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

Uganda Cranes invites ‘Mo’ Opondo for Niger tourney

first_imgMo and FUFA boss Magogo in 2015. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has called 23 players for a three-nation tournament due in Niger, West Africa.Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre has included Danish based winger Moses “Mo” Opondo who features at Vendsyssel Football Club.“Mo” gets his first call up, three years after he visited the country and confirmed his availability to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Eng. Moses MagogoUganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre addressed the media Wednesday and named the 23 man squad that will be used for the two international warm up matches coming up between 27th May to 3rd June 2018.‘The main objective of this training camp is to have the players gel together in preparation for the four AFCON 2019 qualification matches between September and November 2018.’ Desabre noted.Uganda will face Central African Republic on May 30th before battling the hosts on June 2. The summoned players are expected to depart the country on the 26th May 2018. *******SOURCE FUFA MEDIAShare on: WhatsApp Faruku Miya199721Standard LiègeBelgium Denis Onyango198533Mamelodi SundownsSouth Africa Geofrey Walusimbi199028Gor MahiaKenya Jamal Salim199523Al MerreikhSudan Murushid Jjuko199424SimbaTanzania GoalKeepers Charles Lukwago199423KCCAUganda Defenders Bevis Mugabi199523Yeovil TownEngland “Although the games will not be played during a FIFA international friendly window period, they will help me continue to assess the players as we plan for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier,” Desabre told URN.Uganda Cranes kick started the 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign with a vital 1-0 Group L win away to Cape Verde last year. In September they will host Tanzania before facing Lesotho the following month.Meanwhile, the FUFA Communications manager Ahmed Hussein informed the media about the latest updates concerning the Uganda U-20 national team (The Hippos) ahead of the return leg for the CAF U-20 qualifiers.The team of 18 players and 6 officials will depart the country on Thursday early morning for Cameroon.UGANDA CRANES TEAM: Hassan Wasswa198830El GeishEgypt Mohammad Shaban199820KCCAUganda Joseph Ochaya199325Lusaka Dynamos F.C.Zambia Strikerscenter_img Moses Opondo199721VendsysselDenmark Khalid Aucho199325East BengalIndia Milton Karisa199523VipersUganda Taddeo Lwanga199523VipersUganda Luwagga Kizito199325CSMS IaşiRomania Yunus Sentamu199424TiranaAlbania Nicholas Wadada199424VipersUganda Isaac Muleme199226AssioutyEgypt Midfieders Emmanuel Okwi199226SimbaTanzania AllanKateregga199424Cape TownSouth Africa Denis Iguma199424Al-Nabi ShaythLebanon E.drisa Lubega199820Floridsdorfer ACAustria Timothy Awanyi199622KCCAUgandalast_img read more

Ghostriders stick it to Leafs 7-2 in Fernie

first_imgKale Johnston scored three times while John Thompson, Spencer Bender, Ben Primeau and Kurtis Bond added singles as Fernie held period leads of 3-1 and 6-2.Former Nelson Leaf Blake Arcuri, who had a stint playing in California earlier this season before signing with the Ghostriders, had an assist.Troy Petrich, scoring his first goal of the season for Nelson, and Travis Wellman replied for Nelson.Fernie out shot Nelson 46-28 making a winner out of netminder Phoenix Logan-Hill.Brad Rebagliati started the game for Nelson before being replace between the pipes by Tyler Moffat.Nelson is off until Friday, December 13 when the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley for a tough divisional game against the Nitehawks.Nelson currently leads the Hawks by nine points in Murdoch Division standings. Beaver Valley, which dropped a 3-2 overtime decision Friday to Spokane, had two games in hand on Nelson.The Hawks make up one of those games Saturday in Kimberley against the Dynamiters. The Nelson Leafs got out worked, out shot and out scored Friday night in Fernie.The Ghostriders blasted the Green and White 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference action in the East Kootenay City.The loss is the second time in as many games an Eddie Mountain team has completely dominated the Leafs.Creston pounded Nelson 9-3 in November.The Riders scored three times during a seven minute span in the first period and never looked back.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – Once again, this newspaper will be offering free assistance to nonprofit organizations throughout our area. Starting Dec. 1 and running through Christmas, the “Helping Hands” feature gives local nonprofits the ability to get the word out about their special needs during the holiday season. Send your organization’s name, address, working phone number/e-mail address, nonprofit tax ID number, a brief description of what your group does and your wish list to Helping Hands, 1210 N. Azusa Canyon Road, West Covina, CA 91790. Homemade items on sale at church AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals PICO RIVERA – St. Hilary Catholic Church will hold its 20th annual holiday boutique, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in the church auditorium at 5465 Citronell Ave. in Pico Rivera. More than 35 crafters will be selling homemade Christmas decorations, jewelry and many other homemade Christmas gift items. Refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will be there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (562) 801-4347. Chamber holds holiday breakfast LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce will hold a Holiday Spirit Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Holiday Inn Select, 14299 Firestone Blvd. in La Mirada. Celebrate with entertainment, breakfast and more. Reservations are required and the cost is $20. For more information call (562) 902-1970. Mix and mingle to music, treats LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce will hold its 4th annual Holiday Kick-off Mixer from 5to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Imperial Medical Plaza, 15651 E. Imperial Hwy. Food, drinks, desserts, music and prizes will all be part of the entertainment. For more information, call (562) 902-1970. Grand opening set at Bonjour Cafe LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce invites the public to a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the new Bonjour Bagel Cafe at noon Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 15010 La Mirada Blvd. (next to the L.A. Fitness). A light lunch will be provided. To RSVP or for more information please call (562) 902-3130 or visit www.lmchamber.org. Cabarets grace local college stage WHITTIER – The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College will present the Cabaret Series titled “Movie Music Madness” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 13406 Philadelphia St. in Whittier. In a separate admission, a special midnight cabaret will follow called “Obscene and Not Heard” featuring Karen Benjamin and Allen Chapman. General admission is $32, $27 for seniors. For more information, call the box office at (562) 907-4901 or visit www.shannoncenter.org. Come experience the Aloha spirit WHITTIER – The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College will present the “HAPA” as part of its Aloha Series at 3 p.m and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at 13406 Philadelphia St. in Whittier. Admission is $35. For more information, call (562) 907-4901 or visit www.shannoncenter.org. Pico Park lets it snow for holidays PICO RIVERA – Pico Park will be transformed into a snow-covered enchantment for the city’s 11th annual Winter Wonderland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3. Activities include youth rides, slides, arts and crafts and unlimited use of snow. The event will also feature the annual dance recital showcase, a holiday boutique and a visit from Santa Claus. Cost is $4 per person. For information call (562) 801-4470. Breakfast benefits holiday toy drive SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Abigail Barraza Foundation will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Little Lake Park recreational room, 10900 Pioneer Blvd. Proceeds will benefit the foundation’s first-ever Christmas Toy Drive for local needy families. Cost is $5 per person, as well as a donated toy valued at $5 or more. — From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more