Utah's Rudy Gobert leaves game after getting hurt on 1st play

Utah's Rudy Gobert leaves game after getting hurt on 1st play

The Jazz were dealt a blow before either team had settled into the game.

Gobert, 24, underwent an MRI late Saturday night and the injury casts doubt on his availability for the series, league sources said. After the players made contact, Gobert fell to the court clutching his left leg. But Johnson and others stepped up in a big way, and Johnson proved he can still occasionally be a big factor.

Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning basket as time expires in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the LA Clippers at Staples Center.

Game 2 takes place Wednesday in Los Angeles. He looked great and perhaps he's healthy for the first time in a while.

The matchup between Gobert and Jordan was expected to be a key in the best-of-7 series.

Johnson finished with a team-high 21 points off the bench on nine-of-14 shooting and added three steals, three assists and three rebounds. In every aspect of the game, the Frenchman is crucial to Utah's scheme. Without him, they were minus-2.9.

Rudy Gobert didn't get off to a great start Saturday.

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Midway through Game 1, it's unclear if this injury will ruin the competitive balance of the series.

On paper, without Gobert, the Clippers should have crushed the Jazz at home, instead, especially in the paint, but they only narrowly held the edge 42-40, and trailed for most of the second half.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Johnson has seen a lot in his 16 years in the National Basketball Association.

In his rookie season, the Utah Jazz were dominated, knocked out in four games by the San Antonio Spurs.

"We just wanted to have it where they couldn't set up on us", Hayward said, glancing at Johnson.

All that experience is why the Utah Jazz brought him in this season. "They played harder, they were more physical".

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