DeAndre Jordan Wants to Closeout Games
A smile crept over DeAndre Jordan’s face as the question was asked, and you knew exactly what he was thinking.
When Jordan was asked if he thought he could put up similar numbers if given the opportunity to play 35 minutes or more per game consistently, he simply smiled and stayed quiet before finally saying, “I hope so.”
The five-second delay and smile before his modest answer made his actual response feel like, “You better believe it.”
It’s the kind of attitude Jordan is going to need if Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is going to trust him to play 35 or more minutes per game and, more important, close to nine minutes in the fourth quarter, as he did in the Clippers’ 101-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
“It just depends,” Jordan said. “Everybody wants to be out there for 48 minutes but that doesn’t happen. A lot of the times when you aren’t out there you’re pissed, but you’re cheering on your teammates and you hope you get a win.”