On Tuesday, Garnett ambled into the Clippers practice facility and bee-lined for Pierce. The former teammates joked around before Garnett went across the gym to work with Jordan and forward Brandon Bass.“You can tell that he loves the game of basketball,” Jordan said. “He wants to teach people. He wants you to learn and he wants to give knowledge and I want receive all of it.”Jordan said workouts take on a heightened intensity with Garnett.“You’ve got to be locked in,” Jordan said. “That’s just his personality. He’s an intense person. He’s locked in all the time and that’s contagious, man.“I’m glad that we got him here. I’m glad that I’m able to take advantage of that. Whenever he’s here, he’s going to get tired of me.”Woodson said there are “some similarities already between Garnett and the Clippers center.“(Garnett) has been able to dominate the game on both ends,” Woodson said, “but from the defensive perspective, I mean, blocking shots, rebounding, making sure the other four guys are in their proper rotations, he’s been able to do it all from a defensive standpoint.”And Jordan?“There was a reason why he got the Defensive Player of the Year award last season,” Woodson said, “because he anchored everything that we, and Doc, diagrams on the floor. And that’s a big part of winning. Trying to win at a high level, you’ve got to have players like that.”If this is AustinAustin Rivers was surprised to learn that his father was sick when he arrived at practice Tuesday.“My sister is sick, too,” he said. “Stay away from the Rivers family. I didn’t know he had it. I haven’t talked to him in like two or three days.”Austin Rivers has been away from the Clippers since their win in Sacramento on Friday because of a flu-like illness of his own. The lack of communication with his father is a product of a very 21st Century complication.“I just changed my number yesterday,” Austin Rivers said. “I texted him and he didn’t text me back. He probably thinks it’s some random number.”Nonetheless, the younger Rivers has some idea what the Clippers coach is going through.Austin Rivers spent his whole weekend watching movies, he said.“I watched the whole ‘Lord of the Rings’ series,” he said. “All three of them. Those things are like four hours a piece.”Caught up on his Tolkien film adaptions, Rivers will try to pick up where he left off when the Clippers play host to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. He is averaging a career-high 10.8 points per game and in his last seven appearances, all starts, that has climbed to 17.9.“It seems like I’ve gotten better and better on the offensive end as the season’s gone on,” Rivers said. “Really my focus has just been playing hard, not focusing on (scoring) at all. I’ve been putting a lot more work into shooting than I ever have over the past year.”Scheduled restAfter playing seven games in 10 days at the end of December – six of those losses – the Clippers finally get a bit of a break from the schedulemakers this month. They play just three games each week of January and are not on the road again until Jan. 21 at Denver.“I feel like we’re catching our breath a little bit,” Jamal Crawford said.Added Austin Rivers: “Obviously, we played a lot of games, maybe too many. I don’t know. It’s hard for us to say, because we love playing basketball. … There could be 90 games, I would love playing that many games.”Blake in backBlake Griffin continues to be eased back into things after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 20. On Tuesday, he attempted a handful of set shots and free throws prior to the start of Clippers practice.The timeline for his return, originally announced as four-to-six weeks after surgery, has not changed, with the Clippers hoping to get him back sometime late this month.While the Clippers warmed up Tuesday, Griffin was escorted into a back room adjacent to the practice court. A series of bright lights emanated from the room.Instead of some cutting-edge medical test, however, the Clippers star was simply participating in a photo shoot for Nike’s Jordan Brand, which endorses Griffin. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA >> DeAndre Jordan loves to talk.During games, he is the Clippers king of repartee, getting under the skin of opponents, grilling officials, bellowing after big plays.Jordan’s verbal game is not unlike that of one of his early influences, Kevin Garnett.“He’s one of the main reasons I talk so much and talk so loud on the court when I’m out there,” Jordan said, “is from watching film of him and playing against him.” Jordan’s chances to learn firsthand from Garnett are about to spike.The Clippers this week hired Garnett, who retired last summer after a 21-year playing career, as a consultant. The future Hall of Fame forward is expected to periodically make appearances at practices to work with the team’s big men.Especially Jordan.“I just think as we move forward it’s going to help DJ a lot,” said assistant coach Mike Woodson, who oversaw Tuesday’s practice while Doc Rivers stayed home to battle an illness. “I mean, all of our bigs. KG is going to be a Hall of Famer one day, and I think (with) all the experience that he’s put out on the basketball floor, if these guys are willing to listen and learn, they will benefit in the long run.”Garnett won a championship in 2008 with Rivers and Paul Pierce in Boston. He visited the Clippers during training camp in an unofficial role and at the time, Jordan said he hoped Garnett would become a fixture around the Clippers.