Jerome Robinson’s resilience impresses Clippers

first_imgOn Tuesday, Robinson was the first player on the practice court – where, minutes later, he was joined by NBA icon and Clippers consultant Jerry West, who offered a few tips.“We were just talking about this layup I was working on over a defender and he was just giving me some pointers on that,” Robinson said. “It’s dope to have ‘The Logo’ just come and mess with you and joke around and even just dropping gems any time of the day. It’s huge.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Also huge: having an opportunity to make an impact in the playoffs.“(Rivers) is confident in my abilities and I’m confident in my own abilities, as well. Now it’s just going out there and letting my teammates know I can shoot the ball. I feel like every time I take a shot that it’s going in.”WARRIORS WITH SUBSTANTIAL EDGEAccording to the Elias Sports Bureau, in this first-round series, the Warriors have led for a total of 174 minutes and 42 seconds.The Clippers have had a lead for just 8 minutes and 43 seconds – including, of course, late in Game 2, when they rallied from a 31-point deficit for a historic win.The teams have been tied for a total of 8 minutes and 35 seconds. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PLAYA VISTA — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was drafted 11th out of Kentucky, Jerome Robinson went 13th, from Boston College, and the Clippers were happy to be the destination for a pair of young guards with a lot of potential.In his first NBA season, Gilgeous-Alexander, 20, averaged 10.2 points and earned an invite to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend. He played in all 82 regular-season games, earning the starting nod in Game 10 and never relinquishing it.After the trade deadline, the Clippers sent forth an all-rookie starting backcourt — with the newly acquired Landry Shamet playing shooting guard.Robinson, meanwhile, kept working in the background. Hindered early on by a strained muscle in his foot, which he described in January as such “an awkward and weird injury” that doctors wanted him to take his time letting it heal. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates He wound up splitting his rookie season between the G League and the NBA. With the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, Robinson, 22, averaged 18.9 points and 31 minutes in 24 games. With the L.A. Clippers, he averaged 9.7 minutes per game in his 33 appearances, averaging 3.4 points per outing.But by all indications, Robinson maintained focus and kept working: “I think the biggest thing is playing your game and not forcing anything. Staying positive. Some nights you’re going to get one shot, some nights you might get six, seven, eight shots,” he said in January. “So it’s just staying with it and knowing that when things come your way, you just play.”He took full advantage of his opportunity in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon, when he launched a one-man surprise attack on the Golden State Warriors, compiling two steals, a sweet assist and seven points in a hurry in the second quarter. The Clippers lost Game 4, but they got a good look at what Robinson is capable of in a big moment.“Give Jerome credit,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Him and Shai came in basically together, and coming into camp, you didn’t know which one would play or if both would play or either. And Shai turned out to be the guy early, but Jerome’s gonna be a good player for us.“He’s gone through all the things he needs to go through to become that. He went down to the G League, played well, played hard. He works hard here. He puts in work in the game, learning the system, learning the difference between college and the pros. I couldn’t be happier with him.”last_img read more