New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin for Real or Is He Getting Lucky?

Patrick YaghoobiansAnalyst IIFebruary 7, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks drives past Detroit Pistons Walker Russell #23 of the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on January 31, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks entered the season with high hopes. It was Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony's first full season together, Landry Fields was coming off a very impressive rookie season, and NBA champion Tyson Chandler was brought into the Big Apple to help solidify the front court.

So far, things have not been working out so well for the Knicks. They lost a veteran and key player in Chauncey Billups when they amnestied him, and then brought in Baron Davis to replace him, but Davis has been injured the whole season. 

The two young guards, Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas, have not been playing that well, but Shumpert has been very good on the defensive side of the ball. Both youngsters have been shooting bad from the field and have not met expectations.

Jeremy Lin was another offseason acquisition by the New York Knicks, as the Golden State Warriors did not seem to want him. For most of the season, Lin saw either hardly any playing time or no playing time at all. That was, until the game against New Jersey.

Against New Jersey, Lin shot 10-of-17 from the field and added seven assists along with the impressive 25 points he scored, a career high until the game against the Jazz.

Now, one-game wonders usually happen, but the Knicks management thought he could do it again, as they put him in the starting lineup for the game against the Jazz. Lin proved to be useful again, as he dropped 28 points this time along with two steals and eight assists. The problem with this game, though, was the eight turnovers Lin had.

If it were not for Lin, the Knicks most probably would have lost those two games and had a very bad record of 8-17. He has been helpful in the past couple outings and has saved the Knicks twice already, but now it is time for the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and the rest of the team to show up as well to play some basketball.

Lin has had two great games, and many Knicks fans are hoping there is more left in him, but the big question is: Can he keep it up, or is this all just a fluke?


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