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Clippers’ Raymond Felton on Rudy Gobert: ‘I almost want him to come back and play’

Raymond Felton, Derrick Favors

Los Angeles Clippers guard Raymond Felton, right, shoots as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors defends during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 97-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Two years ago, the Clippers perplexingly blew a 3-1 lead to the Rockets in the second round. Last year, the Clippers lost Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to season-ending injuries in a first-round loss to the Trail Blazers.

This season, L.A. finally caught a break. Jazz center Rudy Gobert injured his knee seconds into Game 1.

Yet, the Clippers almost refuse to take advantage.

Not only did they lose Game 1, their backup point guard, Raymond Felton, is tempting fate.

Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune:

Be careful what you wish for.

Just because the Jazz won one game with Gobert doesn’t mean they’re better without him. Sure, his teammates might step up in his absence. But I’d rather have him and his teammates’ usual production.