Johnson's drive at buzzer lifts Jazz over Clippers in Game 1

2017 Hoops Inq. Playoff Preview: Clippers (4) – Jazz (5)

Center Rudy Gobert finish tied for fourth in the National Basketball Association in double-doubles (58) and had one in each of the final three meetings with Clippers and their big man DeAndre Jordan, including 26 points and 14 rebounds in a loss at Los Angeles on March 25.

Favors, who missed the last two regular-season meetings between the Jazz and Clippers, finished with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and, presumably, a host of kudos from his Utah teammates in the locker room.

It may not have been the smartest question in the world, but it certainly wasn't completely silly, either and it's clear that Doc's frustration got the better of him on this occasion after seeing his team lose to a Jazz outfit that lost influential center Rudy Gobert to a knee injury after just 17 seconds.

The element of surprise is a razor-sharp weapon, so when LA Clippers guard Chris Paul tied the game with a leaning layup high off the glass with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder tossed the whiteboard aside. "At least it's something where I know I'm coming back".

"I don't think there's anything wrong with taking a loss hard", forward Blake Griffin said. Everybody says that. But we've been up 2-0 several times and lost a series [to Portland]. "That's what we need to do, and obviously tonight was a big win for our group". "Now, we're just trying to have a good couple of days of practice, and get ready for the playoffs". He'll likely land on an all-NBA team for the first time. He got the ball all 10 times.

Utah comes into the postseason pretty strong as well, going 7-2 in their last nine games to move to 51-31 overall.

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It's uncertain when she'll be able to get back to playing, although she sounded like she expects it will be this season. The 6-3 Nunn averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in her one season with the Lady Vols.

At first it looked like one of those freak non-contact injuries that typically result in an MCL or ACL sprain, but replays showed Gobert bumped knees with Luc Mbah a Moute.

"I was on the court three or four days ago", Rivers said, "and it didn't really go as I planned".

"All credit to them". Maybe he's saving some bounce for the playoffs, but maybe he just had one too many knee surgeries.

"We've got to be better", Paul said.

The Clippers are 18-3 against the Jazz since 2011-12 - including 9-1 at home - their best record against a Western Conference opponent during that span.

Despite losing Gobert in Game 1, the Jazz stole the opener by playing a disciplined game, giving themselves a chance to win at the end and refusing to play the role of victim without their starting center.

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