The guard suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter of game 4, but head coach Scott Brooks says the former Boston College ball handler is fit to take on the San Antonio Spurs. Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry said via his twitter account that Brooks told reporters that Jackson is feeling good.
Due to his sprained ankle, Jackson only played 13 minutes in game 4, recording three points and two assists. The third year man isn’t letting his injury affect his mindset.
According to Mayberry, Jackson said “When game time comes, I have no injury.”
Usually the backup point guard, Jackson was inserted into the starting lineup in game 3 because the Thunder had handed the first two games to the Spurs. He’s excellent performance of 15 points and five assists was overshadowed by the return of Serge Ibaka.
Jackson and his teammates face a stiff challenge at the AT&T Center. In this series, Oklahoma City has been blown out twice by the home team.
Even though Jackson didn’t play a huge role in game 4’s victory, the Thunder needs his unique skillset to take down its rivals. The point guard is valuable on both ends of the court. His perimeter defense is needed to slow down San Antonio’s guards.
The quick point guard has worked well with Russell Westbrook in slowing down All-Star point guard Tony Parker. The two use their size to and speed to keep the Frenchman at bay.
On the offensive end, Jackson’s shot creating abilities is vital to Oklahoma City’s game plan. When plays break down, the tricky point guard has the ability to make something out of nothing. His shooting has improved and he is aggressive when it comes to driving to the basket.