Fields: Lin can 'shut a lot of mouths'

After Jeremy Lin racked up 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists Friday night against the Hawks -- and his Rockets improved to 2-0 on the young season -- he received a text message from his former backcourt mate in New York.

"Great game. Keep it up," Landry Fields texted Lin, who was his best friend on the Knicks, "It's something where if you keep it up all season, you'll shut a lot of mouths."

Lin and Fields were both restricted free agents after the 2011-12 season. They signed offer sheets elsewhere during the summer, and the Knicks elected not to match them.

Lin signed a three-year, $25 million contract with Houston, while Fields inked a three-year, $20 million deal with Toronto.

Fields, whose Raptors will take on the Nets in the first regular-season game at the $1 billion Barclays Center tonight, watched the Knicks beat up on the defending champion Heat on Friday.

"They shot the ball real well from 3-point range," Fields said. "They had a lot of guys in double figures. That team has really come together. We'll see what they do the rest of the year."

Asked if he can foresee the Knicks making a postseason run, Fields said their chances are "pretty good."

"They've got some good pieces," Fields said. "(The) odds are in their favor."

While Fields was dining with some friends in New York City on Friday night, a fan approached Fields and said he was switching allegiances from the Knicks to the Nets.

"A guy came up to me and was talking about switching teams -- from New York to Brooklyn -- and I feel like that goes against what every Knicks fan actually says," Fields said. "So I think you'll have some of them change over, and some of them won't."