Jeremy Lin has seen his role significantly reduced ever since the arrival of shooting guard Courtney Lee. On Friday, Lin logged in over 20 minutes but didn’t play that much in the winding minutes of the Charlotte Hornets’ 96-95 win over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Lin chipped in with seven points on 3-for-8 shooting with three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes against the Pacers. Many expected Lee’s arrival would decrease Lin’s playing time, but he continues to get minutes despite a crowded backcourt for the Hornets.
Offense (-B): There’s nothing much to say about Lin’s offensive production against the Pacers. Other than the three-pointer he made, Lin was smothered all night by Indiana’s big guard, forcing him to pass more than score. Moreover, he never attempted a shot from the charity stripe – another area where he gets most of his points.
Defense (B+): When it comes to defending Indiana’s backcourt guns of Monta Ellis and George Hill, Lin played pretty solid. The former Harvard hot shot has become one of the most underrated perimeter defender this season, often tasked to guard bigger guards from opposing teams. In this game, he helped limit Hill to just 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting.
Playmaking (C+): Lin just couldn’t muster enough scoring opportunities for his teammates with the kind of defense the Pacers are giving to him. Although he just turned the ball once, this just isn’t the night for him on the offensive end of the court.
With Steve Clifford leaning more and more on Clifford down the stretch, Lin’s impact on this team could slowly fade away. Remember, this is the guy who loves pressure-packed situation and barring him from playing when the game is on the line isn’t any good for him.