Jeremy Lin’s performance in March 2016 for the Charlotte Hornets has been pedestrian with the Asian-American guard averaging just 9.1 points on 32.2 per cent shooting from the field and 29.4 per cent from the three-point line on 21.4 minutes per game.
However, Hornets’ fans can’t question head coach Steve Clifford’s decision to bench Lin for most games as Charlotte went 7-1 in their eight games so far this month. Jeremy Lin’s lesser role and minutes with the Hornets has simply been good for the team as they enjoyed their best stretch of the 2015-2016 NBA Season.
Charlotte lost to the Dallas Mavericks last Monday and Lin was a non-factor as the Hornets suffered the loss for the first time this month. However, Charlotte was coming off a seven-game winning streak which included wins over playoff contenders Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets.
The Hornets are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 37 wins against 29 losses so far this season.
In the last eight games, Jeremy Lin has scored in double figures only three times, against former team Houston Rockets (16 points), New Orleans Pelicans (12 points) and Philadelphia 76ers (14 points). Lin has struggled from the field in the games against the Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Pacers and Phoenix Suns.
Jeremy Lin still averages over 21 minutes per game but that’s a big decrease compared to his playing time in January and February when he averaged nearly 30 minutes per game.
Have coach Clifford already lost confidence in Jeremy Lin especially in the crucial moments of the game? Lin has not commented on his decreasing playing time and role and it’s not expected that he will become a distraction to the team by demanding for a bigger role.
But how does this affect his future with the team? Will Jeremy Lin choose to become a free agent again after the 2015-2016 NBA Season?
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