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

Reggie Jackson rebounded a Wizard miss, hurried the ball upcourt and tossed it to Jeremy Lamb. The shot clock had barely cleared 20.

And Lamb launched.

The Thunder had crawled back into a game it had no business being in, but Washington remained in control. Up six, 1:40 left.

And right then and there, something great happened for the Thunder. Jackson believed in Lamb. And Lamb believed in Lamb.

Make or miss, win or lose, on this innocuous Sunday night in the NBA season's second week, belief in Lamb is a very good sign for the Thunder's long-term success.

By the way, Lamb swished the 26-footer. Soon enough, the Thunder got the game to overtime, thanks to Kevin Durant's deadeye 3-pointer with 13.6 seconds left, and won it 106-105.

Durant's been known to have a heroic moment or two (hundred). But Lamb and Jackson, who made two tiebreaking baskets in overtime, are going to be needed, too.

So put that Lamb long ball in your memory bank as this Thunder season progresses.

“Reggie hit me and I was wide open,” Lamb said. “It was early in the shot clock but late in the game. We had to get some points on the board, so I just tried to knock it down.”

While rookie Steven Adams rightly has been the early season sensation in ThunderLand, Lamb has been just as pleasant a surprise. He's now averaging 9.8 points a game, shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

The Thunder will take those numbers and be thrilled.

And if Lamb keeps playing without fear, even better.

“It was a lot of fun,” Lamb said. “Had a great crowd as always. Close game. First time I've played in a (pro) game like that.”

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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...
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