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Josh Jackson day-to-day with knee injury

Raphielle Johnson



Mar 2, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Josh Jackson (20) grabs the uniform of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines (8) as he falls while chasing the ball at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

During the first half of Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns rookie forward Josh Jackson left the game with a left knee injury. Following the game there was good news, as the Suns announced that an MRI on Jackson’s knee revealed no structural injury.

Jackson is considered to be day-to-day with what was described as left knee irritation, with the Suns not playing again until Saturday afternoon in Charlotte.

Making his first start since Phoenix’s win over Memphis on Feb. 28, Jackson played 13 minutes and tallied six points, two rebounds and two assists against Oklahoma City. With Jackson ruled out for the remainder of the game, Troy Daniels and rookie Davon Reed were among those who saw an increase in minutes.

Daniels played 30 minutes, scoring six points on 2-for-15 shooting from the field. Reed, who did not make his Suns debut until Jan. 14 due to a knee injury suffered during the summer, played 16 minutes and finished with two points on 1-for-7 shooting and three rebounds.

Phoenix began the game without forward T.J. Warren, who was reportedly suffering from back spasms, which is why Jackson got the start.

Selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Kansas, Josh Jackson entered Thursday’s game averaging 11.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. Shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from three on the season as a whole, Jackson has shot 45.9 percent from the field since the All-Star break.

The aforementioned game against Memphis was the best of Jackson’s career to date, as he scored 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.

Raphielle has been writing about college sports for more than a decade for multiple outlets, including NBC Sports. Focuses have included game recaps, columns, features and recruiting stories. A native of the Northeast, he now calls Pac-12 country home. Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.