Jazz hoping to slow down Clippers attack in Game 3

Jazz will be without Rudy Gobert again, but need to contain points in the paint

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz will once again be without star center Rudy Gobert, who was ruled out for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Clippers with a hyper-extended knee.

But the Jazz are dealing with an off the court distraction with Gobert's backup, Jeff Withey.

Yesterday, Withey's former fiancee and former Playboy Playmate Kennedy Summers filed a police report accusing Withey of domestic violence in an incident last year. No charges have been filed. The Jazz for now are investigating, but not taking any action.

"The situation, we're aware of it," head coach Quin Snyder said. "They're researching it further to find out what all the facts are. Other that that, it's not appropriate for me to comment beyond that."

Withey's teammates don't think this will be a distraction.

"Obviously this is a personal thing," Joe Ingles said. "Him and his people with deal with that. But we'll make sure he's ready. He's a professional."

"He's going through some personal business right now," added Derrick Favors. "But overall, he's a good teammate. We're here to support him. He's over there right now getting focused working on his game."

The Jazz will need Withey tomorrow night as Rudy Gobert will not play again, and may not be back anytime soon.

"For us to handle it as well as we can, we have to just anticipate not having him for the series and if he makes it back, that's great," Snyder said.

"It obviously sucks," said Ingles. "We'd love to have him out there. He's obviously such a huge part of what we do. But, we've got Favors, we've got Jeff, we've got other bigs that will step in and play big roles."

After getting torched in the paint in Game 2 for 60 points, the Jazz have to find away defensively to slow down the Clippers attack.

"It's going to be a team effort," said Favors. "They've got probably the best point guard in the NBA, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, those guys are good at getting to the rim."

"Rudy is not going to walk through the door right now," Snyder said. "So, whatever adjustments we make, it's not going to replicate Rudy."

"That's how we have to play," said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. "That's our talent, and I've been saying that for a while. Some teams can play different, but our talent is our power and our speed."

Alec Burks will miss his second straight playoff game with a knee injury. But nothing is going to dampen the enthusiasm of Jazz fans who have waited five years for a home playoff game.

"We're excited to have an opportunity to play here at home" said Snyder. "It's loud. The decibel level in the arena, sometimes I'm not as aware of it during time outs. But then after the game, I can't talk."

"It's so good to obviously be playing here and having the fans," added Ingles. "But, obviously getting too excited or too anxious for it can obviously hurt as well."

"Everybody is a little more comfortable at home," said Clippers forward Blake Griffin. "They'll have their home crowd behind them, but this team embraces being on the road."

The Jazz and Clippers will play Game 3 of their playoff series Friday night at 8:00 p.m. at Vivint Smart Home Arena.


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