Linsanity: 4 Reasons New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin Will Win 11 Games in a Row

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IFebruary 15, 2012

Linsanity: 4 Reasons New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin Will Win 11 Games in a Row

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    The New York Knicks are putting together one of the most exciting stretches that basketball fans have seen in years.

    It started with Jeremy Lin and the streak will not end anytime soon. 

    The Knicks have five games in a row at Madison Square Garden. They return home already riding a six-game winning streak.

    New York has the opportunity to continue their winning ways and take advantage of some factors that suggest they might not lose for a while. 

    There is no reason to believe that MSG won't be having one big party over the next week.

Jeremy Lin

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    Jeremy Lin has energized an otherwise lost basketball team. 

    He is not the only reason for the success of the Knicks, but he is the biggest one.

    He will continue to be the biggest factor for New York as they continue their winning streak. He has already become the first player in the NBA this season to have 20 points and seven assists in six straight games. He has answered all of Mike D'Antoni's prayers for an answer at point guard.

    He will need to limit his turnovers going forward, but he should be growing more and more comfortable with the guys around him so his turnovers should decease.

    In the Knicks' first six wins of the streak, Lin has scored 25, 28, 23, 38, 20 and 27 points.

    If he continues at this pace—sweeping their five game homestand should be no problem.

Madison Square Garden

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    MSG is a huge reason that the Knicks are going to continue on their torrid pace. The Knicks' fans were able to see the beginning of "Linsanity" but had to take to the road for three of their last four.

    The Knicks are the hottest ticket in town, and MSG is going to be the toughest place for visiting teams to play. 

    The Knicks own New York right now, and the Garden crowd will remind them of that over the next week.

Mediocre Opponents

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    On New York's five-game homestand, they welcome the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets and Atlanta Hawks.

    Dallas and Atlanta have winning records and are solid teams, but the other three are some of the worst teams in the league.

    As long as the Knicks do not overlook the sub-par teams, then they should handle them easily. The Knicks will only have difficult tasks when they are faced with the Mavs and the Hawks. 

    With their home-court advantage and the evolving Lin, they should be able to knock the good teams off.

Carmelo Anthony's Return

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    Many have thought that the return of Carmelo Anthony will hinder the Knicks. 

    That is not true. Anthony is in his prime and now has a good point guard running the offense.

    Lin is controlling the games nicely, and Anthony will become a part of Lin's system when he returns. Anthony will only help the Knicks when he suits up again. 

    Lin might feel more confident with his passes and actually could reduce his amount of turnovers.

    It does take a little time to get used to new pieces as we saw with Amar'e Stoudemire in his first game back. So when Anthony returns, it would not surprise me if there was some sloppy play. Don't expect it to last long. 

    If the Knicks implement Anthony back into the offense they are running now, then there should be no reason for the Knicks to have any problems.

    When the Knicks leave New York, they should have won 11 games in a row. Their first game back on the road is against the Miami Heat.