Despite 20 points, Nate Robinson can’t repeat magic against Nets
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org April 29, 2013 10:39PM
Updated: June 1, 2013 6:39AM
NEW YORK — Nate Robinson couldn’t muster up an encore to his brilliant Game 4 performance Monday night at the Barclays Center.
With Kirk Hinrich sidelined with a left calf injury, Robinson started and played a game-high 43 minutes, 34 seconds, but he couldn’t put together another magical fourth quarter scoring spree.
Robinson paced his team with 20 points, but he made just two of five shots in the fourth, when the Nets outscored the Bulls 33-18.
Asked about his game, Robinson said, “Not good enough.
“It’s not about points. I had a crucial turnover down the stretch that really hurt us. I take the blame for that, and that’s something I got to do better at.”
Hinrich, who played a game-high 59 minutes in Saturday’s win, had a black walking boot on his left foot. Hinrich has been a standout in the series, both running the point and defending Nets point guard Deron Williams. On Monday, Williams scored 23 points and had 10 assists.
The series shifts back to the United Center Thursday for Game 6, and Hinrich’s status is unclear.
Hinrich said he will “treat it like crazy,” referring to his left calf, but he admitted that he was having trouble even walking on Monday.
Closing it out
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau expected the Nets’ best effort, and the home team did play with more urgency.
“All these games have been tough, hard-fought games. They usually come down to one or two possessions at the end and you’ve got to make plays,” Thibodeau said.
With 4:15 remaining in the game, the Bulls trailed 95-90. But the Nets didn’t collapse Monday and the Bulls went cold. Robinson was upset that the Bulls were in the bonus in the fourth quarter but only attempted two free throws.
“That’s crucial,” Robinson said.
The Bulls have to figure out a way to slow down center Brook Lopez, who has played well throughout the series. But on Monday, Lopez led all scorers with 28 points, and he also had 10 rebounds.
“You can see the look in his eyes,” Williams said. “He had it going.”