John Wall vs. Jeremy Lin
John Wall earned a huge ovation from the crowd at Cox Pavilion during introductions Thursday night, easily the biggest cheer for any of the Wizards or Mavericks players. By the end of the game, the crowd had turned on Wall and was cheering for Dallas's Jeremy Lin, the undrafted point guard out of Harvard who scored nine fourth-quarter points.
When Lin split two defenders and was called for a charge, the crowd erupted in outrage, and media members joked that it finally sounded like an NBA game, what with fans yelling at refs. When Lin later guarded Wall closely and was called for a foul, someone screamed out "quit protecting him!"
There were also a couple times when Lin scored, and Wall seemed to attempt an immediate offensive response on the other end.
"I wasn't getting into no back and forth," Wall said. "He was just making great plays coming off pick and rolls and getting into the paint and making shots."
And if you watch the video above, a great many of Lin's highlights didn't actually come against Wall. Still, for a third game of Summer League, it offered a nice little diversion, and Chris Webber certainly seemed to enjoy the matchup. So did Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm, who wrote (via True Hoop):
"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."
(Via The Big Lead)
July 16, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
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