'Linsanity' preview came in Vegas versus Wall, Wizards

'Linsanity' preview came in Vegas versus Wall, Wizards
January 11, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Post-game with John Wall and Bradley Beal

"Linsanity" officially broke out in New York during the 2011-12 season.

Those in Las Vegas during the summer of 2010 caught a sneak peak of what was to come thanks to Jeremy Lin's starry performance against John Wall and the Washington Wizards. The point guards square off Saturday night when the Wizards host the Houston Rockets.

There was no anticipation for the summer league matchup between Wall, who had just been selected by Washington with the No. 1 overall pick, and Lin, who joined the Dallas Mavericks' roster after going undrafted out of Harvard. Lin's shooting and passing performance eventually left onlookers stunned that afternoon in the desert. 

From Zach Harper's recap for Hardwood Paroxysm : “Funny thing happened on the way to the Bellagio … Jeremy Lin and John Wall faced off in the fourth quarter of the Wizards-Mavericks game in Vegas and pretty much played each other to a standstill. That’s right. An undrafted Harvard, SMAHRT kid, point guard went toe-to-toe with the number-one pick in the NBA draft and sort-of held his own. The final box score will show John Wall with an impressive 21 points (let’s just forget about the 4/19 shooting), 10 assists and seven rebounds. But it won’t show that the majority of the Lin’s (11) fourth quarter points were the result of him getting the better of the ‘best player in the draft’ for times than Wall will care to remember. Lin and Wall played the equivalent of an iso chess match on the hardwood game board. The kid from the Ivy League refused to back down from the YouTube sensation and while Wall walked away with the highlight reel, Lin walked away as the fan favorite.”

If Wall, who leads all Eastern Conference players with 8.6 assists, seeks any payback from those many summers ago, another opportunity comes Saturday. Lin will make his 10th straight start for the Rockets in place of Patrick Beverley (hand). In his second season with Houston, Lin is averaging 14.0 points and 4.0 assists.