The Jazz closed out the Clippers 104-91 in Los Angeles Sunday, but it never really even felt that close after the first quarter.
Gordon Hayward (and his beautiful hair) led Utah with 26 points and eight rebounds, while fan-favorite Joe Ingles finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four (!) steals. The story of this game was the fact that Rudy Gobert was in early foul trouble (played just 13 minutes). Don’t panic, though! Derrick Favors was a stud off the bench, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 8-for-11 from the field.
A tired Utah squad now gets the reward of facing off against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Yay!
Quin Snyder should be a name brought up when discussing Coach of the Year.
The series against the Warriors starts Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. The game will air on TNT.
For the Clippers, there are a lot of questions. You can use the excuse of Blake Griffin’s injury, but that’s the thing with the Clippers. There always seems to be something. In the biggest game of the season, Chris Paul struggled, finishing with 13 points, shooting just 6-for-19 from the field, 1-for-7 from the 3-point line and 0-for-1 from the free-throw line.
I’m not sure what the next step is for Los Angeles is, but what the current experiement might have run its course.
Congrats on a great career, Paul Pierce. Sunday marked his last career NBA game. More him in a separate piece.
No Tooth, No Problem
Boston guard Isaiah Thomas lost a tooth and finished with 33 points and nine assists to lead the Celtics to a 123-111 win over the Wizards.
What Thomas has gone through these playoffs with the loss of his sister, that takes heart. During an on-court interview, Brad Stevens might have said it best.
The Celtics take a 1-0 series lead. The unsung hero throughout the playoffs, and maybe season, for the Celtics has been Al Horford. Horford nearly finished with a triple-double, ending with 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
The loss for Washington is a bad one considering the Wizards were up 38-24 after the first quarter.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 27 points, but an ankle injury to Markieff Morris really hurt the Wizards and if he’s not able to play moving forward, Washington’s bench gets even shorter.
Game 2 is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. on TNT.