Heat Smart Coaching and Experience Won Game 6


Eric Spoelstra (Spo) was masterful in his game plan for Game 6 in orchestrating 97-90 road win. The Heat simply wanted the game more, came up with big shots and hustled more and Clifford did not adjust well to Spo’s tactic.

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So how exactly did Spo and the Heat do it?

1.Stop Hornets balanced attack with Lin/Kemba penetration and teamball
  • Spo realized the Hornets guard penetration was the reason behind Game 3-5 Hornets wins. Lin/Kemba were responsible for 59 FT attempts in the 1st 5 games, of which 61% (36 out of 59) resulted in 3 straight Hornets wins.
  • Spo failed to stop Lin in Game 5 with double-team because Lin found a way to pass to open teammates to finish with 11pts/7asts/6rebs. He got smarter by throwing different looks with Dieng as a big defender, trapping on the 3pt line and the absence of Hawes impacted Lin’s efficiency (Hawes-Lin lineup was ranked #2 in producing 6.5 Net Points). Hawes also appeared in 6 out of Top 10 2-man lineup so the Hornets missed his presence due to his injury.
  • As a result, Lin was hesitant to attack the rim and impacted his offensive efficiency with 1-8 shooting although he managed to contribute with a perfect 6-6 FT shooting
  • Only Kemba and Al Jefferson can contribute offensively with ISO-heavy offense with 22-44 shooting but it was not enough as other Hornets struggled. Marvin had 0-7 shooting, Frank and Lee had a combined 3-7 shooting but did not shoot enough.
  • Heat game plan was to stop Jeremy Lin and Hornets teamball to force the Hornets to play ISO-heavy offense. Kenny “The Jet” Smith (TNT Analyst) said Lin was the key to the team offense in Game 5. Kemba and Lin would need to play exceptionally well if they hope to win Game 7
  • Kemba almost single-handedly win the game with his electrifying performance with 37pts/5asts but Dwayne Wade stepped up the game to hit 2 huge 3pt shots

2. Masterful Wade/Dieng/Johnson performance
  • Wade/Dieng/Johnson shot exceptionally well with a combined 22-41 (54%) to finish with 55pts. Dragic started slow but he heated in the 2nd half to finish with 14pts/7rebs/2a
  • Credit should be given to the veterans and championship heart of Dwayne Wade.Dwayne Wade hit 2-2 on threes after missing 16 threes in 2016. They simply played better and executed well to stave off the elimination game.
3. Lack of trust by Hornets coaches in Lin
  • Despite struggling offensively, Lin earned praise for his defense on Dwayne Wade from Jeff Van Gundy (ESPN Analyst) in the 2nd half who was at 1 point 0-6. But with 5 fouls and after committing 2 offensive fouls, Clifford benched Lin with 6:47 left in the 4th quarter. He felt more comfortable to play Lee who usually played good defense but was not a factor offensively last night. Perhaps he hoped Lee’s offensive rebounding would help.
  • Several times in the season, Cliff inserted Lin with 14 seconds-2 min left for his ability to draw fouls and FTs to ice the game. It’s unknown if Lin would make a difference last night but as noted by JVG, Kemba needed Lin’s help since only both of them presented threat to the Heat off their dribble-drives
Game 7 Strategy and the Hornets Best Lineup
  • Both Kemba and Lin would need to play exceptionally well. Lin would also need to solve the Heat’s defense in order to penetrate and help team offense.
  • Lin is not as great as Kemba in ISO offense but he’s equally important to run PnR offense to involve his teammates. Will Clifford run some plays to give Lin a hot start in the 1st quarter? Only time will tell
  • The best 5-man lineup for the Hornets are Lin/Kemba/Lee/Zeller/Kaminsky with +11 but it is unknown why Cliff has not used a lot of them. Perhaps Cliff does not like this small lineup or he does not want to start Jeremy Lin as he is not part of the Hornets future starters

But Game 7 is a do or die situation. How would Clifford counter the Heat’s plan to stop Lin and rest of Hornets if they were content to let Kemba and Big Al thrive?

Would Jeremy Lin dig deep and find a way to beat the Heat the same way he powered the Hornets in Game 3-5?

Without JLin, there is no Game 5 or 6. He already gave the Hornets a historic playoff win in Game 3 after losing 12 consecutive playoff games. Plus a road playoff win since 2002.

But knowing JLin, he will not go down without a fight to give the best for his teammates.

In less than 20 hours, we will find out how JLin and the Hornets will adjust to the Heat game plan.

We can only hope and pray that they would be given the wisdom and strength to pull the difficult-but-not-impossible Game 7 win. Say a prayer for #7 to help the Hornets to win Game #7

MEMBERS POLL
Guess JLin's stats in Playoff Round 1 Game 7 vs MIA
  • DX

    1st?

  • 22cents

    2nd! Ha Ha

    You beat me.

  • 22cents

    Kemba is a very good player. He can drive and score. I think he is a nice teammate to Lin as well.

    I would say Kemba is a general and he is a battle tested general.

    Lin, on the other hand, is a field marshal material but disguised with colonel or even major rank.

    I just wish that KW sometime knows how to share the ball with major Lin.

    But whey I heard general KW said everything is on his shoulder……I told myself. Where is the field marshal? I knew Hornet was in trouble.

    Ha ha.

  • jolno

    Gorgui Dieng plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Luol Deng plays for the Miami Heat. I think you probably misspell Deng as Dieng.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    what about General Lee?

  • 22cents

    Courtney Lee? He is a general? Ha Ha

    I did not know he was promoted. ^_^.

    I want Lin TO BE PROMOTED!!!!!!!

  • HVJoy

    As usual, this is another great write-up for the new thread. Thank you, Psalm.

