Playoff Round 1 Game 1 CHA @ MIA Game Thread

The 1st game of Playoff is finally here for Jeremy Lin and the Hornets. The NBA analyst predicts a potential upset because the Hornets and the Heat share the same regular season record but since the Heat holds the home-court advantage the HoopHabit experts are still split, 23 percent have the Hornets and the upset, the remaining 77 percent have the Heat.

  • In 04/16 post-practice interview, JLin expressed the need for the Hornets to attack the paint despite the Heat having the best shotblocker in the league in Hassan Whiteside. It would have to start with Al Jefferson and also the guards. It’s understandable because it would open up more space for 3pt shooters if the Heat worries about protecting the paint.

Let’s go, JLin! Let’s hope and pray JLin can solve the trapping defense of Miami Heat and helps the Hornets to play teamball to pull an upset on a road game.


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MEMBERS POLL

Guess JLin's stats in Playoff Rd 1 Game 1 vs MIA
  • rookie75094

    Hey!!

  • rookie75094

    Let’s go Jlin! ! ! Spank the Miami beaches! ! !

  • CJSHYY
  • heart
  • rookie75094

    Hahaha. ..caller on nba radio says the rockettes should forfeit the 4th game when they go down 3-0…. make sense to me

  • real-dsb

    Playoffs are a new slate. If Lin can play a crucial role in helping the Hornets win the series, he will gain a lot of demand in the offseason.

    Miami’s typically been a kryptonite for Lin, but I have confidence that Lin will overcome their game plan and help the Hornets win the series. Let’s go Lin and Hornets!

  • LinMad

    was this recently posted? Cause Jason Terry did push Lin in the back. What Blake did to that player in that video was the same thing Kobe did to Lin.

  • blueCypher

    The playoffs will surely guide Lin’s value this summer

  • LinMad

    If they double Lin, just pass it out to the open guy.

  • rookie75094

    Posted Jan 16

  • cdblue10

    Lin outside shooting is crucial in this series,if he continually sink his mid range and 3 ball MIAMI will be in great trouble and 1 more thing Kemba’s minutes need to be trimmed down

  • real-dsb

    Yes, it is. But no way the refs are giving Kobe or Aldridge a FF2 because it would be automatic ejection.

  • zxcvb

    Miami/Spo does a great job shutting down simple PnR action. A lot of top PGs have problems.

    But Lin’s relative struggles against the Heat have more to do with his usage. When frozen out as a backup SG, he’s relegated to being an off-rhythm jump-shooter. Almost no one in the NBA can do that and Lin is no different.

    Clifford is not like Pop, Kerr or Stevens. He’s not smart enough to design an offense beyond simplistic iso, PnR and post-up sets. Lin actually did well in the season opener against Miami when he hit his jumpers, so he has to have that clicking. It was nice to see him finish the last two games strong with his jumper.

    Also, the NBA keeps denying Lin’s non-calls, but all the media attention could influence refs to treat Lin fairly. So he can’t stop driving into the paint, Whiteside or not. Hopefully, he uses some nice pump fakes to get easy FTs.

  • grover chang

    Lin and Rockets vs warriors 5-2
    Rockets minus Lin vs warriors 1-13

  • cdblue10

    LOL

  • rookie75094

    Bg tried to apologize but still got the ff2 where as that punk kobe didn’t even try to look at Jlin while he is on the floor….classless azzhole

  • rookie75094

    Now that is some solid stats

  • CJSHYY
  • CJSHYY
  • blueCypher

    But to be fair , this warriors ascension really started last season

  • kauaiblue

    who’s Bg?

  • jimmyL

    Patrick Beverley catching so much heat on twitter

  • Lin fans who don’t know should know about implicit bias.

    http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/research/understanding-implicit-bias/

    When commentators say, “Of course there’s no conspiracy to foul Lin extra hard!” or “Of course the refs aren’t racist and trying to not give Lin calls because of race!”

    Well, I know some people here think that, and maybe it’s true, but I think even if it’s wrong, it’s beside the point. Implicit bias affects all of us, psychologists know it’s there, and it’s subconscious. You can only measure it by tests and behavior. My guess is that it’s very likely that the racists have implicit bias.

  • rookie75094

    Blake griffin

  • rookie75094

    From what I can see at kkklutch fans…Corry brewer is getting the blame…smh

  • CJSHYY

    I feel sorry for him bc Rox always asked him to do the dirty job & he got hated by lots of fans…. smh!

  • CJSHYY

    Why? Couldn’t shoot well?

  • kittyhead

    Nah he is just of low character and a dirty player w/o BBIQ.

  • rookie75094

    Because their superstar hogden is above criticism.

  • cdblue10

    I think your Rockets now is a better team if they just kept Lin or never acquired Harden,being Harden as a PG and SG will bury this team in long years.Playing an iso style is very hard to play in a team effort style offense.

  • rookie75094

    Did kkklutch the ” number is clear” hater also give him heat?

  • jimmyL

    No, for what we gave up, Harden was a steal and he’s a superstar but they should have kept Lin, would’ve have solved the problems they have now. Beverley is pure garbage at this point. Should have kept Lin and play him and Harden like how Clifford plays Kemba and Batum. Would have been the best back court in the NBA.

  • jimmyL

    Don’t be, he wants to play dirty, he deserves the hate

  • jimmyL

    They are dumb

  • kauaiblue

    your “star” is a liability…

  • jimmyL

    29-7.5-6 is not a liablity

  • kauaiblue

    if at the expense of the team, yes it is…

  • jimmyL

    its not like the rest of the players can do anything
    7.5apg as a SG hes doing a decent job distributing the ball

  • LinMad

    When is 6moy announced?

  • kauaiblue

    the rest of the players are not doing anything BECAUSE of him… lol

  • LinMad

    how P Bev becomes famous, follow Jason Terry and be most hated player in the NBA.

  • cdblue10

    Harden is an A1 talent no question about that but he can’t make his team better and just one dimensional,if FT’s was taken away from him he become an ordinary player.

  • kauaiblue

    jlin would make a fantastic coach… but i don’t like the new haircut!

  • jimmyL

    He’s the ONLY bright spot of that team
    Keep hating but he is one of the best players in the NBA

  • cdblue10

    Your team is talented bunch but aren’t you wondering why they look so awful on the court?

  • kauaiblue

    not hating… i simply disagree with you…

  • LinMad

    ATL got this

  • kauaiblue

    garbage player on a garbage organization…

  • jimmyL

    He does everything but yes he relies heavily on FTs and he needs help.
    Lin can help him big time. If he’s willing to share the ball a little with Lin and let Lin run the offense when he’s sitting, they can make a deadly backcourt
    Lin and Ariza will have to cover him on defense thou, that’s why I think Ariza is better for this team than Parsons

  • real-dsb

    That’s a relatively serious sprained ankle if Kerr is already declaring that Curry is questionable for Monday. If it were mild sprain, coach wouldn’t declare status so early.

  • jimmyL

    Fair enough

  • kauaiblue

    i want boston to lose bc of isiah thomas…

  • CJSHYY

    Can’t agree more. It’s ugly to me. smh!

  • jimmyL

    Not that talented anymore. Jones and DMo are way too injury prone, Brewer doing well but just a back up level player. DH12, I dont even know. They need another playmaker like Lin
    Harden has been phenomenal but he can’t do it all

  • kauaiblue

    lol… actually, i don’t want him to be a coach… i want him to OWN a team…

  • cdblue10

    There was a glimpse of that during their 1st yr together but your team decided to go in a different way,they bashed Lin to the mean even he helped the team to reach the playoff coming of from a lottery season.

  • LinMad

    same

  • LinMad

    i don’t mind his hairstyle, looks like a samurai

  • CJSHYY

    OWN a team? You mean like MJ as a boss or has his own team as main guy?

  • kauaiblue

    oh, good question… definitely own as in being the owner… but in the short term, as a player, his own team!

  • CJSHYY

    He doesn’t have the money to buy a team now or even after he retired… I only hope he can be a real PG for his future team. As #1 guy, probably will not.

  • kauaiblue

    well, his own team as a player could lead to being an owner as in owning a team! i want him to be in control and call the shots…

  • cdblue10

    Too late for that brother but I still believe that your team can beat any team in the WEST if you played the right way,you have one of the best athletic defender that cAn compliment your so called star by the name of ARIZA,you have a bunch athletic PF that can play their role although you have the oldest guard in the league you should still at least can compete with GSW,tell HARDEN to play the right way and improved his defense you can be a powerhouse again next year.Lin will be getting a good contract next year and it’s too impossible for him to go back to Rockets

  • LinMad

    Refs are actually “reviewing” fouls in the playoffs. They need to do that more with Lin. Just gave flagrant foul after review.

  • kauaiblue

    so satisfying watching gsw crush rox… garbage organization…

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Go Atlanta! hehehehe

  • Pete Roces

    oh yes he is phenomenal for his wonderful defense and ISO bricks.

  • jimmyL

    Things are different now
    Harden wants to win
    I’m sure if Lin comes back, he will have a much bigger role

  • CJSHYY

    Haha! In 1st half that’s so fun to watch Harden looked like a fool on court. Rox looked like a loser. LOL!

    https://twitter.com/Jonathan_Feigen/status/721468926584950784

  • Rick Johnson
  • CJSHYY

    I think NBA gave them the wish that’s why King rest almost all their starters. smh!

  • kauaiblue

    classy.

  • CJSHYY
  • kauaiblue

    isiah thomas sukking… ha ha!

  • kauaiblue

    Finally!

  • Rick Johnson

    By making the playoffs they lose their first round draft pick and now they get thoroughly embarrassed on national television.

  • CJSHYY

    Didn’t watch the game… Good to know. lol!

  • Rick Johnson

    First person to hard foul Lin is going to get a lot of review

  • CJSHYY

    Really? Haha! For the first time, I saw how bad Harden looked in the game…. Really made my day. LOL!

  • real-dsb

    they’ve always reviewed hard fouls… just not for Lin

  • CJSHYY

    That’s true.

  • cdblue10

    That’s why I really loved Boston to play with them if we just won 2 more games

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Too bad.

  • Rick Johnson

    Rockets becoming the joke of the NBA. LOL Karma

    https://twitter.com/robinlundberg/status/721462261571809280

  • Rick Johnson

    Refs don’t give him fouls he’s not such a “superstar” any more and still a defensive liability.

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Plus in 2nd half GSW already gave him more space otherwise he would look really really bad in stats.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Briiick

    Fool’s gold

  • BobbyH

    Nah, it is automatic flagrant foul to debunk the 814 statistics, So Whiteside should be careful.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
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  • CJSHYY

    Hope he will have good game tomorrow.

    https://twitter.com/JLin7/status/721443319105118208

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    From the stat, seem like Celtics is really struggling to play with Hawks. 51 v 34 in half time. Great job Hawks!

  • blueCypher

    and the Celtics are back in the game …

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    I know. Sad to learn when I checked from about 15 min ago!!!!!!

  • BobbyH
  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Just watched few min of 3rd Q, Alt couldn’t score….

  • LinMad

    wow Celtics are up

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Seem like Hawks can’t maintain its own momentum. 82 (Hawks) v 83 with 6:42 left.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    lol. IT with the superstar calls. but he’s choking big time

  • John Focker

    Couldn’t agree more. One simply needs to look at Harden and Lin’s first three games together. They’ve never played together in their lives, yet looked like Splash Jr. out there. The narcissism and idiocy of Morey killed what could’ve been a spectacular backcourt duo.

  • John Focker

    Defensively he IS, which is why Rox kept Bev.

  • LinMad

    why they keep letting korver shoot? He’s 1 for 10…sit him lol

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    he’s their best 3 point shooter. just not today

  • LinMad

    im just too used to how coaches bench Lin when he’s not performing early

  • LinMad

    OUCH!!!

  • LinMad

    2 point game

  • LinMad

    need to make 2 fts to end the game. WIth 5 seconds left, if they’re up 4, they should just let Celtics go coast to coast.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    lol. so true. you gotta think differently when it comes to Lin. remember, a clothesline and an uppercut are deemed not statistically significant enough to warrant a flagrant foul

  • LinMad

    1 pt game with 0.4 seconds, it’s over.

  • LinMad

    only chance for BOS is by stealing and getting fouled.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i think the series is over for the Celtics if Bradley is out

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    that almost happened!

  • LinMad

    okc fans are so disciplined lol

  • grover chang

    The Talent is definitely there. Went to the Western Conf Finals with almost identical roster. What they need is to work together and play with more effort. Harden is the alpha and he did not bring it this year, If they played with the same teamwork and effort as ATL, the Rockets could be top 4. They still could not beat GSW, but who can?

  • CJSHYY

    I think next game Celtics will win bc Hawks just can’t shoot well.

  • grover chang

    Lin beat GSW only once last season in four tries (trying to tank)
    Rockets beat GSW only once last season in seven tries (trying to win)

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Avery Bradley is injured and he’s their best defender

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    once he went down, the Celtics lost the lead. he’s by far their best defender

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    a pop means serious injury like the one KB suffer yrs ago, right??? Don’t think Bradley is able to return for this series and months….. Unless some players in Boston can ball up, Boston will have a hard time to win this series.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i’m just enjoying Lowry’s playoffs meltdown, again. lol. 3/13 shooting, 1-7 threes, 6 TO’s, 11 points. yikes!

  • CJSHYY

    Can he play next game? Alt just can’t make the shot so….

  • kittyhead

    This game is so boring, not like playing the playoffs at all…= =

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i think KB suffered from a knee injury among others things. Bradley’s is reported as a hamstring injury.. not sure how he can hear a “pop” from a hamstring injury though. must be serious

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Don’t believe he can if what I suspect is the injury.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Sound like something is broken. That isn’t good at all.

  • sws94

    I’m not judging any player until the end of the round. Lowry had a bad game. That happens. Anyone is capable of a bad game. And Lin may have a bad first game as well (hoping not, but it’s possible). The same considerations I give to Lin I give to any other basketball players. At the end of 7, or as long as the series goes, that’ll more determine their play. Lowry can come back and have big games, as can Harden and others. We’ll see.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Lowry has never played well in the playoffs

  • blueCypher

    It looks like the only competitive west 1st round series will be clippers-blazers

    2nd round is gonna be monster though – spurs, warriors, okc, clippers

  • sws94

    Understood. He has another chance this season to remedy that.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    hey, when you’re the starter and the franchise player for some reason, you get all the chances in the world

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    remember this from last year’s playoffs?

  • rookie75094

    Mavs getting blown out by the thunder…this is a lesson for Cuban for choosing Senoir citizen deron william and fat Felton over Jlin…hahaha

  • your son’s legendary voltaire
  • rookie75094

    Wow the refs are review the foul on barer for flagan….not even close to the fouls Jlin got….F the refs!!!

  • rookie75094

    I will look at it if you promise to tell me how you feel about the Jlin foul situation

  • Yascar

    59-33. That ‘s really bad.

  • 22cents

    Ho Ho
    Not bad enough.

  • LinMad

    he lost deandre jordan, he lost j lin

  • takeme2cruz

    Lol

  • Briiick

    Reminds me another “star” who is a below average player in playoffs.

  • takeme2cruz

    That’s the reaction from the video showing how incompetent the refs doing their job.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    WOW Mavs is really bad. It’s 90 v 49 with still 0:52 left in 3rd qtr.

  • CJSHYY

    It’s. I turned to another channel. I think they will get 0-4.

  • jimmyL

    Actually thats why they got Ariza

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    I didn’t watch any games except checking stat periodically. Only doing this because JLin is in playoffs. Otherwise I don’t care much about playoffs.

    Seem like it’s quite easy task in Western Conference to go into second round.

  • jimmyL

    Agreed. Morey is very smart but he won’t get you a ship he ruined the rockets repuation to an extent he might be fired soon.

  • steven ko

    JLin better not play like Dennis Schroder did tonight or he’ll get about the same playing time as Schroder…

  • Steppen03

    Just checking in now, folks !
    DWill – 2pts Vs Big Loss to OKC – Uh huh…

  • CJSHYY

    I watched full GSW vs Rox & it’s so fun for 1st half to see how bad Harden & Rox played … Really fun!!!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOLOLOL Good on you. I just don’t want to see JH and PB face and/or Rox if I can help it. Now has extended to Terry as well.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Believe Mavs has surrendered themselves now.

  • CJSHYY

    Also during half time that three commentators from ESPN all laughed at Harden’s poor game. 4 pts, 4 TOs, & 4 fouls.

  • CJSHYY

    Schroder played bad. I think Cliff needs Lin. I am not worry about his playing time on court. I think Batum maybe will not play a lot bc I saw him bring the suit bag… so he maybe will sit out for 2nd game?

  • KWC

    Well done Mark Cuban.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Bosh is definitely out of playoffs. Wonder whether this is a career ending for him. It’s only getting worse and not getting better with his blood clot issue. It happened second time within a year. That isn’t good at all.
    https://twitter.com/DimeMag/status/721382574992551936

  • CJSHYY

    Just check box score… only Dirk got 18 pts the rest all under 10…??? What’s wrong w these players? Mattews 18M only 7 pts?? DW is over.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    mmmh Seem like wheel has turned 180 degree after JLin left.

  • kauaiblue

    Agreed!

  • kauaiblue

    Those r really classless individuals…

  • blueCypher

    Well, it looks like back to the drawing board for Cuban’s Mavs this summer

  • CJSHYY

    He got what he asked for it. LOL!

  • Phillycheese

    Guys that rupture their achilles are toast. No way would I have paid Wes Matthews. Cuban has too much money and not enough sense.

  • Phillycheese

    Harden without foul calls = Deron Williams

  • kauaiblue

    Lowry doesnt get yanked around. Nor is he subjected to inconsistent and backseat play. Lowry is given playing time on a silver platter with the green light to do pretty much whatever he wants. Big difference here.

  • CJSHYY

    I think he’s just too emotional when made these decision…. Besides Dumb no other ward can describe him. LOL!

  • kauaiblue

    Hoping he has speedy full recovery.

  • kauaiblue

    Cubans brilliance… overpay an over the hill.over rated jerk.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    The stat of Mavs is awful except Nowitzki. He played 25:19 min with 7-15 18 pts. W Matthews played 29:21 min with 3-10 7 pts, Mejri the center played 15:32 min with 0-0 1 pts; JJ Barae 16:14 min with 1-6
    2 pts. The worst was D Williams. He played 21:41 with 1-9 2 pts. (Note: Didn’t watch the game just the stat.) Result: Mavs 70 v Thunder 108.

  • JoeTeam

    Yes, that’s serious.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Can’t agree more after last FA.

  • JoeTeam

    I just liked seeing harden and bev choke. 7 fouls by half. Losers … fouling steph like that.

  • JoeTeam

    Steph smoked Terry.for you.

  • CJSHYY

    Exactly. I don’t think he played well in any playoff games I saw from last season & today.

  • CJSHYY
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  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOLOLOL

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    As stat watcher today, I’m so glad to see the mega loss on both Rox and Mavs to the point of embarrassment. Well done DM and Cuban!!!!! (Am I too mean to these teams??? Nah!!!)

  • DX

    So cute!!!

  • Phillycheese

    Has anyone seen this? Jared Dudley on First Take re J LIn flagrant fouls.

  • CJSHYY

    Not at all. They all just got what they asked for it. LOL!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes we did on last thread.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    I know. I dislike Rox, Lakers the most. Followed by Knicks and Mavs. Guess I’m a typical Chinese. I’ve a long long memory on who has done wrong to JLin:-)

  • CJSHYY

    Haha! I know how you feel…. LOL!

  • takeme2cruz

    …and you haven’t even mentioned c parsons

  • CJSHYY

    CP didn’t play. Oh! Do you know CP said he will not mind back to Rox this summer? Can’t believe this guy… I think maybe the marriage w his beloved boss Cuban it’s over…. In fact, I really hope he can back to Rox so Harden will treat him well. LOL!

  • Lam

    At last a non fawning article. Kobe and the likes of him is the reason I never liked the nba. Lin got me reacquainted again.

  • LinMad

    yep we did. Yesterday. I’m just glad it’s making waves.

  • takeme2cruz

    He won’t be seeing a lot of money anymore plus Alex felt betrayal by Parsons.

  • grover chang

    I give Dallas a break. No one drafted LIn. Mavs put him in their summer league. If Mavs never played Lin vs John Wall in the Vegas Summer League then Lin would not be in the NBA. After that game, Mavs, Lakers, and Warriors offered him a contract. Warrior was the only guaranteed contract and his favorite team so he went to GSW. They did eventually cut him after his rookie year but the rest is history.

    Actually we should hate GSW. They cut Lin. Mavs never did.

  • grover chang

    Bosh seems like a good guy. Just pray he stays healthy. Basketball is really secondary. This condition is very serious.

  • Lam

    Let’s not snarky here. It might happen to Lin too. karma!

  • grover chang

    Will Pop rest players during a playoff series too. I bet he would do it if it didn’t look so disrespectful.

  • grover chang

    I don’t get the hate for Lowry. How is he related to Lin?

  • rookie75094

    Barney always bring good memories of Selena Gomez.

  • grover chang

    Really sad. Bradley famous for his defense but he isn’t bad on offense. Seems to play well on both ends of the court.

  • sport

    Mavs offered a contract but was gong to send him to D League. GSW barely let Lin play before cutting him.

  • Linzen

    Saw this on YT. A little JLin 2015-16 highlight for your enjoyment…
    https://youtu.be/ti8Q5LyAZNk

  • takeme2cruz

    Nice treat before big day.

