Clippers shaking their heads about wild, wild West

first_imgSixth-man Jamal Crawford, who Tuesday returned after missing 17 games with a calf injury, also spoke in head-shaking tones.“That’s how competitive the West is,” he said. “It shows how good the West is, how much parity there is in the NBA. In three days the matchups have changed five times. It’s unbelievable, it really is.”Besides the Clippers (53-26 before Saturday), the other four teams in that aforementioned mix are Memphis (54-25), San Antonio (54-26), Portland (51-28) and the Houston Rockets (53-26).The Clippers have won three of four from Portland, so that matchup – should it remain as such – seems a good thing for the Clippers. But Griffin suggested nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to the post-season.“There are certain teams that you feel you match up well with,” he said. “Sometimes the regular-season success does kind of dictate how you’ll play against them, but at the same time the playoffs are a whole different thing.” Prior to the slate of games Saturday in the NBA commencing – including the Clippers against visiting Memphis – the five teams sitting in the Nos. 2 through 6 positions in the Western Conference standings were separated by no more than three games, four of them by no more than one game.Again, before play Saturday, the Clippers would have been playing the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. But with so many teams bunched together, and with three games still left for the Clippers as well as three of the other four teams – San Antonio had just two – that can change.“It’s crazy,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said Friday at practice. “I’ve had some close, tight races down the stretch, but never like this. There are so many different scenarios; that’s the crazy part.“It kind of goes back to the old, ‘We can only control what we can control.’ That’s how we play, and that’s how we approach these next three games. That’s really our focus.” Homecourt advantage bigThe Clippers defeated Golden State 126-121 in Game 7 of the first round at Staples Center this past season. Having homecourt advantage was big in that series, and the Clippers would love to have it again in the first round.“It’s very important” Griffin said. “We did win one game there in the playoffs. But those Game 7s. … The crowd was great that game. They got off to that early lead and we walked them down, so having it at home was huge for us. Homecourt is definitely a big thing. In case you get into that situation, it’s huge playing the last game at home.”Crawford’s memory of that win over Golden State is vivid.“I remember when we came on the court, it was electric,” he said. “The crowd was into it, they were fired up and it was truly a win-or-go-home moment for us because we had to get it done.”The Clippers were down 64-56 at halftime before coming back to win and advance to the conference semifinals, where they were beaten in six games by Oklahoma City.Clippers re-sign HudsonThe Clippers on Saturday re-signed guard Lester Hudson to a multi-year agreement. Terms were not disclosed. Doc Rivers had been entertaining the idea of re-signing Nate Robinson, who recently played through two 10-day contracts with the team.“I like his toughness, I just liked his defense,” said Rivers, coach and president of basketball operations. “He has a chance to be a really good defensive player in our program.”Hudson, 30, played in three games during his recent 10-day contract, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 steals.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Gor Mahia appoint Briton Kerr as head coach

first_imgCurrently attached with Chesterfield FC academy as the head coach, Dylan is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender for known clubs like Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds, Doncaster, Reading and Burnley amongst other clubs.The 50 year-old was born in Malta and with a 13 years coaching experience, started his coaching career in the United States with Phoenix – Arizona before finding his way to Scotland as a Football Development Officer at Argyll and Bute in 2005.CONFIRMED: GOR MAHIA FC TO APPOINT DYLAN KERR AS HEAD COACH #Sirkal pic.twitter.com/9gNjyT89Qc— GOR MAHIA FC (@OfficialGMFC) July 5, 2017In 2009, Dylan was appointed as an assistant manager by South African club Mpumalanga Black Aces.  He also coached Tanzanian giants Simba SC in 2015-2016 season.-By official Gor Mahia Website-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Briton Dylan Kerr has previously managed Tanzania giants Simba SC.PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 5 – Gor Mahia FC has appointed Dylan Kerr as the head coach with the Briton expected to link up with the team on Saturday ahead of the team’s departure for Tanzania.The decision to appoint Kerr comes after an Executive Committee Meeting held on Tuesday evening.last_img read more