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Saturday, March 3, 2012
Lin used to 'always' attend Celtics games

By Jared Zwerling



GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When Jeremy Lin was a freshman at Harvard from 2006 to 2007, he wouldn't only watch his hometown Golden State Warriors, featuring Baron Davis, on television. He would catch live NBA action at the TD Garden, where Lin and the Knicks will face the Celtics on Sunday afternoon.

"I always went to their games," Lin said. "Actually every year, I would try to go to the Celtics vs. Bulls games. Once [Kevin Garnett] and Ray Allen got there [in the summer of 2007], I stopped going because the ticket prices went up way higher. But before that, you could go in for eight bucks or 12 bucks. We could afford that."

Now, not only does Lin get into the TD Garden for free, he has a chance to determine the outcome of the game. Perhaps Allen and Garnett will have some payback coming their way on Sunday for raising the cost of admission.

Lin's first order of business is to put a clamp on Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who's led his team to three straight wins. As Rondo goes, so do the Celtics. He's an assassin in transition and off the pick-and-roll, and is crafty around the basket with passing and rebounding. That makes him a triple-double threat every night. In fact, he had one this past week, on Feb. 29, in a 102-96 win over the Bucks (15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists).

“He’s unorthodox, but he’s crafty and he’s smart and he’s one of the best point guards in the league," Lin said. "I definitely need to come ready, because the way he’s been playing has been unbelievable."

Rondo will have to come ready too, because Linsanity isn't too bad either.

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