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News » Jackson plays little in latest loss

Jackson plays little in latest loss

Jackson plays little in latest lossAdd another chapter to the Stephen Jackson chronicles.

The disgruntled swingman played only 18 minutes in the Warriors' 108-94 loss to Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday night because of a mysterious injury.

Coach Don Nelson yanked Jackson after he missed four of his first five shots and didn't play him for the final 18 minutes of the opening half. Jackson then sat the entire fourth quarter as his teammates cut a 21-point deficit to 98-91 with 2:55 remaining but got no closer.

"He's got a sore back or hip or something," Nelson said. "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."

Jackson had five points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the third quarter. Seemingly knowing he wouldn't return to the game, Jackson looked at media row and mouthed, "Do I look hurt?" as he sat down at the start of the fourth.

"I'm fine," Jackson said postgame at the arena where he played 2004-07. "I've got a scratch. That's all it is. My back is not sore at all.

"Regardless of where I'm at, I want to play. I have no control over that, but I want to play, regardless of if I'm in Africa or wherever. I know I could have done more than I did."

Before the game, Nelson finally gave up his "I hope we don't trade him" and "I think we can coexist" lines. Nelson said his relationship with Jackson is irreconcilable and the Warriors must move Jackson.

"At some point, and I don't know when, we have to," Nelson said. "He asked to be traded, and we'd like to trade him. That's if we can."

General manager Larry Riley is logging overtime, working the phones, but nothing substantial has come of it yet.

"We're working hard to find the deal that is right for us," said Riley, who spent much of the second half with his cell phone to his ear and his eyes fixed on a TV screen in the Pacers' media room.

He didn't miss much he would have wanted to see in person. A game after Jackson had 15 assists and the team scored 146, the Warriors totaled 18 assists and 94 points.

"We reverted back to not moving the ball," Nelson said. "All we talked about was how great it was to play in the 146-105 win over Minnesota on Monday, so you would think there would be more of the same.

"But we didn't do that."

Nothing close to it.

The Pacers held their third consecutive opponent to fewer than 100 points - all wins - blocked a season-high 12 shots and allowed only six second-chance points. The stagnant Warriors shot 40.2 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent from three-point range.

"There is so much other stuff going on, and we need to stick together as a team," said Corey Maggette, who scored a team-high 21 points. "I know it can happen, because everyone on this team really likes each other. We just have to figure out the whole Basketball part."

During a first-half free-throw try, Monta Ellis leaned against the scorer's table with a disgusted look on his face and his arms crossed against his chest. During the third quarter, Stephen Curry feigned enthusiasm from the bench.

"It's not over yet. We need to keep fighting," Maggette said. "We've still got 70-plus games, and we're looking at it like we've got eight."

Up next at Knicks 1-84:30 p.m. FridayCSNBA/1050Former forward Al Harrington, playing in a contract year, reluctantly has accepted coming off the bench. He is averaging a team-high 19.2 points per game, but has made only 8 of 42 three-point attempts and has totaled 22 turnovers to 14 assists.- Rusty SimmonsUp next Opening tip: Coach Don Nelson said his experienced players would be important as the Warriors started their five-game road trip in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Hours before Game 1 of the roadie, 11-year pro Corey Maggette handed his credit card to a locker-room attendant and had him fetch P.F. Chang's for his teammates.

- Rusty Simmons

Up next Randolph progress Maybe this Anthony Randolph-playing-center thing has some legs.

The second-year former forward had 17 points, a team-high 13 rebounds and two blocked shots against Indiana on Wednesday. Randolph is averaging 14.2 points and 7.8 rebounds since moving to center five games ago. In his two games at power forward, he averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds.

"With all the struggles he had at power forward, center is probably a natural position for him and he's doing very well there," coach Don Nelson said. "He'll make it possible, when he gets a little older, to do quite a few creative things through him because he can pass, drive and shoot that 16-footer.

"It's kind of exciting to watch him mature and grow."

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