The Clippers were bludgeoned from the start by the Timberwolves’ front line of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. They saw Matt Barnes get ejected for a flagrant foul, Rivers and DeAndre Jordan pick up technical fouls, and Blake Griffin foul out in overtime after taking a nasty elbow to the head from Love earlier in the game.And they lived to tell about it.“It used to be me getting techs and stuff like that, so I actually got the chance too feed off that energy tonight,” Paul said. “I got the chance to be the one to tell everybody to calm down, let’s just win the game. I kept saying in the huddle ‘Regardless of all this stuff that’s going on, let’s just win the game.’ ” Dudley, in a bit of a shooting slump and 0 for 6 from the 3-point line, was still ready when Paul found him and the Clippers trailing by two.“It was just him making a play and finding me,” Dudley said. “I don’t know how he found me because I kind of went over to the right side. You’ve got to make those ones, especially when you’re wide open in a clutch situation. I’m glad I did tonight. This was not going to be another teachable moment for Doc Rivers and the Clippers.Lesson learned. Lesson applied. Mission accomplished.“The biggest thing we’ve learned as a team from Doc, and it’s great that it came to fruition tonight, that even in practice, he always talks about the game is not over,” Chris Paul said. “When we got down three or four there with seconds left, we could have just said we lost this one, we fought hard. It’s crazy, he says it all the time. The game is not over, extend the game. We found a way.”Paul made the crucial steal that led to Jamal Crawford’s tying basket in regulation play, then found Jared Dudley with a sweeping pass to led to a 3-pointer with 38.6 seconds left that gave the Clippers the lead for good in their 120-116 overtime win over Minnesota on Sunday night at Staples Center. “You know when your mom’s texting you you’re not playing well.”Love had 45 points and 19 rebounds, Pekovic added 34 points and 14 rebounds, but the Timberwolves committed their 19th turnover in the final seconds of regulation and it was costly.With a two-point lead and the ball, they inbounded to Kevin Martin, but Paul came up with a steal and fed Crawford for a dunk with 7.7 seconds left to force the extra period.“I saw nobody with (Martin) so when they threw it to him my initial thing was to steal it from him somehow, some way,” Paul said. “I saw he was about to dribble the ball with his left hand to get to my body, so I backed off a little bit and got a hand on it.”Griffin, with a gash in his forehead from his third-quarter experience with Love’s elbow, had a season high 32 points and 10 rebounds, Darren Collison made his first seven shots and scored 16 off the bench and Crawford had 22 points for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight.Paul scored nine of his 19 points in overtime and finished with 13 assists.The game was close throughout but clean, until a hard foul by Barnes on Love was ruled a flagrant 1. Then the officials, per rule, reviewed the play and made the penalty on Barnes more harsh, a flagrant 2 which brings an automatic ejection.And a game that looked to be determined on slugging it out in the paint turned into a succession of 3-pointers with a sprinkling of points in the paint.Love hit the two free throws he was awarded, and then the Timberwolves were awarded possession and Love hit a 3-pointer for a five-point possession.Minnesota, looking for its first win over the Clippers this season, took an 85-83 lead into the fourth quarter, but not before Crawford hit a 29-foot 3-pointer to close the third period.It was the first time in five games the Clippers let an opponent reach the 100-point plateau and it tested the statistic that showed the Clippers entered the game 13-0 when scoring at least 104 points.The heated battle continued with 3:18 left, when Love was charged with an offensive foul for swinging the ball through and catching Griffin flush on the forehead with an elbow. Griffin had to be immediately treated for the ensuing gash just beneath his hairline.Griffin said he got a “Band-aid concoction” instead of stitches and that he was not knocked woozy.“No, I was in it,” he said.On the bench, though, Rivers was treating an entire team that had taken blow after blow from the Timberwolves.“Everybody lost their composure, everybody,” Rivers said. “We kept gathering ourselves and I thought that was very important. There were a lot of times in the game where we could have just given in and we didn’t.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Club newsWell done to Liam Mc Conologue on his inclusion in the Ulster Final Programme as Club Volunteer – thanks for all your hard work at the club.Training as normal. All welcome.Ladies training as normal check facebook for match details. Minor girls at home Tues V Lifford at 7Be at pitch for 6.20U 14 boys at home Thursday shield final check Facebook for detailsU 16 boys away to Letterkenny Gaels – details on FacebookWell done Caoimhe Browne on winning Guess the Score. St Mary’s 5k walk/run will take place on Tuesday 9th Aug at 7.30 registration at Clubhouse from 6 – this race is part of the Donegal Grand Prix Series. Lotto19th July: CW FH MH WW.3 people matched 3; Grainne McElchar & Bernie McNulty Convoy, James Molloy Ballybofey.Jackpot next week €4650.Well done to our Senior men on their win over Na Rossa and the Reserves on their win over Lifford (lot of legends out for that one) in Championship over the weekend.St. Mary’s GAA player included in Ulster Final Programme was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:liam mcconologuest marys gaaUlster Final
Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The Warriors reviewed the footage of their Game 1 win over Houston. Just like how the Rockets felt, the Warriors disliked many of the calls. The Warriors admittedly also did not like how they reacted to them.“It’s honestly exhausting to get at the refs every possession,” Stephen Curry said. “I try to stay in my lane. I do foul sometimes. Sometimes, they …
Chennai, May 30(PTI): The jeep currently being used by Tamil superstar Rajinikanth for his upcoming flick Kaala Karikalan would find its way to an auto museum proposed to be set up by diversified business conglomerate Mahindra Group, in Mumbai.The 67-year-old actor is currently in Mumbai shooting for the film Kaala Karikalan(Kaala), produced by Wunderbar Films, promoted by the Rajinikanths son-in-law Dhanush.The films title and the first photographs were recently shared by Dhanush on social networking sites.In one of the pictures, Rajinikanth is seen casually dressed sporting a sunglass and sitting on top of a Mahindra Thar jeep.Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra and a prominent industrialist, in a tweet expressed his desire to use the car in the proposed auto museum to be set up by the Group.”When the legend @superstarrajini uses a car as a throne, it becomes a legend..#Thar,” Mahindra said in a series of tweets.”Whoever knows the whereabouts of the #Thar used for this shoot please let us know.. Id like to acquire it for our company auto museum,” he said.Responding to the tweet by Mahindra, Dhanush said he would ensure that the car reaches him upon completion of the film shoot.”Thank you so much sir!!! The vehicle is being used by the superstar for shoot currently. Once completed will ensure it reaches you:)” Dhanush tweeted.Reacting to the Dhanushs tweet, Mahindra said, “Fantastic.. Or maybe I should say-Wunderbar! Appreciate the response @dhanushkraja Good luck to you and the team.”advertisementTo a query made by a follower, Mahindra said the museum concept was being planned and cars were curated.”Its being planned. Cars being curated. Will most be in Kandivli, Mumbai”, Mahindra said.On the comments made by a follower that the photograph might be photoshopped, Mahindra said, “The car that was photoshopped is still a collectors item!.” PTI VIJ ROH RBS
201881.6D. Ayton7’0″M. Bamba7’0″M. Bagley6’11” 199280.7S. O’Neal7’1″C. Laettner6’11”A. Mourning6’10” 200781.6S. Hawes7’1″G. Oden7’0″Y. Jianlian7’0″ 201680.6D. Bender7’1″T. Maker7’1″J. Poeltl7’0″ 2018′s top 10 was calculated using ESPN.com’s latest mock draft.Sources: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com When the NBA drafts its newest class of rookies Thursday, big guys should be the order of the night. According to rankings from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, six of the top seven prospects in this year’s draft stand 6-foot-10 or taller. (The one exception is Real Madrid’s Luca Doncic, a 6-foot-8 point guard.) If things play out according to ESPN’s latest mock draft, this could be the second-tallest collection of top-10 picks in any draft since the lottery era began in 1985: 2018 is looking like one of the tallest drafts everTallest average height for top 10 picks in an NBA draft, 1985-2018 YearAvg. HEIGHT (inches)1st2nd3rd Tallest Players 198681.1B. Daugherty7’0″W. Bedford7’0″B. Sellers7’0″ 200281.1Y. Ming7’6″N. Tskitishvili7’0″Nene6’11” 200681.0A. Bargnani7’0″P. O’Bryant7’0″L. Aldridge6’11” 199780.1T. Duncan6’11”T. Battie6’11”K. Van Horn6’10” 198581.5P. Ewing7’0″B. Benjamin7’0″J. Koncak7’0″ 201581.4K. Porzingis7’3″K. Towns7’0″W. C.’Stein7’0″ 200080.6J. Przybilla7’1″C. Mihm7’0″K. Martin6’9″ 200182.0T. Chandler7’1″P. Gasol7’0″E. Curry7’0″ 199480.2E. Montross7’0″S. Wright6’11”D. Marshall6’9″ 201080.6D. Cousins6’11”G. Monroe6’11”D. Favors6’10” 198880.3R. Smits7’4″R. Seikaly6’11”D. Manning6’10” Headlined by Arizona 7-footer Deandre Ayton, this crop of big men is poised to have a profound effect on the league’s future. But therein lies a paradox: In the sport that prizes height like no other, the game itself is moving away from the archetype of the plodding big man. How each top prospect handles this seeming contradiction will go a long way toward determining what kind of pro career he’ll end up enjoying.The changing role of tall players in today’s pace-and-space NBA is complicated. As our ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton noted last week, bigs are actually more effective on a per-minute basis than ever, at least according to player-value metrics. Even though their share of leaguewide minutes has stayed relatively constant since the late 1980s, the share of NBA value over replacement player (VORP) accumulated by players 6-foot-10 or taller has been on the rise, hitting a modern high-water mark during the 2017-18 season, when bigs accounted