Rick Carlisle on DeAndre Jordan after Jordan’s big game: ‘Now you know why we wanted him’

Dallas' Chandler Parsons, right, battles the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan for space during Monday's game. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

DeAndre Jordan (6) of the Clippers plays defense against the Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons during the Clippers’ 109-90 victory Monday at Dallas/AP photo by Brandon Wade


DeAndre Jordan on Monday night returned to Dallas for the second time since backing out of a verbal accord to sign as a free agent with the Mavericks over the summer, only to re-sign with the Clippers.

In the Clippers’ first game there this season – a 118-108 Mavericks victory on Nov. 11 – Jordan scored just nine points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had one blocked shot.

In Monday’s game, Jordan scored 23 points and grabbed a whopping 20 rebounds. He also blocked two shots and made two steals in the Clippers’ 109-90 victory.That evoked quite a compliment from Dallas coach Rick Carlisle.

“Now you know why we wanted him,” Carlisle told the Dallas Morning News.


Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle can’t say enough about point guard Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com


Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Saturday morning was asked to assess Clippers point guard Chris Paul ahead of a 12:30 p.m. game between the teams. He could not have spoken in more flattering terms.

“He’s great in all phases,” Carlisle said. “He’s great on offense, a great defensive player, he’s disruptive, and he’s a great leader. He has all the qualities of a great player and he’s got the skill and all the athletic ability, too. He’s having a great year. He’s doing things very efficiently.”

Paul entered play Saturday averaging 17.8 points and 9.5 assists.