Previewing the Clippers-Jazz Western Conference Semifinals matchup

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The Mavericks-Clippers series was the only first-round NBA playoff series to go to a decisive Game 7 and after losing the first three games of this series at home, the Clippers were able to prevail and keep their season alive. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George ultimately proved to be too much for Luka Doncic and the Mavs to overcome, but now, the Clippers have a quick turnaround, as they prepare for a tough Western Conference Semifinals matchup with the Utah Jazz. 

Utah has not played since June 2 when they finished off the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their first-round series. Overall, the Jazz looked great in this series and looking back on their Game 1 loss, they probably would have won if they had Donovan Mitchell out there on the court given how much of a positive difference he makes for this Jazz team. 

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Michell is arguably the best player on the Utah Jazz and coming off his best regular season statistically in his career, the young guard is ready to not only elevate his play to the next level, but take his team somewhere that they have not been since 1998. 

The last time the Utah Jazz made the Western Conference Finals was in 1998 and that same year, they went on to win the Western Conference and face off with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. We all know what happened in that series with Jordan hitting the game-winning jumper with 5.2 seconds left to win Game 6 and the championship for the Bulls during their “Last Dance” season. 

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That was Utah’s best chance to win their first title, but now, after the record setting season that they had this year, this Jazz team has the NBA Finals on their minds this year and they definitely have the ability to potentially fight for a championship!

However, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been playing great basketball as of late. This Clippers team is experienced and they are coming off of a tough first-round series against the Mavericks, so do they have what it takes to surprise the NBA world and take down the Utah Jazz, the best team in the NBA record-wise? 

Let’s dive in and take a look at both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz as they get ready to begin their Western Conference Semifinals series on Tuesday night. 

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