You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in NBA Playoffs 2006? NBA.com has infiltrated the action with the ultimate insiders -- the players themselves. We're giving you an exclusive look at the postseason with a roster of player mailboxes.
New Jersey's Clifford Robinson averaged 6.9 points in 23.4 minutes per game off the bench for the Atlantic Division champion Nets this season.
Q: Cliff, I often see you and Jason Collins talking with Coach Frank about how to defend a particular player or team. Do you enjoy playing for a coach that will take suggestions like that? -- John - Metuchen, N.J.
Robinson: Definitely. It always helps to have someone who is willing to listen to your input because you're out there playing on the court. What a player sees out there on the floor is vital to the team's success if the coach is willing to listen.
Q: Cliff, The series is having a see-saw effect to it; lose Game 1, win Game 2, lose Game 3, win Game 4. In what ways did Coach Frank help get those wins following the losses? Good luck to you and you're team and keep hitting the three-ball! Greg - Long Valley, N.J.
Robinson: You have to give the Pacers credit for playing well. They won two games. They beat us here on our home floor. The lesson that we learned from that first loss will give us that taste in our mouth that we don't want to have again. That first game was a tough game to lose, but home-court has swung again in our favor and it's now time for us to take advantage of it.
Q: Whattup Mr. "Iron Man." How do you keep fit? Jeremy - Somerset, N.J.
Robinson: I've been fortunate to not have any injuries and my body has held up really well. It's just having the desire to go out there and compete, and still play.
Q: Hey Cliff! I was wondering, how is your, and the teams, mentality in the playoffs different from the regular season? And, what are you thinking the moment you step out on to the court to play? Well hope you guys win the championship, as the Nets, as they say, are the dark horse for those rings baby! Haha, Well take care -mitch. Mitchell - Vancouver, B.C.
Robinson: I don't know if it's a mentality. I think, as a team, you're focused on one opponent so everybody's attention to detail is a lot better. Guys are more focused on making the plays because you're seeing the same team for a consistent amount of games.
Q: I was wondering, what is the difference between Jason Kidd and the other point guards you have played with? Eugene - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Robinson: He is right up there, but I try not to compare teams or players. Jason is obviously a special player for what he does on both ends and at such a high level.
Q: Uncle Cliffy, First off, congrats on the great career, way to stick with it, and I can't wait to watch you back in action next year. My question is... Are playoff games more meaningful to you now, having been in the league for 17 years, than in previous seasons? Kendra - Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Robinson: Not necessarily. I've been fortunate to make the playoffs quite a few times in my career. But I do understand that, in the position that we're in with the team that we have, we can make some things happen if we just play our game. So I do understand the position that we are in maybe more than I did early in my career.
Q: Cliff, how important is the Nets' bench on their way towards a championship, and how will you lead them? Good luck in the series. Ben - Norwalk, Cal.
Robinson: We would love to get to the NBA Championship, but to get through each round, everybody is going to have to be ready to play their role. Starters or guys off the bench are going to have to come with a consistent effort and a consistent mindset in order to advance.
Q: Did the fact that you guys relaxed a bit in the last few games of the regular season affect you in Game 1? Samuel - Lakewood, N.J.
Robinson: You can look at it and maybe say that, but at the same time guys were banged up and wanted some rest. You have to give them that rest if you are in a position where you are not going to go up or down in the playoff positioning. Each team does it differently and each player does it differently. Hindsight is always 20/20.
Q: Can you compare playing alongside Clyde Drexler in his prime to playing alongside Vince Carter now? How was their leadership and approach to playoff games similar or different? Thanks for your time and good luck in the playoffs!!! NETS ALL THE WAY!!!! Marcin - Garfield, N.J.
Robinson: Clyde was actually a little bit bigger than Vince, but they both have tremendous athleticism. I think Vince is a better shooter. Clyde was a great player when I played with him and Vince is a great player now.
Q: Dear Mr. Robinson, I have a dream to be in the NBA, but I am eager to learn about the physicality, skill, and speed of playing in an NBA game. How fast and physical is the game, and how tough is it to find a spot in the NBA? It would be an honor if you could fill me in and expand my knowledge of the game of basketball. Little Man - Plainsboro, N.J.
Robinson: It's extremely difficult. There are only 400 of us. The only thing I can say is keep working on your game because each level – whether it be high school, college or professional – is going to be that much faster as you achieve those goals. The only thing you can do is keep working on your game and hope for the best.