The Clippers’ injury woes may have deepened Thursday night when center DeAndre Jordan rolled his ankle while coming down from a dunk in the second quarter of L.A.’s 121-115 win at Sacramento.
Jordan caught an alley-oop lob from Lou Williams before slamming the ball and landing awkwardly.
DeAndre Jordan rolls his ankle and exits the game after a monster dunk. pic.twitter.com/oMC1bff4BU
— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) January 12, 2018
Jordan did not return and finished with eight points (4 for 4 from the field), seven rebounds and two assists.
The good news is he wanted to get back on the floor, according to coach Doc Rivers, but the team decided to keep him sidelined. Jordan also sent out a postgame tweet that Clippers fans may find comforting.
— DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) January 12, 2018
Jordan is the only Clippers opening-day starter not to have missed a game because of injury this season. Blake Griffin, Danilo Gallinari, Milos Teodosic and Patrick Beverley have all missed significant time.
“It’s tough. You just keep dropping guys every game,” Rivers said of Jordan’s injury, per ESPN. “Every game someone is stepping in for us, too, and that’s the blessing.”
Next up for the 20-21 Clippers is home date Saturday night against the Kings.