That's got to be a focus just to win Game 2 and even this series up. "So it doesn't really matter, you know?" One of the series' biggest storylines was the clash between dominant centers-Gobert for the Jazz and DeAndre Jordan for the Clippers.
Doc Rivers, tie loose and jacket off, scrunched up his face as a reporter quizzed him about LA's late-game strategy. "It's an uncomfortable feeling being down in any series".
The incredible crunch time feats of Joe Johnson struck again, delivering a victory for the Utah Jazz over the Los Angeles Clippers, who kicked off the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs by choking at home, certainly a meme worthy feat.
The Jazz did not match up against the Clippers well in terms of talent.
"It's the playoffs", Redick said.
"It's the complete opposite", Austin Rivers said Saturday, "now I'm the one down".
Despite being at different ends of the contention cycle, these two teams have a lot more in common than you might think at first glance. "There's no grieving going on". To put that in perspective, the Warriors led the league in point differential by a hefty margin with a net rating of 11.6. Joe Johnson worked Crawford into the paint and finished it with the game victor.
"I think we should feel that we can win without Rudy", Snyder said. This is despite losing starting center Rudy Gobert very early in the contest.
With Gobert on the floor, this series may have leaned in Utah's direction. Gobert was diagnosed with a hyperextended knee and a bone bruise.
Yes, they out-rebounded the Jazz 40-34 but if you can't turn around and score, then the stat means nothing. It's like sometimes when that happens, it shakes up your game plan a little bit. "Gets a good look, jumps in the air, passes it, then gets another hand off. We have to be better". The Clippers have not shown that they perform well under pressure, and if they go down 2-0 they most likely will not be able to get out of it.
"It's an uncomfortable situation being down in any series, so we have to, we obviously have to take care of home court from here on out".
With game two on the horizon on the 19th of April it will be up to Clippers coach Doc Rivers to come up with the key to matching up against a team who performed so strongly without one of their biggest defensive assets.