The Sports Report: Clippers in familiar playoff territory
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Andrew Greif on Clippers: It would usually count as a revealing moment if a rookie, after just his second basket of the game, turned to his defender and said something about his defense hitting enough to warrant a technical foul.
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But in the case of Brandon Boston Jr., the timing of the start of Wednesday’s second quarter was hardly surprising.
The 20-year-old from Georgia, once a star at Chatsworth Sierra Canyon before dropping to the 51st pick in the July Draft after a below-expectations season at Kentucky, is beloved by the Clippers because he contains multitudes. Bouncing on his toes, he cheers on his teammates in the background during their matches and post-match TV interviews. Reflecting on Wednesday morning playing against LeBron James – otherwise known as the father of his Sierra Canyon teammate, Bronny – for the first time, there was a broad smile and wonder.
âI’m not going to lie,â he said. “It was crazy.”
All the dizziness pinching me ignores a fearlessness born out of training as a teenager against pros in recent summers that makes coaches often smile as broad as the rookie. While he seems impressed to be on this stage, deep in his confidence the player has never known what confidence he belongs to – and that he can score on anyone on it. The Clippers bought a draft pick to select Boston in part because he had made almost every shot he had taken in his pre-draft practice sessions.
During three quarters on Wednesday, in the Clippers’ 114-111 win over the Celtics at Staples Center – marking their first straight wins since Nov. 13 – he was the best Boston on the court.
He only needed 11 minutes to reach a career high scoring. He made an absurdly tough three-point turnaround to beat the buzzer at halftime for a 12-point lead over the Clippers. And in 19 minutes, he had 23 points, including a three-point shot that he celebrated by playing the air guitar while coming back on defense. He finished with 27 points in 25 minutes, scoring nine of his 13 field goals and joining Eric Gordon and Lamar Odom as the only Clippers aged 20 or under to score at least 27 points.
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Bill Shaikin on Angels: The sale of Angel Stadium was declared illegal on Wednesday by the California State Housing Agency, which gave the city of Anaheim 60 days to redo the deal or put the land available to interested bidders.
This could put the city in the position to rescind the deal and start over, sue, or pay nearly $ 2 out of $ 3 in cash from the sale against state fines.
Two years after celebrating a deal that would see a neighborhood sprout up on the long dormant parking lots surrounding Angel Stadium and the Angels would stay in Anaheim until at least 2050, the city now faces the prospect of the deal breaking down. , the parking lot could remain empty and the team could leave town in eight years.
The city was also sued by a group of citizens alleging that the deal violated state transparency laws. Following the latest development, a city councilor suggested that Anaheim start the sale process all over again.
Jeff Miller on the Chargers: The Chargers placed wide receiver Mike Williams and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on the COVID-19 reserve list on Wednesday.
Both players are not vaccinated but could still play this weekend against the New York Giants as they were deemed to be close contacts on Sunday.
The earliest an unvaccinated player can return to his team is five days.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen, who tested positive, was placed on the COVID list on Monday. He is vaccinated and, therefore, could also play on Sunday.
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Helene Elliott on hockey: Hugh Robertson is an avid hockey fan, which is not unusual for someone who grew up in Michigan but is less common in Southern California, and he wanted to pass on his love for the game to his five children. He had season tickets for the Kings in the early 2000s and would round the kids into the family home in Arcadia and take them downtown to the Staples Center.
Jason, the second son of Philippine-born Hugh and Mercedes Robertson, remembers his father turning these trips into fun occasions.
âWe always went to the Palm [restaurant] and then we would all go to Kings games, âsaid Jason. âWe would go to games wearing kings clothes and mini sticks. “
They would rush into the lobby during intermission, dodging fans and ushers while playing their own fiercely competitive version of hockey. Eventually, Hugh took them to skate in Burbank to see if their energy continued on the ice. The rest is an unlikely story which means Jason won’t need a ticket when he visits Staples Center on Thursday, as he will be using the players’ entrance.
