Tag: Sebastian Telfair

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

Reggie Jackson will play in first game of year for Thunder Monday night


Among the plethora of injuries that have the Thunder off to a 1-2 start this year, there was Reggie Jackson’s wrist. He injured it in a preseason game against Dallas after a collision with Al-Farouq Aminu.

He’s back as of Monday.

Jackson will play his first game of the season when the Thunder take on the Nets Monday, reports Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.

He will start at the point and this sends Sebastian Telfair to the bench.

Even before Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook went down Jackson was going to be a big part of the Thunders’ plans for the season. Long term, they are counting on him to become a third wing scoring threat for them — and if he does he’s really going to get paid next summer as a free agent, he wants to start somewhere.

In the short term he gets to prove he can start and as he does he can help the Thunder tread water until their stars return. He’s going to be in the spotlight (and might really help a few fantasy teams in the next few weeks).

Thursday night NBA Winners/Losers: The injury gods show Thunder no mercy

Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers

Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while watching Kendrick Lamar perform before the Cavs game…

source:  Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City Thunder. I don’t know what the Thunder players did in their past lives to bring this kind of injury Karma with them this season, but it must have been nasty. They key for the Thunder is they are now 0-2 on the young season and the next month or so is going to be rough. Russell Westbrook hurt his right hand in the second quarter, going up for a rebound he seemed to catch his hand in the jersey of Kendrick Perkins (or somehow make contact) and after that he took himself out of the game not to return. Not sure how long he’ll be out but with Kevin Durant, Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb among others the Thunder are getting short of bodies. Bottom line if you have to play Sebastian Telfair 37 minutes you are in trouble in the NBA (although to their credit the Thunder fought hard to stay in it and were not blown out).

source:  The New York Knicks. I’ll take some crow. Thursday afternoon I wrote the Knicks were the sacrificial lamb to the LeBron James homecoming show. New York was simply a role player. Except they refused to be. Carmelo Anthony led the way with an efficient night on the second game of a back-to-back — 26 points with a true shooting percentage of 62 percent (he was 7-of-10 on uncontested looks, that he got 10 clean shots speaks to the Cavs defense), plus ‘Melo dished out 6 assists, and he hit the dagger with LeBron James in his face. They moved the ball, with assists on 3o of their 37 buckets. The Knicks as a team had an offensive rating of 110.6 on the night. Give credit where it’s due, the Knicks refused to play the role of patsy and picked up a nice win.

source:  LeBron James. He was tight. He clearly felt the expectations and the hype in Cleveland — they had street parties going on in downtown, there were concerts, the stars were out, Nike had a new ad, and the city was there for a coronation. LeBron clearly felt the weight of all of it. He was 5-of-15 shooting, he had four assists and eight turnovers. Look at this shot chart:


It doesn’t mean anything going forward. He’s still the best player on the planet, the Cavaliers are still title contenders. But for one night, a big night, LeBron simply was not good.

source:  City of Cleveland. Sure, the Cavaliers lost when nobody expected them to. So what? Good teams lose to bad teams (remember the second game of last season the Heat lost to the 76ers). The fact of the matter is Cleveland is back — on the court and off. Thursday was more than a celebration of LeBron, it was a celebration of home. Of Cleveland. LeBron returned and brought energy and excitement with him. This is going to be a great season and this one game means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

source:  John Wall, Washington Wizards. While everyone else was watching Cleveland, Wall went out and put up elite point guard numbers — 30 points on 21 shots, with 11 of those points coming in a strong third quarter for Washington (one where Wall was active on defense and took a charge). Down the stretch is was Wall and Paul Pierce making plays to get Washington another win. If Wall keeps playing like this they will pick up a lot of them.

No Durant, Westbrook goes down, Thunder still make it interesting but fall to Clippers

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

Doc Rivers will take the win.

But he’s got a lot of fodder for the team’s next film session.

The Oklahoma City Thunder should have gotten blown out this game. Kevin Durant is out and then Russell Westbrook broke his hand in the first half and had to leave for the night. By the time the final buzzer sounded the Thunder were down to eight players.

Yet they were a close Serge Ibaka three at the buzzer away from sending the game to overtime.  The shot was just short.

With that the Clippers escaped with a 93-90 win in their home and season opener. But neither team looked anything like the contenders they aspire to be. Sure, it’s just one of 82, but these teams have some work to do.

The Thunder are now off to an 0-2 start and have a rough month ahead of them without their stars (there is no timetable for Westbrook officially, but broken hands take time).

The Clippers came out flat — OKC started the game off on an 8-0 run — and just could not make shots. They shot 39.1 percent as a team and were 7-of-30 from three — and just 2-of-10 on corner threes. Sharpshooter J.J. Redick was 1-of-10, Jamal Crawford was 5-of-15, Chris Douglas-Roberts 0-4.

But it was more than just an off night shooting — the Clippers had the best offense in the NBA last year because of their ball movement and player movement, particularly in transition. Not Thursday, the ball stuck. Players stood.

Meanwhile the Thunder just kept grinding. Perry Jones stepped up in a big way with 32 points on just 17 shots, while Serge Ibaka added 17 points an 9 rebounds. It’s not that the Thunder were sharp — they shot 43.1 percent as a team — but they would not give up and they kept making plays.

A couple of times in the second half the Clippers would pull away — for example the Clippers lead got up to 10 with 5:30 left in the game, but the Thunder responded. Sebastian Telfair made it a one-point game with 1:44 when he scored to cap a 14-5 run.

What did the Thunder in was turnovers — 27 of them. Without Westbrook they shot themselves in the foot.

But the Clippers settled for jumpers and didn’t take advantage. Then in the final minute Chris Paul bricked a couple free throws. It was just that kind of night, but the Thunder lacked the guys to create the offense to make the Clippers pay.

Blake Griffin finished with 23 points, Chris Paul had 22.

It was a sloppy game. Steve Ballmer got an exciting one for his first as the LA owner, but mostly the Clippers will just take the win and try to move on.

The Thunder are going to have a rough month ahead of them.