Garrett Richards throws one-hitter, but Angels lose 3-2 to Rangers in extra innings

first_imgHis shot off the left-field foul pole on Saturday was his fifth homer of the season.Any bad feelings from the previous day were held mostly in check. A day after being spiked in the leg by Odor’s controversial slide, Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons got his own chance to break up a double play. He slid cleanly into second base in the bottom of the fourth inning — but was called for interference when he moved too far past the bag.Simmons also took a fastball to the leg in the second inning, but the pitch did not appear to be intentional. Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels walked Simmons during his next at-bat, with his fifth pitch landing in the dirt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Added Richards: “It was a good one to build off of.”After losing chunks of the last two seasons due to injuries, Richards has been difficult to predict. He has recorded at least eight strikeouts in three outings, including 11 in a 3-0 win over the Giants six weeks ago. He has also twice been pulled before the end of the third inning, lasting 2-1/3 frames in last weekend’s appearance at Yankee Stadium.But he has at least been present, making his 12th start of the year on Saturday after taking the mound just six times in both 2016 and 2017.Texas saw the good version of Richards. After the first innings, no Rangers got on base until the start of the seventh, when Shin-Soo Choo reached first on an error by third baseman Jefry Marte. A wild pitch pushed Choo to second, and he eventually scored after a pair of groundouts.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.A walk in the eighth inning ended Richards’ night. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Justin Anderson walked his first batter, then retired three straight with his next 14 pitches — including two swinging strikeouts. In the ninth, Blake Parker gave up a double to Jurickson Profar, who advanced to third on a wild pitch to Nomar Mazara.And then, some confusion: A sac fly by Adrian Beltre brought Profar home, but Carlos Tocci — pinch-running for Mazar — ran for second and was thrown out. Angels fans initially cheered, thinking the game was over, but a review ruled that Profar reached home plate before Tocci was tagged. Tie game, 2-2.“That’s a timing play,” Scioscia said. “They got the call right.”After a scoreless ninth by the Angels, Jose Alvarez took the mound. The reliever struck out Joey Gallo to start the 10th inning, then gave up a single, a walk, and a single. That sequence brought Rougned Odor home to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.The Angels couldn’t respond. Luis Valbuena struck out swinging, while Ian Kinsler and Mike Trout flew out to center.Trout, who finished just shy of the cycle, was nevertheless a bright spot in the Angels’ lineup. The center fielder opened up scoring with a home run to left field in the first inning. He tripled in his next at-bat, his 1,104th career hit with the Angels, and singled in the sixth inning.He now sits in eighth place on the club’s all-time list, ahead of Bobby Grich (1,103) and behind Howie Kendrick (1,204). The outfielder has had at least one base hit in six consecutive games, his longest streak of the season.Kinsler blasted a solo shot of his own in the sixth inning. After a disappointing start to the season, the second baseman entered the day with nine hits in his last 15 at-bats — a stretch that included three doubles and a pair of home runs.Related Articles PreviousTexas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela, right, celebrates with catcher Robinson Chirinos after the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, left, celebrates with Mike Trout after a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, slides safely to steal second base ahead of the tag by Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The play was reviewed and overturned after Trout was initially called out. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, slides safely to steal second base ahead of the tag by Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The play was reviewed and overturned after Trout was initially called out. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout slides into third after a fly out by Justin Upton during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, right, celebrates with Mike Trout after a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor reacts after scoring the go-ahead run off a single by Ronald Guzman during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor, right, scores the go-ahead run ahead of the tag by Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado on single by Ronald Guzman during the 10th inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right, holds on to the ball after forcing out Texas Rangers’ Ronald Guzman on a grounder by Delino DeShields during the 10th inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor reacts after scoring the go-ahead run on a single by Ronald Guzman during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Texas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela, right, celebrates with catcher Robinson Chirinos after the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, left, celebrates with Mike Trout after a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, left, celebrates with Mike Trout after a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandANAHEIM — Garrett Richards’ yo-yo of a season appears to be spinning in the right direction.The right-hander had one of his best outings of the year on Saturday, allowing just one hit in the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the Rangers in extra innings. He threw 101 pitches, struck out nine batters and lasted seven innings — tying his longest start of the season.Despite the Angels falling to 31-28, it was a good sign for the 30-year-old, who entered the year as the most experienced starter in the rotation.“Garrett has great stuff from the first inning,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Maintained it until over his 100th pitch. Got a little bit tired. His command got a little wavy in the latter innings, but that’s as well as you can throw the ball. It was terrific.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Angels sign Joe Maddon to 3-year deal as manager

