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Sans starting guards, LA Clippers fall to Pacers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I thought we kind of weathered the storm, to be honest,” Doc Rivers said. “When J.J. went down, I think we got down by 11. We made a nice charge, came back and even took the lead for a little bit.“I thought the beginning of the fourth quarter killed us, that little stretch where they got their cushion.”DeAndre Jordan had a game-high 15 rebounds, but he scored just two points, missing his only four shots and shooting 2 of 8 from the free-throw line.“It was a slow-paced game in a lot of ways with two fast teams,” Doc Rivers said. “It was strange. A lot of fouls were called tonight and there were a lot of touch fouls early, so I thought that kind of set the tone.“Without CP and without J.J., we had no ball movement and I think DJ is one of those guys it affects the most.”Small forward Paul George led the Pacers with 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. He came in averaging 27.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists. This after playing just six games this past season after severely breaking his right leg in August 2014 playing in a Team USA Blue-White game.Before tip-off, Pacers coach Frank Vogel admitted he could not have imagined the 6-foot-9 George starting the season this strongly after everything he went through.“Not really,” Vogel said, “certainly not when he was going through the rehab process. But as he worked this summer and seeing how hard he worked and how much he had developed, getting stronger and more confident in the leg each month, I did feel like this style of play (small-ball) would help put him in position to have his best year of his career.“But I don’t think anybody expected this.”After the game, George talked about his journey.“I really put in a lot of work this summer and preparation to be ready night in and night out,” he said. “I knew there was going to be a moment where the game is not going my way and I am going to struggle. That is going to happen.“But for the most part, I have become a student of the game and I really put a lot of time into my craft.”The Pacers played strong defense in this one, limiting the Clippers to 38 percent shooting — 22.2 percent (6 of 27) from 3-point range. But again, that was sans Paul and Redick.The Clippers’ Josh Smith contributed nine points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench.Rodney Stuckey had 18 points off the bench for Indiana and Ian Mahinmi scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Chris Paul was already out for the Clippers on Wednesday with inflamed rib cartilage. When J.J. Redick went down with a right ankle sprain just 17 seconds into the game against the visiting Indiana Pacers, it appeared the Clippers had absolutely no shot at victory.The Clippers hung in as long as they could and trailed by just five points with 2:59 to play after being down by 16 with 8:28 left. But L.A. could not execute down the stretch and was defeated by the Pacers 103-91 before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (10-9) had won three in a row and four of five. The Pacers (12-5) have won six consecutive games.Paul and Redick average a combined 31.2 points, so their absence made things more difficult for leading scorer Blake Griffin. Griffin scored 19 points, but he shot just 6 of 18. He had six assists, but pulled down only four rebounds. Griffin didn’t have a rebound until there were just five minutes left to play.center_img “It hurts,” Griffn said of playing without Paul and Redick. “But we have guys that are capable of stepping up and playing well, and they did. We just have to be better. I have to be better.”Lance Stephenson had 19 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting, Jamal Crawford scored 16 points but shot 5 of 16. He took Redick’s spot. Austin Rivers, who started for Paul at point guard, scored nine points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field. He had only one assist in nearly 35 minutes.He was not happy.“It was a very winnable game for us, but they still won,” he said. “We did not execute at all and we did not play good defense.”It was going to be hard enough to compete with a hot team without Paul. When Redick went down, the mission for victory seemed impossible. But coach Doc Rivers thought his team handled Redick’s departure well at first. The Clippers were down 16-5 early, but led 50-47 at halftime.last_img read more

Dea Herdzelas in Semifinals of ITF Tournament in Podgorica?

first_imgOur best ranked tennis player, Dea Herdzelas (WTA 402), is delighting with her game this year, which she confirmed once again with her great performance on a very strong tournament in Podgorica, which is played for the prize of 25,000 USD.Our tennis player qualified for semifinals by winning the Croatian tennis player Tena Lukas (WTA 298), with the score 6: 1, 6: 3, after one hour.Dea, who has not lost a single set in the tournament so far, will play semi-finals match with Austrian player Barbara Haas (ATP 299), and in case she wins, enroll the best ranking in our young players’ career, who is recording excellent results this year.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more