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Jazz center Gobert to miss game two with Clippers

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Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza battles Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook left and Jerami Grant for a loose ball during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday

The Clippers win Game 2 and tie the series before heading to Utah.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong).

"It was big", Griffin said.

"I thought, if I can, to try to make them switch", Ingles said.

"We need easy baskets".

Joe Johnson found fewer matchups against diminutive defenders like Ray Felton, tallying just 13 points on 15 shots. "I have to be aggressive offensively and defensively, so nothing is different". Jordan's tomahawk jam put an exclamation on the end of the period.

And the Jazz died tonight in transition, in the paint, and at the end, from outside.

"It's probably one of the most important games we've had all year", he said. "We know how serious this game is".

Gordon Hayward paced the team with 20 points, but someone else needs to step up.

Las Vegas sportsbooks have the Clippers favored to beat the Jazz by nine points last night, up three points from the six-point line of Game 1.

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole.

Well, it's exactly what the Los Angeles Clippers did, as they lost Game 5, 105-104.

"He's going to go home [Wednesday] to Seattle and then he'll rejoin us in Chicago", Stevens said. Despite his continued absence, look for the Clippers to regroup and adjust to the Gobert-less Jazz at home. "That's what our focus has to be; we don't have any other choice. You've just got to keep your composure and your trust". As far as getting off to a slow start, I think the way I tried to play is off what the defense gives. "It turns out that the fleet-footed, 6'10", 250 lb. man/machine that is Blake Griffin is a pretty good foil for the stout Iso-Joe.

Chris Paul had 25points, 7 rebounds, and 11 assists in the loss.

Harden scored 37 points to outshine Westbrook, and the Rockets pulled away in the third quarter and coasted to a 118-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Finally, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert suffered a hyperextended knee, knocking him out of the game 11 seconds into the first quarter.

"He always bounces back", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said of Lowry. "I had to get my mind right and my body right and just be ready to go". Jordan fouled out with 52 seconds left in the game and Paul had four fouls.

Boris Diaw played a larger role than might have been expected in Game 1, finishing with seven points and six assists in 23 minutes. They're good at it. They were 44 of 84 from the field.

The Clippers will play again without reserve guard Austin Rivers (strained left hamstring). Combined, the duo missed all seven of their 3-point attempts.

"You play the 82 games to learn a little bit about yourself", he said.

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