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Game Thread #24: Rockets at Warriors (or, JLFT#3 at JLFT#2)

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Houston Rockets (16-11) at Golden State Warriors (9-14)


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In the ninth day following the birth of Linsanity (2/4/2012, for you numerologists), Jeremy Lin Former Team #2 faced off against Jeremy Lin Former Team #3. I'm defining JLFT #1 as the Mavericks, who let him walk despite his promising showing in the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, including what seemed then to be a fluky outplaying of highly-hyped rookie John Wall. Misery loves company, so I take some small solace in the fact that Dallas and Houston are our partners in regret. Of course the Mavs have the saving grace of being, you know, NBA Champions; and the Rockets, being the Rockets, have somehow managed to parlay the solid play of Kyle Lowry (perhaps the most underrated PG in the league) and a motley assortment of role players to a 16-11 record. Meanwhile, in Warriorland, long-suffering fans get to watch their local hero shine from 3,000 miles away; the front office keeps trying like the dickens to make a consequential move; and the slightly sub-mediocre collection of players keeps plugging away gamely, making a seeming bee line to a #8-12 draft pick that the team will promptly have to convey to the Utah Jazz.


Sigh. On the bright side, there's a Warriors game tonight! Make the jump for some predictions about the game and a couple more Lin-ecdotes.

Lin-ecdotes

It's easy enough to throw around words like "phenomenal" and "historic," but sometimes the best way to measure the magnitude of a cultural phenomenon is through daily anecdotes. Yesterday, as I was walking down Pell Street in NYC's Chinatown (soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai, mmm) I walked by two bars with hastily posted sandwich boards in front hyping big TVs on which patrons could watch Jeremy Lin the Knicks. This morning, I was watching an MSNBC report on the death of Whitney Houston (RIP, Whitney), and the subject turned to her role in the "crossover" appeal of black music in the 1980s. A panelist on the show, noting the degree to which any gap between black and white music is now almost completely a thing of the past, said something like, "these days if you mention the word 'crossover,' people think you're talking about Jeremy Lin..."

Lin-credible.

Predictions

• Curry puts up a Lin-like 28 points on 18 fga and 11 assists.

• Monta takes it to the rim like Jeremy Lin: 30 points.

• Rush, Klay, and Dorell continue to stroke it from three like Jeremy Lin: 11 3FG total

• Lee and Biedrins crash the glass like Jeremy Lin: 22 rebounds total

• Udoh continues to play D with Lin-like aggressiveness.

• Final score: Warriors 108-103

Poll

Best NBA Player of All-Time, not including Jordan or Lin:

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Larry Bird
    (43 votes)
  • 5%
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    (40 votes)
  • 23%
    Magic Johnson
    (164 votes)
  • 4%
    Oscar Robertson
    (34 votes)
  • 7%
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    (53 votes)
  • 1%
    Charles Barkley
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Karl Malone
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    John Stockton
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Tim Duncan
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Kevin Garnett
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    David Robinson
    (3 votes)
  • 6%
    LeBron James
    (47 votes)
  • 10%
    Bill Russell
    (75 votes)
  • 0%
    Julius Erving
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Jerry West
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Moses Malone
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Shaquille O'Neal
    (24 votes)
  • 18%
    Wilt Chamberlain
    (133 votes)
  • 1%
    Scottie Pippen
    (8 votes)
  • 5%
    Other (specify in comments)
    (37 votes)
709 votes total Vote Now