Short-handed Clippers no match for Jazz down the stretch – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — No, they didn’t play three-on-three.

The injury-depleted Clippers found enough players to play five-on-five, with substitutes, too.

So did the battered and bruised Utah Jazz.

“There’s always a silver lining,” Coach Doc Rivers said before the Jazz ended the Clippers’ three-game winning streak with a fourth-quarter surge that resulted in Utah’s 126-107 victory Thursday at Staples Center. “I don’t know what the hell it is.”

The Clippers were within striking distance entering the final period, trailing by seven points, but their lack of depth was evident and the Jazz turned a close game into a runaway. It could be a sign of things to come for the Clippers, who were without four starters: Blake Griffin (sprained left knee), Patrick Beverley (right knee surgery), Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) and Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia injury, left foot). Center DeAndre Jordan was the…

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