by Craig Kwasniewski
17-Year veteran Clifford Robinson has been suspended five games for violating the terms of the anti-drug program. By violating the NBA's drug policy Uncle Cliffy Robinson will miss the remainder of the New Jersey Nets' playoff series against the Miami Heat.
So Cliffy, you couldn't put down the bong for three more weeks? The Nets' season will be over and done by Memorial Day, all you had to do was wait 16 days to fire up the spliff at your barbecue.
It's not like Cliffy is the clutch playoff performer that will take the Nets to the finals, in fact he's always been mostly a playoff choker throughout his career (14.6 ppg in regular season vs. 11.0 ppg. in the playoffs).
What New Jersey lost was another big to throw at Shaq. He's still quicker than Shaq and could draw a few offensive fouls guarding the Diesel. The Nets lose 25 quality minutes and have to scamble to fill the spot with shooting forward Lamond Murray (He's still in the league?) and power forward John Thomas (Who?). Mix in Jefferson's injury and suddenly the momentum of the series has shifted.
Way to lead by example Clifford!