Because let's be honest, all eyes have been on the undrafted point guard out of Harvard.
Then...the improbable happened. Or perhaps we should say, "the usual."
The Knicks, led by Lin, stormed back from a 75-66 deficit in the fourth quarter on Valentine's Day. They outscored the Raptors in the final period, 24-12. And yes, Lin hit the game-winning shot as the Knicks went on to win, 90-87, disheartening an entire arena.
With Air Canada Centre roaring, Lin calmly drove up the floor, pulled up and buried a three-pointer in everybody's face with 0.5 seconds left.
From there, it was hysteria on the Knicks bench as the arena fell dead silent.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweeted: "The Knicks are surrounding Lin, laughing hysterically. They can't believe this. No one can believe this. Knicks 90-87, six straight wins."
By now, it's hard to call Lin a flash in the pan. He's led the Knicks to six straight wins, and five of those games, he didn't have Amar'e Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony. He's averaged 26.8 points and 8.5 assists during this stretch.
Lin ended up with 27 points on 9-of-20 shooting and 11 assists on Tuesday night. Of course, he added his usual eight turnovers or so, but that's beginning to become irrelevant. This kid makes everyone better around him.
People, there is no debate anymore.
Lin is for real.
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