Nate Robinson's return to MSG, something he's been anticipating since he was traded by the Knicks on Feb. 18, won't involve the 5-9 guard being buried on the Celtics bench.
Robinson on Sunday recorded his first DNP-CD since he joined the Celtics and afterward Doc Rivers said Robinson was out of the rotation. However, before tonight's game between the Knicks and Celtics, Rivers said Robinson will play.
The trade hasn't quite provided the scoring boost off the bench that the Celtics were looking for. Robinson averaged 13.5 points per game in 30 games with the Knicks, but in 21 games in Boston he is scoring just 6.1 points per game. He is playing almost 10 minutes per game less, however.
But Rivers said he won't judge the deal just yet.
"If Nate comes in one playoff game and helps us win," Rivers said, "then he's worth it."
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* - The Knicks will be shorthanded and very undersized -- more than usual -- against Boston tonight. Both Tracy McGrady (sore knee) and Al Harrington (sore left ankle) are out.
* - The Celtics are 21-1 on the road against Atlantic Division opponents since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were traded to Boston. Their only loss came here at MSG (Jan. 4, 2009).