The steady improvement DeAndre Jordan has displayed at the offensive end during the Los Angeles Clippers' first six preseason games has been evident to anyone who watched him struggle around the basket last season.
Jordan had another strong game Monday night with 18 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Clippers to an 88-71 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
''I worked tremendously hard with Marc Iavaroni and a number of the other coaches on my offensive game,'' Jordan said. ''They all said that I had it before, but they told me I needed to just slow down and take my time when I got down there under the basket.
''Last year I was a little too excited and was working too fast, but now I'm getting more comfortable and letting the game come to me,'' he added. ''That's what a lot of the veterans told me to do. My teammates trust me with the ball, and that builds my confidence. That confidence has definitely helped me in the preseason, and hopefully it will carry over to the regular...