Lin eyes Kemba Walker matchup

Lin eyes Kemba Walker matchup
February 1, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Lin talks Kemba matchup

Jeremy Lin wants a different showing against Kemba Walker this time around when the Rockets play the Bobcats on Saturday.

When the two teams played on Jan. 21, Walker went off for a career-high 35 points with five assists and 6-for-7 three-point shooting.

"Yeah, he was definitely on fire," Lin said. "I didn't get to play much that game, but he was definitely just hitting everything and just about every three he threw up, went in. We tipped our hat to him that day. He had a heck of a game."

Meanwhile, Lin finished that game with four points. That day will be remembered for how he sat the fourth quarter as the Rockets amped up their defensive pressure to contain Walker. During crunch time, Patrick Beverley was the one who saw the floor.

"That was kind of a big-time wake-up call," Lin said. "Just saying, what I'm doing right now isn't working, so I've got to change something up, be a little more aggressive, put a little more pressure on him.

"You definitely want to make it more difficult the next time around. Didn't do a good job defensively, so whichever way to make it a little more difficult, make a couple of adjustments to see how they react to it."

After that game, Lin did talk about how he needed to be more aggressive on defense. Kevin McHale has noticed the improvement since then.

"I think Jeremy's had a good year," McHale said. "Jeremy's been very good defensively. I thought he was solid defensively against Denver, one of the few guys that really gave us a really good solid individual game defensively in Denver.

"Jeremy's like a lot of young players," McHale continued. "He'll be a little bit up and down. I think everybody expects perfection every night. That doesn't happen in our league, but I think he's fought back from some tough times. He keeps on battling. He's a very tough kid. He just keeps getting better like we have to as a team."

On Saturday, Lin will get that chance for some defensive redemption.

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