Jeremy Lin has been nothing short of amazing for the New York Knicks over the past week. On Wednesday night (Feb. 8), he led the Knicks to a huge victory over the Washington Wizards on the road. It was the third straight game that Lin has commanded most of the point guard minutes and it's not a coincidence that the Knicks have also won all three games.
The double-digit win over the Wizards might not seem that impressive when you consider that Washington is now 5-21 on the season. Still, the Knicks have had struggles against teams like this and it was great to see a lot of consistency from the offense. For those that watched this game live, they were also treated to a one-handed dunk by Lin. Who knew he could get up like that in traffic? Lin carried the team with 23 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds to prove he is no fluke. Oh and he cut his turnovers down to just 2 against the Wizards.
When Lin was putting together a great second half, there were actually a lot of fans cheering in the stadium. The only problem is that New York was on the road for this game, so that had to frustrate Wizards players quite a bit. Lin even had a group of fans wearing Knicks colors and holding up signs cheering him on during the game.
All of the credit can't go to just Lin though, as when he opened up the court by driving to the basket, it also allowed Steve Novak open looks from three-point range that he had no problem hitting. The tandem of Novak and Lin was almost as good as that of Lin and Tyson Chandler. Lin continuously found Chandler in the low post, many times resulting in fouls on Washington that allowed Chandler to score easy points from the free throw line. He would end up 11-for-14 from the line to finish the game with 25 points.
Watching Knicks basketball has become very exciting again and you can bet that the Knicks fans are going to start chanting MVP every time that Lin makes a great play. Somehow he just led a Knicks team without Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony to a third straight win. Hopefully when the two leading scorers from the team return, they are able to meld seamlessly into the offense and not disrupt what has taken place.
The next game is a huge test for the Knicks, as it comes against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night (Feb. 10). Start time for that game is 8 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden and it is getting national coverage on television. Hopefully the 11-15 Knicks can keep rolling into the weekend.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.