Reggie Jackson — either as a starter at the two or a sixth man off the bench — is going to be a big part of what the Oklahoma City Thunder do this season. 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.
Which is why what happened in the third quarter Friday in Dallas was a little scary.
Jackson attacked the rim with the ball where he ran into Al-Farouq Aminu as the help defender. Jackson went up, tried to avoid contact but got a little and that led him to fall awkwardly on his right arm (he made the shot). Jackson was clearly in pain, staying on the floor, and he came out and went straight to the locker room after making his free throw.
A team official said only that Jackson had a right wrist injury and is scheduled to be re-evaluated Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Add this to the string of injuries the Thunder have faced this preseason.
Kendrick Perkins (quad), Nick Collison (ankle), Serge Ibaka (ankle) and Grant Jerrett (ankle) have yet to play this preseason. Rookie forward Mitch McGary, the 21st overall pick out of Michigan, sustained a foot fracture of his left second metatarsal in Wednesday’s preseason opener and will miss approximately six weeks.
We will update Jackson’s situation when we know more. Hopefully it is not serious.