Reggie Jackson Injury: Updates on Thunder Guard's Back and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, right, drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Updates from Thursday, April 3

After missing two games in a row, Reggie Jackson will be in action tonight against the Dallas Mavericks according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:

Updates from Sunday, March 30

Royce Young of CBS Sports and Daily Thunder has the latest on Reggie Jackson:

Updates from Saturday, March 29

Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman provides an update on Reggie Jackson's status:


Original Text:

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without the services of Reggie Jackson when they take on the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reported Jackson has a mid-back sprain and is listed as day-to-day:

The 23-year-old has become a key cog in the OKC setup. His minutes have doubled between since last year, thus bumping his averages from 5.3 points and 1.7 assists in 2012-13 to 13.3 points and 4.2 assists in 2013-14.

The Thunder should have no problem getting past the rather hapless Kings without Jackson, but looking beyond that game, a more serious injury could cause problems.

Oklahoma City is only two games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers and three games ahead of the Houston Rockets. It wouldn't want to slip in the standings and end up with a first-round matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers or Golden State Warriors.

Jackson provides great cover for Russell Westbrook, and his defending has been an invaluable asset. The Thunder will need him healthy if they want to get that elusive NBA title.