By Marcus Thompson
Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 1:17 pm in Uncategorized.
Jeremy Lin will be recalled from the NBA Development League tomorrow and will join the team in New Orleans.
Lin will be available for Wednesday’s game for New Orleans. GM Larry Riley is calling him up because he’s gotten quite a bit of playing time with Reno and he’s looked pretty good in their eyes. Riley saw him in person once.
RILEY: “He played pretty good. He’s played four games and we got what we wanted. He’s gotten minutes and worked on his shooting a little bit and is playing with confidence.”
In four games, two starts, Lin averaged 18 points (a team-high) on 52.3 percent shooting in 26.8 minutes. He also made 4 of 10 from 3-point range and averaged 4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.5 turnovers. He took 28 free throws (making 22) in four games.
Lin will likely go back to Reno. If Acie Law is healthy, there will be no minutes for Lin on the Warriors, save for the occasional garbage time run or extreme foul trouble. Riley said he wants him to get a good 20 to 30 games with extending playing time this season. If not with the Warriors, then it has to be with Reno. So, chances are he will be sent back down at some point. The Warriors can do that two more times this season.
While he’s here, they will now get to look at his progress up close. He can do some work with the assistant coaches, who can evaluate him and give him more to work on. Riley pointed out that it will be good for Lin, a hoop junkie, to get to watch Chris Paul up close. Plus, Lin will almost assuredly get a bit of motivation from being back with the big team.
Lin was expected to stay in Reno a little bit longer. But Riley called him up because of the uncertainty surrounding Acie Law, who flew to New York to see a specialist about his ailing right wrist.
Law is in transit right now, from New York to Orlando. I talked to him while he was in a cab to the airport. He said his flight arrives at 5:30 Orlando time. With traffic, he should be able to get to Amway Center at about 6 p.m. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
He was cleared to play, but he does have an issue with his right wrist, which he injured at Utah on Dec. 13. His wrist has been taped since then, and he said he has no problem playing through the pain. Law said the specialist said he couldn’t do more damage to it, but he may have a slight tear. For now, it is officially listed as a sprained right wrist.
Law said he can play and wants to play. The Warriors were the ones who insisted Law gets his wrist checked out. All contracts become guaranteed on Jan. 10. So before they lock him up for the year, Riley wanted to be sure he would be able to play. They didn’t want Law to play until Jan. 11 and then have surgery and be lost for the season.
Riley said he does want to keep Law around. Smart does, too. He’s locked Law in as Curry’s back-up for the immediate future and created a rotation to get Law about 15 minutes a night.
Check out how head coach Keith Smart described David Lee’s fall Saturday. (Lee fell hard on his back in Saturday’s loss at Miami.)
SMART: “It was like a steak fell out the sky.”
Lee was still walking gingerly at Monday’s shootaround, although he was getting around much better than he was after the Miami game. But Smart said this is a different beast. Since the back impacts the whole body, Smart said he expects Lee to miss tonight’s game. He sounded like he preferred Lee sit out and be ready for Wednesday and the following home stand.
If he does miss tonight, that will be nine missed games for Lee this season. He missed one game in each of the previous three seasons.