April 24, 2017

The Clippers' 97-95 loss to a battered Jazz team was embarrassing

21 April 2017, 01:59 | Pamela Mathis

The Clippers' 97-95 loss to a battered Jazz team was embarrassing

Joe Johnson vs Clippers

"No playoff series truly begins until the road team wins a game". "Now we've given it right back".

"Who would do that?" That makes no sense.

"That is like the dumbest thing I've ever heard". The team's (and Chris Paul's) window is closing. We've been up 3-1 and lost a series (to Houston in 2015).

"It's the complete opposite", Austin Rivers said Saturday, "now I'm the one down". Not necessarily. But it does look like it's dancing with the Devil. "You score. If you can score in one second, you score", Rivers responded annoyingly.

The team says he will continue to be re-evaluated. They are also the more experienced of the two teams, and they have prevailed in playoff series against tougher competition than these Jazz.

Marc Gasol had 32 points, but only seven in the second half as the Grizzlies fell behind by as many as 36 points.

In their defense, the Clippers - like the Jazz - have had their share of injuries.

In game two, Griffin and Paul must play TWO strong halves and the supporting players have to support.

Of course, the internet doesn't waste time on things like this and memes were being thrown out nearly immediately after the comment. It's good for us to go just go in with all the confidence in the world that we've built up this regular season and understand that every round's going to be different, every round's going to be just a dogfight. And late in the fourth, Johnson picked up Paul, affording the Jazz the flexibility to switch high screens.

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In that case, someone slipped them a mickey on Saturday.

It only took 11 seconds for reality to set in: The Utah Jazz would be without Rudy Gobert.

"Our defense has to be better", said a disappointed Paul after the loss.

It was all far too easy: Johnson got his mismatch, got to his spot, worked the clock, and took his shot as the Clippers effectively watched it happen. That's how long it had been since the Jazz last won a playoff game, and with 13 seconds left, Johnson got the ball when the game was tied. Two years ago we were trying to climb the ladder again and now we're in that kind of same mentality. "We can't play satisfied".

Although this is Utah's first playoff appearance since the names Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer rang through the Vivint Smart Home Arena, they are reaching sort of a crossroads with their core as well.

"It's early. It's one game".

"We're not sure what the situation is with Rudy yet", he said.

As for Gobert's unexpected absence, Rivers said, "It's amusing; it should have helped us". The scene looked scary on the court, as Gobert could not put his full weight on the knee and did not return after going down in the game's first minute.

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