for 39.5 percent of total value: Last season, 21 of the league’s 50 most valuable players by VORP stood 6-foot-10 or taller, another high for the league since the ABA merger in 1976. So in that sense, towering talents such as Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ben Simmons are doing just fine in the modern NBA, thank you very much.But at the same time, it’s difficult to conclude that this is a true heyday for taller players when you consider how little difference any of them made during the playoffs.1Granted, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is listed as 6-foot-9, but he is certainly taller than that. The percentage of total postseason minutes logged by players 6-foot-10 or taller has fallen from 29 percent in 2009 (the year 6-foot-11 Dwight Howard led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals) to 22 percent this year. At the same time, the share of playoff VORP belonging to big men has fallen from 34 percent to 26 percent. Only two players 6-foot-10 or taller — Kevin Love and JaVale McGee — played any significant minutes in the NBA Finals.2The series’ other players who stand 6-foot-10 or taller — Zaza Pachulia and Ante Zizic — were on the court for a grand total of 11 minutes over the series’ four games. In recent postseasons, the switch-heavy defensive schemes that top teams play have often made it a tactical liability to rely heavily on traditional big-man types, to say nothing of the negative effects of playing a nonshooter like most bigs have been throughout NBA history.Even among those who have survived these shifting conditions and remained relevant as NBA big men, the core responsibilities of the role have changed substantially over time. The floor-spacing element alone has not only put added pressure on bigs to develop greater range as shooters — 7-footers now take more than double the number of threes they did just five seasons ago, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — but it also requires them to be able to move fluidly in larger areas of defensive space, as well as taking a more active role in ballhandling and passing duties.You can see these changes playing out statistically as today’s big men are diversifying their contributions. Relative to the league average, the typical player who stands 6-foot-10 or taller in the 2010s gets significantly more assists and steals than in previous decades; he also is a much more frequent and efficient scorer and rebounder, but he blocks fewer shots. These changes have been about survival, and several of this draft’s elite post prospects have things they’ll need to prove in order to avoid becoming the next Jahlil Okafor, who entered the NBA with one of the best low-post arsenals in decades but couldn’t move his feet well enough to justify consistent playing time (let alone the No. 3 overall pick).The physically gifted Ayton, who spent much of this past season at power forward, logged very low steal and block rates when compared with other recent top-level post prospects, leading some to question his defensive instincts. Marvin Bagley III, who played zone during his one year at Duke, struggled at times defending the pick and roll, a vital trait in a league where that play can be used every time down the floor. And while Texas’s Mohamed Bamba will enter the NBA with a shot-blocking reputation — he has a ridiculous 7-foot-10 wingspan and erased almost four shots a game in college — it remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to make an impact on defense when teams seek to pull him out with a stretch-big who doesn’t need to be tethered to the paint.If we learned anything during these NBA playoffs — between Houston finding ways to torch and neutralize likely defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert and Golden State making mincemeat out of Cleveland’s switch-everything defense in the NBA Finals — it’s that the best offenses generally have counterpunches against highly predictable defensive sets and players. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be a shock to see someone like Michigan State’s 6-foot-11 Jaren Jackson Jr. get drafted a few spots earlier than expected, given the defensive versatility he possesses.To be clear, it’s not just the big men who find themselves adapting to a changing game. Players at other positions will also come with a handful of question marks Thursday night for similar reasons. For all his game-changing offensive talents, Oklahoma guard Trae Young’s lack of size (he checks in at 6-foot-2 and just under 180 pounds, with only a 6-foot-4 wingspan) figures to give teams pause after an NBA postseason whose earlier rounds saw smaller guards targeted and exposed consistently on the defensive end. Among perimeter players — rookie and veteran alike — Young isn’t alone in that weakness.On a larger scale, though, the sheer number of elite big-men draft prospects leading the way this year may seem a bit odd, given how the league has seemingly downsized. But just keep in mind the necessary caveat: Big men are still alive and well in the NBA — as long as they can move their feet and possess more than one tangible skill. We’ll see how many of this year’s towering prospects can check off those boxes once they start playing against the pros.