Game 7, The Wrapup (Pacers 108, Warriors 94): Is Jackson’s short shift just a prelude to the Harrington-esque shutdown?
By Geoff Lepper
Somebody cue Shirley Bassey and the Propellerheads. Because the Warriors sure seem to be stuck in a little bit of history repeating.
Fifty-three weeks ago, Warriors coach Don Nelson yanked Al Harrington from his rotation, playing him for less than 20 minutes in the fifth game of the season. In his post-game press conference, Nelson dropped the pretense that the two sides could peacefully co-exist while Golden State tried to accommodate the captain’s trade request.
Wednesday, Nelson yanked Stephen Jackson from his rotation, playing him for less than 20 minutes in the seventh game of the season. In his pre-game press conference, Nelson dropped the pretense that the pretense that the two sides could peacefully co-exist while Golden State tried to accommodate the former captain’s trade request.
“At some point, and I don’t know when, we have to (trade Jackson),” Nelson told reporters before Indiana’s 108-94 victory over the Warriors. “He asked to be traded, and we’d like to trade him. That’s if we can.”
Now the question is whether Jackson will continue to follow in the footsteps of Harrington, who never played again for the Warriors after his 16-minute stint against Denver on Nov. 5, 2008. Harrington left the team immediately thereafter, decamping to Los Angeles for a couple weeks until eventually getting dealt for Jamal Crawford of the New York Knicks.
There’s no indication if Jackson will suffer the same fate, although it was certainly interesting when Nelson told reporters both before and after the game that Jackson was hurt, while Jackson responded that nothing of the kind was the case.
Said Nelson (via the San Francisco Chronicle): “He’s got a sore back or hip or something. I didn’t think he was moving very well. I didn’t think he moved very well at the shootaround. I didn’t expect that he’d give me very much, but he gave me what he had.”
Replied Jackson (via Inside The Warriors/Contra Costa Times): “Ain’t nothing wrong with my hip. . . . I’m fine. I’ve got a scratch. That’s all it is. My back is not sore at all.”
As I said in the live-game thread: Dr. Stevens, paging Dr. Mark Stevens.
There are a few differences in the two situations. Most notably, where Harrington was the one who begged off due to injury last season — citing the back problem that prompted Nelson to snarkily remark about medical qualifications of Harrington’s agent, Dan Fegan — it seems like this time that the Warriors are trying to push the idea that Jackson is hurt.
At first glance, it’s a strategy that doesn’t make much sense. What Nelson is claiming is belied by the facts; Jackson made it clear with his 15-assist performance against Minnesota that there’s nothing physically wrong with him. It’s possible that a lingering injury has caught up with Jackson, but he managed to churn out far better performances than his desultory Wednesday play while nursing a broken toe for years.
More likely, the injury ploy is an attempt by the Warriors to pave the way to easing out Jackson if he doesn’t rekindle the kind of energy he had on Monday.
It would be a gamble to follow such a path, especially when Marcus Thompson is reporting (via Twitter) from New York that Ellis and Nelson have just gotten into a verbal spat. Even if Monta’s head is right, removing the best perimeter defender (sadly, that’s what Jackson still is, when he cares to give enough effort) from a team that already is terrible on D is a recipe for more disaster.
Take it away, Shirley:
They say the next big thing is here,
that the revolution’s near,
but to me it seems quite clear
that it’s all just a little bit of history repeating…
Yes, Corey Maggette has regained his form offensively. But to say he decisively won his battle of the backup PFs with Tyler Hansbrough is wrong. Hansbrough couldn’t stay with Maggette on the drive, but Maggette couldn’t handle Hansbrough in the block, and Hansbrough created five second-chance points on his own with eight offensive rebounds. . . . I’m not there to speak to him directly, but Stephen Curry’s confidence certainly looks shaken. I would have thought that coming off the bench, Curry would be freed up to look for his own shot more often, but that didn’t happen (3-for-7 in 21 minutes, four assists against three turnovers.) . . . For the love of Franklin Mieuli: More Anthony Randolph (17 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, two blocks).
One Response to “Game 7, The Wrapup (Pacers 108, Warriors 94): Is Jackson’s short shift just a prelude to the Harrington-esque shutdown?”
Can someone do an interview with Cohan or Rowell? Please? Will they even lift a finger to address this? Would love to at least hear them come out and apologize to the fans for this mess they created. Rowell at least certainly enjoyed taking credit for the playoff year. Cohan has been MIA throughout.
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