Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard confirmed that his knee was good after a Game 4 win over the Utah Jazz. "I'm good," Leonard would only say when asked about his knee. "Next question." Clippers head coach Ty Lue also insisted that Leonard was good after the game.
"Yeah, I think so," Lue said. "We'll know more after the game, but yeah, I think everybody is pretty good." The Clippers saw off the Jazz 118-104 to tie the series at 2-2. "They just were at a different level," said Donovan Mitchell, who led the Jazz with 37 points, five assists and five rebounds.
"And we couldn't buy a bucket. "We have to be the aggressors. They've come out and hit first both times at home."
Paul George gave credit to Leonard
"You see him being more aggressive and you know what time it is," George said of Leonard.
"It's written all over him in terms of it's go time. It's playoff basketball, and you know, it's winning time. So you see it all around him, his approach, his body language, everything gets to be great, and so he's leading the way."
Leonard has underlined that his goal is to win it all next season. "I don't care about the Western Conference finals," Leonard said. "We're trying to win the championship. Obviously, that's the next step, but I'm not even looking at that."
Elsewhere, Trae Young led the Hawks to a 103-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. "He was missing some shots that he normally makes, and the ball wouldn't fall for him," McMillan said. "He's a tough kid.
I thought he established the tempo that we needed to get a win tonight. I thought he established that tempo early in the game. His shot started to eventually fall for him. He missed some shots, and it could've been the shoulder -- I really don't know.
But some of those same shots he missed in the first half, he started to knock down in the second half." Young played through a shoulder issue. "It wasn't bothering me," Young said of his shoulder. "It was just fighting through it.
Knowing it was kind of sore, I was trying to work it out and keep it warm throughout the game. I'm not blaming my shooting on my arm. I feel like I had a lot of good looks. The shots just weren't going in. I gotta be better at knocking down my shots."