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.