X-rays negative, Ian Clark removed from Wednesday’s game with ankle injury

April 5, 2018 GMT

New Orleans Pelicans reserve point guard Ian Clark fell hard to the Smoothie King Center floor with a sprained right ankle Wednesday and did not return.

Clark, a reliable backup to Rajon Rondo, crashed after missing a layup in the second quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies. He required help walking off the floor and avoided placing pressure on the injured right leg.

X-rays on Clark’s right ankle returned negative, the team announced.

Clark will undergo an MRI on Thursday and is listed as day-to-day, coach Alvin Gentry said after Wednesday’s game.

“We won’t know anything until [Thursday], really,” Gentry said. “He’ll take an MRI and we’ll see exactly what’s going on there and where that puts him.”

Over his last 17 games, the 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 11.3 points. He has played in 72 games this season (two starts) and has recorded double-digit scoring games in seven of his last 13 outings.


Larry Drew II, who signed his second 10-day contract March 26, is New Orleans’ only true backup point guard during Clark’s absence. Drew’s contract is set to expire after Wednesday’s game.

With Clark’s status unknown for the future, the Pelicans have four games remaining in the regular season. They will depart for a three-game road trip to the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.