Clippers trainer Tyronn Lue was trying to find a prime operation from the Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. They delivered Grade A matches for Los Angeles back to its second-round show against Utah.
Leonard scored 34 points and George additional 31 from the Clippers’ 132-106 success in Game 3 on Saturday night. It’s the second time they’ve scored 30 at precisely the exact same playoff match, and aided No. 4 seed LA cut top-seeded Utah’s series lead to 2-1.
“We all know they are a couple of the very best in the league,” Lue said. “Like I mentioned , I do not head to Mastro’s to dictate the ketchup. I go to purchase the beef. And tonightour men want beef. That is what we need.”
George shot just 34.3% in the field from the first two matches but was 12 of 24, including 6 of 10 around 3-pointers. He had 13 points in the second quarterduring a 13-2 run when LA captured hands and obtained a 57-41 edge with 2:54 remaining.
“I believe I just shot my shots, I got the shots I am most comfortable with and stuck with it,” George stated.
It’s his fourth career postseason match with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The huge nights out of Leonard and George helped cancel another high-scoring match from Donovan Mitchell. The final player to do this has been Leonard last year at the first round against Dallas.
“We sort of let them get comfy. George hit a few shots, but we could make it harder on him Kawhi,” Mitchell stated.
LA had fought from the perimeter in the first two matches but had been 19 of 36 on 3-pointers with several forthcoming on open appearances.
“Shots move in or not, our task would be to keep being competitive for others and ourselves,” Leonard explained. “If Paul has it moving, we are likely to visit him. When I got it going, it is going to come back to me. However, if anyone else on your team has it moving, we will attempt and get them another shot too.”
“I have said it the previous two matches too. Kawhi and PG, they are capable of making plays and they made plays for different men and women. There is going to be instances where it is hard to prevent them from creating pictures,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “A number of the frustrations and the cleaner seems they get, especially tonight I presumed in transition once we attacked the basket there is must become urgency to realize that scenario and get back and reveal a crowd in the place where they do not have apparent lanes to the basket”
Mitchell seemed to tweak his ankle midway through the fourth quarter did not go back to the match. Snyder and Mitchell both said the game was out of hand at there.
“I feel as though that I managed to return, but no desire to risk it down 16, 18 at there,” Mitchell stated. “It does not make sense to go back out there and tweak it. Just rest and prepare for another match.
Mitchell missed his first four shots, including a set of drives into the basket, and did not make his first basket until there was 7:34 left in the next quarter.
It had been the very first time in his last 23 matches which Mitchell had gone scoreless in the first quarter.
“We simply made an emphasis he’s not going to beat us tonight,” explained George of Mitchell. “We are going to force everyone else to perform and we are simply not going to let him walk into pictures tonight and find the appearances he desired early tonight.
… Clarkson has been evaluated a Flagrant-1 filthy for slapping Ivica Zubac at the face following a rebound 20 minutes to the second quarter. … Guard Mike Conley missed his third consecutive game due to a mild right hamstring strain.
Clippers: LA had dropped eight consecutive playoff games at Staples Center but has won its final two.