Team Tankers Pens USD 206 Mn Acquisition Deal

first_imgChemical tanker operator Team Tankers International has entered into share purchase agreements to acquire all outstanding shares in Laurin Shipping and Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Company, both engaged in the Medium Range (MR) tanker shipping sector.In combination with associated ship purchases, the total value of the deal is estimated to be USD 206 million. Upon completion of the transactions, Team Tankers will grow its fleet from 37 to 52 vessels.The deal stipulates the purchase of the MR Tosca, which was completed on February 2018, the purchase of Laurin Shipping, commercial and technical operator of MRs, the purchase of Anglo-Atlantic, a ship-owning company with six owned, three bareboat chartered and six time-chartered MRs currently and an expected purchase of three MRs currently bareboat chartered by Anglo-Atlantic set to take place in May 2018. “We have communicated to the market the need for consolidation in the chemical tanker industry.  As a first step towards further consolidation, we are pleased to announce this combination with Laurin Shipping and Anglo-Atlantic.“Team Tankers will benefit greatly from Laurin Shipping’s deep relationships, years of experience and Anglo-Atlantic’s contracted cargo coverage. We believe that the current level of asset prices in the shipping cycle provides a favorable point of entry for this investment,” Team Tankers’ Chief Executive Officer, Hans Feringa, said.“The combination of the three companies will create a focused and integrated entity with ample muscle to make the most of future market opportunities,” Laurin Maritime’s CEO Mikael Laurin said.In addition to increasing Team Tankers’ owned vessel fleet by 10 MRs, the company expects the transactions to deliver significant operational synergies.The combination of platforms is expected to result in overhead savings by providing Team Tankers with Laurin Shipping’s in-house technical management expertise which should lead to enhanced operational control of the company’s fleet.On the commercial operating front, Laurin Shipping’s dense Atlantic basin cargo network fits well with the Team Tankers’ strength in trans-Pacific chemical transportation, the company added.Team Tankers plans to finance the acquisition with the cash on hand and a new USD 220 million senior secured credit facility that will refinance the existing indebtedness of both Team Tankers and Anglo-Atlantic.The transactions are subject to the completion of the financing in question and the election of Mikael Laurin to the Team Tankers Board of Directors. The deal is expected to close by April 6, 2018.last_img read more

Jeans ferry service to make traveling easier throughout the Caribbean

first_img Share LocalNews Jeans ferry service to make traveling easier throughout the Caribbean by: – June 7, 2011 Sharing is caring! 211 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Share L’Express Des Iles has launced a new ferry service in an effort to meet the needs of their customers throughout the Caribbean.SAS Jeans which is expected to commence operation on 20th Octoberof this year with frequent services to Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia all year round as opposed to L’Express Des Iles with very attractive fares.This new vessel was will consume less gas, less expensive to maintain, and less expensive to run which assists in the low fares which it will be introducing to the market. Mr. Boeme informed the press launch yesterday that although the price of gas has increased this will not affect Jeans unless the price per barel increases beyond US$100.Ian Douglas, Minister for Tourism expressed the delight of his ministry for this new service as he says it will eliminate some of the difficulties which visitors experience when coming in to the Nature Isle.“One of the key components of success to what we do is bringing people into Dominica, and brining people into Dominica means access. You will always hear us speak about access be it air access or sea access whatever means possible we can employ to bring people into Dominica because that is the measuring stick for those in the Tourism Industry….What we are doing here today is very important to us and we are very happy that you have decided to bring on this new ferry service Jeans.”Jeans will also offer weekend charters to Monsterrat, Antigua, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines and employ six Dominicans.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Beijing reinstates virus controls as cases rise

first_imgA woman and a child wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus walk by people lining up outside a health center to get the nucleic acid test in Beijing, Monday, June 15, 2020. AFP BEIJING – China reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday as the capital Beijing reinstated measures to contain a resurgence. Of the new cases, 36 were reported in Beijing, traced to a wholesale market that supplies much of the city’s meat and vegetables.center_img Ten of the other cases were brought from outside the country and three were found in Hebei province just outside Beijing. The National Health Commission reported 177 people in treatment for COVID-19, while 115 were in isolation and under monitoring for showing signs of the illness or having tested positive without giving off symptoms. (AP)last_img read more

