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Earl Clark to have MRI on sore right foot

Lakers say that Clark will play Tuesday night against Phoenix after medical test's are negative.

February 12, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Lakers forward Earl Clark gets loose for a dunk against the Miami Heat during the first half Sunday.
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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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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