“I liked Reggie coming back and trying to make another effort,” Brooks said. “It was a little too sore. I decided to rest him.”
How did the ankle feel after the game?
“Great,” Jackson said.
He has played big games before on a bum ankle. He rolled one going into the state playoffs in high school in Colorado, and he played all the way to the final four.
Granted, those games weren’t quite as big as these games, but playing through pain is playing through pain.
“It’s not really a big deal,” Jackson said. “No excuse. I think a lot of people about this time (of the postseason) have a bum ankle or a ding up. Just play through it.”
So, he’ll be good to go in Game 5?
“I’m good to go tonight,” he said. “I would’ve played the entire game if I had to. I’d have found a way.”
Once Jackson was finished with postgame interviews, he disappeared into the training room. He didn’t have his shoes on, and he playfully refused to say if he’d be leaving the arena in a walking boot.
But even if he did, it seems fairly likely that he’ll be wearing his Nikes on Thursday night in San Antonio.
Good news for Jackson.
Even better news for the Thunder.
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