LOS ANGELES – There’s little use in having a Big Three if you don’t accentuate the Biggest One. The Clippers don’t always do that. They did on Wednesday.
On a night of epicurean offense and remorse-driven effort, four Clippers exceeded 20 points. DeAndre Jordan was one of them, with 23, plus 18 rebounds. His embattled team works so much better when it remembers he’s around.
“He was all over the floor,” said Scott Brooks, the Washington coach who watched the Clippers demolish his team’s defense in a 133-124 feast. “He was contesting shots, blocking shots, getting dunks and getting to the free-throw line all night.”
The foul line is where everybody wants to put Jordan, of course, but even that is turning around. He is up to 49.1 percent for the season and hit 7 of 12 in this one. The carryover effect is profound.
“You can see he is a lot more patient in the post,” Coach Doc Rivers said, “because he’s not afraid of getting fouled. He is playing with great energy. He’s been great all year but he’s been spectacular lately.”
Jordan has scored 20 or more in four of his past 14 games. That might not sound impressive and certainly doesn’t sound like enough. But Chris Paul attributed the Clippers’ night to the ability to “go inside, then come back outside.” When Jordan attracts an offensive gang, the Clippers’ shooters flock to the wide open spaces.
They were shooting over 60 percent for most of the game and settled for 56.6. J.J. Redick was on point early and Paul committed one turnover in 37 minutes. They both shot 9 for 15 and Jordan was 8 for 9. In fact, the Clippers starters missed only 19 field-goal attempts. That’s in 170 man-minutes.
“It was an offensive game, with neither team getting stops,” Redick said, “like the ones Doc and Woody (assistant coach) Mike Woodson used to play.”
And almost all of those shots were taken at logical times from logical places. The screens were precise and the cuts…