Lakers forward Earl Clark gets loose for a dunk against the Miami Heat during… (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images )
Lakers forward Earl Clark will have an MRI on his sore right foot Tuesday. The team will issue an update on his condition later in the day.
The Lakers (24-28) return to Staples Center on Tuesday to host the Phoenix Suns (17-35) after completing a seven-game road trip.
Clark has emerged as a starter this season for the Lakers, averaging 11.6 points a game and 8.8 rebounds in 16 starts while shooting 47.9% from the field and 41.2% from three-point range.
Coach Mike D'Antoni chose to start the young, more athletic Clark over the more-polished Pau Gasol — citing a better fit with starting center Dwight Howard.
Gasol has since suffered a foot injury (torn plantar fascia) that will sideline him for six to eight weeks. The Lakers are also without forward Jordan Hill for the rest of the season because of a hip injury.
Outside of Clark, the Lakers have Antawn Jamison and Metta World Peace available at power forward.
Update [3:47 p.m.]:
The Lakers announced this afternoon that Clark will play tonight against Phoenix.
The team said that the "X-ray, MRI and CT scan on Earl Clark all came back negative this morning. He has a sore right foot [and will] play tonight."
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