In the last seven games, Jeremy Lin has brought the New York Knicks from what looked like another letdown season, to a sprint to the playoffs.
With Lin, the soon-to-be return of Carmelo Anthony and the possible addition of J.R. Smith, the Knicks could make a magical run in the playoffs.
As Knick fans though, we have learned not to get our hopes up. But out of all the seasons to believe in the possibility of a deep run in the playoffs, it is this season.
When Anthony gets back, the team will only get better. Lin has proven himself as a good point guard who can dish it out. With Anthony's tendency to shoot a lot and Chandler and Stoudemire's inside presence, the Knicks could be a threat to deal with.
Now, there are questions about Anthony's return and how he will mesh with Lin. But together, it only makes sense that these two would play well together, and the game on Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings proved Lin can play second fiddle (10 points on four of six shooting and a nice 11 assists).
The team is meshing together really well right now, and playing each game at a high level. Eventually, the winning streak will be snapped, but the momentum will still be in the right direction.
If they do get Smith, the Knicks will have some significant depth along with whenever Baron Davis returns. A good bench is a key to making it through the playoffs, and these two players certainly give them both depth, and the ability to rest their top players.
All in all, the pieces have fallen into place this season for the Knicks. Toney Douglas didn't pan out like they expected, but they found a diamond in the rough with the undrafted Lin. They have gone through some tough injuries with Stoudemire and Anthony.
Throw in Bill Walker, Iman Shumpert and Landry Fields, and you have one talented team that could be a huge threat in the playoffs.