Charlotte Bobcats captain Stephen Jackson complains kind of like he scores - in sudden, spectacular bursts.

You know how Jackson can go five minutes without a point, then score 10 in four possessions? His technical fouls follow a similar pattern. He went a month in late December and early January without any, then drew six Ts within three weeks.

The volatility has to end because he's out of indulgences: One more technical foul and Jackson will serve an NBA-mandated one-game suspension.

Losing their leading scorer could be crushing to the Bobcats' playoff hopes with 10 games left. A two-game winning streak has pushed Charlotte back in the mix with the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks for the last spot in the East. Can Jackson keep his cool?

"I have to... I have to," said Jackson, whose team will host the Bucks tonight. "I did it before. I can do it again."

Jackson drew his 15th T of the season Saturday in a victory against the New York Knicks. It was his first T since Feb. 25, but it was obvious throughout the game that Jackson's temper was red-lining. Finally, with about three minutes left, coach Paul Silas took Jackson aside for an animated and stern lecture about controlling himself.