There was some symmetry to the end of the
The streak didn't end without a fight.
"I can tell you he was doing everything he could to try and play in this game," Coach
"You appreciate guys [like that]. [Former NBA coach] Hubie Brown's favorite saying is the No. 1 ability is availability and D.J. is the king of it."
Rivers said Jordan had visited a hospital at one point, but it did not appear that he was in any kind of danger. Jordan had been feeling sick for a few days, taking a turn for the worse after the Clippers' game against the
Jordan's presence in the Clippers lineup had been such a constant that Rivers said he wasn't even aware Jordan held the designation as the active player with the longest playing streak.
"You get so used to putting his name in [the lineup] in ink, you don't even think about it," Rivers said. "I had no idea it was 360 until just now."
Said Aldrich: "Just getting through a full season of 82 [games] is a big deal. When you add four, five more years onto that, then it becomes in that really, really special area."
Rivers said the Clippers would primarily miss Jordan's athleticism and his voice as the defensive coordinator on the court.
"We'll miss his talk," Rivers said. "That's all we talked about today in shoot-around. We have to be a loud team because D.J.'s loud."
"It's obviously what his body's telling him," Rivers said. "That's first and foremost."
Blake Griffin has resumed weight-bearing activities in his recovery from a partially torn left quadriceps, but Doc Rivers made it sound as if the All-Star forward's return was not imminent.
"I think this thing is going to take it's time, if you want me to be honest," Rivers said of an injury that has sidelined Griffin since the day after Christmas. "I don't know what that actually means, but I don't think we should look for him anytime soon."