If things go as they are likely to, Jeremy Lin‘s late — but ultimately futile –surge against the New York Knicks is something Nets fans are going to see a lot of. Here are the two factors involved: the Nets aren’t very good yet and Jeremy Lin is. So it follows that late in games the Nets will find themselves behind. Then the man with the ball in his hands, point guard Jeremy Lin, will try to rally the team using the team’s best weapon — that is, his own penetration.
In their final preseason game, Lin scored 13 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets, trying to climb out of a 12-point hole against the Knicks. (Note: it was a hole the Nets reserves mostly dug.) But Lin’s valiant effort fell short of securing a W for the Nets, who can expect to see a replay of this action plenty of times this season. At one point Lin had nine straight points, but the Nets team defense couldn’t rise to the occasion. They may get better. But watch for a pattern emerging of Lin delivering dazzling fourth quarter offensive efforts, with the Nets falling just short.