Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

As Teams Adjust to Lin, He Adjusts Back

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

As Teams Adjust to Lin, He Adjusts Back

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Dallas players praised Jeremy Lin's patience and ability to reset on offense after he led the New York Knicks to another victory, snapping the Mavericks' winning streak.

Dirk Nowitzki used the word crafty multiple times to describe Jeremy Lin. So maybe Lin's ability to fight through the Dallas Mavericks' double teams and his own mistakes while leading the New York Knicks to a 104-97 victory was youthful craftiness: exuberant youth combined with savvy generated by wisdom beyond his years.

Lin was not able to eliminate all his mistakes -- he had seven turnovers -- but it did not matter Sunday. One game after his rough first half helped end the Knicks' seven-game winning streak (they fell to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday), Lin had learned lessons. Against a tougher opponent, the defending National Basketball Association champion Mavericks, he had 28 points and 14 assists.

"He is very humble and plays extremely hard no matter if he makes a mistake or makes a fantastic play," Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd said.

Dallas forward Shawn Marion, noting Lin's propensity to turn the ball over, said, "He won't dwell on it, and that is very rare."

Kidd is from Oakland, California. Steve Nash played at Santa Clara University, near San Jose, California. Lin grew up just a few miles away in Palo Alto. Perhaps there is something in the San Francisco Bay Area that helps point guards become great.

"We develop some of the best," said Kidd, who added that Lin had told him he followed Kidd's career growing up.

The Mavericks showed Lin different reads on defense. They often defended Lin with Marion, who is athletic and at 6-foot-7, or 2 meters, is physically imposing. The Mavericks' owner, Mark Cuban, labeled Marion as Dallas's most valuable player defensively.

After Lin helped end the Mavericks' six-game winning streak, Marion praised Lin's patience and ability to reset on offense.

"Primarily, he is the one handling the pick-and-rolls," Marion said. "He'll go from one to another if he doesn't get what he wants or what they want. …

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