DeAndre Jordan resolved before Monday night's game, shooting, running, doing his normal exercises, but the Clippers center still missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle.
Coach Doc Rivers seemed certain that Jordan would not play Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets, either. But Rivers was hoping Jordan would play Saturday night in Utah.
"I guess I'm watching it move, I can not imagine it playing for a couple of days," Rivers said. "I would be surprised [if he played] on Wednesday, so we go with Saturday, that would be my guess".
With Jordan out, the Clippers turned to backup centers Willie Reed and Montrezl Harrell to keep things in order. But the Clippers get lost a lot when Jordan's 6-foot-11 does not play.
"You just lose the role-playing game, athletics," Rivers said. "DJ has the ability to bounce and then run faster than his big one [man]." Montrezl can do a bit of that, he just does not have the explosiveness that the DJ obviously has, and Willie just plays a different game. a great position. "
Rivers said the Clippers also miss Jordan's offense. It's more than just Jordan averaging a double double with 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. It's Jordan setting up solid screens. It's him rolling down the road to the lob dunks. It is he who runs for the dumps.
"DJ means a lot to his team offensively than anyone ever gave him credit," said Rivers. "He's one of the best defensive players in the league and they're all still talking about defense, and that's fine, but he really affects your offense a lot when he's not on the floor."
The Clippers are used to Jordan being on the ground. He had played all the games this season before his ankle injury and 398 of 404 games in the last five seasons.
More injury updates
Rivers said the team hopes to have an update of Austin Rivers (right ankle injury) "in two days." The guard missed his ninth consecutive game.
Rivers also said forward Danilo Gallinari who missed his nineteenth consecutive game with a left gluteal injury, is progressing.
"I saw him running today, so he may be getting closer," Rivers said. "But it's still far away."