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Jeremy Lin who? Deron Williams dominates Knicks in Net wins

Feb 21, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

Deron Williams, Jeremy Lin AP

“Linsanity” started when Jeremy Lin came in off the bench against the New Jersey Nets, dropped 25 points on Deron Williams and his team, and started to change the Knicks season around. Williams was frustrated.

A couple days later, Williams was being peppered with questions about Lin, at one point said “What phenomenon?” then cut off the Lin line of questioning. Williams was angry.

Monday night, he unleashed all that back on the Knicks. Williams had 38 points, was 8 of 14 from three and led the Nets to a 100-92 win that wasn’t as close as the score suggests.

Deron Williams let Jeremy Lin and everyone know who will be the best point guard in the greater New York area next year when the Nets move to Brooklyn. Unless Williams doesn’t move with them and is instead the best point guard in Dallas. Or Los Angeles. Or wherever, but that’s another topic all together.

Lin had a good night statistically — 21 points on 7-of-18 shooting and 9 assists. Early he was able to get some good buckers in transition early. But the Nets did a good job of forcing him to his weaker left, then cut off his drives. It left the Knicks as a jump shooting perimeter team for much of the night, and the Knicks shot just 40 percent for the game.

This was also Carmelo Anthony’s return to the Knicks. He looked rusty, as one would expect. The Knicks put him the post more, ran some nice staggers screens for Lin with him and Amar’e Stoudemire. There were flashes — like an Anthony pass out of the post to a cutting Stoudemire for a dunk.

Baron Davis was back as well, but he was almost covered in rust. He may get there, but the up and down Davis can do that more slowly thanks to Lin. The Knicks have a quality point guard.

But the Nets have a better one. They also knocked down the threes — 15-31 from beyond the arc.

This was a chippy, physical, up-tempo and at times sloppy game that at times looked more like a game at Rucker Park than MSG. But that suited the Nets. They also had MarShon Brooks drop 18. And Kris Humphries had 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Knicks had Anthony and Tyson Chandler pick up technicals for trying to intimidate the Nets.

The next game between these teams will be fun.

  1. alan3008 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    LINcredible!

  2. bleed4philly - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    LINtastic

  3. noeffinway - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Linfizzle?

  4. schaffershokai - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Williams unleashed should look like this: http://youtu.be/VQ6dvKCfDRo

  5. dysraw1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    D-Will was on a mission last night an the knicks let him go to work from down town. possessions are gonna be very important going down the stretch so we will need to make the most them. another thing there was a lot of extra bullcrap going on between Tyson & humphries Kardashian that needs to stop

  6. RyanFeet - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Knicks were extremely LINconsistent and LINaccurate all night long! Chandler’s behavior was LINappropriate! If LIN, Davis and any others play any kind of defense against Deron he does not score 38! I knew if Melo came back in the starting lineup and given lots of minutes it would detroy this team’s chemistry. He is part time, 1-on-1 scorer and not a team player. D’antony, stop bringining in 3-4 guys at a time off the bench as it destroys the momentum! Substitutions should be 1 or 2 at most. This team is going nowhere.

    • md23rewlz - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      This was a sarcastic post meant to make fun of the snap judgments of Knick fans, right? Bringing in Anthony “destroys the team’s chemistry”? What on earth does that even mean? Steve Novak and Jeremy Lin hitting 28 foot three pointers in the fourth quarter with three on the shot clock, as they did against Dallas, has nothing to do with “team chemistry” and everything to do with what is called “unsustainable offense.” The idea that Anthony can’t play in a team game is completely unfair to him. He played on some deep, balanced Denver teams and fit in just fine. Yeah, he likes to iso. Just like Kobe, just like LeBron, just like Wade, just like Paul Pierce, just like Michael Jordan, just like every great player who has ever played. Basketball eventually comes down to individual players doing their thing. When Jeremy Lin is dribbling the ball at the top of the key and decides it’s time to launch a three-pointer, that’s just as “selfish” as anything Carmelo does. Ditto when Jeremy Lin decides to drive to the hoop through three defenders. All basketball players are selfish. They have to be. Carmelo exists within the team game no better or worse than any other great player, and the Knicks need him to be the great player that he is if they want to get out of the first round (which, even with Anthony, they aren’t doing against Chicago or Miami).

  7. zeedoubleyou - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Look at that photo. Watching Jeremy try to guard opposing PGs would drive me Linsane if I were a Knicks fan.

  8. writersrstupid - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I CANT TAKE WHY LIN IS ALWAYS PASSING TO THE WORSTE SENCOND ACTUALLY 1ST IS LUKE WALTON, LANDRY FIELD AN CANT TAKE WHY IS HE ALWAYS TRAYING TO PLAY WITH EACH OTHER HOPE ALL THIS LINSANITY STOP AN THEY GO BACK TO THE BENCH LANDRY AN SPECIALLY FIELD.

    B DAVIS
    JR SMITH
    C ANTHNY
    A STAT
    T CHNDLER

    GOOD LIN UP THE HERE. NOVACK, JARED SUCKS TO BUT GOOD FOR D, AN SHUMPERT FOR D AN LIN THATS IT. LANDRI SHLD NEVER COME ON UNLES THEY UP BY 50 POINTS

  9. losangelasbasketball - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Jeremy lin tried to get mello involved in this game but mello just stood there lol…..looks like lin will have to do more to earn mellos respect cause he doesnt have it yet….

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