There he was, the player
It was everything Cuban wanted to see from Jordan in a
Jordan made his presence known on the Clippers' first possession Monday when he set a pick that freed
"He was dominant," Clippers Coach
Mavericks fans greeted Jordan with the expected boos whenever he touched the ball. They cheered when he airballed a free throw and missed a dunk after the whistle had blown on a foul.
There was also something unexpected: Jordan's No. 6 on the midsection of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from "Ghostbusters" during a scoreboard feature in the first half.
The game posters distributed to fans also featured center
Jordan acknowledged feeling more relaxed than he had been during the Clippers' first trip here this season in November, when he struggled in a Mavericks' victory.
Dallas intentionally fouled Jordan for stretches in the first half Monday but backed off after he made more than he missed.
"I'm more comfortable and confident there now," Jordan said. "I go there now thinking I'm going to make them, and I've done a better job with it."
Jordan has become Shaquille O'Neal-like in many ways even without the scoring to match the former Lakers star. He continually generates scoring opportunities with his screens and rolls toward the rim, his importance transcending his gobs of rebounds and dunks off lobs.
"He creates offense because of his athleticism," Rivers said. "There's other guys who could roll and it's not going to make an impact; no one cares. When D.J. rolls, it creates an impact."
"He does have a pretty big offensive role and people don't get that per se," Rivers said. "I think everything in this day and time is the exact number of points, that's all people look at instead of who creates offense."
No one questions Jordan's rebounding. He has registered double digits in that category in 19 consecutive games, the longest streak in the
Clippers forwards Blake Griffin and