Flu Game, Part Deux—not as good as the first one, unfortunately.
Chicago is sick and limping and Luol Deng is out with the flu with symptoms so bad he reportedly spent time in a Chicago emergency room.
The Bulls also missed Kirk Hinrich, who sat out his second game in a row with a bruised left calf muscle. Despite battling his own flu-like symptoms, Robinson stepped up from his reserve role again for the Bulls, and the results were messy.
In between time on the court, the Bulls point guard took multiple trips to the bench to pay his respects to the porcelain gods—or, in this case, a trash can. Robinson covered his head with a towel as he retched into the can, graciously blocking the viewing public from the worst of the awfulness wracking his body.
As you can hear in the video, Robinson told TNT reporter Rachael Nichols he was going to play regardless of sickness, and he certainly held up his end of the deal.
Nate was still struggling postgame. Says he hopes Bulls w/the flu can use 40+ hours btwn now & Game 7 to recover twitter.com/Rachel__Nichol…— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 3, 2013
With the team physically in shambles at this point in the playoffs (Taj Gibson is also suffering from flu-like symptoms) and Derrick Rose still sitting on the bench, the Bulls are going to have to dig deep if they want to pull out Game 7.
Even with Chicago playing rather abysmal ball on Thursday, Robinson also has to be commended for the huevos he displayed last night. The little guy has been putting on a destruction derby against the Nets so far this series, and even half-dead, he managed to make Kris Humphries look like he's playing in high heels.
Robinson had 18 points in the contest—not a "flu game"-esque performance, but then again, no one can ever say he isn't trying his hardest to go Jordan on this series.
Now somebody get this man some Pepto and a ginger ale.
Nate Robinson is the halfman we all wish we could be: Dr__Carson