NBA News: Jeremy Lin Plays Stellar Defense, Hornets Lose Nail-Biter To Hawks
If it wasn’t for Jeremy Lin’s late-game heroics, the Charlotte Hornets would have suffered a heavy defeat Sunday. Lin played stellar defense and collected four assists but it wasn’t enough as the Hornets suffered a heartbreaking 94-92 defeat to the visiting Atlanta Hawks at the Time Warner Cable Arena.Advertisement
Lin, the Hornets’ substitute point guard, had two blocked shots and a steal besides collecting seven points and two boards off the bench. In the final quarter, Lin hit a crucial three-pointer, made a few crucial defensive plays and pushed the tempo to lead Charlotte’s fightback.
Having started the season 0-3, Lin and the Hornets have a lot of adjustments to make. “It’s been a disappointing start but it’s a long year and we’ve got a lot of new guys,” Lin said after the game (Lin’s post-game interview below).
On Saturday, Lin told nba.com that he had found a perfect situation in Charlotte, especially after playing in big markets such as Los Angeles, New York and Houston. “It’s been a great fit for me,” the point guard said. “I think Charlotte is definitely a little more low-key than some of the other cities I’ve played in. But aside from New York, I never really worried too much about the outside noise. I kind of got used to it. It didn’t really affect me the way it might have in the past.”
The Sportige wrote that it’s time for Hornets coach Steve Clifford to insert Lin into the starting unit, considering the struggles of Kemba Walker. “He (Clifford) needs more of Lin because Kemba Walker is refusing to change. He shot 5-of-15 from the field in the loss to the Hawks and once again jumbled up the entire offensive game. Nicolas Batum and Lin were brought in (during the offseason) so the ball could move, not get glued to the hand of one inefficient point guard (Walker).”
Shockingly, Lin played only 21 minutes. The website further wrote: “Clifford needs to put Lin on the floor for more minutes. Maybe even start. The Hornets overall look better when he plays. The Hornets have problems in creativity and offense in general off the bench, but treating Lin like an upgraded bench player isn’t going to help the Hornets pick up the pace.”