Jordan Clarkson locked in for maiden Playoffs stint
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 10, 2018 12:41 PM
FILE - BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 25: Jordan Clarkson #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket against the Brooklyn Nets on March 25, 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jordan Clarkson is locked in, ahead of his first NBA postseason trip.
After defeating the New York Knicks 123-109, Clarkson and the rest of the Cavaliers sit in fourth place at 50-31, a half-game behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference.
Clarkson came off the bench for this one, playing 22 minutes and finishing with 16 points and three assists. He shot 5-of-9 from the field, and 4-of-6 on three's.
#AllForOne An exclusive clip of @JordanClarksons postgame talking about his performance (16 PTS, 4 3PTM, 3 AST), the Cavs' recent stretch of success and their focus heading into the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/EqZyYnbGjf— NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) April 10, 2018
"I was just trying to knock down open shots when I get the opportunity, make plays for my teammates, crash the glass. Do the little things when I'm on the floor that affect the game," Clarkson said after the game while in the visitor's locker room.
"[I'm] just staying locked in, that's it. This is my first time going to the Playoffs [so] just getting prepared mentally and staying focused."
Clarkson came over to the Cavaliers just before the trade deadline from the LA Lakers, along with Larry Nance Jr. In 26 games with his new side, he's averaging 12.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 0.7 steals in just over 23 minutes an outing.
The Fil-Am guard made sure to tip his cap to the team's leader, LeBron James, noting, "LeBron's been playing big time for us, getting guys shots.
"Everyone's just kinda getting ready for the Playoffs."
Cleveland will wrap up their elimination round schedule with another game against the Knicks on Thursday (PHL time).