Clippers center DeAndre Jordan: ‘We’ve got to play like we want to extend our season’

first_img“We’ve got a lot of guys in here who have pride and want to play for something that’s bigger than everybody in here,” Jordan said. “We don’t have time to figure it out. We play every other day for the next three games and every game counts.“(Thursday) counted. We didn’t take advantage of it, they (the Jazz) did. Saturday, we get another opponent (the Nuggets) in the same position, so we’ve got to figure out a way to bounce back Saturday and take advantage of being at home.”Clunkers have been rare for the Clippers during a season in which Coach Doc Rivers has used 35 different starting lineups. Despite a non-stop string of injuries, the coaches and players have managed to keep it together on most nights, finding a level of consistency against all odds.The Clippers’ loss to the Jazz exposed so many flaws it was tough to know where to start. Guard Austin Rivers cringed when asked how the Clippers hoped to play in their final games. He certainly didn’t want a repeat of the team’s third-most one-sided defeat of the season.“Not like (Thursday),” he said. “We can’t play any worse (Thursday) as a unit. At this point, we’ve just got to hoop, man. I don’t know what else really to say. Now you put yourself in a situation where you’ve got to depend on someone else losing. We’re not out by any means. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Down but defiant, the Clippers vowed to keep fighting the good fight in their final three regular-season games. They haven’t been eliminated from the playoff race, but it sure seemed like it after Thursday’s 22-point loss to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.“We’ve got to play like we want to extend our season,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said after a game in which he and his teammates never led and were never competitive after the opening minutes. “We’ve got to play like we want to have a postseason.”The Clippers complete the regular season with home games Saturday against the Denver Nuggets, Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans and Wednesday against the Lakers. Winning all three guarantees nothing. Even if they win, they could fail to advance.They returned home from Utah to find themselves still in 10th place in the Western Conference standings, still two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. In the end, their final trip of the regular season proved to be a wasted 48 minutes.center_img “We’ll see what happens.”TEAM USA SELECTIONSJordan and forward Tobias Harris were among 35 players selected Friday to the United States men’s national team roster, a pool of players who will eventually make up the 12-man squads for both the 2019 World Cup in China and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Jordan and Harris were invited to participate in the Team USA mini-camp July 25-27 in Las Vegas. Jordan was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Harris was a member of the 2014 U.S. select team and played with and against the ’14 national team.last_img

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