Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson underwent an MRI for a right shoulder injury he suffered in Thursday night’s blowout loss against the Golden State Warriors, and the good news for the Lakers is it came back “normal.” It’s unclear if Clarkson will be ready to play in the regular-season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves next Wednesday, but this result is still a positive.
Clarkson felt some shoulder pain earlier in the week, but he felt good enough to play against the Warriors in Anaheim. He left the game in the second quarter after he felt “a real sharp pain,” according to Joey Ramirez of Lakers.com.
Clarkson is expected to play a key role for the Lakers after a surprisingly effective rookie season. The 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, he was one of the few bright spots for the terrible Lakers last year, averaging 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 44.8 percent in 25 minutes per game.
If Clarkson isn’t able to go in the opener, that would just open up more playing time for rookie D’Angelo Russell. When both are healthy, the development of Clarkson and Russell together will be one of the biggest storylines to watch in Los Angeles this season.