  • If JLin can lead the Hornets to go to Round 2, who’s brave enough to get his Linsanity haircut? 🙂
    @jain0517
    c_thabarber(IG):I got a chance today to get the bro @JLin7 aka Linsanity fresh for the playoffs this weekend.
    https://twitter.com/jain0517/status/721559100950061056

  • Joy Jeng ‏@Loveforlife0323
    Charlotte Hornets’ @JLin7 is a mystery to everyone but himself
    https://twitter.com/Loveforlife0323/status/721581976105291776

  • LinMad

    double pony for the playoffs!

  • Yascar

    Hi Psalm, uhhhmmmm we kinda need you in the Team Flagrant thread. 🙂

  • Rick Johnson

    Alex Kennedy ✔ ‎@AlexKennedyNBA
    Scott Brooks is interested in becoming the Lakers’ next coach, if Byron Scott is let go. Good stuff, @EricPincus:

    https://twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA/status/721196327502225408

  • Rick Johnson
  • got it 🙂

  • Whitman Lam

    Yeah, I’m glad Rich Cho didn’t give one of Chalotte’s Draft picks to Houston. Although, they could really use Dwight Howard’s rim protection right now.

  • Steppen03

    PBev is really a punk…
    I didn’t really dislike him before but the episode with SC30 really ticked me off! Then again, thanks for ticking SC30 off so that he can get more pumped up to destroy your team more sooner. Just like JL7 – others think he’s soft so that they can punk him and rattle him.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Learn this game will be played @0330 my time here. Most likely I’m only able to watch the very last part of the 4th qtr if I wake early enough:-( Hopefully I will see JLin does well and have the win.

  • Rick Johnson
  • Steppen03

    Hornets getting to the Semi will be one of my wishes up there… This – will – validate – all – that JL7 has gone through – in LA (better than Kobe’s 2 years ago), in NY (better than Melo’s team), in Hou (better than Harden’s). Going to the end and reach the Cavs – It would be a dream season come true. Desperately seeking Linsanity 2.0.

  • sport

    Facing the Cavs will definitely help JLin if he scores well and win some games.

  • sport

    Did Curry injure his ankle? Hope he’s alright, glad Kerr refuses to play him can’t risk losing their MVP. And they can totally destroy the Rockets without Curry.

  • Rick Johnson
  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes he did. He may not play next game.

  • Rick Johnson
  • ViNuyork

    really good JLIn left that toxic-pathetic team…KARMA -knicks, H-town, lakers-teams whose locker rooms are doom and gloom…The Lord works in mysterious ways..hope won’t happen with the hornets tho when JLin would leave…his teammates have been nice to him

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    The expected sometimes hurts the worst in Rockets’ ugly loss to Warriors (save people from clicking the article)

    Most expect the 2015-16 NBA Playoffs to be an entertaining, yet largely predetermined, charade until the Western Conference Finals begin, and what ensued Saturday afternoon between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors certainly did nothing to dispel this notion.

    In fact, the expectations are so low for this Rockets squad that in a recent television poll by Houston’s own KPRC 2, fans voted them to have exactly a zero percent chance of getting out of the first round.

    After taking their 104-78 drubbing at the hands of the surging defending champion Warriors, it wasn’t the loss — or even the margin of victory — that was the most disturbing. Rather, it was the lack of heart displayed by this entire Rockets team.

    Before discussing the Rockets it should be noted that the Warriors looked at the peak of their powers despite Stephen Curry tweaking his ankle, and the reigning MVP was held out against his will merely for precautionary reasons by his shrewd head coach Steve Kerr. Kerr told the
    media after the game that “we expect to be playing for a couple of more months in these playoffs, there’s no reason to push it now in a game like that.”

    Indeed coach.

    Despite shooting just 42.9 percent from the field as a team, the Warriors’ ball movement and team effort still overwhelmed Houston. Meanwhile, the Rockets’ offense looked like an inefficient AAU team spearheaded by a bewildered self-serving star.

    In February, CBS’s Ken Berger reported that the Rockets’ locker room had become “borderline toxic” with teammates understanding that Harden had the ability to hire and fire coaches and players alike. Berger went on to explain that players felt obligated to perpetually feed the ball to last year’s runner-up for MVP, and cited that as the reason why Dwight Howard’s usage and production was, and presumably would remain to be, down.

    This report was never more clear Saturday when Harden’s teammates perpetually forced the ball to him and essentially got out of the way, figuratively and literally. What ensued was Harden getting overtly frustrated over a lack of foul calls as well as the lack of off-the-ball movement and effort of his teammates.

    Coming off a season that saw a Western Conference Finals appearance, few expected this Rockets team to squeak into the playoffs and lay an egg like this in Game 1 — nor continue to support a growing narrative of not being championship-caliber. However, those that follow me know they can count me in as one of the few that did. I’ve unabashedly stated that Houston would never win a championship with Harden as piece No. 1, and/or with a core that included Harden and Howard — and will continue to stand by it.

    The reason I was so confident about this despite last year’s run is simple: The Rockets don’t play the game of basketball the right way, or in a fashion that’s conducive to winning championships.

    At it’s core, basketball is a team sport that requires harmonious effort and synchronized execution. Something that Harden has seemingly been h***-bent at negating ever since his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder in order to become the proverbial “face-of-a-franchise.” Upon accomplishing his goal, Howard was then brought in to ensure the
    team could compete. Not surprisingly, Howard was met with what looks like immediate resentment by Harden. Subsequently, the internal self-destruct time-clock on this Rockets team was set in motion.

    The sabotaging of Howard came shortly thereafter in Harden trying to run him out of town. This ultimately led to Berger’s aforementioned report regarding teammates being afraid to do anything but run their entire offense through Harden every possession. This was true last season as well, however, Harden was good enough to combat the chemistry and flow issues in the short term. But like any wound, it festers if not treated properly.

    Now, fans are merely witnessing what one year of — dare I say — infected play can do to do a squad.

    Indeed, Harden appears to continue to barrel down the Carmelo Anthony path in his career. A great scorer that’ll never win a championship as a No. 1 piece on a team. Even the most ardent Harden fans have begun to notice his attitude and effect on his team’s demeanor and continuous apathy on defense.

    Meanwhile, the Warriors continue to redefine the game from beyond the arc while staying true to the game’s core: teamwork, ball movement and harmony of play. What we witnessed Saturday — while expected — was nothing short of painful to consume. Fan or not. For the sake of Rockets Nation, let’s hope that Harden begins to accept the obvious regarding his approach to the game before it’s too late for his legacy.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Seem like Rox is a lot worse than what I’ve anticipated but I ain’t surprise to see the outcome. This writer apparently reported what we have seen for the 2 years when JLin was there. DM is definitely feeding a monster in that organization. So JH is definitely Melo if not worse than Melo and his gangs. One good thing that Phil Jackson has done a great good for Knicks is get rid of Melo’s gangs like JR Smith…. With Rox, as long as DM is still there, it will only get worse for Rox. Can’t wait to see what happens after they exit the first round.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    These playoff games is a huge opportunity for Lin to put himself in display for this summer free agencies…I’m sure there may be a few teams out there that are wondering whether he could lead their team and they base some of their decision on how Lin plays.

    Let’s all hope Lin can have a few Linsanity games in the first round, that would help him out greatly this summer if his goal is to look for a team that he can start.

  • CJSHYY

    I think if Hornets beat Heat then they will in Eastern Final vs Cav. I can’t wait for today’s game to start…. I believe Lin can do it.

  • CJSHYY

    Wow! These response from different teams fans to Lin’s letter in Reddit are fun to read…Got from another side….

    1. “—I’m a Cavs fan who saw this on the NBA sub. But damn, this is freaking awesome!!! I hope we play you guys in the conference finals. Jeremy is the man. Kemba is a dog (in the most complimentary way). Batum is a Swiss Army knife. I’m rooting for you guys. Go BuzzCity!!—-

    2. A fan from Canada, Clagory, respond to Lin’s letter on Reddit.
    Jlin, this is really awesome.
    I just want you to know that when I’m teaching my neighbors’ kids about basketball, you’re the example I use when it comes to grit and determination. You’re an inspiration even to an older dude like me, and the way you stay true to

    your faith is really commendable.

    Best of luck in the playoffs.

    -a Raps fan in Calgary

    3. ” Do you want me to buy your jersey? Because this is how you get me to buy your jersey.”

    4. “”As a season ticket holder since the Bobcats inception THANK YOU for coming to Charlotte! This has easily been the most fun I’ve had watching a team since back in our original Hornets days. It doesn’t go unnoticed how much you guys care about winning as you compete every night when you could easily be competing with one another. I hope you can all come back next season, but for right now we’re dying to see our first playoff win in years. Go get it for us, we’ll be ready for you when you return from Miami! “

  • CJSHYY
  • gum

    I am very happy to be able to watch the playoff games here in Seoul. NBA League pass offered a special package and the super internet connection offered by my hotel is another plus. Since there is 13
    hours difference ahead, I would be no sleep deprived. Go Jeremy Lin, and I will think of you all.

  • rookie75094

    Cf racist “number is clear” hater claim the rockettes lost Lowry because of Jlin

  • cdblue10

    This is exactly my thought when responding to jimmyL “one of the Rockets fans yesterday”.

  • cdblue10

    I wanna see JLin in the podium today after the game

  • Brent Yen

    What kind of podium?

  • cdblue10

    Anything as long as he is talking after the win today.LOL

  • Just curious, what is the best options to watch in HD after Ballstream is shut down?
    NBA International League Pass, Reborn4HDLive, or others?

    I see NBA League Pass doesn’t offer US playoff package, only audio

  • Brent Yen

    I guess a Cable subscription? LOL

  • Epie

    Well, I watch all of the games in HD from a website for free.. but not sure if it’s legal site or not lol.

  • CJSHYY

    LP have full game video after the game was done few hours later.

  • Brent Yen

    You are killing Psalm here…..a few hours later?!

  • CJSHYY

    Rewatch….LOL!

  • hehe if cable offers ala carte option, I’d have done it for a long time

  • I guess that’s 1 good option 🙂

  • blueCypher

    Reborn4HD offers streaming ? I thought they were only after-game downloads

  • gum

    Service Summary
    Service: NBA LEAGUE PASS: Regular Season + Playoffs Subscription
    Price: ₩26999.00
    Order ID: B4IXYXI0

    Psalm, NBA League pass I am using here in Seoul is plain NBA League Pass…I have paid approximately $28 for a month usage. It includes playoff subscription as you see.

  • TTNN

    I heard some could be 72 hrs later….. if local TV want to re-broadcast….

  • TTNN

    I think international deal is better than US ones. You guys don’t have black out

  • blueCypher

    Ya, if the game is on TV you get a blackout. Can only view the replay after

  • CJSHYY

    For playoff it seems to be a lot sooner than regular season. Like last night, when I was watching OKC vs Mav… they already started to archive Hawks vs Celtics game.

  • lleepar
  • CJSHYY

    Ya! For GSW game always like that… but last night, I could rewatch GSW vs Rox game.

  • Linzen

    I think Sling TV is the best option. All games on TNT & ESPN. Only $20 month. You can cancel it after playoffs. Too bad I can’t get it in Canada 😭😭😭

  • Linzen

    I just love all his passes!

  • CJSHYY

    Good to see more articles on this subject…. but I think for NBA case closed. Don’t believe they will change Ref’s call after games were done long time ago….They sure will change their attitude to Lin…

  • Rick Johnson

    How does Jeremy find himself on these teams first Melo then Harden then Kobe?

  • blueCypher

    The west games yesterday were duds

  • Rick Johnson

    Yes they can’t change a previous call. They can but won’t admit a previous mistake. Hopefully the will at least change going forward whether publicly or not.

  • Rick Johnson

    I rather enjoyed the thorough beat down on the Rockets.

  • blueCypher

    I enjoyed the 1st half before Curry’s ankle was dinged

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Not just they will not admit they made a mistake but also they want to keep Ref in authority power. Bc if they changes for this case then probably more to come… that will become chaos. Ref will not have power on court like they have right now bc no one will trust them anymore.

  • CJSHYY

    Me too. That’s so fun to watch… in about half 4Q it’s pretty much end & boring….

  • blueCypher

    Ya warriors blowouts are fun only if Curry is playing. Cause then he will go for those 30+ footers

  • PPP

    Nbastreams/reddit, free. But some of them are sd quality. Watchabke although not ideal.

  • BobbyH

    This is a great article from the angle of social behavior for the sake of children. Would NBA condone and encourage such violent plays on the court? More media are putting pressure on NBA. This video is a victory, not only for Lin and fans, but also for the players too.

  • Phillycheese

    Harden needs his beard to hide behind. Team can’t D since they make no effort. If you don’t reward your big dogs on offense, they’re not guarding the henhouse on Defense.

  • Love Lin

    The NBA dont admit or accept the truth even the vid has gone viral. Hope those refs can face their conscience 2 treat Lin more fairly in the playoffs. Lets see…

  • blueCypher

    Harden attempted 0 free throws yesterday. Warriors played him perfectly. That’s a huge part of his game taken away

  • CJSHYY

    It’s bc I saw more calls on yesterday’s playoff games compare to last season…. I agree this video really makes huge impact not only Lin but to other players as well.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Very good article on bringing the concerns of why non fragrant fouls were called.

    By Not Protecting Jeremy Lin, NBA Sends Wrong Messages To Children
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2016/04/17/by-not-protecting-jeremy-lin-nba-sends-wrong-messages-to-children/#26b47b77729e

  • Linzen

    Thanks Rick & Melody! This is just a great read! Teamball wins ALL THE TIME!

  • BobbyH

    Let’s hope it carries into next season.

  • Rick Johnson

    I think the spread in the West from 1-8 is much wider than in the East. 2-7 game in the East was pretty closely matched. 3-6 all have the same record. In the West After the top 4 the talent significantly drops off.

  • blueCypher

    Yup. The 2nd round will be so fun – warriors, spurs, okc, clippers

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • rookie75094

    Names I saw kkklutch fans used to call one of their own player and their coach: sewer and bickerfool…hehe

  • JoeTeam

    to add to all posters who said it already

    Gratifying to watch Bev and Harden get exposed. Bev shoulder charging Steph during pre-game handshakes, and Steph just laughing it off incredulously. 4 fouls on Harden first half, 3 on Bev. They came to hurt Steph. Steph gave them 24 pts and a pushback in return for hooking his arm.

    – 4 pts Harden first half
    – as ppl said, no fouls and Draymond Green credited coaching for that, and Iggy Bogut for taking most of that given coverage.
    – they held him from going left, exposing how bad he is when he cannot go left and shoot. Who can’t go one way again?

    and more … just a few to show how long it takes for just desserts … Harden is going to be known as a guy who can score like crazy if you give him poor D. And, the ‘destroying the franchise’ video on Kobe will resonate in people who love teams and bball.

    Watching the 3 remaining round 1 games will be nice … very nice. I loved it when KT and Steph forced the TOV on Harden to eliminate them in the WCF last year.

    The stakes are … ha ha Morey.

  • KHuang

    With the BREAKUP of 5 Western Conference playoff teams from last season (Dallas, Houston, Portland, Memphis, New Orleans), it is no surprise that the Western Conference has been drastically weakened in the lower seeds this year.

  • KHuang

    Not surprisingly, a whole bunch of former top Western players (Dragic, Thomas, Lin) are spearheading the drastic improvement in those mid tier Eastern teams.

  • KHuang

    I was hoping that the Rockets missed the playoffs.

    But now that they are there and getting BADLY BEATEN DOWN, it’s entertaining!

  • JoeTeam

    I like this, MT. Indeed, and honestly, I listened to talk radio last night on fighting in hockey, and the number of guys calling in saying fighting is good because they need to release all their politically correct frustrations in a safe way tells you the mindset of the masses. They want to see violence in sports so the PC talk about the kiddies don’t resonate with these guys because they love fighting so they don’t have to fight or manage their own loves/emotions. I dunno … it was good to get that understanding of who is paying for the tix. The only way out is JLin ball and GSW style ball … you know, the class they show in winning (short of some of Draymond’s outbursts … )

  • Whitman Lam

    Wow, Forbes, ESPN, New York Times…. this is big time. Now we just need CNN to do an interview with NBA.

  • rookie75094

    Me too…until I realized the rockettes will lose the draft pick…then I was rooting for them to be the sacrificial lambs for the warriors. ..hahaha

  • JoeTeam

    YES! Too, I was hoping for a great series with the Jazz, with Hayward stepping up. SLC is easy/inexpensive to get to from Bay, but no way I would travel to HOU. That’s the only way to get affordable tix … you cannot get them in Roaracle.

    Yes the spanking shall continue. Steph’s postgame was so classy. I hope just 2 days off will reduce his swelling and pain. And maybe they’ll give him sub30 mins a game just to blow out the hack-Curry game plans.

    Bye bye Morey.

  • JoeTeam

    good call and share. That was nice!

  • JoeTeam

    good pt

  • rookie75094

    Meanwhile…. the rockettes gm morrey “worm tongue ” went on the radio and said: they are as good as the warriors, the series is still 50-50, and the warriors won’t know what game plans the rockettes will throw at them…. talking about delusional. ..hahaha

  • Briiick

    To those who love fool’s gold, LOL.

  • JoeTeam

    JLin ball:

    “At it’s core, basketball is a team sport that requires harmonious effort and synchronized execution. “

  • JoeTeam

    actually, I think when JLin was there, he kept the toxins from killing the body, and they got to playoffs and won a little. First year, he got injured. 2nd year, the ice had set. But he did great for the team.

  • JoeTeam

    Steph just bides his time because he knows his team can win-at-will and there are no divas except when Draymond starts to brick front he outside. The halftime yelling about 3 weeks ago fixed that – Draymond has been hitting his outside shots (being more selective). Jlin on the other hand has to keep initiating because he’s been in ISO teams, so he has to do all that heavy lifting to get team-ball going. So, JLin cannot afford to demonstrate by shoving or getting mad. If I were Lin, I would have to keep my cool. But if I had a team around me who can win without me, I would play the enforcer more.

  • JoeTeam

    Ha ha, that’s great. Keep saying it, bro. plenty of rope left …

    add: since he was MIT sloan and not engineering, let me do the math. The series right now is 100% GSW. He can’t even divide 1/1.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JoeTeam

    hard to like that post but thanks for sharing.

  • jimmyL

    Houston needs a reliable 4 and Jeremy Lin

  • KHuang

    Just having Lin alone is all Houston really needs to become contenders again.

  • JoeTeam

    … well, Lin and not McH and not Morey how about?

  • KHuang

    Now if the Rockets ditched James Harden or at least forced him to play a traditional 2 guard role, THEN we’d be looking at the NBA champion if Lin was there.

  • jimmyL

    Harden should still handle the ball just not as much as he does now
    If only he could share the ball with Lin

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    rewarding, satisfying, entertaining…

  • LAJane

    LOL

  • BobbyH

    WSJ? Link?

  • grover chang

    That’s what I always say. The first couple games harden and Lin played together were incredible. They could have gone to the WCF their first year together. I don’t know whose bright idea was it for harden to take over the WHOLE offense. He was still getting 30 pts with less effort as Lin as pg.

  • grover chang

    I was also reminded they lost their first round pick.

  • Rick Johnson

    Hmm… Can’t go right and turns ball over too much. Sounds familiar. And yet players voted him MVP last year. At least JLin worked & corrected his weaknesses.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Adam Silver, Marc Stein etc would go down in the history book of sports in fouling and that I could guarantee. Jeremy Lin would eventually be inducted into the hall of fame. There is no place to hide such injustice and Lin’s every additional play on the court will confirm the truth.

  • Rick Johnson

    Would be great if first win in the road today

    https://twitter.com/kc1nyk/status/721755372172652544

  • occupatio

    I use Reborn4HDLive. Just because it’s cheaper than LP.

  • cdblue10

    This is the best series for Lin to dispel the myth that he can’t play well against the Heat…💀💀💀

  • JoeTeam

    well, yes to be honest – JLin was just such a high potential semi-rookie when Linsanity hit. If we look at JLin as a rookie early round draft in NYC, getting minutes, then it’s fair to say he really has come to his own now with all the adversity. Compare JLin to many 3-5 yr out rookies and now we know the difference.

  • grover chang

    NBA message. Snapping a person’s head back is dangerous unless that person is Asian. Then whatever.

  • JoeTeam

    Well. would you still want to watch him with CF there? Me, I’d rather he start off in a good new town that loves him, or yes, if he goes to GSW under new cap rules, gets paid, and helps generate consistent offense on 2nd unit (they are good, but not as strong on O), then 76-6 ha ha. Sorry acbc … I just like team champions and shots a dynasties.

  • JoeTeam

    Houston needs … get ready … a new team, a new management, and a new fan base. Oh, that’s like saying if only that Sig Other was different in xyz, (s)he’d be the prefect SO. Well, that’s a new SO, as far as I’ve been told all my life.

  • vincent

    I like lin a lot but they would not beat golden state. Im sorry it just wouldnt happen

  • John Focker

    Lin led the sorry Lakers to beat them last year. Surely this Hornets squad is better, the premise being Lin allowed to play PG, and Hornets stay away from Kembaball. Since we know that won’t happen too much, so we’ll likely never settle this one. 🙂

  • grover chang

    I still like the spoke hair or the very short shaved/parted look last season

  • JN

    I started at usemytv.com yesterday after somebody who apparently was associated with Ballstream sent me an email about this new service. It costs 11 British Pounds (about $15.50 USD) a month and I watched a couple of games yesterday. The quality is excellent but they don’t seem to include all playoff games (although today’s Charlotte game is included). They also have a game vault to watch replays. I figure paying by the month is better than for the whole year to limit risk in case they get shut down. In any case, I only want to pay for this month since I don’t watch their other sports and that’s a fairly small amount of money to risk.

  • CJSHYY

    This will not happen bc Harden will not give up his ball to any PG.

