Jazz center Gobert to miss game two with Clippers

  • Jazz center Gobert to miss game two with Clippers

Jazz center Gobert to miss game two with Clippers

Los Angeles G Chris Paul made his 1,000th career 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Jordan's tomahawk jam put an exclamation on the end of the period. The Jazz used Hayward well throughout the night, and they managed to play well off the attention he received from the Clippers' defense.

NOTES: Jazz coach Quin Snyder said he has no idea when C Rudy Gobert (hyperextended left knee/bone contusion) will return. Most of the Utah runs came with DeAndre on the bench, a place he spent more time than he would have liked given some moderate foul trouble. Griffin powered down two dunks and Jordan again ended the scoring with an alley-oop slam from Jamal Crawford that sent the Clippers into halftime leading 51-42.

Thanks to a vintage performance from Iso Joe (Johnson), which included a game-winning shot, the Jazz rallied after losing Gobert to take a 1-0 series lead and steal homecourt advantage from the Clippers. Gobert was originally hurt 11 seconds into Saturday's Game 1, when he knocked knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah A Moute while setting a screen, causing the hyperextension. They dominated stretches, which was good enough even though they couldn't find a way to dominate the game.

Derrick Favors, who missed 32 games because of injury this season, was thrust into a starting role and the Clippers repeatedly picked on him in the lob game. "I'm sure it's going to be exciting, but we've got to be ready".

"Guarding him takes a lot out of you", Snyder, who started Ingles as a guard, said. "There's no sense lamenting his absence". You just got to have great focus and trust whatever the game plan is and show up to play. Utah hung around, but couldn't get over the jump Blake Griffin was running hard and getting the ball down low, and off of cuts. Paul is in the same contract situation, so he ultimately could be the one to go. Additionally, the Clippers point guard controlled the pace of the game, after they played down to Utah's pace in Game 1.

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Jazz: Gobert, who injured his knee just 17 seconds into the series opener, joined two assistant coaches for a pregame meal in the media dining room, an area rarely visited by players. Then it would be Joe Johnson or Boris Diaw with back-line help, trying to keep Jordan or Griffin from assaulting the rim. The Clippers were just 8 of 24 from three-point range. The LA triumvirate of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul combined for 63 of the team's 99 points.

Fans seeking to attend Round 1, Home Game 1 and Home Game 2 are encouraged to purchase tickets at utahjazz.com, with no online fees, the Vivint Smart Home Arena box office (located on 100 South across the street from the John Stockton and Karl Malone statues), any Smith's Tix outlet or by phone at (801) 355-SEAT.

As good as the Clippers were inside, they struggled from outside. The team shot just 29 percent from the field in the opening carom, putting themselves in a hole they couldn't quite escape. "We need to open it up a little bit".

"We came with the right amount of urgency", Rivers said after Tuesday's win.

The series will now move to Salt Lake City, where the Jazz will host three of the next four contests.