Jeremy Lin’s Role with Knicks Changing?
The Knicks knew this was going to happen. Jeremy Lin’s minutes and production are decreasing now that the rest of the roster is getting healthy and on-the-court chemistry is developing.
Lin played at least 40 minutes three times during a four-game span in mid-February, but his time on the court is down. He has played 36, 32, 34, 33 and 32 minutes the last five games, all since backup Baron Davis returned from injury.
Lin’s number of shots has also gone down. He attempted at least 20 for three consecutive games during the height of Linsanity. Sunday afternoon vs. Boston — in a game the Knicks lost in overtime — Lin took 16 shots, the most he’s taken since attempting 18 on Feb. 20 against New Jersey.
“[I'm] learning my role and everyone is going to learn their roles right now,” Lin said after practice on Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s game against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. “For me, it’s been fewer minutes, fewer shots, But that’s good because it’s more well-rounded and, as a point guard, I don’t want to be shooting the numbers I was before.