  • After Lin tweaked his ankle in game 5, Lin hasn’t had the same level of explosiveness. Although Lin did a great job of distributing the ball and had a positive impact on game 5, I could tell that the ankle was starting to bother him a bit. With an ankle tweak like that, you don’t really feel it as much until the next day. I think by game 6, the ankle got even worse and from the moment Lin stepped on the court, he was hesitant. Last night, Lin’s pace was slow, he didn’t have lift and also lacked control, which resulted in a couple of offensive fouls. I doubt his ankle will heal that much by tomorrow, but Lin will give it his all. Hopefully, he’ll be able to overcome his injury. I hate to say it, but I’d be very very surprised if the Hornets move onto the next round. There are so many disadvantages they’re facing and the only real advantage I see is that the older Heat players may be a little more worn out.

    Last night’s game actually turned out how I expected it to. It’s tough winning four in a row in the playoffs against a tough opponent. I tweeted so before the game and said that if the game is close, the Heat will win so when Hornets weren’t able to get any separation and take a commanding league, I expected a loss early on in the second half. So in that sense, the loss wasn’t very devastating to me, because I pretty much expected it.

    Kemba showed a lot of heart and gave it his all. I think that’s why a lot of Hornets fans love him. I don’t see Kemba as the type to sacrifice winning for his personal stats. But the unfortunate thing is that his style of play just doesn’t lend itself to team ball very often. I can’t blame him for taking over last night’s game, though. He really had no choice. It was by far Kemba’s best game in this series and one of his best performances of the year. That being said, Kemba has yet to lead the Hornets in a win against a tough opponent this season as far as I know.

    I gotta salute Wade for showing a lot of heart. Dude barely ever shoots threes and hits two in clutch. Wade willed this win for his team. I think if Miami lost last night, this series would haunt Wade for a long time, so he was determined to win so lots of respect to Wade for what he did last night. It was all heart! (By the way, apologies for the long post, I didn’t mean to write this much, it just happened).

  • DX

    Ha ha, carry on!

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i dunno. i just think Lin is the General, clifford is the tank commander, and kemba is the canon that clifford uses to shoot himself in the foot with. and Lee may be the shield

  • Arsenium12 .

    This came from Marc Stein (ESPN) …

    ESPN sources say Miami complained to the highest levels of the league office after Game 4 about what the Heat deemed to be favorable officiating for Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker.

  • TTNN

    Meanwhile, Clifford were satisfied to the officiation obvious had a target on Lin and Kemba’s back.

    https://twitter.com/rick_bonnell/status/726526314606387200

  • CJSHYY

    So…. NBA still nice to both…LOL!

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    this shows Miami’s playoffs experience

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    urgh, clifford facepalm

  • Joe what do you know

    Could he be sarcastic?

  • TTNN

    exactly. They are giving all the pressure to the Refs, and then that would work out their defensive plan. When every Lin’s drive is offensive foul, and when Lin and Kemba’s layup were bumped and hit and get no call, Hornets will be much easier to beat.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    they have a 3-layer defense against Lin. 1) put a bigger Winslow/Deng on him in the perimeter and let him drive but defend the jumpers, 2) get ready to meet him at the rim with Haslem, 3) get refs to foul him out

  • I think you’re correct about Lin’s ankle hampering his performance.
    I saw him stumble trying to chase a player. He didn’t seem as comfortable to zip around all over the court knowing he can get to where he wants like in Game 3-5. His finish to the rim was not as quick or as strong. Hope there would be a small miracle to heal the ankle by tomorrow.

    I don’t mind Kemba took over in the 4th quarter because he still tried to pass to Al and also tried to pass to Lin to get him going. He definitely had a warrior spirit. But unfortunately individual performance from Kemba, Al and even Lin won’t do it. They need to get the whole team going.

    I also don’t think Cliff will do anything different. Probably focus on defensive plan and tell the players to keep doing their offense. He really needs to get JLin going so he can involve the whole team. Otherwise, it will be a decisive win by the Heat tomorrow.

  • 22cents

    Yeah.

    My philosophy is simple. Field Marshal does not need to be very good at battle field but has to be very good in strategic moves in order to win war. Lin fits with that idea.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    JLin wrote this verse in this FB: Psalm 46:10 — Be STILL and KNOW that I am God 3 hours ago.

    This is also one of my favorite verses which I quote in my Twitter account. My prayer for JLin: Be still in God in this intense 18 hours time. Tune out all noises and just play your game. Stay healthy. May the good God continues to look after you.

    Won’t be able to watch the game as it will be 3am here.
    https://twitter.com/Loveforlife0323/status/726515134223384576

  • Amen .. What a great verse to calm any anxiety at heart.
    Win or lose tomorrow, JLin can start with a peaceful heart so he can think clearly and simply receive wisdom to search deep within on what it takes to empower his teammates to win the game together.

    It’s really the only way to have any chance beat the Heat in Game 7. Everyone has to believe and on the same page to play teamball.

  • gandychan

    I know prayer is important. But it doesn’t seem logical to pray for a win. The other team has players who pray to the same God for the win. Does God have to choose between the two teams? I think the most humble way to use prayer is to pray for his belief in himself, the team, and his faith. And probably health. But praying for a win seems selfish.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    I felt dreadful for Game 6 and my feeling got me right as I barely had time to watch a little of game in first half. I have “peace” and excited about this game. Hopefully my feelings proves me right when I wake up to watch probably the last part of the game and it will be a “WIN” with JLin does well all around.

  • HVJoy

    what a contrast it is!

    Could Hornets organization have made its counter-complaint on the referees? I hope so.

  • Joe what do you know

    Bugger it. I’m getting up and watching it regardless… Will be very tired at work though…

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    What’s wrong for me as a fan to be “selfish.” God is God. He does His part and I do my part. It’s up to God how He answers prayers. I’m perfectly OKAY!

