The third game of the Clippers vs. Jazz is mainly about Los Angeles small ball lineup Create trouble for Utah. The star performances of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George — plus the key contributions of role players such as Nick Batum, Reggie Jackson and Terenceman — led to an explosion of offense, with the Clippers shooting 56.2 from the field. %, the three-point shooting percentage is 52.8%. The way to win 132-106.
Los Angeles once again dominated in Game 4 on Monday night, beating Utah 118-104 to equalize the series, but the offense is not a story. This time, the Clippers stepped up their defense.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored the first barrel of the game, giving the Jazz a two-point lead at 11:40. Utah scored only 11 points in the remaining time of the opening, because Clippers players flew around on the court, disrupting the Jazz’s offensive flow. The blitz seemed to stun Utah and pushed the Clippers to lead the Jazz 68-44 at halftime. Even if they scored a strong goal, the Jazz could not overcome it.
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“I think this is our defense. It really set the tone for the defense. We only lost 13 points in the first quarter,” Clippers coach Tylen Lue told reporters after the fourth game. “We were able to get out of the transition. I think our physical fitness, our attention to detail tonight is very good. Of course we made some mistakes, this happens when you play basketball, but in general I think We are really locked. We really used what we did to get out on the defensive end.”
A possession in the second quarter perfectly illustrates the team’s concentration. Remember, the Clippers led by 27 points:
Let’s break down this matter. First, Leonard and Jackson switched screens. Leonard followed Jordan Clarkson, Jackson took away Donovan Mitchell, who then made a pick-and-roll with Derek Favors. Jackson and Marcus Morris both insisted on possession at first, but George and Batum dropped to prevent an easy layup without straying too far from their players.
Mitchell passed the ball to Clarkson, who broke into the penalty area and hit Jackson. Clarkson had a small chance to hit Favors, but Jackson’s ball pressure and Leonard’s quick recognition to the baseline closed the pass.
Clarkson passed the ball to Royce O’Neal, and he passed it back to Mitchell, well beyond the three-point line. Knowing that the Jazz has limited shooting time and insufficient space, George and Jackson seem to say this is a good opportunity to double Mitchell. George hoped to catch Mitchell off guard when he turned, but once Jackson fully committed to attacking Mitchell, George retreated to Clarkson.
Mitchell found an outlet in O’Neal, but Batum kept reading. He shut down hard when he shot less than two seconds, and O’Neal was forced to fire a controversial jumper before the buzzer sounded.
“It’s just that everyone helps each other to make sure we enter the closing phase and don’t give up [up] Straight drive, game jumper, obviously rebounded,” Leonard says In an interview with TNT’s Rebecca Haarlow after the game, Los Angeles’ defensive efforts.
Does this mean that the Clippers have found a way to kill the Jazz? unnecessary. Utah coach Quinn Snyder will seek to make adjustments. So far, Mike Conley, who has not played in the entire series due to a hamstring injury, may rejoin the starting lineup at some point. Mitchell still has the ability to explode like crazy.
This does mean that Los Angeles can be a damn defensive unit when locked. If the Clippers want to advance to the Western Conference Finals (and beyond), these are the types of possessions they need to string together consistently.