  • CJSHYY
  • JoeTeam

    bummer I shall have to watch play-by-play and JLportal today. kids and chinese school … anyone know where a good place is to watch replay later?

  • CJSHYY

    LP will have video.

  • jimmyL

    let mom do all the work
    hide in the basement and stream it lol

  • sws94

    It’s not that he can’t, it’s that he hasn’t in his career besides one game. I don’t think it is possible to make Lin ineffective for 4 games and he’ll get at least that many to play well. But, if he doesn’t play well the first 2 games I won’t be surprised. Patience. I think of today’s game as warming up and hope that he does well or at least ok.

  • jimmyL

    only OKC might have a chance

  • jimmyL

    nope they didnt have dwight then

  • joyce ward

    Lin got to be ready for the defense to load up on him. He is the key to making his team mates weapons for the opposing team.

  • jimmyL

    Lin doesnt do well on sundays perhaps because its church day
    christians arent supposed to work on sundays right?

  • sws94

    It seems Whiteside is starting. So maybe Lin has some time on court when he’s not playing. It’ll be interesting to see how Spo works his rotations to address Lin. We know he will, just how is the question. And he’ll probably do it a bit differently each game.

  • CJSHYY

    I think no matter he starts or not whenever Lin is on court. He will on.

  • grover chang

    Asik still a double double machine. Had post moves. Patterson, a starter. Parson a starter.

  • wandertheglobe

    ILP is a great deal for US subscribers. Just use VPN.

  • heart
  • cdblue10

    That’s why I said this it’s the best time to prove that

  • Grace

    I wonder if Head Coach Kenny Atkinson will give JLin a chance at starting.

  • heart

    Let’s pray that he will.
    Edit: Also let’s pray that D’Atoni will become HC so Lin will have more options and more competitions for his service. Atkinson as HC and Nets new GM seem pretty good combination. Don’t know about Nets owners, but NY will be alive again competing against Dolan and Knicks. OtOH, D’Antoni as HC and Angelo are good too. They’re proven. God will place Lin where He knows best.

  • cdblue10

    Player development coach,good luck with that Nets,not a good place at all for Lin

  • donsmacau

    Puts more impetus behind MDA to grab JLIN before Kenny does. At least a bidding war.

    “During the peak of Linsanity, it was Atkinson who Lin credited for helping him succeed, crediting him for his desire to help him and keeping everything ready for the next game.”

  • Hsc

    Interesting…He was Lin’s assistant coach during Linsanity day

  • donsmacau

    I’d be more worried about Kemba not putting the Hornets into an early insurmountable hole than any concern about JLIN’s performance.

    Kemba is the person with Zero playoff wins, awful performance against tough defense and elite teams.

  • cdblue10

    They don’t have picks and their season next year and the years to come are shady,Lin will be 27 and going 28 next year,I can’t see Lin going to that team next season.

  • donsmacau

    Whiteside does great against players who will not or cannot adjust to his game.

    JLIN can adjust his game to counter any situation.

  • Linzen

    Easy. Harden.
    And, it’s been the same genius the last three years. sigh…

  • I am The Jason

    The Nets new coaching hire is intriguing. He help Lin during Linsanity. I hope he pick up some knowledge from coach Budenholzer, a Popovich disciple.

  • zxcvb

    Great news for Lin! I’m officially on board with him signing with Brooklyn if MDA in Philly doesn’t work out.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-knicks-assistant-ken-atkinson-helping-jeremy-lin-succeed-article-1.1024232

    “I can’t say enough about that guy,” Lin says.

    “I mean this guy wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning,” Lin says. “I’ll text after a game at midnight, 1 o’clock when I go home and I’ll say, ‘Hey can I look at those turnovers. Can I look at the upcoming team? How they run pick and rolls?’ And he ’ll have the film ready when I walk into the facility the next morning.

    “When I wasn’t playing much, we were working out before practice, and after practice he was picking apart my game, teaching me what it’s like to play in Coach D’Antoni’s system.”

  • FrankW

    Working on Sunday is definitely not a sin. Working on Sunday is not prohibited in the Bible. The idea that Christians should not be working on Sunday comes from a misunderstanding of Old Testament Sabbath-keeping for the Israelites and its relation to Sunday worship for Christians. According to Exodus 20:8–11, See the rest, from:
    http://www.gotquestions.org/working-on-Sunday.html

  • JoeTeam

    lol I tried, you know … doghouse if you push too hard. Gonna have to try to stream edge network bad bandwidth, or just play-by-play.

  • donsmacau

    Seems distasteful to constantly have to inject race into JLIN discussions vis-a-vis the NBA. But as fans of JLIN’s journey when we see notions, patterns — at times conclusions become difficult to resist.

    Coaches who have genuinely complimented and/or substantially assisted JLIN :
    – Mike D’Antoni
    – Kenny Atkinson
    – Popovich “Jeremy was spectacular”
    – George Karl “Lin was just busting us so quick that the help couldn’t come”
    – Brad Stevens “Jeremy Lin killed us”
    – Brett Brown “Jeremy Lin is lightning in bottle”
    – Erik Spoelstra “have to plan for Jeremy Lin”
    – Steve Clifford

    – Stephen Silas

    The NBA is what it is, 75% of players and increasingly coaches, front office personnel, referees, announcers are Black. By and large, they are not on balance complimentary toward JLIN as are the Whites. Of course some white coaches like McHale or SVG who thought JLIN gets too many All-star votes, but that’s not common.

    I’m sure many will disagree but that’s been my experience as a student of JLIN’s path.

  • blueCypher
  • spiderman

    Unable to play basketball, Beverly tries to make a name for himself by trying to injure. Someday he’ll get clocked and no one will feel sorry for him

  • FrankW

    Needs also to disband the toxic clutchfans forum.

  • cdblue10

    good game bet. detroit and the cavs

  • CJSHYY

    To my surprised, DET plays well against Cav.

  • Briiick

    George Karl “Lin is the motor of the team (Rox)”.

  • JoeTeam

    I liked the first part, but I don’t think that 75% of FO are black. That doesn’t preclude non-African American FO’s to have bias against JLin, no matter how subliminal. There’s been 65 yrs of TV and longer of movies that do not allow Asians or Asian Americans to be viewed as good except at the service levels, the coolie jobs. There continues to be Yellow Fever (see Wong Fu youtube). I see it every day, in entitled leadership in organizations (unearned), while hard working minorities of all walks have to wait in line and take the incompetency.

  • donsmacau

    I meant 75% players are Black and more and more of the FO’s sorry if my words suggested 75% of FO are Black that’s certainly not the case…yet.

  • JoeTeam

    Oh, yea, I know you are a fair poster and my thing was just moving on with the topic. You me good bro! Hope Linsanity hits today.

  • JoeTeam

    ah, well that comes at Dave H’s discretion, and we know he’ll just push to what he wants. So, no HOU soup for me.

  • JoeTeam

    I found it funny he showed up with a bandaid cross on his forehead. I don’t care how he got it, just sort of signals he’s a scrapper to stay away from, fake friend, friend, or otherwise. I don’t need friends who are always in those kinds of tussles, no matter how good a person they are.

  • joyce ward

    Brooklyn Nets chomping at the bit now that Atkinson has been hired as new coach , Lin-Lopez duo.

  • wandertheglobe

    Kenny Atkinson, Lin’s former coach in NY got the Nets job. Hmm…Interesting summer indeed.

  • LinMad

    Byron Scott “Jeremy is definitely an NBA player”

    Compliments is one thing but actually giving Lin a shot is another. I think Lin could have started this season with Kemba and average 18 ppg. Higher than Batum’s 14 ppg.

  • takeme2cruz

    Lin’s new hair style looks like warrior from the Ming Dynasty.

  • takeme2cruz

    How much his contact offer will give us a clear answer

  • cdblue10

    he needs`a spear and slay miami in this series

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    this is interesting. i wonder how he landed the job. was how he worked with Lin on the Knicks his main selling point to the Nets front office? if so, i would guess the Nets are also high on Lin

  • Hope

    Linsanity playoff, let’s go jlin.

  • sws94

    Judging from Lin’s rundown of the season it seems to me it’s the players that he a high value on. Yes, he needs agreeable coaches, but I think he has to have a sense that he’ll get along with players. And, from what I’m seeing from Lin, and I could be wrong, but it seems to me he’s looking to be on a winning team which the Nets are not. They had the second worst record after the Sixers in the conference, if not quite as bad as the Lakers.

  • cdblue10

    Kemba needs to play team ball otherwise if he won’t he needs to sit.

  • cdblue10

    1 more hour….1 more hour

  • sws94

    Lin in warrior mode can beat the tough defenses. We’ve seen him do so.

  • Michael

    1 more hour….

  • 59 min 🎉🏀🤗

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i was hoping he goes back to the mohawk but a bit shorter and with sharper spikes for protection since the league won’t protect him..

  • cdblue10

    i’m having a cold hands and feet,that’s weird…

  • Michael

    My hands are sweating.

  • Breathe deeply, man …
    Make some floaters in the backyard 😄

  • cdblue10

    lol…now .i feel better

  • cdblue10

    lol….i need a paperbag

  • Michael

    Excellent this is a big game so I have high hopes that Lin is going to be awesome.

  • cdblue10

    Same here…..same here

  • Alain Gervais

    The suspense is real……

  • Yesss, i hope and pray Lin will create some sparks to play teamball!
    Steal game 1 💪🏻😎

  • blueCypher
  • cdblue10

    The inside and out game w/ good ball movements is a thing of beauty for DEtroit….They might steal game 1 from the Cavs

  • CJSHYY

    Morris plays well. Happy for him. I hope Det win.

  • cdblue10

    Yep…his shooting improves a lot

  • cdblue10

    DEtroit is pulling out

  • TTNN

    Brook-Lin? That would be nice…..

  • blueCypher

    edit

  • cdblue10

    why’d you post this,you increased my anxiety to a 1000 fold…lol

  • heart
  • heart
  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    is this game being nationally televised?

  • blueCypher

    Interesting. Sean Marks is a Spurs disciple

  • blueCypher

    of course. TNT

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    sweet!

  • cdblue10

    who’s calling the game?i hope it’s hubie….

  • CJSHYY

    He’s for ESPN

  • blueCypher

    hubie needs time to recover from calling kobe’s last game 🙂

  • cdblue10

    lol

  • cdblue10

    that’s right

  • blueCypher

    gut feeling, i think we get reggie miller

  • cdblue10

    he’s fine

  • TTNN

    well, don’t forget when he join Hornets, that team had a losing history. Yes, Lin want to join a winning team, I think he is more emphasized on team that want to win.

    I actually like this net progression so far, they have a GM coming in with a right mind set, they have a low key coach that have great working ethic and also helped Lin before he break out even. There for sure will have trust between them.

    Anyway, we will know in couple of month, but I’m happy that Lin will have more opportunities open up for him.

    To be honest, I am still not sure about D’Antoni, simply I don’t think 76er’s is currently in a good situation, I don’t trust their FO.

  • blueCypher

    i think most of the tnt guys are solid. i cant think of one thats annoying

  • cdblue10

    most of them call it as it is

  • TTNN

    Without cable, where could we watch it? somehow I saw TNT OT site has count down of POR/LAC game, not this game though.

  • LinMad

    WE MADE IT BABY. FORBES!

    By Not Protecting Jeremy Lin, NBA Sends Wrong Messages To Children
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2016/04/17/by-not-protecting-jeremy-lin-nba-sends-wrong-messages-to-children/#62cb8d11729e

    Thank you Bruce Lee.

  • blueCypher

    online streaming. someone will post links probably

  • I am The Jason

    All playoff games are nationally televised

  • thanks! I might give it a try

  • cdblue10

    seasaw battle man,what a game

  • zxcvb

    Any team where Lin is allowed to lead will be a winning team. He knows this.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    hey, i just downloaded Watch TNT on my phone and looks like it’s showing the game. will confirm in 20 minutes

  • cdblue10

    try live sports online now,this is from hornets game live

  • heart

    If you can, could you copy and paste the article here? Some have ad block and article does not show.

  • sws94

    Good points. It’s really hard to say what Lin will do. That’s why I haven’t spent a lot of time wondering as much as others. Kind of living in the moment, the playoffs are intense and this is big to see how Lin does.

    I’m not excited about a team that has lost as much and for as long as the 76ers have no matter the coach and FO. To me, it’ll most likely take a few years to get back to winning. Others have a different opinion, of course.

  • blueCypher

    good game. i expect the cavs to close

  • JoeTeam

    just allow to read, then reblock if you want. No big deal, it’s adblock plus …

  • cdblue10

    I’m rooting for the underdog

  • LinMad

    A YouTube video (below) made by fan Hsiu-Chen Kuei questioned why National Basketball Player (NBA) referees have never called a flagrant or technical foul on players who delivered rather violent hits to point guard Jeremy Lin, who plays for the Charlotte Hornets. The video shows footage of Lin suffering various blows to his head area and is accompanied by the following description: “Lin’s health and safety are at risk, as Lin gets hit unnecessarily and excessively in the face, head, and neck areas by other players frequently.” Despite the video sparking questions across various Internet and social media outlets of whether Lin is receiving fair treatment from NBA officials, the NBA responded to the video with an official statement that said “while some of the plays in the video involved hard contact, none was subsequently deemed a Flagrant Foul given the full circumstances, angles and comparables from past games.” Really?

    Take a look at Lin being clotheslined by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, elbowed in the face by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, and repeatedly shoved and tripped by Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry, in Mrs. Kuei’s video entitled Jeremy Lin: Too Flagrant Not to Call:

    The video has already received over 1.6 million views, and the Internet, media, and social media have consequently been abuzz about the video. Two examples are Andrew Keh’s piece for the New York Times NYT +0.71% entitled Open Season on Jeremy Lin? In Video, Fan Highlights Hard Fouls and an Esquire piece by Ross Benes entitled Is Jeremy Lin Getting Hacked in the NBA on Account of His Ethnicity? Some have questioned whether the lack of flagrant foul calls have something to do with Lin being the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to make the NBA. An earlier piece by Hadley Freeman for The Guardian reviewed some of the obstacles that Lin has faced in his journey. Others have wondered whether NBA officials somehow consciously or unconsciously believe that Lin will take the abuse without complaining. ESPN reporter Skip Bayless expressed that this video needs to be seen by everyone to “undo whatever subliminal view” there may be of Lin as seen here:

    Regardless of the reason behind what Mrs. Kuei’s video shows, by not acknowledging that the fouls on Lin deserved more punishment, the NBA is sending the wrong message to millions of viewers, which include many children. The blows seen in the video are cringe-worthy (as the ESPN First Take announcers stated) and could have caused serious injury. For example, ”clothesline” injuries can seriously damage all of the structures in the front of the neck, such as the windpipe, voice box, cervical spine, or esophagus, even causing suffocation, paralysis, or instant death. Many other sports such as football, ice hockey, and the other football have been facing questions about the long term effects of blows to the head. But as a CBS News report indicates, head injuries can be a major problem in basketball too. A study in the journal Pediatrics published in September 2010 showed the considerable number of head injuries resulting from flagrant fouls in basketball among school-aged children.

    Even if Lin manages to avoid injury, not calling any flagrant or technical fouls, ejecting, or fining the players who committed the fouls may appear to condone such behavior. Will such behavior then filter down to gyms, playgrounds, and potentially elsewhere throughout the world? A Kaiser Family Foundation study suggested that kids often emulate the behavior of athletes. In fact, a piece by Mary Widdicks in the Washington Post raises the possibility that violence in sports can then motivate bad behavior among children beyond sports. After all children may eventually bring what they learn on the courts and playing fields into the rest of their personal and professional lives. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada expressed similar concerns about National Hockey League playoff violence setting bad examples for children. Things could get even more complicated if there is in any way the perception that violence towards different people of different backgrounds will be treated/tolerated differently.

    The NBA has an opportunity to make a positive impression and simply say that the blows to Lin should have been punished more severely and steps will be taken to avoid such oversights in the future. Yes, basketball can be a very physical sport. But there is a difference between being physical and taking shots to the head and neck. Unlike American football, playing basketball should not require blows to the head. (Otherwise, wouldn’t more basketball players be wearing helmets while playing?) The spread of the video and Lin’s global popularity show that many people are following the situation. The experience of the National Football League (NFL) with the concussion issue shows the importance of dealing with any potential safety issues rapidly to avoid further repercussions. If the NBA doesn’t deal with this Lin situation thoroughly and effectively, the NBA may be the one receiving blows to the head in the future.

  • sws94

    I don’t like LeBron’s antics but he’s a team player. He really is. He really looks for and involves his teammates and that’s what I like about him.

  • heart

    Thanks so much LinMad.

  • Briiick

    Click, click, click……

  • blueCypher

    cavs dont look like they’re on the level of warriors okc spurs

  • vincent

    yup gotta respect Lebron as a player, but he always has his hands up

  • cdblue10

    True…if this is their game,they’ll be eaten alive by GSW

  • blueCypher

    maybe even add clippers to that list

  • cdblue10

    I agree

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! I want Det to win but I think Ref will help LBJ to win. Even Det coach told their players you will not going to get the foul from LBJ…. Go Det.

  • sws94

    Jackson. Very immature and selfish to get a tech there.

  • Briiick

    Agreed. LBJ is a natural PG with a PF body. I always thought he and Lin are similar types of players.

  • Spot

    Kenny Atkinson was the one who worked hard with Jeremy during Linsanity.

    He’s not D’Antoni but he’s not far from him

  • Spot

    Exactly

  • sws94

    They aren’t that different. LeBron more bulldozes his way through but they have similarities for sure.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i like how he keeps holding Lin’s arms. he loves Lin!

  • sws94

    Oh yeah, loves him!

  • CJSHYY

    Haha!

  • Spot

    This summer really could be interesting

  • sws94

    Not close.

  • CJSHYY
  • CJSHYY
  • Alain Gervais

    no one notice his name is bruce lee

  • sws94

    Jackson is not playing well, can’t shake Love?

  • cdblue10

    2 mins …2 mins more

  • sws94

    All playoff games are. But they move networks game to game. Wednesday game is NBA-TV which is a problem for me.

  • MEL LIN

    got links for tonight’s game

  • cdblue10

    check LIVE SPORTS ONLINE Now

  • blueCypher

    This cavs game is done

  • Alain Gervais

    wwwooooooooooooooooooooo

  • cdblue10

    GAMEEEEEEEEEEEE TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

  • kauaiblue

    Bravo! Excellent article!

  • blueCypher

    tune in to TNT guys, its on

  • JoeTeam

    is Lin starting?

  • blueCypher

    h*** no 🙂

  • sws94

    No. Batum is in.

  • Alain Gervais

    Im guessing not

  • JoeTeam

    thx, didn’t know if he was still hurt.

  • kauaiblue

    Oh boy… jlin in nets uniform next year?

  • sws94

    He’ll start, but he could get hurt again anytime soon. Lin I’m sure is prepared to start if that happens.

  • blueCypher

    Let’s see what Barkley has to say about this series

  • sws94

    Comes down to Whiteside, Clifford has done a great job. Whiteside is inconsistent, doesn’t know what to expect from him.

  • zxcvb

    BROOK-LIN NETS 2016-17?

    PG: Jeremy Lin
    SG: Kent Bazemore
    SF: Bojan Bogdanovic
    PF: Thad Young
    C: Brook Lopez
    Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson

    SIGN ME UP.

  • sws94

    Shaq, Charlotte comfortable against Miami. Whiteside is the difference maker defensively.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    watching the game on my phone using the Watch TNT app. requires log in though. so you need to already have TNT on your cable tv

  • sws94

    Kenny: Wade and Johnson have better matchup, favors Miami. Whiteside can block shots and rebound every night.

  • cdblue10

    I still choose 76’ers over Nets but not bad as a starting line up

  • sws94

    Ian Eagle, Brett Barry, Rebecca (?) calling the game.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    sweet! no reggie miller

  • cdblue10

    Good,I love Brent calling the game

  • LinMad

    They think so highly about Miami. They didn’t even mention anyone besides Kemba for like 2 seconds. lol

  • sws94

    Does Barry like Lin? I know one of the Barry’s doesn’t.

  • zxcvb

    MDA reunion is probably best, but in case Brown stays another year, this could be just as good.

  • blueCypher

    We got the better Barry

  • sws94

    Yeah, they didn’t talk much about the Hornets at all.

  • cdblue10

    Younger Barry doesn’t like Lin but Brent is a LOF

  • JoeTeam

    We also got the better Brent.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Brent is pro-Lin, the other no-name Barry dude isn’t. i think his name is Jon

  • sws94

    Good to hear!

  • LinMad

    If Batum starts off slow, I think Cliff will probably stick in Lin earlier.

  • sws94

    Maybe. Hope he’s quick to adjust in the playoffs,.

  • kauaiblue

    Brent does… the whiny barry doesnt…

  • LinMad

    it was all about Whiteside and Heat and able to take the Eastern Conference if Whiteside is more consistent.

  • cdblue10

    HERE WE GOOOOOOOOO

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! They said Heat will be Eastern Final

  • sws94

    White vs. teal.

  • LinMad

    Miami starting Dragic and Wade, there will be a lot of PnRs? I think they are trying to expose Hornets bigs interior D

  • Alain Gervais

    White side starting great news for Lin

  • LinMad

    LETS GO HORNETS

  • blueCypher

    MJ in the building ?

  • JoeTeam

    ok., lol enough time to put in the 2nd unit.

  • sws94

    Charlotte playing like their nervous. Need to calm down and just play.

  • Alain Gervais

    Guys look nervous

  • Alain Gervais

    lol think alike

  • sws94

    yup!

