"He's like, 'Man, I hate playing like that,' " Jordan said after the game, recalling what Duncan told him about the Spurs' strategy to keep intentionally fouling the notoriously poor free-throw shooter. "I said, 'I've got to make them,' and he's like, 'Yeah, once you start making them, then it's going to be tough. Teams are going to have a problem.' "
The Clippers' opponents already have a problem trying to stop Jordan. A huge one.
Even with his well-documented struggles at the free-throw line, Jordan has become one of the
"To me, I think he's our most valuable player," Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul said.
OK, so Jordan is not perfect. He made only 10 of 28 free throws against San Antonio and is shooting 40.8% from the foul line this season.
"I dropped out of college," Jordan said when told how many free throws he had made against the Spurs, "but percentagewise, I don't think that's" good.
Jordan made nine of 24 free throws while being intentionally fouled, one game after making seven of 16 free throws in the same scenario late in the game during a victory over the Houston Rockets.
Overall, Jordan has taken 54 free throws over his last two games. Of course, there's another number he'd prefer to avoid.
"I don't want to know how many I made," he quipped.
The cover-your-eyes answer: 22, meaning he shot 40.7% in those games, nearly identical to his season average for (in)accuracy.
Jordan said he was working with Clippers assistant coach Armond Hill, who advised his pupil to raise his feet and finish taking free throws while on his toes.
"Can you imagine how much advice D.J. gets?" Rivers said. "The last thing he needs me to do is give him more advice. To me, just go and play."
Jordan said he had gotten used to getting fouled all over his upper body, though he acknowledged it could be frustrating.
"After a while, it kind of wears on you, running up and down and getting hit by somebody who's 280 pounds," Jordan said. "But at the same time, we won, and I was able to get some more free-throw practice."
CLIPPERS VS. SACRAMENTO
When: 7 p.m. PST Saturday.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330.
Record vs. Kings: 1-1.
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