Why Shoot A Three?

Sorry to rain on the “Linsanity”, but does anyone out there think about basketball anymore?  I get it, he hit an amazing shot and won the game, but my question is, why did he take THAT shot?

Consider the scenario, the Knicks were tied with Toronto when they got the ball back with 44 seconds left in the game. They ran their offense and Iman Shumpert missed a 17-footer.  Tyson Chandler grabbed the rebound with 20 seconds and the Knicks kicked the ball out to Lin with about 15 seconds left. Now the Knicks had choices.  They obviously want to run the clock down, but they could also run almost any play in their offense.  Instead Lin kept the ball himself and drained a three with 0.5 seconds remaining.

It was a great shot, but it also was a dumb one. The Knicks didn’t need a three, they were tied. Lin is not a good three-point shooter in his NBA career (5-for-24 before that went in) and he wasn’t a good one in college, where the line is closer to the basket. (33%)  Why then did he settle for a 25-foot shot when he could have driven the ball and either dished it or shot from a much closer range? I don’t know the answer and in all the “Linsanity” I don’t hear anyone asking the question.

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  • blmeanie  On February 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    enjoy the ride, he will be in the rear view mirror soon enough

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