Clarkson went for 18 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds and two steals across 20 minutes in Tuesday's 105-99 preseason loss to the Jazz.
Clarkson drew even with Kyle Kuzma in scoring on the second unit, posting a preseason-best 75.0 percent success rate from the field. The fourth-year guard provided his typically solid production off the bench during his five exhibitions, posting double-digit scoring on 50.0 percent or better shooting in four of them while offering serviceable rebound and assist numbers as well. He's projected to resume his usual high-usage role off the bench in the coming season, making him a viable source of scoring and three-pointers in particular.
Clarkson managed 13 points (4-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 16 minutes in Wednesday's 122-104 preseason loss to the Nuggets.
Despite Lonzo Ball (ankle) sitting out the contest, it was Tyler Ennis and not Clarkson that drew the start at point guard. However, Clarkson outpaced the former in playing time and made the most of it, averaging nearly a point per minute and remaining aggressive enough to make frequent visits to the charity stripe. Clarkson has averaged what has been essentially a starter's workload on the second unit over the last two campaigns, and given his ability to thrive at either backcourt spot, he's projected for the same type of volume again in the coming season.
Clarkson recorded 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT0, two rebounds, two assists and four turnovers across 23 minutes during Saturday's preseason opener against the Timberwolves.
Clarkson shot the ball well Saturday while working as the top backcourt option off the bench behind Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Despite the departure of D'Angelo Russell, Caldwell-Pope simply replaces him in the starting lineup, which means Clarkson should continue to operate as the go-to scorer with the second unit and will likely see a similar workload to 2016-17.
Clarkson poured in 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added four rebounds and three assists over 31 minutes in Sunday's 110-109 win over the Timberwolves.
Clarkson has three straight double-digit scoring efforts after opening April with a pair of seven-point tallies. He's shot between 41.2 and 53.8 percent over that span after draining only 25 percent of his 24 shot attempts in the first two games of the new month. Clarkson should see his normal allotment of minutes over the season's final two games.
Clarkson (knee) will play in Friday's game against the Kings, Mark Media of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Clarkson left Wednesday's game against the Spurs after banging knees and suffering a bruise, but it appears as though it will have no lingering effects on the point guard. Even though he is playing, it is possible head coach Luke Walton could limit his minutes once again given that the Lakers don't have much to play for at this point in the season.
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