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Linsanity. Linspiration. Super Lintendo. Just Lin Baby. Mr. Lincredible.
Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has been the talk of the sports world over the last couple of weeks as the Harvard graduate helped the Knicks return to the playoff hunt.
Prior to the Knicks game against the Nets at Madison Square Garden, it was announced that Lin would be the team's starter for that game. He would go on to register 25 points and seven assists in the game and the rest is history.
Since their victory that night, Lin helped the Knicks to six straight victories, amassing 28, 23, 38, 20, 27 and 10 points in those games, respectively. He also posted three double-doubles in those games as well.
Linsanity came to an end last night, as the Knicks fell to the Hornets, 89-85. Lin poured in 26 points and also dished out five assists and registered four steals. However, he did commit nine turnovers, which is a season-high in the NBA.
There is no doubt that Lin has come out of nowhere and become the Knicks starter at point guard. But, Lin has committed 45 turnovers in those seven games, the most in a seven-game stretch in NBA history. However, that can be worked on and it is expected to happen when a player has not had much experience at the professional level.
But I digress.
Lin's accomplishments over the last seven games hasn't just helped him, but it's also helped the Knicks. Perhaps the most well-known team in the NBA, the Knicks have returned to the playoff picture thanks to Lin. His play over the last seven games has helped him grow from a bench warmer to a full-fledged starter.
With all the headlines, the NBA was seemingly forced to put him somewhere in All-Star Weekend, as we will see him play in the Rookie-Sophomore Game and in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. According to reports, Lin will also help high-flying Iman Shumpert in the dunk contest.
Lin's story is undoubtedly the biggest player surprise of the 2011-12 season.