Re: How awkward is it that Lin doesn't finish close games?
Lin is such an obvious sixth man it's amazing. His energy and court vision are great, and he's at his best when he's taking you by surprise.
And, if you've got injuries, or your offense isn't going, you can put him in and jump-start the thing. Just give him the ball.
There is nothing about the guy to suggest a starter. To start him is to set him up to fail.
That said, he is *awesome* for what he is. His head is always up. Very good court vision, very clever scorer. You never really know what he's gonna hit you with. Plays defense really hard, can get a team going on either end.
He could be your Steve Nash, but that's not ideal. Not if you're thinking championship.