Despite a hard-earned 20 points and six rebounds from Gordon Hayward the Jazz were ultimately handed a 99-91 defeat.
Blake Griffin scored 24 points and Chris Paul added 21 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 99-91 in Game 2 to even their National Basketball Association playoff first-round series at 1-1 on Tuesday night.
Game 3 is Friday in Salt Lake City. “They’re a good team, but we for sure have to be better”.
LOS ANGELES Whether he pulled up for a shot, set up a teammate or warded off his defender with his ball-handling skills, Clippers guard Chris Paul had one thought racing through his mind. He had 36 points, a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and nine assists.
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This is still a competent team, capable of beating the Clippers again in the postseason. They let him go.
When Renae landed the next day and joined her husband at their hotel in Marina del Rey, he told her, “Hey babe, don’t have a job”.
“We’re chasing something, we’re not protecting anything this year”, Curry said. “You see probably the dunks and open shots we get because they don’t want to help off him”. “I was planning on staying”. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick, two of the Clippers’ most unsafe scorers, have mostly been held in check this series.
Gobert made several attempts to get back to game by trying to stand up and taking short crawls but failed. Rivers has been roaming the sidelines for 154 games, Snyder has just two games of playoff experience under his belt.
Johnson said he had a long talk with Woodson about possibly reuniting.
And while Rudy’s injury was no doubt a major disappointment for every member of this Jazz team, including Favors himself, at the very least Derrick has to view this setback as an enormous opportunity to redeem what has been a poor season – a season that’s shaken the team’s ability to trust in him and has put his future in Utah in question. “You’ve just got to have great focus and trust whatever the game plan is and show up and play”. “It’s working out for me right now”.
Despite those major drop-offs, Rivers isn’t overly troubled about finding ways to get those two involved on the offense. There is no escaping it: The Clippers should have kept Ingles.
No one enjoyed that extra space more than DeAndre Jordan. Utah is forced to go small without their center available, which certainly has pros and cons going against a team that plays a big lineup like the Clippers do. His offensive game came much easier than it did in Game 1, when he committed six turnovers and regularly ran into congested areas. “He just moves a little quicker because he’s sharper”. “It’s going to come down a lot of times to who is the most physical and who gets the 50-50 balls”.
Showing the grit needed to win a playoff series, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin dominated the paint on both ends of the floor to lead the turnaround from Game 1.
Game 1 was close and I think Game 2 should be as well. “As far as exactly where he is in the process, I think it’s hard to say.”. “You look at his numbers offensively, they don’t look that great”. The confidence is likely because Utah has fielded 23 starting lineups for a roster that missed a combined 167 games because of injuries. He will not play in Game 2.
“I thought tonight what made the difference is defensively we just made it tough for them and made them take the shots we wanted them to take”.
The Clippers are defending Hayward with the idea of making others beat them.