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

If Rivers opted for his guys to go for the tie just a few seconds before the buzzer, then they had a lower chance of winning. Rivers replied. "So if you miss, the game's over?"

(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File). In every aspect of the game, the Frenchman is crucial to Utah's scheme. Hopefully, he will be able to return to the court soon. Did fatigue factor in when it mattered most? Teams typically respond poorly to traumatic injuries, especially injuries that transpire on the first play of a playoff game.

He said he hopes to return by Game 3, which is not until Friday in Salt Lake City. "You can't account for that stuff".

"All three of the vets that we added this year have been instrumental to our success", said Hayward.

"I was just being patient", Johnson said afterwards. ". In theory, we're not the hunted. We have to be better". "Today we tried it again and it worked". "I knew I had to make a play, I just wanted to get as close as I could to the basket, and it was a good thing it went down".

Gobert is most likely not going to play in Tuesday's match-up.

"We've got to be just as desperate in the (second) game; we can't be satisfied to just get one game", Johnson said.

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.

"I think we should feel that we can win without Rudy", he said. "So, logically, he's out - we should be like 'Let's really go downhill.' We didn't go downhill a lot". Besides, the NBA Postseason is supposed to be for the league's best players, and Gobert is definitely one of the league's best players. Isaiah Thomas practiced in Waltham, Mass., on Saturday afternoon in advance of the Sunday's game against the Bulls.

Durant averaged 29.3 points against Portland and Curry 27.3. The Clippers closed within 90-89 on a jumper by Paul with 3:10 remaining, but the Jazz answered with buckets by Hayward and Johnson, the latter coming with 1:08 left for a 94-89 advantage.

The Blazers would prefer to forget that 135-90 debacle of a defeat at Oracle on December 17 - the largest Warriors' margin of victory in the rivalry.

That lasted for all of 11 seconds. Even with Gobert off the floor, the Jazz have shown more energy than the Clippers.

"Both teams have a lot of the same players from a year ago, styles of play are similar", Stotts said. "You score. If you can score in one second, you score". L.A. has been elminated in the first or second round each of the last five years.

Now, Thompson isn't afraid to say it: The Warriors plan to be playing for another two months. "I mean, you got to win four. We want it back oh so badly".

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