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Bobcats may shut Stephen Jackson down for season

Mar 25, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

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The Charlotte Bobcats are the 10 seed in the East as you read this, three games back of the 8 seed Pacers with a dozen games to play. So, not impossible to make up. It’s also not impossible you are going to win the Mega Millions lottery. Doesn’t mean you should start spending the money.

With the long odds, coach Paul Silas is thinking about shutting Stephen Jackson down for the season. Jackson is trying to play through a strained hamstring during the playoff push, but he is clearly hobbling and his shot has been effected.

Not that he will go quietly — Jackson wants to play, reports the Charlotte Observer.

“If they shut me down the rest of the season, it’s their decision,” said Jackson, the Bobcats’ leading scorer this season. “It won’t be mine.”

Due to the injury Jackson is not putting up points for the offensively challenged Bobcats — nobody is, Kwame Brown led the team with 16 points in a key loss to the Pacers Wednesday. You read that right, Kwame Brown. When he leads your team in scoring, you have issues.

Jackson’s hamstring is also hurting the Bobcats on the other end of the floor, where he was unable to guard the Pacers Danny Granger, who proceeded to go off for 33.

The Bobcats may not be ready to throw in the towel yet, but they will be soon. And when they do, it’s time to sit Jackson. No reason to put him through that, to risk further injury, for games that are increasingly meaningless.

  1. thestudiokida - Mar 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Might as well tank the last dozen games… get a lottery pick and hope for #1. Of course we’ll make a terrible pick and continue the trend of being just short of mediocre. Let’s rename the Bobcats to the Charlotte LotteryPicks.

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