Gane five for a Bulls fan was hard to watch.
No Kirk Hinrich in the lineup meant Nate Robinson had to start at point guard. Sure his stat line looked good, 20 points, eight assists and only three turnovers, but it wasn’t the same.
Fans watched “good Nate” Saturday afternoon, when Robinson led a Bull’s comeback in the fourth quarter. Down by 14 Robinson hit shot after shot, willing Chicago to draw even with Brooklyn.
Robinson scored 23 in the fourth and tied LeBron James for the most points scored after the third quarter with 29. The Bulls won in triple overtime 142-134.
Sadly “good Nate” was nowhere to be found in Brooklyn Monday night. When the Bulls were trying to comeback in game five “bad Nate” made an appearance. Three-point jump shots came from Robinson, only one ended up going through the net.
Robinson likes to take bad shots, a lot. Who can blame him after game four, though? That’s the problem. He shoots and shoots, and then he shoots some more.
The Bulls lost 110- 91 and I never missed Hinrich more than I did that night.
Tonight the Bulls look to close out the Nets, but they will have to do it without Hinrich again.
The Bulls are 5-14 since Jan. 1 in games that Hinrich did not play. That includes the Monday-night loss in Brooklyn.