I get it when Chicago Bulls fans get excited when Nate Robinson has come off the bench this season and brought energy and excitement to a team that has lacked it at times this year.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you he can’t be a valuable role player for the Bulls. I’m not going to be crazy enough to tell you that the Bulls should do what the Celtic’s, Knicks, Warriors and Thunder have done by just dumping Robinson the first chance they got.
But in last night’s game 3 against the Miami Heat, Robinson’s warts showed late in the 3rd quarter and all the way through the 4th quarter when it really mattered the most.
In the final minute of the 3rd quarter, Robinson forgot to switch on Dwyane Wade as Wade came off a screen and roll for an easy lay- up. That was at a point in the game when the Bulls were starting to gain momentum heading towards the final quarter.
But the worst was yet to come, when in the 4th quarter unknown 2nd year guard Norris Cole abused Robinson for 7 fourth quarter points.
When the game ended, Cole had lit Robinson up for 18 points and really was the difference in the game.
It’s not Robinson’s size that gets him in trouble on the defensive side of the court. He just lacks the defensive discipline that you need to be a complete player on the NBA level.
In today’s NBA, where it has become such a perimeter league, you have to have guards who can defend when it’s crunch time. It absolutely killed Chicago last night when they let a winnable game slip away in the final quarter.