Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Best Memes of the Los Angeles Clippers Choking Against the Utah Jazz

Best Memes of the Los Angeles Clippers Choking Against the Utah Jazz

Gobert, one of the Jazz's two best players and a front-runner for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, crumpled to the ground holding his knee only moments into Game 1 on Saturday. The Clippers have not shown that they perform well under pressure, and if they go down 2-0 they most likely will not be able to get out of it. Unfortunately for them, as good as the trifecta of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan have been, they have seemingly reached their ceiling.

The two-time reigning NBA MVP sprained the MCL in his right knee when he slipped on a wet spot just before halftime of a Game 4 win at Houston in the first round of the 2016 playoffs.

The Blazers lost all four regular-season meetings but went 17-6 down the stretch. Teams typically respond poorly to traumatic injuries, especially injuries that transpire on the first play of a playoff game.

Throughout his career, Johnson made a habit of taking crucial shots, first in Phoenix, then Atlanta and even with the Brooklyn Nets even though his level of play began to slip with age.

Gordon Hayward had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

An MRI taken later that night revealed no ligament damage, and Gobert was diagnosed as a left knee hyperextension and bone contusion, according to SportingNews.com.

The Jazz and Clippers have 48 hours off between Game 1 and Tuesday's Game 2, and Game 3 isn't until Friday at 10 p.m. ET. The Clippers will look to adjust and correct their Game 1 mistakes as they try to tie the series. We've lost a first game and won a series. "I hope he's OK and stuff like that, but we've got to worry about our team".

You can see in the video that Griffin makes no attempt to get back into the play. Derrick Favors came off the bench in place of Gobert for 15 points and another veteran, George Hill added 16.

"We felt a little bit stunned out there", Diaw said, "but then we regrouped and got back on the horse".

If the Clippers continue to struggle against a Gobert-less team, they are in for a rude awakening for the rest of the series.

"We've got to be better", Paul said. Gobert is also the team's third-leading scorer and top rebounder, averaging 14 points and 12.8 boards a game. This gives the team some leeway to keep their star big man out with a game advantage in hand. Hayward, will nearly certainly opt out of the final years of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent for the first time.

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