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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