy new year to all!

  149. They were never interested, if not Lin would’ve had a showcase game.

  150. they don’t need Lin..Curry is enough for the 15 minutes of back-up PG.

  151. You too, Michael!

  152. Blessed Chinese New Year to those who celebrate!

  153. Still waiting patiently about JLin’s being traded or……

    Getting less and less interest even now to watch any JLin highlights now:-(

  154. im also beginning to lose interest in watching games of the hawk simple for a reason that i cannot take the unfairness Jeremy;s been recieving right now. as much as i know that NBA is a business , i can’t understand still the persistent treatment and disregard..I am bias , i know but I just want to see fair opportunity to all players.

  155. Me too, I haven’t watch the last few games highlights simply because they are meaningless.

  156. To be fair, playees who might be traded are also getting extremely low 9-10 minutes including the veterans of the Lakers.

  157. Not as much this season if at all. Previously Lin would give out many advice and orders but not this time. He’s definitely smartened up including his outlook on taking more shots.

  158. Still though, got to admit that $13.7M takes some of the sting out.

  159. He did provide a platform for us to waste internet bandwidth…..lol

  160. I hope so, but still do not see how can it happen…:P

  161. Good to hear, sport… i havent been really watching this year

  162. Lol… sure does… keep on mentoring!

  163. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Gal 6:9

    Possible translation? “Let’s not be weary to do good things (e.g. mentoring Collins and Trae), for at the proper time (Feb 7) we will harvest (e.g. be traded to a good playoff team)”

    Sending 🙏🙏🙏 up!

  164. lol .. like Brent said, it’s prepaid bandwidth, text is okay but just don’t send us long video of your nap time 🙂

  165. easy, just need 1 GM to call GM Schlenk, “Let’s make a deal!” 😀

  166. Happy CNY to you and everyone who celebrates, too! Still need to find my moon-cake 🙂

  167. Thanks. It might be a speculation at this point.

  168. Being facetious? Maybe hold back because of trade?

    If not, too pessimistic! 🙁 Send positive vibes please!

  169. I see many of you are saying not motivated to watch even the Lin highlights.

    Come on guys, hang in there! Now is the time for MORE support, NOT less! How tough are we Lin fans if we bail so easily through the down times?

    The TRUTH. I am enjoying every minute of seeing Lin play. Good or bad stats. Still pump a fist when he knocks down great shots. Or blows by with a nice layup. Or connects with teammates for pretty assists.

    Didn’t always feel that way. I can remember that second year in Houston. Rooting for the Rockets to lose whenever Lin wasn’t in. Hating Morey and McHale. (Still do.)

    But this is different. How bad would it be if Lin couldn’t recover from last year. How bad would it be if he did decide to retire after considering it. Then it REALLY WOULD BE NO FUN.

    I’m a bit “troubled”. (That’s kind of too strong. Can’t find the right word atm.) Anyway, haven’t seen quite a few posters lately, compared to the beginning of the season. Even long time Lin supporters’ twitter accounts, like Joy Jeng and infinity88, have been silent. 🙁

    Well, at least you guys are still here to follow what’s going on. PROPS for that. Let’s see what happens in THREE more days!

  170. Thanks for the translation! 🙂

  171. 🙁

  172. Health to you, and happiness to all the Lin fans! Hope to see Lin dominate in the New Year!

  173. Totally agreed with you and you are very supportive.

  174. Daryl Morey is the WORST. Sean Marks and Joe Tsai are very close second. Too bad I can’t curse here. lol.

  175. Yikes! Hmmmm, that explains a lot…….:-)

    Happy New Year!

  176. 新年快樂 !!!

  177. I see what you did there…..HaHa.

    Happy New Year!

  178. “Per League sources…” LOL.

  179. I think those who are proponents of the Raptors are thinking that Lin is definite upgrade to VanVleet. That VanVleet would fall back to 3rd PG.

  180. Agree, please NOT Lakers. It’s a mess there now. And I can see where anyone not named LeBron or AD could be a scapegoat if the Lakers don’t make the playoffs, or lose games.

    Been there, done that. No thanks.

  181. I thought i was the only one.

  182. Can’t wait to follow Lin’s next basketball chapter! 🙂

  183. JLin’s Prayer Request. @psalm234:disqus

  184. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that what feeds our mind adds or detracts from our overall mental health. What we have witnessed for 8 years is a systematic deliberate bias against Lin. Right now, it’s like a train wreck about to happen and watching it is almost sadistic, like slowing down to gawk at a car wreck on the side of the highway. It serves no purpose but feed the negative emotions we try to subdue each day. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/12/reddit-r-watch-people-die
    The human savage animal is only separated within us by the skin of our teeth.

    It’s important for us to maintain faith, positive energies and prayers for Lin but watching these games just makes us sad and angry. I’m like some other posters don’t have the emotional strength to deal with it.