David Wharton on Skateboarding: Women keep their distance. First. Dressed in T-shirts and sneakers, skateboards in hand, they stand by a chain link fence, talking, laughing, waiting for action.
Aunt Skatie’s team, as she calls herself, traveled east of downtown Los Angeles to meet just outside a community skate park equipped with all manner of stairs. , benches and concrete ledges to make figures. On a gray Sunday morning, they can see that the space is mostly filled with guys.
Killing for a few minutes on an adjacent tennis court, the women spin in lazy circles as a portable speaker plays rap music, its heavy beat mingling with the sound of the urethane wheels. One of the men inside the park stops to look at them through the fence; Maggie Bowen, Aunt Skatie’s boss, is used to this.
âWalking into a skate park as a woman can be quite intimidating,â she says. “Especially if you are a beginner guys look at you weird.”
Their sport is not immune to cultural issues of race, gender and sexual orientation, but Bowen says that “for women and gay people it’s easier if you skate in a group.” And the growing popularity of teams like his is making sociologists wonder if skaters could teach us anything about inclusiveness.
Ten months after his right leg was badly damaged in a car crash, Tiger Woods returns to competition next week with his 12-year-old son Charlie in the PNC Championship.
âAlthough it has been a long and difficult year, I am very happy to end it by competing in the PNC Championship with my son Charlie,â Woods tweeted. “I play as a dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”
This will be his first competition, even in a tournament that Woods described last week as the “hit-and-giggle” variety he can play, as he and his son finished seventh a year ago at the unofficial event that involves family members.
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THIS DATE IN SPORT
1934 – The New York Giants win the NFL Championship by beating the Chicago Bears 30-13 in the famous “Sneakers Game”. With a temperature of 9 degrees and the Polo Grounds field an ice sheet, the Giants open the second half wearing basketball shoes and scoring 27 points in the final period to defeat a 13-3 lead in Chicago.
1938 – Chicago Cardinals select TCU center Ki Aldrich with first pick in NFL Draft.
1939 – The Chicago Cardinals select Tennessee half-back George Cafego with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
1949 – The All-America Conference merges with the National Football League. Three AAFC teams – the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts – join the 10-team NFL. The league is called the National American Football League, but months later, the name of the National Football League is reinstated.
1973 – Jim Bakken of the St. Louis Cardinals scores six baskets in a 32-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
1984 – The Rams’ Eric Dickerson had 215 yards and two touchdowns against the Houston Oilers, breaking OJ Simpson’s single-season NFL record of 2,003 yards. Dickerson ends the season with 2,105 yards.
1993 – Phoenix’s Kevin Johnson becomes the 13th player to record 10 interceptions in an NBA game, in the Suns’ 114-95 win over Washington.
2000 – Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith rushes for a top 150 yards, putting him over 1,000 for a record-breaking 10th straight season, and joins Walter Payton and Barry Sanders as the only players in NFL history with 15,000 career yards.
2001 – Bode Miller becomes the first American since 1983 to win a World Cup giant slalom race. Miller, third after the opening round, has an excellent second round to win in a combined time of 2 minutes, 36.02 seconds in Val D’Isere, France.
2007 – Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning becomes the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw 300 touchdowns, going four and 13 for 17 for 249 yards in a 44-20 win over Baltimore.
2009 – Cassidy Schaub makes 300 straight games and sets a 16-game Professional Bowlers Association record, averaging 257.25 to maintain the second-round lead at the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open. Schaub totaled 4,116 pins in 16 games to erase John Mazza’s PBA record of 4,095 set in Las Vegas in 1996.
2016 – Russia’s sporting reputation is torn again when a new systematic doping report details a vast “institutional plot” that covers more than 1,000 athletes in more than 30 sports and a corrupt doping control system at the Olympics from 2012 and 2014. This second and final report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren indicates that the plot involves the Russian Sports Ministry, the National Anti-Doping Agency and the FSB’s intelligence service, providing more details of the state’s involvement in a massive program of fraud and cover-up. which operated on an “unprecedented scale” from 2011 to 2015.
2017 – Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the MLS Cup to become the first Canadian champion in league history.
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