  • takeme2cruz

    Riley and Jackson’s old trick.

  • gandychan

    But God asks for you to be meek and humble. It doesn’t seem meek to pray for one team to beat another team. I don’t think that’s how God is depicted in the Bible. So I find it odd that Jeremy asks us to pray for a win.

    I think the best prayer request is to pray they play their brand of basketball and give it their all with no injuries. Win or lose.

  • Joe what do you know

    Same trick does not work on Lin twice. Unless Miami change their defence on Lin again in Game 7, Lin is smart enough to adjust and break out. Totally not worried about Lin at all. It’s the rest of the Hornets I’m worrying about…

  • webattorney

    Some Christian Lin fans did not believe that such a prayer request came from Lin. Not sure. Did Lin really make such a prayer request? Some Christian Lin fans were saying that’s unlike his usual prayer request. I have no idea.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Those are the 3 refs had non calls FF1/FF2 to JLin. When I saw the names of these refs, my blood went cold and hope for the best for JLin. However, we know the result. Non calls and phantom calls on Jin. Cliff is as bad as refs in this sense. No wonder I really have a hard time with him.

  • Joe what do you know

    Are you Christian?

  • sws94

    So this injury affects his push off and cutting as opposed to speed? Because he seemed fast. But he didn’t seem to maneuver and twist around the paint to finish the shots as well as the other games.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    WOW!!!!!!!!! We have a fan who really knows God and how God works.

  • webattorney

    As soon as I saw him at the beginning of the game, I did think his heart was weighed down by a lot of stress.

  • vincent

    have to make a comment after reading a lot of the comments regarding Kemba and the Hornets. I am not basketball expert, but it seems like whenever Kemba plays Kemba ball, he certainly scores a lot, but his teammates aren’t involved in the offense. I believe his scoring is definitely a big weapon, but Cliff uses him incorrectly. When Kemba shoots the ball 30 times, his teammates seem to be out of rhythm. Whereas Jeremy makes his teammates much better around him. He knows when to stop shooting and we all get frustrated for him not shooting enough. I feel like Kemba’s scoring was absolutely key to winning game 5 along with Jeremy’s incredible play as well. With that said Cliff needs to run the offense thru lin if he wants to win game 7 and get Kemba involved when they need short bursts of points ONLY. Kemba ball should not be used throughout an entire game. That is all

  • gandychan

    I’m not claiming to know how God works. It just seems at odds with what I am familiar with Christian teaching. Please correct me if I am wrong. Is it ok and encouraged to pray for whatever you want and leave it up to God to answer your prayers?

  • vincent

    Lin needs to get better shoes, his ankle has been a nagging injury all season

  • gandychan

    I used to go to a church when I was in college, but the monetization and commercialism of the churches turned me off. Also, one church started telling me how to vote in ways I didn’t agree with.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes, JLin didn’t seem like himself in Game 6 like Game 3-5. Too much “garbage” from G5 to G6. I’m all good that he posted this verse knowing that what he needs the most in this time. Pray that he will play “carefree” and trust God for the rest like coaches, refs, teammates, fans……..

  • DX

    Feel Nike is better than Adidas, hope he can be signed by AJ.

  • gandychan

    He had too much on his mind. He was praying for the salvation of his nonbeliever teammates. Not the time to worry about evangelizing in the middle of a competitive series. And definitely not before a crucial game 6.

  • CJSHYY

    Well, this means team ball or ISO? LOL! Can’t figure it out. But hope it will not end this playoff tomorrow then?

  • Joe what do you know

    Have you tried their Boost foam shoes for basketball? I’ve had all sorts of basketball shoes over the year, Nike, Jordan, UA, Converse, Reebok and Adidas. Before Boost, I don’t really care for Adidas basketball shoes, but Bosst foam changed everything….

  • kittyhead

    Sounds like sarcasm for me. LOL

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    My understanding is bringing my requests/desires and whoever requests/desires to God and let’s God’s will be done. I’m not God who dares to make any decision whether the request(s) is valid/right/wrong/good/bad………. I’m not God and a JUDGE on who prayer request is right/wrong. I’m just one of His children. God the Father will do what He believes is best for His children. So, if JLin/I/anyone asks me to pray for him/her/anyone, doesn’t matter the request is against my belief/theology, I will bring all requests to God and let God’s will be done. This way I’m free from making decisions for the person.

    If I’m teaching “how to make a prayer request,” obviously I will teach according to my understand of biblical teaching. If a person asks me whether the request is correct or not, then it’s another issue.

    Depending on the situation and what the person wants like JLin’s case, he made a prayer request and he didn’t ask me whether his request was right and wrong, I’m not God, I’m not going to preach to JLin based on the different view of prayer theology. As I sign up for as his prayer warrior, my job is just bringing the request to God and may God’s will be done.

  • Win

    As I have mentioned on the previous thread, I have gave up on Clifford. Lin won’t have any place at all in Hornets with the way Clifford has disrespected Lin.

    But now, I am starting to worry at the same time. Which team, front office or coach will have the gut to give the Key to Lin? I have mentioned before, MDA has no choice but to played because of the injuries. MDA even said it himself that he don’t know much about JLin before the Linsanity games. What I meant is , MDA is the best coach for Lin, but is Lin the best PG for MDA?

  • Acbc

    I totally disagree that Kemba is a good teammate to Lin or anyone. He’s a street baller that scores for himself.

    A team works on the principle of creating team solutions. Kemba has shown no inkling of understanding what it takes to create a team solution. He simply tries harder to find his own solution to score. That’s not winning bball.

