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DeAndre Jordan’s Lackluster NBA Playoff Effort Didn’t Help Los Angeles Clippers

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It’s going to be a long offseason for DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jordan, the 6-foot-11, 265-pound center, just was never able to get it going in the NBA playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies. He wound up averaging 3.7 points and 6.3 rebounds a game as the Clippers never quite got things going in the middle.

Those numbers are well below what Jordan did for the regular season when he averaged, in 82 starts, 24.5 minutes, 8.89 points 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

He simply never produced in the playoffs against the Grizzlies. If he gave a little more, Los Angeles would still be playing.

The Clippers started out with a 2-0 lead and then lost four straight. Jordan’s production declined dramatically. In the fourth game, he was 1-of-3 and scored two points in 17 minutes of action.  In the key Game 5 at home, he was 3-of-8 for six points and had eight boards. In the final game, he was 2-of-3 from the floor and had five points.

Jordan didn’t show the aggressiveness the Clippers needed from him in the playoffs. The Los Angeles brass is going to have to take a hard look at his substandard postseason effort and determine if he’s worth bringing back next year.

During the draft and free agency, the Clippers have to start looking at a new big men who can produce more consistently than Jordan. They need someone who can average in double figure scoring both in the regular season and in the playoffs, if they want to be a true NBA title contender.

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