The DeAndre Jordan rules

How a raw, red-flagged second-round pick became one of the NBA's best centers

Updated: May 15, 2014, 6:36 PM ET
By Jordan Heimer | Special to ESPN.com

In Game 4 of their first-round series, the Golden State Warriors dismantled the Los Angeles Clippers, a 118-98 drubbing that rarely felt that close. Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick's acknowledgement that the team's focus "wasn't in the right place" only confirmed the obvious: Since Friday night, when TMZ released the now-infamous recordings of owner Donald Sterling's racist editorializing, basketball had seemed peripheral for the team.

To coach Doc Rivers, none of his players ...

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