Tonight, Jeremy Lin will return to the place to play against the team, New York Knicks, where he became a phenomenon, Madison Square Garden. He returns to a city where he became a living legend with his spectacular play and great charisma. Jeremy Lin brought arguably some of the New York Knicks most exciting moments in his short time and that can't be denied. But, since he is gone for good, and since Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd have made New York Knicks front office look like genius' for not re-signing Jeremy Lin, we should be happy with where we are and how we are playing.
Also, there has been a lot of talk about how Jeremy Lin will be treated by New York Knicks fans and what did he do to deserve boos? ESPN New York's Ian Begley reported that both Raymond Felton (Lin's replacement) and Steve Novak (Who thrived during Lin's success last year) said New York Knicks fans should do nothing but cheer and applaud Jeremy Lin for all that he did here.
I must say, I agree with Ian Begely, Raymond Felton, and Steve Novak because remember what he did for us New York Knicks fans last year. He gave us hope. He gave us excitement without our two superstars (Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire). He made history by single handedly sparking one of the most incredible stretches with some of the best performances in the history of sports. Bold Statement? Kind of but think about the mass hysteria during the height of Linsanity.
Anyways, on a more serious basketball related note. Remember, the Houston Rockets have handed the New York Knicks 1 of their 5 losses this year in a game where Houston Rockets dominated and won by almost 30 points. The score was 131-103. Though Jeremy Lin was quiet with 13 points and 3 assists, James Harden and Chandler Parsons made New York Knicks defense look like their defense of old. Also, New York Knicks turned the ball over 15 times due to Houston's defense. Houston Rockets shot over 50% from the field and from behind the 3 point line that night. 131 points was the most given up by New York Knicks all season.
The Houston Rockets gave New York Knicks their most devastating loss of the year and maybe New York Knicks deserve the benefit of the doubt because everyone can have a bad game. But, this game is even more important because they need to make a statement that the last game against Houston Rockets was nothing more then a fluke. Also, after their game against Houston Rockets, they have to take on Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls, respectively. Those are important games New York Knicks want to win badly.
If Houston Rockets are able to handle the New York Knicks with ease, yet again, some problems might have to be addressed. But, I am expecting New York Knicks to continue the role they have been on and to give a much better effort than their last game vs. Houston. This game will show if Houston Rockets have found a possible formula to stop New York Knicks or if it just was a bad night.
The New York Knicks are a force to be reckoned with this season. So far, Houston Rockets are a part of a small minority of teams who have been able to stop them. Tonight will be the real test to see if Jeremy Lin and his Rockets are for real as well as a test to see if New York Knicks can stick it to the team that beat them so badly last time they matched up.
Expect Raymond Felton to come out firing wanting to prove furthermore that he is the better option then Jeremy Lin. Also, expect Carmelo Anthony (if he is playing) to have a much better game after his sloppy play in their last matchup and JR Smith to try to make up for his lousy game offensively vs. Houston Rockets as well.
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