Brandon Clarke became a three-point shooter Saturday, going 4-of-5 from long range (8-11 FG) en route to 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one turnover in 24 minutes off the bench.
Clarke went outside of his comfort zone in this one, as he averages just 1.1 three-point attempts per game on the season. He shot the ball well against a Portland team that wasn’t interested in playing a whole lot of defense. Be it as it may, Clarke was asked to step up when Jaren Jackson Jr. went down with a torn meniscus two weeks ago, and he’s been the Grizzlies best player off the bench ever since. The rookie out of Gonzaga has a bright future ahead in this league, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him in the starting lineup when the 2020-21 season rolls along.