NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks is guarded by Lamar Odom #7 of the Dallas Mavericks and Dominique Jones #20 of the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on February 19, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The New York Knicks enjoyed another exhilarating performance from Jeremy Lin on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks in an admittedly fun game to watch. That is, until the final buzzer when the score revealed yet another win for the Knicks.
Lin has added a great storyline to this NBA season and was huge again against Dallas with 28 points, 14 assists, 5 steals and a couple of key three-pointers down the stretch. Like the rest of the world I was swept up in Lin's initial success including his monster game against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
But the thrill wore off after the game-winner in Toronto when reality set in that this was happening to the dreaded Knicks. Plus, New York has more talent to add to the mix for the last half of the season after appearing to be spiraling into a lost season less than two weeks earlier. I realized this has to stop.
Look, I love watching Derrick Rose terrorize opponents with the ball in his hands but it's always a buzz kill when Rose's exploits end with a Chicago Bulls win, which they usually do. So I'm keeping Lin's outburst at arm's length, appreciating the game but rooting for losses.
Not hard to do. It's the Knicks, right?
There is still hope for a long-term mess to break out, too. I mean, Carmelo Anthony hasn't joined the mix and the Knicks also decided to take a gamble that J.R. Smith won't cause any grumbling and instead will be happy-go-lucky dynamic scoring threat off the bench. It could happen. Also, Lin's performance may have saved Mike D'Antoni's job at least for the remainder of the season and beyond.
So sign me up for the Jeremy Lin backlash (which fortunately doesn't have any pun-sibilities), time for the Knicks to quit having so much fun.
Now, about this Steve Novak guy.