He sat for 11 consecutive games during one stretch this season, the time on the bench forcing
Aldrich has delivered for the
The 6-foot-11 reserve center played in his sixth consecutive game and posted yet another productive stat line across the board during the Clippers' 122-117 victory over the
Aldrich had seven points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots in 14 minutes, 27 seconds.
"It's getting more comfortable with the guys that are out there," Aldrich said. "We've really amped up our defense on our second unit and that's helped us win some big games."
When he wasn't playing, Aldrich had to get in the gym and get in extra work.
He wanted to make sure he was ready whenever Coach
"It's tough," Aldrich said. "The biggest thing is making sure is to get in every day, running, doing all that you need to do just to stay in shape. So when game time comes, you just be ready. It's not easy, but it comes with the territory."
Aldrich has become the Clippers' third big man, a role that has become more important now that Blake Griffin is out with a partially torn left quad tendon.
Aldrich stepped into that space when
"We probably thought we waited longer than we should have, really," Rivers said of playing Aldrich. "I think Cole, when he started out in camp, I didn't think he was in great shape. And I think he got into amazing shape. He's been great."
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Clippers sixth man
"I don't know him personally, but it's the
"Think about it. Everybody uses Uber. It's scary."
UP NEXT FOR CLIPPERS
AT NEW ORLEANS
When: 5 p.m. PST Thursday.
Where: Smoothie King Center.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330.
Records: Clippers 20-13;
Record vs. Pelicans: 1-0.
Update: New Orleans has the second-worst record in the Western Conference, fourth worst in the league.