Month: August 2020

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons hurts shoulder on diving play

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Andrelton Simmons was diagnosed with a strained left shoulder after undergoing an MRI exam on Thursday night, according to the Angels, who characterized Simmons as “day to day.”The news comes as a relief for the team after Simmons was hurt diving for a ball in Thursday afternoon’s game against the Oakland A’s. Simmons came out of the game with a trainer, but shortly after the game Manager Mike Scioscia said the team was optimistic.“I think as he came out of the game and left here, he gave us a feeling he’s fine,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before the MRI. “We’re definitely going to be cautious.”The Angels’ Gold Glove shortstop dove to his right and rolled over on his shoulder trying to get a ground ball in the fifth inning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Angels blank Mariners behind solid work from Dylan Bundy, Jaime Barria

first_imgUP NEXT: The Angels are off on Thursday. On Friday, the Angels have a pair of split-squad games against the Kansas City Royals. Julio Teheran will pitch for the Angels in Tempe, and Jose Suarez will pitch in Surprise. The Royals pitchers are TBA. Both games start at noon PT. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Related Articles PreviousThe Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners play during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, right, scores on a base hit by Jason Castro during the second inning of a spring training baseball game as Seattle Mariners catcher Austin Nola looks on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Dylan Bundy throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Seattle Mariners pitcher Justin Dunn throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Anthony Rendon fields a ground out hit by Seattle Mariners’ Shed Long Jr. during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) greets Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach prior to a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is brushed back by a pitch during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout returns to the dugout at the end of the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons (2) steals second base as Seattle Mariners’ Patrick Wisdom catches the late throw during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Seattle Mariners’ Shed Long Jr. catches a pop out hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)A Los Angeles Angels fan waits for an autograph prior to a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Jason Castro follows through on an RBI base hit during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Seattle Mariners pitchers Justin Dunn (35) is pulled from the game by manager Scott Servais during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Anthony Rendon against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners play during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 21The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandTHE GAME: Dylan Bundy and Jaime Barria combined for 7-1/3 innings in the Angels’ 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz. The Angels made the most of three hits to get the victory.PITCHING REPORT: Bundy worked 3-1/3 scoreless innings on 50 pitches, striking out four and walking none. The right-hander said he was scheduled for three innings, but because he’d thrown only 42 pitches, he got to start the fourth. “I felt good,” Bundy said. “I was able to get in all the pitches I needed to get in today. I was able to get that fourth up in the fourth inning, so that was a big step.” Bundy also allowed his first hit of the spring. So far, Bundy has pitched 7-1/3 innings without allowing a run. He has 11 strikeouts and one walk. … Barria pitched four innings, allowing two hits. The right-hander has not allowed a run in nine innings this spring.HITTING REPORT: Mike Trout was hit by pitches twice. Although one barely grazed him, the second hit him squarely in the left leg. Trout said he was “fine.” … Shohei Ohtani reached on an error and struck out. Ohtani is 1 for 10 with seven strikeouts this spring. Manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani’s timing is off. … Jason Castro drove in a run with a double. … Jose Rojas doubled off the right-field fence and then scored on Justin Upton’s single. … Andrelton Simmons drew a walk and stole two bases. He took third when Mariners third baseman Patrick Wisdom walked away from the bag and toward the mound, leaving the bag uncovered without calling time.DEFENSE REPORT: Catcher Max Stassi got behind the plate for the first time in a game this spring. Stassi had offseason hip surgery, so he started spring training behind the other catchers. He still could be ready for Opening Day. Stassi threw out a runner trying to steal third. … First baseman Rojas made a nice backhand stab of a grounder headed down the line. He got a force at second. 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Alexander: Dodgers have just too many weapons for Angels

