It hasn't always been pretty, but style points don't matter much to Nate Robinson right now. Being on the court does, however, and he's playing through a knee rehab and a hamstring injury to get it done.

Robinson left the Nuggets' home game Friday against Cleveland in the second half, unable to continue after aggravating a hamstring injury. His playing time has been monitored as he comes back from ACL surgery earlier this year.

Friday, he played 26 minutes out of necessity for a Denver team that was without injured point guard Ty Lawson (sore ankle).

Robinson, who is supposed to be limited to an average of 20 minutes per game for now, made a start against the Cavaliers.

"Whoever is available, that's the guys we're going to continue to try to get it done with," said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw.

Robinson wants to be one of those "available" players. He originally was injured during Wednesday's game at Sacramento.

He had 14 points and five assists and hit 6-of-14 shots against Cleveland, playing as long as he could before having to get treatment.

"I feel good," Robinson said, "but the team, they know what's best for me. I know I'm a competitor, I want to play through injury; I don't care. But I want to be here for the long run, I want to be here for the rest of the season, so I don't want to tweak anything else. Just take it day by day."

In recounting the origin of the injury, Robinson was matter of fact.