  • vincent

    man our bigs are bad none of them except al can catch the ball on the per

  • cdblue10

    Put Lin in

  • noob

    Lousy call Lee got all ball

  • playoff jitters .. Only Batum and Lee have lots of playoff experience on the floor.
    Lin would definitely help

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    the game doesn’t officially start until Lin enters

  • Alain Gervais

    Hornets look unready. Miami playoff experience is showing

  • vincent

    cliff should feed datum more now

  • JoeTeam

    ok, nuff … put Lin in.

  • KWC

    Might be too late then

  • Howan Cheung

    first unit not looking good

  • vincent

    batum is really the x factor here

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    as predicted

  • LinMad

    man im speechless right now, they are embarrassing our starters

  • Epie

    Kemba, stop laughing. It’s not funny.

  • cdblue10

    He’s nervous to death

  • cdblue10

    Nice Walker…

  • vincent

    cliff should start lin man. he should realize how important lin is to winning this series

  • LinMad

    Thank god Kemba

  • Alain Gervais

    lin and al will be very important I can already tell

  • vincent

    keys to winning this game. Kemba must score efficiently and not hog the ball. Batum most play well with no turnovers and Lin must be unleashed

  • 6-11 looked a bit better than 3-11 for sure

    Let’s hope they calm down a bit

  • Alain Gervais

    Batum is ready

  • cdblue10

    Ba3uuuuummmm

  • nice 9-13

  • LinMad

    Batuuuuuuuuuuummmmmm

  • grover chang

    Not surprising. Nor would a game 1 loss. They haven’t won a playoff game in 11 years. Even Lin hasn’t played in playoffs in 2 years.

  • Alain Gervais

    Refs letting them play. Lin needs to see that

  • cdblue10

    2 by LEEE

  • JoeTeam

    Lin now lol

  • grover chang

    I’m not holding my breath for Lin to light it up. It’s been two years since he’s been in playoffs. Just expect him to play hard and get his feet wet in game 1.

  • LinMad

    Wow Lee

  • JoeTeam

    he;s been playing hot.

  • Lee is quite clutch making a leaner with shot clock running out
    11-13

  • CaliUSMC

    I think he’s nervous. The whole team is imo

  • sws94

    Me too. I think 3rd game is where he gets it going. He still may make some big plays however.

  • LinMad

    I hope Troy gets to play during playoffs with Lin. He can hit them 3s

  • vincent

    Lin thrives when the pressures on. he will be fine imo

  • Alain Gervais

    Our defense is lacking

  • Alain Gervais

    yup

  • JoeTeam

    19-11

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    BRING IN THE SAMURAI!

  • Time to get Lin/Al in

  • vincent

    the problem isn’t if lin feels pressure, its being put in the game too late its tough to get into rhythm that way

  • kauaiblue

    Bring in jlin bf u lose control, clifford…

  • cdblue10

    Cliffffff put Lin in demmit

  • cdblue10

    I agree

  • Hornets got lucky Wade’s open layup missed
    could be 11-21

  • BobbyH

    Officiating is tight.

  • cdblue10

    Zeller is soft as my pillow man.

  • CaliUSMC

    Lin needs his J to be on point cant rely on calls

  • LinMad

    Need better defense. We were closing in and we lost it from fastbreaks and bad D

  • BobbyH

    All weapons out.

  • JoeTeam

    too fast …

  • Alain Gervais

    This game looks very different then the regular season

  • LinMad

    ya we lost it too fast. It just fell apart.

  • JoeTeam

    11-13 to 11-19 in 1 minute21 sec.

  • LinMad

    Lin needs to pressure their interior, slash through it and get some calls

  • cdblue10

    The feel is so different too

  • JoeTeam

    Lin doesn’t allow that because he plays organized D.

  • JoeTeam

    and start organizing a calm D.

  • vincent

    wow al is in before lin

  • vincent

    seriously put lin in

  • Alain Gervais

    He always is

  • Alain Gervais

    White side killing us

  • vincent

    is it messed up if i shut the tv off when lin is on the bench? lol

  • LinMad

    this is the playoffs, why is Cliff still using the same rotation as regular season?

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    still no Lin. clifford is so stubborn. his rotation sucks

  • cdblue10

    Lin is checking in

  • Alain Gervais

    Our starter cant guard them

  • sport

    Down by 10 already, looks like Cliff doesn’t care to win with Lin if so they will lose this series.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    if Kemba start chucking now, i’m turning the game off

  • CaliUSMC

    bffs amare and lin on the sideline waiting to check in

  • Alain Gervais

    13 point lead before lin checks in

  • LinMad

    Cliff wants to bring Lin more late than he does during regular season? This is so wrong.

  • vincent

    don’t worry we believe in Lin

  • cdblue10

    Lin needs to start this series for Charlotte to have a chance

  • JoeTeam

    i just read playbyplay. boring to watch. doing other things.

  • Alain Gervais

    That starting unit will get swept by Miami

  • JoeTeam

    you’d think they would know that by now.

  • jimmyL

    Just like that, Lin loses another min of playing time
    Hornets players always try to play on when Lins at the table

  • cali7

    As always Clifford waits until they get into a hole

  • gandychan

    Can’t guard the pnr whiteside

  • blueCypher

    I agree but the coaching staff believes they need Lee for D against Wade

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    and they’re down more than usual when Lin checks in

  • NONONO

    Just watching…. no Lin yet?

  • heart

    Cliff should have clipped Heat momentum sooner after 2nd made 3s.

  • vincent

    I hope line gets at least 28 mins

  • cdblue10

    Yep we need Lee for the height,Kemba needs to come off the bench

  • Lin should be in after timeout with 3:05 left in Q1
    15-28

  • sport

    Cliff is so stubborn, only 3 minutes left in 1st quarter and Lin is still not in? Heat will cruise through this series if they do this every game!

  • LinMad

    nope, Cliff waited way too long.

  • guest

    Good Job coach for allowing the run!!

  • blueCypher

    Oh, you mean Kemba off the bench. No way in h*** that happens

  • vincent

    lin

  • cshot

    down by 13??? lin hopefully stops the bleeding

  • waiting to check in since 4min left

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    guys, Lin is checking in after commercial. unfortunately, it’s also Kemba chucking time

  • CaliUSMC

    Looks like Jeremy Lin and Gerald Green went to the same hair salon. https://t.co/FMSIQjWJAA— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) April 17, 2016

  • cdblue10

    True

  • LinMad

    seriously, Lin is the only player who has helped this team beat top teams in the league in the regular season. He also most experienced when pressured.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    that’s like showing up with the same dress! #Embarrasing

  • ViNuyork

    wow–wth….i know coach spo is a video junkie–he must have reaaaalllly studiied the hornets roster—JLIn you also have a hi-BB IQ like spo—do a chess match… looks like c. cliff can’t do it

  • cali7

    Lin is finally in

  • NONONO

    MIA is happy that Clifford is helping them by benching Lin

  • sport

    Lin just need to be aggressive and take shots, go for rebounds if ball hog takes over.

  • cali7

    Offensive foul on lin

  • LinMad

    This team…..takes forever to get back on D

  • CJSHYY

    Can’t believe our starters plays so bad??? No one tried to play D

  • vincent

    lin should have shot that 3. and yes that was an offensive foul

  • cdblue10

    shyt that’s a closed call

  • LinMad

    home court advantage

  • Alain Gervais

    We have to play faster

  • sws94

    Lin looks like he has the write warrior attitude. Let’s go!

  • jimmyL

    Should have taken the 3

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i blame the pony tail

  • heart

    Deing didn’t even set his feet. Bogus offensive foul on Lin!
    Edit: Rewatched Deing’s feet were moving!!!

  • sws94

    I like the drive, maybe go to a floater.

  • Alain Gervais

    no he got there

  • cdblue10

    we have the softest front court in this series man

  • jimmyL

    not looking very good, the hair that is

  • vincent

    he kinda knocked over the defender man. It was a good call

  • CaliUSMC

    it looks so dumb haha

  • sws94

    I think Deing got there.

  • LinMad

    man this is stupid. Our team isn’t awake on D.

  • sws94

    Lin FTs.

  • Alain Gervais

    2ft

  • cdblue10

    free throw that’s make him going

  • CaliUSMC

    bricked 1st one

  • sws94

    Yeah, missed first one, got second one.

  • NONONO

    Lin is only one on Hornets with a lot playoff experiences, Clifford benched him.

  • sport

    Come Lin make FTs

  • LinMad

    Al just watches on D

  • kauaiblue

    Ignoring jlin…

  • Alain Gervais

    They are scoring with ease while we are having a hard time

  • sws94

    yeah, made 2nd one though. Good to see him getting the FTs. He’ll make most he gets.

  • Basil

    courtney lee is the only one who’s played in the finals

  • LinMad

    cause our ball movement sucks. We need Lin at point.

  • CaliUSMC

    Lin looks straight up like these viet/hmong thugs in my area. lol

  • kauaiblue

    Hornets frontline is terribly outmatched…

  • LinMad

    man Cliff should be angry at himself and his starters.

  • Guest

    Lol TNT commentators smh. “Lin 1.9 turnovers per game”… “but it’s because Kemba has been handling the ball more and making more decisions” Man they love Kemba

  • vincent

    man give the ball to lin jessu christ

  • Howan Cheung

    i feel like drowning

  • NONONO

    Kemba’s weak defense is exposed

  • vincent

    good defense by jeremy

  • real-dsb

    Is the game not streaming on TNT Overtime online?

  • sws94

    Lin said, no, not again Dragic.

  • CaliUSMC

    22-41.. holy..

  • donsmacau

    Kemba & Al need to get off the floor

  • LinMad

    best ball movement ever….NOT

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    the game officially starts when kemba sits and Lin leads the team

  • NONONO

    Keep Al, bench KW

  • LinMad

    we are playing like d-league right now with our iso ball movement from Kemba and Al.

  • cdblue10

    Lin needs to be the PG cliff,this is the play off not regular season anymore

  • jimmyL

    Charlotte sucks lol
    this is Mavs-Okc bad h*** even worse than that
    Batum-Kemba are only good against bad teams

  • JoeTeam

    no ball movement except around kemba … watching GSW and SAS is so very different you watch this and think it’s high school ball.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    WOW! The stat is pathetic for Hornets. They aren’t ready for playoffs.

  • cali7

    Walker holding the ball is not going to get the win.

  • Alain Gervais

    nope

  • JoeTeam

    not kemba

  • donsmacau

    Al is Detriment to Benchforce 75 pct time

  • NONONO

    1 assist so far for entire team. who is PG?

  • LinMad

    Cliff is the captain of the ship and he’s letting it sink. Should have put Lin in earlier. It looks like Cliff is still trying to please Kemba making sure he gets enough shots.

  • BobbyH

    Hornets playing their regular season defense.

  • sport

    Hornets playing like it’s regular season with Kemba as PG. Glad Lin went to help bring up the ball 1-2 times but that’ snot enough. He’s stuck in the corner with teammates looking off again.

  • Allowing 41pt-quarter is bad

    Hornets need to figure out how to tighten the D

  • adele

    In our dreams. Clifford and Kemba? Forget about it.

  • kauaiblue

    Walker ball is loser ball…

  • vincent

    Yeah lol he prob would have more turnovers as the starting point guard, but so what… his impact far outweighs his turnovers.

  • JoeTeam

    fire cliff

  • heart

    Who are the commentators? One of the guys said Lin TOs this year is low but that has to to do w/ KW handling the ball? What? Biased!!

  • Illbe

    Charlotte, Welcome to the Playoffs!!

  • Epie

    Oh Wow.. just tuned in. I was expecting this, but.. 41-22?

  • gandychan

    Kinda seems like Miami is just overmatched against Charlotte. Rebounds better, tighter defense. Hornets can’t stop penetration right now

  • LinMad

    Kemballs

  • Alain Gervais

    lol yup they wasn’t ready

  • NONONO

    1 assist / team / quarter?

  • sport

    Seeing this, there’s no way Hornets gets past 1st round just hope Lin gets his.

  • JJ Hui

    Lin needs to play with Batum and Lee, KW should go sit ASAP! This line up never good and CC no adjustment even losing!

  • LinMad

    no we are playing like trash. 1 assist, no defense. Kemba needs to stop isoing. I already see more iso coming from him.

  • gandychan

    It was Jon Barry, who hates Lin. Has nothing good to ever say about him.

  • guest

    Play the weakest defender, Kemba Walker for the most minutes. Great plan.

  • cdblue10

    Let’s see w/o Kemba

  • NONONO

    just look how many assists Hornets has so far

  • donsmacau

    Unleash the 2nd Quarter savior

  • heart

    The Center defense is weak. No one is home on Hornets. That was how Heat got their lead extended. Starters didn’t even drive to the paint.

  • CJSHYY

    No ball movement. Couldn’t make the shot score only w FT??? Bad

  • sport

    FInally Lin as PG and Walker out!!

  • adele

    We can only hope and complain. It’s as if we don’t know Clifford and Kemba style of basketball. We just have to watch it and take it. Most people wants to watch Lin in the playoffs. I want to, but not as a second fiddle player.

  • adele

    Sorry. Lin is a second fiddle player in this team. He will go down with this team.

  • cdblue10

    cut this to 8 after 2nd Q and we have a ball game

  • guest

    Need aggressive Hanbrough

  • sws94

    I’ll take that assist.

  • Illbe

    1st quarter played offensively scared of Whitesides

  • Epie

    Everyone seems slow, just the way Heat wants.

  • CaliUSMC

    Batum with the hot hand.

  • LinMad

    Feed the hot hand.

  • sport

    Heat getting everything at the rim, Hornets bigs are horrible!

  • vincent

    set some picks for lin

  • guest

    Great defense by Lin

  • CaliUSMC

    This game looks over

  • BobbyH

    Everything goes right for Heat. Everything goes wrong for Hornets.

  • kauaiblue

    Miami bad matchup.

  • noob

    Gotta pray Lin gets it going

  • vincent

    yeah Lin doesn’t look confident

  • Alain Gervais

    lol yup

  • jimmyL

    Batum so selfish

  • LinMad

    this team, half the team know how to match Lin’s pace, the other half look sleep walking

  • guest

    This unit is making stops. Just can’t make a basket.

  • CaliUSMC

    He only played for 6mins.. chill

  • cdblue10

    this is just 17 points cut this to 8 pls

  • jimmyL

    And Clifford going on that 8-man rotation

  • zxcvb

    Lin getting no plays run for him. This is all about Kemba and Batum.

    Lin is just in there for defense and to pass to Batum/Kemba.

  • LinMad

    Frank and Al look so bad right now. Especially on D.

  • gandychan

    Bad matchup. Don’t see this turning around at all. Maybe with kemba getting hot. There’s no space in the paint. Lin has to take the open 3s.

  • Alain Gervais

    We need to speed up the game

  • JoeTeam

    lin looks fine … did you notice Lee playing PG too, going in and massively bricking a left handed layup? you can’t arrange a comeback when people aren’t looking for the best shots.

  • JoeTeam

    lin doing great on D as usual

  • NONONO

    assists 2 : 12.

  • sws94

    He looks ok to me. He’s playing pretty good D on Dragic and he’s getting to the whole and doesn’t looked rattled at all by Miami’s defense.

  • cdblue10

    He migh need t to adjust to start Al and Zeller at the same time

  • zxcvb

    Cliff getting outcoached. No teamball. Just simple plays for Nic and Kemba.

  • sport

    If Kemba gets hot it’s over he will go iso mode and lose the game!

  • sws94

    Lee is trying to do too much. He should get back to his normal game.

  • NONONO

    Kemba 0 in 12 mins

  • DaBoss

    Don’t count CHA too early

  • Still 17pts behind but at least it’s 6-4 for Hornets in the 2nd quarter

  • sws94

    Hard to do with Al in there.

  • NONONO

    stop bleeding first and then attack

  • Alain Gervais

    22222222

  • vincent

    Lin!

  • donsmacau

    Wasted Alfense possessions too many players wanting to play point and not allowing the only guy who knows how to play point do the playmaking

  • sws94

    There you go, Lin.

  • cdblue10

    22222222

  • vincent

    man idk why cliff is playing lee at the point guard. he never did that in the reg season.. its ridiculous

  • LinMad

    interesting how Lee is handling the ball more than Lin.

  • sws94

    MIght be a counter to pressuring Lin. But they don’t need to do that. Lin is fine.

  • Nice quick layup by Lin

  • KWC

    Heats just shooting hot. Making contested jumpers.

  • LinMad

    Cliff just doing everything wrong with Lin.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    This is how Cliff adjusts to playoffs.

  • vincent

    omg kaminsky lin was right there

  • cdblue10

    kaminsky give up the ball

  • Pete Roces

    As I said before, if Coach baldie don’t intend to use Lin properly, its game over.

  • JoeTeam

    yes, Daniels

  • I am The Jason

    Kaminsky should have pass the rock

  • David Ly

    Kaminsky lucky he didn’t get a charge call. Had Lin wide open there.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    dumb Tank, dumb

  • yes 4-6 from 3pt land ..
    Need to weather the storm until they cool off

  • LinMad

    Frank…this is the playoffs. You need to make smart plays not be greedy.

  • Pete Roces

    Its so simple yet so hard for them to understand. Let Lin orchestrate every play, that’s it.

  • Guest

    Very selfish by Kaminksy

  • JoeTeam

    v selfish

  • Frank needs to pass to open Lin on fastbreak..
    Got lucky with Heat blocking call

  • LinMad

    selfish and missed both FTs…

  • JoeTeam

    risked the o-foul

  • cdblue10

    Here you go Al

  • Illbe

    Feed inside go after the young Whitesides

  • vincent

    this is junk basketball.. the ball sticks to whoever touches it first

  • sws94

    Wade is a tough matchup for Lin on the post because he bounces off of Lin, doesn’t try to back him down.

  • kauaiblue

    Looking better with this squad…

  • NONONO

    Frank is rookie. But learn too much from KW

  • LinMad

    only one making passes is Lin. Cliff needs to call TO and tell them to wake up. It’s 5on5 not 1on5

  • Pete Roces

    I can see Hornets only win 1 game in this series if they are LUCKY.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    charlotte players a bit selfish

  • JoeTeam

    Alfense … really? Playoff?

  • NONONO

    a lot

  • cdblue10

    That’s a stupid coaching

  • JoeTeam

    ya think?

  • Alain Gervais

    Dwade too strong for Lin

  • vincent

    I’m about to shut this off lol. its like lin is the 10th option out there

  • Guest

    Are the hornets still experimenting with the lineups? Probably hornets eat to pull some surprise plays.

  • Yuyang Deng

    Lin won’t close out the game for sure because of Wade

  • Pete Roces

    no teamball = suicide in playoff, but no hornets know that except Lin, so game over.

  • jimmyL

    DWade definitely a HOFer
    at the age he can still overpower Lin and most of the NBA players
    He’s a beast

  • DX

    Wade is attacking Lin.

  • gandychan

    Wade straight up schooling lin

  • noob

    Welp looks like JLin can’t cover Wade. 2 plays in a row they went right at him

  • sws94

    He is. Wade is a great player. He’s going to score. Lin’s D is fine, Wade is just very crafty, strong and solid as a player.

  • Alain Gervais

    This is a sweep then

  • grover chang

    Cliff making this too easy for the heat.

  • NONONO

    why Lin is on Wade instead of Dragic?

  • JoeTeam

    and he missed a FT

  • LinMad

    sigh, why isn’t Cliff using Lin better on the offense? Letting Lee and Al and Frank play selfishly is killing us when Frank and Al don’t even play D.

  • Alain Gervais

    dragic is not in

  • adele

    But we know that already. Just have to accept. And be happy Lin is in the playoffs but second fiddle player.

  • Lin tried to front Wade but Wade got back outside.
    This will be a tough matchup

  • cdblue10

    Coach is just too stupid

  • noob

    Dragic is on the bench

  • LinJa

    Who else can stop Wade? Daniels and Kemba are worse options

  • JoeTeam

    have faith.

  • jimmyL

    Clifford is such a shyt coach lol
    Just let Lee play, Troy is useless out there with Al Jeff eating all the posessions

  • kauaiblue

    Is wade bigger than jlin?

  • cshot

    lemme guess… lin gets subbed out

  • guest

    It was only two times.

  • NONONO

    who is PG for MIA?

  • jimmyL

    Lee might have a chance

  • DX

    Lin did great D on Dragic.

  • noob

    Lee maybe

  • sport

    We don’t have anyone who can defend Wade.

  • jimmyL

    Enough for Clifford topull Lin out

  • vincent

    its not like wade blew by him its just that he was simply bigger and stronger than lin

  • adele

    Still not done with experimenting

  • LinMad

    Maybe if one of our bigs came to help Lin instead of watching…we wouldn’t have that issue.

  • cdblue10

    Kaminsky is useless

  • LinJa

    That’s what I’m saying. Putting Lee on Wade would create other mismatches.

  • JoeTeam

    I didn’t see Wade killing Lin. He had good footwork and made a few moves. D guy is always disadvantaged. Give Lin more mins with Wade in playoffs and it’ll be fine.

  • LinMad

    Batum and Lin are the only one playing like a team player.

  • Alain Gervais

    Everything miami has done is working

  • JoeTeam

    playoff speaking, yes.

  • DX

    He is soft. Only can face the weak teams.

  • kauaiblue

    Oh no, the chucker is back…

  • zxcvb

    Cliff is more to blame.

  • vincent

    exactly remember a couple years ago Lin held Lillard pointless in the 4th quarter of their final game of the playoffs

  • LinMad

    I’d rather have Daniels…at the 3.

  • heart

    I think Lin does not want to get into foul trouble too early. Other guys also having trouble guarding their opponents, especially Kam. We’ll see

  • Lin’s 2nd assist to Batum who made a difficult shot

  • JoeTeam

    He needs a few plays to figure it out. Thx.

