Oklahoma City Thunder: Signs of progress in play of Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson

Make or miss, win or lose, on this innocuous Sunday night in the NBA season's second week, belief in Jeremy Lamb is a very good sign for the Thunder's long-term success.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 10, 2013

With Russell Westbrook losing his cool and getting ejected with 3:19 left in regulation, Scotty Brooks had no choice but to play Jackson at point guard. But he had options (paging Derek Fisher) elsewhere and stuck with Lamb. From that point on, the Thunder went on a 14-4 run to force overtime.

On the Thunder's final possession of OT, and OKC nursing a one-point lead, Brooks — with the endorsement of Durant — put the ball in Jackson's hands. Jackson drove the lane and dished to Lamb in the corner. Lamb's 3-pointer bounced off, giving the Wizards four seconds with which to win the game. But the confidence shown in those games will pay off in droves.

“A little fun, a little hectic,” Jackson said. “I was just trying to find a way to get a win. I guess growing up, kind of the moments you live for. You kind of dream for.”

We saw in the playoffs last season that Jackson is a no-fear ballplayer. But we saw Sunday night that Lamb just might be, too.

“That's who we need him to be,” Jackson said. “We have that confidence in him, so he has to have that confidence in himself. Whether good nights, bad nights, he has to kind of keep putting it up.”

Messing around with the Wizards is a sign that the Thunder remains a work in progress. But the play of Lamb and Jackson is a sign that progress is indeed the operative word.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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