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Lakers news: G Jordan Clarkson “50-50” chance to play against Spurs

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When the Los Angeles Lakers take on the San Antonio Spurs on Friday it could be without the services of second-year guard Jordan Clarkson, according to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News

Clarkson is dealing with a mild sprained right ankle that he suffered after accidently stepping on Andrew Wiggins in Wednesday’s 123-122 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lakers head coach Byron Scott described the 23-year-old on Friday morning as having a “50-50” chance of playing against the Spurs. 

“He’s standing still; it’s easy to stand there and shoot,” Scott said. “You have to move around and chasing Tony Parker is no easy task with two healthy ankles.”

Scott also added that Clarkson was still walking with a noticeable  limp and sat out most of the team’s morning shootaround on Friday. In his second season, he has become a dependable scoring option for Los Angeles averaging 15.2 points on 47 percent shooting from the field, and 41.1 percent from 3-point range in 31.5 minutes per game.

If Clarkson is unable to give it go, Scott could reinsert D’Angelo Russell into the lineup. Russell is coming off a career-high 23 points against the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously 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, @BGarciaivsports.
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