Stephen Jackson was deemed a team detriment prior to being
traded by the Golden State Warriors. On the Charlotte Bobcats, he’s
perhaps been their most valuable player.
With the Bobcats on the fringe of playoff position, Jackson has
yet another big game Saturday night when he faces his former
Jackson was known to lose his cool with Golden State (17-44). In
September, he was fined $25,000 by the NBA for going public with
his trade demand, then was suspended for two preseason games by the
Warriors for what the club termed “conduct detrimental to the
The veteran swingman eventually got wish, getting dealt along
with Acie Law to Charlotte (29-31) in exchange for Raja Bell and
Vladimir Radmanovic on Nov. 16. While the Warriors have been one of
the league’s worst teams for the second straight season, the
Bobcats have a chance to make the postseason for the first time in
Charlotte got a big confidence boost Friday night, getting 21
points from Jackson in a 98-83 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The
Bobcats snapped a two-game skid to move within one game of Miami
for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jackson is averaging a team-high 21.6 points and 1.9 steals. He
had 30 points in the Bobcats’ 121-110 victory over the Warriors on
Jan. 29, Jackson’s first visit to Oracle Arena since the trade.
Since then, Michael Jordan has agreed to buy the Bobcats and he
was watching courtside as Charlotte beat the Lakers for the seventh
time in their last nine meetings.
“Those top teams bring out the best and they bring out big
crowds,” Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace said. “Come to a New Jersey
game and we probably have 500 people.”
After losing five of its previous six, Charlotte tweaked its
rotation. Coach Larry Brown used center Tyson Chandler for the
fourth time since Christmas, and little-used rookie Gerald
Henderson got significant minutes.
Brown said before the game that Chandler wouldn’t play, but the
center dressed and entered the contest midway through the first
quarter. He had missed seven straight games with a left foot injury
that has plagued him all season.
Chandler had six points and four rebounds in 15 minutes,
providing frontcourt help with Nazr Mohammed out with back spasms.
Mohammed has missed six straight games, but Brown said he could
return next week.
Injuries have left Golden State’s frontcourt severely
short-handed. Radmanovic (Achilles’) is among the injured Warriors
Golden State was outrebounded 47-39 in a 127-122 loss at Atlanta
on Friday night. A loss to the Bobcats would give the Warriors 10
straight road defeats for the first time since Jan. 1-Feb. 7,
Golden State, without leading scorer Monta Ellis (back), has
lost three straight overall. Ellis isn’t expected to play again
until next week.
Corey Maggette, though, faced the Hawks after missing five
straight games with a strained hamstring, giving the Warriors nine
healthy players. Maggette, averaging 20.2 points, had 18 on 6-of-12
Stephen Curry bounced back from a poor effort to total 31 points
and 11 assists in Friday’s loss. Curry, a contender for Rookie of
the Year, was held to nine points in a 117-90 loss to Orlando on
Curry had 22 points, nine assists and three steals in the first
matchup with the Bobcats. Still, Charlotte has won three of four
between the teams, shooting 51.3 percent (39 for 76) from 3-point
range during that span.