News broke on Saturday that New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin will undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee. The timetable for recovery is expected to be six weeks. With about four weeks left in the regular season, there's a good chance the injury will end Lin's season.
And what a season it's been for Lin. Jeremy Lin started the season by getting waived by both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets before the Knicks claimed him on Dec. 27. At that time, Lin was just a warm body for the bench.
But that all changed on Feb. 4, when former head coach Mike D'Antoni made a concerted effort to get Lin into the rotation, playing him 36 minutes against the New Jersey Nets. Lin scored 25 points and dished out seven assists against the Nets that night and went on a roll from there, sparking a seven-game win streak for the Knicks and becoming a national sensation.
Through his play this season, Lin has established himself in the NBA going forward. But with his season more than likely finished, let's take a look back at Jeremy Lin's five best games from the 2012 season.
5. Feb. 14, Knicks Beat the Toronto Raptors, 90-87
Lin showed his ability as a clutch performer in this one, as he hit a game-winning three-pointer with less than a second to play, giving the Knicks the three-point win. On top of his late-game performance, Lin was excellent throughout, scoring 27 points, dishing out 11 assists and getting one steal. He was also 9-of-20 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range.
4. Feb. 29, Knicks Beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-93
While it wasn't Lin's best scoring game, it was certainly his most impressive as a floor general. If there's one area where Lin could definitely improve as a player, it's his ability to eliminate turnovers. Lin obviously had a lot of success this season, but he also committed at lot of turnovers, displayed by his 215:126 (less than 2:1) assist-to-turnover ratio.
But Lin was efficient on this night, dishing out 13 assists while also only turning the ball over one time. He also kicked in 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting and had five rebounds and one steal in the victory.
3. Feb. 8, Knicks Beat the Washington Wizards, 107-93
Lin was incredibly effective from the field in this game, shooting 9-of-14 in this victory. He scored 23 points on the night and had 10 assists. He also contributed on the defensive end, getting four rebounds, one steal and one block.
2. Feb. 10, Knicks Beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 92-85
I remember watching this game. At that time, Linsanity was just starting to take off. I'd seen all of the highlights, but I was skeptical about Lin's ability to consistently contribute in the NBA. This game erased most of those doubts.
If you'll remember, entering the game, Lakers star Kobe Bryant said of Lin, "I don’t even know what he’s done. Like, I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ll take a look at [the tape] tonight though."
It's safe to say Bryant was acquainted with Lin after that night. Lin scored a career-high 38 points against the Lakers on 13-of-23 shooting. Lin also had seven assists, four rebounds and two steals against the Lakers.
1. Feb. 19, Knicks Beat the Dallas Mavericks, 104-97
The Mavericks entered the game riding a six-game winning streak. Lin would end that in resounding fashion. Lin played an incredible game, scoring 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point line.
On top of the excellent scoring, Lin contributed career highs in two different categories, tallying 14 assists and five steals in the victory against the defending champs.