Even when Jeremy Lin tried to play aggressively this season, his moves to the basket has been very straight forward and lacked the variety and creativity that we all grew to love last season. But in the Knicks and Sixers games, Jeremy finally showcased some of his Linsanity moves.
1:47: Spin Move and strong finish. Lin actually had his first spin move of the season in the loss against the Rapotrs. That was the only thing that was good about that game.
2:20: Floater tear drop. And how about that nice screen from Harden?! That’s the Linharden synergy at work right there!
3:37: Strong penetration and finish with four guys surrounding him. Not afraid to go up in traffic.
3:51: Behind the back dribble to change directions.
5:28: This is not Linsanity, but just pure Jeremy Lin great decision-making. Jeremy throws a cross-court pass to a wide open Morris for a three the moment Lin saw Morris’s guy go to double on Asik rolling to the basket. This is why it’s so critical for Rockets players to move without the ball, because the defense will react and Lin will find the optimal play.
6:33: Crossover, acceleration and strong finish in traffic.
1:56: Ability to stop on a dime in the middle of a strong penetration.
4:08: Acceleration off the screen and finish.
7:15: Splitting the defense (3 Knicks surrounding him), cradling the ball to prevent it from being knocked out and wills in a shot in somewhat awkward position.
10:50: The Linharden screen. Harden’s man is all over Harden, freeing the lane up for Lin. By the time defenders realize what has happened, it’a already too late and they have to commit a foul to prevent a basket.
11:55: Crazy hesitation move. This one really demonstrates Lin’s smarts. He pretends to call a time out by hesitating at mid court then just accelerates, taking the defense (and everybody) off guard.
14:00: Penetrates and stops on a dime in traffic. Fakes a turnaround shot and drops the ball off to an open three. This shows some decision-making growth from Linsanity to not force a high-risk play in traffic.
Okay. Now it’s time to give Harden some love. I like this write-up by Jason Friedman of Rockets.com about Harden in the Sixers post game summary: http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/so-easy-so-harden
“He patiently picks his spots, his eyes betraying nothing as he sizes up the defense, biding precious fragments of time while the computer in his mind calculates the proper angle at which to attack. When he does, it’s with a quickness that is sudden yet hardly otherworldly by NBA standards. So often he beats his man instead by baiting him; unleashing his long arms, longer strides and those strong hands which cradle the ball while practically begging for defenders to try to knock it away. They can’t help themselves. They reach. They slap.
And fall right into the trap.
Such is the core and the crux of the matrix in which Harden invites those who dare defend him; a place where everything around the 23-year-old seems to slow down while he glides past with an efficiency of motion that borders on sublime. He is a scoring, Eurostepping machine and right now he is operating at a rate that is downright robotic.”
This is the wise Kung Fu Master at work. It’s hard to believe that he’s only 23. I still don’t get how he’s able to penetrate and draw fouls the way he does, so relentlessly and so deceivingly simple. I see what he’s doing, but I don’t get it, because it doesn’t look like he’s doing a whole lot. It looks like he’s barely even trying. Lin, of course a great job of breaking it down in his post game interview starting at 0:43 in this video: