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

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

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Updates from Monday, April 14

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman has the latest on Reggie Jackson:

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Will the Oklahoma City Thunder ever have a full-strength team for the postseason? With just three days left in the regular season, Reggie Jackson went down with a neck injury in Sunday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers.   

As Jackson was guarding C.J. Watson, he ran into a screen from Ian Mahinmi. His head appeared to have snapped to the right, causing the problem.

The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry reported that the 23-year-old guard wouldn't return to the game. He'll have X-rays to determine if there's a more serious injury:

The Thunder have not given any further word on his status at this time.

Jackson has really come into his own this year. He's playing twice as many minutes a night as he did in 2012-13 (28.7 vs. 14.2), and as a result, his scoring average has gone from 5.3 points last season to 13.2 points in 2013-14.

Given Russell Westbrook's own injury problems, Jackson has proven an invaluable asset for the Thunder. They'll need him healthy for the postseason if they want to make good on their NBA title hopes.