Jeremy Lin 1st Half Offense and Closing Defense Helped the Hornets to Beat the Nets
Jeremy Lin had a quick offensive outburst in the 1st half (10pts/1ast/2reb in 11 min with 3-4 shooting with highest +15) after Kemba got some rest and he had a chance to handle the ball and set up the offense. But he lost his shooting touch and didn’t handle the ball very much in the 2nd half and had few drives blocked by Lopez and rimmed out. He compensated by providing great defense (steal, defensive pressure to cause TOs, rebound) to help the Hornets pull the win 104-96
- Lin finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 30 min with +10 (2nd highest in team after Batum +13)
- Kemba played great individually (28pts/3asts in 39 min) but as it frequently happened, he did not involve his teammates much (no passing and launching shots in many offensive possessions). This can work against non-playoff teams like the Nets but it killed the offensive flow by not involving his teammates in passing and shooting.
- Hopefully it will change so the Hornets to reach the playoff with team-ball and not hero-ball with limited success.