Reggie Jackson has played solid in two games trying to replace Russell Westbrook. Let’s see — 32 points, 10-of-24 shooting, 8-of-8 from the foul line, two steals, six rebounds, four assists, five turnovers. Solid for a guy tossed into the frying pan.
But here’s the best news going for the Thunder. He’s playing with, I’d say, 90 percent fearlessness. And Jackson can play better. When he gets that fearlessness to 100 percent, and starts getting to the basket the way he’s shown he can do, then he’ll be really productive. Not Russell Westbrook productive. But productive.
“I thought Reggie was good,” Scotty Brooks said of Game 4 in the Rocket series Monday night. “He’s in a very tough situation. He’s handled it well in two games. Give him a lot of credit. He played good basketball. He was solid on both ends, and that’s all we want from him.”
Jackson’s plus/minus was +3 in Game 3 and -9 in Game 4. Jackson was part of the starting lineup getting avalanched at the start of each half in Game 4.
Jackson hasn’t played great. Hasn’t always made the right decision. But he’s been solid. The Thunder really can’t ask for much more.
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