First a shout out to the NY Giants for bringing the Lombardi trophy home !!! Here's hoping I can sneak out to the parade for awhile today...
Now, while I'm glad and proud for Lin, who may of us on P&T believed should have been receiving playing time for months now, (yes MONTHS), he's also played 35 and 44 mins respectively in the last two games (averaging 40). That coupled with the fact dantoni is gonna "ride him like Secretariat" (funny comment btw) kinda concerns me that he may burn this kid out. He looked noticeably tired in the 2nd half, but while the kid stuck it out, it can't be ignored. Here's hoping Baron comes "back" soon or that TD turns it around and can give quality PG mins of the bench. The past two competent PG's that the Knicks had had noticable declines in performace during their years running the show, and they both played huge minutes at PG. Just to break down the minutes played vs. performance, I used the All Star break as a comparison for Duhan. Since Felton wasn't here that long I used the stretch we lost 6 games (8 of 11) for comparison purposes. Just to provide an example (numbers rounded):
Duhan: avg 36 mins for the 2008 - 2009 year
12.5 points and 8 assists in 51 games b4 All Star break; 8.5 points and 5.8 assits in 28 games after All Star break. He avg 39 mins a game b4 AS break; 33 mins per game after AS break.
Felton: avg 38 mins in 54 games 2010 - 2011
18 points and 9 assists in 38 games; 14 points and 8.5 assists in 16 games.
He avg 41 mins a game b4 AS break, 35 mins a game after AS break
Both players had a dip in production, largely due to the minutes logged which seemed to wear on them as the season went on, and at times looked sluggish on the floor. Felton also had an injury to attribute to his modest decline in play. I know dantoni used to have Wolverine running the show in Pho who could probably play 100 mins a night if he wanted, but he is not the norm!! Hopefully this will not be a major concern with Lin because we do currently have Shumpert and Bibby who could perhaps spell Lin for minutes at a time, but it doesn't look like dantoni is leaning that way as Bibby is buried on the bench and he would prefer to play Shumpert with Lin. I'm loving that Lin is playing so well, and finally getting his due since its been stated by players and coaches that he looked great in practice and in try-outs, but it's only been two games and ANYTHING can happen. Lin has gone from 0 mins a game to 40, this is can be concerning, but you gotta be excited about his play and energy he has brought to the team thus far..