Originally Posted by Rambo
Fuckin D'Antoni putting that bearded asshole Davis in consistently is KILLING the game flow and Lin's performance.
I hope you are kidding. I am on the LinSanity bus as much as anyone, but even if he was playing magnificently now, which he is not, if they play him 30+ minutes a game, he'll be mush by the time the playoffs come around. I love the kid and the story, but he has a lot of work to do. Defensively, he is as effective as Connemara would be in you threw him in the NBA today. He gets lost on screen and rolls, leaves his man wide open (who is usually a good shooter) to go double the opposing team's 7 ft. center and regularly get beat off the dribble. Offensively, he has a tendecy to get out of control, either lose the ball or jump in the air with no shot/pass to make, picks up his dribble to early, goes side to side around the 3 point line as opposed to in and out.
I think he is going to be a very good PG in the NBA and he has some skills that many do not (his ability to stop in the paint, spin and take those little floaters over 7ft dudes, floor vision) and he seems like a tough kid but I think D'Antoni is the best and the worse thing that could happen to him. D'Antoni gives him a lot of leeway and that has helped him blossom, but that has also led to a ridiculous amount of turnovers (A knee level bounce pass to Chandler on a break?? A man with only one hand at this point), a loss of confidence at certain points in the game and D'Antoni has no concept of team defense or any defense (how they hold teams below 100 regularly I think is more a testament to Chandler and the second team). You can see Lin loses confidence when his man is having a good game and he starts to make bad decisions but D'Antoni just lets the game play out, no timeouts, no changes. Teams go on 10-0 runs with the knicks going 3-4 times down the court without even getting a shot off and no timeout.
Yesterday's game, Davis deserved to finish it off as did Harrelson and Novack. Dallas won that game because everytime the Knicks made a 4-6 point dent into the lead, Carlisle called a timeout, gathered his team, and made sure they at least got a good shot the next possesion. Compare that with what D'Antoni did throughout the game.