Duncan Robinson was one of the nicest surprises in the NBA this past season. He went from a guy that was ballin’ in the G-League, to becoming a starter for an NBA Finals team one season later. The Miami Heat were also one of the nicest surprises in the NBA. They went from a non-playoff team to becoming an NBA Finals team one season later. What was not so nice, though, was the trash talk Robinson received from the LA Lakers while the Heat were playing them in the 2020 NBA Finals. It was actually pretty savage.
Duncan Robinson has become a valuable role player for the Miami Heat
Robinson began his college career at Williams College, a D-III school. He then later transferred to Michigan and was a productive player for the Wolverines form 2015-16 through 2017-18.
Following his last college season, Robinson later signed a two-way contract with the Miami Heat. Then, during his first professional season in 2018-19, he played in 33 G-League games and averaged 21.4 points per game. He also shot a remarkable 48.3% from 3-point range. Robinson then ultimately played in 15 games for the Heat that season but only averaged 3.3 points per game. Miami was also not very good as they went 39-43 and missed the playoffs.
The 2019-20 season, though, was much different for Robinson. He ultimately played in 73 games for the Heat, starting in 68. Robinson ended up playing well too, as he averaged 13.5 points per game and shot 44.6% from 3-point range.
The Heat were also a much better team in 2019-20, as they went 44-29 and earned the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Miami was then even better in the playoffs, though. After sweeping through the Indiana Pacers in the First Round, they defeated the No. 1-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Heat then ultimately beat the Boston Celtics in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals to reach the NBA Finals.
Robinson played well in those playoff games too. He averaged 11.3 points per game and shot 40% from 3-point range.
He and the Heat played the LA Lakers tough in the NBA Finals
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the LA Lakers were the heavy favorites in the 2020 NBA Finals. It appeared that they were going to roll through the Heat too, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the series.
However, Jimmy Butler had a remarkable performance in Game 3, scoring 40 points to go with 11 rebounds and 13 assists, leading the Heat to a 115-104 win. Then, after the Lakers took a 3-1 lead in the series, Butler had an incredible performance again in Game 5 to make it 3-2. He scored 35 points to go with 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
The Lakers ultimately won the series in six games, but Robinson played well for the Heat. He went scoreless in Game 1, but later scored 13 in Game 3, 17 in Game 4, and then was huge for the Heat in their Game 5 win. He ultimately scored 26 points and shot 7-of-13 from 3-point range in that game.
Duncan Robinson reveals the savage trash talk he heard from the Lakers
Robinson recently appeared on FOX’s Titus and Tate, and they discussed who Robinson looks like, according to tweets from fans throughout the NBA finals.
The first one they brought up was the character Sheen from the show, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.
“I’m OK with it; this is my only problem with that is that I get Jimmy Neutron as well,” Robinson said. “I can’t be both. That doesn’t even make sense. How can I be two characters from the same show?”
Robinson then revealed the incredible trash talk he heard from the Lakers during the NBA Finals.
“During the Finals, the Lakers’ bench was yelling ‘Jimmy Neutron’ at me,” Robinson said. “So, I don’t understand how I can be Sheen and also Jimmy Neutron.”
That is pretty savage but also pretty funny.
So, who would Robinson rather look like? He said he would probably rather look like Jimmy Neutron.
Now that the 2019-20 NBA season is over, it is probably fair to conclude that the Lakers weren’t just good at playing basketball this year, but they were also good at talking trash.
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