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Moreno was frustrated enough with the performance that he led the move to fire Ausmus, who had two years remaining on his contract, and replace him with Maddon.If the Angels are to make a quick turnaround in 2020, they will need more than just a new voice coming from the manager’s office. They will need plenty of starting pitching, which Maddon conceded.“If you look at it, there’s no getting around it, if the pitching gets better, the win-loss record is going to get better,” Maddon said.Free agents – most notably Orange County native Gerrit Cole – could certainly help push the Angels in the right direction, and Maddon seemed to be encouraged that the Angels would be players in that market.“Arte has never been worried about spending money,” Maddon said. “There are a lot of great plans in store.” By hiring a fan favorite, the Angels brought some good news to an organization that has been rocked lately by revelations about the details of Tyler Skaggs’ death. Angels media relations official Eric Kay reportedly told the Drug Enforcement Administration that he supplied opioids to Skaggs, possibly leaving the team open to legal liability and sanctions from Major League Baseball.Maddon was not asked about that situation during his radio interview.Against that backdrop, Maddon, 65, returns to an organization in which he spent three decades. He was a catcher in the minors for four seasons, and in 1979 began a coaching career.Maddon rose through the system and finally joined the major league staff in 1994. He twice served as an interim manager, including the end of the 1999 season after Terry Collins resigned.Maddon remained as the bench coach when Scioscia was hired as manager prior to the 2000 season. Maddon was part of the staff when the Angels won the World Series in 2002, and remained through 2005, when he left to manage the Tampa Bay Rays.The Rays had lost at least 90 games in the first eight years of their existence, and in the first two seasons under Maddon they lost 101 and 96. In his third year in 2008, Maddon led the Rays to a remarkable turnaround, as they won 97 games, a division title and an American League pennant. They lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.The Rays went to the playoffs four times in six seasons, from 2008-13. After a losing season in 2014, Maddon opted out of his Rays deal to explore other opportunities. He was quickly hired by the Cubs.Coming off a rebuilding plan that included four consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs brought in Maddon prior to the 2015 season and they won immediately. From 2015-18, the Cubs reached the postseason four years in a row, including their 2016 World Series title.The playoff streak ended this season, with a September collapse. The Cubs had been in a playoff spot for most of the season, either leading the NL Central division or holding a wild-card spot, until they fell out of it by losing 10 of their last 12 games.With Maddon’s contract set to the expire at the end of the season, the Cubs and Maddon announced on the final day of the regular season that he would not be back.A day later, the Angels fired Ausmus, which to many observers indicated they would go after Maddon.Ausmus had gone 72-90 in his only season as the Angels manager, losing more games than any Angels team had lost since 1999, before Scioscia.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Everyone wants to know strategies and hit and runs and bullpen management and lineups and all that stuff, but it starts with relationships,” said Maddon, who on Wednesday was in his hometown of Hazelton, Pa. “I already had that built. I loved the idea of working with Arte and John and Billy. And that’s where it began.”The Angels also interviewed former managers Buck Showalter and John Farrell and Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington.“We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans,” Eppler, the Angels’ general manager, said in a statement released by the team. “Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career he has built a culture that is focused on winning while also allowing his players to thrive. We believe Joe will be a great asset for our club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series Championship.”Maddon said he hopes to bring back the style of play that marked the organization’s play in earlier decades.“There’s a specific style of baseball, which I’m really into,” Maddon said, likely referring to an emphasis on fundamentals and aggressiveness on the bases. “We did it with (Mike Scioscia) and Marcel (Lachemann) and before that Gene Mauch. There definitely was an Angel method.” The Angels and Joe Maddon agreed Wednesday to bring the veteran manager back to the organization in which he spent his first 31 years in baseball.Maddon and the Angels agreed to a three-year deal, which ended three weeks of speculation about the seemingly inevitable reunion. Maddon’s deal is worth $12 million, according to a source.Maddon, who had led the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years and had come up as a coach in the Angels’ system, had been widely assumed to be the Angels’ next manager even before Brad Ausmus was fired following his only season at the helm.Maddon, who will be introduced to the media at a press conference next week in Anaheim, spoke to the Angels flagship radio station on Wednesday about how his relationships with owner Arte Moreno, president John Carpino and General Manager Billy Eppler led him back.last_img read more

Legal challenges loom in removing Donald Sterling from Clippers