  • zxcvb

    Zero plays run for Lin so far. Zero. Only bucket was Lin creating out of nothing.

  • sport

    Lin brings up ball, passes and the ball never ever comes back to him! He needs to make a shot after half court.

  • CJSHYY

    They play so bad today

  • LinJa

    Someone please set a pick for Lin

  • LinMad

    selfish on O and slow on D.

  • cdblue10

    nice Lin

  • vincent

    I hate how Lin has to pass the ball as soon as he passes half courtt

  • Alain Gervais

    everything miami is doing is working

  • JoeTeam

    lol, miami heading to a 70 pt first half.

  • vincent

    its lin;s penetration that causes ball movement like steph curry… when will cliff get it smh

  • LinMad

    Lin needs to keep attacking. Cliff needs to exploit that.

  • cdblue10

    fckin front courts

  • zxcvb

    Cliff is a TERRIBLE strategist. When Lin actually handles the ball, he has to create 1-on-1 out of nowhere.

    Dinosaur, Byron Scott coaching. SAVE US MDA/ATKINSON.

  • Lin showed veteran move to draw FTs inside
    He’ll play lots of min

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff has found the best lineup vs the heat.unfortunatly we are down by a lot

  • Pete Roces

    Its upon coach’s order. He is not free to do whatever he wants.

  • BobbyH

    Spo solved Walker.

  • LinJa

    What a terrible defensive rebounding effort

  • David Ly

    I do wonder if the “flagrant” video didn’t get so much attention would Lin have shot these free throws in the playoffs?

  • vincent

    I just don’t get how cliff doesn’t understand that he needs to set picks for lin

  • LinMad

    he had this unit earlier but he only used Kemba/Batum. Cliff needs to use Lin, Marvin, etc. too to make it less predictable.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Lin at PG position. Lee at SG position. all problems SOLVED

  • guest

    We are losing due to rebounding and shot attempts.

  • zxcvb

    Miami on fire and CHA following Cliff’s outdated ’80s gameplan.

    Awful frontcourt also a big problem — getting torched every single time in the paint.

  • sws94

    Very positive on Lin. He looks decisive, determined, in warrior mode. He’s getting in the paint and not intimidated or slowed down by Miami’s defense. If he keeps getting to the line, he’ll get his points and a few he’ll get on drives. And if his mid-range shots fall, he’s fine. Put him on Dragic, not Wade, on D.

  • cdblue10

    I think if he starts AL,Zeller,Marv Batum and Lin,the complexion of the game will change tremendously

  • Alain Gervais

    I have to say even with how the game has gone. Lin is getting calls and getting in the paint. Its set up for him to blow up

  • zxcvb

    JAD is the real MVP!

  • NONONO

    KW is too small to defend any MIA player

  • sport

    Lin needs to make some 3s that’s the only way they can win.

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff also has to play Lin being he is the only one who can consistently get in the paint

  • vincent

    its weird it seems like kemba is willing to pass to lin when datum is off the floor, and when datum is on the floor w/o walker he is willing to pass to lin as well, but when all 3 are on the floor, Lin doesn’t see the ball

  • LinMad

    Lin needs to attack. Cliff needs to draw that play over and over. Attack and dish out. Attack and dish out. Eventually they will get foul trouble or lose someone at the perimeter.

  • Yes, Lin looked very controlled, showed poise to know how to get fouled inside, pass to Batum w/ hot hands

    Cliff has no choice but to rely on players with lots of playoff experience

  • zxcvb

    Needs to get looks. Has had zero plays run for him. Zero! Only shots are created by Lin attacking 1-on-1.

  • guest

    hornets 5 rebounds, heat 20

  • zxcvb

    Disastrous defense by starters put them into a 18pt deficit.

  • LinJa

    Lin should not get the ball or dribble into the elbow or corner. The heat immediately swarmed him with 3 heat players to try to block his passing lane. Luckily in this possession Batum came in and lin passed to Batum for an immediate jumper and nailed it.

  • NONONO

    We need Marvin to get hot

  • zxcvb

    Cody and Frank are so useless.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    hornets aren’t playing team ball. Lin leads the team in assists with 2

  • vincent

    omg we are getting killed on rebounds

  • NONONO

    scared by the playoffs

  • LinMad

    Kemba looks scared out there. Hesitated to pass to Batum.

  • Alain Gervais

    6 offensive rebounds

  • LinJa

    Batum carrying the hornets

  • zxcvb

    They stunk in the regular season too. No offense, no defense.

  • Hornets with 24 FTAs already vs Heat 9FTAs (since they made lots of shots)
    If they can get the Heat into foul trouble, they can chip into the lead

  • sws94

    Good to see Lin is getting the minutes. Should get more touches.

  • LinJa

    Hillarious how Jlin defending the interior

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    batum was there but too slow

  • sws94

    He doesn’t look decisive. He needs to step up big.

  • JoeTeam

    yeah, he was responsible for a brick and reb by CHA

  • zxcvb

    He’s gotten more stops at the rim than Cody and Frank combined! 2.

  • heart

    What did I say? No one is at home in the paint and Lin was the one defending Stoudemir…

  • LinMad

    and Al

  • JJ Hui

    Lin plays the whole 12 min?

  • JJ Hui

    The commentator said it too!

  • vincent

    lol cliff calls a timeout right when he’s about to get the ball

  • NONONO

    Surprised Stoudemire is in his best shape since Kincks

  • Alain Gervais

    Lins about to come out.

  • LinMad

    why is Lin on Whiteside? man we are falling apart on D. These bigs are like “Whatever let the little guards do the defense”

  • zxcvb

    He was FINALLY about to get the ball to attack…Cliff calls timeout. LOL.

  • sws94

    I think Lee may be coming back in after this timeout.

  • cdblue10

    Cliff is outcoached here by a thousand mile

  • Wow, Hornets 1st offensive rebound with 3 min left in Q2

    Hornets big men is clearly the weakness

  • noob

    Terrible interior defense by the hornets

  • I am The Jason

    Something is seriously wrong when Lin is guarding Whiteside

  • Alain Gervais

    lmao

  • JoeTeam

    v calm, he did not foul just let him have the sky. Who’s organizing CHA’s D?

  • sport

    Cliff calls time out when Lin was going to get the ball?!

  • TTNN

    how come Lin is the only one under the basket?

  • I mean where’s the big men?
    This is mind-boggling

  • FrankW

    He did that before.

  • LinMad

    Clifford is defensive minded apparently

  • adele

    No doubt. Clifford as always. Im not surprised.

  • Alain Gervais

    We are being out coached by a lot

  • sport

    Why is Lin defending the interior against Whiteside?!

  • Illbe

    Exploiting the Hornets BIGS in rebounding

  • kauaiblue

    Theyrw making everything.

  • heart

    What’s going on in the paint? Where’s Zeller and the big guys???

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff taking out Lin is a mistake we need more offense not less

  • vincent

    something is seriously wrong when Lin touches the ball twice in a quarter

  • real-dsb

    Lin’s left wrist is bothering him.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    horrible pnr defense. that time Batum didn’t rotate on the switch so Lin ended up guarding Whiteside inside the paint!

  • sws94

    Agree.

  • LinMad

    When our bigs give more effort on offense than defense, I just have to shake my head with disgust. Cody, Frank, Al, all bigs who love to shoot but when it comes to rebounds or defending, they rather let the small guys guard the big ones.

  • sport

    Lin out? game over I’m done.

  • cdblue10

    Bsically we are outplayed here because our PG is just 5’11 and everything falls apart there

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Cliff is just so unprepared for playoffs. He learns nothing of what to expect from his players.

  • sws94

    Plus, he’s the one best at getting into the paint to draw fouls and stop the clock.

  • zxcvb

    Wants to get Kemba going, stats-wise.

  • jimmyL

    LOL Wade manhandled Marvin
    I dont know if Marvin is too soft or Wade too good

  • sws94

    It’s for defense and maybe to give Lin a blow.

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin -6 Kemba -20 datum-17

  • vincent

    this is incredible that Cliff won’t give lin the ball

  • sws94

    Wade is extremely skilled and strong. Wade is a top player.

  • zxcvb

    What was he doing all week? Looks like he’s never coached NBA basketball. Cliff playing checkers while Spo plays chess.

  • cdblue10

    Wade always change his gear during playoff

  • kauaiblue

    Terrrible coaching by clifford.

  • jimmyL

    Like still a top player
    This man is definitely a top 5 SG of all time

  • noob

    Bigs totally dominated by the heat

  • sws94

    He’s had that issue before. Hopefully, it’s not too bad.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    They disappear!

  • kauaiblue

    Does walker contribute anything?

  • xeroid

    He should have passed to Lin for easy lay up, instead of forcing, lucky to get a foul and made only 1/2.

  • LinJa

    Stage is set for Lin to upset Heat in 4Q… Here’s hoping & Praying!

  • NONONO

    time, a lot of time

  • John Focker

    Yes, the -20 part.

  • LinMad

    Give Lin the ball, tell the damn bigs to start playing defense and stop worrying so much about offense. You’ll get the ball when Lin is PG so stop focusing on offense so much and get those damn rebounds and stick to your MAN. IF YOUR MAN IS WHITESIDE, DONT EVER LET HIM GET FREE. HOLY &*(&$(*#($&!! YOU ARE EMBARRASSING OUR GUYS OUT THERE. LIN DEFENDING WHITESIDE?

  • jimmyL

    Crazy

  • LinJa

    I actually liked wade during his prime.

  • sws94

    They need to bring the lead down or it’s going to be garbage time in the 4Q

  • NONONO

    it is too much for Frank to handle

  • cdblue10

    This is what I’m saying since the beginning of the season that small PG can’t do anything in the playoff

  • John Focker

    Heat 14 asts, Hornets…3. ‘Nuff said.

  • heart

    Cliff was slow on adjusting the paint situation. If you can’t defend, then you need to counter w/ offense. Run plays. Have ball movement. He needs to let Lin be the floor general and everyone needs to shoot confidently.

  • LinJa

    exposed, physique too small to contribute defensively. Offensively, heat got bodies on him

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff has to adjust. We were out coached.

  • grover chang

    What?! Lin 3 has been his weakest point all season.

  • Alain Gervais

    miami shoots 59 percent

  • sws94

    I don’t know about that. There have been some. Let’s see how IT does. Nate Robinson did a lot of damage in some playoff games I remember. And I don’t think CP3 is much taller than Walker, if any.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Hornets is as bad as Mavs and Rox game. The coach and starters make the big difference. They know not to prepare for playoffs at all.

  • grover chang

    How many days until next game t to adjust.

  • Alain Gervais

    We actually won the 2nd quarter. 41 in the 1st is really really bad

  • Illbe

    Hornets want to compete in the NBA they need to pick up a legitimate BIG man, period.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    2 asts are from JLin. Kemba has 000000000000000000000000000000

  • NONONO

    adjust PG too

  • grover chang

    They have one. Psycho T, but on the bench.

  • zxcvb

    Lin has 2 of CHA’s 3 assists. Terrible offense from Cliff. He’s totally outmatched by Spo.

    Defense is weak because of CHA’s league-worst frontcourt. Spo studied hard and is exploiting them every possession.

  • Alain Gervais

    When miami is out running us lol houston we have a problem.

  • LinMad

    Cliff strategy for playoffs? Kemba/Batum iso. Why is Cliff so elementary? Lin should be PG, he would get everyone on the team swarming. But these players seem to be selfish today too. Don’t really pass to Lin. Maybe they watch the superstars Batum/Kemba isoing so much they just want to copy them.

  • webattorney

    Assuming both teams make 50% of their shots, I feel pretty certain that Heat will win because they are more athletic, talented and have a better coach. It’s as if Heat has 60%+ chance to win every game. I sincerely hope Lin will get out of Hornets IF he wants to make a serious run for the ring.

  • I am The Jason

    Charlotte standing around letting the ball stick. Their big men are non existence. Miami all over the court and REBOUNDING!.

  • gandychan

    Wade is dirty. He tackeled a player at full speed once. He kicked Ramon sessions in the nuts. And he dislocated rondo’s elbow on purpose.

  • noob

    The problem isn’t the offense. It’s the defense. Miami shot 57% for the half and put up 67 points. Spoelstra. Totally exploiting the weakness of the hornets- the bigs and creating mismatches to give Heat easy buckets. Unfortunately you can see they are attacking Lin was well with bigger players

  • JJ Hui

    KW first whole quarter’s quarterback! Scare and not much playoff experience!

  • heart

    I don’t think Cliff has the feel for the flow of the game. Trusting in KW to do that and be floor general on the floor is hopeless also. I Notice he can only see one side of the floor.

  • Alain Gervais

    Spot change miamis lineup. They are faster and he plays smaller. The starters are just too slow and predictable. He may have to bring in Lin sooner.

  • Michael

    365 days for Cliff to adjust?

  • cdblue10

    Walker is just 5’11” and can’t defend,CP3 is bulky and can use his body to defend,IT is better than Walker by a 1000 mile,he can at least defend since Teague is just 6’1

  • real-dsb

    who is a small PG?

  • NONONO

    KW 18 mins , no assist. Will Clifford be the coach of the year?

  • gandychan

    Only positive is that they have a few players in foul trouble

  • grover chang

    In the bright side is that papa John 95 point discount still in effect.

  • cdblue10

    Kemba

  • rookie75094

    So the nba retaliate by calling more foul on Jlin…lol

  • real-dsb

    oh, I thought you were referring to Lin, lol

  • The Hornets weakness is their weak big men while the Heat’s strength is their big men
    Being outrebounded 23-9 is pretty sad

  • Alain Gervais

    And Lin played well given his role. Cliff will have to expend his role.

  • cdblue10

    Who do you think?

  • MEL LIN

    i know saw that too ahhh crazy coach

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    If he receives it, I laugh my head off!!!! These NBA people know nothing.

  • sws94

    Who?

  • webattorney

    But we all knew that, right? Against tough physical teams like OKC, Utah and Miami, Hornets Bigs are more like PGs. Seriously, Hornets has a better chance beating Spurs than Heat. Lol Or Cavs. On top of that, no answers for Deng and Wade. And Whiteside, etc.

  • LinMad

    Cliff should be angry at his starters but Cliff’s quiet today.

  • cdblue10

    LMAO

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    He has already prepared for a loss anyway.

  • Illbe

    Did Zeller even put his hand up to defend Wade in that last shot? Looked like lazy D to me

  • BobbyH

    The fact is, only one foul, which is a right call.

  • NONONO

    Here is Hornets realgm MOD – “Re: GT Playoff GAME 1 CHA @ MIA Sun April 17 5:30pm et

    Post#281 » by fatlever » 7 minutes ago
    no longer wishing we win the series… will settle for finally winning just one playoff game. perhaps we can get game 3 in Charlotte.”

  • grover chang

    Bad news, hornets got taken to school. Good news Linstructor has an audience. Expect Lin to start coaching up his teammates to overcome the heat. Lins mind has always been his strongest skill to win.

  • jimmyL

    Miami is so much better than Charlotte and they probably won’t even go that far in the play offs
    Thats how bad this charlotte team is

  • rookie75094

    The heat player was still moving on that Jlin offensive foul

  • NONONO

    the same mindset as Hornets players – giving up so easily.,

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOLOLOL That will be a huge wish! I predict to be 4-0 with this lineup + huge loss every game.

  • webattorney

    There is a wise and realistic poster. Lol

  • yes, .. and we all knew Hansbrough can help but have never been used extensively
    I guess Cliff will be Cliff

  • JJ Hui

    IT also much more crafty and a much smarter player than KW!

  • CJSHYY

    Do you guys feel this 1st half Hornets played odd… not really run for O & D more like just tried to foul Heat’s players… check # of shots we took the whole team & AS? So weird.

  • grover chang

    His job is secure already…… unless they get embarrassed. Better release the crazies: linsanity and PSYCHO T

  • LinMad

    Bad point guard.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Main problem of Hornets is stubborn Cliff! He trusts wrong players.

  • cdblue10

    They have the tools and the manpower but Cliff needs to stop playing politics

  • guest

    We were out rebounded. Thus less shots.

  • Alain Gervais

    Spo

  • grover chang

    Heat more physical. But hornets deeper and younger. Time to run and gun until heat are out of air.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes but it doesn’t work. Miami has better coach. He knows how to adjust.

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff has to adjust. This isn’t a 1 game series. Theres time. Also 17 points is not that much

  • LinMad

    3 assists 8 rebounds in first half? Cliffs adjustment should be play Lin at PG more and tell Frank, Cody, MKG to step up their rebounds. Focus on D only. O from bigs will come with Lin at PG. Lin always drive and pnr to bigs or dish to open 3. It makes everyone on team think less about offense/creating their own shots. The reason we’re so down is because our defense sucks and our bigs are thinking too much on offense.

  • CJSHYY

    NO… what I mean they tried to make Heat’s players in foul trouble so they will get more benefit in 2nd half. Remember Lin played so bad before vs Celtics game… They did it on purpose.

  • Briiick

    Batum got the stats and Cliff wanted no more.

  • xeroid

    They gave up 41 points in first quarter when Kemba was the point guard with mostly poor shots and bad misses.

  • guest

    I agree, test Whiteside’s endurance and the older players of the Heat.

  • CJSHYY

    Heat lose big vs Celtics in 2nd half…. We will see…

  • KWC

    Just feels like most of the Heat players are the big burly athletic type and CHA players are the weak finesse type so they get bullied around.

  • Alain Gervais

    Frank had Lin to his right but decide to take the lay up. Then proceeded to miss the 2 FTs

  • rookie75094

    I went to marquette university but I still despise crybaby wade

  • cdblue10

    Lin,Batum,AL.Marv and Zeller will be his best bet if he wants to compete on this series

  • JJ Hui

    What is new? Starters dig a big black hole, give away 41pts first quarter and expect the others to rescue, good job for sticking the dumb formula old Clifford

  • grover chang

    Then run them out. Let Lin push the pace. TO whatever. Create some linsanity.

  • LinMad

    he should lose coach of the year just for this one game.

  • NONONO

    5:19 on rebounds, 3:14 on assists. we are “lucky” only down 17

  • zxcvb

    Heat in 5. It’s all about padding Batum and Kemba’s stats, not winning.

    CHA is just “happy to be there.” Cliff’s job is safe so he’s gotta keep his stars happy. No one in Charlotte wants to see the Asian guy lead them to big wins like he did against CLE and SAS.

    Sadly, I knew this was going to happen. Happily, Lin now has TWO options this summer: Philly AND Brooklyn w/ Atkinson.

  • grover chang

    Walker if your nervous let Lin carry the load, then your shots start getting easier.

  • cdblue10

    Prolly 4

  • heart

    Lin exploited and made a layup. But Cliff didn’t see that to exploit further. He made two assists out of team total 3 assists. What the heck? No ball movement. Hornets need to shoot confidently. Cliff took Daniels off the floor too early for Lin to exploit defense to get Daniels shoot his 3s.

  • donsmacau

    Al needs to move off the Bench and into the starter squad, where he can get fouls on Whiteside from start.
    Kemba and Al work well together and can slow each other and game flow down with no lasting repercussions. Lots of standing around and waiting for things to happen anytime Kemba and Al on the floor so why NOT put them together.

    JLIN must be allowed to run the point anytime he is on the floor – for any hope of wins.

    “Players NOT involved in the offense over time – tend not to be so involved in the defense either” – David Thorpe

  • rookie75094

    Damn rookie…. and I am not referring to myself.

  • grover chang

    Unless they get embarrassed.

  • zxcvb

    I think they’ll win one home game. Miami will have an off-night.

  • Alain Gervais

    Clever

  • webattorney

    I thought Winslow was moving. That was not a charge.

  • zxcvb

    Even then, Cliff is safe. All he had to do was make the playoffs with a decent record.

  • LinMad

    true, I agree with this adjustment next game. It’s not like the starters without Al play at a fast pace. Why force the 2nd unit to play slow too by putting Al in it? BF1 was real but Cliff crashed it.

  • heart

    Yep. That’s how Hornets won last time against Heat. Let AJ school Whiteside and slow down the game for Heat starters too.

  • LinJa

    Unlike Kemba, Lin played gutsy and attacked whenever and however few he touches the ball. Kemba danced and juked hoping to get his man off balance but failed then pass the ball or settle with a jumpshot. Lame.

  • webattorney

    I feel Hornets less talented and athletic.

  • LinMad

    he looked scared out there. Even scared with passing the ball.

  • cdblue10

    SPO coaching is already on 4th gear and Cliff is just about to start….LOL

  • sws94

    Ok, thanks.

  • heart

    Afraid of going to the basket knowing Whiteside is ready and waiting. Only Lin did get to the basket for an easy lay up in the first half. Batum was a set play. But Lin had to create his own offense.

  • zxcvb

    I don’t have big problems with Kemba this game — and that’s saying something since I always bash him!

    It’s Cliff who’s messing up — almost every play is simplistic and predictable (Batum, Batum, Batum). Players get frozen out on offense and fall asleep on defense.

    Cliff and most NBA coaches don’t understand this. They think guys are happy to be scrubs who do dirty work while Kemba and Nic get all the glory and $$$. Only Lin has the selflessness to keep playing D anyway.

  • I expect Hornets to lose Game 1-2 because Cliff is slow to make much adjustment.
    I just hope JLin gets 10-15pts so there’s possibility to start him in Game 3 or 4

  • adele

    And we love him. 🙄

  • LinMad

    See, if Cliff played Batum like that all season, we would be much better team. 0 assists from Batum but all he does is catch and shoot. That’s why he’s 20 pts in first half. But no, he wants Batum to play point cause we don’t already have 6 players who want to play point already (1 who is highly capable).

