Clippers vs. Jazz score, takeaways: Donovan Mitchell, Utah take Game 2 in series against Los Angeles

Sports

CBSSports.com 11 June, 2021 - 12:25am 10 views

Why is Mike Conley out?

Utah Jazz PG Mike Conley has been ruled out for Game 1 of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs vs. the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. Conley is dealing with a hamstring injury that has seemingly been nagging him since last year's playoffs. DraftKings NationUtah Jazz injury report: PG Mike Conley ruled out for Game 2 vs. Clippers

The Utah Jazz have successfully defended their home court in the Western Conference semifinals as the home team took care of the Los Angeles Clippers in crunch time of Game 3 of their best-of-seven series to record a 117-111 win.

While he is never the first person you think of when discussing the Clippers' offensive attack, it was Reggie Jackson who led the way for Los Angeles as he finished with a team-high 29 points. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George did their part as well combining for 48 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the win.

With the victory, the Clippers cut their deficit in the series to 2-0 with Game 3 scheduled for Saturday night, 

Rudy Gobert is headed to the line, but with a five-point lead and no timeouts for the Clippers, the Jazz still have this one in hand regardless of what happens.

Mitchell is clearly in some pain. He made one of his free throws, but the real concern here is the rest of this series. If he's hobbled, that changes EVERYTHING.

Donovan Mitchell is on the ground in some pain here. If this is his right ankle, the Jazz are in trouble even with this 2-0 lead.

Mitchell! It's back up to 7!

J☕️3#TakeNote | @joeingles7 pic.twitter.com/NM5Hqw615I

Count it! Paul George hits the layup and gets the whistle! He can cut it to five here.

Easy dunk for Jackson, but the Clippers are still down by eight.

Jazz win the jump ball. They're up 10 with three minutes left. It looks like they've got this thing.

The Jazz have four players that have made at least 50% of their 3's on four or more attempts. It's basically impossible to lose when that happens.

Kawhi is gonna regret that missed bunny when he sees that on film tomorrow. That's a five-point swing as Ingles nails the 3.

O'Neale for 3! Jazz by seven!

The Clippers have gone cold at the worst possible time.

Gobert and-one can push the lead back up to four. Huge dunk there. If the Clippers are gonna play small, Gobert has to be able to punish them as a roller.

Kawhi with ANOTHER steal! His off-ball defense in this quarter has been incredible. He's been in multiple places at once.

BOG3Y!!!#TakeNote | @44bojan pic.twitter.com/tSinDHpAKt

KAWHI WITH THE RIGHT pic.twitter.com/ZjbDo87Tpc

BIG TIME BUCKET. pic.twitter.com/WY266ozOOu

Bogdanovic again! Jazz back on top by three! I'm using a lot of exclamation points in this live blog but if you're watching this thing, you know they're warranted.

Bojan ties it up! Off the top of the backboard!

buckle up. pic.twitter.com/Nzik8tKPJM

Look at this interception. How many NFL cornerbacks could do this? https://twitter.com/WorldWideW...

a menace. pic.twitter.com/CzHkok2GMI

JACKSON AGAIN! CLIPPERS BY TWO! IT'S THEIR FIRST LEAD OF THE NIGHT!

The dunk is the highlight, but oh my god that steal by Kawhi Leonard. My goodness. That's some Darrelle Revis stuff right there.

KAWHI ALL THE WAY TO THE CUP!

Gobert gives the Jazz some breathing room on that dunk. It's only his third shot of the night, but he also has 15 rebounds and three blocks.

Timeout Jazz after Paul George lays it in to cut the lead down to two.

© 2004-2021 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc.