first_img“This will be a process in getting Donald Sterling to agree toward selling the franchise,” said NBA TV analyst Stu Jackson, who previously served 13 years as the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations. “It’s going to be a battle of intellect, legal expertise and what they can finagle behind the scenes.”Attempts to reach Sterling and his lawyer, Robert Platt, have been unsuccessful. But shortly before the NBA’s ruling, Fox News contributor Jim Gray reported speaking with Sterling, who vowed he would not sell the team.The NBA’s constitutional bylaws require a three-fourths vote, and sources among the NBA, the Clippers and law experts believe that ruling will become unanimous. But the sense within the league suggests they are resigned toward Sterling dragging this case out through litigation. “There is no way that man walks away without a battle,” said Lakers legend Magic Johnson in an appearance Monday at Cal State Long Beach where he downplayed talk he would partner up with an ownership group to buy the Clippers. Sterling rarely shied away from the courtroom amid his 33 years overseeing the Clippers’ franchise. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error His words sounded forceful. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver classified Donald Sterling’s racially disparaging remarks on an audio tape “as deeply offensive and hurtful.”His punishment seemed harsh yet fair. Silver issued Sterling a life-time ban, a $2.5 million fine and urged the league’s Board of Governors made up of NBA owners to force him to sell the Clippers franchise. His actions seemed quick. Silver plans to appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee the Clippers, and the NBA announced Tuesday that president Andy Roeser will take an indefinite leave of absence. The NBA will likely hold a vote this week that rules Sterling must sell the team. But with the NBA acting as swiftly and as powerfully as a Chris Paul lob to Blake Griffin, it appears that momentum could get stalled in court and could drag out for years. center_img He successfully fought off an employee who sued him in 2003 on sexual harassment. In 2009, the court dismissed a case former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor filed against Sterling that charged both employment and racial discrimination. That same year, Sterling paid $2.7 million to settle a lawsuit that accused him of practicing housing discrimination in various L.A.-based real estate properties to blacks, Hispanics and families with children. In 2011, former Clippers coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy was awarded $13.5 million through arbitration after the Clippers initially stopped paying him the remainder of his contract after he was fired in March 2010. In this case, law experts believe Sterling will seek an injunction and then file suit, raising both breach of contract and antitrust claims. Yet, under Article 13 of the NBA constitution, an owner can be terminated with a three-fourths vote from the Board of Governors if the franchise fails “to fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association, its Members, Players, or any other third party in such a way as to affect the Association or its Members adversely.” In Article 24 of the NBA constitution, the commissioner’s duties are listed as “protecting the integrity of the game of professional basketball and preserving public confidence in the League.”“The league is on pretty solid footing,” USC law and business professor Michael Chasalow said. “They have contractual rights to terminate Sterling. The only limit with that is whether the league did not act in good faith in enforcing its rights. That’s impossible to prove given he started the whole thing with his outrageous comments.”Sterling criticized a female friend named V. Stiviano for posting pictures of herself and Johnson on Instagram and for bringing black friends to Clippers games. Yet, Sterling could invoke privacy laws after an audio recording of that conversation leaked to both TMZ and Deadspin.“He might try to become a crusader and martyr for privacy rights,” USC law professor Jody Armour said of Sterling. “With the current day concerns about the NSA intrusions into ordinary citizens’ privacy, there are a lot of folks who believe privacy rights are valuable. They may believe people deserve some protection.”Silver dismissed such concerns about that topic, saying, “Whether or not these remarks were shared in private, they are now public and they represent his views.”But will such issues slow down the Clippers transition process?Unanswered questions persist, including the nature of Sterling’s trust that includes his wife, Shelly, and whether she will stay on as the team’s co-owner. The NBA players union has said the league cannot allow that to happen. “I am concerned that if this process continues on, it may be at the sacrifice of one the 30 NBA clubs,” Jackson said. “What’s going to happen with that franchise during the time that this battle rages on?”Jackson then cited the Clippers losing a flurry of sponsors and uncertainty whether coach Doc Rivers and star players, such as Paul and Griffin would want to stay if a lengthy legal fight ensues. Even amid this uncertainty, however, law and sports economics experts find some hope Sterling will concede defeat. Coupled with the Clippers’ playoff resurgence, a potentially new cable deal and an expected bidding war among competing ownership groups, experts predicted the Clippers could sell as high as $1.6 billion. That number marks a stark increase from the $575 million Forbes currently tabs as the franchise’s worth. “If he wants to, he could tie it up for a very long time,” said Notre Dame sports economics professor Richard Sheehan. “But I bet that he wouldn’t. The cost of him doing so would be very extreme.”Staff writer Chris Trevino contributed to this report.last_img read more

Barnes fined for ‘inappropriate language’ directed at Harden’s mom

