Lin’s Knicks fail to find chemistry in loss to Nets
NEW YORK - Agence France-Presse
Carmelo Anthony (7) and Jeremy Lin failed to find the right chemistry as the two players partook in the Knicks’ loss. AFP photoJeremy Lin flirted with a triple double but the New York Knicks struggled to find the right chemistry with the return of Carmelo Anthony, losing 100-92 to the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 20.
“I need to come out with more energy and the team needs to come out with more energy. That is why we lost,” said Lin. “We are not in panic mode. We are going to have to work through some struggles but as long as we are all committed and buy in, we will be fine.”
It marked just the second loss since Lin’s amazing run began Feb. 4 against the Nets when he blitzed New Jersey’s defense for 25 points.
The Knicks have eight wins and two losses since the NBA legend of Lin was born with that 99-92 win over the Nets. Lin finished with a team-high 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as all five Knicks starters reached double figures in scoring in Monday’s loss.
“Jeremy still got 21 and nine and he still had a great game, a good game,” said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. “Our energy wasn’t right the whole night. We got some sorting out to do.” Lin’s incredible season began when the former benchwarmer was called up with two starters missing and answered with the most points of any NBA player in his first five starts since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976. The fairy-tale rise of Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese and Chinese heritage, is all the more remarkable considering he was cut by two clubs before joining the Knicks. But the Knicks had no answer on Monday to Nets point guard Deron Williams who finished with a season-high 38 points. The Knicks welcomed superstar Anthony back into the lineup from injury but he struggled to find a role in their revamped offence.
Anthony shot just four-of-11 from the field and had 11 points, well below his season average of 22.3.