It’s easy to forget that the two teams beat the three-game vs. one-series lead-and probably healthier- Denver Nuggets At the playoffs of the Western Conference last season.
But fate was in line with those teams- Utah Jazz And Los Angeles Clippers -A kind of group session on how to recover from the post-season meltdown against each other in the second round of this year’s playoffs. And there are a lot of notes to compare.
Throughout the season, both teams had to build peace because it was difficult for the outside world to believe in them, no matter how well they played or what they achieved.
Take the jazz you just served at home with two impressive victories against the Clippers behind two incandescent performances from the stars. Donovan Mitchell –People who finished with 37 points Thursday night 117-111 wins In front of 18,306 fans at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
But even jazz players will say they haven’t proved or executed anything yet.
“We have experienced a lot of adversity both inside and outside the courtroom over the past few years,” Gobert said. “We all understand that this year we have a great opportunity to accomplish something special. We don’t want to miss it.”
It’s hard to get respect when you play the 3-1 Series lead (which has only happened 13 times in the history of the NBA Playoffs). Both the Clippers and Jazz had to accept it this season. But both use it as a motivation and as a learning experience. Each showed how much they grew up in the game on Thursday.
“I think we understand how to handle these things, and that was what you saw tonight,” Mitchell said. “The experience level of the bubble helped … just keep doing what we are doing and understand that they are punching back, we have to keep fighting.”
Jazz seemed to be cruising to win easily in most of the first half.But just as it was in the tense, 7-game series Dallas Mavericks In the first round, Tyronn Lue’s club remained calm and made important adjustments.
Utah had a good dribble score and hit 17 out of 25, so the Clippers tried to switch to zone defense to keep Mitchell’s drive down (8-11 in the first half).
moved. LA ran 46-23, leading 101-99 in three points. Reggie Jackson I’m going to the fourth quarter at 6:37.
According to second spectrum data, Jazz shot only 29% of the 18 possessions that faced the zone on Thursday night.
“When they played the zone, I thought we were out of sync,” said jazz coach Quin Snyder. “It’s hard to move the ball whenever there’s a gap … I thought it affected our psyche.”
But jazz wasn’t in a hurry. Joe Ingles He banked scoop shots high up on the backboard and hit the layup, just as he was playing in HORSE’s backyard game. afterwards, Bojan Bogdanovic Hit the 3 pointer to bring jazz back to 104-101.
“Adversity will happen,” Mitchell said. “We’re not always going to blow them away. We’ll blow the team away. It’s a playoff. It was great to be 21 years old, but after all, they did what they were supposed to be. They were here before. They have guys. This is something they have never seen, as they play in the finals, playoffs, have rings and have championships. “
Ingles supported both of these plays, hitting his three pointers at 3:07 and keeping the game out of reach (113-103).
“I have answered many questions about [Ingles] And [Clarkson], And I think their play strengthened who they are, “Snyder said. They didn’t have to prove anything. But that wasn’t the only thing that appeared in the box score. I thought Joe played with tremendous calm and confidence. When JC participates in the game, he can usually play and hit shots with really strong momentum. “
For the Clippers, stealing a match against a top-seeded team in the west on the street missed a second chance. However, there were many things that LA felt comfortable with.
Jackson continues to play like a dependable man in the role the Clippers were looking for an answer for most of the two seasons (starting point guard).
His 29 points on Thursday led all Clippers scorers, and 24 of them came in the second half when the Clippers stormed from a 21-point deficit.
“He was great tonight,” Leonard said of Jackson. “They let him play on the island. He remained aggressive. He got to the paint. He made some big names. He made a year for us. I’m doing it inside. “
George also made it a success in the second half, giving LA a chance to win with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and a clutch shot making in the last few minutes.
Then there was a contribution from Beverly, where defensive pressure forced two important turnovers while the Clippers were performing the rally, and DeMarcus Cousins, Stays effective with a short spurt against Gobert.
But most of the time, despite the short turnaround from the Dallas series, it feels like I had a chance to win both games in Utah.
“We have to give them credit,” George said. “This is a tough opponent. I wasn’t number one in the West for no reason. This is a tough team. But I’m approaching like Dallas. I feel there’s still a lot to do. The property we can clean up and the many property that hurt us is our fault.
“As good as they are playing, as good as this match, as tough as this match, we still feel like there are moments throughout the game, this series, As you know, we’re playing self-harming and we have a lot of hard work, but we can control this and go home and connect this series one game at a time. I’m optimistic. “
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