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers forward Matt Barnes told reporters at the Friday morning shootaround ahead of Game 3 against the Houston Rockets that he expected to get fined for remarks made to a fan — who turned out to be the mother of Rockets’ star James Harden — in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals series Wednesday at Toyota Center in Houston.Sure enough, he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for what it termed inappropriate language directed at a fan.“We’ve made our peace,” Barnes said before the fine became official, of he and Harden’s mother, Monja Willis. “We’ve spoken twice since the incident. She said something, I said something back.”• Photos: Clippers rout Rockets 124-99 in Game 3 Barnes said he had gotten wind of what supposedly went down.“I’ve heard speculation as to what I allegedly said, which is crazy,” he said. “Crazy, untrue, crazy. But it is what it is.”Barnes wouldn’t say what was actually said.“That’s between her and I,” he said.Barnes had just received a technical foul late in the first quarter Wednesday after bumping Harden. Barnes said he didn’t know who was chirping at him.center_img “I had no idea who it was,” he said. “I didn’t find out who it was until I was on the bus. But I saw D.J. (DeAndre Jordan) speak to her at halftime … and I was like, ‘Who was that?’ He’s like, ‘James Harden’s mom.’“I was like, ‘Oh, God, that’s going to make it a hundred times worse.’ I don’t know her, I don’t really know James too well and like I said, we’ve made our peace and we’re focused on winning this game.”Barnes said he received a “tongue-lashing” from Clippers coach Doc Rivers. But Rivers would not say much about that prior to tip-off.“I’m not going to talk about that much,” he said. “I just was not pleased. I made that clear. And I made it clear to Matt and the entire team. So I’m just going to leave it at that.”All that said, Barnes — speaking in generalities — doesn’t like the idea that fans can say whatever they want without suffering any repercussions.“Well, what’s crazy is they can say anything and everything from things about our kids to our wives to anything and we say one thing and they run and tell, and next thing you know, I’m probably going to get fined $25,000,” he said, before knowing it was $50,000. “So, I think I heard D.J. say and D-Wade said it before, you know, we’re human, too. You know what I mean?“But they can pick and prod us like animals in a cage and run and tell when we respond. So if you don’t want nothing said to you, don’t say nothing to begin with.”Harden talked briefly about the incident at the Rockets’ morning shootaround.“Any situation where you’re talking about somebody else’s parents, that’s just disrespectful,” Harden said. “I’m focused on Game 3 and we’re very focused and locked in. There will be some great intensity tonight.”Rockets find mojoHouston coach Kevin McHale was become quite the cool quote. He was asked Friday morning about his team getting its mojo back in time to win Game 2, which the Rockets trailed by nine points at halftime and by 13 early in the third quarter before emerging with a 115-109 win.“Mojo is a tricky thing,” he said. “It comes and goes like the weather, brother. When you got it, you can run through traffic. When you don’t have it, you can’t cross the street. Hopefully, you have it.”McHale on CP3You might be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of Chris Paul’s than McHale.“Great ball handler, great decision maker, makes great shots, tough kid,” he said of Paul, who started Friday’s game after missing the first two with a strained left hamstring. “He’ll grind it out and get after you. Chris Paul has been a tough competitor his entire career in the NBA and has been one of the top point guards in the league for years for a reason. He’s a damn good player.”Staff Writer Mark Medina contributed to this reportlast_img read more

Clippers’ Doc Rivers wants trade deadline changed

first_img“We’re sitting on the plane, players are literally looking at me on the phone, back and forth, but I wasn’t the GM then. It was awful.”The logic follows that an earlier deadline would have prevented such chaos.There was no such drama for the Clippers this time around. Rivers said things were “not crazy busy” in the Clippers front office. The franchise was linked to the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony last month, but aside from that potential blockbuster, Rivers indicated most other conversations involved minor deals.“You listen to everything because people call about everything,” Rivers said. “You’ve got to stay disciplined. You’ve got to know what you want, what you won’t do. Really there was never anything close, just wasn’t. Really was not a lot there.” Rough returnA week of leisure was followed by two days of the most difficult kind of work.A back-to-back against the two best teams in the Western Conference? Just the way Doc Rivers likes it.“I would rather get going,” he said. “Don’t want any warm-up games, it’s time to get going.”Both Rivers and his Warriors counterpart, coach Steve Kerr, pointed out that teams play more games before the All-Star break than when they played. After Thursday, the Clippers play just 25 more contests.“I like that right after the break there’s a finish line,” Rivers said, “and you can actually see it. You start running toward it. I like the change.”Brice on boardThe Clippers did, in fact, add a new player Thursday. Rookie Brice Johnson, sidelined since training camp with a herniated disc in his back, was active against the Warriors.Fifty-seven games into his rookie year, the former North Carolina player got to put on his uniform. It’s No. 10, by the way, for anyone who can’t remember October.Johnson returned to Chapel Hill, North Carolina over the All-Star break to have his jersey honored at his alma mater. His No. 11 jersey is one of 43 in UNC history to receive that distinction. Only eight have been retired. “I think it should be the day before you actually start practicing. You had all year. The Tuesday to me after All-Star break, to me, would be the best. Because now you come back and you’re practicing with your team and everybody’s comfortable. You know who’s on the team.”Besides, Rivers said, teams had more than four months to swing trades.“You’re doing it all year,” he said. “It’s not like just these 48 hours everybody’s calling each other. I think that’s what we’ve got to talk about a little bit.”Rivers said the frenzied 2014 deadline was the best case for altering NBA calendar. The Clippers sat aboard the team plane, while team executives attempted to finalize a series of deals, which ultimately had Antawn Jamison sent to Atlanta and Byron Mullens to Philadelphia. At the same time, a proposed deal with the Knicks that would have landed L.A. Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton, who eventually made his way to the Clippers this season, was nixed by then-owner Donald Sterling.“We were like, ‘Wait a minute, you just said yes,’” Rivers recalled. “We had to scramble back, so that triggered the other deal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img OAKLAND >> Doc Rivers talked about making changes shortly before Thursday’s trade deadline, but not to his roster.To the deadline itself.The Clippers were not expected to be very active Thursday and indeed did not make any changes to their roster. Rivers, the team’s president as well as head coach, didn’t even have a cell phone on him as he put the team through its morning walk-through in downtown San Francisco.Still, Rivers sees the deadline as an annual distraction from the final push of the regular season and said it’s something “we still as a league need to figure out a little better.last_img read more

Clippers giving fans reason to cheer at Staples Center

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “You always hear people say, you have to take care of home,” said Avery Bradley, whose late-game steal against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday secured the victory to elevate the 12-6 Clippers to first place in the Western Conference. “We say it before every game.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“You definitely want to protect home,” echoed Danilo Gallinari, whose three free throws with 1.6 seconds left in regulation Friday set up the Clippers’ latest victory at Staples Center, where they’re averaging 16,947 fans per game.Gallinari said the Clippers’ early returns remind him of his 2012-13 Denver Nuggets team, whose franchise-best 57-25 overall record was bolstered by their ability to protect their house: They went 38-3 at home.“If we can do the same thing and have the same record here,” Gallinari said, “it would be amazing.” LOS ANGELES — If you’ve attended a Clippers game at Staples Center this season, you’ve witnessed a pair of Chick-fil-A mascot cows doing their best to distract opposing free-throw shooters and felt the deep blast of a tugboat horn that accompanies Boban Marjanovic’s big plays.You’ve probably been on the business end of a T-shirt gun firing generously into the crowd and watched the wealthiest owner in American sports boogying on the baseline.And, unless you showed up for only the season opener, you’ve seen a victory.The Clippers — who hit the road for a game in Portland on Sunday — are 8-1 at home this season. Their eight consecutive wins since that opening-night loss to the Denver Nuggets represent the best current home winning streak in the NBA. CLOSE CALLSThe Clippers’ early success hasn’t been without drama. Their three overtime victories — all at home — are the most in the NBA.They rank second in the NBA in “clutch wins,” or those defined by NBA.com/stats as games played within a five-point margin in the final five minutes of regulation, with nine. (The Philadelphia 76ers have 10.)Are the Clippers enjoying these close calls? Or would they rather blow teams out?“Blow teams out,” said forward Tobias Harris, without hesitation.Still, there’s something to being on the winning side of so many tight games.“We’re a hard team to guard in the fourth quarter and overtime,” Harris said. “You look at the distribution of scoring in the overtime: Avery hit the free throws, I had a layup, Lou (Williams) gets to the free-throw line. So it’s different guys contributing and that’s tough, at times, to defend.”Related Articlescenter_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates And they’ve got Williams, whose latest clutch contributions included a jumper, those free throws and an assist in Friday’s overtime.“Whenever you have Lou Will on your team, when it gets to overtime, fourth quarter, I like our chances,” Bradley said.MBAH A MOUTE’S STATUSThe Clippers’ early success has come mostly without Luc Mbah a Moute, who’s missed all but four games this season with what’s described as a sore left knee. Coach Doc Rivers said he didn’t have any further information – “not from me” – about his veteran forward, who signed a one-year, $4.3 million contract to return to the Clippers this season after spending last season as a member of the Houston Rockets. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Heisler: Your NBA favorites have 2019 New Year’s resolutions to share

first_imgWalton – But you said I was Laker Family and this season was about being patient. Wait a minute, I’ve got your quotes right here:“I think the one thing that we have to, and the fans have to, be patient about is the chemistry on the court, because we’re putting together basically all these guys who will be new to each other, right?”Magic – Hey, times change. I owe it to Lakers fans to proceed according to my vision.Rich Paul, Klutch Sports agency – OK, here’s the next thing we want. Tyson’s been great but here at Klutch, we, er, I, think that we, er, you, still need more veterans.Magic – Wait a moment, I’m still writing it down.Paul – Carmelo Anthony’s out there and he’s not only one of LeBron’s best friends, but he can help us, er, you.Magic – Just so I understand: You want me to pick up Melo, after the Rockets shelved him with no one else interested in him, even with his minimum salary?Paul – That’s Fake News. We picked that phrase up following politics. Comes in handy a lot.We have our own vision at Klutch. We won’t rest until LB’s playing alongside the entire All-Star roster and his best friends.Chris Paul – I hope Melo helps you more than he helped us after I told the front office he still had it.James – What went wrong?CP3 – I don’t know. I pull a hamstring every time I think about it.Steve Ballmer – We have our own vision, in Clipper Nation! We’re going to sign two free agents whose names I can’t utter but sound like Kaui Lennard and Devin Kurant and move into our own building in Inglewood.Why would anyone want to be in downtown Los