    A team must have multiple options to score or you make the opponents job too easy to defend. Kemba doesn’t understand that side of the ledger. He simply sees his scoring as the only way to carry the team, when in fact he should be looking at ways to create alternatives to himself so that end game situations allow for misdirections like how Jordan fed Kerr the winning shot. Kemba keeps others atrophied to the point that few are ever ready for the big moment and even few expect to see a ball come their way I crunch time. THATS NOT TEAM LEADERSHIP AND IT CERTAINLY ISNT TEAM PLAY.

    At the highest level of sports, you cannot let opponents know ahead of time what you will do when it counts. The percentages of winning is razor thin when the cream rises to the top. An indivual player like Kemba who doesn’t involve his team can’t possible elevate his team enough to win anything significant in post season.

    This why Kemba as a leading scorer always leads to a loss.

  • CJSHYY

    I really think Kemba is more & more like Harden. He took almost 3/4 shots for the game by himself when he’s in ISO mood. I don’t think that fit well w Lin’s team ball theory at all. The different between Kemba & Harden is he’s not a star yet so sometimes he did play Lin’s team ball but not Harden. This year he just asked for MIP but next season he maybe will try MVP then… that means he will take more shots to get good stats to compete w Harden.

  • Win

    There is really no use to bash Kemba. I also believe an ISO player is useful but not for possessions. If a team go ISO ALL THE WAY then it will never works.

    Lin has mentioned himself, every team need a explosive scorer that can score a bunch in a hurry. He was referring Nick Young when he said that.

    Kemba should be used like Jamal Crawford or Dion Waiter, when the team is struggle on the offensive end, they can change the momentum. Or some broken play which they can create and doesn’t need much time to run a play.

    I think our problem is Clifford. He has been very disrespectful toward Lin. Lin should have noticed that too I mean after all he has been in the league for quite sometime already.

  • freemind

    Wonder if he was happy for CLee G5 clutch shot that he missed. That outcome definitely changed the offensive game plan to ISO in G6 or directive to confer all balls to him.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Kemba certainly is an amazing scorer. this loss and most of the hornets lost this season is on clifford for misusing Lin and Kemba by prioritizing iso-ball. the plan should always be team ball first and then revert to iso-ball as a last resort

  • Win

    Agreed. It is ok to have an ISO player in team, what matter is how the coach should have utilize them and other players. Clifford has fail to put Lin back in when Jefferson picked up an offensive foul @ 2:12 and the score was 90-86. Or at least cClifford should sub Lin back in during a time out by Heat @ 1:33, the score was 90-88.

    Putting Lin back into the game benefit the offensive side as you are putting a 2nd threat, a player who can create, drive and pass into the game. It was true that Lin didn’t have a good night on the offensive end, but at least he can draw some defensive attention away from KW to make it easier for KW or any other players on the floor to score.

  • heart

    No wonder. Did Hornets and Cliff ever make any complaints to the “highest levels of the league office” after witnessing Lin got clobbered in the head, face, neck and above shoulders from Kobe, Melo, Harden and other non-star players??? Now I dislike Heat even more. And what did Cliff respond?

  • Win

    Plus not putting Lin back in was an insult to Lin. How can you do that to a player that won you game 3 & 4 and big part of it in game 5?

    Totally disrespectful

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    well, Lin almost fouled out so if Clifford did complained, it worked out.. for him

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    what’s new? clifford has been doing this all season long

  • Win

    Clifford disrespected Lin. Period. That all he has done.

  • Win

    I was hoping FO, MJ or Clifford can find a way to JLin and kW co-exist. But I was wrong, they are not even trying at all. So be it. I hope Lin will leave and I believe he will leave the Hornets.

  • Win

    I think he was. Might be he is too cheap so he don’t wanna get fine by NBA.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    FO, MJ, Clifford and Kemba got what they wanted already. Kemba scores a bunch and has a higher chance to be an all-star next season and the team got to the playoffs. they don’t gain anything if they advance further. but if they do, MJ would have to pay the players more playoffs bonus

  • heart

    So upset to hear this news. The minute Heat didn’t get what they wanted, they immediately put in a complaint.Lin fans had to do what Hornets/Cliff should have done. And it took the NY Times to run a story on it before the league responded w/o admitting fault. So sick of this good “old-boy” network in this League!

  • Win

    Maybe. But just so you know I don’t blame Lin’s situation on his teammates. I solely blame it on the entire organization.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    clifford is not a quality coach at all and the playoffs exposes him even further. the refs cheated his team and he’s publicly saying that it’s OK. sigh. refs are gonna keep cheating the hornets

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    of course. it’s the organization. i blame mostly clifford because he has control of what happens on the court. he’s coaching to lose

  • Win

    Same. Here. Clifford is the one we should blame!!!

    I hate him. But he still better than McHale and BS though.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    in other words, clifford enjoyed these three refs letting players hammer Lin in the face and not get flagrant calls smh

  • Michael

    This is Cliffords first playoffs as a head coach, Lin has more playoff experience lol.

  • heart

    What??? Refs and players have found new ways to cheat Lin. I saw this as early as in Game 1. Deng, Winslow, Richardson, or any players can just step in front of Lin while moving their feet and the BIASED REFS would called an offensive foul on Lin instead of an blocking foul. Lin’s TOs will increase bc of this!

  • CJSHYY

    His 2nd one.

  • Briiick

    In G5 KW took about 20 shots and made how many, 4-5 ? There is a clear trend that KW had been taking more and more shots until Hornets finally lost.

  • DaBoss

    Even with 5 fouls Clifford should have put Jeremy in again. At least keep another playmaker out there as,long as possible. Anyway game 6 showed Spo simply out coached Clifford again.

