I just watched the game again for about the 5th time, someone on youtube has it cut down to 40 min so it is an easy watch. I believe JJ ended up w 1 rebound, seriously? 1? So I went back to watch to see how this happened, and when I did I see it is because JJ worked his tail off defending men much larger than himself.
When you are playing out of position and having to guard a 7 footer when you are only 6’8" your best friend in the post is to front side them and try to make them throw over you so help side defense can come over and maybe pick a pass or deflect the ball. I watched JJ on every single play, never took my eyes off of him and the man worked so hard. If you ever want to see what a one and done looks like who has “unpacked his bags” JJ is it. He never stopped fighting for position, he never let his man get him pinned down low, he was great at fronting his man.
The other thing he did so well on defense is his 4 blocks. First off he should have had 5 but one was called a foul and the replay showed a clean block. The thing that can go unnoticed if you just look at the box score is that those 4 blocks lets call it 5 were not against smaller guards, 3 of them were against their 7 footer Lual-aciul, it would have been 4 against him if not for the foul. I mean cmon! that is impressive.
Jackson made his impact on offense w 16 however it took him 14 shots, most on the team, but his biggest contribution in this game was his effort on the defensive end!
Oh and I almost forgot, Jackson pulling off his man to double the shooter in the last few seconds was great defense as well.