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Jeremy Lin's postseason reputation took a beating thanks to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In Game 1 of the first-round series between Lin's Houston Rockets and the Thunder, he finished 1-of-7 from the field for four points, four assists, three rebounds and four turnovers. He missed all four of his three-point attempts, and the Rockets lost by 29 on the road.
Linsanity seemed to be on the brink of returning in Game 2, as Lin recorded seven points, four rebounds and three assists in the first half, but a bruised right chest muscle sidelined him from halftime onward. He played 18 largely ineffective minutes in the Game 3 loss and missed both Games 4 and 5 due to the chest injury.
Without Lin, the Rockets turned to a point-guard-by-committee duo of Patrick Beverly and Aaron Brooks, both of whom stepped up considerably. Beverly averaging 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in the playoffs ranks as one of the biggest first-round surprises in any series.
Lin's postseason reputation already took a beating during the 2012 playoffs with the New York Knicks, when a partial meniscus tear sidelined him for the entire first round. The New York media jumped all over him for saying that he wouldn't return despite being 85 percent recovered from surgery, even though he later clarified that he meant he couldn't even play 5-on-5 at the time.
With that memory perhaps fresh in his mind, Lin came back in Game 6 for the Rockets' final home game, but only finished with three points on 1-of-4 shooting in 13 minutes. Had Lin been half the player he was during Linsanity with Russell Westbrook sidelined, the Rockets would have possessed a very real chance at toppling the top-seeded Thunder.