Will Kawhi Leonard and Donovan Mitchell Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Game 3: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/12/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the hoop against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the fourth quarter during game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


The LA Clippers face off against the Utah Jazz in game 3 of the second round of their playoff run. This game is scheduled for 10:00 PM EST and will be held at Staples Center.

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The LA Clippers, who were coming off of a great series against the Mavericks, looked in peak form ahead of their second round series against the Utah Jazz. But that clearly hasn’t been the case for the Clippers. In their latest game, Kawhi and Co. fell flat against the Jazz and ultimately lost the game 117-111.

But the Clippers are familiar of this situation down 2-0 and given that they have home court for the next two games, coach Ty Lue will hope that his team can rally a comeback and win the next match which can be a game-changer in the series.

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The Utah Jazz, meanwhile, have been fantastic so far. Despite missing their primary point guard in Mike Conley, the Jazz have taken a commanding 2-0 lead against a stacked Clippers side. Much of it has been because of Donovan Mitchell who has put on a show in the first two games.

After putting up a great 45- point performance in game 1, ‘Spida Mitchell’ took over the game in the first half and led his team in scoring as he dropped a 38 point performance. Mitchell and Co. will hope that they can maintain their excellent run of form and extend their lead to 3-0 in this crucial second round series.

Predictions

This match-up between the Jazz and the Clippers is certainly well matched. While the Jazz have stepped up to the challenge, the Clippers looked a bit sluggish in the first two games.

While the Jazz clearly are at an advantage, this Clippers team has shown that they can rally a comeback at any point of time. Given that they have home court advantage and Mike Conley still questionable, the Clippers have a slight edge in this match-up.

LA Clippers’ injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers will miss their starting center Serge Ibaka against the Utah Jazz, as he is recovering from a back injury. With their backs against the wall, the Clippers have to make a comeback. Can the Clippers win this must-win third game?

Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots against LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) in the first quarter during game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (G)

Marcus Morris Sr. (F)

Ivica Zubac (C)

Utah Jazz injury updates and lineup prediction

The Jazz might miss a couple of key players due to injuries. Rookie forward Elijah Hughes is sidelined due to illness. Their starting point guard is still questionable as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives into LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) drawing the foul in the first quarter during game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Probable Lineup

Joe Ingles (G)

Donovan Mitchell (G)

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Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

Royce O’Neale (F)

Rudy Gobert (C)

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Who will win between the Utah Jazz and the LA Clippers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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