Updates from Wednesday, May 28
Following the Thunder's victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Scott Brooks and Reggie Jackson talked about the ankle injury that forced the guard to temporarily exit Game 4 (via Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman):
“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.
“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.”
The injury bug won't leave the Oklahoma City Thunder alone. Reggie Jackson is the next addition to the team's walking wounded.
The 24-year-old point guard rolled his ankle in Game 4 Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. The Daily Thunder's Royce Young noted that Jackson couldn't put any pressure on the ankle:
Jackson is forced to check out. Barely could walk on it and is headed straight to the locker room.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 28, 2014
Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News provided an update just a few minutes later:
Reggie Jackson has right ankle sprain, return questionable— Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) May 28, 2014
He would come back to play less than 90 seconds in the second quarter before going back to the locker room. Although he would eventually return per Young:
Reggie Jackson starting the second half.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 28, 2014
Bleacher Report's injury expert Will Carroll tweeted out that it was hard to gauge the potential seriousness of the injury even after watching replays of when it happened:
Jackson stepped on Green's foot. Really cranked that right ankle over. Tough to read from visual esp with players with history of sprains.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) May 28, 2014
You can't overstate Jackson's importance to the team. According to ESPN Stats and Info, he scored the third-most postseason points for OKC heading into Tuesday:
Reggie Jackson heads to locker room with injury. Jackson is the Thunder's 3rd leading scorer this postseason (total points)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 28, 2014
The return of Ibaka has provided a major boost to Oklahoma City, but losing their point guard for a few games would knock the Thunder right back down again.