Just when you thought Linsanity was over, the NBA craze pulls you back in. Saturday night, inside Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Jeremy Lin once again showed everyone what all the hubbub was once all about.
Sporting their St. Patrick's Day green uniforms, the New York Knicks coasted to a 102-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers and won their third straight game under interim coach Mike Woodson.
The Knicks are back in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and Lin is looking like the flashy point guard former head coach Mike D'Antoni unleashed before his abrupt retirement last week.
Lin finished the game with 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and only two turnovers.
The Knicks turnaround since D'Antoni's departure has been amazing. Last night, the team even played defense and held the Pacers to 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Lin was all over the place and sliced and diced Indiana's defense like the J-Lin of old— well... three weeks ago. He slashed his way to the basket and dished passes in traffic even when the Pacers were knocking him around.
On one play before the half, Lin raced down the lane for a tear-drop off the glass, but fell hard to the floor. He seemed light-headed after the play but on the next possession went full-court for another lay-up.
"I'm learning to play in a less spread offense," Lin said. "A lot of stuff is still the same. But there are times when I won't have as many opportunities. I just need to be select about when to go. I think tonight was a big step."
After the 2-and-8 slump before the Knicks' coaching change, the team is 3-0 and play watchable basketball once again.
The retailers better stock the shelves with plenty of green #17 jerseys— Linsanity is back.