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Defenseless Clippers Fall to the Jazz 125-113

Win Streak Snapped at Six in Surprisingly Bad Game for Los Angeles

That. Was. Painful.

The struggling Utah Jazz pulled off a surprising 125-113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, despite having played a hard fought game against the New York Knicks less than 24-hours earlier. The Jazz, who should have been the more sluggish squad in the match up, out hustled the Clippers and pounded them in the paint, to earn the win.

Here is how it went down.

First Quarter

The Clippers started the game with it’s 21st starting lineup of the season: Tyrone Wallace, Blake Griffin, Milos Teodosic, Willie Reed, and Lou Williams.

Tonight's Starting
1️⃣» @MilosTeodosic4
2️⃣» @TeamLou23
3️⃣» @TyWallace661
4️⃣» @blakegriffin32
5️⃣» Willie Reed#ItTakesEverything pic.twitter.com/2Ru2Z108FQ

— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 21, 2018

Utah started Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio.

Los Angeles started off slow, and intensity was lacking. Utah controlled the pace. The Jazz took an early lead - one that they never relinquished - and were up 22-14 before Doc Rivers called his first time out to talk things over.

Mid-quarter, reserves Wes Johnson, Jawun Evans and Montrezl Harrell made appearances. All three provided spark off the bench, but overall the Clippers’ performance remained lackluster. As a team they had difficulty establishing an offensive rhythm, but more importantly, defense was non-existent.

Notably, Johnson had eight points in the quarter. After suffering a left foot injury in December, Wes struggled a bit, particularly on offense. Since moving from a starting position to the Clippers’ second unit he has been more productive; in his last five games he has averaged 13.8 points and 5 rebounds per game. Great to see him improving.

Blake with the assist, Wes with the stroke. #ItTakesEverything pic.twitter.com/0BnxeesRDo

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 21, 2018

Griffin was also a relative bright spot for the Clippers in the first quarter, hitting two from beyond the arc.

BLAK3.

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#PrimeTicket pic.twitter.com/cGKItyCyLK

— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 21, 2018

By the end of the first, the Clippers found themselves trailing the Jazz 39-29. The Jazz shot 58 percent from the field on 3- 7 shooting, while the Clippers shot 46 percent on 5-9 shooting. The Jazz dominated in the paint, outscoring the Clippers 18 to 6, and also outscored visiting Los Angeles 9-0 in fast break points.

Second Quarter

The Clippers’ defensive difficulties continued in the second quarter, with the Jazz capitalizing on slow rotations and poor lateral movement. Too many uncontested shots and points in transition, and baseline drives were available to whomever wanted one. I mean seriously, what is this?

Those Spidey senses... #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/IdmCkKYI0L

— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 21, 2018

That kind of defense does NOT win games.

By the end of the half, the Clippers had given up 76 points and trailed the Jazz by 17. Not what ANYONE expected. Coming into Saturday’s game the Jazz was the 21st ranked offense in the NBA, averaging only 101.3 points per game. It was bad. Very bad.

Weird day in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/6UZY3xwPJo

— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) January 21, 2018

Utah’s 76 points is the most given up in a half by the Clippers this season. In fact, it is the most given up by the Clippers in any half since 2009.

Stats at the Half

The Jazz shot an impressive 63 percent from the field in the first half, as compared to the Clippers’ 42 percent. Both teams shot well from the line, Los Angeles went 15-17 and Utah went 10-11.

DeAndre Jordan was sorely missed by Los Angeles; the the Jazz out-rebounded the Clippers 31-16, and dominated them in the paint 34-18. Anyone who is advocating for the Clippers to trade DJ right now, stop it. Really. Just stop it.

Fast break points also favored the Jazz, 14 to 2.

Williams led the way for the Clippers with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Griffin had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Johnson also had 10 points, along with 2 rebounds.

Favors led all scorers with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the Jazz. Ingles added 13 points.

Third Quarter

The Clippers entered the third quarter with its starting lineup. Early turnovers prevented an immediate comeback, and the Jazz went on an 12-2 run to extend lead to 25.

The Clippers then started digging in a bit on defense, and went on an 11-1 run to cut the lead to 15 with just over three minutes left in the quarter.

Despite the Clippers showing some signs of life, the Jazz were able to maintain their lead of 17 through the third frame, seemingly able to take advantage of every Clipper missed opportunity. Los Angeles entered the final quarter trailing Utah 104-87.

Fourth Quarter

The Clippers made a valiant run at the beginning of the fourth. A long three from Williams cut the deficit to 11.

Lou Will from deeeeep.

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— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 21, 2018

Two subsequent free throws from Harrell cut lead to 9.

Speaking of Harrell, am I the only one that thinks the Clippers made a huge mistake by not going inside to Harrell more, particularly when Gobert was on the bench?

Let's go! Final push for the @LAClippers. #ItTakesEverything pic.twitter.com/uyxZSlpSue

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 21, 2018

Harrell has been very good and efficient down low, and the Clippers did not take advantage of that at all, even when not shooting particularly well from the outside.

With just under two minutes left remaining the Clippers had clawed their way back, and trailed by just seven. However, a careless pass by Teodosic that resulted in a steal and easy bucket by Utah rookie Donovan extended the Jazz lead to nine again.

Oh, your rookie doesn't do this?

