Nov 8, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) shoots past Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson (21) in the first quarter at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-US PRESSWIRE

DeAndre's Coming Out Party - LA Clippers Beat Blazers 103-90

Fortunately, Michael Dub West stole my thunder on a DeAndre write-up far better than I could have written it…

Last night, for 3 1/2 quarters, the Clippers looked like the team that will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. They came with their full arsenal on display, scoring the ball in every imaginable way, dominating the shell shocked Blazers into a 20-plus point deficit that wouldn’t be challenged until a letdown in the 3rd quarter. The Blazers regrouped at that point, made a run to close the deficit, then were put down calmly at the end by Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford (ex Blazer, ironically). After a huge effort against the Spurs a mere 24 hours earlier, coming into a tough venue like the Rose Garden and emerging with a victory is reason for optimism.

Let’s face it, when the Clippers put out a 100% effort, they are the class of the West.


As I previously alluded to DeAndre Jordan, the entire league should be worried if this emergence of Jordan continues. At halftime, Shaquille O’Neal actually tagged Jordan as “the best center in the Western Conference,” with Charles Barkley (who normally mocks DeAndre) giving praise for the young center’s obviously hard off-season work. “I’m so proud of this kid,” Barkley quietly said, before pointing out his various improvements. By the way, whoever taught DeAndre his new smooth free throw stroke should immediately be hired on to work with Blake Griffin.

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