Sunday, December 26, 2010
Robinson takes blame for loss
By Chris Forsberg
Celtics guard Nate Robinson accepted blame for his team's Christmas Day defeat in Orlando, apologizing on Twitter after a poor shooting performance in an 86-78 loss.
Robinson finished 2-of-15 shooting (1 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc) for seven points over a team-high 43 minutes. The 15 field goal attempts were a game high (matching the number of shots put up by Orlando's Brandon Bass, who scored a team-high 21 points), but Robinson did add six rebounds and four assists, while turning the ball over just once.
Robinson posted to Twitter: "I take full responsibility for this game I could not throw a rock [in] the ocean... gotta make some shots for my team sorry guys."
Our thoughts? Robinson had a lot of quality looks, shots simply didn't fall. We've noted in this space our desire to see Robinson take more shots with the second unit and -- given his success with the first team -- it's hard to complain about him putting up that many attempts. Every player has these type of days, Robinson's simply came on a big stage. He was 1-for-11 from beyond 16 feet and his only bucket inside the arc came on a drive to the rim.
The Celtics shot a mere 34.6 percent and Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, and Ray Allen combined to miss 26 shots. It happens.
Kudos to Robinson for accepting the blame. The Celtics clearly missed Rondo's play-making abilities in this game, but this loss did not fall on one player.