Dr. Paul J. Hirt, 87

first_imgPaul Hirt, 87, of Greensburg passed away on March 6, 2017 with his family by his side. We said our good byes and rejoiced in the assurance that he has now rejoined his beloved Marlene. Born April 20, 1929 in Oldenburg, he was the son of George and Alma Berens Hirt. He graduated from Batesville High School in 1947. He attended Purdue University and then served in the army during the Korean War. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In the 1960’s he joined Dr. Irvin Lanning in his veterinary practice at the Greensburg Veterinary Clinic. They later built a second location in Batesville called the Tri County Veterinary Clinic. He was a longtime member of the American Bovine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He served for 26 years on the Decatur County Animal Control Board and received the Friend of the Beef Industry Award in 1994. He proudly received the distinction of Historic Indiana Angus Herd in 2017. This award is given to members who own a herd that has been in continuous production of registered  angus cattle for 50 or more years. He was an avid supporter of 4-H and diligently worked on the Tom Swain Showmanship committee for many years at the Decatur County Fair. He was a bold, passionate man who was a devoted Catholic and loyal friend and family member. Ever curious, he was always seeking new information to expand his knowledge or to help someone else. Rarely still, he always had an idea of how he could do something better or an idea of a gadget that would make life more interesting.  On April 11, 1953 he married Marlene Metzler and started their grand adventure of travel, sacrifice, laughter, tears, births, deaths, education, graduations, people moving in, marriages, stitches and accidents galore, health and grave sickness, dream building and retirement while always together even when discussing “gravy”. He will be greatly missed by his surviving family which includes two sons and daughter-in-law, David Hirt, Greensburg and Mark and Carol Hirt, Greensburg;  four daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Larry McCamment, Greensburg, Mary Jo and Jeff Lee, Greensburg, Susan Lecher, Greensburg, and Lisa and Mike Sigmon, Berryville, AR; sister Barbara Hirt, Brookville, IN; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Ruth Metzler, Chicago, IL, Richard and Peg Metzler, Indianapolis, IN, and Barbara Metzler, Conroe,TX;  grandchildren, Keegan(Katie) McCamment, Kieran(Becky) McCamment, Heather(Scott) Koors, Devin(Katie) Hirt,  Sarah Hirt, Dumplin Lecher, Cheyenne Lee, Trevor Lee, Takisha Lee, Kylee Sigmon, and Logan Sigmon; great-grandchildren, Nolan McCamment, Nora McCamment, Payton Koors, Victoria Koors, Baby Boy Koors,  Presston Saylor, and Madyson Saylor.; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Marlene, his sisters, Georgene Gillman, Mitzi Seiter, Joan Gillman, and son-in-law, Jerry(Pete)Lecher. Friends may call from 3:00-7:00p.m. on Friday at the Porter- Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg with a  rosary being prayed at 2:30 p.m. Funeral services will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Father John Meyer officiating. There will also be visitation from 9:00 until the time of service on Saturday at the church.  Burial will be immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greensburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Decatur County Animal Control, 1635 W. Park Road, Greensburg, IN 47240. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

PSG unsure over Navas’ fitness for UCL semi-final

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” Characters7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateThe 9 Best Robots In Movie History Paris Saint-Germain have refused to rule Keylor Navas out of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, August 18. The goalkeeper was forced off with a hamstring injury in the second half PSG’s quarter-final victory over Atalanta on Wednesday.Advertisement Read Also: Vidal declares Barcelona best team in the worldSergio Rico replaced the Costa Rican in the 79th minute against Atalanta and would play in his place should Thomas Tuchel’s No.1 not be fit for Tuesday.PSG also expressed their optimism that Thiago Silva would be fit for the last four after he also suffered a hamstring injury against Atalanta.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “The examinations and MRI have confirmed a tear in the femoral biceps,” PSG said in an update on Keylor’s fitness. “His condition will be examined again on Saturday but his involvement in Tuesday’s match is uncertain.” Loading… last_img read more

