The series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers has been predictable to say the least, with the same superstars going at it and making the plays that everyone expects them to make. While all of that is good and exciting, the time to shake things up has come for the Thunder.
In the playoffs, the game to game to adjustments are the biggest factors in gaining the edge over the competition. And we can assume that Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has drawn up some kind of plan to take away the scoring options of the Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. But that should not be an issue,because Reggie Jackson of Oklahoma City is more than capable of carrying the offensive load.
In Game 4 of the first-round matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies, Jackson proved his big game syndrome in a big way by scoring 32 points in a victory. When Durant and Westbrook were not able to get it going he stepped up, and that is exactly what they will need to walk away with a Game 5 win at home tonight.
Jackson has been relatively quiet in round two against the Clippers, only scoring in double-digits one time in four games and totaling 32 points in the series. His ability to get to the rim and knock down the open jumper give him the capability of putting up big numbers in a random spurts. The inconsistency of his game comes from his inexperience, but his athleticism and competitive nature will be too much to hold back in this crucial home game. Most role players play better at home because they are more comfortable, and this will be Jackson’s chance to elevate his production in a familiar setting.
Oklahoma City will defend home court, but it may not be from the usual suspects this time. Some role players will need to step up, and Jackson has the best opportunity to take over tonight.