Jeremy Lin came off the bench to score 16 points in a tough Hawks loss to the Indiana Pacers, 97-89. Lin, whose comeback from injury has been picking up momentum, has scored in double digits in seven of the last 10 games for Atlanta, demonstrating the broad contributions that have defined his career. Yes, Lin is a driving scorer, but his all-around effort against Indiana is what defines him as a player: in 24 minutes, Lin got his 16 points shooting 7-of-11 including 2-of-3 on 3-pointers while recording four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Lin longs to start, even if he won’t say so as he continues to be a team-first guy who knows dissension isn’t going to help the already struggling Hawks. But the veteran guard is averaging 13.6 ppg over the previous ten games, with 3.9 assists, two rebounds and 1.3 steals. That’s in limited minutes. Lin continues to fill up the stat sheet wherever he goes, often scoring more points than his minutes played.