Johnson scores 28, Jazz beat Clippers 105-98 to even series
11:04, Apr 26, 2017
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Joe "Iso Joe" Johnson did it again for the Jazz off the bench.
One of the most disappointing subplots of the first-round playoff series between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers has been all the injuries. Still, the Clippers have a 2-1 edge in the series right now. It was Utah's first home playoff win since 2010.
The Clippers held on and won game three in Utah111-106 to take an advantage in the series, but gave that advantage right back after Sunday's Game 4.
The series shifts back to L.A. for Game 5 on Wednesday AEDT. He says he's only going to get stronger as the series continues.
"I think the decision to play him was independent of how he played", said Snyder. However, similarly to when Rudy Gobert left Game One, the Clippers could not capitalize. "The key for him is not to try to come and get back..." He hit four straight baskets in the fourth quarter to fuel a decisive 15-0 run. The Clippers announced the unfortunate news that Griffin will be missing the remainder of the team's 2017 playoffs. "I'm pretty direct. I told them last night, 'Blake's out.' You know, next man up". We got to do better on our defensive rotations. However, they are without superstar forward Blake Griffin, who is ruled out of the postseason with an injury, and he might have played his last game for the Clippers.
The 2017 National Basketball Association season's fourth-seed Western Conference team, Los Angeles Clippers, have announced that its starting forward, Blake Griffin, suffered a big toe injury which will result for him to miss the remainder of the playoffs.
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Gobert heroically returning to the floor after a mere eight days. The Clippers never led again after controlling the game for most of the night.
Gobert had an immediate and profound impact on both ends of the court in only 23 minutes.
"Joe is unbelievable with his pace and knowing how to get to his stops", said a frustrated Chris Paul, who was one rebound shy of a triple-double. "I was feeling good. Joe trusted me to shoot it, and I just let it ride". "It's been getting better everyday. I'm not thinking about the knee when I'm playing". Conversely, Bass provides excellent production in spot minutes and brings a lot of energy off the bench.
Eric Gordon and Lou Williams each scored 18 points for the Rockets. I think that alone is enough to push the Clippers past the Jazz in this playoff series.
"It's a tough call", Doc Rivers said Monday, the day after the Clippers lost Game 4 to the Jazz in Salt Lake City. The Jazz also pushed the Clippers to the limit in Friday's loss. Utah finally took a 53-49 lead on back-to-back layups from Gobert. He added seven in the third quarter and three in thefourth quarter. The Jazz offered Johnson, a seven-time All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets, a two-year, $22 million deal. Even at age 31, Paul is still the best all-around point guard in the league. However, foul trouble limited Crawford in the fourth quarter.
"His effect is obvious", Snyder said. That left [Chris Paul] out there trying to create without Jamal. They started the regular season splendidly with a 14-2 record, but failed an early season test against the Warriors, losing by 17 points at home in early December. However, Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson stepped up for the Utah Jazz and led their team to a 105-98 victory on Sunday night.
The entire starting five needs to play better the rest of the way, especially against Washington's starting group. Gordon gave the Rockets their first lead with his three-pointer at the 8:07 mark of the fourth quarter at 96-94.
Their star, Isaiah Thomas, lost his 22-year-old sister, Chyna , in a auto accident the day before the playoffs started. Thomas, who died after a one-car crash which as one can imagine, has been hard for Thomas to move forward from.
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Golden State is the clear-cut favorite but if they were to slip up at all, the Spurs are the team that would immediately benefit. The Cavaliers, the defending National Basketball Association champions, are led by LeBron James, who averaged 26.4 ppg.
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"For me they are an fantastic team with an unbelievable coach in Mauricio Pochettino", he told the London Evening Standard . Well, looking at both sides on paper and throughout the season, there will certainly be no shortage of quality.
The Indiana Pacers are in the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven years and have won their last five games. Paul George is averaging 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.3 points and 7.8 assists.
Once the race goes green, points leader Kyle Larson will start from the pole after qualifying was washed out on Friday afternoon. He lined up third on a restart with 34 laps remaining but faded due to a problem with his right rear tire and wound up seventh.
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