Reggie Jackson Injury: Updates on Thunder Guard's Ankle and Recovery

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) shouts in reaction to a three-point basket by teammate Kevin Durant in the second quarter of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoff series in the Western Conference finals, against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 106-97. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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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.”

Original Text

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:

Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News provided an update just a few minutes later:

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:

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:

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:

Although he's not at the level of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook or Serge Ibaka, Jackson has a large role to play as the Thunder try to make up their 2-1 series deficit to San Antonio.

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.