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May, center, throws to Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Mookie Betts (50) and Cody Bellinger during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty, right, is tagged out at second base by Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher as Beaty tried to stretch a single into a double during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, talks to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts before a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels starter Julio Teheran throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani singles during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, singles during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers Keibert Ruiz hits a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, right, steals second base as Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon awaits the throw during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani shakes hands with teammate Luis Rengifo after scoring on a single from Max Stassi the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers Keibert Ruiz (25) celebrates his solo home run with manager Dave Roberts (30) during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, top right, celebrates his three-run home run with Matt Beaty, bottom left, and Mookie Betts, bottom right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts drives in a run with a single during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez scores after a single by Mookie Betts during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May, center, throws to Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Mookie Betts (50) and Cody Bellinger during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Mookie Betts (50) and Cody Bellinger during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandIf I were an Angel fan, I’d be jealous too.That emotion might have kicked in at the very moment Sunday that 22-year-old Keibert Ruiz, playing his first major league game as the latest among the Dodgers’ cavalcade of catchers, smacked one down the right field line and off the tarp covering the lower box seats for his first major league home run, in his first big league at-bat in the third inning.Or maybe it was when fellow 22-year-old Dustin May, yet another Dodgers’ pitching prodigy and one who didn’t even have his nastiest stuff Sunday, got Mike Trout looking on a 98.9 mph two-seamer to end the bottom of the third. (Then again, it might have been Saturday night, when young reliever Brusdar Graterol threw Trout five 99 mph sinkers in six pitches and got him to ground out to end the seventh. In the fifth Sunday, the fearless Graterol came back for an encore and retired Trout and Anthony Rendon on 98 mph two-seamers.)The trend here: The 15-7 Dodgers’ embarrassment of riches continues, the combination of an abundant and efficient player development system and acquisitions both huge (Mookie Betts) and under the radar (Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Graterol, etc.). The Angels are 7-14, only two teams in the game have worse records, their staff ERA is now 4.77 (to the Dodgers’ MLB-best 2.49), and Trout and Rendon may as well be on an island right now. By late afternoon Sunday, the Angels’ body language seemed to say, “Man, can we please get these guys out of town?”“Right now they’re better than us,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said late Sunday afternoon. ” … They’ve been together for a bit, and they’ve been through some pretty good moments together. And that’s what’s down the road for us. Until we get there, we’ve got to keep pounding away, pounding at the door, which we intend to do. “Right now, bully for them.”You could make the case that the Dodgers haven’t been totally tested yet. They will see Colorado (13-8, second in the NL West) for the first time this weekend in The Ravine. They will only see the A’s (currently with baseball’s best record at 16-6) three times, and those will be in L.A. and won’t occur until Sept. 22-24. And, of course, the Yankees still lurk out there somewhere, biding their time until October just as the Dodgers are.But consider this small portion of the overall operation: The Dodgers called up Will Smith from Triple-A last year, and he quickly established himself as an everyday catcher. When Smith had a stiff neck this weekend, they brought up Ruiz from their USC training site.Ruiz had been the organization’s No. 1 catching prospect before Smith overtook him. Fellow Venezuelan Diego Cartaya, who doesn’t turn 19 until Sept. 7 and is currently at the USC site, is projected by some analysts as possibly surpassing both eventually.It is the fruit of a player development system that keeps pumping out talent, be it a front-of-the rotation star such as Buehler, pitching prodigies like May and Tony Gonsolin, catching prospects galore, and guys like Beaty and Edwin Rios who may not be at the top of the prospects lists but know how to play.The little things make a difference. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts noted that both Smith and Ruiz were brought into the major league mix in a previous September, not necessarily to play but to observe how major league preparation works. (It helped Sunday that Ruiz had previously caught May at four different levels of the minor leagues.)“We don’t worry about the inexperience or the age,” Roberts said. “If we feel that they can perform at this level, they’ve earned it. We have no problem running them out there. And when you just surround them with people that support them, you have a really good chance of success.”The entire package, starting with superstar Betts and extending through the batting order, is a lineup that at its best is relentless, complemented by a starting pitching staff that is equally relentless and by a bullpen that, after years of fan angst about blown leads in key spots, could be the best of the Guggenheim ownership era if the current trend holds.(If it doesn’t, Dodger fans, forget I said anything.)After Ruiz returned to the dugout and the celebration of his teammates after that first home run Sunday, the TV field microphones caught one of the veterans yelling, “Baseball is easy!”It really isn’t. It just seems that way sometimes.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Yes, This Space engaged in some wishful thinking on the eve of this 60-game sprint, the idea that with a short season and an expanded playoff field, the Angels could transcend their underdog status in their division and maybe position themselves for a postseason run. But I also expressed these words of caution: “They’ll play 10 percent of their schedule against the Dodgers, and that may be a taller order than anything they’ll see in the AL West.”Halfway through the six-game Freeway Series, that’s pretty much the way it looks, and that’s no disrespect to the Oakland A’s, the AL West’s (and the game’s) current juggernaut. (And, not incidentally, a team the Angels won two of three from earlier in the week.)The Dodgers sent Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and May at the Angels this weekend, and the results were coldly efficient (7-4 Friday), resourcefully efficient (6-5 in 10 innings Saturday) and brutally efficient (8-3 Sunday, with Max Muncy, Corey Seager and Matt Beaty slugging home runs as well as Ruiz).Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

