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."
Lakers forward Earl Clark may have hit a wall
Los Angeles Times | Mar 9