Their opening-round matchup beginning Saturday night in Los Angeles offers contrasting styles, with the patient Jazz making multiple passes to set up their offence, and the Clippers eager to run their opponent out of the gym. Gordon Hayward was out with his broken hand. They only lose their hold on home court advantage in the first round in the last days of the season. A win would be their first in the playoffs since 2010.
"We have a deep team, and we work well together as a team defensively", Exum exclusively told Starsport. Utah eliminated the Denver Nuggets in six games in the first round in 2010 before getting swept by the Lakers. "Our coaching staff does such a tremendous job at coming up with these game plans, but we definitely feel confident". We have the same record as the Clippers.
HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy asked Griffin if Westbrook's season is "the best individual season [he's] ever seen".
"I think first, he's a smart defender". Primary defensive credit and responsibility goes to forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who has the size and skill to slow down a player as talented as Hayward. You can watch for free with the 7-day free trial now, or you can DVR content for later viewing. "I don't know exactly what we'll look like and how it comes out, but we're going to be young". Hell, we may see Joe Ingles get in an actual fight for once. "It would be a shame if we don't get it".
"The way that we've approached this is, 'What do we need to do to help us be ready?'" Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. Maybe he's saving some bounce for the playoffs, but maybe he just had one too many knee surgeries. Hayward averages 21.9 points per game (PPG) while Favors averages 9.5 PPG off the bench.
Sacramento Kings coach David Joerger reacts to a 3-point basket by the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
The Utah Jazz are an astounding 12-2 in games that George Hill, Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert have all played, and with all planning to be in action for Game 1, the Jazz have a chance to build off that success and get the series started out right. Diaw said he believes he's starting but isn't certain. Johnson gives them a stretchier look at the four spot and nearly all of the Jazz' top lineups this year have featured him in some capacity.
"A few weeks ago our spirit wasn't the same, our defensive intensity wasn't there, and it's nice to have all that back for the playoffs", said Paul".
Paul, as leader of the team, needs to shake off those demons and go out and lead. Pacific time, then the team bussed back to the hotel to meet with the media (and to get their pregame naps in) by about 11 a.m.
The Spurs play the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round while the NBA's top seed, the Golden State Warriors, take on the Portland Trail Blazers. "I understand where our team has been in the past and where I've been in the past and stuff like that, but all I can worry about is Game 1".
What do the Jazz focused on to prevent it from happening again? Blake Griffin has also had a stint with injury in the middle of the year, but since he returned to his regular spot, he's been his usual self.