For the better part of four seasons, the Thunder have been searching for a third piece. You know, someone to complement Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. And for the better part of four seasons, when it comes to Oklahoma City's basketball team, it's been Kevin Durant, it's been Russell Westbrook and past that, it's been, "Not exactly." What we saw Saturday was something totally different, so hard to fathom and harder to wrap your mind around. What we saw Saturday in Game Four in Memphis, as close to a panic situation as the Thunder have been in this season, was a combination of shock and awful. For the first time this season, Durant and Westbrook were terrible and that third party, inconsistent as it might be, bailed out the duo that's gotten the Thunder to the NBA Finals and beyond. Durant and Westbrook played scared, sluggish and sloppy. Reggie Jackson played YOLO. First, Jackson outscored OKC's Westbrook and Durant, and then he outscored the Grizzlies. Because of it, the Thunder have tied their best-of-seven series with the Grizzlies at 2-2 after a 92-89 overtime win Saturday night. "I was just trying to attack the basket," Jackson said to ESPN after the game. "Just trusting myself. Jackson didn't mention a word about saving the season, but that's what it likely would have been had the Thunder lost this one. Durant and Westbrook went a combined 11-of-45 from the floor for 30 points. Jackson was 11-of-16 from the floor for 32 points. The Thunder offense, so good for so long, led by the scoring champ (Durant) and the most-explosive point guard in the game (Westbrook) were unrecognizable. Durant came in averaging 33 points per game in this series, but the 15 points he scored Saturday was his lowest output since Dec. 21. Meanwhile, Westbrook was not much better. He had averaged 27.3 points in this series, but had seven turnovers and only 15 points.
Reggie Jackson’s heroics bail out OKC against Memphis
Fox Sports | Apr 27