06/13/2021, 6:06 AM
Puts up 17 points Saturday
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were the clear stars of the contest for the Clippers, but Batum filled an important complementary role with his best game of the 2021 postseason. He went 4-of-6 from three-point range and 6-of-9 from the field overall and tied for third on the team with 17 points. Batum was relegated to a reserve role in Game 2 of the series, but his performance Saturday -- and the team's big win -- may have secured his spot in the starting five for Monday's key Game 4 matchup.
06/13/2021, 6:00 AM
Comes up big in Game 3 win
George shot only 12-for-35 (34.3 percent) from the field in the first two games of the series in Utah, but he hit half of his shot attempts -- including six of his 10 three-point tries -- in a must-win Game 3. Much of his damage was done in the first half, when he scored 20 points and went 4-of-7 from deep. The veteran has scored at least 20 points in each of his 10 playoff contests this season as he looks to help lead the Clippers past the second round for the first time in franchise history.
06/13/2021, 5:49 AM
Leads Clippers to big win
As he has done throughout the playoffs, Leonard put the Clippers on his back with the team needing to pull out a win. The veteran forward led all scorers with 34 points in the contest while converting an efficient 14 of 24 shots from the field. He also corralled 12 boards to finish with his fourth double-double in 10 games this postseason. Leonard averaged a relatively modest 22 points and 5.5 rebounds in the first two games of the series in Utah, but he looks to be back on track after Saturday's big effort. He and the Clippers will look to tie up the series at home Monday.