February is Jeremy's Month

Overshadowed by one ridiculous James Harden performance after another, Jeremy Lin is having another resurgent February. And perhaps that's just the way he likes it.

February 2012 (14 games)

14 GP, 35 MPG, 20.9 PPG, 47.2 FG%, 32.5 3P%, 75.8 FT%, 8.4 APG, 4.0 RPG, 2.1 SPG, 5.0 TO/G

February 2013 (8 games)

8 GP, 32 MPG, 16.9 PPG, 47.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 84.8 FT%, 6.9 APG, 2.0 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 2.3 TO/G

Jeremy has been more efficient and under control as the season has gone on, and with all the attention Harden receives, Lin will hopefully have more nights like Wednesday. The key will be consistency.

Since the start of the season, Lin has looked more comfortable shooting the 3, stepping in for occasional mid-range jumpers, and using the floater rather than driving in too deep. It's really opened up his game. Jeremy even went left against Nick Collison and finished with his left hand - something I don't think he's done all season. There is still room for improvement, and besides consistency he will need to finish better at the basket (especially on the fast break) and get his shots up quicker. He still shies away from taking contested shots (which at this point, is a good thing) but the ability to take and make contested shots is something that separates star players (Harden, Durant, Westbrook) from the rest of the pack.

After one Chinese reporter brought up Linsanity after the OKC game, Lin looked visibly annoyed and stated he wants to start a new chapter in his career. After hearing McHale deflect questions regarding Lin's play in post-game press conferences, it appears he is trying to temper expectations for his starting point guard as well. Lin seems uncomfortable in the spotlight, and even after a big game would rather talk about Harden's monster performance and the big trade. It's refreshing to see, however it does open up questions about whether or not he has the personality to become an elite player.

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