    The work Lin does goes way beyond the basketball court. And the true value of his work is in his interactions with real people around him…with every human being he touches. Lin’s Basketball career only exposes his Christian work for a much wider audience to see. How Lin handles his adversities inspires all of us to try to become better. To become better, it’s important that I don’t feed my mind with negativity.

  185. Word

  186. Caught up on the two low-minutes games. I was hoping that on the second night of B2B, that Lin would be getting more minutes. And he still might have, but TY went off in 4Q, so that was that….

    Don’t understand why Len only got 18 mins either. Guess Pierce doesn’t believe in revenge games.

    Len has good post-skills, surprisingly. But, Lin gave him 3 fantastic passes last night that Len couldn’t finish. Wasted assists for Lin. He’s a 7’1″ 250 lb guy. Can’t he just overpower defenders, at the rim, even if they foul him?

    And, as you guys have already commented during the game. Anne Meyers complimented Lin on his basketball IQ and his defense. Kara Lawson, with the Wizards, also gave Lin lots of kudos. Guess the WOMEN commentators are all pretty smart! 🙂

    Hope to see Lin get some minutes, and a great game tomorrow. LAST GAME BEFORE TRADE DEADLINE.

  187. My guess is Lin minutes will remain low because trading deadline is in a few days. They’re be too scored of any injury to put him out there for extensive playing time.

  188. Your last paragraph. SO TRUE.

    Lin has already shown to us that he is not just defined by his basketball career. If tomorrow, Lin decides to retire, he would have accomplished FAR more than we ever thought possible on the basketball court. He would have already INSPIRED so many, from all over the world.

    And he will continue to prosper off the court. With his other business ventures. AND WITH HIS CONTINUAL PHILANTHROPY.

    However, the fact is. Lin IS still out there, still trying to overcome the many hurdles and injustices. He’s got the TOUGH job. But he’s still chasing his dream.

    Do I get angry? You bet! I rant and rave every day against the NBA. I curse out the Refs. I can’t wait to see Morey and Marks fail, even if it takes a few years. Yup, that is negative energy. Haha.

    Yet, after all that. After seeing him suffer such a catastrophic injury. To me, watching him still able to physically play, and still be an ACTIVE player on an NBA roster, it’s a joy. And until the day he does retire, I will continue to watch him play. Maybe it’s just an “addiction”…LOL.

  189. Oops, it took me some extra words. Guess brevity is NOT my strength. HaHa.

  190. One more post about Lin and the Hawks, although, hopefully it will be moot in the next few days.

    Peachtree Hoops writer cites Lin’s shooting splits percentages before and after Lin’s back strain. Using AVERAGES. Implying there is still something physically wrong with Lin. Okay, Jeff, way to go to lower Lin’s value. You want him traded or not?

    This is where I always say, stats must be put into context. Maybe Lin is banged up from taking those charges. But, only his 3 pt % has been up and down, and he hasn’t taken many.

    Obviously, I wouldn’t know if Lin is really okay or not. However, if we check out the game logs. Lin had some of his BEST games this season, finishing at the rim, with mid-range shots. AFTER 12/5. (Not against the best teams, but that wasn’t Jeff’s point.)

    Dec. 18, win over Wizards.
    Dec. 21, win over Knicks.
    Dec. 26, loss vs Pacers.
    Jan. 6, win over Heat.
    Jan. 8, loss, but LINSANITY vs Raptors!
    Jan. 11, win over 76ers. 5 for 5 FTs.
    Jan. 23, win over Bulls.

    https://twitter.com/jgsiegel/status/1092154090015023104

    https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/l/linje01/gamelog/2019

  191. Let’s hope it’s to a good team! There aren’t too many left…..LOL.

  192. From the little I’ve heard, Raptors fan are satisfy with VanVleet and I’m almost sure many of them don’t even view Lin as an upgrade since Lin is grossly under-rated among fans of other team

    Similarly, many Orlando fan does’t view Lin as an upgrade to Augustin…They only look at Lin’s ppg but fails to notice Lin is playing less than 20 minutes a night.

  193. Happy New Year zone!

  194. Stay strong ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ.

  195. Excel

  196. That was what I worried when I first read it.

    Can someone translate it what Lin tries to say this time?

    I will die if he does not he traded.

  197. This is what I will never forgive Traitor Joe, SM and KA.

    They could have traded Lin to a contender with a lessor return, but they dumped Lin to a tanking team.

    Is this how you treat your loyal player and your favorite athlete by only look out your own interest ???

    Every minute Lin is wasted on Hawks bench, I hope their conscious condemn them.

  198. Those are words masters. I wanted to say something and the best I can come up is “Right On”, one more word than the master’s. LOL

  199. works

  200. jlinfans.com is still very active if you read chinese.
    so does isay.tw
    haha

  201. Lin breaking his body for tanking team in development mode and messes with his limited minutes made me scratch my head often: stubborn or dumb? What is the goal here?

