The Clippers announced the unfortunate news that Griffin will be missing the remainder of the team's 2017 playoffs. Los Angeles has won 60 percent or more of their regular season games each season since Paul's arrival and has had reason to believe they could make some serious noise in the playoffs.
"We've been through it so many times with different players that now it's like, 'Oh, well, we got to figure it out.' Like I said before, nobody is going to feel sorry for our team", Jordan said. You just hate for dumb stuff like this to happen when you know how hard somebody works. Everybody doesn't get an opportunity to see that. Rajon Rondo missed Friday's bout with Chicago after sustaining a thumb injury the game before, and remains out indefinitely.
The Jazz, on the other hand, have been without center Rudy Gobert since the opening minute of Game 1, but the talented center could return for the critical Game 4 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Jazz all-star Gordon Hayward, who scored a career-high 40 points in Game 3, will play despite suffering from food poisoning.
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The Jazz are getting their big man in the middle back for Game 4.
"There's no cushioning it", Rivers said. This is the second straight season where Griffin had his postseason end due to injury, and past year he only played 35 games in the regular season anyhow. Not only that, but Chris Paul still hasn't seen the third round despite being up 3-1 in a series with the Rockets a few years ago in the divisional stage.
The Clippers were up 2-0 in 2013 before losing to Memphis in six games after Griffin stepped on teammate Lamar Odom and injured his ankle.
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Rivers said he believes in the karmic-like presence of the "basketball gods", but not in any kind of Clippers curse.
"He's making a lot of progress", Snyder said. They needed him to develop more consistency at this point.
"There are three things you can do when you get tested", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.
Three thoughts on the Jazz's 105-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers from KSL.com's Utah Jazz beat writer, Andy Larsen. Rivers said they'll play both big - with Marreese Speights and DeAndre Jordan - and small for stretches. He told teammates Friday "we're in a good position".
Paul added, It has to be by committee.
"We can't let this have too much of an emotional toll on us and distract us from our goal".
For comparison, Los Angeles had an offensive rating of 106.7 and a defensive rating of 100.2 for a net rating of plus-6.5 with Griffin on the court. "We got a big game (Sunday), Game 4, and we go out there expecting to win". Forward Kevin Durant also missed the game, sitting out with a strained left calf.