Thomas Robinson Makes Case For More Playing Time From Houston Rockets

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It was a fun night for Thomas Robinson.

It was an enjoyable night for just about everybody on the Houston Rockets roster in a 116-78 NBA victory Friday over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have not been playing bad basketball lately.

But the Rockets continue to play well.

What was very impressive about Friday’s win is that different players, such as Robison, played a pivotal role for the first time in awhile. Robinson saw more than 22 minutes of action and was very impressive. He was 6-of-7 from the floor and hit all three free-throw attempts to wind up with 15 points. He also grabbed six boards, had one assist and added three steals.

But the five turnovers Robinson made not might get him more playing time when it comes to playing against some of the better defenses in the NBA. The rookie from Kansas, who was in his 10th game with the Rockets since coming over from the Sacramento Kings, is trying to get more playing minutes. He’s averaged 13.2 with the Rockets in his 10 games with his new team. He’s averaging nearly 16 minutes a game in 61 for the Kings.

When he gets more stats on the floor, Robinson usually is rewarded with more minutes. He has to deliver on the court when he gets the opportunity.

Another performance like the one he had on Friday is likely to net Robinson more playing time as coach Kevin McHale tries to see exactly what kind of talent he has in the team’s bid to enjoy playoff success.

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