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Suns rookie Josh Jackson calls Steph Curry ‘small and unathletic’

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Suns rookie Josh Jackson calls Steph Curry ‘small and unathletic’

At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Stephen Curry isn't a big man in the NBA, a world of giants. But to call out Curry's athletic ability is a whole different story. 

Before he's even played a game in the NBA, Suns rookie Josh Jackson has already done just that. 

Appearing in a video for VICE Sports on Wednesday, Jackson, who is listed at 6-foot-7 and 207 pounds, was asked which NBA player his skillset is least comparable to. "Player that I compare least to, probably Steph Curry," Jackson said. "Just because, you know, he's known as a shooter. I'm not. He's small and unathletic." 

After receiving scrutiny for his comments on the two-time NBA MVP, Jackson further explained what he meant by "unathletic." 

Curry's first dunk of the year last season came on March 20. At that point, he had already hit 262 3-point shots. 

The Warriors first play the Suns this season on Feb. 12, 2018 at Oracle Arena. 

Jordan Bell leaves after suffering left ankle injury on first play vs Bulls

Jordan Bell leaves after suffering left ankle injury on first play vs Bulls

Rookie forward Jordan Bell left the game after spraining his left ankle 24 seconds after tipoff between the Warriors and Bulls on Wednesday night in Chicago.

The sprain was discovered when Bell underwent an X-ray at the United Center. He will undergo an MRI test on Thursday to determine the full extent of the injury.

After leaping in an unsuccessful attempt to block a dunk by Bulls center Robin Lopez, Bell landed awkwardly on his left leg and remained down for several minutes before he was placed in a wheelchair and escorted into the locker room.

After the game, Bell addressed the injury with the media in Chicago.

"Landed really awkward. Felt some kind of a sharp pain in my ankle. When I fell, I tried to touch it to see if anything popped out. I didn't feel anything, so I thought about getting up but then the pain hit me again, so I just laid there," Bell said.

Initially, Bell thought he had broken his ankle.

"I thought it was at first, that's what it felt, but luckily, X-rays were all good," Bell said. 

Bell was making his 11th start of the season, this time in place of Draymond Green, who was sitting out with soreness in his right shoulder.

Upon leaving the game, Bell was immediately replaced by Kevon Looney, who will see an increase in minutes for any length of time missed by Bell.

Two Rockets suspended for Clippers fracas, will miss Warriors game

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Two Rockets suspended for Clippers fracas, will miss Warriors game

Houston’s Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green have both been suspended for two games for entering the Los Angeles Clippers’ locker room after a game earlier this week to confront another player.

The NBA announced the suspensions Wednesday.

Ariza and Green went into the Clippers’ locker room after a game Monday night in Los Angeles, one that was marred late by on-court chippiness. Ariza had been ejected from that game in the final moments, as was the Clippers’ Blake Griffin.

Speaking before the suspensions were announced Wednesday, Ariza said there were a “lot of different stories about what happened, none of them which were true.”

Ariza has started in all 40 of his appearances with the Rockets this season. Green has been with the Rockets for 10 games, all off the bench.

Green and Ariza will miss Thursday's game against the Timberwolves and Saturday's game against the Warriors.