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Lin Proving to Be Valuable Contributor for Hornets
Lin signed with the Hornets this past offseason after spending one campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he has provided quality depth to a backcourt that also boasts Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum.
With per-game averages of 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists prior to the injury, the Harvard alum is a big reason why Charlotte has established itself as a potential contender in the Eastern Conference.
Perhaps his most notable performance came in a shocking, come-from-behind win over the San Antonio Spurs on March 21, in which he put the Spurs' formidable bench to shame, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Jeremy Lin, who came off the bench, outscored San Antonio's bench 29-18. Spurs entered the game 3rd in the NBA in bench scoring at 39.7 PPG.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 22, 2016
That showing prompted Jay Mohr of Fox Sports Radio to heap praise on the underrated guard:
According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Lin believes he has meshed well with head coach Steve Clifford during his time with the Hornets thus far.
"I want to keep growing as a player," Lin said. "I've learned a lot here already, just under his system and his defense stuff. He's really good."
While Lin hasn't dealt with many significant injuries over the course of his career, this isn't the first time he has been banged up this season.
#Hornets Head Coach Steve Clifford on Jeremy Lin's ankle injury "Yeah he will be fine." AKA no update here.— Brittany Copeland (@brittanydiehl) January 28, 2016
Lin is an offensive spark plug who has seemingly made defensive strides under Clifford, and Charlotte doesn't have another player of his ilk.
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