Juniors create shelter for homeless students

first_imgThe shelter also plans to participate in Homelessness Awareness Week next semester. According to Leung, Trojan Shelter plans to partner with other organizations such as Share A Meal and Swipe Out Hunger to help gather food-related resources. The shelter is also working on building partnerships with the University through the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the Keck School of Medicine. “These are extraordinary students,” Esposito said. “They really are going to change the world.” “We are a USC organization, but we’re not just open [to] USC students,” Cha said. “We’re serving any college student between the ages of 18 to 25 who [is] enrolled in at least two units.” Along with recruiting volunteers, Leung and Cha are focused on redecorating the space and equipping the shelter with basic resources, such as food, toiletries, towels, bedding and mattresses. “Because it’s housing students, there’s not a lot of room for error,” Esposito said. “We’re really trying to build up the whole infrastructure of the shelter before we open our doors.” Cha said Trojan Shelter’s priority is to raise awareness for college homelessness and provide a safe community for college students who face housing insecurity regardless of which university they attend. As part of fundraising efforts for the shelter, Cha and Leung organized a competition with Bruin Shelter to see who could raise $15,000 first. Each shelter raised $32,000 in one month via CrowdRise, an online crowdfunding website. The shelters received donations from the Thornton Foundation, Students 4 Students (a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending college homelessness) and Home Depot. Cara Esposito, an adjunct professor who taught Leung and Cha at the Price School of Public Policy will be the coordinator for the shelter. “It’s obviously going to be a place for people who are homeless to come find refuge and a safe place to stay,” Cha said. “But more than that, we want it to be a place where our students can grow and learn and become advocates for this issue.”   The co-founders are currently looking for student volunteers to help out at the shelter.center_img Student volunteers will serve on the executive board committee and help coordinate the shelter’s opening. The organizers hope to get student volunteers trained so that they can become full staff members by Fall 2019.This will involve staying overnight with the residents and helping prepare meals. “There’s an issue at USC with homelessness but we’re not just addressing that,” Cha said. “This is a bigger issue.” “Something we really want for the Trojan Shelter is for the residents and staff to become very close,” Leung said. “We’re hoping to have a lot of bonding activities led by shelter staff.” “There’s a rising college homelessness issue,” Cha said. “Even at USC, there’s approximately 2,000 students who are homeless or [have experienced] homelessness in the past 12 months. That’s just not OK.” After meeting in a public policy class on nonprofits last year and realizing the rising problem of college homelessness, juniors Abigail Leung and Esther Cha wanted to make a difference. Together, the students co-found Trojan Shelter, a home for college students experiencing housing insecurity. They plan to launch the program in Fall 2019. When Trojan Shelter begins housing students in Fall 2019, it will share its Koreatown church location with other groups. (Photo courtesy of Esther Cha) “The church [in Koreatown] initially offered their space to the Bruin Shelter, but they were too far away,” Leung said. “So, we were able to make that connection, and in August 2018, we sat down with the church and decided to move forward with the project.” After hearing from guest speaker Louis Tse, who co-founded UCLA’s Bruin Shelter, in their public policy class, the two were inspired to create their own shelter for USC students at a church in Koreatown. The name of the church has not been stated officially. According to Cha, fundraising is a top priority for jumpstarting Trojan Shelter, along with ensuring infrastructure to house the students in need is in place.last_img read more

