Just when you think the Linsanity is going to die down, Jeremy Lin goes out and scores 12 fourth quarter points including the game-winning three-pointer with .5 seconds remaining to beat the Raptors. There are no signs this is going to stop. Perhaps we should have realized this when Lin hit this insane buzzer-beater in triple-overtime against William & Mary way back in 2009.
Tonight, the Jeremy Lin show returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since Lin dropped a career-high 38 on Kobe’s Lakers. I’ll be there in person, soaking in the Garden atmosphere and wishing it were Jimmer Fredette that had the crowd going bonkers. Jimmer’s playing time has been extremely arbitrary of late. In the last month, he played well in multiple stints and logged back-to-back DNP-CD’s. To make Jimmer’s return to New York more mysterious, he missed last night’s game in Chicago because he was sick. I’m hoping for the best, but expecting the least.
What I’m most excited about is seeing the Garden rockin’ in person. It’s been more than a decade since the Knicks were a Eastern Conference power. There were flashes last season of a Knicks’ resurgence as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2004, but the fact that the Knicks have climbed back into the playoff race during the Linsanity should have MSG as loud as I’ve read it can be. I wrote last week that things are supposed to matter more in New York. Hopefully, tonight I’ll find out if that’s true.