After posting the franchise's first ever Game 7 win on the road over the Brooklyn Nets, the Chicago Bulls were not given much of a chance against the defending champion Miami Heat in the second round.
That is understandable because the Heat had won 12 consecutive games, including a 4-0 sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
In addition to that, both Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich were absent from the lineup—meaning the Bulls were not at full strength by any means.
Despite the odds being against them, Nate Robinson and the Bulls played inspired basketball in Game 1 of this series—enabling them to pull out a 93-86 win.
Not only did Robinson lead the Bulls with 27 points (24 in the second half), he also recorded nine of the team's 20 assists.
Robinson said after the game that he had played on tough teams prior to arriving in Chicago, but there was something special about this group of players, according to ESPN.
That said, it will be interesting to see if management will make an attempt to bring Robinson back to be a integral part of this special group next season.