November 20, 2017

Clippers turn up heat to level series with Jazz

21 April 2017, 09:05 | Joan Schultz

"They raised their level tonight", Snyder said. Lo and behold, the injury bug that has plagued the Jazz all year reared its ugly head again, on the first possession of Game 1.

Doctors declared that Rudy Gobert is suffering from a knee hyperextension injury and bone contusion. In fact, the Clippers should've been up by 20 a couple of times throughout this game and still managed to walk away with "just" an eight-point victory.

By halftime, Jordan had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Clippers led the Jazz 51-42.

Thus, the Clippers desperately needed a win in Game 2 to avoid going down 2-0 in the series.

Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute also observed Paul was also trying to rectify the Clippers' Game 1 loss to Utah on Saturday.

A series that was expected to be a battle of size on the interior has been redistributed to the perimeter. The most freaky moment that punctuated this disbelief came when George Hill slowed the ball down to talk to an official with about two minutes remaining rather than pushing the ball to score.

Rohit is an L.A. -based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah.

His wife, Renae, was in the air on her way from Australia to Los Angeles and therefore shut off from the world when the Clippers lost their final preseason game in 2014 against Portland, and game in which her husband was scoreless in five minutes. The contest hinged on LA's ability to squeeze points out of crevices because its outside shooting was missing in action for the second straight game. I thought we did that a lot. "Sometimes he gets caught up in trying to get everybody involved and gets guys going".

The Clippers' big three led the way as they evened the series with Utah.

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You know your defense is not putting up enough resistance when the ancient Paul Pierce is able to take the ball at the free-throw line and drive down the left side uncontested for an easy layup as he did late in the third quarter. Game 2 was very much the same statistically, but it's all too obvious that his knee is still bothering him.

"J.J., he gets frustrated like everybody else", Griffin continued. His lateral movement was labored and slow, letting people blow right past him.

It was just a few weeks ago when I wrote a column charging the Los Angeles Dodgers' dire need to scale the World Series hump this season. But we'll make sure he's ready. The game didn't feel particularly close throughout, as LAC never relinquished control after jumping out to a quick 29-18 lead after one period. He shot the 3-ball well (3-of-6) and was 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. He's also drained three of the five three-pointers he's taken, which doesn't bode well for a sluggish Derrick Favors. Griffin (26 points, seven rebounds and three assists) had a hot start in the first half, but only scored two points in the fourth quarter. First of all, he's one of the stronger guys at his position, he shoots the three well, he attacks the basket. Over the first 12 minutes of the game, the Jazz hit four of their seven long-range shots and only one of their 10 two-point field goal attempts.

Chris Paul continued his clutch play in the fourth quarter of this series.

Jordan finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who crushed the Jazz in the paint, 60-38. "That's the challenge", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Utah needs more from Gordon Hayward. "Utah is a hard place to play because they're good, due to their fans and because of altitude". Every time the Jazz looked to drive the lane, they would be met with a wall of bodies.

The All-Star centre shot 9-of-11 from the field.

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