The last thing the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans wanted to happen during their final preseason bout against the Golden State Warriors was to get blown out and lose a key player to injury in the process.
Well, that nightmare became reality on Thursday night, as the team lost Jordan Clarkson to a shoulder injury in the 136-97 loss.
The severity of the injury would not be known until he underwent an MRI on Friday. Fans were on pins and needles all night and through this morning, but it appears they can breathe a sigh of relief.
Results of Clarkson’s MRI came back as “normal.” LAL are listing him with a "sore right shoulder,” that "he will be treated conservatively."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 23, 2015
Trudell went on to state that Clarkson has not been ruled either in or out for the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, but knowing the injury is minor is the important thing.
Clarkson is day-to-day, as the team will monitor him closely in the next few days or so.
With Kobe Bryant already on the mend with a leg injury, it appears the Lakers may have dodged a bullet so far regarding the health of two of their presumed starters. After the slew of injuries the Lakers have dealt with the past three seasons, let’s hope that this season is a reversal of fortune in that department.