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Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson injects some offensive life into starting lineup

For the first time in his career, Reggie Jackson started alongside Russell Westbrook. He replaced the previously ineffective Thabo Sefolosha and injected some needed offensive punch into the lineup.
by Anthony Slater Modified: May 25, 2014 at 11:55 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) shoots over San Antonio's Tony Parker (9) during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) shoots over San Antonio's Tony Parker (9) during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“When Reggie locked in, one thing I always tell him and Russ, no point guard, no shooting guard should score on him,” Kendrick Perkins said. “Surprisingly, Reggie might be just as athletic as Russ … And when they locked in, especially Reggie, we’re tough to beat.”

Jackson will now be listed as the team’s starting shooting guard. But he kept that point guard mindset on Sunday, giving the Thunder an extra ballhandler and playmaker.

Along with his 15 points, Jackson was second on the team with five assists, drilling Ibaka for a couple early jumpers, Kevin Durant for a pair of big buckets and Steven Adams on a nifty pick-and-roll.

“He did a great job of just attacking, man,” Westbrook said. “He gives me an opportunity to play off the ball a little bit and move around, just find a way to help my team find a way to win. Reggie did a great job of just playing the game, being aggressive, finding guys, rebounding and just being Reggie.”

Desperate times in these playoffs have led to back-against-the-wall adjustments by Brooks. He did it back in the Memphis series, replacing Sefolosha with Caron Butler. And he did it again on Sunday, this time with Jackson.

It may have been too late. Or it may have been just in time.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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