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Robinson proves he can have big game
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 27, 2013 @ 10:56 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO – Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson doesn’t seem like Tom Thibodeau’s kind of player, and Thibodeau doesn’t seem like Robinson’s kind of coach.
Defying reason, the pairing works, testing the patience of both player and coach.
“He’s a character now,” Thibodeau said of his diminutive, shot-happy backup guard. “I had a good understanding of who he is from my experience with him in Boston. You’ve got to take the whole package, and the good outweighs the bad.”
Robinson accepts Thibodeau, the stern coach who seldom smiles in front of news reporters, for whom he is, too.
“Everybody knows coach is a drill sergeant. But he has a heart, somewhere in there. I know he does,” Robinson said.
It was easy for both to find humor and joy in the player-coach relationship after Robinson saved the day for the Bulls Saturday afternoon.
Robinson scored 23 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 in the final three minutes of the fourth, as the Bulls rallied from a late 14-point deficit and defeated the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in triple overtime Saturday.
His 34 points off the bench were the most by a reserve in a playoff game since Washington Wizards guard Juan Dixon scored 35 against the Bulls on May 2, 2005.
Robinson, who had five points at the end of third quarter, fell one point shy of tying Hall of Famer Michael Jordan’s Bulls record for most points in the fourth quarter of a playoff game, set by Jordan against the Philadelphia 76ers on May 11, 1990.
Robinson was in the middle of the action all game, starting with a physical foul on Nets guard and former Bulls teammate C.J. Watson near the scorer’s table at halfcourt in the second quarter. Robinson ran Watson into the scorer’s table, and both players were separated by referees and teammates.
With 7:30 left in the fourth quarter, Nets forward Gerald Wallace set a hard but clean screen on Robinson, knocking Robinson to the floor. Listed generously at 5-9, Robinson picked himself up then lifted his teammates to an improbable victory … [For more on Nate Robinson proves he can have a big time game, click here.]
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