An Argument for Playing Jeremy Lin in Game 5

5/7/12 in NBA   |   ArgunUlgen   |   10 respect

Here is a strong argument for playing Jeremy Lin in Game 5:  Why ever not?

So Lin is somewhere between 80% to 95% depending on the source. And yes, adding Lin for significant minutes may throw a wrench into whatever fragile chemistry exists right now between Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.  But nobody is asking for Lin to play as a starter for 30 to 35 minutes either now, or hopefully, in the future. (note:  the Knicks really need to sign Goran Dragic or trade for Kyle Lowery to be their starting point guard in the off season). 

Rather, why not have Lin come off the bench?  The Heat's second unit will probably bounce back from an abysmal performance in game 3, and if the Knicks play a predictable style against the Heat's superior bench, they will get torched. However, as the point guard of the Knick's second unit, the Knicks may play at a significant change of pace and style to keep the Heat's counterpart guessing, even if it is for 10 to 15 minutes. 

Really, what's the loss of value by putting Lin as a second unit point guard?  If the Knicks refuse to play Lin at this position, they're looking at  either J.R. Smith or Mike Bibby handling the ball.  Both players are turnover prone and struggling on offense as it is.  Putting Lin for limited second-unit minutes instead really couldn't be that much worse, and if the move is a little better by establishing that nice pick n' roll attack between Lin and Chandler or Stoudemire when Lin was a starter, that could be the difference between the Knicks getting another game in the Garden or going home. 
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