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Podcast: Did Game 1 change our expectations about the second round?

Sarah Todd joins the podcast to give her thoughts.

2021 NBA Playoffs - LA Clippers v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

The first game of a series tends to be a feeling out game, but Ty Lue and the Clippers appeared to take that to a new level in Game 1 against Utah Tuesday. Not only was the team trying to figure out what the Jazz were capable of, but the Clippers were also trying to figure out which players in their rotation would be able to match that.

That resulted in a fascinating opener, even if the Clippers seemed a little gassed, that showed both teams alternately at their best (or at least close to it) and at their worst. To discuss what moments from that game will be most predictive of the series going forward, Sabreena is joined by Sarah Todd of Deseret News on the podcast. They talk about their major takeaways from Game 1 and how they expect those to change as both teams adjust.

They spend some time on how the Clippers can contain Donovan Mitchell as well as what changes Ty Lue can make to the rotation (a topic already of heavy interest on this site). They also get into what Joe Ingles has on Paul George and when the Clippers can expect Kawhi Leonard to reach the level he showed in the Dallas series.

They close by offering some predictions for Game 2, which figures to be as nail-biting as the first one was.

You can listen to all that and more in the full episode embedded below, and to make sure you never miss a single show moving forward, subscribe to the Clips Nation podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.

You can follow Sarah on Twitter at @NBASarah and check out her work at Deseret News covering the Jazz.