  • heart

    Commentators (not Barry) mentions about NOT one assist from NB or KW in the first half.

  • Alain Gervais

    too much iso

  • DrewBear2

    Lin has 2 of Charlotte’s 3 assists in the first half.

  • guest

    time out!

  • cdblue10

    Walker is garbage

  • Briiick

    They were too busy with other things.

  • cdblue10

    This is obliteration

  • Alain Gervais

    This team is embarrassing

  • JJ Hui

    He is old Dumb!

  • DX

    Kemba totally lost.

  • LinMad

    Kemba looks scared and degraded.

  • Alain Gervais

    Nuke button pushed

  • sws94

    What’s wrong with Kemba?

  • kauaiblue

    clifford is the problem… he can’t coach!

  • LinMad

    Cliff failed his starters and failed the team.

  • rookie75094

    Bench the starters now!!!!!

  • Hope

    Something wrong with kw.

  • I am The Jason

    It’s like I am watching the Rockets playing right now. SMDH

  • noob

    might be hurt

  • Alain Gervais

    He doesn’t play well against top team

  • guest

    He is lost. Too good of defense against him.

  • noob

    He is being out coached this game

  • cdblue10

    He’s not a top tier PG

  • heart

    Heat Commentator: Zeller does not go back up to the basket after catching the ball, but set up for KW.
    I think Zeller is conditioned to not score himself but pass to KW. That’s poor coaching right there!

  • JJ Hui

    Look Clifford, dig the fresh new hole again starting 3rd quarter!

  • sws94

    He doesn’t look right physically though.

  • noob

    might be fear of Whiteside

  • zxcvb

    I’d want MJ to fire Cliff except Lin is leaving, so let them burn with their rich man’s Byron Scott.

  • Alain Gervais

    Idk i saw why not call TO

  • adele

    Captain Kemba. Hornets motto: win with Kemba. What a joke!

  • Ouch
    Heat with 14 assists vs 3 for Hornets in 1st half

  • Steppen03

    the Hornets need to make a Statement in Game 1 or it’s early vacation. Play every game as if the last. CCliff have to trust JL7 to handle more OR go home.

  • cdblue10

    If you’re running and playing,you’re healthy if not then he needs to sit down

  • Briiick

    Cliff cares too much about Batum’s stats that he forgets his own job.

  • LinMad

    Look Cliff, if you aren’t going to use Lin properly to make the playoffs game look decent, this playoffs failure will haunt the Hornets for many years while Lin will just go to a different team with a smarter coach.

  • heart

    He has a clear look at the basket. He needs to have confidence to shoot it himself. This has to be coaching direction.

  • kauaiblue

    well, if he doesn’t adjust, then hopefully it will be a sweep and jlin can rest and get ready for next year…

  • JJ Hui

    KW needs to sit down ASAP, let Daniel plays! The commentators know Lin well and know Lin can play!

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff has to change the lineup

  • Hornets need a shake-up if they hope to be competitive in Game 2
    But Cliff is slow to adjust. He’ll wait until Game 3

  • cdblue10

    Deng shoots in the same spot for 5 times and Hornets still can’t figure it out

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff has to change this line up they cant play the Heat

  • LinMad

    SCHOOLED. SCHOOLED. SCHOOLED.

  • LinMad

    that hole is now a sinkhole.

  • LinMad

    CODY UR AS TALL AS WHITESIDE BUT U LOOK LIKE A BABY WHEN GOING FOR REBOUNDS.

  • kauaiblue

    actually, don’t bring back in lin… theyre done…

  • Pete Roces

    KW is super elite when play against the bottom dwellers, but he plays scared when facing the elite teams, that’s the trade mark of a fake NBA manufactured star.

  • KWC

    Rebound rebound rebound….

  • heart

    NO Time out? Cliff? Are you coaching? What game plan is this???
    Commentator: (Hornets) No resistance…

  • This starting lineup just doesn’t work vs the Heat.
    Getting blitzed in 1st and 3rd quarter … *sigh*

  • LinMad

    bring in Gutierrez or whatever

  • kauaiblue

    theyre keeping it within 22… that’s good…

  • cdblue10

    HAHAHA

  • JJ Hui

    The commentators said Hornets only has 4 assists while Miami has 18 during the 3rd quarter’s 8min mark! Good job coach!

  • Alain Gervais

    He leaves them in no matter what

  • guest

    Great adjustments coach!

  • LinMad

    just 25 now

  • noob

    Lee not getting the call

  • LinMad

    how does Cliff not know what’s wrong with the point guard?

  • Hornets got Whiteside-d

  • zxcvb

    Series over. Starters look like they want to break down and cry.

    This is the future of Batum and Kemba’s Hornets. Lin already thinking about MDA/KA.

  • vincent

    Charlotte should be embarassed with this performance

  • LinMad

    Kemba smiling like we’re up or someting

  • JJ Hui

    Digging huge black hole for 3rd quarter, i dont think Lin can save them!

  • sws94

    Wade scores on Lee as well.

  • noob

    Wade unguardable today

  • kauaiblue

    clifford is a kindergarten coach… gettin schooled by spo

  • LinMad

    Lin coming in at 2 minute mark again?

  • I am The Jason

    Dwade is schooling Courtney Lee

  • JJ Hui

    He knows, may be he is afraid to get fire from KW!

  • cdblue10

    Cliff has been obliterated with this line up but no adjustments made

  • zxcvb

    Batum should guard him with his length, but Cliff is clueless. He wants Nic to pad his stats and avoid spending energy on defense.

  • Alain Gervais

    yup

  • noob

    Jefferson no defense

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff doing the same thing as first haif

  • Howan Cheung

    where is the coaching?

  • kauaiblue

    his adjustment is instead of keep letting walker shoot, let batum shoot…

  • zxcvb

    What did he talk about at halftime? “Pass less on offense, help less on defense.”

  • heart

    Is this playoff game for NB and KW to pad stats but not to win?

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin in

  • LinMad

    This is pass embarrassing. What’s the word?

  • ViNuyork

    hey…cliff you need to change your starters before they really get into d black hole

  • kauaiblue

    seems that way… except walker isn’t doing sheyt

  • cdblue10

    He’s not coaching,he’s only collecting checks on this series

  • noob

    You see the gameplan. As soon as Jefferson came in they lob it to whiteside

  • heart

    There’s no adjustments, none whatsoever!

  • cdblue10

    LOL most probably

  • KWC

    Humiliating.

  • NONONO

    Clifford is giving up

  • Steppen03

    Heat with 20 more baskets than us – It’s regular season all over again – Out-rebounded.

  • LinMad

    PUT LIN AT PG. GOSH. WHATS SO HARD ABOUT THAT?

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff going to datum every play won’t win anything.

  • adele

    Win with walker.

  • ViNuyork

    spo’s BB IQ way above cliff by a yard….smh….

  • kauaiblue

    clifford is stupid…

  • takeme2cruz

    I had enough with Ready now I have to listen to Berry ?

  • Singapore BB Fan

    Correction: Gave up

  • sws94

    When Lin come in he needs to touch the ball. Get him penetrating, get the ball moving. Spacing the floor only is not using Lin right. Too bad for the miscommunication on the Lin cut. Not quite sure what happened.

  • LinMad

    We have no michael jordans on this team but Cliff is playing this team like we do. 6 assists compared to 20.

  • adele

    He will wait forever

  • zxcvb

    Cliff is baffled: “Nic has 24! Kemba has 14! How are we losing by 22???”
    Miami playing teamball. Cliff playing streetball.

    I don’t care what anyone says, Batum is playing like trash: ZERO rebounds? ONE assist? Are you kidding me?

  • Alain Gervais

    20 assist to 6

  • LinMad

    bad pass by Batum. Batum is not a point guard. I don’t understand whats so hard about knowing that. The reason Batum is killing it right now is because he’s been catching and shooting all game. What I believe he should stick to.

  • t8kit2dMAX

    6 assists to 20 Mia
    Smfh

  • Alain Gervais

    Miami has shot 20 more times

  • joyce ward

    Cliff not trying to win this game. He really is a very sorry coach to let his players down like this. He doing all of that suv=cking up to Batum and watch batum won’t stay.

  • JJ Hui

    None! He seriously needs to retire!

  • cdblue10

    That’s a big difference with a team that has a playbook compare to just rely and pray that Walker and Batum can make it happen

  • Promo Sports World

    Miami has been at this a long time and Pat Riley is a boss

    This will be a learning butt kicking

  • Briiick

    One plays to win, one wants personal stats.

  • LinMad

    Cliff don’t have the answers. 2 + 2 = 8 to him.

  • Singapore BB Fan

    ….to his own stupidity

  • guest

    Jefferson can’t hang. Put Tyler in there.

  • Alain Gervais

    We are playing slower

  • kauaiblue

    what kind of stupid play is that? iso to big al now?

  • cdblue10

    Embarassing

  • Alain Gervais

    Why are we posting AL

  • LinMad

    cause Cliff too basic

  • Alain Gervais

    we need to speed up the game

  • Alain Gervais

    Play smaller

  • noob

    Jefferson getting owned on the defensive end

  • sws94

    Lin touches and the play is to pass it to Al? That’s it? Not winning any games through Alfense against this team.

  • zxcvb

    Clifford, Kemba and Batum have made a mockery of the franchise.

    Statpad streetball with freeze-outs for your best player don’t work! So glad Lin is leaving this dumpster fire.

  • S

    This is so frustrating to watch.

  • Hornets starters got outscored 27-45 in 1st and 3rd quarter
    15-28 in Q1
    12-17 in Q3

    Let’s see when Cliff will change the starting lineup.
    Maybe Game 4 after being down 0-3

  • LinMad

    seriously it makes me mad just watching this with no adjustments.

  • DX

    Totally prove why Heat chose Hornets.

  • JJ Hui

    This is horrble, the big not protecting the basket!

  • JoeTeam

    so clear, Lin had to wait about 9 sec to get the ball to Al … a clock waste when down so far, and Al blew it big time.

  • Promo Sports World

    Got them to the playoffs and got Jeremy back on GMs radar

    Can’t hate that

  • Illbe

    move the ball around then inside to Al…didn’t like that play Jeremy waiting to throw in to Al

  • Promo Sports World

    I say 3

  • NONONO

    the game is over (Lin will not close the gaame). let’s practice some 3 pts

  • ViNuyork

    really–beyond humiliation…c’mon cliff…make adjustments

  • Alain Gervais

    I love the way Lin is playing

  • Illbe

    Bigs watching the ball

  • zxcvb

    Too bad he’s touched the ball 3 times the entire game.

  • LinMad

    Should have used Lin to attack the rim like 2 quarters ago.

  • guest

    Back to 15. Let’s go Lin!

  • noob

    Lin playing decent he’s attacking and creating opportunities for teammates

  • takeme2cruz

    Hey berry, no passing lane to Kaminsky

  • cdblue10

    LIN >>>>>>>>Dragic

  • LinMad

    25

  • guest

    25

  • Promo Sports World

    Heat is a franchise that is always prepared

    I hate them (Knicks fan) but I know how great Riley has become as an executive (more hate)

    Hornets forgot how to play d and o tonight

  • JLin #7 with 7pts after 2 FTs

  • cshot

    slow down the game and get to the line

  • heart

    Scores Hornets 69 vs 96 Heat??? What a contrast!!! This is before Lin gets fouled and two FTs.

  • Promo Sports World

    Just had to play well and will be getting a getting a look from BK Now with Kenny Atkinson on board

  • zxcvb

    Teamball > Streetball

    Cliff will probably say that Kemba and Batum were great, but they didn’t get enough help.

  • Alain Gervais

    lol

  • vincent

    God kemba walker sucks

  • LinMad

    True, I see it coming.

  • adele

    This game is too painful to watch. Too pitiful looking at these hornets players looking like scare crows. I wish Lin is not playing.

  • kauaiblue

    exactly… dumb!

  • zxcvb

    Kemba and Nic are so happy. They got their stats in a horrible blowout loss.

  • LinMad

    ok sit Kemba and Nic for rest of game and let the players who really want to win play.

  • Alain Gervais

    The fact that Lin only has 2 shots shows how selfish Charlotte has been

  • That’s really good news.
    Kenny put in some serious time developing JLin, he’d have connection with JLin

  • DX

    Hornets = Marv

  • Promo Sports World

    If jermey can get it to 10 wow

  • adele

    Keep on dreaming psalm. Not with this coach.

  • JoeTeam

    let him play out the 4th to get to 15, that’s what we want.

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin is drawing fouls everytime he drive. Why not Go to that more??????

  • cdblue10

    Regular season coaching trying to get some accolades for his so called stars…LOL

  • zxcvb

    Only silver lining is that Lin is being officiated fairly. Thanks to JAD and other fans!

  • cshot

    exactly

  • JoeTeam

    because KW is doing his iso thang

  • vincent

    On the bright side lins getting calls in a playoff game

  • cdblue10

    Yep,that’s true.

  • dave lam

    Hornets are getting owned by the Heat. This is too tough to watch

  • heart

    Cliff makes it hard to root for Hornets w/ this kind of game plan and playing style.

  • Most coaches will try Psycho T to counter Whiteside dominating inside
    But Cliff is too stubborn

  • LinMad

    Some hornets fans think that we lose cause Miami is just more prepared than us. I disagree. Cliff is just kissing butt right now to his favorite players when he had all regular season to do that already. The Hornets were prepared to play today. But they saw Batum/Kemba isoing. D started falling apart after that. Coach didn’t make adjustments for 3rd quarter. Coach dug 2 big holes this game.

  • sws94

    Well, hope when Kemba sits he just goes to the line and gets points there.

  • xeroid

    they are -25 and -24.

  • adele

    I felt bad for Lin. I know how much he wants to win but his hands and legs are tied by Clifford

  • sws94

    Lin gets a foul there. Why?

  • zxcvb

    Lin / Daniels / Batum / Marvin / Tyler is the only lineup that could win this series.

  • that’s true.
    6 FTAs are not too bad

  • Briiick

    Cliff’s No. 1 goal could be to pad Batum’s playoff stats because he pushed for getting Batum.

  • LinMad

    Asian

  • sws94

    He didn’t touch him. They need to give Lin those fouls. Breathe on him, send him to the line.

  • Michael

    = = You’re a big, if you catch the ball under the basket go up strong, gheesshh.

  • LinMad

    notice the better ball movement. but damn someone got to shoot it.

  • JoeTeam

    kam too soft to go up.

  • cdblue10

    Too slow for the offense to develop,it’s game over guys,move to the next game

  • JoeTeam

    yes!

  • kauaiblue

    i mean jeremy!

  • KWC

    Game over in 1st Q

  • Alain Gervais

    We have to play smaller we cant play 2 bigs

  • guest

    Wasting so much time on offense when down by 23 pts.

  • zxcvb

    I’d be mad but game is over and Lin only has 2. So whatever.

  • Promo Sports World

    Can’t be serious with this post

    Hornets just got smoked tonight and Miami is a better team

  • JoeTeam

    he’s not taken a 3 shot all game – that’s not the game plan, it’s clear.

  • zxcvb

    CHA in a nutshell: Marvin had a rebound and he didn’t know who to hand it off to: Lin or Batum.

    Lin should get the ball but Batum demanded it. They almost collided with no organization.

  • rookie75094

    The ref is calling flagant-video revenge fouls on the hornets

  • kauaiblue

    iso al??

  • guest

    What the h***. No more Alfense unless in the flow. No more iso post ups. Please!!

  • zxcvb

    Lin wide-open. Al won’t pass…turns it over.

  • Promo Sports World

    feeding AL a lost cause

  • rookie75094

    Wow..like I said …revenge fouls

  • JoeTeam

    goal tend

  • zxcvb

    As long as they get them over in a lost cause game…

  • Promo Sports World

    No rebounding no effort

  • dave lam

    Is there another game plan other than feed to Big Al at the post?

  • zxcvb

    Cliff slowing down the game with a 20p deficit. This is an NBA coach.

  • Promo Sports World

    Jeremy is playing well very well

  • kauaiblue

    they got it under 22!

  • JoeTeam

    kam is so bad … blind tip outs

  • vincent

    Omg the lakers would do better than this

  • Illbe

    tick tack…

  • Promo Sports World

    Deng having a worldly game

    Jermey killing it

  • JoeTeam

    v nice bounce pass into AJ paint

  • Michael

    What is Kam doing on defense.

  • heart

    Heat Commentator brought up the Hornets’ assist factor and ball movement. I think Cliff is doing this on purpose to allow NB and KW pad stating. Assist: NB-1; KW-1; MW-1; Kam-1; Lin-3

  • zxcvb

    Batum is trash. Deng is shooting 11/12 for 31p on him!!!!

    What the h***????

  • Lin assist to Al is the easiest offense Hornets had in this game

  • LinMad

    Cliff’s playoffs notebook:

    Game 1: Batum iso with a little sprinkle of Alfense and Kemballs
    Game 2: Get some more iso plays for Kemba. Get it all out of his system.
    Game 3: If Michael Jordan watching on courtside at home game, I must play Lin a little more at PG.
    Game 4: Unleash Lin, we need 1 win.

  • Promo Sports World

    And that Jeremy drive he is playing well man

  • sws94

    Yeah, even a slow moving Al got there and Lin found him.

  • swijaya

    Just show who is capable of playing proper PG & teamball

  • kauaiblue

    ridiculous

  • zxcvb

    Upvote for truth and “Kemballs”

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin is -2 now

  • guest

    Lin is playing great!

  • sws94

    I agree. I love how he looks out there.

  • Promo Sports World

    Loul Deng won’t have another game like this

  • gandychan

    how is that not a shooting foul on kaminsky? he didn’t even put the ball on the court!

  • rookie75094

    Adam silver to refs….. we got to show who’s the boss..lol

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    clifford is so stubborn. Alfense and isoKemba DOES NOT WORK. got it?

  • Promo Sports World

    Minutes … Not play

  • Lin quick layup .. 9 pts/3asts/2rebs

  • zxcvb

    And barely touching the ball, too!

    Only he came prepared to play hard on both ends. Nic is selfish and lazy on D. Kemba is totally lost and playing usual streetball. CHA’s horrible bigs are torched every possession.

  • KWC

    Preaching to the choir here. Someone needs to fly to Miami and shout that to his face.

  • Michael

    Solid .

  • Briiick

    Hornets must feel the urgency to pay max for their PURE scorer.

  • KWC

    Given the touches.

  • Promo Sports World

    Courtney Lee a bench player

    Doesn’t need to start

  • zxcvb

    Great considering he goes 10m with touching the ball.

  • DX

    Should be 4 asts. Missed one.

  • Alain Gervais

    He is likely the only silver lining. Cliff made zero adjustment this game.

  • heart

    Lin has the lowest shot attempt among his teammates. Only 2/3 – FGM-A, 9pts

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    we need to crowd-source. i’ll volunteer to fly to Miami and let him know about it

  • Lin has the best -2 for +/- in the Hornets.

    Was -6 before he checked in the 2nd half

  • NONONO

    Lin needs take shots

  • Illbe

    Zeller is a bench player too

  • LinMad

    Looks like during playoffs, Cliff decided to designate Lin’s PG roles to more players than he did during regular season. Regular season it was Roberts, Kemba, Batum and sometimes Lamb. Playoffs it’s all that plus Lee and Frank.

  • Promo Sports World

    Jeremy got killed

  • swijaya

    The winning formula is very clear – More Lin, less Kemba.
    But Cliff is too stubborn …

  • zxcvb

    Should have FTs but refs want to get this game over with.

  • yes, very efficient and savvy in getting pts and drawing FTs

    Best +/- with -2 for the Hornets now
    82-103

  • JoeTeam

    frank above the rim, oops no hands.

  • LinMad

    Lin just got pushed under basket, no whistle.

  • JJ Hui

    What a coach, after 82 games and still using the same digging hole losing formula!

  • Promo Sports World

    Jeremy got angry

  • kauaiblue

    why doesnt he shoot from outside?

  • LinMad

    from what? my feed is lagging

  • Promo Sports World

    Jeremy with the whole screw you push

  • yup, refs ignored the push

    2nd letter needs to be sent for sure

  • Alain Gervais

    Its frustrating how slow we are playing h*** yea he is angry

  • kauaiblue

    what happened?

  • KWC

    Just need to shoot 7 consecutive 3s and prevent them from scoring. Still winnable.

  • guest

    Where are the 3 point attempts?

  • Promo Sports World

    Gave Winslow the shoulder offensive foul

  • Alain Gervais

    We are not playing fast enough

  • DX

    Why Lin just shoot 3? Anyway, this will be a lose.

  • Promo Sports World

    Strong drive went hard into Winslow chest

  • That was a FLOP!

  • Alain Gervais

    I cant believe cliff found a way to make charlotte the worst offense

  • zxcvb

    I like Lin being aggressive there. Game is over, so just show some energy. Fire up the team.

    Lin getting hosed this quarter on calls. Guess refs just want to get it over with.

  • occupatio

    more offensive decisions are made by lee than by lin. its mind boggling.

  • Promo Sports World

    Haha payback

    But Jeremy was angry

  • sws94

    Of course, Winslow is strong. Lin is vey strong, yes, but Winslow is going to the Wade school of acting. I guess it was a good defensive play, I don’t know.

  • kauaiblue

    bad coaching… hope someone is keeping track of the fouls

  • Promo Sports World

    Green light

  • Singapore BB Fan

    Start shooting 3s or Hornets is doomed

  • rookie75094

    Adam silver is telling the refs to say “screw you” to us.

  • dave lam

    Need more 3 point shots less ISO

  • kauaiblue

    ridiculous… lee is ignoring jlin too

  • NONONO

    After 82 games, Clifford has no idea on rotations.

