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Jeremy Lin’s shrug not intended as a homage to Michael Jordan


It wasn’t easy, but the Charlotte Hornets were able to edge out a 89-85 victory over the Miami Heat to even the series at two games apiece.

Kemba Walker‘s 34 points led the way for Charlotte, but Jeremy Lin had a big performance with 21 of his own. Three of those came on a crucial trey that actually banked in, leading to a casual shrug from Lin as he jogged back on defense.

Immediately, fans identified that it bared a striking similarity to Michael Jordan, Lin’s boss as owner of the Hornets, pulling off a similar move in the 1992 NBA Finals.

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Lin was asked about the shrug after the game, and he was adamant that he had not intended to imitate His Airness.

From James Herbert of CBS Sports:

“No, no, I didn’t even think about that until after the game when they said that,” Lin said. “Me and Kemba were talking about that — that was kind of Angels in the Outfield, a blessing from God. That shot, when I let it go, I was like, yo, there’s no chance this goes in. And it went in. So thank God.”

Regardless, it was still a pretty awesome moment.

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