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Would you bring back Earl Clark?

  1. Yes. (39 votes [61.90%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 61.90%

  2. No. (7 votes [11.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  3. Maybe, not sure. (17 votes [26.98%] - View)

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:47 AM

If you would, how much would you be willing to offer him?

 

Also, do you think he just sorta hit the wall, or is this possibly more of the real Earl Clark going back to his truer self?

http://www.latimes.c...0,5357946.story

 

His name is Earl. His game is struggling.

The darling of the Lakers a month ago, Earl Clark has faded recently, failing to hit double-digit scoring in six of the last seven games while trying to adapt to the biggest opportunity of his NBA life.

If a player can hit the rookie wall in his fourth NBA season, it's happening now.

He started his 23rd consecutive game Friday against the Toronto Raptors and finished with two points and two rebounds in the Lakers' 118-116 victory.

Earlier this week against Oklahoma City, Clark was on the bench for the start of the second half.

Are these the first signs of the end of his run?

"He's hit a wall a little bit of late," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We're trying to cut his minutes a little bit to get him re-energized so that he can have a big finish. I think it's normal. You can't play that level all the time. He's coming down a little bit and hopefully he'll rebound."

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Clark averaged 10.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in January and followed it up with 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in February despite tailing off at the end of the month.


March has been a different drumbeat for Clark, 25, a restricted free agent making a relatively low $1.2 million this season.

D'Antoni tried to remain upbeat about the same player he called "the brightest spot we've had this year" a few weeks ago.

"He's got it. It's just a matter of, he's never played this many games at this level with the importance of every game," D'Antoni said. "I think it's slipped a little bit, but there's no reason why he doesn't pick it back up."

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#2 MDI

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:50 AM

He looks fatigued but also the other teams are making adjustments on him.  HE just needs to do what he did in the beginning just keep it simple and play hard. Hope he can figure it out soon. We need his contributions until Pau returns at the end of this month


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:51 AM

Do you think his struggles recently might have cost him enough out of what looked like a potential decent contract?


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:52 AM

He hasn't ever gotten this much time or minutes in his career, it's expected, almost like a rookie wall. Once his body gets some rest he'll be fine. He's all energy and hustle and stretching the floor and drive and dishes, he'll need his legs and energy :)

Also getting thrown neck first into the barrier under your basket while on a fast break is never a good thing.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:52 AM

Yeah Clark is lost lately .. He's confidence is oceans away between January and now, i hope he gets back up again, its not like the load is too much. Kobe is taking care of everything anyway.



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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:53 AM

Good thing is we know he has a lot of potential. I think he may be a bit injured still. His jumper is a bit off to. He will get it back. Give him time. 



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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:54 AM

I think coach still needs to play eazy a considerable amount of minutes - especially situations like this past game where meeks kept getting manhandled in the post.

Come on dantoni! show eazy you still have a lot of confidence in him! give him minutes to work his way back from his slump. Dont sit him too long.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 01:13 AM

he's not really accustomed in playing with heavy minutes plus the pressure of every game being a must win one. It's mentally and physically draining.



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Posted March 09, 2013 - 02:10 AM

Not worried about his game.


More worried about how much $$$ he's gonna get paid  next season


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 06:46 AM

he has hit a wall cuz he is not used to playing these type of mins producing meaningful play. his knee will not hold up if Coach D doesnt start limiting his mins. Which LA cant really afford since they have no inside presence when D12 checks out. Gotta go get another serviceable tall Pf or C immediately.


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 10:00 AM

He definitely has. We've seen the throw in Earl for the past few games.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 10:49 AM

Minor injury and D'antoni playing him less minutes so he can get some rest and get some energy and legs back and the way he's been opening games lately he definitely needs it. No problem with it, don't want to lose him like we lost Hill or how we lost Ariza the season we went against Boston the first time.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Reverting to the norm. Ever heard of it? Guy is a career scrub who had 3 good weeks.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 11:13 AM

He had like 2 good months, not 3 weeks.
I think he will bounce back

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 11:14 AM

He had like 2 good months, not 3 weeks.
I think he will bounce back


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 11:34 AM

He had like 2 good months, not 3 weeks.
I think he will bounce back


Maybe he will. His norm is being a not often used bench warmer. Most players go through slumps and peaks. Most also revert to their norm over a large sample size. As of now Clark's good games are variance and not representative of his career. I hope he is a good player with a good career, I do not believe that he is.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Reverting to the norm. Ever heard of it? Guy is a career scrub who had 3 good weeks.

Wow shows how much you know about basketball



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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:28 PM

I remember when Ariza broke out. There were Pippen comparisons.
Then he fell back to Earth, and was benched for Luke Walton.

Eventually Earl will find his place, but I'm glad he has dropped to an affordable role player from promising young starter. Probably will save the Ls 3 mill per year.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:36 PM

They key for Earl is staying positive and talking to our leaders in Kobe, Nash and Dwight. This is tough for a young player. Lets hope he can pull through.


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 12:43 PM

LOL a high Energy guy not accustomed to playing these kind of minutes and intense level a play for a long period of time.. HMm I wonder why he's so tired lol smh

 

his stats are purely off hustle and if he's tired his stats will drop






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