The Spurs got a dollop of good news Thursday when an MRI on forward Stephen Jackson’s right ankle revealed only a mild ankle sprain that should not keep him out long.

Of course, that didn’t help the Spurs against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Listed as day-to-day, Jackson did not travel with the team to OKC after injuring the ankle in Wednesday’s victory over Orlando. In the past, he and Kawhi Leonard have proved a physical tag-team against Durant, who is eyeing a fourth consecutive NBA scoring title.

“We need him against people like Kevin,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game with the Thunder. “He’s got a good physicality about him. He knows how to play that way.

“It’s a good combination with he and Kawhi trying to guard Kevin. Emphasize try.”

Weighing in: Popovich called the incident that led to the dismissal of Rutgers coach Mike Rice shocking, expressing hope it was an “isolated incident.”

Videotape of Rutgers practices revealed Rice abusing players verbally and physically, including firing basketballs at them.

“I think it was surprising to all of us,” Popovich said. “The fact that it happened is shocking. Beyond that, I guess one has to be happy — or hope that — that is a very, very isolated incident and it’s not going on anywhere else.”

Spurs guard Danny Green said he had not seen the widely circulated video of Rice’s abusive practice sessions, but noted that Popovich made all the players aware of the incident.

“Pop is very aware (of) everything that’s going on outside of (NBA) basketball,” he said. “He teaches a lot of lessons about what’s going on in the world.

“He mentioned it. Other guys mentioned it. I saw it on social networks.”