Utah Jazz notes: Chris Paul calls Jazz fans ‘homers’ — and it’s a compliment

First Published      Last Updated Apr 19 2017 10:50 pm

Jazz notes: » Clippers’ star anticipating few L.A. jerseys in SLC, and a lot of noise.

Los Angeles • Did Chris Paul add a little extra heat to this opening-round playoff series?

Not so fast, Jazz fans.

"You've got to get a different hashtag," the Clipper point guard says.

As Paul walked off the court, having scored 21 points in a Game 2 victory, the guard turned his attention to Game 3 in Utah and, as he called them in an interview on TNT, "the homers" in Salt Lake City.

As it turns out, Jazz fans will have to find another slogan to pump them up as L.A. comes to town.

"When you go play here, you don't really see opposing teams' jerseys. Know what I mean?" Paul explained in the aftermath of Wednesday's 99-91 victory for the Clippers. "Like, they support their team, which is good. … How can you take that in another way?"

Paul, who is used to seeing plenty of Clippers jerseys on the road, isn't expecting to see many come Friday night.

"They really support their team, and it's always been that," he said. "Yeah, you're reaching if you're thinking that's something else. You've got to get a different hashtag."

Punched early

The Jazz outscored the Clippers 24-22 in the second quarter, matched their 28 points in the third and edged them 21-20 in the fourth.

So as they went looking for where things went wrong in Tuesday's 99-91 loss in L.A., they only had to go back to the beginning.

"The first quarter is what really got us, and they hit us a little bit, set us back in Game 1, as well," said Gordon Hayward, whose team was outscored 29-18 in the opening frame. "We'll have to figure that out. Obviously, it's something that they're trying to come out and be really aggressive, and tonight it seemed like they did a good job of getting DeAndre [Jordan] going. But we definitely have to be better in the first quarter, but besides the first quarter we played them pretty even. We need to figure that out."

Letting them play

Memphis coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 for a postgame rant over the discrepancy between fouls called in Game 1 of the Grizzlies' series with the Spurs.

The Jazz took 22 free-throw attempts to L.A.'s eight on Tuesday, but coach Doc Rivers wasn't complaining.

"I liked our physicality tonight, and theirs, too," he said. "Like it was a physical game. We had 60 points in the paint and only eight free throws. That's amazing when you think about it. Not that it was fouls or anything, they just allowed us to play, both teams. That was fun."

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