Linsanity Returns to Madison Square Garden to Face the New York Knicks

By A.J. Speier
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Monday night will mark the first time Linsanity comes to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks as a member of the Houston Rockets.

The question of whether Jeremy Lin receives cheers or boos remains a mystery, but the one thing that is obvious is the Knicks are better off with Raymond Felton as their starting point guard than Lin.

Since acquiring Felton in a sign-and-trade deal with the Portland Trailblazers, the Knicks are off to a hot start with an Eastern Conference-best 18-5 record. Meanwhile, the Rockets, who decided to give Lin a three-year, $25.1million offer sheet, are off to a mediocre start with an 11-11 record.

Felton, who signed a four-year, $14.86 million contract, has been worth every penny so far. He’s given the Knicks consistency at the point guard position and is capable of running the pick-and-roll offense, which is something that Lin couldn’t do.

With an average of 16.3 points and 6.8 assists, Felton is currently having a better season than Lin, who is averaging just 11.0 points and 6.1 assists.

The biggest difference between Felton and Lin is that Felton can handle playing with a superstar in the lineup, while Lin needs to be the only superstar on his team. In the Rockets lone game without James Harden in the lineup, Lin scored 38 points and had seven assists.

In Lin’s last four games with Harden in the lineup, Lin’s averaged just 6.5 points and five assists. Harden on the other hand has averaged 30 points and 5.3 assists in those four games.

What we’ve learned so far this season, is that Felton understands how to coexist with a superstar player like Carmelo Anthony and still play at a high level while Lin is still learning how to in his first full season as a starting point guard.

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