The guy absolutely no one really wanted, and don't believe the Mavs' BS that they knew he had talent when he was on their summer league team, continues re-making the Knicks into a completely different, Melo-free image. This guy has Steve Nash type skills.
The Mavs joined the club of those to experience Jeremy Lin in a bad way: Knicks 104, Mavs 97. All of this love for a team that is 16-16. (OK, so their record is a bit better with Lin in the lineup.)
I really liked the Mavs putting Shawn Marion on Lin early in the game, but as the game wore on they got away from that and no one could chase this guy effectively. Lin is also persistent on the attack, which leads me to ...
About the only thing I didn't like about this game was the continued disappearance of Lamar Odom (1-for-6, 2 points, 2 turnovers, 6 rebounds, 3 assists in 20 minutes) and the mad-bombing from deep by this team.
The Mavs were 12-of-33 from 3-point range. They took a total of 81 shots. That's a lot of jumpers. The Mavs currently rank fifth in the NBA in 3-point attempts (21.1 per game) but 18th in 3-point field goal percent (.329).
I prefer plays at the basket. Right now there is no one who can do what J.J. Barea could in getting at the rim, especially with Roddy Beaubois apparently having taken residence in Rick Carlisle's doghouse. Delonte West (out with a hand injury) may be the only guy who can do it, but he's not quite adept as Barea.
Kinda makes you wish they had, maybe, Jeremy Lin?
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