Los Angeles Clippers: 5 Takeaways From Game 1 Vs. Jazz
Apr 21 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Ingles started the game and played 32 minutes, including a key role in the final play that opened up veteran forward Joe Johnson who cut to the basket and floated a jump shot that bounced on the rim and then fell through the net for the game victor as time expired.
"We've got to be better", Paul said. Gobert was setting a screen when Mbah a Moute ran around him in pursuit of Gordon Hayward. It could be the one thing the Clippers can hang on to, and avoid another first round playoff exit. They beat a team that was "18-2" against them in the last 20 games (read my post on that foolishness, though). "I'm seeing all these other guys play tonight, Game 1 and I'm really anxious right now so I can only do so much".
He had to be helped off by Diaw and Hill.
The matchup of Gobert and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was expected to be a key to the best-of-seven series. "We've got to worry about us; know what I mean?"
Both teams must now prepare for a series that, at least for now, will not involve Gobert. He left the building for an MRI and doctors later diagnosed him with a hyperextension in his left knee, as well as a bone bruise. "It didn't make a huge difference, but it could have for sure". The lack of a third scoring option stepping up was a major factor in the Clippers struggling on offense for much of the night, and ultimately cost them in the end.
Simply put, the Clippers were out-hustled and outplayed.
The Jazz now have the lead in their first-round series versus the Clippers.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points, and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Griffin had just two points and didn't make a field goal in the final frame.
Jazz: The last time the teams met in the playoffs was a first-round series in 1996-97, won 3-0 by the Jazz.
When the series resumed on May 4, with the fourth game relocated to the Anaheim Convention Center, Rivers scored 17 points in a 115-107 Clippers win. Hayward, will nearly certainly opt out of the final years of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent for the first time. It was unclear whehther he would be avilable for game two of the Western Conference series. Former Clipper Baron Davis shared hugs with the referees from the courtside seat. After flaming out in each of the past three playoffs in heartbreaking fashion, the Clippers find themselves facing the prospect of going back to a raucous Salt Lake City trailing by two games if they can't find a way to win Game 2 on Tuesday.