Utah's Gobert sprains left knee on 1st play of game

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In the second half, the Jazz took that away and double-teamed him in the post, ruining his rhythm.

Johnson's runner in the lane as time expired lifted the Jazz to a 97-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs on Saturday at Staples Center.

Gobert had to leave less than 20 seconds into the contest after colliding with Clipper player Luc Mbah a Moute.

Joe Johnson: Well, it sure seems like the former all-star shooting guard is the best option the Jazz have at power forward at this point. Not after his Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Utah Jazz on a heart-breaking buzzer-beater in Game 1 of their first-round matchup. That's all Joe Cool needs as he takes his time, shoots a floater over a much-smaller Paul for a 94-89 lead with 1:09 remaining in the game.

Johnson is known for making big shots in the clutch. You're on an island by yourself and they expect [the defender] to get that stop. Jordan only had 10 points but he gathered 15 boards.

George scored 29 points and Lance Stephenson had 16 for the seventh-seeded Pacers, who will try to even the series Monday. "We've been in that situation". "Joe [Johnson] has been tremenouds".

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"We talked about it in preparation, about going in and trying to steal a game on the road, and so that's why I think it was a big win for us", Hayward said. "Along with the other two guys, really helped prepare us because we are pretty inexperienced as far as the Playoffs are concerned".

Gobert led the Jazz and tied for second in the National Basketball Association with a 17.8 nERD in the regular season.

"You lose the first game and obviously you want to win all of your home games", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. In the back court, Gordon came toward him for the ball and Joe kept the possession. There's something to be said for calling time-out and there's something to be said for not calling the time-out. Near the end of that game, Chris Paul and Rudy Gobert exchanged heated conversation anticipating more animosity. The Clippers were ahead by six when the Jazz outscored them 14-2 in the second quarter to take their own six-point lead.

"Our defense has to be better", said a disappointed Paul after the loss. The lineup that played for much of the first half hardly saw any shared court time during the season. L.A. has been elminated in the first or second round each of the last five years. Unfortunately, Johnson's experience was beneficial to the Jazz and it likely will be for the rest of their journey in the playoffs.

Hours after the final buzzer sounded, an MRI revealed there was no structural damage to Gobert's knee, but that he'd suffered hyperextension and a bone bruise.

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