Doc Rivers campaigns for Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan

On Thursday afternoon, the balance of the All-Star teams from both conferences will be announced to complement the five starters voted onto the team by fans.
The reserves are voted on by the respective conference coaches, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers admits he’s done his share of lobbying on behalf of center DeAndre Jordan.
Jordan leads the league in rebounding (13.9 per game) and shooting percentage (64.5) and is fourth in blocked shots.
“Yeah, it’s going to be a tough one, though, at the position,” Rivers said before the Clippers took on Washington Wednesday at Staples Center. “I got a great response but that’s why you go under a curtain when you’re stumping and they vote for real. ‘Yeah, I’m going to vote for him,’ then they yank that other lever.”
In other words, Rivers said he got a lot of positive feedback on Jordan but has no idea what to expect. And only seven reserves will be named to each side, though there has been rumbling about the league to increase the size of the rosters in the 30-team league.
“You don’t know, so I’m hoping,” Rivers said.
Forward Blake Griffin was voted onto the team. It also remains to be seen if Chris Paul will be among the reserves, but with the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant now apparently sidelined for the event, Paul appears to be a lock if his injured shoulder is healed in time.
Paul was last year’s game MVP.

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