Quantifying 'Lin-sanity'

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Quantifying 'Lin-sanity'

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.

Paul Pierce reveals origin of his trash-talking beef with Draymond Green

Paul Pierce reveals origin of his trash-talking beef with Draymond Green

Programming note: Warriors-76ers coverage starts today at 3pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Draymond Green and Paul Pierce engaged in some trash talk last Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

On Saturday night, Pierce didn't give Draymond's words high marks.

"That's about a three," Pierce said on ABC. "I’ve been around for a long time -- the likes of Kevin Garnett, obviously. I grew up watching Gary Payton, hearing him, so that’s light.

"I couldn’t even hear him.”

In the first minute of last Thursday's Warriors-Clippers game, Draymond said the following to Pierce:

"Chasing that farewell tour -- they don't love you like that. You can't get no farewell tour, they don't love you like that ... you thought you was Kobe?"

Why did Draymond say that?

"This is how it all started: Blake Griffin posted him up, got a foul, and I was just pretty much like, 'You can't guard Blake. He gonna give it to you all night. You not that good. You only good because you got Steph Curry, KD and Klay Thompson around. That's the only reason you get recognition,'" Pierce explained. "And so I'm trying to spark my team with the trash talk -- go at their emotional leader and give my guys some confidence. And that's when you hear him say what he said...

"... When I got home, I see all of this on social media. I'm like, 'Ah, OK,' and that's when I went to my Twitter and said what I said."

Shortly after 2am PT on Thursday night/Friday morning, Pierce tweeted:

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.