Celtics to see old friend Robinson tonight vs. Bulls

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Celtics to see old friend Robinson tonight vs. Bulls

CHICAGO Tom Thibodeau won't be the only familiar face to the Celtics when they face the Bulls tonight. The C's will also see former Celtic guard Nate Robinson (2009-2011) as well.

In fact, there's a very good chance that Robinson will be in the starting lineup tonight. He would be filling in for Kirk Hinrich, who suffered a hip strain against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

According to Thibodeau, Hinrich is doubtful to play after spending Sunday's shoot-around getting treatments for his hip injury.

Being the fill-in guy is nothing new to Robinson who is in his first season with the Bulls. He did so against the Timberwolves, scoring a team-high 18 points in leading them to an 87-80 win. During the preseason, he tallied 23 points on a night when Chicago had to play without Hinrich.

Even when he has come off the bench this season, Robinson has played well. He's averaging 11.5 points and 4.2 assists per game.

Seeing Robinson become a solid contributor is not a surprise to Doc Rivers. Robinson's talent has never been an issue. His maturity, however, is another story.

"He's growing up," Rivers said. "He's more of a professional. I thought he started doing it last year."

Robinson played with the Golden State Warriors last season, and put up comparable numbers -- 11.2 points, 4.5 assists per game -- to those he is currently averaging with Chicago.

And while Robinson and Rivers certainly had their occasional differences, that has never affected the way Rivers has viewed Robinson as a player.

"I'm a fan of Nate's talent," Rivers said.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.