Jeremy Lin missing in Hornets big win over Suns

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Jeremy Lin of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo courtesy: Instagram/ jlin7)

Jeremy Lin lost in the Charlotte Hornets’ offensive system? Lin’s team blew out the Phoenix Suns, 126-92 convincingly on Tuesday but one player, Lin, who was pegged to be part of the major rotation for the Hornets in the early part of the regular season, struggled with his shot once again.

The alarming downward trend of Jeremy Lin’s output for the Hornets has caused some speculations that Lin is not favored in the rotation of head coach Steve Clifford.

The Hornets acquired Courtney Lee in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies near the trade deadline and ever since, Lin has struggled with his shots and has seen inconsistent playing time especially in the fourth quarter.

In Tuesday’s match-up, the Hornets blew out the Suns right from the start and all the starters played well. Kemba Walker had 26 points and 9 assists while Nicolas Batum had 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Off the bench, it was veteran center Al Jefferson who was the primary reserve scorer finishing with 19 points and adding 9 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb added 15 points on 6-of-10 field goal shooting.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Lin finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. But he only played 17 minutes and missed 6-of-7 shots from the field plus had two turnovers.

Earlier in the season, Lin was in the conversation for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award this season challenging the likes of Oklahoma City Thunder’s Enes Kanter, New Orleans Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson and Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo.

However, with poor numbers the past few games and after the All-Star break, it appears Lin is not in contention for the reserve role award anymore.

Can Jeremy Lin get back to Clifford’s rotation? Will he produce numbers like earlier in the season? Or is he not part of the Charlotte’s long-term plans anymore?

Photo courtesy: Instagram/ jlin7

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