Reggie Jackson to start in Westbrook's spot

Reggie Jackson to start in Westbrook's spot
April 27, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Reggie Jackson's first NBA start will come in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs against the Rockets.

Scott Brooks announced after Saturday shootaround that the second-year man from Boston College will replace Russell Westbrook in the starting lineup. Jackson has shown marked improvement between his first and second years and has gained more confidence and playing time from Brooks. This season, Jackson averaged 5.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in an average of 14 minutes of playing time.

"He's had a good year," Brooks said. "The thing as a backup point guard is that you have to take your minutes and make the best of them because a lot of times, they are not as many as you want. But when you have a Russell Westbrook in front of you, you're not going to get a lot of minutes. The guy's one of the best players in the game, let alone one of the best point guards. But (Jackson's) done well. He's very confident. He's a young man the team has confidence in him. I have confidence in what he does."

Jackson seemed to be taking the bigger role in stride.

"Right now, I can tell you I honestly don't feel any (nerves)," Jackson said. "Just ready to get my regular pregame nap on, get my pregame meal, and approach this the same way. I might (nervous) some when the game when we actually get in this arena with the atmosphere tonight with the players out there, but right now, I'm still just calm and cool.

"I approach it the same way," he continued. "Just get in the game a little bit earlier. I might play a little bit more, but I think this organization does a good job preparing the guys for any moment. At the end of the day, it's just basketball, win or lose."

Westbrook was hurt during Wednesday's Game 2. He has a torn meniscus and is out indefinitely.