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News » New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-22

New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-22

New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-22--Nate Robinson found himself buried on the bench against the Nets with a season-low 6:02 of playing time. The 5-foot-9 guard, who had a breakout last season with a career-high 17.2 points per game appears to be plummeting out of coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation.

Robinson missed six games this season with an ankle injury, but even before that he struggled to provide the energy and scoring off the bench that made him such a weapon last season. He is shooting just 28.6 percent from the floor and an unsightly 5-for-25 from 3-point range.

And when Robinson isn't producing, it is much harder to take his usual antics, which generally include the type of over-the-top showmanship that helped him win a pair of Slam Dunk titles. For instance, D'Antoni screamed at Robinson at the end of the first quarter when the guard caught an inbounds pass at his own end with five-tenths of a second left and tossed it at his own basket just after the buzzer sounded. D'Antoni stormed onto the court and gave Robinson an earful into the huddle. "Play the right way," was D'Antoni's message.

Though Robinson remained on the court to start the second quarter, once he went to the bench with 8:52 left in the quarter, he never returned to the game. D'Antoni said it had more to do with his rotation than Robinson's ill-advised shot.

"Nate's great, we don't have any problems," D'Antoni said. "He's just got to take that next step forward of not messing with the game and he'll be fine."

--After an invisible performance by Danilo Gallinari on Wednesday in Indiana, where he had his first scoreless game of the season, the Italian swingman responded with a far more aggressive game against the Nets and was once again a factor from the perimeter. He also showed more of an effort to pump fake and make a move to the basket, which is a much-needed added dimension to his catch-and-shoot game. Gallinari scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

"I think in Indiana I just wasn't aggressive enough," Gallinari said. "So I said to myself that I have to be more aggressive from the beginning, and that's what I did. I have to be ready to adjust my game like I'm doing in practice, because (defenses) started testing me and give me space to drive to the basket."

Gallinari said his back was stiff against the Pacers, which set off alarms in the media, considering that the 2008 lottery pick had back surgery in March after a truncated rookie season. But Gallinari said it was a muscle issue and he was fine.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We just didn't want to be the team that came in here and gave up their first win of the season." -- C David Lee, on beating the 0-13 Nets.

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