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Nate Robinson starts: Chicago vs Brooklyn Live Stream on TNT Over Time

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.

TV Channel: TNT, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, My9 (Brooklyn)
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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.”

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo tears ACL, done for season

The Boston Celtics have just been dealt a massive blow of their season, following the news that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo has torn his ACL.

Rondo was active during the Boston Celtics’ shootaround on Sunday, but after struggling to bare the pain, the star guard was taken to the hospital for an MRI where it was discovered that he, indeed has torn his ACL and is out for the rest of the season.

Rondo is set for surgery, but a date has yet to be determined.

Boston Celtics will now have its hands full, but with a collection of guards, including Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, Doc Rivers’ team could be in safe hands.

It is also believed that Terry will now be see an increase in his regular minutes on the floor with Rondo out.

LA Clippers v Thunder: Live Coverage

LOS ANGELES (Sporitng Alert) — The Los Angeles Clippers will again be without star point guard Chris Paul for tonight’s NBA clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center.

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Paul, who is averaging 16.6 points per game and 9.7 assists per game, will miss the action because of a bruised right kneecap.

Paul had originally picked up the problem in the defeat to the Orlando Magic on Jan. 12 when he clashed knees with J.J. Redick.

The All-Star guard missed three successive games with the injury, but did return in the win over the Washington Wizards last Saturday.

He struggled against the Golden State Warriors in the 106-99 defeat on Monday.

Eric Bledsoe will start the game, while Jamal Crawford is expected to see more minutes.

LA Clippers v Thunder

LA Clippers: Eric Bledsoe – G; Willie Green – G;Caron Butler – F; Blake Griffin – F; DeAndre Jordan – C

Thunder: Russell Westbrook – G; Thabo Sefolosha – G; Kevin Durant – F; Serge Ibaka – F; Kendrick Perkins – C

Lakers News: Steve Nash will be game time decision against Warriors

Oakland, California (Sporting Alert) — Steve Nash could very well feature against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, as the Los Angeles Lakers said the guard will be a game time decision.

Nash has been out of action for almost two months now after suffering a left leg injury at the end of October, but returned to regular team practice this week.

The veteran point guard is hopeful of playing for the Lakers at Golden State tonight, but admits that he will not try to rush his return.

After taking part in back-to-back full sessions on Thursday and Friday, Nash revealed that he’s feeling much better, but the Lakers will wait until game time to make the final decision.

“We’ll see,” Nash said when asked if he would play tonight. “I’ll have to talk with everybody not only how I feel, but if fits in the big term picture.

“There’s a chance I play (Saturday), but Christmas for sure.

“If I feel good Saturday after two days of practice and what the trainers, coaches and everyone thinks about (me) playing.

“This is two days of basketball in seven weeks. It’s not a home run that I just go out in an NBA game.

“I’m going to see how it goes tomorrow and talk to everybody, but I’d say the odds are low.”

Chicago Bulls to sign Nate Robinson, says reports

CHICAGO (Sporting Alert) — Nate Robinson has agreed terms with the Chicago Bulls or the upcoming NBA season, media reports are claiming.

News media, the Associated Press, reports that the three-time slam dunk champion, who was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he played just four games last year, to the Golden State Warriors – found good form since the move and the Bulls apparently want him as another cover for the injured Derrick Rose.

Robinson averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists for the Warriors last season.

If the reports are indeed true, the 5-foot-9 guard will join the experienced Kirk Hinrich, who also signed with the Chicago Bulls last week.

Hinrich will be in his second stint in Chicago.

The two will bring lots of experience to a Bulls side which is expected to be without star point guard Rose for a large portion of the season as he continues to recover from his knee surgery.

Rose missed a big portion of the shortened campaign for the Bulls last term.