Game 7: Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers
One game after Jeremy Lin received the season high playing time at almost 19 minutes (18:58), he posted the season-low minutes at 9 minutes (9:19) in the 76ers game.
He only played 4 minutes in the first quarter before playing another 5 minutes in the fourth quarter after the Hawks was trailing 22 points with 5 minutes left.
It is unclear if 1 early turnover by Lin made Coach Pierce not rely much on Lin in a game against his old team where he worked as an assistant coach. Or there might be additional consideration of a back-to-back game to save his legs while still recovering. But the inconsistent playing time certainly does not help Lin’s attempt to regain his NBA form.
There is a lot of truth when Dominique Wilkins, one of NBA greats who works as the Hawks announcer, said Lin probably should be given a bit more time to get the rust out since he has not played much in 2 years.
Coach Pierce’s answer to a reporter’s question on Trae Young might offer some insight of what he looks for in the Point Guard position and his overall system.
[2:17] Reporter: “Trae Young did not get ginourmous numbers in the points column but his assists were there once again tonight”
Coach LP: “His numbers are not, you know .. 8 assists 0 turnovers. We’ll take that all day, every day. As I said, we didn’t capitalize on some of the shooting but we play the want we want to play:
– we got ball movement
– we got to the paint
– we made extra passes
and shots didn’t fall when we needed them to.
But I thought his floor-play, command of the offense, is great tonight”
Lloyd Pierce on Trae Young having 8 assists and 0 turnovers: "We'll take that all day, every day." pic.twitter.com/oRkPR4cLAA
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) October 30, 2018
Hopefully, Lin will know what Coach Pierce expects from him so he can get more playing time to gain his shooting rhythm quicker and help his team.