Nate Robinson required 10 stitches in his lip after a collision with LeBron James while going for a loose ball Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but he didn't let it slow him down.
Robinson left the game after the collision with 4:18 left in the second quarter, but returned after getting the stitches and finished with another strong game. Robinson scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a shocking 93-86 win over the Miami Heat.
"It was just a hustle play, that went wrong," Robinson said. "But you have to play through it. I got 10 stitches, but you just have to continue to fight. You have to muster up enough energy and enough fight to go in there and play as hard as you can and produce for your teammates. They expect you to get stitched up and come back out there and continue to battle, and that's what I did."
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has come to expect such toughness from Robinson.
"He got knocked around a little bit, couple stitches, it's all good," Thibodeau said. "Get out there and get it done."
"He's about as confident as they come, and that's the thing that makes him good," Thibodeau said. "If he misses a shot, he has a very short memory. He always thinks he's hot, never afraid, and will step up in a big situation. He has the courage to take and make."
It has been a rough postseason for Robinson, who also had a Brooklyn Nets player inadvertently step on his head during the first round.
Add to that Robinson battling the flu and vomiting during Game 6 of the first round, and it's fair to say Robinson has battled through adversity.