Clippers coach Doc Rivers says that it is a “travesty” that center DeAndre Jordan was not selected to participate in the All-Star game for the Western Conference.
The All-Star Game is Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"I think DJ should be on the All-Star team. I think it's a travesty. I really do," Rivers said. "I just think that a guy who is getting 27 [rebounds] and 22 [points vs. Dallas on Monday] and 20s and 20s [should] be on the team."
Jordan has six games this season with 20 or more rebounds, including grabbing 20 rebounds and scoring 24 points in the Clippers’ 110-95 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. He has at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in three of the past six games.
“There's never been a team that's won a title without being a decent defensive team," Rivers said. "But that side keeps getting forgotten about in the All-Star Game."
Jordan leads the NBA in rebounding, averaging 13.8 per game. He says the Clippers, who are sixth in the Western Conference with a 35-19 record, are playing for bigger goals than All-Star selections.
“At the end of the day, there's an ultimate goal for our team and our organization, and that's a lot bigger," Jordan said.
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