Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) and San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair (45)
Al Jefferson (left) and the Jazz could not quite hold off DeJuan Blair and the Spurs.
Love the glove
Los Angeles small forward Caron Butler sports a wrap on his hand after breaking a bone in his hand earlier in the series. Obviously it does not affect to adversely as he gets by Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (No. 33) during the first half of Monday's game at Staples Center. Butler scored 14 points in the Clippers' 101-97 Game 4 victory in overtime, which gave Los Angeles a 3-1 series lead.
Memphis shooting guard Tony Allen gets a shot up, but not without Clippers guard Randy Foye (No. 4) and center DeAndre Jordan (No. 6) increasing the degree of difficulty during Game 3 at Staples Center.
Clippers guard Nick Young keeps the ball away from the Grizzlies' Mike Conley on Monday night. Conley did plenty of work with the ball, handing out eight assists to go with 25 points and seven rebounds. Of course, it was another point guard stealing the show in OT.
Looking for space
Caron Butler looks for a passing lane around the defense of Memphis' Rudy Gay.
Struggling for minutes
Memphis shooting guard O.J. Mayo is one of the NBA's top reserves. But in Game 4, he struggled to even stay on the court, scoring only five points in only 25 minutes of an overtime game. He also had five fouls (hence the increased bench time) and made only 1 of 6 field goals.
Looking past the Jazz
Save for some anxious minutes in Game 4 on Monday, Tony Parker (No. 9) and the San Antonio Spurs certainly did not play like they were looking beyond their first-round foe, looking focused throughout the series. But after completing the four-game sweep with an 87-81 victory in Salt Lake City, the Spurs can certainly begin thinking about Round 2 — and get some rest.
Full of hot air
Spurs center Tiago Splitter (No. 22) shoots a free throw while Utah Jazz fans wave balloons during the second half of Game 4. Splitter scored 10 points off the bench.
Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris manages to get through Spurs power forward Matt Bonner (No. 15) and center Tim Duncan during Game 4. Harris had 19 points.
Look out below!
Tony Parker of the Spurs flies over Utah's Devin Harris during a loose-ball scramble in Game 4.
Can't ... hold ... on
Utah center Al Jefferson (No. 25) does manage to box out San Antonio forward DeJuan Blair in the first half of Game 4 at Salt Lake City, but, despite being perhaps his team's best player, Jefferson (26 points, 10 rebounds in 40 minutes) could not save the Jazz from elimination.
Would you get in this guy's way?
Tim Duncan's eyes can give you a scare. But it was his team that withstood a late scare by the Jazz to win on Monday night. Duncan's numbers were pedestrian (11 points, five rebounds) and he surrendered some late inside baskets, but the Spurs will have home court in Round 2.
Doing his thang
Paul Millsap had a double-double in Game 4 (10 points, 19 rebounds), and made some big baskets in a late comeback bid by the Spurs.