When we reflect on Clippers-Warriors Game 7, the turning point of the game for the Los Angeles Clippers will likely be the monster DeAndre Jordan block on Stephen Curry that turned into a Blake Griffin alley-oop. Here is the play courtesy of Eye on Basketball:
After splitting the defense it seemed that Curry was prime to score an easy lay-up, giving the Warriors a one-point lead with a little under two minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, but a heroic effort by DeAndre Jordan, one that included knowing which had Curry would attempt to hit the layup with, ended up being the turning point of the game.
“I showed it to one side of the rim, and he was going to go to the other side, and he made a great play. I was able to get downhill and make an aggressive attack to the rim, but he’s 7-foot with a long wingspan and he’s able to get there pretty quick, so he made a great play. I wouldn’t change anything about how that sequence happened.” (via ESPN)
Following the block, a J.J. Redick-to-Blake Griffin would ignite the crowd as the Warriors kept things close throughout the entire fourth quarter.
While fans are usually stuck on the flashy play provided by point guards in the playoffs a la Steph Curry last year and Damian Lillard this year, Jordan is gaining some fans with his hypnotizing play when defending the basket or throwing a nasty dunk down on his end. The clear improvement on the defensive end helped carry the Clippers over the Warriors and now we’ll see if he can repeat his dominate effort as the Clips prepare to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Against the Warriors, Jordan averaged 12.1 points on 75.7 percent shooting, 15.1 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game.