Clippers’ Jordan gets one last snub for spot on West All-Star team

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will miss this Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden in New York because of a right shoulder sprain that’s kept him of the line-up in New Orleans’ last two games.

You’d think Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan would get a call from the commissioner’s office as Davis’ replacement but that call never came. Instead, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki got the call to replace Davis on the West roster.

The Jordan snub obviously didn’t come unnoticed by his Clippers teammates and head coach Doc Rivers. They understand offense sells and defense doesn’t especially in the all-star game where it’s non-existent.

In his seventh season with the Clippers, Jordan has been putting up all-star numbers as, easily, the best defender in the league averaging double-figures in rebounds and scoring with his points coming off rebound opportunities and five block shots per contest.

Clippers DeAndre Jordan (left) was snubbed for the West All-Star Team in favor of Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (right). courtesy: LM Otero/AP
Clippers DeAndre Jordan (left) was snubbed for the West All-Star Team in favor of Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki (right).
courtesy: LM Otero/AP

What they do know is if the Clippers have a legitimate shot at winning an NBA title as soon as this season, Jordan’s defense and rebounding will be a big reason why.

“Next year I’ll just have to average 20 points a game,” said Jordan after scoring 24 points and pulling down 20 boards in the win over the Rockets. The third straight game he’s had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in the absence of forward Blake Griffin out with a staph infection in his right elbow. “At this point there’s nothing I can do about it (the all-star snub). I’ve moved on. It’s cool.”

“There has never been a team that’s won a championship without being a decent defensive team or a great defensive team.” Said Rivers when asked about the snub. “The defensive side is always forgotten in the All-Star Game. I think they should include the best defender.”

To hear more from the Clippers on Jordan’s all-star snub, watch the video accompanying this story.

This will be Nowitzki’s 13 all-star game appearance in his 17th season in the league. He won’t replace Davis in the West’s starting line-up. Golden State rookie head coach Steve Kerr will pick Davis’ replacement as the starter on the front line.

L.A. Clippers host King James and Champion Miami Heat

DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin of the Clippers have each others' back with the Heat in town.
DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin of the Clippers have each others’ back with the Heat in town.

Right before the season started first-year Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers told the media his philosophy on the regular season is that it’s a dress rehearsal for the playoff grind.

Well, tonight’s game is definitely a dress rehearsal. The Clippers (34-17) host the defending two-time NBA world champion Miami Heat in the first of a five-game home stand at Staples Center.

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Clippers DeAndre Jordan’s game IS “Bill Russell-esque.”

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is averaging 10 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots per so far this season.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is averaging 10 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots per game so far this season.

After Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and blocked five Pelican shots in a win over New Orleans last month, I asked Clippers coach Doc Rivers if DJ’s game and role is similar to that of Boston Celtic great Bill Russell whose hall-of-fame career average was 15 points, 22 rebounds, nine blocked shots and four assists per game.

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Clippers rolling despite “jet-lag.” Jordan’s game “Russell-esque?”

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (#6 far left) fights for rebounding position during Wednesday's 108-95 Clippers win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (#6 far left) fights for rebounding position during Wednesday’s 108-95 Clippers win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Traveling across country is always a difficult proposition for anyone. Especially for professional athletes – let’s say like a basketball team.

Thanks to the Disney On Ice holiday extravaganza taking over Staples Center the first two weeks of December, the Los Angeles Clippers took to the road for an east coast swing where they were able to win four out of the seven games on the roadie.

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Clippers’ Jordan dominates in L.A.’s 108-95 win over New Orleans

The Los Angeles Clippers looked pretty good in beating the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-95, Wednesday night at Staples Center. It was the Clippers fifth win in six games. Three of those wins coming on the road as part of that “Disney On Ice” road-trip which had Los Angeles away from L.A. Live for some two weeks. To read the rest of this story, click here.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (#6 far left) fights for rebounding position during Wednesday's 108-95 Clippers win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (#6 far left) fights for rebounding position during Wednesday’s 108-95 Clippers win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Los Angeles Clippers feast on the “Big Apple” Knicks beating New York, 93-80

“You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.” – Dan Patrick

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony gets shot blocked by Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan. Thanx: nydailynews.com
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony gets shot blocked by Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan.
Thanx: nydailynews.com

That was the idea for the Los Angeles Clippers when game-planning a defense for New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. He entered Wednesday night’s Thanksgiving Eve match-up between NY and LA as the second leading scorer in the Association averaging 27 points per game.

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