Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers is set to return to the lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Utah Jazz. In his place, Joe Johnson stepped up once again, carrying the Jazz down the stretch as they made a huge run to close the game and take Game 4 to even the series at 2-2.
The most noticeable trend in the Utah Jazz-LA Clippers series has been how teams have survived when a key player left the game due to injury or illness.
Having lost game three on their home court in Salt Lake City it was crucial that Utah took game four before the series switches back to Los Angeles. The Clippers were up 87-80 midway through the 4 quarter, but it was the Joe Johnson show from there, as he scored 11 consecutive points and then found other players for 4 consecutive assists when the Clippers started doubling.
"Joe got going", Clippers guard Chris Paul said. The Stifle Tower finished with 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
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Rudy Gobert going down with a knee injury 11 seconds into Game 1.
Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. It was the first Clippers field goal since Paul scored with 7:53 still on the clock. He helped keep Utah afloat during Gordon Hayward's absence and he was more effective than most fans would have thought before the game.
Rivers went small with Luc Mbah a Moute at the four to cover Joe Johnson and played Paul, Crawfod and JJ Redick with DeAndre Jordan.
I suppose that the good news is that if it is food poisoning, as stated, Hayward should be non-contagious and would go on the team's flight to Los Angeles tomorrow for Game 5. Rodney Hood chipped in 18 points for the Jazz, and Derrick Favors added 17. However, Marreese Speights missed a 3 on the Clippers' next possession, and Johnson scored again. His 37.1 percent shooting from three-point range was also his highest in five seasons. There was concern he was done for the season when he went down. The Clippers did likewise when Blake Griffin departed Game 3. "I'm sure it's something that's excruciating pain for him because I've been in that situation".