UTAH JAZZ

Jordan Clarkson Creates Space With Nifty Move, Hits Shot Against Lakers

Mar 31, 2022, 8:49 PM
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Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz attempts to drive around Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on February 24, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson swerved his way through defenders to create an open shot during Utah’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Jazz hosted the Lakers at Vivint Arena on Thursday, March 31.

With 7:47 left in the second quarter, Clarkson weaved his way through defenders in the paint before creating an open look at the basket.

The reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year connected on a six-foot jumper to push Utah’s lead to 45-40.

After the bucket, Clarkson had 14 points on 6-10 field goals, including 2-5 from beyond the arc. He added two rebounds in 10 minutes of action.

This season, the Missouri product is averaging 16.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.

Lakers vs. Jazz

The Jazz will gladly welcome back Bojan Bogdanovic and Danuel House Jr. tonight when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on TNT.

Bogdanovic has missed the last nine games with a calf strain while House Jr. has missed eight games after suffering a bone bruise in his knee.

The Jazz have struggled mightily in their absences having lost six of nine games without Bogdanovic and five of eight without House Jr.

Bogdanovic is the Jazz second-leading scorer this season averaging 18.1 points per game while shooting an efficient 45 percent from the floor and 39 percent from the three-point line.

House Jr. is the Jazz best on-all ball defender and leads the team in three-point shooting percentage at 44 percent.

With both players now available against the Lakers, the Jazz are inching closer to a full rotation ahead of the playoffs.

The team will still be without Hassan Whiteside who has missed the team’s last three games with a sprained foot and is unavailable again against LA.

Reserve guard Trent Forrest suffered a concussion after taking a stray elbow from Rudy Gobert in the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday and is also unavailable against the Lakers.

Forrest’s concussion is his second this season and has no set return date. The second-year guard is on a two-way contract and would have to have his deal converted to a full-time contract if the Jazz want to keep him on the roster into the playoffs.

The Lakers will be shorthanded when they travel to face the Jazz. Neither LeBron James nor Anthony Davis will be in uniform tonight at Vivint Arena.

Utah’s game against Los Angeles is broadcast on TNT and The Zone Sports Network.

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