Stephen Jackson: Spurs Need To Play Harder

At halftime of Game 3, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich laid into his team for sloppy play and a lack of effort. After the Game 3 loss, San Antonio guard Stephen Jackson said the Spurs will need to bring better effort if they want to get past Oklahoma City.

"Those (Oklahoma City) kids are playing hard," Jackson said after Game 3. "They want it. I think we've got to get back to being that way."

Jackson also said he was surprised by the lack of effort in the first half, especially considering what is at stake.

"This is the Western Conference finals. I know a million people who want to be in our shoes. For him to have to come in here and scream at guys to play hard ... I am shocked. Everybody should be ready to play. ... We've got to show more emotion and more passion to want to win this thing."

Jackson scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in Game 3. He is averaging 8.8 points per game in 19.8 minutes per game in the series.

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