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Let the game come to you, don't try to do to much. As always, this is much easier said than done.
Such is the case with Jeremy Lin as he looks to return to form following offseason knee surgery and shaky shooting thus far this preseason.
He talked about this with The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen after the game against San Antonio:
“It’s frustrating,” Lin said. “Any time you don’t play as well as you think you’re capable of, it’s frustrating. I have to remember it’s a process. It’s not just going to happen overnight for me. I’m going to have to build and build step by step, brick by brick. As long as I get an upward progression of improvement over time, I think I’m happy.”
Head coach Kevin McHale had some advice for Lin as well:
“He’s just getting his confidence back, trying to get his mojo going, which is very common,” McHale said. “I said, ‘Just go out and relax and play. It’s going to come.’ Anybody who has ever played and come back has gone through a period (when) it’s kind of odd. All of a sudden, things click, and he’s back to playing well and confident.”
Lin had 12 dimes and 4 steals in the win over the Grizzlies and showed that he can still have an impact even when the shots aren't falling.
Another factor that goes along with letting the game come to you and trying not to do to much is being one's own worst critic, which is an quality possessed by Lin. Having said that, Lin also needs to avoid beating himself up.
Again, much easier said than done.