For the first time since 2010, Nate Robinson is going to start the season with the team he ended the last one with.
Robinson was in Denver last year being his vintage self — playing hard, scoring 10 points a game, getting beat on defense and making sometimes great and sometimes odd choices — when he tore his ACL at the end of December, ending his season.
When that happened, it was always likely he would opt back in with the Nuggets (his open market value dropped), and he said as much. His agent has made it official, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.
Also, agent Aaron Goodwin says Denver PG Nate Robinson – as he stated in March – will indeed exercise the $2.1 mil player option for '14-15.
Robinson likely will have backup point guard duties behind Ty Lawson, as he did last season.
Robinson’s injury was part of a wave of injuries that washed over the Nuggets last season — Danilo Gallinari, J.J. Hickson, JaVale McGee, Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler all missed significant time due to injuries.
It will be interesting to see what Brian Shaw can do with an actual roster of quality players. It’s still a challenge for them in a deep West, but last season the Nuggets never had a chance with so many players out.
Dwight Howard pushes Al Horford, gets technical, later ejected for hanging on rim
It ended up working out for Atlanta — the Hawks went on a 22-11 run after Dwight Howard was ejected, then hung on for a comfortable win 114-98.
Still, Howard found a way to get tossed. He did it two separate technical fouls in the third quarter. The first came when he shoved Al Horford after the Celtic big fouled Howard under the basket (always a smart move rather than give up a dunk).
The next came a few minutes later when Howard slammed then pulled himself up like a pull-up on the rim, an automatic tech every time.
That’s technicals 10 and 11 on the season for Howard. He’s got some work to do to catch up with DeMarcus Cousins, but still he’s racked up a few.
It just didn’t matter on Monday, with Dennis Schroder leading the way with 21 points for the Hawks.
DeMar DeRozan drains game winner to cap 37-point night, Raptors beat Knicks 92-91
With Kyle Lowry out until around the start of the playoffs, a lot is going to be asked of DeMar DeRozan. Monday night at Madison Square Garden, he delivered.
The Raptors needed a bucket as time ran down, not only got the ball to DeRozan but got the switch so Derrick Rose was guarding him, and that allowed the Raptors star to get to his spot, rise up and bury the midrange jumper for the win.
It capped off an impressive 37-point night for DeRozan — he’s going to need to do more of this in the coming weeks.
Kevin Hart rings bell before start of Sixers game vs. Warriors
Michael Beasley was getting back up court to try and defend a LeBron James drive to the basket early in the clock Monday night when he took an awkward step and appears to hyperextend his knee. You can see the video above. He tried to leave the floor under his own power but had to be helped back to the locker room by teammates.
Beasley has been solid off the bench for the Bucks this season, averaging 9.7 points a game with a and with a PER of 17.6 (above the league average). They would miss him in the rotation as they try to make a playoff push if he has to miss any time.