Well, the Los Angeles Clippers were in Utah for a second preseason game against the Utah Jazz, but they weren’t really there. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan all got the night off, along with SG Alan Anderson, and the remains of the team caught a 104-78 blowout. The Jazz never trailed, led by as many as 31 points, and did it with several of their own key players out, including starters SG Rodney Hood (left hand), SF Gordon Hayward (finger, left hand), and PF Derrick Favors (left knee).
While there wasn’t much to see here, it is important to note that these teams will meet for a third time this month on October 30 – the home opener for the Clippers. With that said, here are three takeaways:
- Jazz C Rudy Gobert took full advantage of Jordan’s absence, recording game-highs of 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Gobert made 7-of-8 from the field while doing his damage in 25 minutes. Very impressive outing for him, and not a highlight for Los Angeles C Marreese Speights in a start tonight. Gobert had 10 points and 5 rebounds in the first quarter alone.
- This was another bad night for the Clippers offense, as they were held under 40 percent from the field. SG J.J. Redick missed all six threes, and he’s shooting only 27.3 percent from three this preseason.
- Luc Mbah a Moute got another start at SF tonight, and he made 3-of-4 from the field for 6 points. In case you missed it, I got a chance to go 1:1 with him after Thursday night’s game vs the Trail Blazers to discuss his place on this year’s team as he fights to retain his starting role.
- I mentioned Hood’s solid game last week against the Clippers as the starting SG, and Danté Exum’s clutch defensive play. With Hood sitting, Exum started at SG, and he looked good again. He shot the ball with confidence (2-of-4 threes, 15 points overall) and handled the ball well (6 assists, 1 turnover). On the flipside, Los Angeles got a decent scoring night from PG Austin Rivers (team-high 15 points, 6-of-12 from field) in his return from a minor injury that caused him to miss Thursday’s game. But Rivers missed 3-of-4 threes and had only 4 assists to go with a team-high 4 turnovers.