Angeles? No one goes there anymore.Jerry West – I keep telling you, the way it works around here, you go from Inglewood to downtown, not the other way around.Ballmer – But we’re downtown now and people barely know we’re alive!Donald T. Sterling – Thanks for the $2 billion, sucker!Ballmer – No problem, little guy. Took me about eight minutes to make it back in the market with my 339 million shares of Microsoft stock going up $65. That was $22 billion worth since I bought your team in 2014.With my personal fortune of almost $40 billion, I could have paid $2 billion per team and bought the entire Western Conference!Oops! Off $15 since our Oct. 1 high. There went $5 billion. … Oh well, easy come, easy go.Kawhi Leonard – Sorry, I can’t participate in tampering since I don’t talk about my plans … or anything, including the weather. Speak to my uncle, who’s in charge of my life.Ballmer – But he never talks, either.Kawhi – Exactly.Kevin Durant – There’s a place for me, somewhere a place for me.Steph Curry – Don’t leave, KD! We just won two titles together. Hasn’t it been fun?Durant – It was great fun, but it was just one of those things.Russell Westbrook – Don’t you know any songs from the last 50 years? And didn’t you just leave me in the lurch because you wanted to win a title and didn’t care how it looked?Durant – Word. And your point is?Draymond Green – Let that @$%$#! go, Steph. He was never really one of us.Curry – Thanks, Dray! Loyalty is so great. I know I can count on you to stay with me, even if your deal runs out in 2020.Related Articles Green – No comment. However, I’m totally committed to the Warriors, until then.Kyrie Irving – It’s way hard being an NBA star. You have to watch every word you say, like when Steph said we didn’t really land on the moon … or when I challenged everyone on Twitter to prove the Earth was round. Shouldn’t everyone be discussing world peace or something?Curry – Yo, Kyrie! I was kidding. I believe in science. Think of it this way, if the Earth was flat, as you propose, wouldn’t everyone on the other side just fall off?Knicks owner James Dolan – Is KD serious about the possibility of coming here? I’m going to reconsider my offer to sell the team!Knicks fans – No! No! Anything but that!Silver – And this is the most prosperous time in our history. Imagine what the other leagues are going through. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ center_img Davis – Wait a moment, I’m still writing it down.Pelicans GM Dell Demps – The Lakers are doing it again! Tampering! Tampering! Tampering!Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Commissioner Adam Silver – No, no! LeBron’s just talking about real estate. Everyone out there does that.Luke Walton – I can’t comment but I’m excited about coaching whatever awesome combination we put together next season.Magic Johnson – Not so fast. Our NBA favorites have resolutions for 2019, even if those in Lakerdom are working on a happier New Year in 2020.Anthony Davis – Me, leave New Orleans? Never, or not until summer, whichever comes first.Of course, I’ll consult my principal adviser, who’s right here …LeBron James – Right. I’ve bought the mansion next door in Brentwood so you can have a place to stay while waiting to be traded, after you inform the Pelicans to do it or get nothing when you walk in 2020. On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Giannis, Bucks hold off Kawhi-less Clippers

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “We have one of the best forwards who’s not playing. Kawhi is going to sit out games, it’s going to happen. We can’t put it all on him. He’s got to take care of his body just like every other athlete on this team, so just because he’s sitting out a game, doesn’t mean we have the right to just drop a game.”Landry Shamet’s fourth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter helped the Clippers close to within 126-124 with 23 seconds left, but the Bucks’ Khris Middleton sank a pair of free throws, JaMychal Green’s 3-point attempt was blocked, Lou Williams’ missed and Antetokounmpo grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made a free throw to seal it.The Clippers (5-3) fell to 0-2 without Leonard, whose Raptors went 17-5 without him last season on their way to their first NBA title. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Leonard is expected to be in the lineup on Thursday, when the Clippers host the Portland Trail Blazers.For the Bucks (6-2) to escape with the road victory, it took a typically stout effort from Antetokounmpo; the reigning NBA MVP finished with 38 points and 16 rebounds, nine assists – and a career-high-tying four 3-pointers.“We’re fine with (Antetokounmpo making 3s),” said Rivers, who lost a challenge disputing an offensive foul on Williams with 7:18 left in the game. “We did a pretty good job early on keeping him out of the paint. I thought as the game went on … he got us.” Antetokounmpo had the support of another prolific 3-point shooting effort from his teammates, including six from George Hill and four apiece from Kyle Korver and former Clipper Eric Bledsoe.Even then, the Clippers made it interesting, winning every quarter but the second, when they were outscored 42-29.Patrick Patterson, who has been starting since coming aboard as a free agent this offseason, said the Clippers’ performance Wednesday reminded him of what he saw from them from afar last season. Without any All-Stars, the 2018-19 Clippers won 48 regular-season games and pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img “Definitely, their ability to pass and move the ball, how anyone could score on any given night,” Patterson said. “It seemed like it was a team, you know, rather than one person every single time. Of course, Lou’s gonna be him and Trezz is gonna be him, but just seeing everyone else on that team get theirs as well and everyone just pulling and cheering for them and just the whole unselfishness aspect is definitely something I saw (last) year and still continues this year.”After being limited by foul trouble when the Clippers lost the first game they played without Leonard in Utah, Harrell was Harrell at his best Wednesday. And Williams – who got the rare start alongside Harrell with Leonard unavailable – also had 34 points.