Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin philosophical as mini-revival continues in Atlanta Hawks defeat by Brooklyn Nets

  • Lin scores 16 points off the bench for Atlanta Hawks in Brooklyn return
  • Veteran guard says ‘it’s not about makes or misses, it’s the quality of the shot’
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 January, 2019, 1:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 January, 2019, 1:01pm

Jeremy Lin has been giving the usual platitudes about playing it game by game. But there were more quiet signs on Wednesday night that his mini-revival is set to continue.

The 30-year-old scored 16 points off the bench in a 116-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Centre, with five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 28 minutes. That came on the back of his 15 points against the Miami Heat and 20 points at the Toronto Raptors in a rare start on Tuesday.

“I feel good, you know, tonight the shots didn’t fall the way I wanted to but for me it’s not about makes or misses, it’s about the quality of the shot,” Lin told Fox Sports in the locker room.

“I felt like I got really high quality shots tonight, honestly a tonne of them felt great. That’s how it is sometimes.”

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In 36 games this season, the veteran guard is averaging 10.9 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 19.1 minutes, mostly coming off the bench.

Lin is shooting 50.2 per cent from the field, 38.0 per cent from beyond the arc and 82.1 per cent from the free-throw line.

“As many of those nights as I have where they feel great and don’t fall, I’ll have many where they do so I’m not too worried about it,” Lin added.

“I’m more concerned about taking great shots that I know I can hit, and continuing to ride this momentum of trying to be aggressive, trying to make plays for my teammates, and trying to be disruptive on both ends of the floor.”

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It was with his former side Brooklyn that Lin ruptured his patella tendon in a season-ending injury in the Nets’ very first game, before Atlanta acquired him in the off season.

While still not reaching the highs of his “Linsanity” days with the New York Knicks, Lin finally looks healthy again.

He’s been a useful option for the Hawks, who are 12-28 and 12th in the Eastern Conference standings, and Yahoo Sports has reported he is drawing trade interest, with Lin set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Atlanta were up 38-23 after the first quarter but the Nets, who had won 12 of 16 games coming in, closed to gap to six points at half-time before pulling away in the third quarter.

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“We came out and we hit first [gear] and we played with tremendous force,” Lin said. “I think Brooklyn tightened things up. You could see our gas metre was running low towards the end. There’s really no excuses, we’ve got to find a way to play better in that second half.

“There’s a time when it was around 16 [points] and they did a great job of just hanging in there and going into the half around seven [points behind]. They played a heck of a game and recovered well.

“We didn’t think this would be a cakewalk by any means. We just need to find a better way to sustain energy and stay disciplined, especially when they turn up the pressure.”