DeAndre Jordan put up a sensational performance in the overtime win against the Sacramento Kings, finishing one block shy off a triple-double.
The Los Angeles Clippers were without their MVP candidate Chris Paul on Friday, and the Kings gave them all they could handle. Jamal Crawford stepped up big-time off the bench, while Blake Griffin provided another solid statline. But it was perhaps Jordan who was most impressive.
DeAndre recorded 10 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks. At this point we are starting to realize why Doc Rivers was so adamant about coaching Jordan, who was close to being traded to the Boston Celtics last summer.
Under Rivers, Jordan is playing 35.5 minutes per game, which is around eight minutes more than his career-high 27.2 minutes per game in 2011-12. While Jordan’s offensive role remains minimal, he has definitely answered Rivers’ call, as he is currently fifth in the league in blocks per game and second only to Kevin Love in rebounding, grabbing 12.9 boards on average.