The Clippers, although, are going to must dig deeper than another staff in NBA historical past to get out of this gap towards the Utah Jazz after falling 117-111 in Sport 2 earlier than a sellout crowd of 18,007 at Vivint Enviornment.
Whereas the Clippers rebounded to beat the Dallas Mavericks in seven video games after dropping the primary two at house within the first spherical, no staff has ever overcome a number of 2-Zero deficits in the identical postseason.
“All of us acquired to place our will out on the ground,” Leonard mentioned of what it’s going to take for the Clippers to duplicate their first-round comeback. “, see what we did within the first two video games and attempt to restrict our errors and simply preserve occurring from there just about.
“We’ll see [on Friday] what we acquired to do, and we have got loads of struggle left. So you recognize, we’re up for the problem.”
The Clippers confirmed loads of struggle in Sport 2 on Thursday evening. They fell behind 76-55 with 9 minutes, 27 seconds remaining because the pro-Jazz crowd celebrated a 24-5 run that spanned from late within the second quarter to early within the third.
However Reggie Jackson drilled six of seven pictures and scored 16 of his 29 factors within the third quarter to guide a Clippers comeback.
Jackson buried back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Clippers led 101-99 with 6:37 left within the recreation. However like they’ve been for a lot of this postseason, the Clippers had been streaky, and all of the sudden their shot abandoned them.
The Clippers missed 9 straight pictures, together with six from behind the arc, and Utah capitalized to go on a game-clinching 14-2 run.
Regardless of the outcomes, coach Ty Lue mentioned he was “very glad” with the pictures the Clippers acquired throughout that game-deciding drought.
“I imply, what else are you able to get?” Lue mentioned. “4 or 5 wide-open 3s, we simply did not make. So we knew Rudy [Gobert] was going to assist. We knew our shooters was going to be open, and we simply acquired to step up and make pictures, and we do not. We simply acquired good pictures and we did not make them. Hopefully subsequent recreation, they go down.”
Not like within the final collection wherein the Clippers dropped the primary two at house after which needed to win Video games Three and four in Dallas to even the collection, Lue’s staff returns to Staples Middle hoping to carry serve. If the Clippers do not, they may return to Utah going through elimination or probably not make it again in any respect.
The Clippers know top-seeded Utah is a greater opponent than Dallas. However they nonetheless stay assured understanding that they’ve recovered from an 0-2 deficit simply within the final collection.
“We have to offer them credit score,” mentioned Paul George, who had 27 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. “This can be a robust opponent. They weren’t No. 1 within the West for no cause. … However, you recognize, we’re approaching this the identical manner Dallas was — we nonetheless really feel we’ve loads of possessions that we will clear up, loads of possessions which are hurting us that is our fault.”
The Clippers may even must discover a approach to decelerate Donovan Mitchell and Utah’s shooters. Mitchell has scored 45 factors and 37 factors within the first two video games. And Utah buried 20 3-pointers in Sport 2.
“Nearly as good as they’re taking part in, as robust as this matchup is, we nonetheless really feel like there’s moments all through this recreation, this collection, that, you recognize, we’re making performs which are self-inflicted,” George mentioned.
“It is loads of uphill. However we’re optimistic that we will get this below management and return house, one recreation at a time, and attempt to tie this collection up.”