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Suns’ Josh Jackson still learning how to play under control and ‘slow down a little bit’

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Phoenix Suns small forward Josh Jackson admits he’s still learning how to play under control and “slow down a little bit” in his second year in the NBA.

Jackson believes there are too many times where he’s playing fast and hurting the Suns with his erratic play.

“The key for me since January 1st is just getting to pick and choose my shots and just to continue to play hard,” Jackson said in his latest diary entry for ESPN. “I feel like there are times where I’m playing a little bit too hard and I get a little bit out of control, when I’m just trying to recognize those moments and pull myself back from it and slow down a little bit. That’s also a skill I’m working on.”

Josh Jackson is just going through the growing pains of a young NBA player.

It takes time for you to slow down and let the game come to you. Once the game slows down for Jackson and he plays within himself, he’ll start playing at a high-level on a consistent basis.

In 72 games this season for the Suns, Jackson is averaging 11.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. The 22-year-old is shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free-throw line.