THANK YOU DANTONI FOR PLAYING LIN
THANK YOU DANTONI FOR PLAYING LIN
You and some others have been running around GT's (prior to us winning) screaming about how dumb D'antoni is because Lin is playing too much, and that Lin won't be able to finish games for us, and that you can see how tired he is.
Besides Lin and D'antoni having constant communications about how Lin is feeling during the game, and when he should be coming out,
we've straight up won (as a baseline) 3 games on our streak simply because D'antoni didn't take out Lin a moment less than he has.
D'antoni has clearly played Lin beautifully, as evinced by the play of Lin. It's really that simple, unless people have crystal balls idk about, and D'antoni has one, too, and he just doesn't follow it.
Is there some track record prior to MDA, showing what an excellent, consistent NBA player Lin could be, or that Lin has been? And that D'antoni has somehow handled him and his game worse than someone else could be expected to in such a reality?
Lin is much better than both of them though, so I'm not worried about his play falling off.
Look, if Lin keeps getting ridden like this, even if he's obv hurting from the minutes, and Baron or anyone else isn't easing the load eventually....I'd agree, and pin it on D'antoni.
But let's not act like D'antoni has somehow already manhandled Lin, or that MDA won't react appropriately with Lin moving forward. If he does, he does; but he hasn't yet.
D'antoni and the team are starting to do a lot of things right; no need to be so pessimistic or attack guy on anyone right now.
Until I see or you see Lin *hurting* in games, not looking sharp, legit looking ragged and not recovering...I'm still not going to get on D'antoni for it.
Especially when we're in midst of a real important turnaround, and winning streak, where Lin's play and minutes have been so integral.
Like I said to Jump, if it keeps up throughout time when Baron is obviously good to go and primed; or if Lin legit looks like he's not recovering from games, I'd agree. Gotta do whatever it takes to rest him.
Well as Almost_famous said, Lin is not likely to tell D'Antoni he's tired. D'Antoni can't rely on that.
You think MDA doesn't care about the kid? Lin practically saved his job and MDA knows if Lin goes down he's totally screwed. We played him as sparingly as possible some of these games, which yeah, sometimes meant playing him for the entire second half since we quite probably would have lost without him.
I didn't say D'Antoni doesn't care about him. A lot of players play through fatigue and when they're hurting, and would never tell a coach to take him out unless it was very bad. Since B. Diddy is expected back soon it's not a big concern, but if he doesn't come back soon, than D'Antoni will to make his decisions not just based off what Lin is telling him.
i thank him for starting Lin ASAP and taking douglas out!!!... thank him for JR Smith today...Thank him for believing in Jared JEFFRIESSS
Plus, we just use our eyes. MDA surely will, too. If Lin isn't recovering from games well, or starts looking legit ragged and not recovering...he will get rested one way or another -- if he doesn't, then you get on MDA for it.
Right now, the minutes Lin has logged have been incontrovertibly necessary for us to be winning the games we have been!
And, this winning streak has been pretty much do or die for our season.
Yeah, I agree. He has been doing great, making smart decisions, has abandoned many of the old mechanics of his system that were heavily criticized and got his team to play defense
While we were bad before lin, and a lot of people were blaming D'Antoni, because he was making a lot of weird decisions at that time and because of his history..
But honestly what could he or any coach have done with that team. Melo was playing like crap and always hurt after we went 6-4.., Amar'e was playing like crap, and we had no pointguards to run the offense.. So what could he coach exactly? I know coaches need to adapt to get their teams wins but PG is probably the most important position in the league when you need to score points, not even sure if Phil Jackson would have had this team over .500 without Lin, who has saved this team. SAVED THEM.
Since then he has made good coaching decisions every game. I don't find myself yelling at him to call time or seeing guys blow by us with no effort and not having him chew them out.. STAT is the only guy who gets blown by on defense and D'Antoni's benched him a few times because of that since he has been back.
You guys do realize this is not SSOL. We're actually bringing the ball up and probing the defense looking for good shots.
We're actually playing sound team defense. Something I doubt MDA has much to do with.
MDA has done some nice things lately, but he's far from off the hook.