Jordan Clarkson makes NBA history with unique performance off the bench
Jordan Clarkson has steadily been one of the most consistent contributors for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. On Sunday night, the Lakers defeated the Knicks, 127-107, where Clarkson had a brilliant performance off of the bench, scoring 29 points, dishing out 10 assists, and grabbing six boards.
According to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, Clarkson is the first player to record those numbers despite coming off the bench since the 1973-1974 season.
Jordan Clarkson is the first player off the bench with 29 pts, 10 ast, 6 reb, & 3 stl in a game since the NBA started recording steals in 1973-74, via #Lakers PR
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) January 21, 2018
For the Lakers, it has truly been a rocky year. They are currently 17-29 and aren’t quite living up to the hype that was generated in the off-season. Lonzo Ball started off playing horribly, and as soon as he got things back on track, he then suffered multiple injuries that have taken him out of the Lakers’ active lineup.
There have also been recent injuries to other key players such as Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Lastly, the Lakers have had to deal with LaVar Ball’s mouth for much of the season, which is definitely a distraction. It would be an understatement to say that the Lakers have had an up and down year so far.
Nonetheless, Clarkson’s performances have been a bright spot for the Lakers as they try to gain some momentum without their star players. On Tuesday night, the Lakers will face the Boston Celtics, who are the best team in the Eastern Conference.
The match-up won’t be easy, and the Celtics will be extra motivated to snap their three-game losing streak. Hopefully, Clarkson can continue his hot streak and lead the Lakers to an impressive win.