  • heart

    Where were the REFS? Lin’s 3 missed layup have to be reviewed. Here’s one of the reason why he missed the easy lay up!

    https://twitter.com/hc_jadc/status/726532441704255489

  • gandychan

    So if you wanted to pray for a player you also followed but was on Miami, and they asked you to pray that Miami wins, what do you do?

  • freemind

    Hope Lin’s ankle feels better and all his teammates are feeling tiptop and healthy.

    there was an entire news article in charlotteobserver just for why nic could not contribute in G6 bc of ankle issue. (inserting my cynical view:maybe a way to justify the ROI on 12mil). anyway of the 4 articles, not one mention of any teammate contribution except kw and maybe cody, al.

    meanwhile teammates including Lin need to go to a team that value their contribution.

  • DaBoss

    Phillipians 4:6

  • Hornets Saturday update

    Hornets Ready for Game 7, Batum Questionable
    Posted: Apr 30, 2016
    Saturday, April 30, 6:13 p.m.

    The Hornets headed to Miami for Game 7 on April 30 and are in the right mindset heading into the elimination game.

    “I thought they were very good today,” Head Coach Steve Clifford said in his conference call. “We watched a lot of tape. At this stage of the game it’s the same thing really, you’ve got to learn from what happened last night. Again, in the first half we weren’t good defensively, in the second half we were very good. It was the rebounding game and the loose balls (were key). They beat us to every 50-50 ball and they had 19 second-chance points. We were minus-15 on the glass and it’s going to be hard to win like that. It’s going to start with that; offensive purpose and being organized on defense, but we have got to play with a lot more physicality.”

    The Hornets will need to get solid contributions from every player who steps on the court if they want to advance. One player whose status is in question is Nicolas Batum, who left game in the second quarter when he re-aggravated his left foot strain and did not return. His status for Game 7 is still up in the air, as he’s listed as questionable on the Hornets injury report.

    “Our flight got delayed a little bit, so we just got here and had a film session and he’s going to get more treatment,” Clifford said in his call. “I don’t think we’ll really know for sure until right before the game (if he will play).”

  • CJSHYY

    Wow! So happy to see Spurs beat OKC, only 1Q, OKC down by 18. Lin played so well vs Spurs!!!

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • zxcvb

    Young coach. Former Spurs guy. Flopped as a head coach in Orlando but he didn’t have much to work with either. But if Atkinson trusts him, then that’s probably a good thing.

  • Yascar

    Not bad I think. Another former Spurs guy. Not successful as Head Coach but might be a good assistant.

  • Acbc

    Scoring however is only half the ledger. I post season, you need to also stop opponents from scoring. That’s the real game of basketball. Not the WWF fake superstar one Harden and Kemba play.

    The league sells the sizzle but winning is a mud fight in the trenches.

  • Joe what do you know

    That… Is what earthlings called “foul”. Unless, we are in Space Jam…

  • JoeTeam

    This data ca be Figure 1 to your post. (refresh to view):

  • I think God does not care much about who wins or loses sport games but He does care about people pray for their needs to Him. So while Jeremy and other NBA players may pray for health, great performance and even team wins, as long as they’re fully aware that it might not be God’s will for their team to win, it’s okay.

    Per my understanding, God cares more about the heart and good character of people to trust Him no matter what happens, rather than the wins or losses. I believe with prayers come peace, protection, guidance, etc. but the outcome of the game is not guaranteed.

    Here’s the verse that hopefully will give Jeremy comfort and peace to do his best tomorrow in Game 7. God willing, his team may win but if it’s not, it’s also okay. What’s important is to get peace and strength in the heart to drive any anxiety away.

    Philippians 4:6-7
    6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Active Faith Sports have a good article about what Jesus has to do with sports.
    http://activefaithsports.com/blogs/the-locker-room/17560132-what-does-jesus-have-to-do-with-sports

  • aha.. I was thinking of the same verse and posted below 🙂

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Just looking at the stat: Thunder is doing so poorly vs Spurs 34 v 62 with 3:54 min in 2nd qtr.

  • heart

    FYI. No wonder who has the advantage… Round 1, Game 6, 4/29/2016. Lin got 5 personal fouls. Lin missed three easy layups. One of them Wade grabbed his jersey while he was in the air for the layup. Two offensive fouls called against him– Heat players step right in front blocking his path. Where were the REFS?

  • CJSHYY

    I know. Watching the game now. So happy to see OKC plays do bad. Lin played so well against Spurs. Feel good!!!

  • LinMad

    saw the thumbnail and thought it was Byron Scott lol almost had a heart attack

  • CJSHYY

    Spurs big three don’t care about their stats just let the hot hand shine… Really good team culture.

  • LinMad

    Batum is mentally not ready for playoffs. Ankle injury, grandmother passed away, just had a child. I say leave him out and let the bench run with Lin.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Can you explain what happens???

  • LinMad

    that’s what I said. Leave Lin in until he fouls out. Let him fight to the end. Now we’ll never know and it leaves everyone guessing what the outcome could have been if Lin just stayed in the final minutes. There’s no reason to blame Lin when he was not in the last 7 minutes of the game.

  • webattorney

    I prefer killer instinct style but whatever works for Lin. Go either nasty or go smiley. Don’t be worried.

  • freemind

    you should add to this tweet .. or directly to him. surely espn want controversy..it sells 🙂
    https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/726524063569469440

  • KWC

    Basically LMA and KL can’t miss and RW and KD bricks and OKC has lots of turn overs and fouling 3pt shooters.

  • Briiick

    What happen if a cold player is still allowed to take 20 shots ? I bet the defensive effort from his teammates will be low in the following game.

  • DX

    Really, I would like to try.

  • CJSHYY

    RW & KD couldn’t shoot well. I believe RW was 1-8 before he could make some shots… Spurs shooting well from Leonad, Aldridge, & Green. Wow! The first time to see OKC played so bad….LOL!

