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March 24, 2010

Jackson is hurting

This late in an NBA season, you'd be hard-pressed to find a rotation player without nagging injuries. But this is different; way more than an annoyance.

Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson is a tough guy, so when he looked up in the post-game locker room to say he's in "excruciating pain,'' I took notice. He had his left hand wrapped in ice, and while X-rays detected no fracture, this is affecting him.

The diagnosis is a bruised ligament at the base of Jackson's left index finger. It started bothering him a month ago when he slapped down on a ball while attempting a steal. It's getting progressively worse.and while it isn't certain this affects his shooting, I doubt it's a coincidence he shot 10-of-40 the past two games. 

Posted by Observer Sports on March 24, 2010 at 12:19 AM | Permalink


if you have an injury that you clearly can't perform well with......you sit. or you play around it. you don't shoot your team nearly out of the playoffs. i've seen people shoot their team out of a game or 2 but the guy is 35% over the last 5 17% on 3's. like 68% on freethrows. and not driving on the last play in regulation was just stupid. sure their should have been a D-3 called and a blatant one but mcgee would have fouled him. you can't just not make a play, that was horrible. if you have nothing, give the ball up. or don't ask for it to begin with.

i'm having a hard time explaining to my wife how good a team is or isn't. i tell her "we're down 10 to a team we should be beating by 40.....they're horrible." and she says "that's what you say about new jersey and indiana."

run back the replay of the last minute of regulation....thornton picked his pivot up on his 3 to tie the game and it was blatant. first he turned it on its side and drug it a bit and then picked it up to put it back down to shoot. 2 plays prior randy foye traveled twice on the same possession. i know the nba is leniant on that kind of stuff to an extent but the foye thing was baffling. i had to run it back like 5 times playing a game of "whats wrong with this picture". 1st he changes pivot, then pauses to make sure he just got away with it, then he puts it on the floor once followed by 3 more steps.

also worth noting is that larry hughes is EXACTLY what we needed to replace flip murray. he looked exactly like flip out there. 1-5 with an airball or 2.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 24, 2010 1:20:48 AM

I was happy with the win but am having a hard time watching Stephen Jackson take the air out of the ball. The last possession in regulation was a prime example. I am sure Coach Brown did not draw up the play for Jackson to hold the ball without moving closer to the basket or pass the ball. I wonder if MJ is pulling Jackson off to the side and advising him on how to handle the play down the stretch. I can't see Jackson being the go to guy at this level for the next 3 years.

Posted by: gordon Cureton | Mar 24, 2010 1:40:01 AM

Injuries are what derailed the 'Cats from making the playoffs last year. Jackson should sit out. This team is deep enough now to sustain his absence for a few games as they did with Gerald Wallace.

Posted by: David E Houston | Mar 24, 2010 6:13:54 AM

That's what happens when you're consistently playing 40+ minutes every game. Hopefully he can get some rest over the course of the next few games. Maybe Larry Hughes will be able to step in along with Stephen Graham (LB may have to do some shuffling).

Posted by: PantherDave | Mar 24, 2010 8:15:02 AM

What is wrong with you guys? Yal saying this and that about Jack. C'mon if it wasn't for him would we be celebrating a chance to make the playoffs or breaking francise records. Looka here of course he is hurt but i would rather have a 50% Jack then no Jack at all. And would rather have him take the shot then anyone else. He has been the spark to this franchise leave the man alone. Bobcats i give them the confidence to make the playoffs can you fairweather fans do the same?

Posted by: tbird | Mar 24, 2010 8:37:10 AM

I'd rather have a healthy jack for the playoffs. He's been hurting us big time the last few games. Plus, if we slip up and end up in the 8th spot, we'll be playing a team who we've owned this year.

The guy needs rest, and it's showed the past few games. He can't even make free throws consistently (and free throws almost cost us the game last night)

Posted by: Walt | Mar 24, 2010 9:11:39 AM

Jack should definitely sit for a few games to nurse the injury. Especially now that we have a home stretch against beatable opponents. We want him to be healthy in the playoffs, and we should be able to win these next few games without him.

Posted by: QC King | Mar 24, 2010 9:35:07 AM

Could you give us an update on Nazr Mohammed? Is he still hurt?

