With Russell Westbrook out of the Thunder lineup, get ready for a bigger dose of Reggie Jackson when OKC comes to Houston for Game 3.
The Thunder announced Friday that Westbrook needs surgery for a torn meniscus. Jackson appears to be next in line. While Westbrook is a three-time All Star and is widely regarded as one of the league's top point guards, Jackson does not have an NBA start yet under his belt. However, his role has significantly increased in his second NBA season for good reason.
"Reggie's definitely no pushover," James Harden said of his former OKC teammate. "He's talented, athletic. He's always been working on his jump shot. He can make plays. He's very athletic. So we definitely can't take him lightly at all."
Jackson played in 25 more games in his second season as opposed to his first. He has proven capable of lighting up the scoreboard when he has the chance. In the regular season's final game, while playing 36 minutes, Jackson scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had five assists. In this playoff series so far against the Rockets, the guard is hitting half his three-point attempts.
"He's a very good player," Kevin McHale said. "If you've ever seen Reggie Jackson play, he's played for them a lot. They played Russell and him together a lot of times in the regular season. They've got a lot of confidence in him. I'm sure Scott Brooks has got a lot of confidence in him. He plays him, so he's a good basketball player. He's going to attack. He's going to do a lot of the same stuff that Russell does, so we've got to be ready to play."
The Thunder also have Derek Fisher at point guard, a guy who has five championship rings and who is a guy who burned the Rockets in Game 1 for nine points in just under 12 minutes.