NBA: Jordan Clarkson’s scoring cooled off in Jazz’s rout of Nuggets

Published August 22, 2020, 9:45 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets during Round One, Game Three on August 21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at The AdventHealth Arena. (Joe Murphy / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

Jordan Clarkson cooled off on the offensive end in the Utah Jazz’s 124-87 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Saturday (Manila time) that gave them a 2-1 lead in their NBA Western Conference first round playoff series.

Clarkson was held to 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting with three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 24 minutes after averaging 22.0 points on a .486 shooting percentage in the first two games of the series at the NBA bubble in Orlando.

But the Fil-American guard had the best +/- rating of any Utah player with a +33, meaning that the Jazz outscored the Nuggets by 33 points whenever Clarkson was on the floor.

His minutes dipped a bit after the Jazz welcomed back point guard Mike Conley, who missed the first two games of the series to witness the birth of his son followed by a quarantine period upon returning to the bubble.

Conley finished with 27 points and four assists in his first playoff game for the Jazz.

Clarkson and the Jazz go for a 3-1 lead in Game 4 set Monday morning Manila time.