Jeremy Lin, making his debut for the Charlotte Hornets, scored 17 points off the bench against a strong Miami Heat outfit Wednesday night. Despite Lin’s useful contributions off the bench, Dwayne Wade and his Heat squad emerged victorious (104-94) on Day 2 of the brand new NBA season.
Jeremy Lin scores
For Lin, efficiency is the keyword. He shot an impressive 50% from the field (5/10 Field Goals) and hit two of his three three-point attempts. Lin also collected two assists and a rebound in his first outing as a Charlotte Hornet. Lin, an outstanding free throw shooter, hit five of his six free throw attempts. (Watch Lin’s impressive assist to Spencer Hawes in the first quarter below).
PJ Hairston was paired with Kemba Walker in the starting unit while Lin came off the bench to run the floor and provide scoring punch, despite pre-season reports that Hornets coach Steve Clifford was considering the possibility of starting both Walker and Lin.
Though Lin didn’t start the game, he was on the court during the final few minutes of the fourth quarter, when the game was still up for grabs. The fact that Coach Clifford entrusted Lin to run the floor towards the end of the match augurs well for the future of the Point Guard, who saw 27 minutes off the bench.
Walker, with 19 points, and big man Al Jefferson, with 17 points, led the Hornets in scoring.
Despite the trade with Portland Trail Blazers that landed Nicolas Batum in Charlotte, Hornets owner Michael Jordan recently said that Lin was his team’s biggest offseason acquisition. Lin’s performances in the preseason and now the season debut definitely vindicate Jordan’s comments.
Don’t be surprised to see Lin’s minutes increase as the season progresses. It wouldn’t be a bad option to have him man the second unit, but an increased number of minutes could help the Hornets’ cause.