I think that we all knew it was a matter of time before Jeremy Lin had a bad game. Why do I say that?…..because even players like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Kobe have bad games from time to time. Jeremy Lin has dominated the NBA for the past 10 games, and he was bound to have an off night. Now the question remains as to how he will bounce back. I’m betting that Lin will come back in a powerful way and get back to the form he’s shown over the past month.
What will the defenses do now? One thing that we saw in the Miami game is that Jeremy had problems against Mario Chalmers. Well, guess what? A lot of NBA point guards have a tough time against Chalmers. Mario Chalmers is one of the best on ball defenders in the NBA and it was a learning experience for Lin to go against not only Chalmers, but also Lebron and Dwayne Wade.
Nevertheless, look for NBA defenders to try to apply immense on ball defense against Lin to see how he responds. One thing Lin can do to counteract this is to use his body more as he brings the ball up. Towards the end of Sam Cassel’s career, Sam would literally bring the ball up the court by dribbling up the court and shoving his backside into the face of his defender. With Jeremy Lin being as physically strong as he his, this is something that Lin can do as well. Some coaches call this, “putting the defender on your hip.”
Hey, we knew it would happen. I’m predicting that Lin is going to bounce back in a majorly positive way.
But ultimately it is a huge compliment to Jeremy Lin that defenses are so keyed in on stopping him.
Phoenix vs. Clippers Sam Cassel is my man, but the Suns will win game 7 vs. the Clippers on Monday night. When the Suns run, they are almost unstoppable. Sam Cassell has taken a very good team and with his leadership and shooting ability, and huge personality, Sam has made the Clippers great. Elton Brand may be the best running big man in the NBA, but trying to chase Shawn Marion up and down the court in a game 7 situation in Phoenix could wear him down. I really think that Shawn could be a world class 400 runner if he wanted to.
San Antonio vs. Dallas
Jason Terry was disspointed that he was suspended for game 6 of the series. I watched the “incident” where Jason took a little shot at Michael Finley at the end of a little pile up. To suspend Jason Terry for a game for something that was so small is tough. It’s one thing if someone grabs below the belt in the normal course of the game, as happened in the Denver series. But Jason and Michael and Manu were all in a scrum and they were just scrapping. Sometimes you react when you’re getting hit and you just do things in the heat of the moment. I definitely do not think that Jason’s actions were premeditated in any way. Here are some of Mark Cuban’s thoughts taken from an article by Art Garcia of the Star-Telegram:
“I had some choice words for the league,” owner Mark Cuban said. “It’s certainly not consistent with what the league has done in the past.”
“The league also said they didn’t know if the Finley pile-driver with his hip to Jason’s head while Ginobili was lying on him was intentional or not,” Cuban said. “So they couldn’t do anything about it. Finley went berserk like the world ended, while Ginobili was on top of Jason, staring at the whole thing, and didn’t even react.”
“Unbelievable,” Cuban said. “When it’s all said and done, this series could end up being talked about for all the wrong reasons.”
Detroit vs. Cleveland
I’m cheating a little bit here because it’s halftime of the Detroit Cleveland game right now and I’m sitting here watching it. I still think that Detroit is going to win this game. Flip Saunders is at his best in close game situations as are Rasheed and Chauncey and Rip Hamilton. I am picking the Detroit Pistons to win the NBA championship this season. I am also giving the “best beard” award to Zydrunas Ilgauskas.