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Knicks’ Steve Novak latest to take offense to Nate Robinson

The Chicago Bulls Nate Robinspushes up court during first quarter United Center Chicago Ill. Saturday January 12 2013. | Andrew

The Chicago Bulls Nate Robinson pushes up the court during the first quarter at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday, January 12, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 14, 2013 6:40AM



Nate Robinson continues making friends around the league.

In the loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday, the Bulls backup point guard ticked off the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings just before the first half ended with what Jennings felt was unnecessary trash talk.

So what did Jennings have for Robinson in the third quarter? How about 20 points, as well as mocking Robinson with his signature “flaps down’’ post-big-shot celebration?

Robinson took the mockery in stride, stating after the game, “That happens. Happens all the time. That’s just part of the game.’’

Knicks long-range sniper Steve Novak must have missed the “That’s just part of the game,’’ meeting because he definitely didn’t believe imitation was the sincerest form of flattery.

After hitting a three-pointer in the win over the Knicks, Robinson did the “Discount Double Check’’ gesture that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made famous. It also happens to be the post-shot celebration that Novak started doing last season.

So the guard had some words for Robinson in the wake of the loss.

“Oh, man, it warms my heart,’’ Novak told a New York television reporter. “The best thing about doing the belt is hearing all the stories of all the little kids around the world hitting a three-pointer and doing the belt. One day when little Nathan grows up, I hope his dreams come true and he can be just like me.’’

How did Robinson respond? Twitter shot!

“@stevenovak20 lol at ur comment ... I forgot u invented that move u must play for the packers and ur name is Aaron Rogers [sic] #FOH clown” Robinson tweeted on Saturday.

Stay tuned, the two teams play a fourth time on April 11, with the Bulls leading the series 3-0.

Nothing to see here

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the idea that Kirk Hinrich’s popped bursa sac was a ticking time bomb for an infection, despite Hinrich stating it was a concern.

“That’s something you have to try and stay on top of,’’ Thibodeau said. “There’s always risks in everything. You can get a paper cut and can get infected. We have a great medical staff. They’re on top of it.’’

Hinrich started his second consecutive game with the injury, since it forced him on the shelf in the loss to the Bucks.

Good against East

The Eastern Conference hasn’t been a problem for the Bulls so far. After beating the Knicks on Friday night, they are 9-1 on the road against the East, and 16-6 overall.



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