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Blazers defeat Clippers

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — Will Barton had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 in the regular-season finale Wednesday night, with both teams resting key players in advance of the playoffs. Portland, which sat starting forward LaMarcus Aldridge, ends the regular season on a five-game winning streak. Seeded fifth in the Western Conference, Portland will face the Rockets in a first-round series starting Sunday in Houston. Jamal Crawford scored 34 points for the Clippers, who didn’t play Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The team set the franchise record for most regular season wins (57) the night before with a victory over Denver. Going into the game the Clippers had a chance to secure the No. 2 seed in the West. But when Oklahoma City defeated Detroit earlier Wednesday, the Clippers sewed up the third seed and will face Golden State in the opening round starting Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Griffin, Paul make it look easy as L.A. Clippers dominate Miami Heat

first_imgDwyane Wade missed his fourth consecutive game with a strained left hamstring. The Heat are 5-3 when Wade plays this season, 1-3 when he doesn’t.“Not a whole lot to say,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That was a blitz in that first quarter. They absolutely knocked us on our heels and we just could never gain our footing after that.”It was over early. Miami held Los Angeles scoreless on the Clippers’ first possession, which ordinarily would be in no way notable in an NBA game. Not in this case — considering the Clippers would score each of the next 11 times they had the basketball, running out to a 34-11 lead and never letting Miami make it a game again. . The Clippers had 39 points with 30 seconds left in the first quarter; the Heat didn’t cross the 39-point threshold until 30 seconds remained in the second quarter.Jamal Crawford had nine assists and J.J. Redick scored 14 points for the Clippers, who shot 56 percent — and that was after the percentage plummeted once Rivers emptied his bench for good midway through the fourth quarter.Mario Chalmers and Luol Deng each scored 13 for Miami. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MIAMI — Late in the third quarter, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul found themselves all alone on a fast break, no Miami Heat player even remotely close to them.Everything wasn’t always that easy for the Los Angeles Clippers.It only seemed that way.Paul had 26 points and 12 assists, Griffin added 26 points and the Clippers wasted no time in taking control on the way to a 110-93 win over the Heat on Thursday night.center_img “We’re doing what we’re supposed to do,” Paul said.DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Clippers (7-4), who led 39-15 after one quarter. Jordan’s night: Six shots, all of them dunks, all part of the reason why the Clippers outscored Miami 44-26 in the paint.“I think that’s rare,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Jordan’s all-dunk night. “That might not be for him. … He’s the perfect guy to have on a winning basketball team.”Chris Bosh scored 28 for Miami (6-6), which has dropped three straight home games for the first time since March 3-8, 2011. Rookie reserve Shabazz Napier had a season-high 17 points.“We didn’t have a chance tonight after that first quarter,” Bosh said. “Good team like that, down 20, you can’t do that. We can’t do that. We’re not good enough to keep making mistakes. … It was a clinic they put on us.”last_img read more

