Knicks also without Lin's clutch play

March, 30, 2012
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Earlier today, I wrote about three main things the Knicks would be missing without Jeremy Lin: 1) pressure on the defense; 2) pick-and-roll D; and 3) consistency from the starting five to the second unit.

Another one is Lin's clutch play in the fourth quarter. His 5.5 points average in the period is second on the Knicks to Carmelo Anthony (6.2). Here's more of a complete breakdown, comparing Lin's stats per game in the first three quarters compared to the final period, according to statistical support from NBA.com:

First Three Quarters -- 12.1 points, 5.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 turnovers, 9.9 field goal attempts, 42.8 field goal percentage, 25.4 3-point percentage, 31.4 usage percentage

Fourth Quarter -- 5.5 points, 1.6 assists, 0.9 rebounds, 0.8 turnovers, 3.2 field goal attempts, 52.0 field goal percentage, 60.0 3-point percentage, 34.3 usage percentage

Besides the increased scoring, thanks to his shooting accuracy, Lin's decrease in turnovers is most significant. His efficiency has helped lead the Knicks to scoring the most points in the final period (25.2 per game; tied with the second quarter) and having the highest average fourth-quarter scoring margin in the NBA (+2.6).

Overall, the Knicks have a slightly better record (9-6) when Lin has at least six fourth-quarter points, compared to when he has less than that (8-8). They're also 9-7 when he has 0 turnovers in the final period. When he has more than 1 turnover, the Knicks are 4-4.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2