By now, everyone knows that the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 102-88 tonight. Jeremy Lin was harassed the whole night and played his worst game since became a starter two weeks ago.
As I write this though, I am not particularly disappointed or upset by this performance. Like many fans, I have been glad that Jeremy Lin has shown Asian-Americans can compete at the NBA level. It would have been good to do well against a championship contender such as the Heat.
However, I think this bodes well for Jeremy Lin's future. As it's well documented, he was a small guy entering high school and grew to 6'3". I'm pretty sure it took a little while for Jeremy to adjust to this. At Harvard, he didn't start until his sophomore year and he didn't really break out until his junior year.
Jeremy Lin has shown that he is able to adjust and adapt his game over time. Tonight will be a blip and he will be much better off the next time the Heat and Knicks meet. Not many players (even highly drafted ones) can simply get on the court and do well. Jeremy Lin has done pretty good over two weeks.
After playing in the rookie-sophomore game tomorrow, Jeremy Lin will get a break from playing and prepare for the second half of the season. He'll have a chance to practice with his teammates, work on improving his game and be ready to help the Knicks for their playoff run.