Breaking Down Jeremy Lin's First-Half Struggles

4798 Jeremy Lin rode a three-week stretch with the New York Knicks to a three-year, $25 million contract. Unfortunately for the Houston Rockets, Linsanity has struggled to rediscover last year's magic touch.
Lin's numbers are down across the board in 2012-2013, particularly in scoring. But what's the cause of his first-half struggles? 

No single factor can be blamed for Lin's uninspiring season, but a few stand out. Let's take a closer look at what's behind the fall of Linsanity. 

Recovery from Knee Surgery 

Now 46 games into the season, it's hard to imagine Lin's knee is still causing major problems. However, offseason knee surgery held the former Harvard star back early in the season. 

Back in October, Lin discussed his lack of confidence in his balky knee with Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle:

"My speed and my explosiveness and my agility (are not) there yet," Lin said. "I'm still trying to recover from knee surgery and get to where I was pre-surgery. I probably won't get to play too much. Hopefully, as the preseason goes on I'll get to play more and more to build that endurance."

That lack of explosion and agility certainly plagued Lin's playmaking ability early in the season. Houston's $25 million man shot just 37 percent from the field in November and averaged just over 10 points per game. 

The Rockets went just 6-8 during that stretch. 

It's tough to determine just how healthy his knee is at this point, but one stat may tell the story. In 14 games on zero days' rest, Lin is shooting just 38 percent from the field and 26 percent from beyond the arc compared to 43 and 35 in 22 games with one day's rest. 

Hopefully that knee is healed up, otherwise the Rockets' point guard could be in for a long second half.

Source: Bleacher Report | STEPHEN SHEEHAN 
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