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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Robinson apologizes to Stephenson for foul

By Nick Friedell

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson says he wasn't trying to hurt Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson when he earned himself a flagrant-two foul and an ejection in the third quarter of Saturday night's win. Robinson, who was kicked out of the game with 2:53 left in the third quarter after officials reviewed the violent collision, said he wasn't trying to hurt Stephenson but didn't exactly come right out and apologize, either.

"I really don't even want to talk about it," Robinson said after Sunday night's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "It happened. It wasn't like I was trying to go out there and hurt him. So if Lance is listening, it wasn't no foul where I was trying to hurt him. But I was just trying to [have the attitude of allowing] no layups. That's the rule that we go by, so it's not like if somebody else gets a fast break I'm going to let them go. No, I'm going to [foul hard] if I have to. I'm going to take the foul like I think I need to."

The Pacers and Bulls do not meet again in the regular season but would face each other in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs if the season ended Sunday.