Women’s soccer advances to final four with win over Auburn

first_imgFrom the beginning of its 1-0 victory over Auburn to advance to women’s soccer’s final four, USC set the tone and the pace of the game.It is the first time the Trojans have advanced this far in the postseason since 2007, when they won the national championship.The first and only goal of the game came just under four minutes in. Freshman Julia Bingham slotted a pass into the box and senior Alex Anthony dove in for the header. The ball hit the back of the net, and Anthony scrambled to her feet, running to her teammates in celebration.From there, the Trojans didn’t look back. In a physical game riddled with fouls and punctuated with show-stopping saves by both goalkeepers, USC kept possession and disrupted Auburn’s offense. A solid showing from the backline punched a ticket for the Trojans to the College Cup in San Jose next weekend.“We came out with a lot of intensity,” Anthony said. “It’s something that we’ve been trying to do throughout the season and build on. I think today was one of our best starts just in the sheer want and willingness to do anything in our power to get one early.”With Anthony’s goal bolstering the team for the remaining 85 minutes of the game, the Trojans’ backline stepped up to smother the Auburn attack. The Tigers found success in counterattacks, streaking cross-field to level 12 shots on goal against USC. But six saves by senior keeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme — including a diving swat in the 73rd minute — kept the Trojans clean for 90 minutes.The Trojans found their own comfort in maintaining possession, setting up series of touches that created offensive rhythm. This type of possession was vital in a physical game between two teams unafraid to challenge aggressively. Combined, the teams tallied 33 fouls on the game. The penalties were balanced — the Trojans earned 17, only one more than the Tigers — and reflect a desire to win that head coach Keidane McAlpine says should be expected in this level of play.“It was one of those games where you saw two teams that wanted to win really badly,” McAlpine said. “I didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary for a game of this magnitude. It prepares us for the intensity of the next game.”After the final whistle blew, the elated team greeted a sold-out crowd of friends, family and fans. Two players took to the media booth alongside McAlpine for interviews — Anthony and senior Morgan Andrews.Four years ago, none of the three Trojans seated for interviews were here. At the time, McAlpine was head coach at Washington State, Anthony was starting out at Maryland and Andrews was leading the Notre Dame offense in goals as a freshman. And at the time, the USC soccer program was struggling — winning only eight of its 20 games in 2013, not even cracking the national rankings or qualifying for a playoffs berth. But a few years have made all the difference.Three years ago, the Trojans hired McAlpine. The next season, they won 12 games. The next season, they made it to the Elite Eight in the College Cup. And this year, they’re entering the NCAA College Cup ranked No. 6 in the country.The last three years have created the type of environment that highly-touted players such as Andrews — a staple of the U-20 U.S. National Team and one of two USC players on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list — were willing to take risks on.“This is why we came here,” Andrews said. “This is why we came to USC is to get to this Final Four, to get to that final match and win it. I’ve always been confident in this squad and I’ve always wanted to be with this team in the national final. As a senior, there’s nothing that you want more.”The team is uncertain of who they will face to begin the College Cup, with Santa Clara and Georgetown facing off on Saturday at noon. Georgetown is also a No. 2 seed, while Santa Clara surprised No. 1 seed Stanford in the second round and battled their way into the Elite Eight. But no matter who the Trojans face next Friday, McAlpine said that the game plan remains the same — play their game. That wasn’t always a known quality in past seasons. The team wasn’t sure of their definition, their style of attack, and it showed in wins and losses. But this season, McAlpine believes that the Trojans are beginning to define themselves. It’s a transition that he believes will carry them far.“We’ve talked since day one about taking this journey together,” McAlpine said. “In year one it was finding ourselves again. Year two it was developing a style and adding new pieces. Year three, it’s now time to impose ourselves, and it’s great to see them reap the rewards of all that work that took such a long time.”The semifinals of the tournament will take place next Friday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.last_img read more

