After driving the Utah Jazz home over the weekend, the LA Clippers will have the opportunity to tie the series at two games apiece on Monday night.
The Clippers appeared dominant in Game 3, getting 65 points combined from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George en route to a 26-point victory. Both players seemed more aggressive on offense, looking to score as often as possible. The two combined to win more than half of LA’s total field goal attempts.
This approach, according to Clippers coach Tyronn Lue, is what the team will need to have every night as the series progresses.
“Be aggressive, get out with your guns and [Paul George] did it tonight, ”Lue said on Saturday. “We need him and Kawhi, just shooting, to be aggressive.
That said, the Clippers need to remember who they’re dealing with. This Jazz group were one of the best defensive teams in the NBA this season, and the 132 points the Clippers scored on Saturday is the most they’ve allowed all year.
If LA is to tie this series together, they’ll need to be just as dominant on the defensive end of the field as they were in Game 3 – something that’s a lot easier said than done.
Donovan Mitchell has been a terror to defend in this series, scoring just over 37 points per game and shooting over 50% from the field. The Jazz also got a lot of help from Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles, who score around 34 combined points each night. Star Guardian Mike Conley is yet to appear in this series, either.
LA has the right staff to do it, and despite their 2-1 deficit in the series, the Clippers have played a winning mark of basketball at this point. As long as they can stay consistent on both ends of the pitch and continue to have their open appearance, they should be in a position to win Game 4.
How to watch
Match: LA Clippers (1-2) vs. Utah Jazz (2-1)
Dated: Monday June 14
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time)
Place: Staples Center
Broadcast: Mowers -5
Moneyline: Jazz +176, Clippers -210
Total points: O / U 224.5
Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook
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