"If I can grab it, I'm going to grab it," the
Jordan has sustained scores of possessions with tap-outs for offensive rebounds in recent games, including the Clippers' 101-97 victory over the
Six of his game-high 19 rebounds were on the offensive end. It was the 10th time in December that Jordan has collected at least 15 rebounds.
Jordan said he had improved his ability to tap the ball out to teammates by having them stationed outside the paint.
"Now I'm being able to see who I tip it to," said Jordan, who is averaging 13.8 rebounds per game, including 15.9 in December. "Before, I just tried to get it out, but now I tell the guys to try to stay at the three-point line.
"I know when we shoot we want to get back and be able to set up our defense, but if there's a chance that I can get it and tip it to us and give us a second opportunity, that's what I'm going to do."
Jordan had four of the Clippers' season-high-tying 12 blocks against the Jazz, which wasn't a surprise.
Then there was forward
"We know how he can score the ball," Clippers point guard Chris Paul said of Hayward, "and when he was making all those moves, Matt was right there and he never gave up on plays."
There was an upside to
"He moved great," Clippers Coach
"His wind, he said, was better than he thought. I thought he would really struggle wind-wise because he's been playing three on threes [during scrimmages], but he was pretty good."
Rivers said he had devised a schedule that included a lot of practices over the next few weeks. That would be a significant departure from the last month considering his team last held an informal practice Dec. 11 and what forward Blake Griffin described as "a real lace-up-and-get-after-it, work-on-some-things practice" Dec. 5.
"We're going to have a drastic schedule change in the way we've done things,' Rivers said.
The Clippers will have two days between games this week for the first time since early this month. They will also have two days between games four more times in January.