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Rivers has a strained left hamstring and Gobert has a hyperextended left knee and bone bruise in the knee.

But the Jazz are dealing with an off the court distraction with Gobert's backup, Jeff Withey. Chris Paul threw the passes and either Blake Griffin or the DeAndre Jordan threw down the lobs.

The Utah Jazz showed plenty of heart in taking Game 1 of their first-round series with the LA Clippers, earning the win after losing stalwart center Rudy Gobert to a knee injury.

Both Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordon had a field day against the much smaller Jazz frontcourt in the team's 99-91 win.

A series that was expected to be a battle of size on the interior has been redistributed to the perimeter. He set up camp in the paint early, throwing down four dunks and ten points in the first quarter alone. Redick hasn't been able to get the looks he thrives on and has been forced to put the ball on the floor.

DeRozan broke the tie with a jumper and, after missed 3-pointers by Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova, Tucker missed a pair of free throws. "As far as exactly where he is in the process, I think it's hard to say.". He failed to come through in big moments last night and the Jazz will certainly need him to do so in the upcoming home games, especially if Gobert continues to be sidelined.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 20 points, while Game 1 hero Joe Johnson scored 13 off the bench.

Riding the fast start, the Clippers led 29-18 after one quarter on 65.0 percent shooting from the field. If they went down 0-2 they would be all but finished in this series. Griffin and Jordan combined for 42 points. "Him and his people with deal with that". The good news for Jazz fans is that on only two occasions this season has Hayward posted three straight games of shooting under 40 percent, so that would seem to bode well for him having a bounce-back game shooting-wise in Game 3. This is what was expected in Game One. He's also been extremely efficient from the charity stripe, making all seven attempts from the line. Redick was 2 of 7 for 4 points, while Crawford was 3 of 12 for 10 points. Withey scored just two points and pulled down two rebounds in nine minutes of action. George Hill has to be more aggressive at attacking the paint to either score, kick out to the open man, or draw fouls.

Over the course of the second half, the Jazz would never come closer than three points, while the deficit remained around 10 points for the entire fourth quarter. He is averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds in the playoffs.

"They raised their level tonight", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of the Clippers.

It can't go without mentioning the lack of production from Gordon Hayward. "We definitely have to be better in the first quarter, but besides the first quarter we played them pretty even".

LOS ANGELES Doc Rivers has spent most of the season insisting Luc Mbah a Moute is one of the NBA's best defenders, even if he is rarely credited as such.

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