Still missed! As in Game 1, the Clippers were not far from recovering the home advantage on the floor of Utah. But after Rudy Gobert’s decisive counter, it was Royce O’Neale, Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell who showed more control in the “money-time” to accompany the Jazz to a new victory (117-111).
For the Clippers, the situation is necessarily complicated, but not catastrophic, they who for example overthrew Dallas in the previous round after losing the first two games of the series, at home! Between two opponents very close to each other, envy will make the difference over the next two games at Staples Center according to Kawhi Leonard.
“We all have to put our will on the pitch, see what we did in the first two games, try to limit our mistakes and just build on that. We will see this Friday what to do, but we still have a lot of strength. So we are ready to take up the challenge ”.
Good positions but shots that don’t fit
Not exempt from all reproach in his choices and the systems offered to his players, Tyronn Lue for his part felt that his team had made the right choices in attack, even when his troops missed nine shots in a row in the money-time », Allowing the premises to line up a 14-2 to win. His Clippers did the right thing on these first two games, he only missed the victory.
“What more could you want?” We had four or five well-opened 3-point shots that we didn’t put ”, he recalled on this new frustrating end to the game. “We knew Rudy Gobert was going to help and that our shooters were going to be open. We just had to put in some good shots, which we didn’t. Hopefully in the next game, they will fall ”.
As Paul George also pointed out, not much is missing for the coin to end up falling on the right side. Even if the margin of error will be even more reduced, the goal of Steve Ballmer’s proteges will be to garner two victories at home to make sure to see Staples Center for a Game 6.
“He is a difficult opponent, they did not finish first in the West for nothing”, he acknowledged. “But we approach him as against Dallas. We still have the impression of being able to improve a lot of things on a lot of possessions, things that hurt us when it is our fault (…). There are a lot of hurdles to overcome. But we are optimistic and think we can take control of the situation, come home, take game after game, and try to equalize ”.