UPDATE 12:55 PM: The Bobcats have announced that the MRI revealed no structural damage to Jackson’s knee. Just a bone bruise. He is now listed as day-to-day.
So Jackson was right, he probably is going to go Wednesday.
8: 56 am: Charlotte does not have a lot of great offensive options, which proved to be a real problem against Orlando and the current-and-soon-to-be-again Defensive Player of the Year in Dwight Howard.
Stephen Jackson is their best option, he was one of the few Bobcats willing to drive the ball into the teeth of he Orlando defense. He was the only one who seemed to drive in then still be able to get his shot off near Howard. However, he sat the final nine minutes of the last game — when it was still in reach — because coach Larry Brown did not want to risk further injury after he hyperextended his right knee.
Today Jackson will get an MRI to see just what is going on with that knee. But he told the Charlotte Observer he doesn’t need one to know he is not going to miss any more of Charlotte’s first trip to the playoffs.
Jackson said he’s playing in Game 2 Wednesday.
“Definitely!” he said.
For the Bobcats to stand a chance in this series, he is going to have to play. The steady diet of mid-range jumpers from Charlotte’s bigs will not win any games, let alone the series.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.