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D'Antoni says Lin must play when tired

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks looks

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks looks to pass the ball against DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. (Feb. 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Jeremy Lin has been logging heavy minutes, 40.4 per game in his first five starts. That might have contributed to his 17-for-44 shooting and 14 turnovers in his two games before Wednesday night. Mike D'Antoni said the turnovers will decrease, but he's not worried about Lin's minutes.

"He can rest this summer," D'Antoni said. "He's going to have to learn to play tired anyway. If we get deep anywhere, if we do make the playoffs, you're going to be tired, you're going to be beat up, you're going to have nicks. You're going to have to play with that. The sooner you learn that the better.


J.R. Smith looking to sign

J.R. Smith's season in China is over. He was due back in the United States yesterday and will be looking for a new NBA landing spot. The Knicks have shown interest.

On his official Twitter page, Smith listed five places (six teams) as possible destinations They are New York, Los Angeles (Lakers and Clippers), Chicago, Orlando and Indiana.

The free-agent guard already has spoken to the Lakers and is said to have interest in the Clippers. Chris Paul, who played with Smith with the Hornets, said this week the chances of Smith joining the Clippers "are very high."


Lin changes odds

According to Bovada, an online gambling site, Lin has markedly improved the Knicks' odds for everything. Their odds to a win a championship was 40-to-1 before Lin's first game and is now 18-to-1 and at reaching the Finals went from 22-to-1 to 10-to-1. Lin also is listed as 40-to-1 to win the NBA MVP award and the chances of him hitting another buzzer-beating game-winning shot are 3-to-1.


Notes & quotes

Lin is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, which hit stands Wednesday. He's the first Knick to appear on the cover since Marcus Camby on June 28, 1999 . . . Lin officially has arrived. Charlie Sheen, who made "Winning" a trending word, tweeted about Lin after the Toronto win. "Anyone see the Knicks game last night? Well . . . I did..!! #LINNING," Sheen wrote on his Twitter page.

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