Robinson snaps skid against the Lakers

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Robinson snaps skid against the Lakers

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

LOS ANGELES Nate Robinson has been in a slump of sorts lately, and it has not gone unnoticed by coach Doc Rivers.

In fact, Rivers said he gave serious thought to not even playing Robinson at all on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I just decided to go with him," Rivers said.

That decision, like so many others this season for Rivers and the Celtics, was the right one as Robinson was among the many reasons Boston was able to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 109-96.

As much as the Celtics believe Robinson can help them in an assortment of areas, he's in the league primarily because of his impressive shooting touch.

Lately, it's been nowhere to be found.

He came into Sunday's game having missed 20 of his previous 29 shots from the field.

But against the Lakers, he had 11 points off the bench on 4-for-7 shooting which included three, 3-pointers.

"He was fantastic," Rivers said.

It's not the first time Robinson has had a stretch in which his shot, for whatever reason, just doesn't seem to be falling.

When that happens, Robinson starts to break down his game to find the problem and fix it quickly.

He watches video to see how the ball is positioned on his hands. He pays closer attention to his lift on shots as well as his follow-through.

"I watch everything about the shot that I shoot," he said.

He also watches Ray Allen shoot to pick up pointers, in addition to checking old footage of himself in games in which he shot the ball well.

"I pretty much evaluate myself and how to get better," Robinson said.

He proved that on Sunday with the kind of performance Boston desperately needed from one of its key reserves.

And thankfully for him and the Celtics, Rivers had the confidence to continue playing him, even when, statistically-speaking, sitting him would have been a justifiable move.

It would not have been the first time Robinson would have not played due to a coaches decision.

"You have to be ready when you're number is called," Robinson said when told by CSNNE.com that Rivers had considered not playing him on Sunday.

When he played with the New York Knicks, Robinson was out of the lineup for 14 consecutive games in December of 2009.

Upon his return, he lit the Atlanta Hawks up for 41 points in a New Year's Day win for the Knicks.

"That didn't affect me," Robinson said. "I know that deep down inside, I'm a hell of a ballplayer in any system, any style of play."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

C's Mickey sent to D-League

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C's Mickey sent to D-League

Jordan Mickey, inactive in five of the Boston Celtics’ last six games, has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the Development League.

“He’s been inactive in a few of these games here,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Philadelphia. “And rather than being inactive and being here in a suit and tie, we knew there was a hockey game this afternoon and it was going to be unlikely to get much action on the court at all today. So it made a lot more sense to play for a couple days and fly down to Houston and meet us.”

Mickey has appeared in just eight games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

Tonight will be the former second-round pick’s 10th missed game this season, five in which he did not play (coaches decision) and another five in which he will be inactive.

The lack of playing time for the second-year player has more to do with Boston’s depth in the frontcourt than anything specific to his game.

“He’s done a good job,” Stevens said of Mickey. “It’s the same old thing that last year although we’re not quite as deep at that spot. But it’s still, at the end of the day we have to make a decision of, are we going to play more traditional or are we going to slide like a Jonas (Jerebko) or Jae (Crowder) over to the four (power forward) and play more spaced which limits the amount of bigs you can have in a game.

Stevens added, “he’s done a good job.  He’s made progress. I don’t think there’s any question we think he’s a guy that can help us not only down the road but this year.”

Mickey is in the lineup for the Red Claws’ game tonight against Santa Cruz and he’s also scheduled to play in Sunday’s game against the Raptors 905 with both games being televised via Facebook Live.

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