No fun: Lauren Jackson's courtside pain

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THE mounting frustration was etched on Lauren Jackson’s face all afternoon.

Forced to watch on in the stadium named in her honour as her beloved Canberra Capitals bravely succumbed to a clinical Bendigo Spirit, Jackson’s battle with a chronic hamstring injury is clearly taking its toll.

“It’s always hard (to watch), it’s been hard for a few weeks now,” Jackson said.

“But it is what it is, I’m just out there trying to support the girls.

“It was awesome, though, I really wish I could’ve played but it was fun to see everyone out there and the support we get from the community here is amazing.

“To have a Canberra team come here and have that many people backing them is just awesome.”

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Having had the last of a series of cortisone injections designed to eliminate the scar tissue that has plagued her since the WNBA season, Jackson admitted she had “no idea” when or even if she would return to the court in the near future.

“I’m here (in Albury) for this week, doing some promotions and rehabbing and training here,” Jackson said.

“It’s very much a wait-and-see thing for me now, I’m not overly confident at all because it’s been such a long process.

“To be honest, I really have no idea. In my heart I want to be back next week.

“In saying that, I’ve been out a month and a half and I’ve done absolutely nothing, so either way it’s going to be a process getting back into it.

“But it’s been frustrating for sure.”

For an hour after the 80-71 defeat to Bendigo, Jackson happily signed autographs and posed for pictures with her legion of fans both young and old.

But the Opals skipper acknowledged the Caps needed her scoring and defensive punch if they wanted to maintain a top-four spot.

“Offensively, we haven’t yet found the flow,” Jackson said.

“We’re very up and down offensively, that’s been highlighted over the past few games when we do have those droughts.

The Canberra bench looks on during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

The Canberra bench looks on during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson stands for the national anthem before the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson stands for the national anthem before the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

A huge crowd filled the arena to watch the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

A huge crowd filled the arena to watch the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson signs autographs for hundreds of fans following the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson signs autographs for hundreds of fans following the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra coach Sandy Tomley speaks to her players during a break in the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra coach Sandy Tomley speaks to her players during a break in the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra coach Sandy Tomley speaks to her players during a break in the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra coach Sandy Tomley speaks to her players during a break in the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Former Lady Bandits player and current Canberra player, Jessica Bibby flies for the net during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Former Lady Bandits player and current Canberra player, Jessica Bibby flies for the net during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Former Lady Bandits player and current Canberra player, Jessica Bibby flies for the net during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Former Lady Bandits player and current Canberra player, Jessica Bibby flies for the net during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Bendigo's Kristi Harrower and Canberra's Carly Wilson in action during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Bendigo's Kristi Harrower and Canberra's Carly Wilson in action during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra's Brigitte Ardossi (no. 35) in action during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra's Brigitte Ardossi (no. 35) in action during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra's Brigitte Ardossi (no. 35) and Bendigo's Kelsey Griffin (no. 30) clash during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra's Brigitte Ardossi (no. 35) and Bendigo's Kelsey Griffin (no. 30) clash during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Former Lady Bandits player and current Canberra player, Jessica Bibby shoots a free throw during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Former Lady Bandits player and current Canberra player, Jessica Bibby shoots a free throw during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra's Alex Bunton (no. 13) shoots for goal over the top of Bendigo's Gabrielle Richards during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra's Alex Bunton (no. 13) shoots for goal over the top of Bendigo's Gabrielle Richards during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra player Nicole Hunt shoots a free throw during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra player Nicole Hunt shoots a free throw during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Former Lady Bandits player and current Canberra player, Jessica Bibby shoots for goal during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Former Lady Bandits player and current Canberra player, Jessica Bibby shoots for goal during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson supports her team during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson supports her team during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Bendigo coach Bernie Harrower. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Bendigo coach Bernie Harrower. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra player Carly Wilson and coach Sandy Tomley speak on the sideline during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra player Carly Wilson and coach Sandy Tomley speak on the sideline during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra player Nicole Hunt and Bendigo's Kristi Harrower clash during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra player Nicole Hunt and Bendigo's Kristi Harrower clash during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra player Nicole Hunt and Bendigo's Kristi Harrower clash during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Canberra player Nicole Hunt and Bendigo's Kristi Harrower clash during the WNBL match between Canberra Capitals and Bendigo Spirit at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson was very popular. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson was very popular. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson was very popular. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson was very popular. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson was very popular. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Lauren Jackson was very popular. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Aleira, 5, and Kijana McCowan, 4, daughters of the late Allen McCowan, pictured with Lauren Jackson in the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

Aleira, 5, and Kijana McCowan, 4, daughters of the late Allen McCowan, pictured with Lauren Jackson in the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

“So that’s something we need to work on, we need to get a bit more scoring power because when it dries up, it really does.”