Images by Getty Images and US Presswire

Read full article at CBSSports.com

Donovan Mitchell CROSSES UP Patrick Beverley

House of Highlights 11 June, 2021 - 11:34am

Tesla Model S Plaid Launched at Delivery Event in Fremont, Prices Start From $1,30,000 | 🚘 LatestLY

KSL Sports 11 June, 2021 - 06:27am

San Francisco: Elon Musk-owned electric vehicle company Tesla has officially unveiled the new Model S Plaid at a delivery event in Fremont. The Model S Plaid starts at $130,000 after a recent $10,000 price increase this week. The company is claiming 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds, quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds, and a 200 mph top speed, The Verge reported on Friday. Tesla Model S Plaid Plus Officially Cancelled, Confirms CEO Elon Musk.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that there has been a production electric motor with a carbon over-wrapped rotor," the CEO was quoted as saying during the presentation.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 11, 2021

The CEO also briefly mentioned the fast-charging capacity of the new Model S at 187 miles of range in 15 minutes. The bigger radiator in front will also reportedly allow for better repeatability of high performance and of course, the performance to repeat is quite incredible to start with.

Tesla's new v3 Supercharger is limited to 250 kW, but Musk hinted at ramping up to "280 kW, 300 kW, and eventually 350 kW" without specifying a timeline. Musk announced that he expects Tesla to hit the lowest probability of injury in any car ever tested with the Model S Plaid, which would mean beating its record.

The rest of the presentation focused on the interior of the new Model S, which was already unveiled but Musk explained some changes in more detail. The company completed the presentation with the first 25 deliveries of the new Model S Plaid and Musk said that Tesla should be producing a few hundred units per week and ramp up to 1,000 units per week next quarter.

Copyright © Latestly.com All Rights Reserved.

Mitchell torches Clips again, 'fine' after late injury

ESPN 11 June, 2021 - 02:00am

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell writhed in pain on the Vivint Arena court with 12 seconds remaining in Thursday's Game 2 against the LA Clippers, reaching toward the right ankle that he sprained several weeks ago.

Mitchell got up after several seconds, shot his free throws and finished the 117-111 victory that gave the top-seeded Jazz a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. He limped off the floor after the win, but Mitchell insisted his health is no concern as the series heads to Los Angeles.

"I got hit and it hurt, but I'm fine now," Mitchell said after his 37-point performance. "I walked in here. If you want me to sprint for you, I can. I'm good. You know, s--- happens. Thankfully, it wasn't bad. Move on and get ready for Game 3."

Mitchell, who was a late scratch for Utah's postseason opener due to the ankle sprain that sidelined him for the final 16 games of the regular season, has been one of the most dominant forces of the playoffs so far.

The Jazz are 6-0 with Mitchell in the starting lineup this postseason, and he's averaging 32.7 points per game, putting him in historically elite company. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the only players with higher scoring averages while winning their first six games of a postseason are Kobe Bryant in 2008 (34.3) and LeBron James in 2017 (34.2).

Mitchell has been especially prolific against the Clippers, averaging 41.0 points on 52.5% shooting from the floor, while the Jazz opened the series with two home wins despite the absence of fellow All-Star guard Mike Conley Jr. (hamstring).

"He's just stepping up in a big way," said Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, the Sixth Man of the Year who had 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Game 2. "He's been a real superstar, MVP-caliber player, All-NBA type of guy. That's his job, and that's what he does."

After scoring 32 of his 45 points in the second half of Game 1, Mitchell torched the Clippers right after the opening tip Thursday. He had 10 points in the first 3 minutes, 14 seconds, as the Jazz made the Clippers pay for going back to their big starting lineup by attacking center Ivica Zubac in the pick-and-roll. Mitchell finished the half with 27 points.

After Utah's lead ballooned to 21 points in the third quarter, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue found a way to disrupt Mitchell's rhythm, going to a zone defense that cooled off the Jazz and allowed LA to get back in the game.

"I think we got a bit stagnant in it, kind of looking at Donovan to make a play each time," said Jazz forward Joe Ingles, who had 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

Mitchell played a supporting role as the Jazz closed out the Clippers, who rallied to take the lead after Reggie Jackson hit back-to-back 3s midway through the fourth quarter. Ingles starred down the stretch, driving for a scoop shot that he banked high off the glass to tie it up on the next possession and then dishing out two assists and hitting the dagger 3 during the win-sealing 9-0 run.

"I don't feel like I have to go out there and do everything," Mitchell said. "I think that's a credit to my teammates, credit to the guys that we have on this team. They can go out there and make plays. ... I don't feel like I have to go up there, walk it up, do everything. There are times where I will have to do that. That's just part of my job, but for me, it's great to have a group of guys that trust you and you trust. You just go out there and play and have fun."

