Jeremy Lin: Why Linsanity Will Return to Form After the All-Star Break

Justin Keith@justin5keithCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2012

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 23, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin and "Linsanity" have been sweeping the nation the past couple of weeks, but he got a serious wake-up call last night against the Miami Heat.

Lin only had eight points and three assists while committing a whopping eight turnovers.

However, Lin wasn't the only Knicks player to be shut down by the stifling Miami defense.

Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire only had 13 points and five rebounds while turning the ball over six times—not exactly stellar play.

Last night's game proved Miami's dominance in the East as they flaunted their rock-solid defense and flashy athleticism.

That being said, Lin shouldn't be discouraged by his—and his team's—poor play, Carmelo Anthony told ESPNNewYork's Jared Zwerling:

"We said, 'Cheer up, man.' We have nights like this. You're going to have nights like this. We're playing against one of the best teams in the NBA, if not the best team in the NBA, and they really focused in on trying to stop you tonight. You're on the scouting report now."

Many point guards will be shut down this season against the Heat because of their superb team defense and fast-break ability.

This subpar performance by Lin came at a good time.

He is heading into the All-Star break, where he will compete in the Rising Stars game. This will allow Lin to relax and be around some of the best young players in the NBA.

Lin will also get a chance to rest his legs after Friday's Rising Stars game. The break is much needed for Lin, who has logged huge minutes for the Knicks in the past couple of weeks. In his last 10 games, Lin has average 37 minutes as a starter, a far cry from his average of 15.8 during his career.

As far as the return of Linsanity in the second half of the season, expect big things.

With the return of Anthony and Stoudemire, Lin can only be more effective as a point guard.

Pressure will also be off Lin to be a scorer as the Knicks bring J.R. Smith off the bench as a huge threat on the offensive end.

Lin will have little pressure to carry the offense, just facilitate.

Although his points per game may drop, expect his assists to go up and his turnovers to come down.