  • Briiick

    These coaches are damaging NBA and driving audience out.

  • CJSHYY

    That’s for sure… who wants to be just watching the game but not be able to part of the game.

  • heart
  • freemind
  • heart

    SMH! This is juvenile level. Cliff always drops ‘famous’ name(s) in his interview. I’ve heard him mentioned Riley, MJ, Ewing, in his interviews. I’d say Cliff/Hornets have weak spine!

  • HY C

    from G3

    pic.twitter.com/6Kb96uoRUf

  • JJ Hui

    If we notice Lin’s family will notice too. Cliff disrespect Lin but brown nose Kemba and Batum because he is afraid to get fired like Mahale. That is why no one control KW throwing bricks!

  • JJ Hui

    Yes, he is repeating the losing formula without his brain!

  • JJ Hui

    I said it many times, leave the toxic enviroment ASAP! How to trust a coach that lied to you? After you help won the CAV game and benched you happily like you are nobody! Then a PG who loves to pass the ball the other way from you or ISO bricking till the game lost?

    I am sure Lin’s family saw all this and they are telling Lin to run!

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  • takeme2cruz

    Wow, Rick, you’re a deek.

  • james brown
  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Thanks for the info.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Thanks and good to know. I only watched the stat at times.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Can you post it in the Twitter??? We can continue to bombard how dirty Heats are. They complain and yet they are the dirty players.

  • james brown

    touching a player while shooting is a foul, isn’t it? does the rule book state it that way especially if it hampers shooter or offensive player?

  • CJSHYY

    He should thank Lin otherwise who cares about Hornet’s coach team….

    https://twitter.com/WojVerticalNBA/status/726602037832519680

  • sws94

    Sour guy.

  • sws94

    Charles Barkley thinks the Thunder will win. Charles is strange. It was a rout in the first game.

  • CJSHYY
  • sws94

    He used it as leverage to jump. Crafty veteran, lol.

    btw, Lin should have put the shot a little bit higher, Wade got up fast for that jump.

  • sws94

    Kemba’s skill is scoring and ball-handling and he can do that. But he needs a facilitator with him or it just becomes the Kemba show sometimes. That said, he needed to make those shots the last game and some of the plays were very impressive.

    I support you but don’t agree Clifford is disrespectful to Lin. I’ve listened to him talk about Lin and he really values Lin’s physical strength, his hard work and his versatility. He doesn’t talk about him enough, IMO, vs. Batum, who I think he overrates.

  • sws94

    He made a big block on Dragic in game 5. He does at least give some effort on defense, unlike Harden who hardly ever does.

  • sws94

    He was going with his bigger unit (outside of Kemba who was scoring). I think a mistake, but Lin’s whole game wasn’t his strongest and while I agree with you Lin should have been in, I didn’t find it anything more than a coach’s questionable choice.

  • james brown

    easy to say when somebody holdin you down…its not craft, its cheating and its a foul!!!

    good they have 3 blind refs!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Earlier I also saw a tweet that Luke from Golden States became a head coach of Lakers. Very very very interesting development in NBA.

  • Rocky

    Add this offensive foul on Lin, when the defender is still moving:

  • TTNN

    they might think he could coach Cousins, but who knows…

  • TTNN

    Kemba got those kind of offensive foul called too. And he got that last 2 min got hit no call from Wade.

  • CJSHYY

    It’s really good for Lakers. I always predict Lin will back to Lakers after this news it’s even better for Lin. His theory just match what Lin wants the most…

    https://twitter.com/Mike_Bresnahan/status/726498138735828992

  • CJSHYY

    Right now lots of media all said Hornets coach is good bc this team turn around like East GSW… LOL! So Patrick market value is high too…. Ya! Cousins will have to agree otherwise he can’t be the HC for King.

  • TTNN

    And they call Kemba (I think) a blocking foul said Kemba was sliding.

  • Briiick

    Can’t hardly wait to forget about Cliff or KW. Patrick market value is high among ballhogs who think Cliff has been treating KW really well in stats, recalling Rox wanted him and helped him get an extension.

  • TTNN

    uh, I don’t think Lin will ever go back to Lakers or Houston.

  • ty

    Lin, at the moment, is the most influential evangelist on the planet (highest profile believer in the secular world). Most appropriate time to preach… Sunday afternoon… May Lin start “preaching” through his brilliant team-ball skills…playing for His glory (a lock on game 7 – Hornets Win!! Lin, games MVP)

  • Whitman Lam

    At this point, I’d rather have Lamb than Batum.

  • Guest

    I don’t feel confident about this game– played in the afternoon on the Heat’s home court..and the officiating will continue to be blatantly biased to protect one if the most popular NBA teams.
    I just hope that Lin gets his!

  • freemind
  • CJSHYY

    I think he will this summer. Well, we will know soon in July.

  • Acbc

    The real problem is semantics. What is winning? I prefer personal triumph as a metric of our discussions with God.

    as humans, we more often than not win the battle but lose the war.

    This idea of winning is a constant philosophical quandary for Christians because of our empathy to others. We want everyone to “win”. We don’t want others to feel bad about losing and yet all of us must compete to survive. We win a job, someone loses a job.

    This is why the words winning and losing is often mistakenly used for something entirely different from what we actually mean. Winning and losing is the by product of one of the most important aspects of our human drive and spirit and that is to be the best we can be. Winning and losing therefore is an essential metric to how successful we are at making ourselves fulfil that goal.

    To noncombatant outside looking in the arena, the battle for supremacy is full of anger and competitive juices bent on smashing someone else to the ground. All we see is the competitive fire that consumes the best of the best fighting it out for supremacy. We look from outside and see the vanquished in tears and we feel sorry for them. This is why Christian leaders often look at sports as a savagery that doesn’t help mankind in anyways.

