The Jazz are looking at you, Rodney Hood.
Gordon Hayward can't do it alone. Neither can Joe Ingles. Not even Joe Johnson, who boosted the Jazz so admirably in Game 1, straight into the grimace of the Gobert injury, can do that kind of heavy lifting in any consistent manner.
If all of those guys collectively pull an upward move, and Hood comes alive, that gives the Jazz their chance, even if it is a fat one.
Thing is, Hood knows this. He's been battling a bad wheel for most of the season that has for whatever reason, never healed. He's missed 23 games and played in numerous others well south of 100 percent. He said Thursday that the joint won't heal until he rests it after the playoffs, that he's in significant pain, that he does everything he can to keep the hurting and the distraction it causes him to a minimum.
But … he believes he can be a difference-maker.
"This is an opportunity for me," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the next few games. My teammates want me to shoot. I believe I can get those shots and make them. Knocking down shots gives us our best chance to win."
"The Clippers are a great team. We have to score to beat these guys. Even with our good defense, we have to make shots. That's the biggest thing in Game 2 that we didn't do. That gives us our best chance."
He paused again.
"I'm very confident."
Hood's lifted his team before during the regular season, hitting clutch game-winners and blowing up for huge nights. He's one of the few guys on the roster who's got that eruptive quality in him, even though he averaged a modest 12.7 points per game this season, down from last year's 14.5.
In the first two games of this series, Hood's bumped and skidded, averaging only nine points on 35 percent shooting. Nowhere near good enough.
He knows that, too. Everybody else does, too.
"Shooting is always an equalizer," Quin Snyder said, when asked about Hood, among others. "The reality is, when you shoot well, you have a better opportunity to win. There has to be a mental toughness when you're not shooting well. Hopefully, that gate opens up, we shoot it, and are able to take advantage of that. We have weapons on the wing. They just have to be confident, be aggressive, not fear anything."
Not even fearing not having their big man on the floor.