Jordan, while not as powerful as he once was, still showed signs of brilliance at times.
Additionally, in Philadelphia, he’d be reunited with his former head coach, Doc Rivers.
When they last worked together, Rivers and Jordan found a good deal of success.
This time, however, it’s not working out that way.
Sixers through two games:
DeAndre Jordan on (30 mins): -31
DeAndre Jordan off (68 mins): +1
— Sam Quinn (@SamQuinnCBS) May 5, 2022
Sam Quinn pointed out that in the first two games of the second round, the 76ers were -31 with Jordan on the floor and +1 when he was sitting.
That’s not something to be proud of.
Jordan needs to change things up quickly and start contributing to his team.
This isn’t Jordan’s first time in the playoffs.
In fact, the big man has appeared in seven previous postseasons.
At his peak in the 2016-17 playoffs, he was putting up 15.4 points and 14.4 rebounds.
This year he’s doing 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Those are easily his worst playoff numbers, even surpassing his second playoffs appearance in 2012, when he was doing 3.7 points and 6.3 rebounds.
There is still time for things to be made right with Jordan.
He might not reach 15.4 points and 14.4 rebounds again but he can certainly do better than 3.3 and 2.3.
He can do better and he really needs to.
The 76ers are giving up far too many points – their defense has completely collapsed without Embiid.
Yet, so has their offense.
In other words, the team just isn’t functioning well without their iconic star.
Over the next couple of days, Rivers needs to really push Jordan and see what he’s capable of.
If it’s not going to be enough in Game 3, perhaps it’s time for Jordan to remain on the bench.