In his first game back after the All-Star break, Jeremy Lin shot badly from the field and fans were worried that the changes in the Charlotte Hornets line-up could affect the play of the Asian-American guard.
The Hornets acquired guard/forward Courtney Lee from the Memphis Grizzlies near the NBA trade deadline this year as Charlotte sent away young forward P.J. Hairston.
Lee was one of the key players on offense for the Grizzlies this season and there are worries that the veteran guard will take some playing time off Lin in the second half of the season.
Lee did not play in the Hornets’ first game after the All-Star break while Jeremy Lin struggled for just 4 points on 1 of 8 field goal shooting and 0 of 3 from the three-point area. However, Lin still played 23 minutes and the Hornets netted the road victory versus Milwaukee Bucks, 98-95.
Lee played in the second game, against the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte won easily, 104-96. In this game, both Lee and Lin played major roles and playing time. Lee started the game and played 21 minutes and had 5 points while Lin played 31 minutes off the bench scoring 11 points on 3 of 10 shooting with 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.
After the All-Star break, Lin is now shooting a combined 4 of 18 field goals. Could the acquisition of Lee be affecting Jeremy Lin and his role with the Hornets?
Charlotte lost starting forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to an injury and he will be out for the season. By acquiring Lee, they hoped to replace Kidd-Gilchrist’s contribution on offense and add depth in their wing rotation.
The Hornets are currently on a five-game winning streak with upcoming road games against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks. The next road trip will be a good test to see if Lee and Lin can co-exist and if Lin can recover from his shooting slump.
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