Clippers and Warriors, headed in opposite directions, set for showdown Friday

first_imgMeanwhile, in the Clippers’ past four games – all losses – they’ve been allowing an average of 120 points per game, 5.3 points more than their season average, while getting outscored by 12.5 points.“You catch teams at different times of the year,” said Rivers, in his 20th season as a head coach. “You catch them at one point when they’re playing poorly or when they’re playing well, (and) when you play a team that’s playing well, you have to play great to beat them.“And right now, (the Warriors) are playing really well, so we’re going to have to play well to beat them.“But we can.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That will require better ball movement and efficiency on offense and improved trust and execution on defense, Rivers said, adding he envisions fewer staggered minutes for defensive-minded guards Avery Bradley and Patrick Beverley, the latter of whom has been coming off the bench for most the season.“We’ve proven we can score on most nights,” Rivers said. “Although I don’t think the last three or four games we’ve been good offensively either. We’re scoring points, but not the way we should score, not efficiently.“But what we’re not doing is defense. You have to do both to win, you really do. And if you don’t do both, you better be really good offensively, and we’re not that good.”It’s all fixable with the right kind of effort, guard Lou Williams said after Wednesday’s defeat.“We’ve had some slippage, it happens over the course of a season,” said Williams, the league’s leading bench scorer at 18.7 points per game.“And now senses are going to be heightened because it’s Golden State on Friday. But to us, it’s just another basketball team. We gotta go out there and be prepared to compete.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are ebbing, the Golden State Warriors are flowing, and that’s just the nature of life in the NBA, Coach Doc Rivers said.His team has split a pair of high-drama games this season with the team that has won three of the past four NBA titles, winning in overtime at home and losing on a last-second layup by Steph Curry in Oakland. Recent history won’t be relevant when the teams meet again Friday night at Staples Center in a game ESPN recently added to its broadcast schedule.“We’ve played ’em well,” Rivers acknowledged. “But they’re playing probably the best they’ve played all year, just like Utah’s playing the best it’s played.”Indeed, Utah chalked up its fifth consecutive win when it walloped the Clippers 129-109 Wednesday to nudge them downward into seventh place in the Western Conference standings. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img BOBAN THE MOVIE STARDid you catch a glimpse of the 7-foot-3 “assassin” in the new “John Wick 3: Parabellum” trailer released Thursday?Clippers center Boban Marjanovic has a part in the forthcoming action film, which is set for a May 17 release. The movie’s trailer features a peek at a battle between the title character – a notorious hitman played by Keanu Reeves – and a familiar, sizable adversary.The scene appears to take place in a library, which explains Marjanovic’s tweet Thursday: “Joining the John Wick book club is harder than most people think!!” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum And now the Clippers (24-20) have a high-profile showdown with the West-leading Warriors (31-14), for whom center DeMarcus Cousins will be making his much-anticipated debut following his year-long recovery from a torn Achilles tendon.Golden State has been on a more favorable tear, winning six in a row, and finding another gear in the past four. The Warriors have averaged 138.5 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the field and 47.7 from 3-point range in those past four victories, three of which were against Western Conference opponents. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

