Ever since he signed his 5-year, $90 million contract extension with the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson has been the subject of many memes and tweets about being overpaid. The sharpshooter has not lived up to that kind of deal.
Since signing the deal after an impressive performance in the Miami Heat’s run to the finals in the NBA bubble and a strong 2020-2021 season. But, his scoring average has gone from over 13 points a game to just 6.4 this year, and found himself out the Miami Heat rotation at times.
But, with the injury to star guard Tyler Herro in the first game of the playoffs, nearly two months ago against the Milwaukee Bucks, Duncan Robinson has been thrust into playoff action. And, he’s responded, shooting 43% from three, and also showing the ability to attack the rim for the first time in the undrafted free agent’s career at age 29.
And, he had his best moment of the run in Sunday’s game 2 of the 2023 NBA Finals. With the Heat trailing by 8 points heading into the fourth quarter and staring going down 2-0 in the face, Duncan Robinson took over. He scored 10 points in the first 2:16 of the final frame, as the Heat stormed into the lead and held off a furious Nuggets charge to win, 111-108.
BIG FINISH BY DUNCAN ROBINSON!
HEAT BY 3, 9:44 TO GO ON ABC 🗣 pic.twitter.com/vOvUXPhnYB
— NBA (@NBA) June 5, 2023
And, Twitter is full of praise from the Michigan alum, who started his college career at Division III Williams College.
Unsung hero: Duncan Robinson with his stunning flurry early 4th quarter. Flipped the game. Heat never looked back.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 5, 2023
A lot of guys deserve love in this game, but man Duncan Robinson single handedly turned the tides of this game
What a performance
— Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305) June 5, 2023
— Bookmakers Review (@BMRReviews) June 5, 2023
Duncan Robinson going full McGrady
— Kazeem Famuyide 🇳🇬 🍎 (@Kazeem) June 5, 2023
Duncan Robinson told Christian Braun there can only be one lol
— Jason Maples (@JJMaples55_MST) June 5, 2023
I never wanna hear Duncan Robinson slander again after this playoff run
— Silas P. Silas (@KennySpenceNBA) June 5, 2023
The Heat are going to need more of the same from Duncan Robinson if they want to win this series.