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Nate Robinson Teaches The C's Something About Being A Knick (and it's not losing)

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This news is a day old but still pretty interesting. Apparently instead of forcing Nate Robinson to use all the freshly learned (and supposedly complicated) Celtics' offensive sets, Doc decided to go a different route.

ESPN:

With Robinson still in the process of learning the Celtics' expansive playbook following the trade that brought him to Boston, Rivers turned the student into the teacher. During Monday's practice, Robinson taught his 11 new teammates an offensive set he previously ran with the New York Knicks.

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"We knew we had to get [Robinson] comfortable quickly, so we put in one of [the Knicks'] plays," said Rivers. "That's basically what we ran -- we ran that Knicks' play pretty much the entire fourth quarter. ... For the first time since he's been with us, I thought he looked really comfortable out there."

 

"It's funny, that's what happens when you have too much time off," joked Rivers. "I was thinking, 'I've got to find a way to get Nate more comfortable quicker.' My thought was that if we give him one of his plays, the other four [teammates on the court] won't be comfortable, but he will be. It's a movement set and we ran it pretty well. Nate was on fire and he was aggressive."

It seemed to work too. Nate came into the game late in the third with the C's down, and before the fourth quarter was five minutes old Nate Robinson had scored 9 points on 3-3 from beyond the arc long with an offensive rebound and an assist.

"We knew we had to get [Robinson] comfortable quickly, so we put in one of [the Knicks'] plays," said Rivers. "That's basically what we ran -- we ran that Knicks' play pretty much the entire fourth quarter. ... For the first time since he's been with us, I thought he looked really comfortable out there."

Echoed Glen Davis, who assisted on Robinson's final two buckets: "He put one play in and it helped to get him going. He just felt comfortable out there."

This is exactly the kind of player we hoped we were going to get from New York when we traded away savvy veteran Eddie House and the young Jedis, Bill Walker and JR Giddens. You also have to give credit to Doc Rivers here for having the cahones to let a guy with the reputation of Nate Robinson run practice for even five minutes. During Ball Don't Lie's weekly chat yours truly got to ask Kelly Dwyer about Doc's call here and he was equally impressed.

KDonhoops (3:16 PM): 

GREAT coaching. The time to win is right, flippin', now. Might as well take advantage of this guy.

And I don't think this reflects poorly on Nate. I've looked over scouts' shoulders. I've talked. Boston's sets are quite complicated.

Hate to say it, but you gotta give Doc the credit he deserves here. The old man learned a new trick, and making sure Nate was comfortable even at the expense of the rest of the second unit was a gamble that probably won us the game last night.