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Los Angeles Clippers tie series 1-1 after win against Jazz

20 April 2017
Los Angeles Clippers tie series 1-1 after win against Jazz

It wasn't a between-quarters event sponsored by the American Egg Board, though.

Blake Griffin hit 11-of-21 shots and a 3-pointer for 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in Tuesday's crucial Game 2 99-91 win over the Jazz to tie the series at 1-1. The Clippers have held the lead for much of the series, but the Jazz have maintained the tempo.

But judging by the latest body of evidence, it won't be easy to win the next two games at Vivint Arena. It's well-documented that they have never advanced past the second-round of the playoffs in the Chris Paul-Blake Griffin era, and Doc Rivers hasn't done anything to erase his tag of being overrated. And of course, CP3 was surgical in how he carved up Utah's defense with 21 points and 10 assists. Jordan and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute both had as many offensive rebounds as the Jazz did total.

And yet a subtle issue developing in the West's 4-5 matchup is that "small ball" is a moniker ill-fitted for what the Jazz have been forced to employ. "It's never fun coming in and watching film after that Game 1 loss". The Clippers were attacking the hole that Rudy Gobert left and it was more than apparent. "It was a point of emphasis". Gordon Missed a few really open shots as well. I thought tonight what made the difference is defensively.

"We came with the right amount of urgency", Rivers said after Tuesday's win. Jamal Crawford and JJ Redick have struggled to a 1-for-14 start from deep in the series.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder was also full of praise for Ingles, pointing to his off shooting night on Saturday as a reflection of the superb defensive effort he performed on Redick. "We were not helping off [Redick and Crawford]. As far as exactly where he is in the process, I think it's hard to say.".

Utah was not a great road team this season, going 22-19. The team is expected with the same and the fans are looking that how their team will play on this Game 2 by using the disadvantages of Utah Jazz. I think there's an awareness that our guys have.

"We got the Game 1, so go home, figure out what we did wrong, be ready for Game 3", Hayward said. More importantly, though, will they cover those 9 points? They didn't walk through that door in game one. It led to a win, but it was the smallest margin of victory over the Jazz out of the four wins this season. The shooting guard managed just seven points and took only six shots, converting three, in the opener.

And as Hayward pointed out, the Clippers will need to be better after the energy of the opening tip-off fades.

Snyder said he didn't know when Gobert, who suffered a hyperextended left knee and bone bruise seconds into game one, would return.

The Clippers could have $140 million in salaries and $56 million in luxury tax payments next season if they re-sign everyone. It will be the Jazz, not the Clippers, with the home-crowd energy in Game 3 Friday night. The difference was that dominant first quarter (29-18).