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Jeremy Lin came to play Saturday night, and for a night was the point guard the Knicks need

Feb 5, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin Reuters

The Knicks tried Toney Douglas. They tried Iman Shumpert. They’re waiting on Baron Davis. But for a night, they got the dynamic, slashing, pick-and-roll point guard they’ve needed so badly. And the result was a win over the Nets behind Jeremy Lin‘s 25 points and 7 assists, not to mention stellar defense on Deron Williams.

Yeah. Jeremy Lin. The former Warrior, D-League assignment regular, Harvard-graduate Jeremy Lin. He sliced and diced his way through the Nets defense which pretty much set up a sign at the rim that said “make yourself comfortable, we’ll be back next season.” He found open looks for teammates. He split double-teams on the pick-and-roll. He converted and-one after and-one and afterwards received a massive hug from his teammates.

Have we mentioned he was sleeping on his teammate’s couch last night because he doesn’t want to get a place in case he gets cut?

He had toiled in the D-League, been tossed aside by the Warriors and Rockets, and wasn’t sure he’d be long for this part of the basketball world, either. How unsure was he? Lin had been crashing at his brother’s place when coming home late from road games, as the Knicks did after a crushing loss in Boston Friday night. But there was no room at the inn – his brother had ample house guests, Lin said – so he slept on teammate Landry Fields’ couch the night before the best game of his life. “I think I may just go move in with him,” Lin said.

via Jeremy Lin: From teammates couch to career night – CBSSports.com.

He may wind up getting his own place, since Mike D’Antoni hinted post-game he may be open to giving Lin the starting job, since Toney Douglas has kind of been running the Knicks like Austin Powers in that golf cart. (That’s my dated reference for the day.) And after a performance like this, it’s no wonder. It may have been one night, but it was nice to see the Knicks offense looking something like a D’Antoni offense.

  1. njsteeler - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Good job, Jeremy! It was the Nets, and it was a struggle. However, it was entertaining and nice to see the offense look like an offense. Anything that takes the ball, and decision making out of Melo’s hands is cool with me. It might not have been as close if Amare’ plays more minutes. Anyway, good to see and I’m hoping the kid can hold it down, because I’m not sure if Baron’s health will hold up.

  2. mqcarpenter - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Wow. Impressive! I worked with Jeremy and his agent the year he came in the league. If nothing else he is a good kid. I am glad to see him step up and start to get noticed for something other than his race and his school. Well done Jeremy and good luck.

  3. ihatetoneydouglas - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Us New Yorkers are proud to live in such a culturally diverse setting,and very proud to see Jeremy Lin represent the Knicks well.

  4. willardj - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Wow. That’s one smart back-court. Lin graduated from Harvard and Fields from Stanford.

    Although their front court isn’t quite as intellectual, with Melo who left after a year at Syracuse and Amare and Chandler who both skipped college.

  5. eaglesandravens - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Asia’s last true hope

  6. lemfax - Feb 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Smart move for the knickers…

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