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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  February 19, 2010 11:27 AM

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...That's what the Celtics are after acquiring Nate Robinson from the Knicks. Robinson becomes Boston's answer to another former Knick, Jamal Crawford, who has given the Atlanta Hawks a dynamic scorer off their bench and is a big reason the Hawks swept the season-series with the Celtics.

The 5-9 Robinson is not a true point guard or a great defender, but what he can do is score by creating his own shot off the dribble. That has been an issue for the Celtics late in games, and it was against the Lakers on Thursday night. Before Robinson, Paul Pierce was really the only Celtics player capable of doing that because teams simply pack it in against Rajon Rondo and dare him to beat them with a jump shot.

The Robinson move was a slam dunk for the Celtics considering all they had to do was give up Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge did his due diligence on deals that would have shipped out Ray Allen and break up the Big Three, but in the end he felt the right deal wasn't out there at the right price. So, he kept the Big Three in tact for one more title run.

Robinson is certainly more of an impact pick-up than D.J. Augustin, who at one time was also rumored to be a Celtics trade target.

The question is will Robinson's addition be enough to catch Cleveland, which committed grand larceny in acquiring Antwawn Jamison, and Orlando in the East? What do you think?
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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