DeAndre Jordan Has Earned Respect

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Clippersfan86
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Ultimately... it's all going to come down to the playoffs. He's been a complete no show in them the two years prior and needs to carry over the regular season impact. That being said... boy does this guy deserve some props. When February hit it looked like DJ was going into his annual rapid post all star game decline, and I got worried. Then he did something most unexpected and finished off the last month or more of the season in the best form he's been in all year long. He's arguably been our most consistent player all season long in the sense that his worst games don't stray too far from his best statistically. He's pretty much a lock for the 13-14 boards, 2 blocks, 1 steal. I admit that like Joe, I had massive doubts about DJ and wrote him off after the playoffs last year. I'm pleasantly surprised to say I was wrong and that I'm very glad he's on our team.

Thanks to Doc.. this guy with all the talent and natural ability in the world, has a real chance to be an all star multiple times. Anyway, just wanted to give DJ a little more shine and props.

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just tell DJ to stop missing wide open dunks lol... I wish he was progressing in his freethrow shooting like Blake.. If he were up there in % we would be unstoppable...

FreaKeyy
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Good to hear has DJ has earned your respect. One down, one to go(Joe).

ClippersDA
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The free throws are going to be a big problem this weekend and into the playoffs. I'm bracing myself but it's a major Achilles heel and you know clown Jackson will hack him. We can't even hack bogut now

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Bring on golden state. Let's go DJ make Bogut's ribs hurt some more

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I've praised DJ for the things that he's done GREAT. I think I've given DJ his due. Does it change my feelings for him on the things I feel are just too low IQ? Yes. I think he fits this team well. Give it more than one season and I'm finally on board.

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That's my worry as well.

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Gotta remember Blake was working on ft even Before last year, I think he'll probably shoot them better next year, cause he has a really nice looking stroke.

ClippersDA
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1/8 last night from the line - this is bad. Jackson is licking his chops.

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His free throws are so mental, you can tell before he shoots whether he will miss. Last night he missed first one and was cursing right before he took second. The second missed by a mile. If he could control his emotions and embrace "I can make this", he will be ok. But once again, DJ's mental capacity is in question.

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not "capacity", I meant "approach"

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I think Doc will adjust to Jackson's chickensh** style of play and to any other teams that want to play the chickensh** game of hack-a-DJ. One of the big differences between Doc and Vinny.

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He looked like he had a good little improvement going, and then it disappeared. He took a lot of that arch off his shot and it was going in at a higher rate(or at least I thought). I think there was a part last night or maybe against Sac that he missed a free throw and went back and made sure the opposing team didn't get anything easy. If he could do that and just motivate himself to stop them on the other end it could be a much smaller obstacle to get past. He could also just do that and make them hopefully.

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I'm OK if they pull Hack-A-DJ, Translation: We can't beat you straight up.

Plus, DJ has a knack for surprising you when you least expect it, I think he'll do fine.

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What adjustment is that? Sit him out in the 4th qtr...Like Vinny did? Not much you can do with that.

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I'll give DJ credit too, he's protecting the paint better and boxing out to grab the boards. The big problem is still free throws. He was roughly just under 50% this year before April. In April..he's 25%, 10 for 40.

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Yeah, maybe 2 or 3 minutes before the last 2. I don't see DJ sitting the entire 4th quarter in games anymore so something has changed. Last time he even rode it out a bit didn't he? Since it stops everybody's flow on offense not just the team you are fouling, I don't know if its the best tactic.

No matter, it's time guys. I'm really excited for the playoffs and can't wait. Hopefully we make this run one for the ages and let Ralph go out with a bang.

If we win the Finals I think Ralph Lawler should be co-MVP with whoever gets it.

CP3Heliflopter
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If only he could shoot free throws better.... Thats my only real complaint at this point. He is definitely worth his contract though.

ClipperPostman
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The reality is There will be games where DJ is going to have to step up

his game and knock down key freethrows.

I'm hoping he steps up the plate.

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