Pistons’ Jackson on role: ‘I just have to be myself’
Auburn Hills — In his first nine games back in the lineup, Reggie Jackson still is trying to find a groove.
As he’s getting back to 100 percent and trying to reach midseason form in recovering from a procedure to inject platelet-rich plasma in his left knee, the Pistons are 3-6 in those nine games and are coming off three double-digit losses that coach Stan Van Gundy calls three of their worst outings this season.
In Monday’s 31-point loss at Chicago, Jackson didn’t attempt a field goal in the first quarter and finished 2-of-5 from the field, tying his season low with seven points.
Although he didn’t look to create his own shot and appeared to focus more on finding shots for teammates, he’s committed to getting back to his familiar role to help bounce back from the slump.
“I just have to be myself,” Jackson said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “That’s what I plan to do from here on out: Be myself, play my game and always attack, not only making plays for myself, but also for my teammates.”
Ball distribution and shot selection were a couple of the topics in a players-only team meeting following Saturday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, but the bland performance against the Bulls dulled any effect that they hoped to build.
Jackson’s passive game may have been a drastic reaction to the feedback from the team meeting, but he said he was trying to find a sweet spot of creating shots and passing. It was an attempt to get the team out of the slump, but he realized that maybe just staying with his bread-and-butter style is likely what’s best.
“I was taking the approach to try to get different results,” he said. “We were in a stretch where we weren’t winning and we said we need ball movement to get guys energized and get defensive stops, so I took the approach to try to do anything to find a way to light a fire under guys and get a win.
“Unfortunately, didn’t get one in Chicago, but it’s a new day today so I’ll come out and be myself and hopefully it will lead us to a win.”