By Marcus Thompson
Friday, March 23rd, 2007 at 7:58 pm in Uncategorized.
The Warriors chances of winning the all important game against Washington just got tougher as Stephen Jackson just got tossed with 10.3 seconds left in the game. He picked up a technical for arguing a foul call, then picked up another tech after Arenas missed the free throw.
Jackson’s passion is what makes him good. The dude plays hard. He plays hurt. He exudes intensity on a team that was formerly packed the zeal of a chemistry class.
But nights like tonight, and the game at Portland recently, are the times when his passion hurts. They need him on the floor, not in the locker room cooling down under a cold shower.
It’s nights like Friday when he has to learn to calm down, even when he’s right. It’s nights like tonight when he has to swallow his frustration over being wronged, succumb to the ego of a referee, just so he can be there for his team.
It’s one of the most difficult things in sports, balancing emotional players like Jackson. It’s like starting a fire with the hopes of keeping it contained. A gust of wind from the wrong direction, a drop of something flammable, and an un-intended target is going to get burned.
The Warriors need Jackson to master pyromania and fast. This playoff race may come down to the last game. And, frankly, they can’t afford to get burned by his passion too many more times.