Ellington said the injury was painful and that he was told he'll feel worse before he gets better. But he added that he was ultimately lucky the injury wasn't more serious.
His status, unofficially, is in question for at least the next few days.
The answer may determine how the Lakers approach free agency.
Against the Pelicans, Clarkson looked every bit a point guard, scoring 18 points on just nine shot attempts, while dishing 10 assists with one turnover.
Clarkson finished three rebounds short of notching the Lakers' first rookie triple-double since
This is coming off Clarkson's 26-point, 11-assist, six-rebound and three-steal performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
3. Tarik Black set a career high with 16 points, hitting his first six shots and eight of 10 overall.
The issue for the Lakers was on the defensive side of the game, with the team giving up 56.4% shooting from the field and 56.2% from three-point range.
"There was a stretch where it felt like they hit everything and we didn't hit anything," said Jeremy Lin. "I felt like on our offensive end, we were getting good shots. We just weren't hitting them."
4. The Pelicans needed the win with the eighth-place
"We talked about this being a huge game for us," said Pelicans Coach
"Our task at hand was to win tonight's game," he said. "We know who we're fighting with. [The]
5. The Lakers continue to hold the fourth-worst record in the
The Lakers are "behind" the 76ers (18-58),
The only way the Lakers can 100% guarantee themselves a top-five pick is to finish with the first or second-worst record in the NBA. At third-worst, their odds are still high at 96%, but in their current fourth position, it's a less comfortable 82.8%.