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May 30 2017, 07:21 | Van Peters
But by midday Sunday, he was back to himself.
Making their first playoff appearance in five years, the Jazz outshot the Clippers and narrowly controlled the paint, owning a 42-40 edge.
The Clippers got a good night from CP3, Blake and DeAndre. The Jazz may have lacked the talent, but they had an overwhelmingly amount of heart.
That was the normal Doc. "We've got to worry about us; know what I mean?"
Three thoughts on the Jazz's 97-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers from KSL.com's Utah Jazz beat writer, Andy Larsen.
"Who would do that?" "Like, why would you ever do that?"
Rivers followed up with these gems: "That makes no sense". The team's (and Chris Paul's) window is closing. We've been up 3-1 and lost a series (to Houston in 2015).
Does this look like a team that is unraveling? In the last six minutes of the game, Paul was the only Clipper to score from the field other than one layup by J.J. The team estimated to have lost more wins this season due to injury watched their defensive anchor and the league leader in blocked shots and defensive real plus-minus crumple to the court. Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers' Brandon Ingram (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.
Then there are the playoff problems. Teams typically respond poorly to traumatic injuries, especially injuries that transpire on the first play of a playoff game. One more injury punch in the gut and yet the team comes together to put out a remarkable effort with great coaching leading the way.
LOS ANGELES When it came to scoring against the Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert figured to present the same defensive paradox as the series of obstacles in a children's campfire sing-along: Can't go over him, can't go around him, can't go through him. "They've been pretty wide awake". The Jazz did not provide a timetable for when he could return to the court.
"Getting the ball in at that point is hard", Ingles said, when I asked him about going with no timeout.
Thus, the Jazz must pounce while the chance is there. He was shortly after ruled out of any game time. "Today we tried it again and it worked". "We can't play satisfied". Utah knows they can't cry over spilled milk.
"It's early. It's one game".
"We're not sure what the situation is with Rudy yet", he said. Portland center Jusuf Nurkic was listed as questionable Saturday after he missed the last seven games with a non-displaced fracture in his right leg.
Yes, Blake Griffin had a game high 26-points, but he was nowhere to be found in the fourth quarter and committed several costly turnovers.