Clippers fail first part of West test

first_imgPaul, still not 100 percent after coming back from a shoulder separation, refused to make excuses.“It felt like I didn’t make anything but I didn’t know it was that bad,” he said, looking at the stat sheet. “I just couldn’t make a shot.”Marco Belinelli added 20 points and Tim Duncan had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs (39-15), who won despite 18 turnovers.With Manu Ginobili, Duncan and Parker, the Spurs have not only won titles, but have been a threat to win for more than a decade.“It’s no secret,” Paul said. “They just change to other guys around them. They’ve got a foundation with Timmy, Manu and TP so you just bring in other guys that fall in line.”Paul became a little sarcastic when asked if the Clippers are making strides with their core of players.“I don’t know,” he said. “Me, Blake and (DeAndre Jordan) are like 2 1/ 2 years and they’ve got like 17? You tell me. Yeah, we’re kind of close.“We’re working on it but obviously there’s a little bit of a difference there.”With a two-game trip to Memphis and Oklahoma City looming this weekend, then a game against Houston, the Clippers could still a move up in the standings in a week’s time.Griffin, returning from his 38-point performance in the All-Star game, scored 15 points in the first half for the Clippers and surpassed the career 6,000-point mark. He became the eighth active player to reach that milestone before the end of his fourth season.The Clippers once again had to go without J.J. Redick, whose sore hip actually turned out to be a bulging disc in his lower back. Redick, averaging 15.7 points per game, is out indefinitely. It was a golden opportunity for the Clippers, who came out of the All-Star break with a key stretch of games against Western Conference playoff contenders.It began at Staples Center on Tuesday, with the San Antonio Spurs in town and the Clippers trailing them in the Western Conference standings by only a game in the loss column.It was a systematic shutdown. Even without three starters, including guard Tony Parker, the Spurs and their championship pedigree ground through the Clippers for a 113-103 victory.“I never really set the pace. Those guys almost beat us at what we wanted to do to them,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “We wanted to play fast, they sort of pushed it at us, picked us up full court and Patty Mills was unbelievable and we never could really slow him down.” Imagine playing a Spurs team, one that also went without center Tiago Splitter and forward Kawhi Leonard, and having to explain how Mills came off the bench to score 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including the first 11 of the period.“We were slow, we didn’t play very well, so not a lot of excuses,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They were more ready for the game than we were. They played with more energy stayed focused with all the stuff, whatever was going on on the floor.“We played a very flat basketball game. I don’t think we came out to do that but that’s the way the game turned out. (Mills) killed us. I don’t know if Parker could have been much better, when you look at it.”Blake Griffin didn’t find a lot of room to work against San Antonio but still had 35 points and 12 rebounds. Jamal Crawford added 25 points, but Paul made only 1 of 10 shots and finished with 11 points and nine assists.“I thought Chris was hurting tonight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I don’t know that for a fact, but we didn’t get the whole Chris Paul tonight. That helped us — a lot.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser kicks off April 6 at Meadow Lanes

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The annual fundraising event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sumner County, kicks off at Meadow Lanes at 2111 N. A Wellington on April 6 with sessions at 10 to 12 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and  3 to 5 p.m.; and April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the largest source of funds for the non-profit organization which serves local children who are facing adversity.  The dollars raised will help provide mentors for those children in need. Community members are asked to gather a team of friends, family, co-workers or church members to raise pledges for the cause and then come to bowling to celebrate their efforts.Children with mentors show improved school performance, positive attitudes about school and improved relationships with family and friends. For more information or to get involved in the event, go to www.kansasbowl.org or call 620-399-8030.“We are thrilled to be kicking off our fundraising season,” said Debi Clark, Area Program Director. “We provided mentors for 108 children in Sumner County last year and we are excited to be able to help even more local children this year with the dollars we will raise at this event.”In addition to raising money, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sumner County, will also be raising awareness of another campaign going on. REUNITE NOW is a nationwide campaign underway to locate and reunite former “Big Brothers” and “Big Sisters” with their “Littles.” Kansas is part of a friendly nationwide competition to reunite the most matches before the end of March. People interested in learning more about the campaign can visit www.reunitenow.org.Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history.  Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters is in over 90 counties in the state and serves nearly 6,000 Kansas children, volunteers and families each year. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Joan Loughmiller · 385 weeks ago Bowling teams of 5-6 people are needed,it’s easy and fun and for a really good cause, all money stays in Sumner county. Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Drew Doughty has period to forget in Los Angeles Kings’ loss to Edmonton Oilers

first_imgThis one will probably stick with Drew Doughty for a while — although he’ll want to forget it as quickly as possible.The Los Angeles Kings defenseman didn’t play particularly poorly against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, posting a team-high 25:40 of ice time while registering four shots and finishing at plus-1, but a few minutes in the first period ruined the rest of the game for him and his team. Doughty tries to stop McDavid. #oilers #gifs pic.twitter.com/CeTp4UFdjC— OILERZ (@oilerzmedia) December 7, 2019McDavid went on to produce the game-winning assist moments later.Doughty did get a measure of redemption in the third period when he assisted on Michael Amadio’s goal to give the Kings life, but Edmonton held on for a 2-1 victory. It has been a rough season for the last-place Kings and their highest-paid player. Friday’s first period just added to the misery. Doughty’s rough stretch started midway through the opening frame when an Adrian Kempe penalty put the Oilers on a power play. With Doughty on the ice to help defend Edmonton’s man advantage, Oilers star Leon Draisaitl received the puck from teammate Alex Chiasson. Draisaitl pondered his options from the right wing before attempting to slot a cross-ice pass to a waiting Chiasson in front of goal — only to watch as Doughty inadvertently kicked the puck past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the Los Angeles net for the game’s opening goal.Minutes later, Doughty again found himself on the ice against a feared Oilers forward. This time it was Connor McDavid, whose speed is just one of the many weapons at his disposal.MORE: Ken Holland unaware of Mike Babcock’s alleged mistreatment of players in DetroitWith the entire Kings team backpedaling while McDavid entered their defensive zone, Doughty lost his footing temporarily. To his credit, the 29-year-old blueliner managed to block McDavid’s pass attempt while prone on the ice and quickly got back to his feet to try to deliver a hit on the Oilers superstar.Unfortunately for Doughty, his attempted check resulted in nothing but air as McDavid deftly avoided the challenge and sent the defenseman hard into the boards.last_img read more

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