    The real truth is that athletes serve a great purpose in our society. They lift our human spirit to believe in the impossible, like how Stef a Curry buries 3s fro downtown so often that we are forced adjust our beliefs of our human limits. They are shinning examples of how great we can be if we work hard enough and belief hard enough that human limits don’t and can’t exist. THAT IS THE JOB OF ELITE ATHLETES…..NOT TO SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST AND ALWAYS PUSHING THEIR OWN GAMES TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

    Once any human being throws their hat into the ring to be that shining star athlete, their responsibility is to help push the one great star that illuminates to the rest of humanity what new heights are available to us. We can run like Bolt, shoot like Curry, play soccer like Messi.

    EVERY ATHLETES JOB IS TO BECOME A LOSER SO THAT THEY CAN PRODUCE THE ONE SHINNING STAR THAT ELEVATES OUR HUMAN CAPACITY AND SEE THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES OF WHO WE ARE. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE WINNER AND THAT IS ALL OF US.

    This

  • Epie

    Please show this to Wade’s wife? lol

  • gandychan

    thanks for the response. I believe that too. I just hope Jeremy clears out the distractions about caring too much about specific prayer requests. Just want him to be focused on the game tomorrow. He is the only one in control of how he performs. Just leave it all on the floor. The Heat are gonna bring their A game tomorrow.

  • kittyhead

    No way he wants to be Russel and JC’s backup… Obviously Lakers will build around Russell and Randle.

  • CJSHYY
  • kittyhead

    Who said they are like east GSW?? lol Hope they can rain 3s like east GSW in game 7 tho…

  • Michael

    Not unless you rip his pants off…I guess.

  • Michael

    They probably mean …the far-east.

  • CJSHYY

    It’s going to be tough for sure but still have chance… it’s so weird. When I watched Spurs vs OKC, the commentators talked about tomorrow’s match games… they didn’t say anything about Hornets vs Heat. Only said Pacers vs Raptors will be interesting…..

  • kittyhead

    Remember a Lakers fan said a rumor that Lakers wanted to sign Lin as a backup last summer…6m for 3 yrs? That’s it. It’s more important that who will handle the ball and get the plays run for him. Those 3 cornerstones(lol) definitely will have higher pecking order and they dont play defense at all. Lin deserves a better team!

  • CJSHYY

    What fan said don’t count… but Eric did say… Lakers reserve 12M…. didn’t say who but I think it’s for Lin. After they failed twice to get LMA, Lin finally started to talk to teams from Taiwan…. I think he just wanted get away from BS this year that’s why he said Hornets is best choice (only one year option)…of course w Cliff promised him… Anyway, I think he will back to Lakers this summer. We will know in July.

  • Dan Ang

    The game will be won or lost by the refs. That goes in favor of the superstars (DWade)

  • CJSHYY

    Before playoff started….

  • grover chang

    God will answer prayers according to his will. His will is to bring all of us into a closer relationship with HIm because He loves us. Whatever outcome brings people closer to him, know him better, love Him more will be the outcome.

    I do not believe Lee making the game winner in Game 6 was an accident. After the game, televised to million of people, Lee praised God and shared how God and a bible study gave him the strength to finish and win the game.

    People laugh at Tim Tebow’s run in the NFL. I saw it as divine intervention so God could use Tebow to share his message. After miracle, after miracle win from a “quarterback” that could not throw, Tebow won a playoff game. Millions downloaded Tebow’s famous verse John 3:16. That game:
    1) Tebow threw for 316 yards
    2) Tebow averaged 31.6 yards a throw
    3) Steelers time of possession 31:06 minutes
    4) Overall ratings 31.6.

    When professional sports affects millions of people, I think God does care how things unfold.

  • CJSHYY
  • Sunny Sullenberger

    Off topic
    7’2 Chinese big man Zhou Qi is invited to the NBA Combine and plans to be in Chicago, agent Alex Saratsis tells DX. Very few int’ls invited.

    Zhou Qi Highlight

  • cdblue10

    This guy is soft and can’t stand the NBA standard

  • CJSHYY

    A little bit too skinny but looks good from highlight.

  • Sunny Sullenberger

    38 points = “The ball went into the basket a lot!”
    Pop was like, that is so obvious! LOL

  • CJSHYY

    No smile for that…LOL!

  • Sunny Sullenberger

    Training and bodybuilding will do.

  • CJSHYY
  • JLin made the Best 2015-16 NBA Bloopers at 2:57 (Spurs) and 3:10 (hair)
    https://twitter.com/NBA/status/726656316236689408

  • Joe what do you know

    Lol!! That dead serious face with a minimalist answer, I really love Pop sometimes.

  • Joe what do you know

    Odds are against the Hornets but not by far. All they need is everything they’ve got and a bit of luck on top of that… It can still be done.

  • Jedi

    Psalm, just in case you aren’t certain…Dieng and Deng are two different players.

  • Jedi

    Just don’t add 100 lbs of muscle and then crack your feet please.

  • Steppen03

    No knocks on Luke but it’s the Talents & Culture that really separates GS Warriors from 90% of the league. Steve Kerr is still the impressive coach – to me. Luke can be real good but it will be couple of years in LA.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I predict a blow out ugly loss for Hornets with Kemba being the hero scoring game high points.

  • Howan Cheung

    D-day for Both my sports teams. Somehow I feel optimistic and expect a win and a monster game for Lin. I hope for great team play and aside from Lin everyone will shine

  • KL

    I am so grateful for the Labour Day holiday tomorrow. Can watch the match at 1am here in Singapore. I really think Lin can step up and quieten the Miami crowd. The suspense is always whether Clifford allows it to happen.

