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Jordan Clarkson frustrated with poor game against Chris Paul

first_imgIn what Lakers coach Byron Scott predicted would mark “definitely one of the biggest challenges he’s faced,” Clarkson may have avoided Clippers guard Chris Paul defeating him with endless highlight reels. Yet, Paul still offset a quiet seven points on 3-of-7 shooting with 15 assists, a playmaking presence that set up double figure nights for Blake Griffin (18 points), DeAndre Jordan (16), Matt Barnes (14), Hedo Turkoglu (12) and Austin Rivers (10).“You have to have the personnel to stop a guy like him,” said Scott, who argued Paul should win the NBA regular-season most valuable player award. “When you can put size on him that bothers him the most. When he gets his mind set on what he wants to do, he’s pretty damn good.” That explains why Clarkson immediately asked for tape of Sunday’s massacre in hopes to improve. Clarkson has taken notes from elite point guards all season, ranging from Russell Westbrook’s athleticism and aggressiveness, Tony Parker’s playmaking and Damian Lillard’s aggressiveness. Clarkson also has had informal workouts with the recently retired Steve Nash, the most recent one taking place on Saturday. Yet, Scott has stressed to Clarkson about studying Paul, a player Scott holds in high affection after coaching him with the former New Orleans Hornets (2004-09). Paul showed off his nifty playmaking by dribbling between the legs of Lakers forward Carlos Boozer on a fast-break. Paul also set up Griffin for an off-the-backboard lob Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s the way he runs his team and knows exactly what he wants and needs to get,” Clarkson said. “He’s one of the best point guards in the league. He didn’t shoot too much tonight. But he was getting everyone involved.”As for Clarkson, Scott has praised the Lakers’ rookie for not backing down from any elite point guard. Scott also found similarities between Paul and Clarkson for morphing their polite demeanor off the court into a competitive streak on the court. After he finished talking with reporters, Clarkson shouted out an expletive at himself out of frustration. “Bad games always sit in my head,” Clarkson said. “I’m coming back on Tuesday and will try to do some better things.”center_img His growth has seemingly taken place every game, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson making it a continuous habit to set career highs and make the franchise gush about his long-term potential. But Clarkson shrank a few inches in the Lakers’ 106-78 loss to the Clippers on Sunday at Staples Center. His two points on a 1-of-6 clip and three assists in 26 minutes marked only the third time in the past 21 contests he finished both in single digits and shot below 50 percent from the field. “They were really blitzing the screens hard and getting the ball out of my hand,” Clarkson said. “It was tough. I didn’t want to force anything. But I think I started to, a little bit. I tried to stay aggressive and get the ball moving in the system. But next time I have to attack it and try to make plays.”It will not take long for Clarkson to have another shot. The Lakers (20-56) face the Clippers (52-26) on Tuesday in a designated road game at Staples Center. But tougher tests await beyond opponents paying more attention to the emerging Clarkson, whom the Lakers secured with the 46th pick out of last year’s draft. last_img

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