Jordan Clarkson’s Kobe Bryant-inspired troll of Clippers before Game 1 vs. Jazz
The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers kick off their second-round matchup on Tuesday and Jordan Clarkson showed up in style at Vivint Arena. The Sixth Man of the Year was seen wearing a Kobe Bryant Lakers jersey, which will surely anger Clippers fans.
Jordan Clarkson repping Kobe's No. 8 before Game 1 vs. the Clippers 🐍
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 8, 2021
What better way to get under your opponents’ skin than wearing a rival jersey. Clarkson did also play with Kobe during his time with the Lakers.
The Jazz head into the series opener as a slim favorite as they look to take a quick lead on home court. The Clippers will need to figure out how to stop the production of Rudy Gobert, who is a matchup nightmare for LA. Ivica Zubac didn’t play much in round one, but Ty Lue could opt to go with the big man to counter the Jazz center.
Kawhi Leonard meanwhile is coming off a very impressive showing against the Mavs where he averaged over 30 points per game in the series. It will be a task for the Jazz to stop the Claw, but they also have numerous weapons of their own that can score at will.
With two teams who shoot the ball a lot, expect the three to play a key part in the outcome of this Western Conference semifinal. As for Jordan Clarkson, he’ll need to continue to add a scoring punch off the bench for the top-seeded Jazz.