Not long ago, Reggie Jackson was still unknown to the Pistons. Jackson played in Detroit from the 2015-20 season and released good but mostly empty data for this team. At best, it was only the first-round warm-up of the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
When the franchise ends, Jackson’s time in Motor City is over Reach a buyout agreement February 2020 with the veteran defender. He joined the Clippers shortly after leaving the Pistons, but he did not get a stable playing time in Los Angeles, because the team led the Nuggets with a score of 3-1 in Florida, and he was shortened to a garbage time “bubble.” “
However, under the leadership of the first-year coach Tylen Lue, Jackson’s points were almost zero. The 31-year-old has been a major contributor throughout the Los Angeles playoffs, including Thursday night in the Clippers’ 106-92 victory over the Suns, which allowed them to 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals. The score was lost.
Jackson scored 23 points on 9 of 17 shots and made key shots to keep Phoenix at a distance. When the Suns reduced the Clippers’ lead to 6 points with 7 minutes left in the final game, Jackson responded by completing a difficult layup and making a three-pointer in a back-to-back attack. He scored 10 of the team’s last 17 points.
This latest performance continues Jackson’s exciting performance. Entering Thursday’s game, Jackson averaged 17.3 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 15 games in the playoffs, shooting 50.3% from the field and 42.3% from the three-point field. In the absence of Kawhi Leonard, he has been a reliable offensive option next to his close friend Paul George and has won the trust of coaches and teammates.
“They gave me power. To be honest, this team gave me power. Since I came here, this organization has given me power,” Jackson said after the third game. That year…really our leader.Kawhi, Paul, Pat [Beverley], And then everyone, the coaches-they are just because I am aggressive. Stay aggressive, stay aggressive.
“Throughout my entire career, trying to always make the right game, not necessarily just being myself, it is a bit difficult to come out to play the game. But the more I continue to be myself, the more power this team empowers me Myself, I have been able to find success, and luckily, I can stay healthy.”
Lu has always had a high evaluation of Jackson, even before he broke out in the playoffs. Lu told reporters that he thinks Jackson is a potential starter for the 2020-21 season because he fought side by side with Leonard and George. When his number was called, Jackson took full advantage of this advantage.
“He did a great job, our numbers when he started out were out of the chart, and so did Pat. But on the offensive end, we really took off,” Lu said. “He has always been great. Once he took on this role, he made it easier for PG and made Kawhi easier. We really started to play a good offense, the offense was outstanding, and it never stopped. Just happy to For him, he had a difficult year.”
Jackson used to be a team with good and bad data, and has now become a valuable part of the true championship contenders. Lu and the Clippers gave Jackson a chance, and he has been returning this trust ever since.