Earl Clark, one of the few bright spots in a dark Los Angeles Lakers’ season, underwent an MRI on his sore right foot Tuesday.
The Lakers revealed they would have results later in the day, but Clark’s potential omission from Tuesday’s game is major injury blow for a team that is already without two front-court players: Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill.
The Lakers’ opponents on Tuesday night -- the Phoenix Suns -- drafted Clark with the 14th overall pick in the 2009 draft. However, Clark did not leave Phoenix on the best of terms, and he revealed that he had added motivation to play against the team that discarded him without giving him a clear explanation.
If the Lakers do not have Clark on Tuesday night, Antawn Jamison will likely start alongside Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard in the front court. Clark’s youth, defense, energy and rebounding have been vital in the Lakers’ recent run of form. LA has won seven of its previous 10 games.
Now in his fourth season, the former Louisville Cardinal has been playing the best basketball of his professional career. Clark recorded double-doubles in four of his last eight games. In the final six games of Grammys road trip, he averaged 14.0 points and 9.7 rebounds.
Clark missed Lakers’ shoot around on Tuesday morning, and his involvement against the Suns is contingent on the results of the MRI.