Clippers consider how to adapt without Griffin vs. Jazz

May 09, 2017, 07:16
Clippers consider how to adapt without Griffin vs. Jazz

Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the rest of the postseason with an injury to his right toe in Game 3.

Fox Sports reports that Griffins might be off to Indiana Pacers as a trade-off for Paul George, or he might go back to his previous team, the Oklahoma City Thunders, and team-up with Russell Westbrook. When Gobert went down and the Jazz were dealing with their health issues, the spread moved too far away from them. That improvement was likely the difference for him in having the best offensive rating (115.2) of his career, per Chris Paul played outstanding, as usual, as he scored 27 points and fell a rebound short of a triple double. Earlier this season he was forced to miss 18 games due to a knee injury (clearly this didn't affect his jumping ability). However, the Clippers are solid on their home court, they usually play well without Griffin and Crawford and others almost managed to steal game four on the road. With Gordon Hayward out with the flu, the Jazz offense was desperately in need for an aggressive scorer. Spells in Spain and Israel preceded his chance in the National Basketball Association and he has always been an outstanding teammate who sacrifices personal stats for the good of the team. They will be seeking to continue their momentum and take the series advantage.

"We've just got to know that going home, they're going to be locked in", Draymond Green said.

His importance in Game 4 can't be understated.

Griffin and Paul are both free agents at the end of the season, along with J. J. Redick.

Griffin's absence might be felt more keenly during the playoffs for a few reasons.

It's the second straight season that the Clippers will try to advance without the help of Griffin. Johnson then started dishing out timely assists to teammates as the Clippers scrambled their defenders to keep Mbah a Moute on Johnson.

The Clippers have been without injured backup guard Austin Rivers (strained left hamstring) for the first three games of the playoffs. He had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes, and the team said at the time the injury was a bruised toe. "I needed that game after the last one". Down two starters, the Clippers are going deep into their thin bench.

The game actually brought the Jazz a mixture of emotions. That type of playing time isn't sustainable for either player.

Game 3 is next up for the Warriors and in case they didn't know their Game 3 history, coach Steve Kerr and his staff offered a reminder.

The Utah Jazz tied up their series with the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday with a trilling 105-98 win. To make matters worst he will be missing the remainder of the post season, for however long that lasts.

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