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May 27, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) during the first quarter in game four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014, Reggie Jackson injury: Oklahoma City Thunder guard to start game 5

After being blown out in game 1 (122-105) and game 2 (112-77), things looked bleak for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Western Conference Finals matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.

Things began to change before game 3.

The Thunder returned power forward Serge Ibaka, who was supposed to miss the remainder of the postseason with a calf injury, from injury and inserted him into the starting lineup, replacing Nick Collison. Thunder coach Scott Brooks also decided to replace Thabo Sefolosha with Reggie Jackson in the starting lineup and that group helped the Thunder defeat the Spurs 106-97 in game 3.

Things seemingly couldn’t be going better for Jackson, but he injured his ankle and was forced to leave the Thunder’s 105-92 victory in game 4 (you can see the video of the injury here). After the injury, Jackson returned to the game, but played just eight more minutes because the Thunder built such a big lead. He finished with three points, three rebounds and two assists in just 13 minutes.

However, on Wednesday, Jackson vowed to play in game 5 Thursday night.

According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Jackson is going to stay true to his word and will start game 5.

Jackson averaged 13.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game during the regular season and is putting up 10.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in the postseason.

The Thunder and Spurs will tip-off at 9:00 pm EST and the game is on TNT.

Tags: NBA Playoffs 2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Reggie Jackson San Antonio Spurs Serge Ibaka

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