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April 05, 2010

Jackson plans on playing vs. Hawks

Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury and other maladies recently, said today he plans on playing Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

"It's something I have to get through," said Jackson after sitting out Monday's practice.

Jackson, the Bobcats' leading scorer, has a strained hamstring, a turned ankle and a sore hand and elbow. He pulled himself from the game in the fourth quarter of Charlotte's loss Saturday to the Chicago Bulls.

Jackson said he paid a huge physical price in the Bobcats' overtime victory against Milwaukee the night before, when he played 41 minutes.

"Milwaukee took so much out of me," said Jackson. "I just didn't have any gas left for Chicago. I couldn't even break a sweat, I was in so much pain."

-- Bobcats center Theo Ratliff didn't practice Monday because of the death of his grandmother. Coach Larry Brown said he didn't know if Ratliff would be available tonight. Also, guard Gerald Henderson didn't practice because so he could attend Monday's NCAA championship game in Indianapolis between his alma mater Duke and Butler.

-- Brown said Ratliff's absence allowed Nazr Mohammed, who hasn't played since Feb. 20 because of a bad back, to participate more fully in practice, including some full-court drills. -- David Scott


Posted by Observer Sports on April 5, 2010 at 03:46 PM | Permalink


As for Jackson, you can't say enough about him and his warrior mentality. Definitely something we needed and couldn't have won that Milwaukee game without his presence.

And as for our #9 overall draft pick......Are you kidding me?!! Gerald Henderson needs more practice than anybody! He needs to be in the gym before practice and after practice. Why is he taking days off when he can watch the game on television!

Posted by: Smitty | Apr 5, 2010 4:09:36 PM

Great to hear Jax is planning on giving it a go. Hopefully we can get ourselves locked into the playoffs and then give him some much needed rest.

Any comments on Sam Smith's latest rumor?

"The Bobcats are said to prefer tendering Tyrus Thomas to retain him for about $6 million. But because owner Michael Jordan said he won't pay the luxury tax now, the talk is they won't re-sign point guard Raymond Felton with D.J. Augustin in the wings. Felton might draw interest from a team with cap money like the Knicks."

Posted by: spectre | Apr 5, 2010 4:33:29 PM

If that rumor is true, would hate to see Raymond go. He may not be a Top 5 PG, but at least you know he's going to bring that solidness to the table. As for Augustin, you just never know what kind of night he's going to have. He'll shoot lights out on Monday, and go 1 for 20 the next two nights. Either way I like them both, but its unlikely they both will stay here.

Posted by: Smitty | Apr 5, 2010 5:18:40 PM

all the bobcats have to do for raymond is buy out nazr's last year of his contract.

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 6, 2010 12:09:04 AM

i don't think augustin is so inconsistent, i think his playing time is more so inconsistent.

good to hear jack is planning to play (i think) and i hope that larry hughes is not planning on playing.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 6, 2010 9:21:02 AM

I"m suprised at Henderson going to the Final Four, if he wanted to show his teammates that he wants to get better, then he should have stayed and practiced with the team! I can see an Allstar doing this, but a rookie?That can't shoot? Oh please!!

Posted by: jah p | Apr 6, 2010 6:31:27 PM

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