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Jeremy Lin: Knicks Sensation Shows He Belongs By Crushing John Wall

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08:  John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards drives against Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks during the second half at Verizon Center on February 8, 2012 in Washington, DC.  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 Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2012

Ok, this Linsanity thing is getting out of hand.

The New York Knicks are now 3-0 since Jeremy Lin was inserted into the starting lineup and is showing no signs of slowing down. Wednesday night’s 107-93 win over the Washington Wizards is a big deal for multiple reasons:

 

1. He Outplayed John Wall

Lin had 23 points on 9-of-14 while collecting 10 assists, four rebounds and two turnovers while Wall had 29 on 12-of-21 shooting with six assists, one rebound and one turnover.

More importantly, the Knicks outscored the Wizards by 18 with Lin on the floor, while the Wizards were outscored by six with Wall in the game.

It’s clear that Lin is making everybody on his team better by getting his teammates involved while Wall is not doing his job as a pure point guard.

If you didn’t know anything about basketball and watched that game, you would have thought Lin was the No. 1 overall pick in ‘10 and Wall was the one in the NBDL earlier in the season.

 

2. It Was a Win on the Road

It was only their fifth road win in 13 chances. It has been a huge issue early in the season and Lin is already changing the culture…without the aid of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

 

3. Lin Can Hang With the Best of Them

The jury is still out on Wall, but there is no denying he is extremely talented and capable of being an All-Star in this league once he gets better teammates. Lin had no issues carving him up off the dribble and running the offense to perfection.

This comes just a few days after outplaying Devin Harris, an average point in this league, and Deron Williams, one of the top five at the position.

These aren’t scrubs that Lin is torching; they are legit playmakers on offense that are above-average defenders.

 

Summary

Buy the hype with Linmania. Watching him outplay a guy that was drafted No. 1 in his class is all the proof I need.

I don’t care that it was the Wizards. With Steve Novak and Bill Walker playing 27 minutes and Mike Bibby actually seeing 15, they won a game on the road.

Lin is the real deal, and you have to be incredibly excited if you’re a Knicks fan. The point guard of the future has arrived. 

 

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