In the past, Jeremy Lin bashers — and there have been plenty — focused on the famous guard’s alleged defensive shortcomings or his turnovers. Lin’s problems on defense were usually exaggerated (as he himself explains) and the turnovers, while sometimes high, have become less of an issue for Lin as his career has proceeded. But what made up for these perceived problems was always Lin’s indisputable ability to put the ball in the basket. The problem with Jeremy Lin right now is that he’s having trouble doing that.
Plenty of reasons can be offered. Lin’s playing time is dished out seemingly at random — and a strong scorer obviously benefits from having a rhythm and knowing his spots in the offense. But the facts are the facts: despite working all summer on his shooting, Lin isn’t knocking down his shots. And if he were, he’d be getting more of them — and more minutes. Lin is shooting 41% from the floor (32% from 3-point) as a Hornet. In the last five games, Lin is shooting just 33%. Lin fans clamor for him to get more playing time. But he’s got to make some shots.