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Basketball: 'Linsanity' limps out of Toronto on losing note

Published on Dec 17, 2012 4:28 PM
Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (left) and Carlos Delfino watch play against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto Dec 16, 2012. Houston's offseason acquisition of Lin was made with hopes that he would build on the breakout run he enjoyed with New York, who only plugged him into their starting lineup after a rash of injuries. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TORONTO (REUTERS) - Jeremy Lin could be excused for wondering where all the mass hysteria he attracted last season has gone, but the Houston Rockets guard is not one to draw unnecessary attention to himself.

When Lin visited the Toronto Raptors in February he was a member of the New York Knicks, playing the best basketball of his career and the face of a global craze dubbed "Linsanity" that transcended the sporting world.

But in Sunday's 103-96 road loss to a weak Raptors team Lin had a pedestrian seven points, a far cry from the 27 he had in February when he made a game-winning three-pointer for the Knicks with under a second to play.

"If I could turn it on like a switch like that easy I would obviously turn it on but that's not how it works," Lin told a group of reporters that paled in comparison to the crowed he drew in February when a special room was set up to accommodate the flood of media.

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