Mitchell torches Clips again, 'fine' after late injury

ESPN 11 June, 2021 - 02:00am

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell writhed in pain on the Vivint Arena court with 12 seconds remaining in Thursday's Game 2 against the LA Clippers, reaching toward the right ankle that he sprained several weeks ago.

Mitchell got up after several seconds, shot his free throws and finished the 117-111 victory that gave the top-seeded Jazz a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. He limped off the floor after the win, but Mitchell insisted his health is no concern as the series heads to Los Angeles.

"I got hit and it hurt, but I'm fine now," Mitchell said after his 37-point performance. "I walked in here. If you want me to sprint for you, I can. I'm good. You know, s--- happens. Thankfully, it wasn't bad. Move on and get ready for Game 3."

Mitchell, who was a late scratch for Utah's postseason opener due to the ankle sprain that sidelined him for the final 16 games of the regular season, has been one of the most dominant forces of the playoffs so far.

The Jazz are 6-0 with Mitchell in the starting lineup this postseason, and he's averaging 32.7 points per game, putting him in historically elite company. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the only players with higher scoring averages while winning their first six games of a postseason are Kobe Bryant in 2008 (34.3) and LeBron James in 2017 (34.2).

Mitchell has been especially prolific against the Clippers, averaging 41.0 points on 52.5% shooting from the floor, while the Jazz opened the series with two home wins despite the absence of fellow All-Star guard Mike Conley Jr. (hamstring).

"He's just stepping up in a big way," said Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, the Sixth Man of the Year who had 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Game 2. "He's been a real superstar, MVP-caliber player, All-NBA type of guy. That's his job, and that's what he does."

After scoring 32 of his 45 points in the second half of Game 1, Mitchell torched the Clippers right after the opening tip Thursday. He had 10 points in the first 3 minutes, 14 seconds, as the Jazz made the Clippers pay for going back to their big starting lineup by attacking center Ivica Zubac in the pick-and-roll. Mitchell finished the half with 27 points.

After Utah's lead ballooned to 21 points in the third quarter, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue found a way to disrupt Mitchell's rhythm, going to a zone defense that cooled off the Jazz and allowed LA to get back in the game.

"I think we got a bit stagnant in it, kind of looking at Donovan to make a play each time," said Jazz forward Joe Ingles, who had 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

Mitchell played a supporting role as the Jazz closed out the Clippers, who rallied to take the lead after Reggie Jackson hit back-to-back 3s midway through the fourth quarter. Ingles starred down the stretch, driving for a scoop shot that he banked high off the glass to tie it up on the next possession and then dishing out two assists and hitting the dagger 3 during the win-sealing 9-0 run.

"I don't feel like I have to go out there and do everything," Mitchell said. "I think that's a credit to my teammates, credit to the guys that we have on this team. They can go out there and make plays. ... I don't feel like I have to go up there, walk it up, do everything. There are times where I will have to do that. That's just part of my job, but for me, it's great to have a group of guys that trust you and you trust. You just go out there and play and have fun."

Jazz G Donovan Mitchell Drills Deep Contested Three In Final Seconds Of 2Q - KSL Sports

KSL Sports 10 June, 2021 - 10:45pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell continued his hot streak at the end of second quarter with a deep contested three-pointer in Game 2.

With 13 seconds left in the second quarter, Donovan Mitchell got a switch on a screen from Patrick Beverley to Marcus Morris. Mitchell then went to the left angle and drilled a deep three-pointer over Morris that made Vivint Arena loud.

In the final seconds of the half, the Clippers lost control of the ball and Joe Ingles picked it up and nearly made a halfcourt shot. The Jazz took a 66-53 halftime lead.

DONOVAN MITCHELL IS FEELING IT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/NKplIts8YW

— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 11, 2021

In the last 40 minutes of play, Mitchell has scored 59 points.

Game 3 between the Jazz and Clippers will be on Saturday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. MT on ABC.

The 'beauty of the team' helps Jazz weather Clippers' rally to take 2-0 lead in series

KSL.com 10 June, 2021 - 12:00am

Drop big coverage? Of course that didn't work.

