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Watch Reggie Jackson save the Thunder’s season (VIDEO)

Apr 27, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Oklahoma City was down two games to one to the Memphis Grizzlies. Kevin Durant was ice cold. Russell Westbrook was worse. The Oklahoma City Thunder had given back a double-digit lead to the Grizzlies and now trailed in the fourth quarter. Things were not good…

Except the Thunder had the secret weapon of Reggie Jackson.

In their two losses this series the Thunder had gotten almost no production out of role players, it had been Durant and Westbrook against the world. In Game 4 Jackson stepped up. Big time — 32 points and 9 rebounds, with 17 of those points coming in the fourth quarter and overtime.

When the game ended Durant ran over and bear hugged Jackson — he knew how big this was. Check out the performance for yourself.

  1. merrhod - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    This is just the doctor ordered. The Thunder needed someone to step up and provide a spark and Jackson did just that!!

  2. goldmember21 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Send Westbrook out the door. Give the playing minutes to Jackson,.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Sam Presti does it again.

  4. sylpkt - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    His “takeover” was very Harden-ish. If he can provide the Thunder with 80% of what Harden would give them at 50% of the cost (4y/$32m instead of 4y/$64m), then the Thunder will be alright long term. The main difference between their games is that Harden gets tons of calls when he drives the basket, and Reggie doesn’t (yet). But have similar games –

    (13′-14′ Season) Jackson – 44% FG, 34% 3PT, 89% FT, 11.5 FGA/G, 4 RB, 4 AST, 1 ST, but just 2.2 FTA/G

    (11′-12′ Season) Harden – 49% FG, 39% 3PT, 84% FT, 10 FGA/G, 4 RB, 4 AST, 1 ST, but 6.0 FTA/G

    Both get indifferent/lost on defense, but have the talent to be above average. If Reggie could just get a call or two when he drives…

    • antistratfordian - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      They are not really similar at all. Jackson’s TS% was .527% while Harden’s was .660%. Yeah, that’s not a small gap. There’s an appreciable difference between .491% and .440% when we’re talking about accumulation over 1000 shots. Also, .390% from three is “great”, while .339% is below average. And Harden shot .579% on two pointers in 2011-12, taking 5 a game – while Jackson shot .477% on two pointers this year, taking 8 a game, etc.

      So there are pretty big differences in shooting efficiency between the two.

      That’s probably why Jackson’s PER was an average 15.4 this year while Harden’s was an All-Star level 21.1 in 2011-12.

      • sylpkt - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        I understand your point, but your stats also validate my point. Since fouls called on missed shots leading to free throws do not count against FG%, if Jackson were to get a couple of calls per game, his overall FG% & TS% would increase because he’s such a great free throw shooter. Also Harden had the benefit of playing the whole season with a healthy Westbrook. So he was essentially the 3rd option. Jackson played 1/3 of the games without Westbrook and was the 2nd option. His stats were in 28 min/game as opposed to 31 for Harden. Harden, benefiting from being the 3rd scoring option that year, shot 39% from 3, something he hasn’t been able to sustain since he’s been the number 1 in Houston. So yes, Harden was and is an incredibly efficient offensive player, my point is that Jackson could be 80% of what Harden was to the Thunder at half the cost. And if he could generate a couple more calls on his drives like Harden does, He could be almost as efficient as a 3rd scorer.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        So, in short, they’re not similar – but they could be if Jackson played more like Harden. So we agree.

        But I don’t think Jackson can ever be that. Harden is bigger – more of a prototypical SG – and Jackson’s efficiency is always going to be limited by his size if he tries to play a similar role at 6’3. Everything is just going to be more difficult for him.

      • cmehustle - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        I think the key part of his point isnt the really the numbers, but the money. The money is the biggest reason why Harden isnt there. He feels he is a max player. I do not, and apparently neither did the Thunder, thats why hes gone. My biggest problem with the Thunder is they wont develop there young players. They have plenty. No one player will take Hardens place on offense, but defensively they could play 4 on 5 and acheive the same result. To me they came out on top without Harden because in the end they will get more players with that money they would have paid him with.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        They came out on top without Harden? Not if they never make it back to the finals without Harden. Perhaps the Thunder are just cheap.

    • adamsjohn714 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      haha those numbers aren’t really close.

  5. rodyaugu - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    That was the perfect definition of a bail out. Both Wesbrook and Durant failed over and over again, couldn’t get it done when their team needed them the most. Reggie saw it and told them to go stand in the corner and watch me do what y’all supposed to be doing.

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