Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

So even after they had down time after practice Sunday and Monday, the players' attention stayed on the Jazz and how the Clippers can even the series when it resumes Tuesday night at home. Let's take a look at our previous matchup preview.

"We've got to be better", Paul said. Griffin received a technical in the first quarter; the team also had one in Game 1.

The 24-year-old center previously suffered both a hyperextended and bruised knee.

But the Jazz are dealing with an off the court distraction with Gobert's backup, Jeff Withey. The Jazz were 38-of-79 shooting in the win with some big bench play from Johnson and Derrick Favors. Their determination was on display early, especially from Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who threw down a number of impressive slams. The Clippers, meanwhile, were forced to wrestle with the loss of home-court advantage and know that they can ill afford to go back to Utah down 2-0 in the series.

A series that was expected to be a battle of size on the interior has been redistributed to the perimeter.

There was more to come in the second. My number says Utah -2, so I'll go with the raised value, but I'm more confident in the under points, as the books have clearly overvalued Gobert to the entire defensive scheme and the game tempo.

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We were 20 minutes away from being up 2-0. "It feels incredible and we took home-ice back and that's what's important", Ryan said. The Senators haven't done things the easy way this season, so why would they start now. "We seem to thrive on the road".

"They made more 3s by halftime than they did in the whole game in Game 1", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

Game 1 saw Joe Johnson hit a floater with 1 second left to give the Jazz a 2-point win. Two free throws by Los Angeles' Jamal Crawford, who finished with 10 points, with 13.4 seconds remaining capped the scoring. Jordan and Griffin repeatedly attacked the paint with little resistance against the Jazz in Game 2. "Him and his people with deal with that".

With Joe Johnson the smallest Utah wing at 6-foot-7, length and size have been smothering LA's 3-point shooting, a huge key to its offense. This is what was expected in Game One. Without a rim protector, the Jazz had no answer for Jordon's rim-running abilities and the presence he demands in the paint. After a timeout, Oklahoma City scored the next eight points with 3s from Westbrook and Andre Roberson to cut it to 64-62 with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. There's just two days between games to think about it.

"You know, you're giving something up, and the pressure that they put on the rim was significant tonight", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. Gordon Hayward can't do it alone. How well Hayward's night goes mightily influences the outcome. "They're a good team, but we for sure have to be better".

To the Clippers' credit, Luc Mbah a Moute and his teammates have done an exceptional job of locking down Hayward.

In the two playoff games as well as the final regular-season game between the two in late March, the Jazz have started slowly, making just one field goal in the opening four minutes of each game and digging themselves a hole. He also had 15 rebounds. This is an ongoing thing for Hayward over the years, he all but disappears in important games. He is walking without a limp or crutches, and has progressed to working out on exercise machines. "So, whatever adjustments we make, it's not going to replicate Rudy".