Around the arena, inevitability ruled the moment. Among 20,092 people inside Air Canada Centre, all of them on their feet. Among the Toronto Raptors, who could sense they were being set up as patsies. Among the Knicks, of course, who have come to believe that there is nothing their point guard can’t do.
And, yes: Watching Jeremy Lin, you could see it in him, too.
“My teammates trust me with the ball at the end of the game,” Lin would say.
Trust him? It takes everything they’ve got not to stand up and applaud him at the end of these games now.