DeAndre Jordan.

DeAndre Jordan misses a game through injury for the first time in his career

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In a season that has been marred by injuries for the Los Angeles Clippers, they have always been able to rely on the services of one man who has been a constant presence on the floor for the franchise throughout his career.

Since being drafted by the team in 2008, DeAndre Jordan has never missed a game through injury in his 10 years as a Clipper.

On Saturday night, however, that streak came to an end as the injury curse finally took down the durable center.

Jordan was forced to miss the 126-105 win over the Sacramento Kings with an ankle sprain.

He injured himself after landing awkwardly following one of his highlight alley-oop dunks.

The 29-year-old has missed games because of a coach's decision, illness and rest, but never because of injury before Saturday.

The last time he didn't feature was in March against the Denver Nuggets, which was the second night of a back-to-back.

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His next game for L.A. will see him tie Randy Smith for most played in franchise history at 715.

Seeing the Clippers take to the floor without their athletic big man is a rare occurrence and one that the fans inside Staples Center have not been used to.

Head coach Doc Rivers stated that he doesn't expect DJ to miss much time but according to ESPN he added, "I can't guarantee it."

The All-Star is averaging 11.8 points per game on 66.1 percent shooting and leads his team with 14.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.

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Jordan has been the subject of intense trade speculations this year and his future in Los Angeles is in doubt as rumours swirl about a potential move before next month's deadline.

The veteran is set to become a free agent in the summer and the franchise could potentially move him and look to get some younger pieces in return instead of losing him for nothing.

With multiple injuries throughout the campaign, it's certainly something the team is exploring as they look to the future.

Blake Griffin, Danilo Gallinari, Milos Teodosic, Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers and now Jordan have all missed games and many of those players continue to be sidelined now.

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Yet somehow they are still in playoff contention having clawed their way back to .500 at 21-21.

"I've never seen anything like this," Rivers said about the injuries, per ESPN. "As a coach or a player, never seen anything like this."

Many role players have stepped up for the team - including Lou Williams who's having an All-Star type season - and Rivers deserves credit for still managing to get the best out of a depleted roster.

We should certainly expect them to be active in the trade market as there are an interesting couple of weeks in store ahead of the February 8 trade deadline.

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