STATION 13: Golden State Underdogs? So What
Robinson and the Warriors didn't go down the way the Heat would have liked
It's the end of the third quarter and the Miami Heat are heading into the fourth with a comfortable double-digit, 84-72 lead against a Golden State Warriors team with a new head coach - Mark Jackson - who is attempting to lead his team to victory against arguably the best squad in the NBA. Their starting point guard - Stephen Curry -is nursing an ankle injury that he has been devastated with thus far in the shortened 2011-12 campaign.
What did the Warriors do? They rallied, rallied and rallied some more until they knotted the game at 96-up and sent the game into overtime on their home floor, Oracle Arena.
Monta Ellis did his usual thing shooting 9-25 from the field for 22 points, but Nate Robinson stepped up and stated loudly, "I'm still here!" with his 24 point outburst off the bench.
Robinson - who was loved in New York a few years ago and was admired in Boston and warmed benches in Oklahoma City last season - made the most of his chance to shine in the waning moments of a crucial game for his team.
The way Robinson stepped up last night - all 5'9" of him - helps to put the game of basketball into proper perspective.
On any given night, you can be the hero.