Quin Snyder has guided the Jazz to the post-season for the first time since 2012.
Jazz: Utah had its ideal starting lineup of Hayward, Rodney Hood, Hill, Gobert and Derrick Favors all available for the first time since March 5, though Hood and Favors didn't start. After the break the Spurs settled down a little, but neither offense was able to get much traction. It just proves the type of player I am and that I have been and how hard I have had to work to get to those type of milestones. Playing on the road to start off I actually think should be pretty good. J.J., on the other hand, is primarily a catch-and-shoot guy who loves to hang out behind the three point line.
"One thing you learn in this league is to not get ahead of yourself", Paul told the Orange County Register on Friday.
In addition to the environment at Staples Center that Utah players are expecting to be hostile, the Jazz will be facing a Clippers team that enters Game 1 on a roll.
Alec Burks' 3-pointer with 1:08 left boosted Utah to a tough 101-97 victory over the Spurs Wednesday night in Salt Lake City in the final regular season game for both teams.
The Clippers survived a combined 42 games without injured Blake Griffin and Paul, going 19-23 in their absence.
Taylor Smith: Clippers in 7: Despite the Clippers having held a fairly strong head-to-head advantage over the Jazz over the last several years, I doubt this series will be a breeze.
"I was on the court three or four days ago", Rivers said, "and it didn't really go as I planned". They won 50 or more games for the fifth straight season, joining San Antonio as the only teams to do so.
Austin Rivers was perhaps the Clippers' most reliable defender in the regular season.
Hayward possesses a player option for the 2017-18 season - something he is widely expected to decline.
"The way that we've approached this is, 'What do we need to do to help us be ready?" They'll wait for next month's National Basketball Association draft lottery, where they'll have two picks as long as the lottery doesn't knock the Kings from eighth to 11th, which would cost them a pick that's top-10 protected. To me, this is more impressive than when we went 14-2.
The season series was certainly competitive from a physicality standpoint. That the team would not surpass last season's win total and miss the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season was all but guaranteed when Cousins was dealt.
Gobert squares off against Jordan in the middle.
It was surprising to see the Spurs shoot 52.6% from the field and the Jazz shoot 56.5%, given the usual stinginess of both teams on defense. Let us know and defend your prediction in the comments. "We were just outmatched". The Jazz are 13-2 when everyone has been healthy, and the Clippers are riding a seven-game winning streak. The teams continued playing slowly but shooting well throughout the rest of the quarter, and the Spurs were behind 82-72 after three. Trill continues to improve on every facet of his game and has Kings fans excited for what's about to come going forward.style="text-align: center;"