Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 9:55 am  |  16 responses

‘My Name is Stephen Nasty Jackson’

Kevin Durant may have gotten his buckets last night — 27 points, 8/19 from the field — but he had to work extremely hard for them. Which is precisely what Gregg Popovich had in mind when he told Stephen “Nasty” Jackson to stay in Durant’s shirt. From the Express-News: “Before the fourth quarter began, Popovich told his Spurs in a huddle, ‘I’m seeing a little bit of unconfidence,’ which is neither grammatical nor inspiring. But the Spurs needed to hear all of it. They trailed by nine points, led by a defense that had become Mike D’Antoni-ish, to paraphrase another Popovich phrase. So then came ‘I want some nasty,’ and the ears of someone perked up. ‘My name is nasty,’ he said, and someone asked him if ‘nasty’ was indeed his middle name. ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘My name is Stephen Nasty Jackson.’ [...] If not for Manu Ginobili showing up right on time, the Thunder would have stolen the opener with a grip on the series, too. But Popovich kept searching for a lineup that worked, and he eventually stuck with Gary Neal and four guys from the 2003 championship. That meant Jackson, who barely got off the bench against the Clippers, would get a turn against Durant. [...] Nasty? ‘What he meant,’ Jackson said, ‘was to be physical, not dirty.’ Jackson watched the Thunder-Lakers series, and he said he thought Metta World Peace gave Durant too much room. He wanted to get into Durant, sometimes fouling him, always bothering him. The numbers tell of that. Durant, playing every second of the final quarter, scored six points on six free throws. Jackson said, ‘No one person can stop Durant.’”

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  • Hart

    This was such a great pickup by SA….

  • Bravo

    Let’s go spurs

  • dave

    Stephen Nasty Jackson is now one of my favorite players.

  • Heals

    Man the Spurs are boring…

  • andrew

    Isn’t Thunder boring, for not being able to score?

  • LA Huey

    Nasty as he wanna be.

  • broy7

    leggo spurs in 6

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    The Spurs should play “Nasty” by Nas as their intro next game.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Best nickname ever

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    the boring label is old, if one likes ball movement and team play this team is fun to watch. specially with some blood in there like leonard and slitter who r really skilled. and how can one think that splitter at the free throw line is boring, it’s comedy waiting to happen

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elWlZiCWMeM Jerome

    @Heals: You reak of fear.

  • Phil da Windmill

    He Raps about smokin that loud on one of his videos so i call him Loud Pack Jack

  • Hater

    Screw Jackson. He can eat a fat one and choke on it.

  • Heals

    or sarcasm J…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Hater: That’s nasty…

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    As I read this I was like “please don’t call him the Durant stopper” I remember when Reuben Patterson was the “Kobe Stopper” then he got lit the F up; then on ESPN I heard them call him exactly that. Jackson did a good job, but one game doesn’t make a series. His interview at practice today was great, he gave credit to the team for containing Durant, gave credit to the young guys and made sure to reiterate the point that they have only won one game and they have to keep working towards their ultimate goal.