London Lions point-guard Justin Robinson may be leading his team in assists and steals, as well as being second-top scorer, but the player is more fixated on the success and position of his club in the league rather than individual honours.
His club battled hard against a difficult Worcester Wolves side on Friday night in front of a frenetic Copper Box Arena crowd, but ultimately, the Lions came up short due to the Worcestershire-based side’s surprising shooting success from beyond the arc.
After making the switch back to the United Kingdom, teaming up with Vince Macaulay’s side at the start of this campaign after several seasons in Europe, Robinson has been ever-present and productive on the court, having a breakout year statistically. But, the crafty playmaker is more driven and focused on his team delivering and making the playoffs this season.
“I’m not really focused on individual stats and that stuff – I’m more concerned on getting the win,” explained the Londoner.
“I feel like you can judge a player more so after a win rather than the stats.
“If you score 20 points and don’t win – it’s empty stats. But for me, I’m just trying to get healthy,” he added.
The 30-year-old is battling a recent groin injury which is preventing him from performing 100-percent, though his evident contributions to the squad, emphasise just how much of an asset he is to the squad, fully-healthy or not.
“I’m just coming off a groin muscle tear and trying to get through my rehab and staying on top of it,” said the Team GB player.
“I keep seeing the physio, continuing with treatments and I’m still dealing with it.
“We’ll how see how long it takes, but I’m praying that it goes away, as it’s quite frustrating not being able to fully push on. But we’ll see,” added the former Doxa Lefkadas man.
Despite a setback loss against the Wolves on Friday night, there is nonetheless a considerably large amount of basketball still to be played before the playoffs arrive, and the hometown hero is keen for his side to bounce-back promptly, starting with the Leicester Riders in the BBL Cup on Wednesday.
“We’ve got a big game on Wednesday. We’ve got to go back and watch some tape, some videos and come back and learn.
“Wednesday will be a big test for us, but I’m confident. Either way, there’s still a lot of games to play in the season – and we’re still coming together as a team,” said Robinson.
The Lions currently sit in fourth place in the BBL Championship, ten points off league leaders Leicester Riders, but just four points off joint 2nd placed Newcastle Eagles and Glasgow Rocks respectively.
The east-London based outfit will use an upcoming triple-header against the Riders in the BBL Cup and league to set the tone for the remaining fixtures of the season, as coach Macaulay’s men look to ascend into the higher playoff positions and maybe even the top spot.