Reggie Jackson intentionally fouled to stop the game, staggered to the bench and plopped himself down between Kevin Durant (in oversized cast on his right foot) and Anthony Morrow (sprained left knee), a couple players in street clothes. Jackson clutched his knee in obvious pain.
At that point the Thunder were down to six healthy players. That’s also how they finished Tuesday’s loss to the Raptors.
Jackson – who began the season injured and favored his wrist before hurting his knee – later returned, but Perry Jones did not, and Sebastian Telfair got ejected.
Jones, starting for Durant, left the game with a knee contusion and the arena with a limp:
Jones’ injury seams like a day-to-day situation, but Oklahoma City can’t afford any more setbacks. Jones joins Durant, Morrow, Russell Westbrook, Jeremy Lamb, Mitch McGary, Grant Jerrett and Andre Roberson (who’d started until Tuesday) among sidelined Thunder.
After Jackson returned, Sebastian Telfair was ejected for a flagrant foul. So, Oklahoma City finished the game with just six players – Jackson, Sere Ibaka, Steven Adams, Lance Thomas, Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins.
The CBA stipulates teams have at least eight players on the bench, so the Thunder have some things to figure out before they host the Grizzlies on Friday.
Help could be on the way, though.
Better injury fortune? That remains elusive.