Brooklyn, New York (Sporting Alert) — Nate Robinson has been confirmed as the starter for Chicago a point guard for the injured guard Kirk Hinrich in tonight’s NBA Eastern Conference First Round Game 5 playoff series clash with Brooklyn at Barclays Center.
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Game Time: 7 p.m. ET, Monday, April 29, 2013
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Robinson was very impressive in the Bulls’ 142-134 triple-overtime victory on Saturday after scoring 34 points in the win. He scored a stunning 23 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Chicago leads the seven game series 3-1.
Robinson starts for the injured Hinrich, who picked up a calf problem and was forced to wear a boot.
Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah are the other starters for the Chicago Bulls.
The Brooklyn Nets, which won the first game easily, were on course to take the victory on Saturday, but collapsed.
But instead of looking back at the disappointment, coach P.J. Carlesimo wants his team to look past that defeat and focus on Monday night’s game.
“I think they are very acutely aware of the mistakes that we made and I don’t think we need that for tomorrow (Monday),” Carlesimo said Sunday.
“I think (Monday) is more positive and I think it’s really important for us to be looking ahead, not backwards, tomorrow.
“They’ll be enough motivation. They’re not going to forget what happened on Saturday, but I don’t think we need it. We need to dwell on Monday, not Saturday.”
Meanwhile, despite being delighted about the fighting spirit of his team to pick up the win in the last outing, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has warned his players to quickly forget that game and get the next job done.
”Well, it’s one game,” Thibodeau said. ”I like the fact that we never quit on the game. That’s been the nature of the team all season.
“They’ll keep battling. Things weren’t going our way, but there was no give-in. They just kept going.”
He added: ”The thing is, you’ve got to win different ways. They make shots. Some of the plays were defended well. We knew that going in.
“You can’t let your guard down against them. They’re a great team. They’ve shown that all year. We know we’re going to have to play our best game tomorrow.”