The more games his teammates sit out, the more remarkable
He's played every Clippers game since, the league's longest active streak reaching 360 consecutive games Sunday during a 114-111 overtime victory over the
Fellow Clippers stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have been sidelined for considerable chunks of recent seasons. Griffin has sat out the Clippers' last eight games because of a partially torn left quadriceps tendon that's expected to keep him sidelined for at least another week. Griffin was also sidelined for 15 games last season because of a staph infection in his right elbow.
Paul sat out 18 games during the 2013-14 season because of a shoulder injury. He played in every game last season for the first time in his career but has been sidelined five games this season because of a sore right groin and inflamed rib cartilage.
It feels like there's no need to check the starting lineup for an absence when it comes to Jordan.
"The only guy out of that core group that has been a constant has been D.J." said Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who marveled at Jordan's sturdiness given the nature of his role. "That's crazy because you're setting all those picks. You're rolling, trying to block every shot and getting all those rebounds. You're doing all the dirty work, not the flashy stuff besides the dunks.
"That's the one constant. We know he'll be back there."
Jordan is several seasons away from potentially breaking any records, though. Randy Smith holds the franchise record of 595 consecutive games played from February 1972 to April 1979, a streak the shooting guard and small forward extended to 906 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers and
Smith's streak ended in March 1983, when the Clippers waived him at his request so that he could join a playoff contender. Smith signed with the
Jordan is not even one third of the way to
"He's been fortunate he doesn't get hurt and if is it's usually some little simple minor thing that doesn't keep him out," said Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry, a Clippers assistant during the 2013-14 season. "In today's NBA, the fact that you could play 300 consecutive games is really phenomenal."
Paul was named Western Conference player of the week after averaging 23.7 points, 12.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals during victories over the