Pregame Report: Facing Elimination, Clippers Must Win to Force Game 7

The 2016 ESPYS- Show

I just wish he was wrong more.

Neither team shot well, but the Jazz were better at most everything else. After it was decided that the Jazz and Clippers will meet on Sunday, the schedule was released for the second round.

So although fans and the media may be counting their chickens before they hatch in terms of assuming Utah is already set to advance, the team most likely won't be. They got good shots, moved the ball, and attacked the defense. We've been in these situations time and time again.

The tactical and cerebral battle between Quin Snyder and Doc Rivers has been an under appreciated storyline of this series. We've got one more step. I don't think that will be enough, though.

Gordon Hayward struggled with his shot most of the night but still managed 31 points for the Jazz, plus seven rebounds and four assists. DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and 18 rebounds. Sometimes double teams were merited, like when Joe Johnson had Crawford on a switch, but the Clippers did a good job with their rotations tonight.

Paul made a pair of free throws with one second left to secure the victory and ensure the Clippers would play on. He had to swing the ball, and found himself missing some of those passes. The Jazz had a 43-34 edge on the glass in the win and Utah held the Clippers to 29-of-69 shooting.

Rodney Hood missed all six of his 3-point attempts, and finished with 4 points on 2 of 10 shooting. "I'm pretty exhausted and thankful we have a couple days off". Either way, the Jazz will play next on Sunday. He finished with his usual hyper efficient line of 29 points on 50% shooting, 8 assists, and 2 steals.

And Ingles seems to have lost some magic late in this series. Fighting through team manager punching incidents and big injuries resulted in falling to Portland when Paul and Griffin both got hit with season-ending injuries in the same night. The over/under total for the game is listed at 193 points.

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In NBA history, the team with a 3-2 advantage wins the series 84.4 percent of the time.

"Where Rudy really impacts the game is when we're playing defense because of his ability to get behind a defense", Rivers said. The ideal route for LA is to let both players walk in free agency and start a proper rebuild.

I think Chris Paul jumped into DEANDRE JORDAN on this one.

Chris Paul, trying to get contact, runs hard into the screen. He averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds in Games 4 and 5.

This is a scourge against the game.

At the center of everything, of course, was Chris Paul.

The plot thickens even further in this dramatic playoff series. No matter the culprit, the crime needs to be stopped.

"I'll be fine", Gobert said after the game. "That's whey they are great players". His free throw chances haven't changed much, other than the four straight he put down to finish off Game 5. Forcing contact 35 feet from the basket for no reason is not basketball. Injuries to key players are mostly to blame during the post-season but so are bench depth issues.



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