The Los Angeles Lakers may have dodged a major injury to one of their key players. Jordan Clarkson underwent an MRI on his right shoulder and results came back normal, reports Baxter Holmes of ESPN. Clarkson is considered day-to-day and will be "treated conservatively."
Clarkson reportedly felt pain in his shoulder earlier in the week but received treatment and felt improvement heading into the preseason finale. It was unclear when Jordan tweaked his shoulder Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors, but he sat out the remainder of the game. He later told media he felt a sharp pain during the second quarter, while conflicting information surfaced regarding what happened on the court. Head coach Byron Scott said the team looked for the play the injury occurred on but didn't see anything substantial following the game.
The Lakers and Clarkson were hopeful this setback was only minor, and for now that appears to be the case. The training staff is officially listing the injury as a sore right shoulder, and the team will make a decision on his status next week. The Lakers' season opener is Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.