Jeremy Lin is a L.A. Laker Killer, Kobe Acknowledges (Commentary)

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Jan 09, 2013 12:48 PM EST
Jeremy Lin vs. Kobe Bryant
Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant stands with the ball after knocking down Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin while going after a loose ball during the second half of their NBA basketball game

Don't worry Jeremy Lin fans, I won't speak ill of your hero. Today we look at Lin's performance against the Los Angeles Lakers and it seems that, for some reason, he's always playing well against the NBA's most successful Western Conference franchise. Even Kobe Bryant is surprised.

Dave McMenamin, Lakers beat writer shared Kobe's thoughts on Lin's repeated performances against L.A.

That is a pretty impressive way to fill up the stat sheet. There's no doubt about it. More impressive are the four steals he recorded Tuesday night.

Maybe the Lakers went after the wrong point guard and should have tried acquiring Lin? Whatever the case is, this is Lin's second best performance against the Lakers in his short NBA career.

You can relieve his 38-point, 7-assist night in this video as he tore the Lakers up as a member of the New York Knicks to help the team continue rolling in the second month of basketball last year.

Had the Knicks been bad this year, then maybe the video would have been painful to watch, but the Knicks are on a roll and the fans are happy.

Lin's numbers Tuesday night helped the Rockets defeat the Lakers 125-112. However, one thing he hasn't been this year is consistent.

We get it, he's still learning his way around the league, but Bryant probably forgot about the first two games the Lakers played against the Rockets this season. 

In those two matchups, Lin totalled nine points on 4/17 shooting. The Rockets lost the first game, though Lin finished with 10 assists, but they bounced back to beat the Lakers in their second meeting. 

If Lin taught us anything about himself on Tuesday it's that he's able to make adjustments, something the Lakers have had trouble doing all season long. 

So far in 2013, Lin has exceeded his amounts of games started, while matching his 2012 total of games played. He is averaged 12.3 points, six assists, just under two steals and continues to work on his turnovers per game which is currently sitting on 3.1. 

More importantly, Lin is helping the Rockets improve on their 2011-2012 campaign, one which found them just three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

Right now, the Rockets are 21-14, third in the Southwest division and sixth overall in the conference. 

Whether a Laker killer or not, Houston will continue depending on their point guard to guide them to victory and, hopefully for them, into the playoffs. 


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