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Center DeAndre Jordan says he must do more for the Clippers

CLIPPERS FYI

With averages of 3.6 points per game and 4.4 rebounds, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan says, 'I know I have to do a better job.'

May 11, 2012|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers center DeAndre Jordan looks for a rebound during Friday's first-round playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Jordan hasn't been pleased with how he's played against the Grizzlies.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan looks for a rebound during Friday's… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

At least Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is fully aware that he has not performed at a level in the NBA first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies that's acceptable.

And it all really showed in Game 5, when Jordan had zero rebounds in 18 minutes, 38 seconds. Zero!

When the Clippers matched the four-year, $42.8-million offer sheet Jordan got from the Golden State Warriors in December, more was expected of him.

"I'm just not playing well," Jordan said. "I'm just not getting the job done. It isn't like I'm not trying. I know I have to do a better job. I'm trying."

It is Jordan's first time in the playoffs in his three-year career.

Does he have playoff jitters?

"No, I wouldn't say that," Jordan said. "But the playoffs are different than the regular season. I do know that. I just have to get it done to help my team."

Jordan often talks about how he starts and only plays in the first and third quarters.

But even Jordan had to admit that doesn't fly.

He's averaging 4.4 rebounds in the series in 21.8 minutes, along with 3.6 points.

Conversely, six-foot point guard Chris Paul, 11 inches shorter than Jordan, is averaging 5.2 rebounds per game.

Jordan does have his hands full with Memphis All-Star center Marc Gasol and helping out on Zach Randolph.

"D.J. just has to be physical," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He has to get good leverage on the rebounds, control the paint as best as possible and then run the court and put pressure on them around the basket.

"There's no secret to what needs to happen. Now D.J. has got to go out and perform well. We're going to need him to play at a high level today, so hopefully that will happen."

Williams, Bledsoe give Clippers quality

When Del Negro inserts guards Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe into the game, he gets a stark contrast.

Though both are point guards, Williams plays more shooting guard, and Bledsoe is at the point.

"They are different," Del Negro said. "Eric gives us good athleticism, and he's played well in a couple of the games. He really can push the tempo, and he's athletic.... [He] can guard [Memphis guard Mike] Conley, because Conley is very fast.

"Mo gives us a different look when they are double teaming Chris. Mo can make shots, spread the court for us. He can really score the ball. He's been a big factor for us the whole year."

Bledsoe is a better defender, and he looks to create havoc.

Williams looks to score.

"So they give us two different looks," Del Negro said, "which is good."

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