Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan suffered a sprained ankle in Thursday’s game against the Kings and the team announced he would not be available to return.
The center was off to a hot start with eight points and seven rebounds in just 11 minutes before exiting.
Jordan has been arguably the NBA’s most durable player over the past six years, appearing in a full 66 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign before notching playing time in all 82 games during the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
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All told, Jordan hasn’t missed more than five games in a season since 2009-10.
Jordan went up for a dunk, and while he managed to throw down over Kings big man Skal Labissiere, he rolled his left ankle and went down in serious pain.
The severity of this sprain is unknown, but this is terrible news for Los Angeles. Beyond the fact that Jordan has seemingly been on the trade block for months and having him head to the sidelines for an extended period of time could hurt his trade value, he is one of the leaders of the team and one of the faces of the organization.
Forward Blake Griffin and guard Milos Teodosic were expected to be back in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday at Sacramento after recovering from injuries.
Blake Griffin says he’s fully recovered from the concussion he suffered last weekend and marveled at how his Clippers have maneuvered their way around a series of injuries to key players this season.
Griffin is just as impressed with how much the club has gotten from unheralded teammates like Tyrone Wallace, who spent most of the season in the G League before joining the Clippers for his NBA debut this month.
With DeAndre marshaling the defense, the Clippers walled off the paint from a Kings team short on shooting. Post-injury, the Kings rampaged, suddenly finding penetration an easier thing to come by without the NBA All-Defense center. Rookie point guard and lanky sprinter De’Aaron Fox shot through gaps while DeAndre-lite Willie Cauley-Stein skied for alley-oops. It took a furious Clipper rally to restore the lead to 12 by the half, although you’ll note from the box score that the 43-39 second quarter was productive for both squads.
The Clippers go for a four-game season sweep of the Kings on Saturday night at STAPLES Center.