Celtics guard Nate Robinson accepted blame for his team's Christmas Day defeat in Orlando, apologizing on Twitter after a poor shooting performance in an 86-78 loss.
Robinson finished 2-of-15 shooting (1 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc) for seven points over a team-high 43 minutes. The 15 field goal attempts were a game high (matching the number of shots put up by Orlando's Brandon Bass, who scored a team-high 21 points), but Robinson did add six rebounds and four assists, while turning the ball over just once.
Robinson posted to Twitter: "I take full responsibility for this game I could not throw a rock [in] the ocean... gotta make some shots for my team sorry guys."
Our thoughts? Robinson had a lot of quality looks, shots simply didn't fall. We've noted in this space our desire to see Robinson take more shots with the second unit and -- given his success with the first team -- it's hard to complain about him putting up that many attempts. Every player has these type of days, Robinson's simply came on a big stage. He was 1-for-11 from beyond 16 feet and his only bucket inside the arc came on a drive to the rim.
Kudos to Robinson for accepting the blame. The Celtics clearly missed Rondo's play-making abilities in this game, but this loss did not fall on one player.