Near the midway point of the fourth quarter of a Tuesday night contest that was all over but the shoutin' (and, of course, booin'), Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson sliced through the Brooklyn Nets' lackadaisical defense toward the hoop in search of more padding for his team's 24-point lead. In pursuit of said hoop, however, he received some harm ... and, true to the 5-foot-9 dynamo's career-long approach, he just kept on pushing:
An airborne Robinson slammed into Nets reserve Tornike Shengelia and hit the deck hard, breaking his fall in an inopportune fashion by landing on his right wrist. As he stepped to the charity stripe to take his two free throws, Nate seemed nearly unable to flex his shooting hand ... so, naturally, he moved the ball over to his left hand and teed them up, because hey, he's a football player, and also because he likes to shoot too much to let a little thing like not being able to snap his right wrist stop him.
He missed the first but made the second, going one of two with his off-hand — let it be known that Nate is better than LeBron — before checking out of the game 22 seconds later to get his wounded wing iced and wrapped up. Robinson finished with nine points and three rebounds in 20 minutes in the Nuggets' 111-87 win over the flailing and fractured Nets. Missing the front-end of the pair kept Robinson from reaching double-digits off the bench for the eighth straight game, which is a bummer.
The good news, though, is that Nate's right wrist doesn't appear to be too banged up, according to Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post:
The X-rays came back negative, and Robinson insisted he would be ready to go for Wednesday's game at Cleveland.
"I'm going to ice it and be ready to play," Robinson said. "I'm good. I'm going to be ready — tape it up and be ready to play."
(When someone says he'll be ready to play three times in three sentences, that's how you know he's good to go.)
That's good news for the streaking Nuggets, who have won seven in a row, and not-so-great news for the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers (who have dropped eight of 10) and Robinson's soda-commercial buddy, Kyrie Irving, who'll welcome the Nuggets on Wednesday. Here's hoping the ice and tape help, Nate — the refs might hate you, but as a fan of the brand of gunner who nonchalantly continues his pre-free-throw ritual despite having reversed everything and rises up lefty, I'd sure like to see you in Brian Shaw's lineup on Wednesday.
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