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What sprained ankle? Thunder’s Reggie Jackson will start in Game 5

May 29, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

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It looked nasty when Reggie Jackson turned his ankle on a drive just ore than three minutes into Game 4. That was a bone touching the floor kind of sprain.

But he got back out there and played 8 minutes in the third quarter, not quite his explosive self but hitting a three and not playing poorly.

And he will be out there ready to start Game 5, Jackson said at shootaround Thursday, as reported by Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.

Scott Brooks inserted Reggie Jackson into the starting lineup for Game 3, replacing Thabo Sefolosha, and while the Serge Ibaka return has been the bigger story (for good reason) this was another smart move by Brooks. Jackson was a +17 in Game 3 as his ability to shoot and get out and attack in transition were a key part of the starting rotation’s success in that game.

If Jackson can’t go full speed in Game 5, expect to see more Jeremy Lamb — which is a good thing, he has played well the last couple games, using his length and athleticism (the things that have given the Spurs trouble the last couple of games).

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    They should definitely play Lamb more. He’s long and athletic, the two things that have killed San Antonio the last two games. Sefolosha, Perkins, and Collins should play less.

    • azarkhan - May 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      It would be difficult to play Sefolosha less than he played in the last game. But OKC could definitely cut Collins [sic] minutes from 5 to 1.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        I spelled Sefolosha correctly! That’s the hard one.

  2. jolink653 - May 29, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Agreed about Lamb. San Antonio had a hard time staying with Lamb and he took some quality, smart shots. Give him more minutes and trust him out there a little more. I also thought he played defense really well and stayed in front of whoever he wound up on. He’s a great player to bring in whenever Jackson/Westbrook need a break

  3. RavenzGunnerz - May 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Or… he is out of the rest of the playoffs…

  4. ragingmouse - May 29, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Okc= drama queens!

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