  • LinMad

    Lin should direct the anger at Cliff. Better yet, Lin fans should direct their anger at Cliff.

  • Alain Gervais

    Pace of the game favors Miami. Posting Al not helping

  • akgul

    Lin has played great so far Charlotte are gone. seriously i saw this coming miles away they dont have a legit big man…only way they might have a chance is to go small imo. hope for the best.

  • Promo Sports World

    Heat play so much faster now

    Golden State influence is amazing unless your my Knicks

  • zxcvb

    Kemba and Batum have 2 assists combined in 69 minutes.

    Lin has 3 assists in 23 minutes.

  • Promo Sports World

    Amare looking young

  • DX

    Lin need some acting class, like Wade or Harden did.

  • LinMad

    Starters dug two holes to bury Lin in. He’s not coming out this game.

  • after the ignored push and no benefit of the doubt, it’s clear Lin doesn’t get star calls

  • zxcvb

    Cody makes Amare look 22 again.

  • occupatio

    lee is a low-impact player. but the team seems to think hes really important.

  • DX

    Only I can think a reasonable answer is Cliff showing weak in Miami.

  • NONONO

    too bad Lin did not take any 3pt attempt

  • heart

    Which ref was that twice now called offensive fouls on Lin? Now players can just step in front of Lin and they would get Lin made offensive foul instead of blocking foul on them, SMH!

  • occupatio

    hornets bigs are trash. esp compared to miami. that is the series right there. nevermind the other matchups.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i don’t know what kemba is doing out there on defense. Lin had to cover 2 guys in the perimeter. where was kemba?

  • kauaiblue

    this game is terrible… from the coaching to the playing to the reffing… nba is a joke…

  • Alain Gervais

    That sir was embarrassing.

  • LinMad

    SCRUBNETS.

  • Singapore BB Fan

    Heats has a great coach

  • NONONO

    Lin please take 3pts

  • zxcvb

    LOL. Kemba just dribbling around to take his own shot and statpad. And miss.

  • Promo Sports World

    Starters just smoked them boys tonight folks

    Amare looking like Phoenix Suns amare

  • rookie75094

    I think that is Steve javi

  • occupatio

    yes stepping in the last second is not regarded as a blocking foul but offensive. ridic.

  • Alain Gervais

    No one is driving.

  • Promo Sports World

    Always liked Amare

    Plays hard

  • NONONO

    no one is trying

  • dave lam

    This is a joke
    Watching the Hornets like watching the Rockets play GSW

  • LinMad

    worse

  • zxcvb

    Batum is a terrible defender. He really stopped trying this year and gets smoked every game.

  • jimmyL

    worse

  • MEL LIN

    ha ha don’t feel bad about this game at all. No Lin no Win.

  • Alain Gervais

    One team is playing iso another is not

  • occupatio

    so the NBA refs learned to give Lin all types of calls….on BOTH ends of the court. u cant make a video about that. there will always be a way to shaft lin.

  • Hornets don’t show any effort.
    Cliff should be angry at them.

    They need to build momentum for Game 2

  • dave lam

    I’m outa of here see next game

  • DaBoss

    NBA will get their revenge against anyone who dares to challenge their sorry refs

  • LinMad

    It’s players decided during playoffs they will be “the star shooter” and they forgot how to defend. Lin is trying to guard big guys cause these bigs are just watching.

  • Alain Gervais

    yea worse. This is unexpected

  • zxcvb

    At least GSW is the title favorite! CHA without Lin leading is trash. A 1st rd sweep.

  • Illbe

    Miami team hopefully will come back down to earth for the next game, and Hornets shoot from the outside

  • MEL LIN

    Funny Cliff only blame Jlin for that dragic drive during interview

  • NONONO

    Hornets coaching is just so bad

  • KWC

    Hope Lin can get double figures

  • Singapore BB Fan

    White flag

  • LinMad

    If Cliff will be on Lin’s butt after this game, I’m going to be very pissed. Cliff should be going ape on the bigs and Kemba for not playing like a point guard.

  • occupatio

    did he really? hes mchale

  • heart

    These are refs for tonight’s game, Hornets vs Heat: #41 Ken Mauer, #33 Sean Corbin, #14 Ed Malloy

  • cshot

    u serious??….

  • zxcvb

    50/50 calls. Lin should have gotten the second one.

  • takeme2cruz

    When?

  • occupatio

    ed malloy has always shafted lin. i remember that name.

  • Alain Gervais

    This is the most apparent being out coached i have ever seen. Played big when we needed to go small. Played slow when we needed to speed it up

  • rookie75094

    Yup…somewhere adam silver is sending congrats text to the refs: good jobs guys…way to shut down that foreign player.

  • DaBoss

    Cliff coach of the year … Yea riiiiiggght!

  • LinMad

    ya he mentioned it during half time

  • MEL LIN

    he during half time interview

  • NONONO

    Clifford himself is the only one to blame

  • Alain Gervais

    Refs played zero part. The coaches did

  • Steppen03

    Start of the 4th Q: Rest Lin & put in the 3rd string players. No way that JL7 can save the game like this. TOO much freaking pressures for JL7.

  • Illbe

    Its Miami they always get bias calls

  • zxcvb

    Lin out. Gotta keep his stats down!

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • takeme2cruz

    He’s a fup human being.

  • LinMad

    Lin was chipping away until KW came back in. Then our 21 pt gap went to 31 in like 1 minute.

  • zxcvb

    Cliff, Kemba and Batum should be ashamed. Trash selfish loserball.

    Worst playoff performance in a long, long time. Worse than Dallas when you consider CHA is healthy and MIA is a total non-contender.

  • occupatio

    clifford is a fool.

  • takeme2cruz

    Time to opt out and time to go.

  • DaBoss

    And Jeremy the only one consistently playing good D

  • MEL LIN

    I hope they get him. Excited let’g go nets

  • Singapore BB Fan

    After 82 games…he has learn nothing

  • LinMad

    a fool who believes in fool’s gold.

  • MEL LIN

    nothing new man.

  • jimmyL

    So basically, the offense is Kemba, Batum and Al Jeff iso Lee sometimes
    No wonder they lost lol Clifford is a horrible coach

  • zxcvb

    He’s a scumbag brown nose. Getting fired next season when Lin leaves.

  • Alain Gervais

    117-89 is about as bad as it gets

  • sws94

    I’m encouraged with Lin’s game. The TOs were offensive fouls, not something pressure forced him in to. He was aggressive and looked like he was going to penetrate and play his game against them. He got to the line as well. All good. Clifford has to figure things out because the team was way outplayed tonight. But, Heat won’t shoot this well next game in all likelihood.

  • Yascar

    I know they like him but kinda amusing how the Nets fans talking about Lin at a time like this. In a good way.

  • zxcvb

    Lin came out fearless and in control — just didn’t get any touches. All Streetball from POS losers like Kemba and Batum who lose by 30p and statpad in a blowout.

  • KWC

    They totally forgot how they won against the top teams in the regular season.

  • Alain Gervais

    They will kill the starters and our big line ups. If we play this slow its a sweep

  • zxcvb

    “They” didn’t win. It was 100% Lin.

  • NONONO

    Kaminsky 17 mins 0 pt, Marvin 26 mins 2 pts. + team bad defense almost every position .

  • Alain Gervais

    lol its getting worse

  • LinMad

    if Cliff couldn’t figure it out by half time, he won’t figure it out next game. It will be up to Lin having a hot night with lots of touches to save the game. And it won’t have anything to do with Cliff. It will only be due to Kemba deciding, hmm maybe I should pass it to Lin more now and the rest of the team following suit.

  • Briiick

    Cliff worried too much about the stats of his supervising stars that he forgot he had a job to keep too.

  • joyce ward

    Cliff ain’t figuring out nothing. His contract stated he to get to the playoffs, he got them there, his job is done. If he wanted to win tonight, he would have figured it out before the game. Cliff is just a butt kissing coach with no integrity.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes. I have seen that they talked a fair bit about JLin for a while now. Guess now that they have Atkinson as coach, the chance is getting higher on wanting JLin. Does Nets has a good pg on the team??

  • swijaya

    Gotta play harder (the bigs) & more teamball (PGs).
    CHA Rebounds & Assists look very pathetic.

  • ViNuyork

    hopefully dis playoff won’t be 4-0 🙂

  • occupatio

    dragic is so comfortable when kemba guards him. it begins there.

  • sws94

    Batum pretty much played close to his game and Kemba played without confidence. Marvin didn’t play his game, Frank was terrible, Al was bad, a whole bunch was wrong with the team besides Kemba and Batum.

  • DaBoss

    Clifford should be ashamed of himself for this debacle!

  • LinMad

    on the bright side, the starters look like fools today. Only Batum was nice on offense. But defense and playmaking was embarrassing.

  • MEL LIN

    they are playing scared

  • sws94

    Rebounding is key. Deng won’t always play like tonight. But have to get rebounds.

  • Alain Gervais

    Cliff played the game like we was facing the heat in the regular season. Spo did a great job adjusting pregame knowing Cliff would be slow to react.

  • the Heat will still shoot well as long as Hornets big men don’t challenge them
    So many offensive rebounds 14-7

    Clifford should’ve tried Pyscho T to slow down Hansbrough but he’s way too stubborn.

    Hornets big men is always the key to solve. Cliff got completely outcoached

  • Singapore BB Fan

    The next contract must state he has to get pass the first round

  • zxcvb

    Cliff did nothing to prepare. He was a total dimwit in every way. Made every wrong decision this game.

    Hilariously bad coaching. Never seen anything this awful since BS. At least he was tanking!

  • MEL LIN

    yes…..you got that right. they were playing like it was a regular season lol no intensity at all. playing scared

  • Alain Gervais

    its embarrassing

  • cdblue10

    You need a penetrating PG to compete on this series but Hornets has only 1 and glued to the bench,the result of course is expungement

  • sws94

    May not, maybe Jordan can give him a hand and I’m being serious. I want to see Lin be a part of winning some games and the Heat and the Hornets have identical records. He better figure some things out for his own pride and that he has IMO.

  • Alain Gervais

    Unless cliff makes adjustments this is a sweep

  • jimmyL

    Thank god it’s almost over lol
    Lin please find a new team that will consider you an offensive option

  • C Chan

    Poor coaching! 🙁

  • MEL LIN

    guess you got the most assist?

  • heart

    What an embarrassment!! ONE assist each from NB and KW for his teammates. ONE!

  • jimmyL

    Ciifford? makes adjustments?
    That’ll be the day

  • MEL LIN

    he doesn’t know how to adjust

  • joyce ward

    He knows what to do, but like I said he is too busy kissing star players butts. I knew he would o this. When you play Batum/Kemba ball you always lose. It also throws everybody off their game.

  • MomentousPetey

    Pride alone (ie Byron Scott) does not make a good coach.

  • MEL LIN

    that filipino coach is good

  • cshot

    did lin get to take a jumper today lol?

  • sws94

    Honestly, I think the team will play better next game. However, I don’t think Clifford is going out of his rotations or doing anything radically different. This increased role for Lee is a bad idea. Lee isn’t that talented offensively. Let Lin go and much, much less Alfense,. But really, the defense was terrible. They have to rebound and do something about Deng, Johnson and Whiteside.

  • Yascar

    They have Shane Larkin and Jarrett Jack I think. No star PGs as such. It might be a good fit for Lin.

  • LinMad

    Lin was chipping away every time he was in. Not enough playing time to do anything. The starters dug three holes. I don’t mind Batum taking those shots. That’s what his job should have been all season, catch and shoot. Not facilitating. Cliff just needs Lin at PG though. When Kemba is PG, things just fall apart. Bigs start watching. No help with D. Players become more selfish. Lee, Al and Frank looked very selfish today. They refused to pass to the open man (which was usually Lin).

  • MEL LIN

    yes one i think

  • jimmyL

    The fact that Clifford thinks Batum is a better facillitator than Lin tells us how low his BBIQ is
    those Batum, Al Jeff isos are so annoying
    It’s a miracle Lin averaged in double digits in this godawful offense lol
    Clifford is an imbecile to say the least

  • sws94

    One fadeaway mid-range.

  • LinMad

    Cliff should have kept Lin driving in the paint. No one else was doing it.

  • HVJoy

    Both Walker and Batum had 1 assist playing >30 minutes, Lin’s 3 assists in 24 minutes is the team max?! And where is the “defense” Clifford is supposedly great for?

    It was such a frustrating game to watch.

  • Steppen03

    Suggestion for CCliff: KW: entire 1st & 3rd Q. JL7: entire 2nd & 4th Q.

  • DaBoss

    No one can deny at this point that Jeremy’s teammates ignore him when he’s wide open.

  • MEL LIN

    I wonder where Jlin is signing next year. I like Nets with Atkins

  • heart
  • MomentousPetey

    Maybe start Hansbrough?

  • cshot

    i kno this is MESSED up but, i kinda wish kemba was injured and sat out today… only chance jeremy will get the green light.

  • MEL LIN

    especially Kemba

  • LinMad

    i thought he was injured earlier but I guess he was faking it.

  • DaBoss

    Good idea – they need an enforcer out there

  • rookie75094

    Yup…and scored himself an excheerleader wife at that…lol

  • aras

    So who did not see this coming? this was the most obvious thing that could happen. seriously? no legit big man in the playoffs? good luck cliff. how in the h*** do you expect to contend with big mens like this? only way to make it a game is to play small in my opinion these big men are hot garbage against the heats.

    BTW Lin played real good with what he got. he looked real good. He deserves more playtime in the playoffs. Lee is not going to do anyhing. sure defense and few mistakes but he has nothing offensivly its a joke.

  • Whitman Lam

    Yeah, it’s worse than the Rockets loss to the Warriors.

  • LinMad

    Batum with 1 assist is fine as long as he sticks to catch and shoot routine. Kemba is a different story though…you can’t have 1 assist as point guard during playoffs and expect to win.

  • MEL LIN

    Jeremy should say after the game. We are not sharing the ball and our defense is so bad even a midget can get the rebound

  • MomentousPetey

    LOL Bigs got manhandled.

  • Frank + Zeller won’t be able to slow down Whiteside+Deng+Johnson since they’re outmatched
    Marvin might play better.

    There’s no easy solution here. They’ve been playing like this all season long.
    Cliff should’ve developed Hansbrough against physical big men. It’s too late now

  • Whitman Lam

    Charge/Block always = Charge for Lin.

  • LinMad

    Cody looked like he had diapers on today

  • MomentousPetey

    Atleast to set the tone

  • MEL LIN

    one solution is they have to play fast really fast then the bigs for miami will be useless

  • MEL LIN

    Even Al.

  • LinMad

    Frank looked like he was a professional hopscotch player today. He didn’t want any contact today.

  • MEL LIN

    yes he was because he missed two shots in a row

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Big Al should start since his game isn’t effected by poor ball movement from the first unit. and that would free up the second unit from Alfense. sigh. clifford does everything wrong

  • MEL LIN

    ayos

  • heart

    What game are you watching? Check Ido Amir tweets…confirming what I saw too.

  • swijaya

    Afraid Clifford has no clue on how to make such drastic adjustment ..

    We were completely out-coached!!

  • LinMad

    exactly. I nominate you for coach of the year just for this change in lineup.

  • LinMad

    can’t wait for what Cliff has to say during post game interview. It’s going to be some BS like we weren’t ready.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    thanks! and as an added bonus, i’d give PsychoT all of Tank’s minutes!

  • rookie75094

    If a reporter as cliff about the execution of the starters … he should said…I am all for it
    …paraphrasing pop…I think.

  • LinMad

    fast and pass the ball around. Lin was only one getting everyone involved.

  • CJSHYY

    Any news from what Cliff’s post game interview?

  • MEL LIN

    Coach will say Jlin is the reason why we were down by 50points because he couldn’t contain wade and he didn’t stop that drive from dragic

  • rookie75094

    The fast and furious directed by Jlin…hehe

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin minutes need to go way up for us to have any chance. We need more offense. The starters built a deficit overtime on the court

  • LinMad

    our interior D sucks. Our bigs need to align themselves near basket and get in the way when someone penetrates. It’s like taking candy from a baby when the bigs just watch guards driving in. With Miami, their bigs will step in the way when Lin drives. That’s why Lin had hard time and got to the line.

  • MEL LIN

    we play small and we play fast run and gun offense. Let Lin and Kemba run 48 mins especially when whiteside is in

  • Nothing has changed.
    But NBA fans started to notice how refs let Heat push Lin like this w/o any foul

    @NBA how is this not a foul? Now that I think about it, Lin has a point. #BuzzCity @hornets
    https://twitter.com/mkhubbard_/status/721848534480367617

  • Alain Gervais

    no its not a foul

  • Michael

    Was wondering who stole mine,

  • swijaya

    Hardly notice Kemba playing PG, no wonder CHA lost big time.

    There is the back up PG with much more superior facilitating skills & playing way better PG role, hope the coach has some sense to unleash this guy.
    Altho very doubtful with the coach very rigid rotations ..

  • LinMad

    it’s not a foul, it’s just pushing someone out of the sideline like hockey.

  • heart

    Can hear AJ being interview but don’t see his face. AJ said we need to ‘show up’…

  • LinMad

    and the only way to show up is if the franchise stars decide that they actually have a team on the court and not playing street ball.

  • heart
  • Michael

    Show up on screen first maybe?

  • LinMad

    MJ should be blowing up Cliff’s cell phone soon screaming at him.

  • heart

    Thanks Michael for the laugh. We need it after this game…

  • Alain Gervais

    He didn’t do a good job of boxing out. He flopped a little as well

  • Alain Gervais

    Also its the playoffs

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    shoving a player out of bounds is definitely a foul

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin has to get there earlier. Lin exaggerated the push. Anyways Lin played well. Got the calls. Cliff didn’t use him much

  • JoeTeam

    BSc!

  • LinMad

    Cliff wasn’t yelling this game. WHY? Was he protected Kemba and Batum?

  • JoeTeam

    no

  • MEL LIN

    I agree not a foul

  • Michael

    He couldn’t lower his center cause he was on one foot and constantly being pushed. I don’t see any flopping. Hope he gets the calls next time.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i’m not seeing the exaggeration. he was moving vertically. about to jump and simply got pushed out of bounds. he had position

  • KHuang

    In the playoffs, those fouls are never called.

  • cdblue10

    Because he knows that he’s collecting checks from now on

  • Alain Gervais

    He will if he has position. He got there late

  • LinMad

    Cliff gave Lin a notebook to study the other day but what for? After a game like this, Lin should just relieve the stress by playing Dota 2. He should just toss that notebook into a fireplace.

  • Alain Gervais

    He also didn’t have position

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    yes he did

  • MEL LIN

    you can tell who’s got playoff experience

  • Alain Gervais

    He didn’t set the box out. He was standing straight . Thats not how you box out

  • aras

    just looked…Lin shot the ball 4 times….my god. im expecting a sweep if cliff continues with this lineup peeps be ready.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    he was being pushed TWICE

  • xeroid

    It definitely is a fouls, if you look carefully, Lin was pushed twice, first was a slight push to Lin causing him to be out of balance before the second push of Lin out of bound.

  • KHuang

    Clifford was HAPPY.

    Batum and Walker got to score, though they stunk at everything else.

    Clifford’s only objective is to make Walker and Batum feel comfortable. Clifford will sacrifice the playoffs just to make that happen.

  • DaBoss

    What did Clifford say in interview? Did he take any responsibility for the loss or did he pull a Byron Scott?

  • Alain Gervais

    It doesn’t matter. This is the playoffs. He needs to set the box out where he has the player on his back. Then if he is moved it will be a would. He never got in the right position for the call

  • MEL LIN

    blame jlin

  • Alain Gervais

    based on what

  • LinMad

    he’s probably like the NBA. Won’t admit any wrong.

  • xeroid

    Just look at the video.

  • DaBoss

    He didn’t know what was going on … too confused to yell at anyone … Except Jeremy

  • leeda harun

    nothing has changed….really.Cliff still thinks the kw and batum going to give him the glory.Well lets see if cliff is goingnto do something…lol

  • LinMad

    Screw a version 2 flagrant foul video. We need to make a Clifford doesn’t know how coach/unfair to Lin video next and get it viral.

  • Alain Gervais

    Its not a foul in the playoffs. Maybe of season. That would be lucky because he didn’t box out good enoung to establish his position for the rebound.

  • cdblue10

    I think that’s better

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    a player can never be set when they’re constantly being pushed, no?

  • Alain Gervais

    You have never seen that foul called in the playoffs. Maybe in the regular season

  • LinJa

    Why stop at Clifford? Go all the way back since rox. He’s hot and got taken out. He got a TO got taken out. He won the game, next game minutes cut or even DNP

  • MEL LIN

    btw was expecting something new re: hairstyle

  • xeroid

    When you use both hands to push a player twice, that’s fouling. If you use position of shoulder then it’s different.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i’ve seen ticky-tack calls in the playoffs. and this isn’t even a ticky-tack situation

  • Alain Gervais

    Nothing but opinion. Show me a foul being called in the postseason Like that. It would be lucky.

  • Alain Gervais

    Yes it is

  • Michael

    That guy guarding him had his hand on Lin’s hip, stopping him from lowering his center of mass. Maybe Lin was a split second late lowering his butt, which could have avoided him from being pushed off balance. But regardless shoving with your hands is what it is.

  • CJSHYY
  • JoeTeam

    no

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    what about the one where Lin got called for the foul on a slight push on Dragic?

  • LinMad

    Must be some organization controlling this.

  • leeda harun

    Just admit coach..i didnt do a good job..smh

  • Alain Gervais

    I think he may have gotten hit on the face once. Thats was closer then this one

  • MEL LIN

    Clifford: we got destroyed from behind

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    ugh, whatever

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    cliford: i got out-coached

  • xeroid

    Maybe so. It’s no different from pushing someone in the back, here it’s pushing with both hands on Lin’s arm, maybe the referee didn’t see it.

