JACKSON SHINES AGAIN
Second-year guard Reggie Jackson stole the show Wednesday with his second straight masterful performance running the Thunder's offense.
Jackson had 15 points with seven rebounds and five assists. He had just two turnovers, both coming in the second half. Jackson made 6 of 11 shots and again looked comfortable and confident running the pick-and-roll.
“I thought Reggie played pretty good today,” Bryant said. “I thought he was under control, and that really helped out our team. He was finding people, so that really helped out our team.”
ALDRICH SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
After struggling in the first two days, center Cole Aldrich assembled a more encouraging performance Wednesday.
The third-year center scored 10 points, had a team-high seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 28 minutes.
Aldrich got off to a slow start at both ends against Pistons lottery pick Andre Drummond, but Aldrich got better as the game went along and finished with a performance that he should be able to build on.
“Cole just has to keep playing hard,” Bryant said. “That's all we want him to do is just keep playing hard. Don't worry about scoring. He's supposed to protect the rim, rebound and be physical. Those are the only things you have to worry about, and I thought he really embraced that and played well today.”