Feb 25, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) takes a shot over Sacramento Kings point guard Ray McCallum (3) during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Houston Rockets defeated the Sacramento Kings 129-103. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Is There Something Wrong With Jeremy Lin?


Since the All-Star break, many Rockets fans have been dogging Jeremy Lin for his recent play in the last five games. Some think he has been atrocious as he is going through a “mini-slump” of sorts. However, if you look at his numbers, is he really going through a slump right now? Let’s take a look at his last five games.

For the season, Lin has been shot 45% from the field, 34% from three, and averaging 12.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.7 tpg. The Rockets have played in five contests since the All-Star game. Here are his numbers over that time:

All stats via Yahoo Sports. 

Date

Opp.

Score

Min

FG

FG%

3PT

FT

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

Pts

 +/-

Feb 26

@LAC L 93-101 18:37

2-8

25.0 1-3 1-2 3 3 2 2 0 6

 +2

Feb 25

@Sac W 129-103 21:58

3-7

42.9 0-1 5-6 3 3 3 0 0 11

 +9

Feb 23

@Pho W 115-112 20:00

1-6

16.7 0-0 0-0 3 6 2 0 0

2

 +1

Feb 20

@GS L 99-102 33:55

3-8

37.5 1-2 2-2 5 4 2 0 0

9

  +8

Feb 19

@LAL W 134-108 20:57

3-11

27.3 2-6 1-2 3 2 4 1 0 9

 +4

His average numbers over those 5 games: 30% from the field, 33% from three, 75% from the FT line, 7.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, and 2.6 tpg.

I’d be willing to bet many readers are a bit surprised right now seeing those numbers. If you have been on Twitter during the last few Rockets games, I’m sure you have seen the “WTF LIN?!?” tweets or something else to that degree. Why though?

In his last five games he has been in a bit of a shooting slump, but otherwise he’s been the regular Lin. His shots aren’t quite falling and some of that has to do with getting passed the ball with under 6 seconds on the shot clock, but it’s not like Lin has been playing horrendously as of late.

Feb 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre (50) at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Lin has been on the court for close to 23 minutes over the last five games and the Rockets have outscored their opponent in every single game when he’s on the court. Both the Lakers and Kings games were blowouts so I’ll throw those out, but in the three other big games, the Rockets were much better when Lin was on the court than when Patrick Beverley was on the court.

In the Warriors game, Lin was a +8 whereas Beverley was a -8. In the Suns game, Lin was a +1 whereas Beverley was a -1. In last night’s Clippers game, Lin was a +2 whereas Beverley was a -10. You are a bit surprised, aren’t you?!?

Yes, Lin can get frustrating at times when he seems to dribble for 15 seconds and end up with nothing, but that’s his game. Sometimes it ends in an air-balled jumper, but more times than not he’ll find a way to the basket for a layup and a foul. It just seems like we have seen more of the former than the latter as of late. It happens. We just have to learn to live with his style.

Lin’s shot isn’t falling over this five-game stretch, but we see that with all players. Eventually his shot will fall, but in the meantime let’s cut him some slack.

Note: I’m NOT a Lin “fanatic”, just a simple Rockets fan

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  • Paul Trucks

    Hi Yoni, thanks for your article but why do you need to point out at the end that you are not a Lin fanatic? Is it because you fear getting bashed as one by a certain agenda driven group who wants to see Lin fail? Why is it difficult to write something that is pro-Lin and allow it to stand on its own merit without disclaimers?

    • Yoni Pollak

      Amongst Rockets fan boards, forums, Twitter, etc. there are known to be “Lin Fanatics” or people whom say Lin is the best ever or things of that nature. I just want people to that’s not me. In fact, I’m not the biggest Jeremy Lin fan, but still see what’s real and don’t let my biases take over.

      • Paul Trucks

        I think your reply proves my point. You have been conditioned to be wary of getting identified as a Lin fanatic by those groups you cited. You should be more confident in your analysis standing on its own merit without having to issue disclaimers since the truth can stand on it own.

        • Bill Mcintyre

          Paul, do you have twitter?

          • Paul Trucks

            Hi Bill, Sorry I am not on Twitter yet though I may be on Google+ by default. I am not really a social media type of person yet.

