Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.
As far as being valuable to our team, he has to be the top of the list, Servais said about Diaz. He isn’t just getting it done, it’s also the efficiency of how he’s getting it done. When his timing is right, he’s really tough to hit.
Kansas City rookie Brad Keller (2-3) also was tough to hit. He allowed six hits in eight innings. The only extra-base hit he allowed was a double by Kyle Seager in the seventh inning.
That’s all Paxton needed, recording double-figure strikeouts for the seventh time this season. On his 110th pitch, his last of the game to close out the top of the eighth, his fastball was clocked at 99 mph.
Late in the game he just dialed it up, Servais said. Pax emptied the tank and let it rip. He had an overpowering fastball at the end. It’s pretty rare. There are only five to 10 guys in baseball who can do that and we’re lucky to have one of them.
The Clippers, who learned that Jordan was having second thoughts about his decision to go to Dallas, sent a contingent to his Houston home on the final day of the moratorium to persuade him to come back to Los Angeles. The group, which included owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers and players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce, hung out with Jordan until he could officially sign his contract. Meanwhile, Jordan ignored calls and texts from Parsons and Cuban.
The Mavs were enraged by how Jordan handled the situation but are willing to forgive and move on three years later. They believe Jordan, a dominant athletic and physical presence who turns 30 next month, would help a young core that includes Doncic, point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and forward Harrison Barnes as Dallas hopes to fast-forward its rebuilding process and contend for a playoff spot this season.
Jordan, who averaged 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds for the Clippers last season, is well suited to play in Carlisle’s offensive system, which relies heavily on the pick-and-roll.