The playoff journey is just beginning for the Clippers, with the NBA Finals as the hoped-for destination.
But a roadblock already has been placed in front of them, the short-handed Utah Jazz pulling out a stunning 97-95 victory on Joe Johnson’s last second-shot in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs at Staples Center on Saturday night.
The Clippers walked off the court having lost the home-court advantage, falling into a 1-0 hole in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 is Tuesday night.
“You lose the first game and obviously you want to win all your home games,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We fought until the end of the year to get it and now we’ve given it...