A driving Paul banked in a floater with 13 seconds to go, tying the game at 95.
"You got to take on the challenge", Mbah a Moute said.
As the Warriors and the Trail Blazers prepare for their Western Conference playoff series, two questions linger about the proceedings. Joe Johnson deserves a lot of credit for the initial defense, and not being run over by Griffin quickly. "It was disappointing not to win, but we didn't make the plays we needed". The tag was affixed as somewhat of a backhanded compliment.
"In those moments of the game, guys are not going to help", Johnson said.
Still, it is understandable, if not expected, for Lillard to say he thinks his team "can win". "Nobody wants their man to score, so I just try to be patient, get to a sweet spot, and make the right play".
The blow seemed cruel, but nearly fateful.
Most likely, the Blazers will lose, and perhaps we'll be able to lightly roast Lillard for being a tad overconfident.
"When I was in Milwaukee my first year we made the playoffs, we lost the last game of the season and finished 40-42", Stotts said, adding that it's special to do both especially after being 11 games under earlier this season.
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Shabazz Napier had 25 points for Portland in the loss, which snapped a three-game winning streak. Gobert's absence forced a number of Jazz players to step up. But Gobert's long-term future is the most important part, and he's under Jazz control for the next four seasons. Utah's wings bottled up J.J. The joy of "X in six" is that it's an attempt at sounding reasonable when predicting the unreasonable. "And if you can find another coach to tell you different I wanna meet him". Odds are that they already had a good sense of how to attack a Nurkic-less Portland.
But the Jazz did an even better job of doubling down from the perimeter onto Blake, forcing more turnovers and bad shots.
If Game 1 of the Utah Jazz first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers did anything, it summed up the 2016-17 season for those that haven't kept up with basketball in Utah.
"Last year's over", KD said Saturday. Whispers of "Do they blow it up?" will grow louder the closer the Clippers inch to mortality this postseason.
New Orleans took a 43-42 lead on a jumper by Axel Toupane with 4:50 left in the second quarter. He missed the first free throw, then intentionally missed the second. Hayward will certainly draw plenty of attention, be it from his beloved college coach Brad Stevens in Boston or a team with money to spend. Against the vast majority of the league, teams can comfortably play a "drop and over" coverage - where their big cedes space for guards to dribble into low-value mid-range shots while the on-ball defender trails over the top of the screen.