NEW YORK — While the Miami Heat have been waiting and watching the Jeremy Lin saga, the Knicks provided a preview worth the hype.
It might not have been unreasonable for the Knicks to be looking ahead to tonight’s meeting with the red-hot Heat in Miami. But instead, they put on display Wednesday the best example of just how good life with Lin could be.
The questions about chemistry and fitting Carmelo Anthony and Lin in the same lineup were answered with an end-to-end assault on the Atlanta Hawks, as the Knicks jumped out to a 27-point first-half lead and coasted to a 99-82 victory. Lin finished with 17 points and nine assists and Anthony scored 15 points.
There have been whispers out of Miami that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were waiting on their shot at Lin. Speaking to reporters in Miami they had nothing but good things to say on the record.
“I don’t know about (any) more than ever,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “They always want to beat the Knicks. I always wanted to beat you guys when I was in Phoenix. Who knows? It is a story. He’ll be a marked man – he should be. He’s competitive.”
Lin certainly been competitive, as he has averaged 23.9 points and 9.2 assists over the past 11 games.
Anthony and Lin connected repeatedly for buckets Wednesday. D’Antoni was convinced they not only will co-exist, but that Anthony’s presence will help Lin.
“The better players you have on the court, … that’s the best way it should be,” D’Antoni said. “It’s up to us to figure out how we can work cohesively as a unit, and we will and they will.”