It's been less than three weeks since Stephen Jackson returned to action after losing nearly a month to a fractured right pinky. Now, the San Antonio Spurs small forward could find himself back on the shelf, thanks to an unfortunate foot-fall, a possibly ill-timed food order and the mayor of the City of New York.
The unusual play took place with just under four minutes left in the first quarter of San Antonio's Thursday night visit to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks, with the Spurs holding a 17-14 lead on their hosts. With Spurs point guard Tony Parker dribbling above the 3-point arc on the right wing, Jackson slid along the left sideline down toward the far corner. Parker dribbled left around a Tim Duncan screen that slowed New York defender Jason Kidd, and as teammate Carmelo Anthony stepped up to stop Parker's penetration, the San Antonio triggerman jumped and tossed a pass to a wide-open Jackson for a corner 3-point attempt. Jackson gathered and shot over the outstretched left arm of the hard-charging Amar'e Stoudemire, but his shot came up a bit short.
Stoudemire's left elbow made contact with Jackson's right side after the shot was in the air, but it didn't appear hard enough to knock Jackson off-kilter; rather, the Spurs swingman just took a simple step backward, and then suddenly crumpled to the deck. When the Knicks headed up the floor in search of a basket, they did so with a 5-on-4 advantage, as Jackson stayed down behind the play. New York took advantage of their power play, with center Tyson Chandler rebounding Stoudemire's missed top-of-the-key jumper and kicking out to Anthony for a wide-open right-corner 3 that tied the game at 17.
After the bucket, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called a 20-second timeout at the 2:57 mark of the opening quarter so that Jackson could exit the game. The 13-year veteran hobbled off the floor and back to the Spurs' locker room, and did not return.Read More »from Stephen Jackson sprains ankle falling over waitress in front of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (VIDEO)