It's not always easy being the little guy in basketball.
Just ask Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls, who had to come up with a unique way to get past Chris "Birdman" Andersen in Game 1 of the Bulls' second-round playoff series against the Miami Heat.
As shown in the video, Robinson 5'9") was double-teamed by Andersen and Norris Cole—so the star guard dribbled through the legs of Birdman ( 6'10"), regathered and found a wide-open Joakim Noah—capping off a very nice move indeed.
Score one for the little guy.
Robinson has been very strong for the Bulls this postseason—posting up numbers well above his season averages and shooting above 50 percent.
He was key in Chicago's seven-game series win against the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round, and as shown through his strong play in the first three quarters on Monday night, will likely play a similar role against the Miami Heat.
Robinson played 40 minutes in the Chicago's stunning 93-86 upset over the Heat—finishing with a staggering 27 points and nine assists for the Bulls.
What was even more remarkable was that it happened despite the star guard required several stitches on a lip laceration suffered diving for a loose ball.
Nate Robinson is one TOUGH dude.— ESPN (@espn) May 7, 2013
Wow, Nate Robinson needed six stitches on his lip laceration. He's back out there and playing well (16 points and 6 assists).— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 7, 2013
The No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, Miami was largely expected to breeze through with relative ease against the Chicago Bulls in its second-round series.
The Bulls are still without several stars including Luol Deng and Derrick Rose, but if Game 1 is anything to go by, they'll be much tougher in this series than Miami (and many people) had expected them to be.
Especially if Robinson keeps playing like this.
Game 2 is in Miami on Wednesday.
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