Jazz's Rudy Gobert not playing Game 2 against Clippers

The Jazz held Redick to four points and zero three-pointers for the game - a significant achievement considering Redick's importance to the Clippers' offensive attack. Let's take a look at our previous matchup preview.

"They're great fans. I don't want to see a Clippers jersey either", Ingles said. The Jazz do indeed now head back home after their lackluster defensive performance highlighted the void left behind by the injured Rudy Gobert.

In a positive sign, Gobert took part in some light practice drills on the court on Monday. In fact, the Jazz were lucky to get a 1-1 split in L.A. for the first two games considering that they lost Rudy Gobert on the very first play of the postseason. Griffin entered the halftime intermission with 13 points, while Jordan had already claimed a double-double by the break with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

According to a Thursday afternoon report from Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah Jazz will once again be shorthanded for their looming matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. With a 99-91 Game 2 win their back pocket, the Clippers are well aware they can still be better-and might have to be to make more headway in the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs.

A series that was expected to be a battle of size on the interior has been redistributed to the perimeter. Rodney has shown his ability to create his own shot off the dribble, but it hasn't come with much consistency. Redick hasn't been able to get the looks he thrives on and has been forced to put the ball on the floor. Diaw then passed to Favors down low for the basket and the free throw (which Favors missed).

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The Utah Jazz covered in both LA games, bringing their season ATS record to 38-42-4.

He was much better in Game 2, going 6 for 12, including 2 of 5 from long range. This would be the closest the Jazz would get, though, as Paul immediately responded with a 28-foot three-point jumper, an emphatic block on guard George Hill, a steal against Hill and another basket to push the lead back to eight. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. "But, obviously getting too excited or too anxious for it can obviously hurt as well". In between, Russell offered a blend of scoring and playmaking that partly fueled Blake Griffin (24 points) and Jordan (18) scoring in double figures while the Clippers posted 60 points in the paint. "Him and his people with deal with that". If the Jazz are going to slow the Clippers down low, he's going to have to learn how to position himself better to get stops as well as offensive and defensive rebounds. He's also drained three of the five three-pointers he's taken, which doesn't bode well for a sluggish Derrick Favors. The Utah Jazz are averaging 94 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 97 points on 48.5 percent shooting. It was crucially missing in Game 2, though, and it's certainly something they'll need back if they hope to be successful moving forward. Hill had 16 points in the Game 1 win.

"The play was for DeMar to get a bucket", Lowry said.

Jordan led the way from tipoff, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the first quarter. That's not to say the Jazz haven't been trying to force him into mistakes by making his life hard, but the guy is just too smart and good to give him any kind of breathing space.

Following Game 2, Ingles and Gordon Hayward staged a witty two-man game, briefly arguing over who should respond to a reporter's question.

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