Jazz eliminate Clippers to set up conference semis showdown with Warriors

Posted May 06, 2017

Story line: The rested Warriors, after a first-round sweep, face a Utah team that won the only series that went the distance in the first round. It's part of the luxury of being on such a good team - you can worry about extracurricular activities as much as you can about your sport when a second round upset is all but unthinkable. It doesn't depend too heavily on any one soloist to put together a winning show.

The Utah Jazz became the last team to advance to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, while the Boston Celtics made a winning start to their Eastern Conference semi-final series. Heck of a question. It was only the ninth time in the history of the National Basketball Association that a team had rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win.

For now, would you believe anybody from Utah could potentially be most unsafe?

"We've been reading about our obituary for about three months now", coach Doc Rivers said. Obviously, Gordon Hayward is their leading scorer and a huge playmaker for them. "It'll be about trying to shut them down, not him, whoever that "him" is". They barely have a star. Jordan fouls him pretty hard here, and Hayward is still able to get the shot up and in, and then make the free throw.

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The Celtics used 19 3-pointers to help overcame an early double-digit deficit and take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

"It's the playoff", Green told ESPN. "They're not one of those teams".

Utah's All-Star forward averaged 23.7 points — breaking out for a career-high 40 in Game 3 — over seven games to propel the Jazz into the second round of the playoffs with a 104-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. They love to get their arms up out on the perimeter and stifle the passing lanes. Boris Diaw had eight points, Hayward added six and Hill four as the Jazz had three three-point plays.

With scores tied at 24 at the end of the first quarter, the Jazz rallied to dominate the next two before closing out the 13-point win. "So you can't sleep on anybody". You have to tip your hat to the Jazz.

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Utah forward Joe Ingles has a solution for them.

Still, Rudy Gobert says he has championship aspirations. The Jazz, who had a chance to eliminate the Clippers on Friday night in Salt Lake City, were 1-2 in their home games.

It's not just that the Jazz wanted to win more, although it looked that way.

Utah's defense was the league's best in the regular season. "There's never any panic in them at all". That means the big being up in the ball screen. Utah is the only team in the second round to pull off an upset as they were the lower seed in the first round. "You know you're in the playoffs and you're supposed to be pumped anyway, but the vibe is just like, 'Man, let's just get out of here'". "We're probably going to need that playing these guys because they're capable of blitzing". But for one very important reason - the nightlife.

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