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Lakers news: Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black expected to play against Nuggets

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The Los Angeles Lakers are trekking through a difficult stretch of the season having lost eight of their last 11 games while suffering injuries along the way. Third-year guard Jordan Clarkson is among the latest suffering a sprained ankle in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Following the game, he voiced much confidence that he would be able to play through the injury without missing any time. In line with that train of thought LA Daily News’ Mark Medina is reporting that Clarkson is expected to play on Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets.

Clarkson has been quite productive over the last three games averaging 17.0 points on 56.8 percent shooting from the field (21-of-37). This includes registering his ninth 20-point performance of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday with a team-high 21 points. 

The 24-year-old has been one of the primary driving forces off the league’s highest scoring bench that averages 49.4 points per game. He has led the team in scoring 10 times and steals on 14 occasions. 

Tarik Black had suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday’s game that forced him to be subbed out of the game. He headed back to the locker room but came back to the bench minutes later. Although Black had insisted on being reinserted into the game, head coach Luke Walton kept him out. 

Black has been utilized this season off the bench as a reserve currently averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game. He has posted one double-double while leading the team in blocks 10 times and rebounds on four occasions. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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