Scott Brooks called Reggie Jackson a game-time decision for Sunday’s 2 p.m. tip against the Utah Jazz.
Jackson suffered a mid-back sprain at practice on Thursday and didn’t play in the Thunder’s win over the Kings on Friday. He didn’t practice on Saturday.
Despite the missed time, neither he nor the team view the injury as anything serious.
During the second quarter of Friday’s game against the Kings, Russell Westbrook went over to the Thunder bench and put on another padded arm sleeve.
He already wears one on his left arm, but typically doesn’t on his right.
“Nah, I don’t experiment,” Westbrook said. “I happened to get hit on my funny bone, so I didn’t want to get hit again.”
“Very, very minor,” Westbrook said, when asked if the blow was serious.
Without any need for his late-game heroics, Kevin Durant probably got a little bored during the fourth quarter of the Thunder's blowout of the Kings on Friday night.
So to entertain himself on the bench, it seems he may have choreographed his next move, an impressive videobomb right after the final buzzer.
As Jeremy Lamb was conducting his interview with Fox Sports Oklahoma, Hasheem Thabeet and Durant strolled over behind Lamb for some face time. Thabeet gave a quick ‘What's up?’ look to the camera and then Durant broke out into an impromptu shimmy, before shooting Lamb an awkward stare and racing away.
After the game, Durant was asked about his videobombing antics.
“Just enjoying the win, having a little fun,” Durant said. “Can't always be too tensed up, it's a long season. Just staying loose.”
But, Durant said, he's far from the best videobomber on the team. That award goes to Thabeet.
“Yeah, he's the king,” Durant said. “He's the selfie king and he's the videobomb king. So I followed his lead tonight.”
SHOES OR NO SHOES?
At Friday’s shootaround, Durant was asked about opposing players wearing his shoes.
As he has in the past, Durant said he is flattered by the gesture.
“When I see it on TV, it’s pretty cool,” he admitted. “I was watching the Utah game the other day and Gordon Hayward had on my shoes. Thought that was pretty cool. But when we are playing, I don’t really recognize it as much.”
However, Durant said he wouldn’t allow his players to wear an opponent’s brand of shoes if he was a coach, echoing the sentiment of Denver coach Brian Shaw earlier this season and even singling out one of his teammates.
“I get on Reggie almost every day, he wears LeBron’s,” Durant said. “Fish (Derek Fisher) wore some Kobe’s when he first got here, but I gave him a pass because him and Kobe are like BFFs. I can feel where Brian Shaw coming from.”