Linsantiy is back – for today, at least.
In case you missed it, Jeremy Lin had a much-needed solid performance against the Blazers last night. The very average player who gained a bit of fame with the Knicks in 2012 put up 21 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals in the Rockets’108-98 Game 5 victory over the Blazers.
It wasn’t just Lin’s numbers that were impressive -- it was how he racked them up. Lin displayed the nimbleness in traffic, knack for finding the open zone, and guts to take the big shot that made him a league sensation with the Knicks in 2012.
“He had these two big 3-pointers at the end of possessions as the shot clock was ending,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Those were big momentum plays for them and they took a little bit out of us.”
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Despite a largely disappointing two season with the Rockets, you could definitely argue that Lin saved his team’s season yesterday. Sure, Dwight Howard scored 22 points, but it was Lin who consistently broke down the Blazers’ defensive pressure throughout the night.
"I just tried to be aggressive," Lin said after the game. "I felt like I needed to be a spark for the team."
After scoring just four points in Game 4 and averaging a meager 9 points per game for the series, a bit of Linsanity was exactly what the Rockets needed to keep their season going.
Houston is headed up to Portland for Game 6 tomorrow. The Blazers are up 3-2 on the Rockets for the series.