DeAndre Jordan leaves game vs. Kings after twisting ankle (VIDEO)

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DeAndre Jordan is a critical piece of what remains in Los Angeles after Chris Paul left for the Houston Rockets.

The Clippers can’t afford to not have him.

No doubt fans in LA held their collective breath on Thursday night after Jordan was forced to leave a game against the Sacramento Kings. Going for a follow-up on offense, Jordan twisted his left ankle after dunking home a rebound in the second quarter.

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It was quickly announced that Jordan would not return. We’re still waiting on potential x-ray results and prognosis for the Clippers’ next game at home on Saturday against Sacramento.

Jordan has started in all 41 games for LA this season, a stark contrast to remaining cornerstones Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari.

The Clippers have flirted with a playoff spot all season long, and currently sit 9th in the West at 19-21 going into Thursday’s game vs. the Kings.

Losing Jordan for an extended period of time would spread thin an already injury-depleted squad. The good news is that Griffin did return from his concussion to play against Sacramento on Thursday.

Fans in LA are hoping he can stay on the floor and that Jordan makes a speedy recovery.