Guys, I'm a fan of both rockets PGs and they have different skill set, but I'm in the camp of that Lin doesn't have Mchale's trust. Mchale just don't trust him and don't like him as a player, its pretty evident.
Before the last 3 games where Lin has played poorly, his stats were quite good.
His FG was 55 out of 100 shots in March prior to the 3 game slump. thats 55% on the field.
He 3point shooting was 14 for 32 which is 43.75% which is also incredible. How many point guards
have been playing this good in a stretch of 9 games and avg 16.88 ppg, 5.44 assists per game in 30minutes per game.
In Feb :
14.5 ppg, 6.6 ass pg, in about 32 minutes per game. Shooting 43.8% fg and 42.4% on 3s.
So before this 3 game slump he shows that he has been playing a lot better than he did a few months ago, and this notion that he can't shoot 3s are almost a miconception. His 3p % has increased each month since the start of the season which shows that he has been working on his catch and shoot.
As soon as he struggled against Cleveland he get yanked from the game. Considering how well he has played lately in almost a 6-7 week stretch, you figure he shoudl get a slightly longer leash. Especially coming from a 3 game streak of 20+ points. And he wasn't even playing terrible against Cleveland he wasn't great either. Granted Bev played really well, but how often do you just bench your starting pg after a long stretch of good games and you have an off night. This would kill any young players confidence.
Look at the numbers and don't just tell me Bev has energy etc, I love Bev and he has earn more minutes, but you have to give Lin credit for what he has done to improve his play and shooting. The numbers proves it, and you shouldn't sit your PG the second he has a bad turnover or a bad shot. I just don't like the way Mchale has been treating Lin, but there is so many situations where Lin is the first player to get subbed in game where the team has a slow start in a game no matter what.