  202. I believe our Lin still has sportsmanship in his conscious, unlike other “stars” or players

  203. should take 18 M like others.. 13.7 is too little now.

  204. because it shows that despite everything he has thrived and come back to play. look at hayward or even kristaps – hayward left utah for boston and got injured and hasnt recovered – kirstaps hasnt even played for a season

  205. i am just grateful that he can play and make a difference – under him guys like john collins and kevin huerter and even len are showing off their skills – and that is the biggest blessing of it all

  206. Happy 7th Year Anniversary, Linsanity!!
    Very nice of Knicks fans to remember the joy Linsanity brought.
    OAKAAK : “Once A Knick, Always A Knick”

    @TheKnicksWall
    Seven years ago today, we were gifted Linsanity.
    Shoutout @JLin7 #OAKAAK
    https://twitter.com/TheKnicksWall/status/1092427343598157825

  207. It’s unfortunate that Lin’s back injury hurt his shooting stats.
    I believe Lin has taken fewer charges lately so he might have made proper adjustment, not to mess his back.

    Hopefully, the tweet on what Kobe said of not taking charges not to end up like Bird and Pippen who had messed-up back helped to influence JLin’s approach in taking charges from now on.

    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/1084685977665208321

  208. To this day, 8 years later Mike D’antoni is the ONLY coach to see and know what the had and how to use it. That in itself is just amazing that only 1 person could see the skills of Jlin. And even he didn’t see its util the breakout, but once he did it was beautiful.

  209. well, to be fair dantoni turns austin river back to a player..so it’s not just lin. I already predicted that once dantoni became the coach of the rox, harden will be getting 40 and 15 .. as his system tends to inflate stats of PGs. I was right.. on the ppg part.

  210. well as much as I hated it, ATL was the only team who is giving them what they need and that they ask for lin…NO OTHER TEAM DID.. so they value him more. So you have to think about that. Again it’s business. no loyalty in business if it’s trading stuff.. loyalty is MONEY and what you can do for me.

    It’s good that ATL wants him.. it shows other teams see lin as a good asset. If atl didn’t want him.. yes he might be with the nets, and there will be conflict with dloblo. GM wants Dlo.. KA wants Lin. Owner hires the GM.. so guess hwo this politics will play out if KA didn’t really play Dlo.

  211. And no such thing as traitors. it’s business, not friendship..

    “if you want a friend, go get a dog” – Carl Icahn (the 26th weathiest person forbe 400 meaning net worth of 17 BILLION)

  212. that serious lol

  213. Even Bleacher Report remembers …
    __________
    https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/1092482008129957888

  214. IMHO it’s hard to say. I don’t think he knows 100% about possible trade or not but knows God wants him to trust Him no matter what.

    In the 1st paragraph, Lin talks about the need for DESPERATE longing for God, to allow God to work through him. Also, the focus on the prayer of gratitude/worship/prayer so he won’t be so reliant on his own understanding (talents/habits).

    And the 2nd paragraph focuses on being faithful to God to invest in 2-3 people that God put around him through evangelism or mentorship so they can grow spiritually.

    IMHO I believe Lin shares prayer requests to depend on God and be faithful with people that God has entrusted around him but at the same time, but continue to not focus on his own understanding since he doesn’t know if God wants him to stay or move.

  215. we don’t know whether Hawks were the ONLY team offered anything, there might be other teams, but Nets were heartless to Lin. We never know, do you??

  216. it’s a historic event.
    only the dumaz knicks don’t recognize it as history
    but then again you have dthe dumaz doeboy as the boss of course he cares is food

  217. new game thread. Plus narrowing down potential Lin suitors

    Game 53 Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards:
    Narrowing Down Potential @JLin7 Suitors Before The Feb 7 #NBATradeDeadline 🤔
    ➡️@Raptors 🏀🏀
    ➡️@OrlandoMagic 🏀
    ➡️@SacramentoKings 🏀
    ➡️❓
    http://www.jlinportal.com/g53-hawks-vs-wizards/

    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/1092537746696982528

  218. bruh, you ok?

  219. Brent is the zen master of the one word haiku. Like Yoda he is!

  220. Agree! As a fan, very grateful that Lin is back.

    Lin’s resolve and determination and resilience are absolutely awesome! He deserves more happiness on the basketball court. (Not worried about him off the court.)

  221. THANKS for the recommendations! I’m afraid I’m better off sticking to English. 🙁

    Just curious. Is the first site based in Taiwan, or here in US?

  222. LOL.

  223. LOL. I’m sure you will survive.

    Anyway, you have higher priorities for happiness with your family and your son (children)! 🙂

  224. Well if those fans think VanVleet or Augustin are good enough, then they can’t complain if they don’t get to postseason, or go far in postseason.

    They don’t realize NO LIN NO WIN. LOL.

  225. China

  226. Okay, now I know. Thanks!

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