"I just think, overall, he's off his game. He's pressing too hard, trying to do too much, sort of thinking too much," Van Gundy said. "He's got to relax and play according to what the defense does."
Jackson has shot 16 of 51 from the field, scoring 47 points in the three games. Jackson is trying to remain positive through the shooting woes.
"To get people places, you've got to be positive," Jackson said this week. "It's all positive criticism. We're just here to help each other. I didn't want him to feel like he let us down. He wasn't the reason we didn't win. He was a big part of the reason we came back.
Jackson averaged 19.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting in his first two games with the Pistons but turned in his worst shooting performance of the season (min. 10 shots) despite the high volume.
"He makes the decisions he makes," coach Stan Van Gundy said after the game, per the Associated Press. "The last two games, he was great. Tonight was not great."
Jackson also racked up five rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes. The Pistons will square off with the Wizards Saturday.
Jackson came within range of a triple-double Tuesday, dishing out nine assists and hauling in eight rebounds, and his 22 points represent his highest total since Dec. 19. The point guard also added a blocked shot in his 35 minutes of action.
"I thought Reggie has played very well," coach Stan Van Gundy said after the game, per the Associated Press. "He's got to get better on the defensive end, so that's something we have to work on, but I like the way he rebounded the ball, and he was aggressive on offense."
Jackson's third game with his new team will come Friday against the Knicks.
"I have to thank my coaches and thank my teammates, because I was a mess out there, and they kept believing in me," said Jackson, who finished with 17 points and five assists. "They all talked to me at halftime and told me to relax and keep playing, and I was finally able to do that."
He added five rebounds and five assists to his totals.
"He got himself really hyped up to be out there," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I don't know if anyone noticed, but the first time we took him out of the game, he threw up on the bench. Once he got calmed down in the second half, he looked like the player we traded for."
Jackson was acquired during the trade deadline from the Thunder and said he is looking forward to learning how to perform with his new team.
"Hopefully, everything is a smooth transition, but if it's not, I understand," Jackson said. "Sometimes it takes a little time to get, but I think we can hit the ground running."
The Pistons are 1 1/2-point underdogs.
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