The New York Knicks visit the Houston Rockets tonight, and it's going to be a very emotional game. It will be their reunion with point guard Jeremy Lin, who broke out in New York over a nine-game stretch last season before signing with the Houston Rockets over the summer.
Lin has gotten off to a slow start in 2012-13, averaging just 10 points and 6.3 assists over 12 games. His offensive game is marred by inconsistency, and he is shooting just 33 percent from the field.
The numbers may be low, but the Knicks still cannot afford to take Lin lightly. They have seen firsthand what he can do on a good night. This is the same player who scored 38 points against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, so being cocky in defending him is the last thing New York can afford to do.
Thus, one of the Knicks' top priorities on defense tonight should be as follows: shut down Jeremy Lin. As a speedy and determined point guard, there's no telling how much damage he can do if his shots start falling and he suddenly reverts to Linsanity form.
So long as certain defensive measures are implemented, then shutting the Harvard grad down should be easy as pie.