Despite losing Game 1 to the Golden State Warriors, DeAndre Jordan walked away from tonight’s game in the Los Angeles Clippers playoff record book.
With five blocks against the Warriors, DeAndre Jordan has tied the Clippers record for most blocks in a playoff game with five. Elton Brand performed this feat three separate times along with Charles Smith doing in once in his career. All of Jordan’s block came in the first half of the game including these awesome two back-to-back blocks on Warriors forward David Lee.
Considering how aggressive Jordan was in the paint, it’s a true surprise that he didn’t end up in foul trouble like his frontcourt mate in Blake Griffin, leaving the Clippers in an even worse situation than they were at the moment. I can’t imagine seeing Ryan Hollins and Glen Davis relied on to slow down Stephen Curry in the pick-and-roll and attempting to defend the paint and appear hit their rotations in a timely manner. Fortunately for us viewers, we weren’t forced to go through that.
Despite tying the franchise record for blocks, Jordan showed today that he has a long ways to go before being mentioned with the elite defenders in today’s game. We’ll detail it more in an upcoming post, but these blocks aren’t equating to great defense. It’s nice to see Jordan’s name in the history books though.