Stephen Jackson was vocal leading up to the Clippers game Monday night in San Antonio. ‘Capt. Jack’ made it known that his boys in silver n’ black would bring a better effort than their blowout loss in L.A. opening week.
Well, San Antonio not only lost the rematch…they lost Jackson as well. In the first half, ’Jack’ fractured his finger on a routine offensive possession. He left the game and never returned. He is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Jackson had been filling in for SF Kawhi Leonard, out 10-14 days with quad tendonitis.
It was the epitome of adding injury to insult on Monday night.
The game, overall, was a chippy affair…living up to the playoff battle last Spring (won by S.A. 4-0). Matt Barnes got heated with Manu Ginobili a few times, while Gregg Popovich went ’catholic school teacher’ on referee Billy Kennedy after two no calls on Tim Duncan. The face-off (literally) had Kennedy repeating “I don’t care” while Pop countered with “then walk away right now if you don’t care.” A timeout cost us the rest of that verbal battle as they quickly went to commercial. Though the Clippers led the entire second half, it was a close contest late. Chris Paul then made key plays late to finish off the Spurs for the second time in a month. Final score: 92-87.
Following the game, ‘Pop’ had stern words for his guys. “This game was in the soft category. We never had five guys that competed hard enough to win the basketball game, and the Clippers took it…..For a portion of that game we were an embarrassment.”
I’d luv to be a fly on the wall at Spurs practice tomorrow.
If it’s any consolation…division rivals Memphis, Dallas, and Houston also lost on Monday night.