Jeremy Lin: Inconsistent Guard Streaking at Just the Right Time for Rockets

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 21, 2013

Mar 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) raises his arms after a play during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lin's month-to-month shooting numbers tell you all you need to know about how inconsistent he's been this season for the Houston Rockets.

The 24-year-old point guard shot 37 percent in November, 49 percent in December, 42 percent in January, 44 percent in February and, now, 54 percent in March.

Since flipping the calendar to March, Lin has had only one poor shooting night in nine games. He's also shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc, his highest monthly mark of the season.

On Wednesday, Lin scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the Rockets' pivotal 100-93 win over the Utah Jazz in their bid for the playoffs. The Rockets currently hold the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference headed into Thursday's games. They are 1.5 games ahead of the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers and three games ahead of the ninth-seeded Jazz.

At 37-31, the Rockets have just 14 games to go in the regular season. Needless to say, they are hoping Lin's streak continues through their last regular-season matchup against the Lakers on April 17 (they have five more games in March).

It may seem silly to be cautious about Lin in April. Then again, given his inconsistency this season, there is reason for some concern.

The first game of each month has mysteriously been somewhat of a prophecy as to how Lin will perform that particular month. For example, Lin shot 6-of-16 on Nov. 2. He shot 8-of-14 on Dec. 1. He shot 3-of-10 on Jan. 2. He shot 4-of-10 on Feb. 2. And he shot 3-of-6 on March 1. Those numbers were foretelling each and every month.

I don't know if this means we should tune into his April 1 game against the Orlando Magic wide-eyed, but if anything, it exemplifies Lin's up-and-down season/career.

How will the youngster perform down the stretch? It's anybody's guess, including Lin's. One thing's for sure: It's going to be a wild ride in Houston.


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