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Clippers will again rely on Reggie Jackson to fill a void

Benched and with his minutes cut just 10 games into this season, Reggie Jackson’s role in the Clippers’ backcourt was unclear in January.

What was evident in recent weeks has become underscored since starting guard Patrick Beverley fractured his hand Thursday, an injury that will sideline him at least three weeks: Where Jackson was once replaceable, the veteran is now invaluable.

After the 6-foot-3 guard scored 26 points and tied his career high with six three-pointers Friday in a 126-109 win against Houston, coach Tyronn Lue said Jackson will remain the team’s starting guard “for the long haul while we are waiting on Pat to return.