Jeremy Lin is starting to play pretty well in Houston, there are more and more games where you can see how he will fit in with James Harden and what they are doing.
He is not deserving to be an All-Star.
When the All-Star starters are announced later Thursday night, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul will be announced as the starting backcourt for the Western Conference. If there is an upset, it’s because the fans will have voted Lin in over Paul (he was more than 45,000 votes back with a week to go, so not likely). Lin was already ahead of guys like Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Tony Parker in the fan voting.
“Uh, no,” he said softly after another choppy performance Wednesday night as the Houston Rockets lost for a fifth consecutive time…
“That’s the furthest thing from my mind, to be honest, being on a five-game losing streak,” Lin said after finishing with 19 points and four assists, numbers that blurred a five-point night on 2-for-9 shooting through three quarters. “I don’t even care right now, I’m just trying to get a win.”
Knowing the league and it’s marketing, Lin will be in some of the events All-Star weekend. He’s a big enough international star that he is not escaping the league’s showcase weekend.
But a starter in the big game? No. Not this year. He gets it, just some fans don’t.
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“But that award means most valuable to your team. We finished second in the West, which nobody thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year even when everybody was healthy. We were near the top in having the most injuries. We won our division in a division where every single team made the playoffs.
“There’s so many factors. I led the league in total points scored, minutes played. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me.”
That’s very Kobe Bryant of you to turn that into fuel. Defining the MVP Award is an annual discussion that nobody agrees on.
I could get into how Harden was the old-school, traditional stats MVP, how that ignores how Steve Kerr used Curry, and how that opened up the Warriors’ offense to championship levels. Curry put up numbers, but he was also the distraction, the bright star that Kerr used to open up looks for Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and others. Curry’s strength was not just what he did with the ball in his hands, but his gravity to draw defenders even when he didn’t. Did the Warriors stay healthier than the Rockets? No doubt. Should Curry be penalized for that?
It’s simple for Harden — if he can put up those numbers again, if he can be the fulcrum of a top offense, he will be in the discussion for MVP again. And, if he can lead the Rockets beyond the conference finals, nobody will talk about that MVP snub anyway.