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Lin on Garden return: Want 'it over with'

12/17/2012

On Monday night, Jeremy Lin returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time this season.

And like many Knicks fans who have already moved on from Linsanity, the Rockets point guard doesn't want to make a big ado about the reunion.

Speaking to the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, Lin said there will be "a little nostalgia or reminiscing," but he added, "I'm definitely ready to get it over with."

That's likely because of how Lin feels he's been playing lately.

"Terrible," he said. "I'm not doing close to what I'm capable of doing. It's a matter of figuring out how to play more like myself within the system. I'll be my harshest critic, but I'm doing terrible."

Lin has scored less than 10 points four times this month, and for the season he's averaging only 11.0 points per game on below 40 percent shooting. On the flip side, Raymond Felton, who replaced Lin in New York, is averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 assists per game, helping lead the Knicks to an Eastern Conference-best 18-5 record. The Rockets are 11-12.

In addition to Lin, Toney Douglas, who was named the Knicks' starting point guard last December after Chauncey Billups was amnestied, will be returning to the Garden tomorrow night. Douglas was included in a sign-and-trade for Marcus Camby during the offseason, which also sent Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan to Houston.

As Lin's backup, Douglas has been averaging 8.1 points in 19 minutes per game. This month, he's been really heating up from 3-point territory, shooting 18-for-33 (54.5 percent). That has been the Rockets' offensive recipe, just like the Knicks. While the Knicks are averaging an NBA-high 12 downtown makes per game, the Rockets are second at 9.7.

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