Playoff Matchup: Reggie Jackson vs. Kyrie Irving
REGGIE JACKSON VS. KYRIE IRVING
Reggie Jackson is the only Pistons starter who has played in a single playoff game, appearing in 30 with the Oklahoma City Thunder, 13 as a starter. In his first season as a full-time NBA starter, Jackson averaged 18.8 points and 6.2 assists a game and teamed with Andre Drummond to form a potent pick-and-roll combination. Jackson struggled for much of March, when he averaged a season-low 15.2 points and shot only .261 from the 3-point line, but he finished on a sensational high, scoring 39 points in a playoff-clinching win over Washington. He sat out the final two games with an abdominal injury which bears watching early in the series. Injuries have been the only thing that’s slowed Irving over his five-year career, missing double-digits games in all but one season. Irving averaged 22.5 points and 5.4 assists this season. He’ll often play off the ball alongside backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova.