When will 'Linsanity' end?

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When will 'Linsanity' end?

"Linsanity" is still going strong, as we outlined in an earlier Warriors Talk post, but the question is, when will "Linsanity" end?

A couple of factors are at play here:

1) Carmelo Anthony is going to be returning to the Knicks' lineup, likely in the next week. While they don't play the same position, and while we think Lin will be more than fine deferring to Carmelo and Amare Stoudemire, it is something to keep an eye on. Though you have to admit, the mere question "Can Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin play together?" is pretty comical.

2) Baron Davis will be back soon. Don't laugh. The Knicks signed Davis and drafted Iman Shumpert to man the point guard position. Obviously Lin will get every chance to hold onto the job, but if he starts to struggle, the Knicks have plenty of other options (even if they aren't the best options), if they want to go in another direction.

3) The Knicks' schedule will get a lot harder in the near future. From Feb. 23 until March 17, New York will face top teams such as Miami, Boston, Dallas, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Portland, Chicago and Milwaukee (twice). It'll be interesting to see how Lin holds up during that stretch, which includes a three-games-in-four-nights slate with road games against the Celtics, Mavericks and Spurs.

4) Lin is committing a lot of turnovers - 36 in his first six starts, to be exact. It is important to note that the Knicks' offense commands a lot of the point guard, particularly with Anthony currently out and Stoudemire sidelined for a couple of games recently. But if Lin doesn't get his turnovers under control, that could be a problem moving forward.

5) On the other side of the coin, when is the last time there was a "one-hit wonder" in the NBA? Seriously, can you think of a player who starred for two weeks and was never heard from again? Or a player who was elite for a month and then fizzled out? Basketball is not like baseball or hockey in that sense. For the most part, when it comes to basketball, if you can play, you can play.

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

BOX SCORE

LOS ANGELES -- Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Hayward returned after missing most of Utah's win in Game 4 because of food poisoning that caused him to lose weight and energy.

Chris Paul's 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left. After George Hill hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn't do anything as time expired.

The Jazz made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with 16 points.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and J.J. Redick added 26 with injured star Blake Griffin watching from the bench, his right foot encased in a black walking boot.

The Jazz can clinch the series with a victory in Game 6 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth to tie the game. They made 12 of 15 free throws in the final period, but never managed to take the lead.

Paul and Hayward were called for double technical fouls with 40 seconds to go. Paul had already pushed Hayward in the back after they got tied up scrambling for a rebound in front of Utah's bench. Hayward made both shots for a 90-85 lead.

Joe Johnson's step back jumper extended Utah's lead to 92-87.

Neither team shot well, but the Jazz were better at most everything else. They owned a 34-28 edge in the paint, and the team that has done so has won each of the first five games in the best-of-7 series.

Utah outscored the Clippers on second-chance and fast-break baskets.

Utah took the game's first double-digit lead early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Hood that made it 69-58.

The Clippers clawed back with an 11-0 run featuring five straight free throws by Redick and two consecutive 3-pointers from Paul that tied the game at 69-all.

Suddenly, the quiet crowd was on its feet cheering and Utah called time out.

The Jazz regrouped to take a 77-69 lead. They ran off eight straight, capped by Haywood's 3-pointer after the Clippers' defense shut down Hill inside and forced him to pass out to the perimeter with the shot clock winding down.

TIP-INS:
Jazz: Neither team has won by more than eight points so far in the series.

Clippers: Griffin's injured big right toe needs further evaluation before it's decided whether he'll require surgery. ... G Austin Rivers played 17 minutes in his return from a strained left hamstring. He was 0 of 4 and had two points. ... They fell to 1-11 all-time in Game 5 of a playoff series that was tied 2-2.

 

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.