    • Mac Wolff

      “Agenda driven forces” lol, we must be dealing with high levels of athletic espionage.

      • Paul Trucks

        Mac, agenda driven forces can have many meanings. It can be a communal mind thought that aims to propogate its views through the construction of a narrative or a child lobbying for a visit to Toys R Us after lunch at Chucky Cheese.

  • khyberjones

    Great article.He hasn’t converted shots at his usual rate of efficiency since the break, but his other stats have been very solid if not strong. He brought the team back into the game against the Warriors with his 3rd quarter play. Against the Clippers, they took the lead when he was in the game and he got a lot of nice open looks for other players which weren’t converted. He was 2-8 from the field because he was challenging an excellent Clipper interior defensive front. At least he was going in there. No one else was doing that. That was the type of game where the Rockets needed to use Lin more to attack the paint, push the defense backwards in order to get better shots. They would’ve won if he had 14 shot attempts instead of just 8. The Rockets are going to blow their opportunity if they continue to give Beverley prominence over Lin. It is one thing to start Beverley in order to allow Harden to start the game with more control of the ball. It’s a whole other thing to give Beverley 30+ minutes and limit Lin to 20 minutes or less. Beverley can’t hold up against the top guards in the league over a long NBA game, season or playoff series. Lin can. He has proven it.

    • Samuel

      Read some of your posts on CF, keep up the good work :)

  • KLS

    Lin has his faults. So has Bev’s. Houston cannot win a championship with Bev contributing so inconsistently in offense, and next to nothing in assists. When playing good teams, our starting point guard has to be considered an offensive threat too, because the opponents will lock down on our all stars. OK, players can be inconsistent in shooting, especially on newer players. Parsons just had a 3/12 night. Bev had some 1/8 or 1/11 nights. Get over it. It happens. But when your shots don’t go in, as a pg you need to have high assists to compensate for it. CP3 & Parker do this all the time. Can we count on Bev to do that? You know the answer. But Lin can do that. He just needs to have a team of sharp shooters to convert his passes into points. Our 3 pt shooting is dismal this year. We lost Delfino, Patterson, TD & Morris and got back Garcia & Casspi. These two had faded so bad on 3s lately that we better look for better shooters out there. Hamilton is a great addition. Hope Daniel will be good too. If anything, we need to add Jimmer to the roster (leading NBA in 3s with 49.6%) to help beef up the sniper squad. They will take pressure away from D12 & Harden. Lin can also bump up his assist % with a better squad of 3 pt specialist.

    • Yoni Pollak

      I pretty much agree with all that you said here. On Jimmer, didn’t make sense for him to sign here since he’s still young and needs to prove himself. He can do that only with PT, so signing with the Bulls makes sense, where he can play and make the postseason.

  • Jude

    That’s why it’s funny when Lin is being asked to deliver Superstar stats with scrub minutes and treatment. With regards to disclaimers, sometimes it creates a lot of perception of negativity rather than the opposite. So just a suggestion though, perhaps it would be best not to write those disclaimers and let your write-up judge you of who you are. Not because you’re writing positive on Lin doesn’t necessary make you a Lin fanatic. Honestly, i do appreciate that you see things objectively.

    Back to the game, if this trend continues, a first round exit is almost guaranteed. Worst case scenario, Rockets can be booted out of playoffs. I’m not saying that because JLin is not playing, but the way things are going with JLin putting more positives on the court, losses like the past games on quality teams will continue if Rockets will not use their best PG on the floor.

  • Ttt

    Hi Yoni,

    I got this from a blog.

    PCK • 31 minutes ago

    Found this on REALGM Knicks forum. Lin’s time of possession is pathetic. People expect him to produce huge numbers when he barely touches the ball.

    http://ww2.sinaimg.cn/large/81

  • wdiaz102

    Are there any stats that show how much a player gets scored on by the opponent? I’ve watched most of the rockets games and I see point guards passing the ball more when Lin is guarding them than when Harden or Beverly is. Sure Beverly seems to be a better defender because of his fast paced defence, but I don’t see too many people scoring as much on Lin as the announcers clsim.

    • Yoni Pollak

      Yea, but not sure exactly where to find those.

  • Pieter

    Lin has been injured since the ASG, according to the latest news.