Clarkson will start in Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports. With the Jazz electing to give Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and several other key players the night off for rest purposes, Clarkson will make his first start of the preseason. He averaged 18.4 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists in 18.4 minutes per game last season en route to earning the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award for 2021.
Clarkson had 21 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes during Friday's 131-119 loss to the Clippers. On the stat sheet, Clarkson looks like he had a very solid game, but he actually only really had an excellent quarter because all 21 of his points were scored in the second quarter. He shot 66 percent from the floor and at one point scored 17 straight points. He disappeared at all other stages of the game but finished with an excellent season, averaging a career-best 18.4 points and 3.1 three-pointers per game while earning the 2021 Sixth Man of the Year award.
Clarkson ended with just eight points (3-12 FG, 2-8 3Pt), five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes during Monday's 118-104 loss to the Clippers. Much like Marcus Morris for the Clippers, Clarkson is somewhat of a measuring stick for the Jazz. Despite typically producing on the offensive end only, his production, or lack thereof, certainly appears to influence the outcome of the game. With play now shifting back to Utah, the Jazz will be hoping the Sixth Man of the Year can rediscover his form from earlier in the series.
Clarkson scored 14 points (5-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt) and registered three rebounds along with three assists across 31 minutes Saturday in a loss to the Clippers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Clarkson finished as Utah's third-leading scorer in the loss, but he missed 11 of his 16 field-goal attempts and logged a rough minus-24 in his 31 minutes on the court. The reserve guard entered the contest averaging 19.3 points over seven postseason games and will continue to serve as the offensive focal point of Utah's second unit.
Clarkson scored 24 points (9-15 FG, 6-9 3Pt) and dished two assists over 27 minutes in Thursday's 117-111 victory versus the Clippers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The recently-named NBA Sixth Man of the year provided his usual spark off the bench for Utah in the contest, finishing with exactly 24 points for the third time in his past four games. He trailed only Donovan Mitchell for top scoring honors among Jazz players in the win. Over seven playoff contests, Clarkson has posted per-game averages of 19.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.1 three-pointers.
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