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Clippers giving out free T-shirts with new logo today in Los Angeles

first_imgStreet teams will also make unscheduled stops throughout the area, according to Seth Burton, the team’s vice president of communications.The team unveiled its new uniforms and logo Wednesday, part of the effort to distance itself from former owner Donald Sterling.The Clippers’ white home jersey will feature the new Clippers wordmark across the front. Their red road jerseys will feature the LAC monogram. Additional alternate black jerseys will be introduced at a later date.The primary logo retains the red, white and blue colors of the past logo and adds black “to provide a modern edge,” the team announced.The curved lines in the primary Clippers wordmark symbolize the horizon of the ocean as seen from the bridge of a Clipper ship, alluding to the team’s nautical theme roots, which began when it moved to San Diego in 1978 from Buffalo, New York. LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers will have owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers and present and past players distribute T-shirts with the team’s new look at 32 locations today.Ballmer will be giving away T-shirts and cupcakes at Sprinkles Cupcakes in downtown Los Angeles from 10-10:45 a.m.Rivers will buy lunch for fans from noon-1 p.m at Pink’s Hot Dog in Hollywood, where T-shirts will be given away from noon-2 p.m. Ralph Lawler, the team’s longtime play-by-play announcer, will also be at Pink’s from noon-1 p.m.Other locations where T-shirts will be given away include Universal Studios (8 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the Santa Monica Pier (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) The silver lining in the wordmark signifies the renewed collective optimism of the fans of the team which has never advanced to a conference final in its 45-season history, but reached the conference semifinals each of the past two seasons.The team’s new LAC monogram depicts a blue “C” wrapping around the “L.A.” intended to depict embracing the city, a team official said.The stacked LA also takes the shape of a basketball court signifying “LA Basketball.” The new uniforms and logo were unveiled by Ballmer in an appearance on the TBS late-night talk show “Conan.”“We have introduced a new look that is bold, edgy, powerful and truly representative of us turning the page and entering a brand new age,” Ballmer said.Ballmer purchased the team last year for $2 billion from the Sterling Family Trust after the release of secretly recorded conversations involving Sterling and companion V. Stiviano in which Sterling criticized Stiviano for having her picture taken with black people and telling her not to bring them to Clippers games.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin expected to miss the rest of December

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Griffin also missed the Clippers’ game in Brooklyn on Nov. 29 for rest, according to the team.Griffin, who can be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, is averaging 21.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season. Griffin missed more than half of the season a year ago with a left quad injury. After returning for the playoffs, a setback kept him out of the team’s final two games of the season. Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to undergo a minor knee surgery that will sideline him through the remainder of the month.News of the surgery, which could allow for a January return, was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Griffin played in the Clippers’ 117-110 loss to Washington on Sunday, scoring 26 points to go with seven rebounds and seven assists. He scored 20 or more points in the four games since he sat out against New Orleans with right knee soreness on Dec. 10. last_img read more

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Class in session: Clippers teaching Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to clamp down on defense