“They’re tough to cover,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They get to play with the ball for the whole game and are pretty dynamic. But I’m proud of our guys for finding a way to win on the road.”Clippers guard Patrick Beverley flexed for 20 points, 10 rebounds, a pair of steals and a blocked shot. Shamet scored all 14 of his points in the final period, when he made five of his six attempts.“That’s what he does, make shots,” Harrell said of the second-year shooting guard. “I mean, he’s a shooter. He hit some big-time shots to keep us right there at the end, if we’d have come up with one or two more stops, the game may have (ended) differently.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to his dunk after a timeout during a 129-124 Bucks win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.The Clippers’ Patrick Patterson soars past the Bucks’ George Hill, right, on his way to a dunk during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Patterson (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson (1) is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Pat Connaughton (24,) Khris Middleton (22) and Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) works for a rebound next to Milwaukee Bucks’ Donte DiVincenzo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dribbles past Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, shoots in front of Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) has his shot blocked by Milwaukee Bucks’ Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) dribbles next to Milwaukee Bucks’ Wesley Matthews (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, and Paul George, right, watch from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, left, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers reacts to a Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks block during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket past George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Patrick Patterson #54 of the LA Clippers reacts to his dunk in front of Montrezl Harrell #5 during the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks back down Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers as Montrezl Harrell #5 looks on during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to a Bucks foul during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers scores over Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks watches his shot with Ivica Zubac #40, Patrick Beverley #21 and Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers dunks in front of Brook Lopez #11 and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks over Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers drives on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, center right, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) dribbles against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) points after making 3-point basket, in front of Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to play during the first half against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) shoots past Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, center, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, left, and Khris Middleton during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks waits for an inbound during the first half against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball against the Milwaukee Bucks game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks scores on a layup in front of JaMychal Green #4 and Jerome Robinson #1 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) dribbles against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts on the sidelines during a 129-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks’ Robin Lopez during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) talks to head coach Mike Budenholzer during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) runs back after making a three-point basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles in front of Eric Bledsoe (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks to make a pass around Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, and Paul George, third from right, watch from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks scores on a layup past Landry Shamet #20 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts as he is fouled by Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks scores on a layup between Landry Shamet #20 and JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts on the sidelines during a 129-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts as he is fouled by Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts as he dribble in front of Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks takes a lose ball from Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers to score during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts to his foul during a 129-124 Milwaukee Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to his dunk after a timeout during a 129-124 Bucks win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.The Clippers’ Patrick Patterson soars past the Bucks’ George Hill, right, on his way to a dunk during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 54The Clippers’ Patrick Patterson soars past the Bucks’ George Hill, right, on his way to a dunk during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard wasn’t in the lineup for one of his patented fourth-quarter reprieves, but the Clippers did a good impression of it, pulling within two points of the Milwaukee Bucks with seconds remaining before Giannis Antetokounmpo and his high-octane, pace-pushing teammates slipped away with a 129-124 victory Wednesday at Staples Center.Leonard had the night off on Wednesday, sticking to his injury avoidance plan, out for the second time this season on account of “load management (knee),” and the Bucks managed to fend off the Clippers’ spirited effort sans superstar.The Clippers – who surely missed Leonard’s 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists – remain, at their core, a plucky, proud group. And they came to play Wednesday, as if no one told them that, without either All-Stars Leonard or Paul George, against the Eastern Conference power, they weren’t supposed to win.