Reggie Jackson has done very well to establish himself as a starter in Detroit after serving from the bench in his four opening years in the NBA.
Now, at 25-years-old and with a full season as an integral Piston under his belt, Jackson is feeling more bullish than ever.
First of all, the point guard couldn't help himself when he wildly celebrated right in front of Russell Westbrook during the Pistons' 88-82 win back on March 30, which neither Westbrook nor Kevin Durant appreciated at all.
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Now that the regular season is drawing to a close, attentions are beginning to turn to the playoffs, where the best of seven series will commence between the eight seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conferneces.
Before that, the Pistons have a small matter of facing the East's number one seeds - who they are likely to face in the playoffs too - the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Pistons hold a 2-1 advantage over LeBron James and co. this season and that includes a fairly comprehensive 96-88 victory on the Cavs home patch, the Quicken Loans Arena.
After Tuesday's 99-93 loss to the Miami Heat, Jackson told the Miami Herald's Ethan J. Skolnick that he was relishing the pending opportunities to lock horns with the Eastern Conference's best.
"I like it...I don't want to fight Goliath's homeboy or little brother," Jackson said. "I want to fight Goliath."
"I think that's how this locker room feels," Jackson added, per MLive.com's David Mayo. "I think they'll probably hear this. You know, they're a tough team, and respectfully so, they're No. 1 in the East—one of the best teams in the league. But we're hungry. We're hungry to prove ourselves. We're hungry, and we're ready for the challenge."
And why not? In 33.2 minutes per game this season against last year's championship finalists, Jackson has averaged 20.3 points, 7.3 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from three, per Bleacher Report.
Another player to make an impact during those encounters is Andre Drummond, arguably, one of the best centers in the league already at 22-years-old.
The double-double monster has dominated Cleveland with numbers like 20.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks per game over the course of the three enocunters they've shared this campaign.
It's been reported that Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is looking to deploy the more athletic Tristan Thompson during the playoffs, but the Canadian - who stands at 6'9" - gives away a fair amount of size to the 6'11" Drummond. That's bound to be problematic in the paint.
Jackson and Drummond are unquestionably the leading lights in Detroit right now. Can the fearless duo lay down a marker against the Cavs in their final regular game of the season?
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