first_img“With a rookie, I always go back to us,” Rivers said. “We have to teach better, teach him harder. Because he’s going to be a hell of a player, and that’s part of our responsibility. He may not get it right away, we just have to show patience. He wants to get it, and he wants to learn, and we’re gonna just keep teaching him.“We’ll get him better, he’ll be better.”To his credit, Gilgeous-Alexander, the “super-nice” guy, is good with that.Said Bradley: “He asks a lot of questions, and I admire that about him.”“You’re always learning,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, the 11th overall pick this past summer. “Especially your rookie season, you learn something every day: How to guard things, every team does the same actions but they do it in different ways, there are different ways to get into it, and stuff like that. You always figure, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could guard this way.’ ”EMBIID V. TREZZWith 28 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, Joel Embiid was a significant presence in Tuesday’s victory against the Clippers.The Clippers’ Harrell “fought the hardest” of the Clippers’ big men, according to Rivers, as he led a furious fourth-quarter comeback before finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes. Afterward, Embiid told reporters at Staples Center that he wasn’t especially impressed with Harrell: “I turned the ball over once or twice, I think he scored once, and he was all over my face. I guess he didn’t see what I was doing all game. … I didn’t pay him no mind. That’s nobody I should worry about, not even close. We got the win, I’m happy about it.” In his locker room, Harrell was talking Embiid, too.“He’s definitely one of the guys who’s figured out his game,” Harrell said. “He definitely does a lot of things on the offensive end of the court for the 76ers … but it’s tough when you’ve got every call going his way.“But give them credit,” Harrell added, “they came out and executed their game plan the way they wanted to, and they came out with a win.”Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “It’s a man’s game,” forward Montrezl Harrell said. “He’s got to learn it very quickly. It’s not like we’re asking him to do anything crazy, we’re not just telling him to hold his guy to not scoring the ball completely, but we’ve gotta give a little resistance on the defensive end.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That means doing a better job keeping the ball in front of him, Rivers said, adding that, lately, the lanky, 6-foot-6 Gilgeous-Alexander has lost ground fighting through pick-and-rolls, and that his weak-side defense hasn’t been sharp.His playing time has slipped, too.Averaging 28 minutes per game through the first 21 games of the season, Gilgeous-Alexander’s time on the floor dropped to 25 minutes per game in December, and 22.4 minutes in the past five games, including a season-low 17 minutes in the victory over the Lakers on Dec. 28.And here comes the advice, of course. Besides having guys such as Jimmy Butler, C.J. McCollum and Klay Thompson coming fast at him every game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also is constantly digging out from beneath the avalanche of advice that comes with being a promising NBA rookie.“I do remember getting a lot of advice,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said recently of his own experience as a first-year NBA point guard. “And there were nights where it’s like, ‘Geez, would everybody just shut up?’ That’s how you felt sometimes, (but) everyone means well.”Currently, most of those well-meaning recommendations revolve around Gilgeous-Alexander’s defense, and the desire to see the 20-year-old from Hamilton, Ontario, do more to bear down.“He has the physical attributes, (but) it takes the right mindset,” said Avery Bradley, who starts alongside Gilgeous-Alexander in the Clippers’ backcourt. “We’re trying to get that out of him; he kind of has that Canadian way. Super-nice, you know?” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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How Kawhi Leonard is now trolling Warriors in Oakland

first_img Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Leonard’s shoe company, New Balance, had the massive billboard go on display in the middle of Warriors territory the morning after Toronto ripped the Warriors 118-109 in the NBA Finals opener in Canada. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Drake apparently just added a henchman to boost his troll game against the Warriors.While Golden State fans were still absorbing Thursday’s Game 1 loss to the Raptors, any of them passing through Oakland on Friday morning were greeted by a full-scale taunting in the form of a Kawhi Leonard billboard. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Golden State is also listed with the unspoken belief that in time the Warriors, too, will be eliminated.Of course, the two-time defending champion Warriors will have something to say about that, beginning with Game 2 in Toronto on Sunday. The series will then shift to Oakland for Game 3 on Wednesday.Maybe by then, as the prophecy tells us, we’ll see an appearance from “The King of the South”? Anyone driving down Highway 880 near the Hegenberger Rd. exit can’t help but notice the ominous message.The billboard showing the reticent Leonard in typical low-key fashion carries a warning for the Warriors and their fans that “The King of the North is coming.” Included on the billboard are Leonard and the Raptors’ victims on the way to the finals — Orlando, Philadelphia and Milwaukee — each with a red ‘X’ drawn through them.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Alexander: Yes, Staples Center turns 20 this month

