New York Knicks: Jeremy Lin, Turnovers and the Real Test

J HillContributor IIIFebruary 21, 2012

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I'm taking a break from writing about my unhealthy Cleveland Cavaliers fandom to write about my new unhealthy basketball obsession, Jeremy Lin, who has set New York and the basketball world on fire with highlights and puns.

His underdog story will be that of legend, and will inspire people to really make the best of the chances they are given in life. I mean Lin is the reason that I will be flying to Charlotte to try to get a contract with the Bobcats

Here is the obligatory section where I'm supposed to tell you how great his stats are compared to the likes of Stockton and Magic over his first nine games, but if you don't already know you've been living under a rock or haven't watched SportsCenter in the past month.

Therefore, I'm not going to do it because you've already heard it.

Anyway, enough praise, what are his horrible flaws? What is his deep, dark secret that he is hiding? Is it drugs? Alcohol? A Warcraft subscription?

No, much like Tim Tebow, who for some reason Lin is compared to, his flaw is actually quite obviously with his game. For Tebow it's his throwing motion and propensity to run—for Lin it's his turnovers.

In the games that Lin has started he has a habit of attempting the home run pass or play, which has caused him to average almost six turnovers over the past nine games.

The big question is, exactly how big of an issue is this?

Ask one person and you'll hear it's going to catch up to him and the Knicks will start losing again—ask another and they'll say it's because he is running a Mike D'Antoni offense, which is very fast-paced and prone to turnovers.

My question is, do the turnovers really matter if you win the game?

I think both yes and no.

Yes because everyone knows that defense picks up in the playoffs—which is when every turnover will matter more than ever—and no because if it wasn't for these wins, the Knicks would be a lottery team.

The real test will be this Thursday at the Miami Heat, who are sporting one of the best defenses right now. If Lin can help the Knicks win against LeBron James and the Heat, then I would say that this team can go anywhere.

Why is this one game such a big measuring stick for me?

Well quite frankly I believe LeBron wants the spotlight back and will look to squash this "Linsanity" once and for all. I fully expect LeBron and Wade to take turns on Lin, much like the Mavericks placed their best perimeter defender Shawn Marion in charge of trying to limit Lin.

Now if Lin can produce against that kind of defensive pressure, then I would be comfortable saying that he has proven he is indeed not just the "flash in the pan" that some still like to believe.  

Will it happen?

Heck I don't know, this season has been completely "Linsane" and I've been loving it.

What do you guys think?