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Clippers' DeAndre Jordan laments his free-throw woes

December 26, 2011 |  2:04 pm

Deandre-jordan_325When DeAndre Jordan was asked about his career-high eight blocked shots against the Golden State Warriors in Sunday night's game, the Clippers center talked about his free-throw shooting.

When Jordan was asked about the Clippers' next game -- against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night -- he directed the conversation back to his free-throw shooting.

It was clear what was on Jordan's mind after he went four for 12 from the free-throw line against the Warriors.

At one point, when Warriors Coach Mark Jackson intentionally had Jordan fouled four consecutive times in the third quarter, he went three for five from the line, with one of the misses an air ball.

During and after Monday’s practice, Jordan worked on his free throws.

"I have to obviously get better from the free-throw line when they pull a Hack-a-DJ, Hack-a-Shaq, or whatever you want to call it," said Jordan, referring to when Shaquille O’Neal was fouled often. "It’s fine. I’m going to continue to shoot them the way I shoot them. I’m either going to make them or miss them, and that goes for everybody else in the league. But when you get fouled four times in a row, after a while, it got kind of annoying."

Jordan's teammates, however, didn’t forget about his presence on defense.

"That is my role," Jordan said, "to be the defensive leader on this team."


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Photo: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan reacts after scoring against the Lakers in a preseason game last week. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times