Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Clippers Beat Jazz, 99-91, To Even Series At 1-1

Game two is in Los Angeles on Tuesday, with the best-of-seven series then moving to Salt Lake City for games three and four. But in the Game 2, the Gobert will not play his game for Utah Jazz. The center was hurt less than 20 seconds into Utah's Game 1 win. Not only was Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan eating him up inside, but so was the rest of the Clippers squad. The Clippers were just 8 of 24 from three-point range.

Once dubbed Lob City, the Clippers have gotten away from that in recent years, relying more on the outside shot.

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20 points. Very rarely does a team come back from down 0-2, and the Clippers do not have the playoff resume that would lead people to believe that they could pull it off.

For the final play Utah had the ball and Ingles had Clippers' guard, Jamal Crawford, defending him.

"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". Miss or make shots, we have to be aggressive like that.

Except, apparently, for Mbah a Moute. Lou Williams scored the first four points in that span, and Beverley found Clint Capela on an alley-oop dunk.

- NBA (@NBA) April 19, 2017 " Absolutely nt". The absence of the 7-1 Gobert, a defensive player of the year candidate, was more noticeable than in the Game 1 win.

The Clippers also dominated the glass at crucial times and forced Utah to try to beat them on offense instead of defense. The game tips off at 10:30 PM EST in Staples Center, Los Angeles.

The Jazz will need Withey tomorrow night as Rudy Gobert will not play again, and may not be back anytime soon. He was unable to practice much due to his troublesome knee, so he's clearly out of game shape, looking exhausted for most of the second half.

Paul isn't new to the game and the veteran isn't about to let someone take a vague comment - especially one he doesn't think is vague - and misconstrue it into bulletin board material or a rallying cry for the Utah fanbase.

Snyder added: "They played with an intensity and level from the beginning of the game".

They need their other two stars to step up offensively, as they did get a lot from the short supporting cast. Over the course of these past two games, Rodney Hood is averaging nine points, shooting better than he did in the season series at 36 percent, has dished out an assist, snagged one steal and has drained 83 percent of his free throws.

The Clippers don't like playing in Utah, with the altitude, distant airport and devoted fans. Urgency needs to be a factor for LA as they enter game three Friday. Utah's crowd is known to be one of the loudest in the National Basketball Association so the Clippers will be playing in a totally different environment the next couple games. They are 44-39 against the over/under overall, but 26-15 on the road. Where that trio combined for 56 points on 23-of-45 (51.1 percent) shooting in Game 1, it wound up with 45 points on 14-of-42 (33.3 percent) shooting during Game 2. Los Angeles seemed to be the hottest team entering the playoffs, but they have a Washington Capitals-type stigma about them that tends to lead to playoff letdowns. Rudy Gobert went down setting a screen for Gordon Hayward, suffering a hyperextension and bone contusion in his left knee. This will likely continue to move in that direction, despite the public money on the Jazz.

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