Clippers stagnate after poor start forces them back against the Jazz
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers will have to battle with the tide in a streak after a poor start and suffer their second straight loss to the Utah Jazz, 117-111, in the Western Conference semifinals Thursday night.
“We have to give them credit, they are a strong contender. There is a reason why they were number one in the Western Conference in the regular season, and yet we feel that many of our failures are caused by ourselves and we can correct them,” he said. Paul GeorgeHe finished the match with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Unlike in Game 1, where the Clippers blew a double-digit lead, the Angels had a slow start tonight that they can no longer recover from.
“We can’t start a game like this against a good team, the first half was the difference. We dug a hole so big that you spend all your energy trying to get out and you don’t have enough gas left at the end until the end. And we just talked about that as a group, as we started the matches strong. Donovan Mitchell “It was another great start for them and it set the pace,” Clippers coach Tyrone Lo said.
Donovan Mitchell gave another great jazz performance. Mitchell scored 27 points in the first half alone, for 37 on his account. Utah’s only concern for the rest of the series will be the discomfort in his already sore right ankle that Mitchell introduced in the latter part of the game, after colliding with Paul George.
“I’m great, no problems,” Mitchell told a fan at the end of the game, pointing at his ankle.
Mitchell is the leader of the pack, but the strength of the jazz game lies in distributing the burden and moving the ball on attack. The points were divided into six elements, five of which are two-digit. Rudy Gobert, Defender of the Year, also contributed 20 rebounds.
Jazz was burning from the ocean. Utah made 20 long-range shots, which made the difference. Not only that, but when the Clippers found a hot streak to seek a comeback in the game, even positioning themselves at one point, Rudy Gobert’s defensive performance and Bojan Bogdanovic He was dominant to keep score, while Angelenos missed his wide shots.
“It’s going to be an uphill battle, but we’re optimistic that we can take control of the situation, go home, take it game-by-game to try and even the series,” said George.
In the previous series in the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers began losing 0-2 to the Dallas Mavericks. On that occasion, the two starting losses were in the series in Los Angeles. The Clippers have now suffered setbacks at Utah and are hoping to reverse the situation at home.
“We have to give ourselves with everything on the field. We must review the mistakes we made in the first two games and try to reduce them. We still have a lot of fighting inside us and we are ready for this challenge.” Kohi Leonard.
Game 3 will be played on Saturday at Staples Center.