Can't relate pic.twitter.com/S3GFyshkzM

— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 21, 2018

A follow up three-pointer by Teodosic gave the Clippers hope, but an ill-timed and unnecessary foul by Wallace resulted in a freebies from the line by Mitchell. Williams had a long ball deflected by Gobert on the Clippers next possession, and the ball was back in Utah’s hands. Rubio tossed the ball in to Gobert for a slam dunk, sealing the Clippers fate.

Final Score: 125 – 113. With the win, the Jazz improve to 19-27, and break the Clippers 6-game winning streak. The Clippers fall to 23-22 for the season.

Final Clipper stats:

Final
Lou: 31p/2r/7a/10s
Blake: 25p/8r/3a/1s
Wes: 17p/8r/1s/1b
Tyrone: 12p/4r/1a/1b
Miloš: 8p/2r/4a
Evans: 2p/1r/2a/3s
Trezz: 7p/3r/2s
Willie: 6p/5r
Sin: 3p/1a
Sam: 2p/1r

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— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 21, 2018

Mitchell scored a team high 23 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the Jazz. Ingles also excelled, hitting 5 tree-pointers and tying his career high of 21 points. In his second game back from injury, Gobert posted 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 28 minutes. Rubio was also solid, with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Lou Williams - Record Breaker

In the fourth quarter, Lou Williams broke the Clippers franchise high for steals in a game, recording 10. Coach Doc Rivers previously held the franchise record, recording 9 steals on November 6, 1991 in a 111-87 Clipper win over the Phoenix Suns (many are mistakenly reporting Doc’s record setting game as having also been against the Utah Jazz, it was actually against the Suns).

Sweet Lou also became the first player since Michael Jordan to have a 30+ point and 10 steal game. He finished the game with 31 points 10 steals, continuing his all-star level of play.

31p/2r/7a/10s | @TeamLou23 becomes the first player since Michael Jordan in 1988 to record a game of 30+ points and 10+ steals.

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— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 21, 2018

In a post game interview Doc joked that he’d be benching Williams next game for breaking his record. Yeah, right. Like that’s going to happen.

Next Up: The Clippers host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on Monday, January 22, 20178 at 7:30 PM PT.

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Spirited Squad Seeks to Extend Win Streak to Seven

After a wild win against the Houston Rockets and a sloppy victory against the Denver Nuggets this past week, the Los Angeles Clippers head to Utah on Saturday to face the Jazz. A win would extend the Clippers’ current win streak to seven.

THE GAME

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018 — 6:00 p.m. (PT)

Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Utah

TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket

Radio: AM 570 L.A. Sports

PROBABLE STARTERS

Clippers: Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, Milos Teodosic, Tyrone Wallace, Lou Williams

Jazz: Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood, Donovan Mitchell, Ricky Rubio

INJURIES

Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee) OUT

Danilo Gallinari (glute) OUT

DeAndre Jordan (ankle) OUT

Austin Rivers (Achilles) OUT

Utah:

Thabo Sefolosha (knee) OUT

BIG PICTURE

The Clippers are on an undeniable uptick, and suddenly very fun to watch. They’ve won 12 of their last 15 games thanks to their scrappy, energetic play, and are happily occupying the 8th seed in the west, 13 games behind the conference leading Golden State Warriors.

Injuries continue to plague the franchise, making their current position that much more commendable. The Clippers are still without multiple starters - Beverley, Gallinary and Jordan - and missing key scoring reserve Austin Rivers. They have nonetheless enjoyed success recently, led by Griffin, Teodosic, Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Wallace, and Jawun Evans. Offensively, Williams (23.2 ppg) and Griffin (22.3 ppg) have done most of the heavy lifting, with Harrell (8.3)and Wallace (12.4) also contributing. The Clippers’ defense has been inconsistent, but when it is locked in, it is a thing of beauty.

Saturday’s game will be the third time the Clippers have met the Jazz this season. The Clippers prevailed in the first meeting between the teams back in October, and the Jazz evened the record a month later. The match-up is the first out-of-state game for the Clippers in 2018.

THE ANTAGONIST

The Utah Jazz have lost 11 of their last 15 games. They find themselves 18.5 games behind the Warriors, and struggling to stay in the playoff picture. Saturday’s contest will be the second of back-to-back games for the Jazz; they played the New York Knicks on Friday. The game was hard fought, and Utah ultimately lost 115-117, with the Jazz starters logging a lot of minutes on the court. This ultimately bodes well for the Clippers, who enjoyed a day off on Friday and should be well rested for tip-off.

The Jazz have also seen their fair share of injuries. Center Gobert sat out 15 games before returning to the court on Friday against the New York Knicks. Gobert was nothing short of spectacular in the return, contributing 23 points and 14 rebounds. Gobert should perform solidly against the Clippers, particularly with Jordon out and unable to play. Reed and Harrell just don’t have the same intimidation factor at the rim as the very active Jordan, despite giving the Clippers a lot of very good minutes in recent weeks.

FINAL THOUGHT: DOC – COACH OF THE YEAR?

Is it too early to be talking about Coach of the Year? Doc Rivers should be garnering serious recognition for this season. Doc, freed of his burdensome GM duties, has dealt quietly with a multitude of player injuries, and successfully utilized a number of creative lineups and rotations to create a top-eight team. Expect the creativity and success to continue.

PREDICTION

The Jazz are going to be sluggish and unable to keep up with the confident Clippers in this one.