Project Spurs kicks off its 2013 Spurs Playoff preview as the Spurs face the Lakers in the first round. Paramjit Mahal asks if releasing Stephen Jackson will hurt the Spurs in the playoffs.
After the final night of the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs found out they will be meeting an old foe in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs -- the Los Angeles Lakers.
Any team wants to be set with their roster and their rotation heading in to the playoffs. So last week’s announcement of the Spurs releasing forward Stephen Jackson came as a big surprise considering the playoffs were just days away.
While Jackson’s release may not be felt on both ends of the court, however, his loss will be felt in the intangibles he brought to the team. More on that later.
Immediately, both Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal will need to step up and become another option behind “the Big Three” of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Not to mention Danny Green especially since he had a horrific postseason in last season's playoff run. During the course of the playoffs, they will be called upon to help lighten the load on the Spurs' key players.no comments