Boston Celtics: Linsanity
February, 16, 2012
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- It's easy to forget now, but the Boston Celtics were the last team spared from "Linsanity."
Steve Babineau/NBAE/GettyKevin Garnett attempts to prevent Linsanity in Boston.
Harvard's Jeremy Lin, playing his ninth game with the New York Knicks earlier this month, logged a mere 6 minutes, 36 seconds of court time against Boston, missing all three shots he took while chipping in a pair of free throws, two rebounds, and an assist as the Celtics emerged with a 91-89 triumph on Feb. 3.
The very next night, Lin produced 25 points and seven assists over 36 minutes against the New Jersey Nets, got elevated into the starting lineup, and, well, he's been dominating SportsCenter -- and, more recently, non-sports programming as well -- as the biggest story in the NBA this season.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted he hasn't seen much of Lin beyond the highlights and the Garden glimpse earlier this month, but he certainly knows what it's like to be a point guard playing on the big stage in the Big Apple.
"It’s New York," Rivers said while discussing the circus-like atmosphere that currently exists around Lin, who handed out a career-high 13 assists to pace the Knicks to their seventh-straight win by topping Sacramento Wednesday evening. "Really, some place else, I don’t know if the attention would be as great. The accomplishment would still be great, but I don’t know if the attention would be as great. Let’s just be honest, what’s making this whole story great is the winning streak. They are winning games while he’s doing this. If he was doing the same numbers and it was all losses, we wouldn’t talk about it.
"It’s a good thing; It’s a good lesson for everyone: If you want some attention, go win."