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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-13As goes Stephen Jackson, so go the Warriors.

And that's why Jackson just might be going -- to another team.

One game after distributing the ball like never before, the wildly inconsistent Jackson tried to take matters into his own hands Wednesday night. The selfish strategy backfired in a one-sided loss to the Pacers.

Jackson was brilliant in Monday's blowout win over Minnesota. He had four assists before he attempted his first shot, triggering the Warriors' best ball-distributing night of the season.

Warriors coach Don Nelson spent much of Wednesday's game-day shoot-around in Indiana reminding his club how great it felt to record 36 assists en route to an NBA season-high 146 points Monday. But almost immediately following the opening tip, all was forgotten.

This time, Jackson hoisted up four shots before his first assist. And once again, his play was contagious as the Warriors had only one assist in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the game, falling behind by 10. They never caught up.

Credit Nelson for noticing Jackson's teammate-unfriendly behavior quickly and yanking him from the game within six minutes. Jackson wound up playing just 18 minutes, less than half his average.

But as goes Jackson, so go the Warriors. And when Jackson goes to the bench, the club has little chance of being successful.

Some would say the Warriors would have had a better chance of winning Wednesday without Jackson. Others would argue they had no chance once he left the game.

So should he be traded? Clearly, it's not an easy question to answer.

PACERS 108, WARRIORS 94: Without Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf, the Warriors recognize they're not going to out-rebound many teams. So their only chance of winning is to outshoot them. With starters Kelenna Azubuike (2-for-10), Stephen Jackson (3-for-10), Anthony Morrow (2-for-7) and Monta Ellis (7-for-19) combining to go 14-of-46, that strategy backfired in Wednesday's loss at Indiana.

The Warriors were outrebounded 57-42 by the Pacers. That wasn't a surprise. And holding the Pacers to 44.7 percent shooting gave them a chance. But making just 40.2 percent of their shots killed them.

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