Quantifying 'Lin-sanity'

Quantifying 'Lin-sanity'
February 10, 2012, 6:18 pm
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Were about a week into Linsanity. And, in case you havent noticed, the buzz appears to be here to stay.

Jeremy Lin, of course, is the former Harvard graduate who played sparingly for the Warriors last season. He got a look from the Rockets a couple of months ago before joining the Knicks in a lightly publicized move. New York has since had an assortment of issues at point guard (injuries, youth, poor play, etc.) and thus, Linsanity was born.

In his first three games with regular playing time for the Knicks, Lin has averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 assists while shooting 29-of-50 (58 percent) from the field. The Knicks (8-15 at the time) have won all three games with Lin running the point.

Oh, and Jeremy Lin is the first player since LeBron James in 2003 to record at least 20 points and eight assists in each of his first two career starts.

Impressed? There's more.

To put Linsanity into further perspective, Jeremy Lins name has been one of the 10 most frequently searched terms on Yahoo, Google and Twitter for most of the last week. And as of Friday morning on the national sports blog Yardbarker.com, the 5 most searched names were, in descending order:

5: Eli Manning
4: Kobe Bryant
3: Tom Brady
2: Peyton Manning
1: Jeremy Lin

Four future Hall of Famers ... and Jeremy Lin. No big deal.

The latest chapter for Lin will take place tonight against the Lakers. The Knicks host Los Angeles, giving Lin arguably his first big test. (In fariness, two of his three breakout games were against league bottom-feeders in New Jersey and Washington, while the other came vs. a struggling Utah team.)

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Its important to keep in mind that basketball (as opposed to, say, baseball or hockey) is not a sport that lends itself to one-week wonders very often. If you can play, you can play. And it appears, to the dismay of Warriors fans everywhere, that this kid can play.