Tommy DeVito leads Syracuse to 30-7 win over Florida State

first_imgTommy DeVito ran forward, muscling his way through defenders. No matter who on Florida State tried to make a tackle, they fell at DeVito’s feet. The redshirt freshman plowed on, trekking through the defense for what seemed like miles, but what was really only eight yards.When he found the end zone, a place that had eluded him in his action in Syracuse’s first two games, he threw his hands up in the air to signal a touchdown, and 37,457 fans soon followed suit.“My number was just called,” DeVito said. “You just have to go out there, have fun and play football.”It had been 52 years since Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Florida State (1-2, 0-2). Floyd Little powered through the Seminoles in that 1966 win, carrying the Orange on his back for 193 yards, in his final game at Archbold Stadium. This Saturday evening, when the first half proved to be a defensive stalemate, a redshirt freshman backup quarterback, DeVito, led the Orange from a 3-0 lead to a 30-7 domination of one of the country’s most historic teams when his starter went down with an injury.“He’s a great player,” Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois said of DeVito. “He came out here and did what he needed to do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the first quarter-and-a-half, Syracuse thoroughly outplayed the Seminoles. The Orange recorded eight first downs while limiting FSU to just one and outgained them by over 70 yards. Francois was just 2-of-9 through the air, yet Syracuse only led 3-0.Eric Dungey and the SU offense marched all the way down to Florida State’s one-yard line in the first quarter, but they were unable to punch the ball in for a touchdown on three consecutive run plays.Toward the end of the second quarter, while trying to run for a first down, Dungey slid on a quarterback run and was hit on the helmet by a Florida State defender after the slide. FSU was called for a personal foul and Dungey did not re-enter the game.Dungey had been having some trouble seeing before that play, SU head coach Dino Babers said. An apparent finger to the eye blurred Dungey’s vision for several plays.“Things happen in piles,” Babers said. “You could see one or two plays where I’m looking at him like ‘Where’s the ball going. That looked kind of weird.’ And then I’m like ‘Come here, let me talk to you.’”Dungey repeatedly tried to re-enter the game, putting his helmet back on, joining huddles and even telling Babers he could “fight through it,” Babers said, but Dungey would not play another snap and didn’t appear to come out of the locker room for the second half.After the hit to the helmet, DeVito played the rest of the way, and aside from another sequence of three failed rush attempts on the goal-line by running backs, DeVito led the offense spectacularly.On his second full drive of the game, DeVito led the Orange to a touchdown, running the ball in himself, rumbling over defenders to cross the goal-line.Tommy DeVito ran the ball in from three yards out in the third quarter for his first collegiate touchdown. Colin Davy | Staff PhotographerOn his third drive, just minutes after his touchdown, DeVito fooled the entire FSU defense with a fake throw while handing the ball off to Jarveon Howard, who rushed up the middle for 46 yards on his first carry of the day.Howard never knew that he would even see the field until that drive. SU offensive coordinator Mike Lynch told Howard he’d go in just seconds before the play.“(Lynch) just came over and said ‘Be ready, you’re going in this series,’” Howard said, “‘It’s your time, what are you about to do?’”He did exactly as DeVito had done.After recording his first career touchdown on the drive before, DeVito threw his first passing touchdown to Ravian Pierce on the play after Howard’s rush. The Carrier Dome boomed.“We were in a race to get over seven points to see if we could have a chance to win this game,” Babers said. “It wasn’t like whoever came in the game had to be outstanding … I just thought if they came in and managed the game we would have a chance.”In five minutes DeVito led the offense to enough points to win the game, and by the end of the fourth quarter, all eyes were locked on the backup quarterback who led the Orange to a 23-point rout over the Seminole defense.In his first two games, DeVito struggled with his deep ball and his short throw accuracy. Against Western Michigan and Wagner, DeVito completed just five of 14 passes for 65 yards. Saturday afternoon against FSU, DeVito completed 11 of 16 passes for 144 yards, a passing touchdown and rushed for a touchdown, too. His quarterback rating of 165 nearly doubled Dungey’s 88.7, and he nearly doubled Dungey’s passing yards as well.While his first two appearances did not translate into personal success, they were the reason for his success against the Seminoles, DeVito said.“I think (they) helped me a lot as far as being comfortable,” DeVito said. “I haven’t played much football because I redshirted last year, so I haven’t played in a while. It was good to get my feet wet, and when my number got called today, I felt a lot more comfortable being back there.”Babers made it clear, as he has all season, that Dungey is the team’s leader, and that this Saturday he just needed DeVito to come in and manage the game, not to be Eric Dungey.But with the Seminoles still in striking distance, SU great Donovan McNabb on the sidelines and an opportunity in hand, DeVito shined, defeating one of the nation’s greatest programs with a trigger-happy arm and a fearlessness rivaling Dungey’s.“This game put us on the map,” Babers said in the locker room following the game.This game put Tommy DeVito on the map. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edulast_img read more

