Clippers beat Jazz 99-91, level series at 1-1

Utah Jazz's Joe Johnson, right, is pressured by Los Angeles Clippers' Jamal Crawford during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. "That's a tall order". All of them are also expected to attract interest from other clubs, which could be tempting especially if the Clippers will get prematurely knocked out of the playoffs once again.

No one enjoyed that extra space more than DeAndre Jordan.

The moral victory is that the Jazz still give themselves a chance to play with just about any team even without Gobert.

Jordan's first points, a lob from Paul. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will all be free agents this summer.

"Obviously a lot of us grew up playing that sport [Australian rules], it's a physical sport, but I didn't like the outdoors, the rain and the mud". The Jazz closed to within six on five occasions in the fourth quarter before the Clippers sealed the win. They outscored the Jazz 18-0 in the paint. If not, yell at the TV and send good vibes to the Jazz. He set up camp in the paint early, throwing down four dunks and ten points in the first quarter alone. If he continues to struggle against Luc Mbah a Moute, find a switch he prefers and go to work. In the first two games of this series, Hood's bumped and skidded, averaging just nine points on 35-percent shooting.

The biggest reason is DeAndre Jordan, who was great inside tonight.

"I think we've got to be better executing our game plan", Hayward said.

Gordon Hayward, Where Are You? "I'd kind of thought I'd done enough". "It may be a similar game where, all of a sudden, some of those go in and it feels better".

"I thought, if I can, to try to make them switch", Ingles said. Despite a hard-earned 20 points and six rebounds from Gordon Hayward the Jazz were ultimately handed a 99-91 defeat.

Here's a look at what else the Jazz need to do in order to protect their homecourt. He buried a 3-pointer, blocked a shot and recorded one of his three steals, then scored a tough basket in transition.

Utah steadied itself behind Johnson and fellow veteran George Hill, both of whom were brought in to balance the inexperienced Jazz.

Prediction: Utah takes Game 3. And that showed from the results.

The Jazz didn't call a timeout.

The Clippers will look to get Redick more involved by setting screens and trying to get him open looks in transition. "They really support their team, and it's always been that". They gave me pointers on where to be on the offensive end.

The Clippers could have $140 million in salaries and $56 million in luxury tax payments next season if they re-sign everyone.

But Snyder admitted the Jazz had no way to "replicate" Gobert, the first player in club history to have 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocked shots in a single season. He also fast-forwarded to Game 2 and the corrections the Clippers must make to avoid falling behind 2-0. Somehow, Jazz fans on social media misconstrued that commentary as a slight instead of a compliment.

"Under the circumstances, I think he's in a good place (mentally) and his focus is on trying to get back as quickly as he can", Snyder said. Game 3 will be loud Friday night, and the Jazz might need to feed off of that energy to pick up a win.

  • Julie Sanders