Cavs’ Jordan Clarkson won’t play vs. Pacers
According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Jordan Clarkson is dealing with a lower back issue, forcing the Cavs to rest him against the Pacers instead of pushing him to play.
Clarkson (lower back rest) is out tonight
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) December 18, 2018
In 30 games this season coming off the bench, Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. The 26-year-old is also shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 86.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Jordan Clarkson has scored in double-figures in 26 games this year, establishing himself as the Cavs’ leading scorer in the absence of Kevin Love who has only played in four games this campaign.
Cleveland is 7-23 on the year, 13th place in the Eastern Conference. The team is coming off a 128-105 loss at home to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sure enough, it’s going to be tough for the Cavs to beat the Pacers on the road without Jordan Clarkson. With that said, Collin Sexton and Rodney Hood are expected to pick up the slack on the offense, while Matthew Dellavedova is tasked to lead the second unit.