There's something about that San Antonio silver and black. It seems to get Reggie Jackson going.
For the third time in as many tries, Jackson had a huge game against the Spurs, going off for 27 points (on 12-of-17 shooting) and eight assists.
Jackson has scored 21 or more points in five games this season. Three have come against San Antonio. Combined in the three games, he has 71 points on 30-of-45 shooting.
“He's a confident young man,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He's taking no prisoners, he's not deferring to anyone, he's not doing it gingerly, he's being aggressive and he's playing to win. That's impressive.”
“And then secondly,” Popovich continued, “he's made pretty darn good decisions. A young guy can come out, try too hard, try to do too much on his own, not find open people, but his decision making has been really good.”
KAWHI LEONARD OUT INDEFINITELY WITH HAND INJURY
The Spurs lost the game. But more importantly, it looks like they've lost a key piece for the foreseeable future.
In the middle of the second quarter on Wednesday night, promising San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard left with a right hand injury.
By halftime, the team had announced it was a non-displaced fracture of the right fourth metacarpal. It's not immediately clear how much time Leonard will miss, but it could be a substantial amount.
LAWSUIT AGAINST DEREK FISHER DROPPED
The two remaining actions in Billy Hunter's lawsuit against current Thunder reserve Derek Fisher have been dropped.
Hunter, the disgruntled former NBA Players Union Chief, has now lost all of his actions against Fisher and Jamie Wior, Hunter's former business manager.
Hunter had alleged that Fisher and Wior conspired, during the 2011 lockout, to have Hunter removed from his position.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Including playoffs, the Thunder has won nine out of the past 11 games against the Spurs.
In pregame, Popovich was complimentary of Kevin Durant, but after the third Durant-related question, this one asking about his competitive drive, Popovich said this: “I just respect his game very much. (But) I'm not going to talk about all the psycho babble stuff you guys want to talk about. You can do that on your own.”
After a rough stretch against a variety of Western Conference contenders, the Thunder get a scheduling reprieve. Well, not from a travel standpoint, but from a competition standpoint. OKC heads to the East Coast for a Friday night game against the 15-29 Boston Celtics and a Saturday night game against the 13-28 Philadelphia 76ers. Both games start at 6:30.
66ERS MAKE MOVES
The Thunder's NBA D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, made a couple of moves Wednesday. The 66ers acquired guard Mustafa Shakur and a third-round draft pick in transactions with the Erie BayHawks and Canton Charge. Shakur played for Tulsa during the 2009-10 season, when he was selected as an NBA D-League All-Star. The 66ers sent guard Ben Uzoh to Canton for the third-round draft pick.