Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Game 2: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/10/2021, 7:09 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


LA Clippers went all the way down the last time they locked horns with Utah Jazz in Game 1. An outscoring second-half for Jazz and their forefront player Donovan Mitchell led to their sensational 112-109 victory. Now, the bell has struck for the Game 2 matchup at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

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Jazz overcame a double-digit deficit in the previous game to take on the early series lead. And, to top it all, social media went bonkers over the match-ending block by Gobert. Utah’s savior for the day was Donovan Mitchell dropping 45 points against the Clippers.

In addition to superstar performances, Jordan Clarkson displayed apt sixth man skills with 18 points on the board. So, it was a complete package to destroy the Clippers in the initial match itself. The Jazz will look to extend their lead further in their upcoming one-on-one with Kawhi’s army. However, Tyronn Lue is expected to come up with a hefty plan in order to compromise their first loss.

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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

Clippers vs Jazz: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The LA Clippers will enter Game 2 with the same roster without any injuries on the line. But, on the other hand, Utah’s Mike Conley will again be benched suffering from a hamstring injury. Even though they made it to a Game 1 win without Conley, Jazz may yearn for his presence in the upcoming difficulties of the series.

Jazz probable starting lineup – Joe Ingles (G), Donovan Mitchell (G), Bojan Bogdanovic (F), Royce O’Neale (F), Rudy Gobert (C)

Clippers probable starting lineup – Reggie Jackson (G), Paul George (G), Kawhi Leonard (F), Nicolas Batum (F), Marcus Morris Sr. (C)

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Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) battle 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

Who’s taking the second one home?

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Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard and Paul George couldn’t take the team past the winning line in the series starter. The two put up 43 points combined, yet fell short in the second half of the game. Game 2 matchup will increase the expectations from the two superstars. Their contributions will be crucial for cutting through Utah’s defense if they wish to even the series.

Several NBA players reacted on Twitter after Game 1 congratulating Jazz for a fan-struck win. With Donovan Mitchell on their end, Utah Jazz stands clear favorites for the next game as well. And, adding to what Mitchell provides on the offense, Utah’s Rudy Gobert and their defensive side may play a threat to the LA team.

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Clippers fans got their share of delight in the tie-breaking first-round against Dallas Mavericks. Can their team discover that momentum again in this series? Do let us know in the comments section.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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