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Jordan Clarkson Injury: Sprained right shoulder forces Lakers guard out early, to be re-evaluated

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Don't look now but there could be trouble brewing with Jordan Clarkson's shoulder.

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Jordan Clarkson has been diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder, according to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell. Clarkson suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Lakers' preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, returning to the bench before going to the locker room with Gary Vitti for further testing.

The Lakers will re-evaluate Clarkson's shoulder Friday.

Before knowing the extent of the injury it's hard to say how bad this is for the Lakers, but any injury is unwelcome at this point. Oct. 28 is the season opener, and the team nearly escaped the exhibition period without any significant injuries to their young core.

Clakson missing the start of a fresh season with the new talent the Lakers have gathered would be a disappointing start to Jordan's follow-up to his All-Rookie season. The team is not expected to give any follow-up exams tonight, waiting overnight to see how he responds to the injury. Jordan has started in all eight of the Lakers preseason games, looking steady while Scott mixed and matched lineups as the coaching staff evaluated talent.

We'll provided updates on this situation as soon as there are any updates on Clarkson' status