Mike D’Antoni Intends to Ride Jeremy Lin
One negative for (Jeremy) Lin? He had eight turnovers to go with his eight assists. But that was partially due to fatigue. After playing 36 minutes on Saturday, he was on the floor for 45 on Tuesday.
(Mike) D’Antoni thought about taking him out late in the third quarter. Lin convinced him to reconsider. The coach obliged, saying later that he was going to ride Lin “like friggin’ Secretariat.”
D’Antoni’s ‘Secretariat’ brought the Knicks home in the back stretch. Lin had 13 points in the fourth quarter — many on an array of acrobatic layups. (Something he perfected playing on an 8-foot hoop with his brothers in Torrance, Calif.)
Lin’s night hit a crescendo with just under two minutes to play. He gathered a deflection from (Tyson) Chandler and knocked down a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock to give the Knicks a nine-point cushion and essentially seal the game.