Robinson goes scoreless as Bulls offense falters

Robinson goes scoreless as Bulls offense falters
May 13, 2013, 11:15 pm
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In several games during the postseason, Nate Robinson has been the Bulls’ savior.

The diminutive instant-offense scorer has carried the short-handed team with his flurries of offensive firepower, lifting them to victory or at least staying in contention.

But in Monday night’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Robinson’s luck ran out.

The scoring point guard was scoreless, shooting 0-for-12 from the field, including five misses from 3-point range and four turnovers, in the Bulls’ 88-65 shellacking at the hands of Miami.

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“They were very aggressive and Nate had a tough game. Nate’s a tough guy, he’ll bounce back,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau explained. “He didn’t make shots tonight, but he’s a shot-maker and our team didn’t shoot well. We were 2-for-17 from three. You’ve got to make shots against these guys. So we’ll regroup, watch film and get ready for the next one.”

One possible reason Robinson struggled was a left-shoulder injury that he didn’t want to discuss, but clearly bothered him, which was evident by the large wrap he had around it in the locker room.

“Who knows, man? I don’t know. I don’t care,” Robinson said, when asked specifics about the injury. “It just happened today. But that doesn’t matter.

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“I’ve got to keep pushing, man,” he continued. “Play through it.”

Robinson downplayed the injury to reporters, but he could be heard exclaiming, “It hurts. It’s like a dagger. It’s like somebody stabbed me in the back.”

When asked when it occurred, he responded, “I can’t really remember. One of the trapped pick-and-rolls.”

Regardless, the fiery competitor expects both himself and the Bulls to bounce back in Wednesday’s Game 5 in Miami, an elimination game.

“It’s another game, man. You get to live to fight another day, man. That’s the beauty of it,” he said. “There’s a lot left in the tank. My thing about it is you never know when that beautiful story is going to happen. down 3-1, you never know. Take them to Game 7, we end up winning. It’s going to be a beautiful story to tell my kids one day, so we don’t count ourselves out. Never that. We’re going to bounce back and get ready for the next game.”