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.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.