first_imgStaples Center, primarily privately financed and the first major project of what would become the Anschutz Entertainment Group, has not been a bust by any stretch of the imagination.Since it opened on Oct. 17, 1999, with the first of four Bruce Springsteen concerts, it has become the sports and entertainment heartbeat of the nation’s second-largest city. And it’s fair to say that the development it spawned – the L.A. Live complex across the street, which includes the Microsoft Theater, the Grammy Museum, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, a bowling alley, a multiplex, ESPN studios, etc. – has done its part in transforming the neighborhood from a ghost town of blighted buildings, parking lots and undeveloped land into a true destination.It might not quite be the L.A. equivalent of Times Square, as some of the early hyperbole suggested. But it has become the sort of civic gathering place that didn’t previously exist downtown, which is where a great city should have its communal space.Staples Center’s impact on sports and entertainment in this community is obvious, as the home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks, Grammy Awards and plenty of other attractions. There are 207 events this calendar year alone, including concerts by Elton John, Pink, Carrie Underwood, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Michael Bublé, the Backstreet Boys, etc.It would be quite appropriate – call it a 20th anniversary gift – if the building became the first in modern NBA history to host all seven games of a playoff series. It would be even more appropriate if it were a Lakers-Clippers Western Conference finals; that would assure the building of its eighth NBA Finals, to go with three NBA All-Star Games, two NHL All-Star Games, two Kings Stanley Cup celebrations and three WNBA Finals with the Sparks. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error (We will, incidentally, make no cracks about how Taylor Swift has one more banner in the building than the Clippers. We will say that even as the third tenant, the Clippers profited greatly from moving from the Sports Arena to Staples. Now, as they plan their own building in Inglewood, they have the best chance they’ve ever had to rectify that banner deficit.)But Staples Center and L.A. Live didn’t just transform a few blocks of that South Park neighborhood. Its effect was wider.Carol Schatz is now retired, the president emeritus of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. In the days before Staples Center opened, I talked to her in her capacity as the leader of an organization of downtown merchants, and she made the point that the arena would turn a 9-to-5 downtown into “a 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. downtown.”She miscalculated slightly, she says now.“Literally, I’d say probably by 2015 or so it was a 24/7 downtown,” she said in a phone conversation Monday.“The way I know that for a fact: When my husband and I moved downtown, because we had a rehab going in our home in West L.A. and had to move out, I was absolutely blown away at how much energy there was on the streets well past 11 and midnight. I kind of just pinched myself as I walked around, (seeing) people with baby carriages and dogs and all that, which never, ever would have been seen when we began this effort.”Staples and L.A. Live, which opened late in 2007, was just one factor in rejuvenating downtown. Another, she said, was bringing people back to the area as residents, by creating an environment that made it enticing.“Instead of the tail wagging the dog,” she said, downtown “became the economic engine for the entire region, which is what a downtown in a big city should be doing.”It does have its imitators, too. The entertainment district that will surround SoFi Stadium when Stan Kroenke’s 298-acre project opens for Rams and Chargers home games in Inglewood next year in many ways takes its cue from what AEG has done downtown.Meanwhile, consider this: The latest big arena project, the new Chase Center in San Francisco, cost $1.4 billion. Staples Center was built for an estimated $375 million – around $574 million in 2019 dollars – although the ultimate price tag for L.A. Live came to around $2.5 billion.Their effect on downtown L.A.? I’d say it was worth the investment.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on TwitterStaples Center has hosted some of the biggest events in sports and entertainment since it first opened in the fall of 1999 and has helped revitalize much of the surrounding downtown community. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)center_img Who knew, or could even guess, just what the impact could be when Phil Anschutz and Ed Roski first talked about building a new arena in downtown L.A.The negotiating, between the owners of the Kings and the Los Angeles City Council over what was planned, who was paying for it and what the city’s liability would be, began in earnest early in 1997. There were naysayers. Some wondered if losing the North Hall of the Convention Center, where the arena would be built, was a deal-breaker. Others worried about the city being on the hook for the bonds to begin development of the adjacent property.During one of those city council meetings, according to a Daily News story from May of 1997, one council member voiced this concern: “What happens if this is a bust? We’ll end up with a vacant building.”We will not name that council member. No sense dunking on ’em more than two decades later.last_img read more

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