Utah Jazz loses Game 3 to Los Angeles Clippers

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In what was a pretty lousy performance for the Utah Jazz as they lost this one quite easily to the LA Clippers, 132-106.

The biggest story of this game was the breakout night for Paul George. George scored 31 points and shot 6/10 of 3. This hot shot also came from different places. Nicolas Batum shot 4/6 of three and Reggie Jackson was on fire again with 5/6 of three and 6/8 from the field.

This type of shooting will happen sometimes, but it was clear that Utah was not as aggressive and lacked the energy it had in Games 1 and 2. The shots also weren’t falling like in previous games. Donovan Mitchell, again struggling with a sick ankle, shot 5/9 from 3 and 11/24 from the field. There were a bunch of shots that probably should have been kickouts and Mitchell admitted that after the game.

Speaking of Mike Conley, Jazz really missed him tonight. In Games 1 and 2, the Jazz made up for their loss with excellent shooting and defense. Those weren’t quite there tonight from guys like Jordan Clarkson who struggled on the pitch with a 5/16 record. Conley’s return will put Utah’s rotations in order and hopefully be able to relieve Mitchell so that his ankle may not hopefully get worse. And this is the biggest question of all. How Mitchell gets over the ankle injury which is obviously causing him a lot of discomfort.

Towards the end of the match, Mitchell could be seen in the hallway walking with obvious limp.

After the game he was asked about it and got an interesting quote.

Mitchell obviously plays through the pain. Will playing through the injury be easier with Conley? The Jazz can hope and hopefully that will cause Mitchell to play more with the ball. At least that’s what Jazz fans are hoping for, but time will tell if Conley plays in Game 4. The fact that he’s traveling with the team seems like a good sign he’s playing, but the Jazz are very careful with Conley to make sure they don’t make the injury worse. Maybe being down 2-1 now will provide more pressure to take him down.

Finally, we have to talk about Rudy Gobert’s minutes. Obviously, the Jazz emptied their bench when the game got out of hand, but Rudy Gobert finished with 29 minutes. It is just unacceptable. It was probably Rudy Gobert’s worst playoff game and it’s always better to have him there than Derrick Favors who has now had 2 insanely tough games in a row. Rudy Gobert is expected to play no less than 36 minutes per game and really should be around 40. It almost cost the Jazz the last game if it hadn’t been for some incredible shots from Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles when the Jazz was on. down two minutes with the end. . What is Quin Snyder waiting for? That’s it, there is nothing more to look forward to, if you don’t play your best guys now you might not have a chance in the future. And we’ve seen what happens with this stubbornness in the past to play outside of rotations. The Jazz ceded a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets. Gobert has to do his part to be most effective when he’s on the ground, and he wasn’t good enough tonight, but Quin Snyder has to keep him on longer as well. Gobert is a future Hall of Fame, the DPOY, and affects everything. No matter how efficient your system, how creative your ATO games are, if you don’t have your best players in the field, it all makes no sense.

Play more Rudy Gobert!

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