Heisler: Alex Caruso and the Lakers are acing chemistry

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHappily for what legitimacy the NBA’s selection process retains, Caruso dropped off the leaderboard in the final voting.Nevertheless, it was a huge compliment for a 25-year-old journeyman with a look all his own (thinning hair, white headband) … a South Bay Laker a year ago who wasn’t on the NBA roster to stay until March.He wasn’t even a star in the G League, No. 7 in scoring on the team behind journeymen Scott Machado, Travis Wear, Johnathan Williams and Spencer Hawes, as well as NBA roster players Svi Mykhailiuk and Moe Wagner … and, worse for a new-era point guard, making only 27 percent of his 3-point attempts.Making a quantum leap into Lakers lore, the Bald Mamba now plays an efficient 19 minutes per game, making 36 percent of his 3-point tries … and is No. 2 in the entire NBA in points allowed per possession, suggesting he knows where he’s supposed to be in Coach Frank Vogel’s defensive scheme and plays alongside teammates who do, too.(LeBron James is No. 1 in points allowed per possession, suggesting he wasn’t really kidding when he was caught on camera joking with a referee about going back to defending.) Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs So much for Alex Caruso, All-Star.The voting was fun while it lasted for Laker fans and Caruso, aka The Bald Mamba, who found himself No. 4 among Western Conference guards going into last week’s final tabulation.No, really. That was No. 4 in the entire conference, ahead of stars like Russell Westbrook and Devin Booker.Light-hearted as it was, it was an authentic folk movement, as opposed to the modern practice of teams getting out the vote. The Lakers have never bothered to do that as one of the least-active marketing organizations with star-studded teams that have long sold themselves.center_img Of the five, only Bradley, at 26 percent, is shooting below 35 percent on 3-pointers, and he’s a career 36 percent shooter from the arc.Not that it’s hard to see when cohesion goes out the window, like a team president who says he’s not having fun.For years after Bryant blew out his Achilles, the Lakers weren’t good enough to make the playoffs. Last season they were but melted down.Embattled Lakers GM Rob Pelinka just got a new contract for bringing in the right guys as well as Davis, after the horrors of last spring when the departing Magic Johnson repeatedly bashed him as a backstabber.Even as Johnson railed at Pelinka, Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss posted a picture of her and Magic at dinner … presumably to reassure Laker fans, but actually suggesting she didn’t know whom to turn to.So much for the bad old days, at least for the moment.In the biggest surprise of all, with the players, coaches and front office all fitting, it’s a new, cohesive day in Lakerdom. Of course, it’s not Caruso’s quiet contribution that excited blasé Lakers fans into voting for him, but his where-did-that-come-from dunks.The excitement isn’t the point. The efficiency is, not just Caruso’s but the entire roster’s.Unlike last season, which looked promising but fell flat with James and a young, talented supporting cast of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, these newly assembled Lakers featured a new coaching staff and nine new players as the consensus No. 5 pick in the West. But they were cohesive from the start.The teams picked ahead of them all looked more cohesive, none more than the Clippers, who upgraded from Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and already had Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell – the top scoring bench duo in NBA history – in their current roles, along with Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, Landry Shamet and JaMychal Green.Showing you never can really tell, the Clippers are now in the midst of a crisis, with Harrell earlier this month ripping unnamed teammates … which insiders took as a complaint about Leonard and George getting preferential treatment … and Coach Doc Rivers ripping Trez the next day for telling so much to the press.Then there were the Lakers.“It would probably be irresponsible to think it’s all going to happen overnight and that we’re going to start the season with great cohesiveness,” Vogel said in training camp.“There are going to be bumps in the road, there are nights where it might be ugly and guys are getting to know each other on both ends of the floor … figuring out what their role is going to be on this team.”Surprise!Their stars meshed, predictable as that was with bigs and perimeter players a natural fit, and especially these two.James, a dominating perimeter player, had never played alongside a big the caliber of Davis.Davis, the most versatile of bigs … and a close friend of LeBron, who had convinced A.D. to come … had never played alongside a perimeter player like LeBron.The surprise was how the role players slipped seamlessly into place … with most signed off the waiver wire … none for more than two seasons as the team set up its salary cap for 2021 (Giannis Antetokounmpo, anyone?).The division of duties turned out to be natural, too.Stars: Whether your players fit or not, you’ve got to be good enough. These are the players who decide that … and have. James and Davis do everything, starting with the 6-foot-9, 250-pound LeBron playing point guard and leading the NBA at 10.8 assists per game.Bigs: JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard aren’t all-around players, but they are big, physical shot-blockers. With A.D., they’re perfect for Vogel’s protect-the-rim scheme that has them No. 1 in blocks and No. 4 in defensive rating.Bench scorer: That’s Kuzma, in the one part that hasn’t worked so well.Kuzma has been great in six starts, averaging 20 points in 32 minutes … but averages just 12 points with 0.8 assists in 23 minutes when he comes off the bench.Nor do metrics suggest he’s a great defender. Of the 10 Lakers playing 15 minutes or more, he’s No. 9 in points allowed per possession.More minutes would help. Of course, so would better defense.Everyone else: The other five Lakers averaging 15 minutes – Caruso, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo – are all-around role players, solid one-on-one defenders who carry out their assignments. None of them is J.J. Redick, but they move the ball and knock down enough of the open shots James and Davis create for them.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Padraig GAA News: CLUB LOTTOThere was one lucky winner of last weeks lotto jackpot which was €550 the numbers drawn were 5-7-1-2-6-3-4 and the winner was Phelim McColgan. Next Weeks Jackpot €300SENIORSThe seniors suffered defeat in their second home game of the season against Naomh Ultan going down to a scoreline of 1-12 to 3-10. Next week the seniors and reserves have a bye.UNDERAGE Under 6 and Under 8 training is on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Ture this is for boys and girls born in the year 2007,2008,2009, and 2010 all new faces welcome and can all boys and girls bring a water bottle and cost of session is €2 for info contact Daniel on 0862072745..Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under 12 Training for the 2015 season has started and will continue every Saturday in ture from 10.30am to 12pm. Please bring Trainers, Gum Shield, Water Bottle and €2. This is for players born in 2003 and 2004. New players welcome. Contact Damian for more info 087 7963559Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7pm to 8.15pm in ture. The U-12s continue this week with away games against Carn on Tuesday evening. The 16s kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a great victory over rivals burt on Friday evening with a scoreline of 4-08 to 0-05.CAMOIGECamoige for girls aged 6 and over will begin in Ture pitch on Thursday16th,April at 6.00pm to 7.00pm. Come along and join in the fun.BIG BREAKFAST The club would like to thank everyone who helped out and supported the big breakfast in any way on Saturday morning.CHILDRENS CHARITY CONCERTOur Annual Childrens Charity Concert will take place in the Clubhouse on Friday May 1st. Proceeds to InishowenSpecial Olympics. Performances by children from the parish. For imformation contactEileen on 086 8720734.QUIZ NIGHTThere will be a Quiz in order to raise funds for defibrillator training for the Quigleys Point area. The defibrillator is currently in the village and it is very important that we have a number of people from the area fully trained in its use. Community support for this event would be greatly appreciated. the quiz will take place in the POINT INN on Friday 24th April at 9.30pm.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfCLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.comGAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG SUFFER SECOND HOME DEFEAT OF THE SEASON was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh PadraigNoticesSportlast_img read more