Posted by: Durtis Curtis | Mar 24, 2010 9:46:41 AM

I would think that the coach would be concerned about playing guys 40 minutes every game so close to playoffs, out of fear of injury or burn out. Still confused about the larry hughes signing, when you have guys on the bench who proved themselves when wallace went down. Hughes has'nt played well for the last 2 teams he played for. Bobcats appear to have talent, an I hope that the coach (he is a good coach), uses all of it, instead of just going with vets (his comfort level).

Posted by: jimbo | Mar 24, 2010 10:01:49 AM

i would have no question rather had the ball in felton's hands running a pick and roll with either thomas or diaw......no question.

i'm not denying that jack has been a big difference maker for us this year. but the deal isn't sealed. how happy will you be with jack if chicago edges us out in the end because of his poor play down the stretch? it doesn't excuse dumb play. i can tolerate a guy coming out cold, shooting 1 for 7 and playing the game hard to make up for it. I can't tolerate him shooting that poor and not getting back on D to stop mike miller from getting layups all day.

if andray wasn't such a diva, we lost this game by 10. that's sad.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 24, 2010 10:04:53 AM

Constructive Criticism, not Fairweather fan!
No one said we would not be here without Jack. We are going to further with as close to 100% Jack than a 50% Jack. He at least needs to take it easy these next few games. The shot at the end of regulation was BAD(putting it nicely). Hughes Bad.

Agree with everyone else.
Yup Blatche is out there, looking at 3 straight.

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Mar 24, 2010 10:16:51 AM

Starting tonight, I say sit Jackson. Give him a couple of games rest.
Prepare for the playoffs.

Between Graham, Henderson, and Hughes, we can cover his spot and ask Gerald, Raymond, and Boris to step up the offense enough to compete in this mini-homestretch.

Posted by: Dr. Bobcats | Mar 24, 2010 10:36:20 AM

So, this injury was bothering Stephen Jackson for the past month, it kept getting worse - and yet, his minutes only went up lately?! In the last two weeks, in 7 games, he played 44 minutes per game on average!

I would ask Larry Brown this question (though, I doubt he's reading this stuff): What is achieved by pushing a player over and beyond his limits, until he starts under-performing? What does this kind of wearing out some players do to the Bobcats' chances in the playoffs (evidently, this is based on the assumption that they'll make the playoffs - and I think that, at this time, it's reasonable to expect this)? The more an injury is aggravated, the longer it will take to heal. Anybody who reads my comments knows that I don't like being too aggressive, and that I actually appreciate a lot the work coach Brown does teaching this team how the play "basketball the right way". However, I think that his reluctance to play the reserves and his over-using some of the starters (the wings) gets to a point where it's counterproductive. I mean, I know something about playing through pain, but not to the point where the player underperforms and the injury is aggravated.

Hopefully, Jax will get some rest now, so he'll be able to contribute to the team at his real potential later on.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 24, 2010 10:53:41 AM

I agree...sit Jax if necessary to let this heal. We've got people who can play. HOWEVER, we were very lucky to win the game last night. Need to pull this thing together. Hughes is rusty, and he's not a good shooter, but he will do something to help win a game or 2 soon.

Everytime someone asks Rick about Nazr, I see no answer. What is going on with the big NM?? Is he really hurt worse than has been communicated? Are they letting him rest while getting Chandler minutes? Did he lose his spot AGAIN to another LB favorite?

Posted by: Mark | Mar 24, 2010 11:44:16 AM

Rick, the bobcats should dump hughes and pursue raja bell since he just got waived by golden state - even though he probably woudln't be open minded to play for the bobcats again..haha

Posted by: Brett Johnson | Mar 24, 2010 12:55:06 PM

this is what happens when you wear down your key players. very few players, if any, play more mins than gwallace and sjackson. this is one of my gripes with old man brown. play your youth a little more simply to preserve your stars during the home stretch.

Posted by: john | Mar 24, 2010 3:37:37 PM

This does not say much for the team's trainer and/or coaches. A player experiencing 'excruciating' pain should not be playing major minutes as the 'go to' guy, jacking up brick after brick.

Posted by: eduardo | Mar 24, 2010 5:35:43 PM

I am constantly amazed by the number of uninformed dolts that continue to post here like they know better than the coach or training staff.

Posted by: james reed | Mar 24, 2010 6:35:54 PM

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