In his podcast ” “The Longshot”, Duncan Robinson returned to his crossing of the desert during the playoffs. From an important element of the rotation to being forgotten at the end of the bench, the shooter played only 19 minutes in the series against the Sixers, and only Tyler Herro’s injury allowed him to regain playing time against the Celtics.
It is clear that he had a lot of problems keeping his head up, as the challenge and sacrifice to get there had been great, especially when Heat played quite well without him, which confirmed Erik Spoelstra in his choice.
Stay professional in relation to your teammates
“Whether your level, whether it’s junior or NBA, at the highest level when you’re not playing, it’s a shame! At many points, especially when you feel you can do it, that you think you can help your team to win.he declared. “It is definitely a demanding challenge, a strange feeling to fight, especially when you see your team have a series and play very well. It’s a mix of emotions, with excitement, because you have sacrificed so much for the team and in your personal life, to be able to find yourself in this situation. But it is also believed that these victims go hand in hand with certain expectations, with a role where you have the impression of contributing to the victory ”.
The Heat sniper therefore did everything to try to look good towards his teammates, focused on achieving the goals of his life and put his personal case in the background. Easier said than done!
“It’s a real challenge. What I tried to do in these complicated times, even though I have not always been perfect at this, is to put my situation into perspective. It’s “basketball” only. It is overall quite relative. It was important to me to have maintained this view. I also had to understand that what was happening to me was beyond my control. The only thing I can master is how I respond to and seize this challenge, and always remain professional internally. “he added. “What I was trying to do was mentally focus and say to myself, ‘OK, here’s the new reality of my role. No matter how cliché it may seem, I told myself I had to do everything to excel in it ”.
A problematic level of defense
For his part, Pat Riley expressed his views on the Duncan Robinson case. For the Heat president, his shooter remains an important player, in addition to the fact that the Heat extended him by $ 90 million over five years last summer. For him, if Max Strus ended up taking his place, it was simply because of his defense, his weak point since his debut in the NBA.
“Defensively, when he is young, he needs to improve. That is our priority ” appreciates the Heat boss. “I’ll never say we lost a game because we had a bad shot percentage, or someone missed a 3-pointer. If you do not defend all areas of the field, whether it’s the 3-point line, shoot from midfield, on the wing, in the transition, or just by making power passes, stealing balls and by winning this war every night, then you’ll be blaming the shots. For me, Duncan can improve. This message was passed on to him. But it “In this area, we have to win together. We have to win defensively.”