No Gobert, no problem as Jazz defeat Clippers

Hazel Gray
April 22, 2017

Seven years came down to one moment. With the score tied by a Paul runner with 13.1 seconds left, the Jazz elected not to call timeout and instead gave the ball to Johnson.

Two things set this play up. Should they lose in the first round to the Clippers, the small-market Jazz will have to think long and hard about whether this is the team they want to be locked into going forward.

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I asked Ingles what he was thinking on that play. "It would be nice to get him back, obviously". The big man immediately went down in pain and had to be helped off the court.

Utah weathered the storm, though, as they stayed within striking distance despite a 20-point first half from Blake Griffin. "We wanted to go ahead and go because we knew we could get the last shot".

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Curry was sidelined for the first three games of that series previous year before coming off the bench in a playoff game for the first time in his career in Game 4 and scoring 40 points, with an National Basketball Association record 17 in overtime of a 132-125 victory.

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The Clippers got a good night from CP3, Blake and DeAndre. "In some ways, that helped them". Snyder's actually one of the best coaches in the league at drawing plays after a timeout, he was fourth a year ago at 0.95 points per possession.

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.

Gobert's real plus-minus ranked fifth in the entire league, and his defensive real plus-minus ranked first. "There's holding, it's for the game".

Johnson, by the way, was typically understated. 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.

Yes, Johnson's talent carried the day. Those 32 minutes were the most he's played since early March due to an injury, and he was clearly laboring down the stretch as he gutted the game out. That'd really rub it in, after all. In the last six minutes of the game, Paul was the only Clipper to score from the field other than one layup by J.J. Your Oscar for screenwriting is probably gone at that point, just with that one mistake.

The series pegged as the most competitive matchup of the first round was dealt a serious blow after just 11 seconds. That's just preposterous. That earns you a Razzie, and you're fired. Rivers said. "Why would you ever do that?"

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