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Video: Josh Jackson breaks Jakob Poeltl’s ankles vs. Raptors

Josh Jackson

The Phoenix Suns did not have a very good Tuesday. They’re going to hit the sack tonight knowing they just ate a 126-113 loss at the hands of the Toronto Raptors, who also held them to zero offensive rebounds. Worse, they probably lost the lone bright spot on the team for some time with Suns guard Devin Booker sustaining what looked like a groin injury late in the contest.

For Suns rookie forward Josh Jackson, however, he at least did something in that game he’ll fondly remember. He dropped Toronto sophomore center Jakob Poeltl in the third quarter with a sleek crossover dribble near the baseline before making a nice assist to teammate Alex Len, who finished with a dunk. With that, Jackson effectively made the former Utah Ute a member of the Dead Poeltl Society.

The former Kansas Jayhawk is having an up-and-down season, as he’s averaging just 9.1 points. 3.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assist per game while shooting just 38.9 percent from the field. But plays like this show why the Suns spent their fourth pick in the first round of this year’s draft on Jackson.

Jackson, however, is going to need plenty of smart plays like that, especially now that he’ll be asked by head coach Jay Triano to step up with Booker probably out for some time.