Jeremy Lin‘s climb back from injury has been a challenge, but the sun is beginning to shine on him again in Atlanta. Even with a rocky start, Lin has started to find his footing and his quickness and is averaging 7.8 points and 2.3 assists in 15.8 minutes per game. Even in limited minutes, Lin is again showcasing his ability to get to the free throw line where he’s delivering at 84 percent. Historically Lin tends to perform better with more minutes. Lin had 23 points in 23 minutes on 11/1 against the Kings as the Hawks were defeated by 30. But the Lin spark was tantalizing.
The next two games for Lin should help fans see where he really is on his comeback journey. Next up for the Hawks (3-6) is a back-to-back double against the Charlotte Hornets (5-5) and the New York Knicks (3-7), both former teams of Lin. It could be that Lin will again see restricted minutes because of the back-to-back, but it’s also a chance for Lin to find increased minutes and production against two similarly mediocre teams. Lin will be hoping for the minutes, of course. But he also smartly knows it’s a long season and he’s playing the long game, continually improving and making the most of his opportunities.