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Lakers' Jordan Clarkson is surviving after being thrown in deep end
Lakers' Jordan Clarkson is surviving after being thrown in deep end

Jordan Clarkson wilted under the Chicago Bulls defense late in Thursday's game, and he nearly coughed away the lead, but Lakers Coach Byron Scott stuck with him. "Sometimes," Scott said, "you got to throw a guy in the fire and see what he's made of." So the rookie point guard had the ball in his hands in the second overtime with the Lakers up by two. Clarkson probed the right side, jabbed hard and pulled back to hit a jumper. Gliding back on defense, he spun toward the crowd and flexed his arms at his sides — another test passed. Scott has called him the most intriguing player on the Lakers' roster after he inserted Clarkson into the starting...

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