  • LinMad

    It started with you Cliff.

  • sws94

    He doesn’t blame JLin. Not his style.

  • sws94

    He played well. He got to the line, that’s why the shot attempts look low. Was not tentative at all, played with poise.

  • LinMad

    You knew the PnR was coming. Even I knew it. You had time to prepare for it. You just failed at it. Scouting report shows that Hornets have weak bigs with crappy PnR defense.

    The bigs were too focused on scoring, they didn’t care about defending. This is why it is so important to have Lin at PG where he will make everyone’s job easier on the offensive end. Once bigs get easy buckets, they can put that extra energy into defense.

  • JJ Hui

    Really, he better shut Up! KW did so much damage and why not even mention KW?

  • CJSHYY
  • MEL LIN

    Kemba: I will pass to Jlin next time promise

  • zxcvb

    “I’ll chuck more, I promise.”

  • leeda harun

    say the two bwst friend….so are we going to win next time…?

  • John Focker

    It used to be CAA for the most part since Linsanity, now it’s Excel Sports Management (Kemba, Al, and Lamb’s agency).

  • DaBoss

    Yup – already did it at half time.

  • Brewkowski

    Yeah I know, except it’s not funny.

  • xeroid

    For Hornets to have any chance Clifford has to start Lin with Kemba, Batum, Williams, and Zeller. Using Lin and Kemba as dual PGs, penetrating and passing to each other, with Zeller doing the pick and others cutting.

  • LinMad

    Kemba “I’ll be back…better and stronger”

    why is he talking “we” when he plays like “i”. 1 assist doesn’t cut it Kemba.

  • HVJoy

    “I am a PG, I will get more than 1 assists in 30 minutes, I promise.”

  • Epie

    He already did.

  • zxcvb

    No Zeller. He might be the softest big in the league.

  • LinMad

    true, cause Kemba can’t play make without Lin ont he floor. he also has trouble shooting when Lin is not on the floor.

  • LinMad

    Zeller is soft, but he’s better than Frank. Frank had no passion today.

  • David Kim

    What did he say?

  • zxcvb

    At least Frank has the potential to hit shots that aren’t uncontested dunks. Zeller puts no pressure on the Miami defense or offense.

  • John Focker

    No, he meant he will make 50 FGA for 60 pts next game… LOL

  • LinMad

    True, but I just didnt like how selfish he was today. Like we need another selfish player when we already have a few.

  • aras

    yeah i saw the game. was shocked at the number.

  • zxcvb

    I give him a pass. Starters ruined the game within 8m. It was hilarious how quickly the game was over. Like the Dream Team playing Angola.

  • BobbyH

    Didn’t we all expect this to happen in playoff when Lin’s role has began diminishing after ASG. This offense flow only work if 4 out 5 on the courts have hot hands. Too less usage of Lin. The coach is either too impotent or content or both.

  • leeda harun

    82 games.I thought cliff would learn something..well if the franchise didnt..

  • zxcvb

    Only one team can win the ring, so Cliff is just coaching for his job/$$$. To do that, you keep Kemba and Nic happy. Cliff even half-joked about it last month (“Guys can get me fired”).

  • heart

    Did you guys/gals hear the Heat commentators give Lin any credits or compliments tonight? I didn’t.

  • zxcvb

    Don’t really care about that. Game was already over when he checked in for the first time, and then he barely touched the ball for the rest of the game.

  • Briiick

    Kemba will pass more to Walker next time. Even 1 AST in tonight’s game is a waste in the playoff padding game.

  • LinMad

    true again and we were supposed to rally in 3rd quarter but starters dug a bigger hole.

  • LinMad

    lol

  • BobbyH

    Low usage player with no impact. Nothing they can say about. The leash has to be untied first before anything can happen.

  • Alain Gervais

    main issue with the hornets. In the playoff the game becomes haif court offense. 3 out of the 5 starters cant creat their own shots, While 5 out of 5 of the heat can

  • LinMad

    They zoomed in on his hair and they didn’t say anything. That is rare.

  • Alain Gervais

    Its basically 2 vs 5 all game.

  • leeda harun

    Well..i think the heat has more experience in playoff than the hornets…lol

  • LinMad

    2 vs 6 Cliff is coaching for the Heat.

  • Alain Gervais

    Thats as well but look at the starters. all 5 of the heat starters can go iso. For the hornets only 2 can

  • LinMad

    From this game alone, Cliff should be disqualified for coach of the year.

  • leeda harun

    Spo isa better coach than clifford……ha ha

  • LinMad

    Kemba needs to be back with high heels to do anything against the tall Miami players.

  • Alain Gervais

    Yea he is

  • Alain Gervais

    But he got rings its an unfair comparison

  • xeroid

    Not only that, when Lin come in the game with 4 minutes left in first and third, Kemba was still in the game, and he only passed to Batum and back, Lin didn’t even touched the ball. Heat didn’t have to worry about Lin.

  • @linfinity88
    Let’s move on & focus on the next game. Go @JLin7! #GetAWin
    9P🏀3A🏀2R(2/4 FG) in 24 min #NBAPlayoffs #CHAatMIA #R1G1
    https://twitter.com/linfinity88/status/721863854003658752

  • Brewkowski

    I think I heard brent barry talking garbage about how cliff needs think about limiting lin’s minutes die to lack of defense. what did Lin do to piss off brent?

  • Alain Gervais

    Yup making Lins playmaking Irrelevant

  • Alain Gervais

    Btw Lin also was the only hornet to consistently get int he paint. Batum could after he hit some threes. Kemba gets midrange shots only

  • leeda harun

    All the heat thinks is lin can destroyed their bench…..well thanks to cliff

  • Briiick

    Heats have a coach with multiple rings while Cliff sees getting in the playoffs as big achievement.

  • Alain Gervais

    When Lin and kimensky are your leading assist man with each playing 25 minutes. Its going to be an issue

  • LinMad

    I kind of wish Hawes was playing today cause at least Hawes would smack a few people out of frustration when he misses his wide open dunks.

  • Alain Gervais

    We need to go small and fast. He is way too slow.

  • JJ Hui

    I hope next game Lin wears his hairstyle down with gel , that is his best look!

  • LinJa

    How many picks did Lin get? I don’t recall any.

  • leeda harun

    Well to me..dont matter which hairstyle.that he choose…i think the moat important is lin is unleashed..

  • Alain Gervais

    no it was all iso and ball being swung to him. Heats trap so idk if that will work maybe off the dribble is better

  • John Focker

    Because there is “i” in team…

  • JJ Hui

    of course, that is the wish from all of us fans since the beginning of the season!

  • LinJa

    Lol I remember Kemba and cliff saying Lin is a really good pnr player. Hey let’s have him catch and shoot for our team! Genius!!

  • LinMad

    Lin fans think “we made it to playoffs, we better go all out and do our best!”

    Hornets fans think “we made it to playoffs, now lets go into fetal position”

  • heart

    Zero. And Lee didn’t pass the ball to Lin much tonight. Add him to the pg list.

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin drove every time. Didn’t settle for three which is good

  • LinJa

    I don’t think it was fetal more like “backwards” pg-rated comment

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    LOL

  • Alain Gervais

    When ever lee drives i count it as a wasted possession

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i was surprise to see Lee not passing to Lin on a few possessions. he had some serious brain dump this game

  • heart

    What’s up w/ NB? He didn’t try to make plays tonight but held on to the rock more than usual to get ‘His’ tonight.. Disappointed in him and Cliff especially…

  • LinMad

    I think Cliff wants 10 PGs on this team.

  • LinMad

    That’s how he’s supposed to play. But the problem was really that Lin didn’t get to PG as much since Lee was also PG. If you play Batum like that, you need a real PG for at least 35 minutes. Kemba failed at PG so in the end everyone looked selfish besides Lin.

  • Briiick

    It was Cliff’s plan. But he underestimated the embarrassment effect.

  • LinJa

    Cliff has no shame

  • John Focker

    Cliff knows Jeremy’s leaving, and also Lee has Finals experience so Cliff thought he must be able to do anything and everything.

    OTOH, there’s speculation that Cliff might be making a statement to Excel Sports Management (who are pushing hard for their “stars”) that Kemba/Al CANNOT win, and will make adjustments after proving it with Game 1.

  • Michael

    You usually say this after you get eliminated, not after 1 game= =

  • LinJa

    Following lin’s NBA team, never makes any normal basketball sense. Coaching, rotation, playmaking, trades etc. it’s so bizarre. Gave every team and coaches the benefit of the doubt and Lin keeps the short end of the stick. It’s the mystery of jlin

  • LinMad

    PnR anything is too advanced for this team. Executing PnR on the offensive end is too advanced for our bigs and PnR defense is too advanced for our bigs. The only one who really PnR with Lin, sadly, is Al Jefferson and maybe a little bit of Cody.

  • JJ Hui

    The reason Hornets lost tonight is too many point guards and too many iso and no big guys rebounds and protect the rim! It can just tell by untrained naked eye

  • Michael

    Kemba and Walker…lol.

  • LinMad

    interesting, that could be true. But what are they doing? Paying Cliff under the table?

  • heart

    Where did you hear about Excel Sports Management? That has been established all season that NB/KW can’t win against playoff team. The only time Hornets won was when Lin allowed to get involved in the offense.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Seem like NY media really works on getting JLin:-)

    Jeremy Lin led loud praise for Nets’ new coach
    http://nypost.com/2016/04/17/jeremy-lin-led-loud-praise-for-nets-new-coach/

    During the height of Linsanity, then-Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin was effusive in his praise of Atkinson.

    “I mean this guy wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning,” Lin said. “I’ll text after a game at midnight, one o’clock when I go home, and I’ll say, ‘Hey, can I look at those turnovers? Can I look at the upcoming team? How they run pick-and-rolls?’ And he’ll have the film ready when I walk into the facility the next morning.

    “When I wasn’t playing much, we were working out before practice, and after practice, he was picking apart my game, teaching me what it’s like to play in Coach D’Antoni’s system.”

  • heart

    Yep, we saw that too. And how many times Lin ended up covering the paint guarding Heat Center? That’s on coaching/Cliff , Cliff didn’t make any adjustments so Heat continued to exploit to get mismatched.

  • occupatio

    put simply, the kemba-batum lineup needs lin in order to have an outlet when the main ball-handler gets trapped. without lin, you see marvin and lee trying to create their own shot, and it doesnt work.

    but having 3 guards on the floor means that the miami’s larger lineup creates many problems. such as wade posting up, and in general the miami bigs being far superior in controlling the boards.

    the problem is there is no way to maximize defensive effectiveness with kemba on the floor. he does nothing to slow down anyone, and is too small to match up beyond guarding the short guy on the opposing team.

    if cliff insists on playing kemba all the time, the matchups heavily favor miami.

  • MorlockO

    Lin needs to learn how to embellish it

  • CJSHYY

    He didn’t really do anything…… nothing could talk about it.

  • TTNN

    wasn’t happy with Lee today, he was playing selfish, and trying to do too much with the ball. Everyone is kind of selfish today, no ball movement.

  • heart

    1)IIRC Lin took only 4 shot attempts tonight: One jump shot out of rhythm. One lay up, got hit w/o call. Two made layups.
    2) This shows that teammates didn’t pass to him and/or Cliff did not involved him in the offense.
    3) No set plays for him. Lin had to create his own shots and yet while playing limited minutes he also created shots for others.
    4) Cliff took Daniels out too early replacing him w/ KW.

  • occupatio

    since today lee was bringing the ball up more than usual, as well as getting picks when he starts the half court offense, i think its cliff’s idea for lee to be more offensively involved.
    it’s stupid.

  • occupatio

    in this case, it might be better that lin doesnt get picks. he’s basically playing houston style tonight. getting the leftovers on possessions, but he is able to attack closeouts and be dangerous from triple-threat position.

    no picks means no traps.

    the problem tonight is not so much lack of picks for lin but the lack of ball movement in general.

  • Lin embraced Atkinson when he was in Houston

    @kianainhi808
    @_bk_chino @nhawj44 I wouldnt be surprise if Lin text his Congratulations to Atkinson.
    https://twitter.com/kianainhi808/status/721882011783208961

  • John Focker

    Kemba’s 48M contract came from ESM leveraging Al’s contract after his outstanding season, from there on ESM’s got MJ by the balls. This is how Lamb (also under ESM) was able to get his 21M with such small sample of good games. Hornets wanted to get rid of Al, and ESM fought back with “injury”. ESM pushes really hard for its players (can’t fault them for it), though arguably a bit TOO hard. That MIP campaign looked as if Kemba was running for POTUS, it was ridiculous and hilarious.

  • John Focker

    Cliff’s just defending his job security, he can’t fight ESM who’s got a stronghold on the team.

  • PETE B

    how can u embrace atkinson at subway and chipotle?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    FA is getting intruging.

  • John Focker

    Hahaha, too many PGs yet so few asts…

  • Steppen03

    Well, at least we’re slightly better than the Mavs against OKC.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • zxcvb

    I’ve given up “gameplanning” for CHA. They have no intention of playing teamball. Never have, never will.

    They’re 100% happy just to make the playoffs, and it’s been made clear that resigning Batum is their top priority. Everything is about keeping Batum and Kemba happy. They’re not winning a title anyway, so they won’t change anything that relegates Kemba and Batum to second banana.

    Only Lin has beaten top teams this season, but he’s leaving. No need to please him.

  • CJSHYY

    Some of Lin’s NY fans & even NY Post already wrote an article about what Lin said about Atkinson during Linsanity period… I believe these NY media all hope Atkinson can talk to his boss to sing Lin this summer. Not sure how much power Atkinson can have w his boss?

  • zxcvb

    Makes so much sense for both parties. Hopefully, Marks realizes this.

    Even if he’s not a Lin Believer, it still makes sense to sign Lin as a “stopgap” for one year. And one year under a supportive coach is all Lin needs.

  • zxcvb

    Marks is a Spurs guy…he may already have Lin on his radar. Spurs love undervalued/underutilized team players (e.g. Diaw, Bellinelli).

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes I know. I saw them and posted it here:-)

  • rookie75094

    Adam silver secret memo to refs: we don’t need no stinking Asian money….keep that foreign player down boys.

  • Ben Johnson

    Between Philly and MDA and Nets and Atkinson, I find it hard to imagine a scenario where Jlin isnt starting somewhere next year

  • zxcvb

    DON’T JINX IT.

  • Ben Johnson

    He he, only, hes gonna be in the cba, guaranteed!!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Hopefully. I’m more than ready for JLin to have a starter job with a headcoach that we know 100% trust him beyond any doubt:-)

  • John Focker

    KHuang, stop hijacking Ben’s account!

  • Ben Johnson

    I actually feel bad for hornets fans, this is probably the best opportunity theyll have to get to an NBA conference finals in their lifetime and their coach is pissing it away

  • CJSHYY

    I still believe they will have chance & today’s game just too weird to me. I think they will have big game on Wed.

  • Briiick

    One VIF(an): let’s play as Hornets should next season and beat the Heats. Cliff: yes whatever you wish.

  • CJSHYY
  • Alain Gervais

    Thats not where the issue came.The starters was the big issue.

  • CJSHYY

    NY media tried hard to push the deal…Haha!

    https://twitter.com/talkhoops/status/721776373149241345

  • Briiick

    Starters will be next season’s Hornets LOL.

  • cdblue10

    wait what?’I need to follow this guy

  • Alain Gervais

    I was at first skeptical but after this Brooklyn new coach. Im more then sure Lin will leave. Just hope Cliff allows him to have 1 or two major performances before it. He was getting in the paint. Just play average defense so Lin can ignite

  • CJSHYY
  • cdblue10

    If Lin will go to Nets,Dwight is a top priority but he needs to work with the coach and Lin to redeemed his name

  • MEL LIN

    no dwight please. Lopez should be good enough

  • zxcvb

    Marks won’t sign Dwight. He’s the anti-Spurs player. The anti-modest price, big value player.

    Lopez is way better now anyway.

  • cdblue10

    Nets have no players though how can they compete

  • John Focker

    Nets will have even less players if they signed D12 with astronomical contract.

  • zxcvb

    Lopez, Young and Lin are way better than Kemba, Batum and Marvin.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Nets find gem in Jeremy Lin mentor Kenny Atkinson, another Knicks assistant who got away
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nets/isola-nets-find-gem-jeremy-lin-mentor-kenny-atkinson-article-1.2604831?utm_content=buffer3d2d9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=NYDNSports+Twitter

    Kenny Atkinson always refused to take any credit for helping Jeremy Lin develop into a full-time NBA player even as Lin wouldn’t let anyone forget the coach who was driving him.

    “I can’t say enough about that guy,” Lin would say during the height of Linsanity back in 2012.

    You always had the sense that Atkinson saw a little of himself in Lin; the undrafted point guard with a big dream. Twenty years earlier, that was Atkinson, a point guard out of Long Island who once led Richmond to an upset over Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, trying to earn a spot on Pat Riley’s summer league roster.

    Atkinson, though, didn’t make it. The Knicks cut him. And once Atkinson got into coaching he had an immediate connection with the fringe player who was on the outside looking in. That was Lin, who signed a 10-day contract with the Knicks and within two weeks was the biggest story in sports.

    Lin eventually cashed in on big contract with the Houston Rockets before spending one season with the Lakers and reinventing himself with the Charlotte Hornets. Now four years later, Atkinson is cashing in.

    Atkinson is coming home again. The Brooklyn Nets, a team with few assets that will have to get creative in order to improve, hired Atkinson on Sunday. Atkinson had been Mike Budenholzer’s top assistant with the Atlanta Hawks and Budenholzer, like the Nets general manager Sean Marks, has ties to the San Antonio Spurs organization.

    The Nets job is viewed as one of the least desirable because of the draft picks they traded to Boston, including this June’s high lottery pick. But the Nets have an All-Star center in Brook Lopez and a solid
    forward in Thaddeus Young. And now they have a rising star in Atkinson, who joins a long line of former Knicks assistant coaches who got their big break with another team.

    You wonder if there will every come day when Garden Chairman James Dolan stops to think they he had Tom Thibodeau, Steve Clifford, Michael Malone and Atkinson under contract and let them all go. He could take it a step further and wonder how come some of his longest tenured employees, the ones who have only been associated with losing, never get offers from other teams.

    The Knicks always seem to let the good ones get away. And that’s Atkinson, who was nearly fired by the Knicks because he was cordial with reporters. Seriously.

    Dolan could have taken a leap of faith with Atkinson when Mike D’Antoni was fired. Mike Woodson turned out to be a good replacement, winning 54 games and leading the Knicks to their first playoff series win in the last 16 years. But the Knicks clearly didn’t know what they had in Atkinson.

    Marks does. He needs a coach that is willing to get his hands dirty and realize that this rebuild may take a few years. The Spurs, where Marks was groomed under R.C. Buford, are one of the best clubs when it comes to developing players. The same with the Miami Heat.

    That is Atkinson’s specialty as well and Brooklyn will need to discover one of two diamonds in the rough, either in the second round of the NBA Draft, the D-League or aboard where Marks and Atkinson both worked.

    The mistake the Nets made when they moved to Brooklyn was mortgaging the future to make a run at the title in Year One of their reboot. Anyone who watched Woodson’s Knicks put Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce out of their misery knew that the Celtics legends were on their last legs.

    The Nets needed to be patient. Instead, the novelty of Brooklyn has worn off and the future looks bleak. This is going to take a lot of work and that’s why Atkinson is perfect. No one works harder.

  • cdblue10

    They let go of DWill and ISO Joe so they have money to acquire players next year

  • zxcvb

    Isola is a tabloid bozo who does anything for clicks, but if he can beat the drum for Lin in Brooklyn, then HECK YEAH. Anything to get Lin visibility in free agency will help.

  • John Focker

    D12 terrible bang for the buck, especially under new salary cap.

  • cdblue10

    I agree with that but you need at least a 8-10 players that plays in high level to compete esp. in the East nowadays

  • CJSHYY

    Isola…. Really surprised me. But I really think NY media all hope Lin can back to NY again no matter it’s NYK or Nets.

  • cdblue10

    I can’t think of players in FA that fits SMark philosophy

  • zxcvb

    Lin’s best skill is making other guys better.

    Lin / Bazemore / Bogdanovic / Young / Lopez will easily beat Kemba / Batum / MKG / Marvin / Cody

    Really you only need 1-2 elite players and 3-4 good team players.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    They already have brooks Lopez who is a border-line All-Star center.

  • zxcvb

    Lin, Bazemore, Afflalo, Mozgov.

  • heart
  • Dan Ang

    XD

  • zxcvb

    Isola would love Lin back — positive or negative, Lin gets clicks for NY media. They’d love nothing more than to see Linsanity 2.0. Start a “war” between the Nets and Knicks.

  • cdblue10

    Afflalo is on a decline,Bazemore will be a good pick but warrant a big payday,Mozgov possibly but he will choose Cleveland over Nets unless he will get overpaid

  • zxcvb

    Well, I’m fine with Lin just playing with current Nets. Kilpatrick as SG, Bogdanovic at SF. Those guys can shoot. Young and Lopez are 10000X better than the Hornets frontcourt. Better than the Rox frontcourt.

  • CJSHYY

    They hate Melo & love Linsanity high fun games…. I really think Lin will become hot star if he’s in NY.

  • cdblue10

    MWilliams,Bazemore,Young,Lin and Lopez a mixed of shooters and athletic guy bench would be a liability

  • cdblue10

    I don’t care about Hornets and Rox,Lin is 27 and going 28 next season,a win mentality should be also a priority