I have been following Lin's play since last season. It is now obvious to me that he has made tremendous progress toward being a complete player on both end of court. I was a doubter that his defense will ever be better than Nash in his prime, but I think Lin is a much better defender in these recent games. He has very active hands, and is very good at anticipation of the oponent's passing or driving lanes. He still tends to over help a little, but he is defitnately on his way. On the offensive end, he protects the ball much better now. His TO' numbers keep dropping. He is much less TO-prone now than Harden. To me, that shows he is learning to play in a more controlled fashion. The results shows progress. However, his production did regress a little. He now plays very concervatively, with much less slashes or penetrations. He gave up the ball very early in the game now. I think Harden's ability to make plays has marginalized Lin a little. For Lin to become more effective for the Rockets, he needs to be a better "catch-and-shoot" player. He needs to be better at being a shooting guard. He needs to be more comfortable doing "catch-and-shoot" to be trusted with another opportunity in clutch time. Granted he shot a wide open air ball with 10 sec left, but being this young and this inexperienced, I'd give him some more clutch opportunities before labelling him a "choker" or a "joke".