Benjamin Fadi relishes Malmo FF challenge

first_imgGhanaian striker Benjamin Fadi says he is focused on impressing at Swedish side Malmo FF.The former Heart of Lions striker has signed a three-year deal following a successful two- week trial with the Swedish top-flight side.Kpando Heart of Lions are said to have pocketed an amount in the region of 500,000 Euros from the deal.Fadi who is expected to join his new club on Friday wants to be an instant hit in Sweden.“I feel very happy for this deal because I have been working hard to get a foreign contract”. He told JOY Sports“As a player this move is very important for me because Sweden is a place for young players and is the gateway to big clubs in Europe so I think it will help me”. “Malmo FF is a great team with great support so I’m going there to help the club”.Fadi is a member of Ghana’s Under-20 team.last_img read more

Kevin Durant expects more physical Thunder effort against Clippers in Game 2

first_img“And that’s how our games were with them (during the regular season). So if they up it, then we have to up it. We have to respond the same way that they respond.”Other than their 17 turnovers, the Thunder were not all that bad Monday. It’s just that the Clippers put on a tremendous offensive display. They not only shot 54.9 percent from the field, they made 15 of 29 from 3-point range for a ridiculous 51.7 percent.Chances of that happening again are not high. Coach Doc Rivers knows it. He also knows there are other ways to win Game 2.“We can be a better defensive team,” Rivers said. “I thought we played good defense, I didn’t think we were great defensively.”Believe it or not, Rivers believes the offense can improve in another area.“I mean, we shot the ball; we’re not going to shoot that way every night,” Rivers said following practice Tuesday. “But there are things I thought we could do offensively a little better. We didn’t get in transition at all last night, for the most part, which is unusual. When you score that many points, you usually have a better transition game. … Last night, we just had a great offensive night.“It happens, and I’d like for it to happen more. But I know at the end of the day you’re going to win games because you defend and you rebound. Last night we didn’t have to rebound because we made a lot of shots, so we didn’t need any offensive rebounds.”Losing the first game of the series does not make this a dire scenario for Oklahoma City — a message coach Scott Brooks had for his players and, perhaps, the team’s fans.“It’s one game,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t play well, but it’s one game. It’s the first of four and we’ve said that many times. You’re going to hear that many more times. They’re up 1-0. We have to do a better job and make some adjustments.”Particularly on defense.“They were getting to the free-throw line, they were getting to the paint and they were making threes,” Brooks said. “We have to do a better job all the way around. We will get better. That’s not who we are.“We have to play better defense against this team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There was an emphasis on the Thunder not making the Clippers feel their presence. Sure, the Thunder outrebounded the Clippers 47-31, but that was by far the most misleading statistic of the game.Bottom line is, after OKC took an early 16-10 lead, the Clippers showed the Thunder who was boss. Especially Paul, who scored 32 points on 12 of 14 shooting from the field, eight of nine from 3-point range.“We do need to be a little more physical with them and make them feel us a little bit more,” Durant said. “We just have got to be better, we have got to move the ball a little and also make some shots on our end. We are confident.”As is the Clippers’ Blake Griffin.“Just play more physically ourselves,” said Griffin, when asked how the Clippers would counteract a tougher showing by OKC. “I mean, both teams dictate how the game goes. And you look at their series with Memphis, it was very physical. They were grind-it-out games.center_img OKLAHOMA CITY — By the time Kevin Durant spoke to reporters late Monday night following his team’s 122-105 blowout loss to the Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Oklahoma City Thunder star might have already known he was going to be announced as regular-season MVP Tuesday.It must have been difficult for him to feel any joy at that moment because of what his team had just endured. The final margin of its loss in front of THE home fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena was 17 points. But the Thunder were down by 29 in the fourth quarter.“We came out aggressive and they hit shots,” said Durant, whose team will take on the Clippers in Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night. “That kind of loosened our defense up for us. When a guy (Chris Paul) hits five or six threes in a row, you don’t want to give him some more. And that is when they started to get some stuff in the paint.“The effort was there. We had good intentions, but they got hot. We have got to correct it. We have to make them miss next game and be a little bit more physical.”last_img read more