No doubt the big battle is tomorrow night in Miami against Lebron James and Dewayne Wade. One price for Lin's early success will be that it puts a target on him. Big shots like James and Wade will take exception to all the questions about Lin's greatness.
Wade will no doubt try to do to him and the Knicks what Devon Williams and the Nets did to them Monday night. Also, again, with news of a new Sports Illustrated cover for Lin comes, can Carmello handle it? Can he handle winning without always being the top guy? Still to be answered. I for one want to believe the best in him.
Tonight the Knicks came back against the Hawks. Lin played only 33 minutes, the least he's played, scoring 17 points and 9 assists, with only 4 turnovers-that's the second game in a row his turnovers have been down.
Carmello had 15 points in 27 minutes on 7 of 16 shooting. Stoudemire had only 7 points in 24 minutes on 3 of 8 shooting. Interestingly, Steve Novak tied Lin for leading scorer with 17 points including 5 of 10 from the 3 point arc.
Overall the Knicks played a good team game with five players in double figures. There's reason to hope that the "depletion" that Antoni had spoken of after getting Anthony in exchange for most of their bench is over as the bench seems to have bounced back.