32 wrote:jimbob631 wrote:He had an off shooting night and now he's called selfish? He still dished out 8 assists. And the New York getting more free throws thing is a bull **** conspiracy. They had Lin practicing with the belief that he wouldn't get any free throws so they wouldn't give them to him in practice. Of course he won't be averaging that many free throws or putting up these numbers, but people are going to two extremes. After these 5 games he's third in the league in PER, will that continue, no way, but its something to be excited about for a 23 year old to achieve.
The turnovers are bad, the shooting is streaky and likely won't hold up, and its gonna be a challenge to keep this up with two superstars coming back, doesn't make what Lin has done in uplifting the knicks into the 8th spot any less impressive and it doesn't mean there isn't a good chance he'll be productive for the rest of the season.
I don't think any Lin skeptics here have outright called him selfish. I pointed out his ridiculous amount of field goals per game, but I didn't put a selfish spin on it until someone above tried to overtly claim that Lin was an unselfish point guard. If anything, he's a scoring point who makes the extra pass, but I have yet to see him orchestrate an offense like a true point guard. Before we even embark on that category, we can all agree that true point guards don't call their own number more than half the time.
And as far as what he's done in 5 games, you're right. Those games have been impressive and he has no doubt shined throughout them. The issue isn't what he's done; the skeptics are of a mind that he can't maintain this play (again, prove us wrong). He's always been a good slasher, but with teams overplaying him, to go along with NY's treatment from the officials, he's looked downright unstoppable. To follow up on that: the Knicks shoot the 6th most free throws in the league (and during their past 3 games, they've gotten more whistles than ANY team, including league-leading Denver), so you may wanna reconsider that statement dismissing the whistles as a conspiracy theory. Proof:
http://www.teamrankings.com/nba/stat/fr ... d-per-game
I suppose it's all just coincidence, right?
I think the ridiculous amount of free throws are the result of a stagnant offense that without Melo and Amare is led by Tyson Chandler and Landry Fields, two players who are inconsistent offensive players at best. The FGA will decrease when Amare and Melo comes back.
The fact that the offense has tremendously improved though with him starting speaks to his abilities as a point guard. Looking beyond the high assist numbers, other players such as Novak, Chandler, and Fields are playing better than they have all season. This is a great deal because the offense has been orchastrated by Lin.
I really don't want to debate the free throw thing, however its interesting to note that teams like Indiana, Sacremento, Utah, Minnesota, and Denver are top ten in free throws attempted. Two years ago New York was 28th, and three years ago they were 22nd.