Oof. What a stinker of a box score put up by Jeremy Lin last night. Those seven turnovers against the Minnesota Timberwolves are Linsane.
Fortunately, Harden came up big in the fourth, the Rockets seem to be clicking as a team and the expectations aren’t nearly as high for Jeremy as they’ve been, so those turnovers FELT less impactful.
Anyhow, this is going to sound like I’m an LOF, but the guy somewhat redeemed himself in the fourth with a confident jump shot to tie the game late and forced Barea to cough up the ball on the next possession (who was torching Lin up to that point).
I think Lin’s problem was that he was driving to the basket with the idea to distribute the ball. His mindset was passive-aggressive; get to the hole, but pass it off. That, and bad passes to Asik, got him in trouble. By the time Lin said “fuck that” (he would never say that), his shot was off, but there was a lesson learned. Be aggressive to score. Get to your spot or score. Make the other team think you’re trying to score, then pass. Not the other way around. Anyways, us LOFs prefer to see you score anyways (YAY!).
Lin’s final line against the Wolves? 8 points (3-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 7 turnovers, 1 steal. [boxscore]