“Whoever is on the floor, whoever we have that night, we got to play to win the game,” said Montrezl Harrell, who had a career-high 34 points, including eclipsing 3,000 career points with his first bucket of the evening, to go with 13 rebounds. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Top 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports: No. 15 Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clayton Kershaw, 28, Dodgers PitcherLast year’s rank: T17With Matt Kemp and Zack Greinke gone and Yasiel Puig’s hype having subsided, Kershaw is the undisputed face of one of baseball’s biggest brands. The Dodgers’ ace could supplant Kobe Bryant as the active athlete in L.A. with the most influence within his organization. A “down year” in 2015 for Kershaw (16-7, 2.13 ERA) didn’t add to his collection of Cy Young awards, but he is one of his generation’s best pitchers.Top 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports • Introduction• Photo Gallerylast_img

How Vin Scully has taken us above, and beyond, a simple Dodgers broadcast

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Those aren’t our questions. Word for word, all of the above was asked this past week by Wendy Parker, a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer and editor now of the exceptional Sports Biblio Digest, a blog dedicated to sports books, history and culture.“All of the above” was also the next line in Parker’s summarization to her inquiry. And she’s living about 3,000 miles away from all this current Vin-sanity.• SCULLY’S BEST: Out list of Vin Scully’s Top 10 callsAbove all, Scully remains the total package, the person broadcasters can still learn from, a gracious, grateful, priority-conscious gentleman we all hope somehow rubs off on us.He leaves us grasping for the right words as we try to explain the way he has impacted our lives, as much a part of our city’s DNA and our own. He’s our “Wonder Years” narrator through a powerful electronic connection. Why do we revere Vin Scully so?Nostalgia? His unfailingly polite and pleasant persona, both on the air and in person?His poetic vocabulary and delivery with a grandfatherly lilt, never a touch overdone?His abiding respect for the game, personified by prodigious preparation?center_img (Really, how did he make a Farmer John shank and butt portion sound even edible?)This all become a more profound exercise as we inhale these last home games. Even then, those who use their words for a living may not even necessarily be in proper alignment on what adjectives to use.Dick Enberg is struck about how Scully is the “poet laureate of baseball.” George Will counters: “Although he uses language fluently and precisely, he is not a poet. He is something equally dignified and exemplary but less celebrated: He is a craftsman. Scully, the most famous and beloved person in Southern California, is not a movie star but has the at-ease, old-shoe persona of Jimmy Stewart.”Can both be correct? Of course. It’s all of the above. And more.• LISTEN TO VIN: Vin Scully classic call generatorWe generally just accept that Scully has fashioned himself into the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time. So is our greatest doubt in Southern California that no one will ever replace him? Has anyone really made us forgot about Chick Hearn? Or Enberg? Or Tom Kelly?Our primary media filter has changed too dramatically, and with it, the drama that someone like Scully can provide.No team would ever allow a single announcer to carry a broadcast by himself on any sport. It’s analyst-driven, mostly by former players, so the play-by-play man, particularly on TV, is just a facilitator.• PHOTO GALLERY: A farewell to Vin ScullyBob Costas nailed it when asked by ESPN’s Jayson Stark to best explain why the artistry of Scully is one for the ages, not the future:“If you watch any other game, no matter how good the announcer is, no matter how good they are, there is always some obstacle or some maze that they have got to make their way through if they are going to tell even one or two of the dozen or so stories like that Vin tells during a game. So he’s a uniquely talented announcer.“But if a 30-year-old Vin Scully came along today, the circumstances could never be duplicated. The business might not know what to do with him. The importance of radio would be much less. You would never have anything that would match the odyssey of the Dodgers … the importance of Jackie Robinson … the transplant from Brooklyn to the West Coast … the broken hearts in Brooklyn … the whole new vistas of baseball on the West Coast.“And then the metabolism of the society of the game changing. But he is grandfathered in, and I mean that in the nicest way. So the very things that appeal to people about him are the opposite of most sports TV does. It’s like, we can’t get enough of this, and we can’t stop doing the exact opposite.”Take that further: Why, as a way to complete this circle of broadcasting life, won’t the Dodgers allow Scully to call an entire game — either Sunday’s home finale or his final one Oct. 2 in San Francisco — as a radio-based format that just happens to be on TV? And then allow the radio to carry all nine innings of it?A Dodgers spokesman said that isn’t going to happen, and that’s a mistake.We hear frequently from Southern California natives who, not necessarily by their choosing, happen to work in different places around the world. They buy into the MLB.com app so they can pick up Dodgers audio games wherever they may be.Their simple request, while thousands of miles away, is for a hometown connection, to hear Scully more than just the first three innings.As a tribute to him, don’t you think Charley Steiner and Rick Monday would be fine stepping aside to hear Scully’s voice call at least those last innings of these final games instead of their own?last_img read more