The Chicago Bulls have dealt with so many injuries and illnesses during their first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets that when Gerald Wallace accidentally stepped on a fallen Nate Robinson's head in the third quarter of Game 7 on Saturday, it didn't even seem that surprising.
Things have been that rough for the Bulls.
With his team leading by seven, Robinson sought to split Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans as he drove left around the top of the arc. He tripped on Evans' foot, went to the floor and promptly became acquainted with the bottom of Wallace's shoe.
Gerald Wallace gave Nate Robinson that Undertaker head stomp.— JRSportBrief (@JRSportBrief) May 5, 2013
It didn't look like much fun.
Everything's relative, though; Robinson spent much of Game 6 vomiting into a trash can on the bench. So maybe a head-stomping didn't seem so bad.
The series between these two teams had been plenty rough leading up to this game, causing some to question whether there was any malicious intent behind Wallace's actions:
Gerald Wallace just accidentally stepped on Nate Robinson's face. I think it was accidental.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) May 5, 2013
A quick review of the tape shows that the play was purely accidental, though. So there'll be no rabble-rousing here.
Given Robinson's feisty reputation, there were some who assumed he might suddenly go off after getting his clock cleaned. After all, he did pump in 23 fourth-quarter points in Game 4 after Wallace leveled him on a screen.
Nate Robinson's going to go crazy now.— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) May 5, 2013
I bet Nate Robinson shoots 100 percent for his career immediately after having his head stepped on.— Taco Trey Kerby (@treykerby) May 5, 2013
But after hitting his next shot just seconds later, Robinson missed an ugly 28-footer to close the quarter, dispelling any hopes of a repeat performance of his late-game heroics from last week.
Fortunately for the Bulls, they didn't need Robinson to take over this time.
After knocking the Nets out on their home floor, Robinson and the Bulls proved that there's a karmic payback for kicking a man when he's down. Right now, it's the Nets who probably feel like they've had their heads stomped.