Blitz the pick and roll? That didn't either.

Switch everything? Not on this night.

There was also a point in the third quarter where it looked like the Jazz were going to put the Clippers away with relative ease. LA had thrown just about everything at the wall and nothing had stuck. But then something surprisingly caught hold.

In what seemed like a last ditch effort, the Clippers went to a matchup zone coverage.

"We haven't played against zone in a long time," Mitchell said.

It showed as the once-hot, smooth-running Jazz went completely stagnant, with Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson taking turns hoisting up ill-fated shots. That defensive change may have cost the Jazz a 21-point second-half lead, but it didn't lose them their stronghold on the series.

Just about everyone else stepped in just as the right time as the Jazz pulled away again late for a 117-111 win to take a 2-0 series lead over the Clippers. The series will shift to Los Angeles for Saturday's Game 3.

The final minutes were more than stressful for the 18,000-plus Jazz fans that packed Vivint Arena. After spending much of the night screaming as Mitchell, again, went supernova, scoring 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting in the first half, the crowd suddenly seemed anxious.

A Reggie Jackson 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 101-99 lead midway through the fourth quarter — their first lead of the game. And Mitchell looked gassed, or hurt, or both, and the Clippers had suddenly found a defense that worked. All signs pointed to the series being tied heading to Los Angeles.

Joe Ingles banked in a floater from about the top of the backboard; Bojan Bogdanovic caught an outlet pass from Clarkson and buried a 3-pointer; Rudy Gobert rumbled in and delivered a thundering two-handed dunk while getting fouled (he made the free throw, too); Royce O'Neale drilled a 3 from the corner; and Ingles finished off the 14-2 game-saving run by walking into and nailing an open 3.

"It was no surprise to see them go out there, get stops, score and then get us up 10," said Mitchell, who finished with 37 points and four assists. "Joe stepped up big time, Bojan stepped up his defense, Royce has been a dog, we all know Rudy ... but the biggest thing is we could do it collectively."

The Jazz needed just about everyone — from Clarkson's timely 3s late in the third quarter to Bogdanovic's surprising stellar defense on Kawhi Leonard — to thwart the desperate Clippers.

"The beauty of our team is that we've got a lot of guys that can handle the ball and make plays and obviously make shots," said Ingles, who broke out of his playoff shooting slump by going 7 of 10 from the field and 4 of 7 from the 3-point line to finish with 19 points.

Clarkson finished with 24 points off the bench; Gobert added 13 points, 20 boards and three blocks; and Bogdanovic chipped in 16 points.

In the first half, though, it didn't appear there would be any need for an end-of-game surge. Remember the 45-point masterpiece Mitchell had in Game 1? The young superstar picked up right where he left off in Game 2.

Mitchell scored 27 points in the first half on 11-of-16 shooting to lead the Jazz to a 13-point halftime lead. He knew when to pull up, when to hesitate on drives, when to attack the rim — it was a masterclass in reading defenses.

At least until the zone, and later the pain.

As the game went on, Mitchell seemed significantly slowed and robbed of the burst that led to his high-scoring opening half. Things didn't get better when he was part of a collision away from the ball late in the game. As a result, he was slow to get up from the injury. But Mitchell later said it wasn't a big deal.

"I'm great. No problems," Mitchell said when asked how his body was feeling. When pressed further, he responded: "I got hit. It hurt. But I'm fine now. I walked in here and if you want me to sprint for you, I can. I'm good."

Due to his teammates, the Jazz are good, too, heading to LA.

But did the Clippers find something going forward with their surprise defensive approach?

"I mean, we haven't seen zone for a long time," Ingles said. "... We get better at things as kind of time goes on and at the start of the zone, we weren't very good. I think we've got a bit stagnant in it and kind of looking at Donovan to make a play each time. As the quarter went on, or the time of the zone went on, we figured out some things.

"Now that we kind of know they did that, there's probably a good chance they'll do it again. So we'll be ready for it."

That may mean the Clippers could be back to the drawing board looking for another solution come Game 3.

Donovan Mitchell Jazz

Sports Stories