  • AlexBB

    any good link? I do not have league pass

  • Chopz

    The game is on ABC at 10 am pacific time.

  • KL

    I will be using league pass. Hopefully someone will post a good link here soon.

  • adele

    I have to cancel my appointment just to watch game 7. Not so very optimistic about a win but I just want to observe the players specially Lin. Praying for Lin all the time.🙏

  • CJSHYY

    It’s on ABC.

  • KL

    I think Alex is in Singapore too.

  • CJSHYY

    Oh! I see.

  • CJSHYY

    I know but Lakers has lots of money they will improve their roaster this summer. W/O Kobe & BS, Lakers is very attractive team to lots of players again.

  • Acbc

    Lol, my mom used to say, ” being a great cook doesn’t mean you don’t ever have to wipe your own bumb”.

    Being a great offensive threat without finishing the dirty work just makes you smell in the long run.

  • Linzen

    Too bad I can’t cancel my Sunday service and bible study. 😉
    You guys have a ton of fun!
    I’ll put my PVR to good use! 😁

  • CJSHYY

    I am nervous & hope they can win this one. Don’t want Hornets playoff just end by today.

  • Linzen

    Jeremy posted on his FB, “Be still and know that I am God.”

    Pray for JLin and Hornets to have a great game! ☝️

  • CJSHYY
  • Rick Johnson
  • Phillycheese

    Why would Ewing make a good head coach? Not really engaging, not really a good communicator, comes across as old and tired. I hope he gets a chance to prove me and others wrong though.

  • CJSHYY

    I think bc how good Hornets has became this season so people thought he’s good.

  • Phillycheese

    Better than Byron Scott, Vinny del Negro, Randy Whittman, Keith Smart, Derek Fisher and others that had a chance.

  • Phillycheese

    Afternoon game = less rest for the old men of Miami who were their key players offensively last game. I think this should be a Hornets advantage.

  • Phillycheese

    Hornets three point shooters are bound to have a breakout game. Make it rain threes Hornets.

  • Briiick

    No wonder Scott was fired.

  • Marie Simon

    So nervous about this game 7 and it’s raining out here in NY, dunno what that means for Jlin ,lol. Hopefully, rain means more blessings for Hornets and Jlin to win this game.

  • JoeTeam

    Today today, a tale of 2 cities.

    Well, let us pray for JLin to have justice and I shall trust him to be ready. Justice = fouls where he gets fouls, and no calls where he is clean. That should do it.

    I know CHA will be ready. SAS style!

  • CJSHYY

    You think they will play team ball today?

  • ty

    Cliff really has no choice but to go with team ball. No guarantee that he’ll have this opportunity to advance to 2nd round anytime in the future (w/o Lin)

  • real-dsb

    Time for a bounce back game. Let’s go Lin and Hornets!

  • t8kit2dMAX

    Let’s go JLin

  • Arsenium12 .

    I hope Jeremy goes into the game with the same mindset as his first Linsanity game against the Nets:

    “I’m just going to go out there and play my game.”

  • xeroid

    Look at San Antonio dismantling of Oklahoma as example of team offense and defense to dismantle Miami. Lin will rise above all the clutter of noises and referee biases to show the world of Linsanity.

  • freemind

    Anyone has info on today’s ref
    Referees: Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy, Ed Malloy (Pat Fraher alternative, with Kane Fitzgerald, Rodney Mott in NBA Replay Center).

  • DX

    Hope the refs just don’t take the role.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    He isn’t called BS for nothing.

  • DX

    Is there a new thread for game 7?

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lots of BS!

  • Amen. He needs to rediscover that he simply needs to give his best without any worry like the mentality when he checked in the NJ Nets game in 2012. Just play all out and give his best to God.
    Many of us will be praying so hard for him for the peace and strength.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    This was a design to anoint Kemba as the hero and stop winning with Jeremy.

  • new game 7 thread
    http://www.jlinportal.com/playoff-round-1-game-7-cha-mia-game-thread/

    Game 7 is finally here! Would it be the last game for JLin and the Hornets in 2015-16 season? Or would they reach deep inside to play the game of their lives to shock the Heat one more time at their home-court?

    Lin shared the verse to should help him to have peace and drive away any anxiety for Game 7. He would need to rediscover that he simply needs to give his best without any worry like the same mentality when he checked into the NJ Nets game in 2012 that gave birth to Linsanity. Just play all out and give his best to God.

    Many of us will be praying so hard for him for that needed peace and strength

    https://twitter.com/Loveforlife0323/status/726515134223384576

    Let’s go, JLin! Let’s hope and pray that JLin’s ankle is healed and he is brimming with confidence to solve Heat’s defense on him and be super-aggressive to attack the Heat inside and outside. Play teamball no matter what the outcome will be!
    http://i1.wp.com/www.jlinportal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Lin_LINE_And1.jpg?resize=131%2C126

  • Brewkowski

    It’s sunny with some clouds and it’s beautiful here in socal. That also means blessings for hornets and Lin to win!

  • Brewkowski

    Not sure but he deserves as much a chance as others that bided their time as player and assistant coach. At least be serious candidate for interviews.

  • HVJoy

    It has been cloudy and drizzling the whole morning.

    The Sun is rooting for Hornets and Lin so it hides behind the cloud to cool the Heat. 😉

  • adele

    I’m not nervous. I’m praying for Lin all the time. These NBA announcers said Marvin and Lee are the key person in the hornets. Lin should get out of this team. I don’t care if they lose if they don’t give importance on Lins contribution to this team.

  • JoeTeam

    his style of play is dominating the league, so he will find a place but there are 30 teams and only a handful of good ones.

  • JoeTeam

    well, they sure didn’t sadly.

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