Reserve guard Nate Robinson was a huge key to the Celtics' Game 6 victory over Orlando on Friday night. He scored 13 points in a little more than 13 minutes, and stabilized a potentially damaging situation when starting point guard Rajon Rondo fell to the floor and left the game in the first half.
It was huge, it was big. I am just speechless right now. My teammates, we got the job done today... I mean just the opportunity to play. I got my chance today. I just showed that I could play the game of basketball, Robinson said afterward.
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