Jazz vs. Clippers Game 2 preview: A rested Kawhi Leonard, open looks and lineup changes — what to watch for tonight

LA Clippers guard Paul George is charged with a foul as Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell drives during Game 1 in Salt Lake City.

LA Clippers guard Paul George is charged with a foul as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell drives during Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Jazz aim to hold serve against Clippers as the two teams resume series in Salt Lake City

After a thrilling, 112-109 comeback win in Game 1, the Utah Jazz will look to defend home court against the Los Angeles Clippers once again Thursday night.

Here are three things the Jazz should watch out for in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

A rested Kawhi Leonard

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard warms up before Game 1 of the team’s second-round NBA playoff series against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Salt Lake City.

After playing a grueling seven-game first-round series against Dallas with Game 7 taking place last Sunday, the Clippers had to travel to Salt Lake City on Monday and play at altitude in Game 1 on Tuesday. Needless to say they didn’t really have a lot left in the tank.

Kawhi Leonard was slow to get involved on the offensive end and didn’t show much aggression on the defensive end. But, Leonard is not going to be sluggish in every game and I’d expect him to come out well rested and ready to put up more of a fight in Game 2.

Open shots

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
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