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Clippers are at a size disadvantage without Danilo Gallinari in the lineup

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The report supports the referees’ instant-replay ruling, explaining that once the review was initiated, their options were to either increase the level of the foul already called on Marjanovic, or, if they believed a hostile act had occurred that was distinct from the contact called on the play, provide a penalty for that act.Because that contact already had already been called incorrectly, there was no other contact to rule on.Related Articles The Lakers won 123-120 to improve to 27-25, climbing within a game of the Clippers (28-24), who are clinging to eighth place in the Western Conference standings.After the game, Rivers said he was baffled by the call.“Lance is not dirty, Lance didn’t do it to be dirty, he was trying to score,” Rivers said. “But why put in those rules if you’re not gonna call them? I was blown away by that.”The league regularly releases an assessment of officiated events that happen in the last two minutes of games that were within three points at any time in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period, with reviews of all calls and notable non-calls. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “Before, I thought we had the bigger team every night, with Gal at the 4 and Tobias (Harris) at the 3,” Rivers said. “Now we move Tobias to the 4 and we’re pretty small every night.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.At 6-8, Harris is comfortable at power forward, but among the Clippers’ most-utilized guards who fill out the lineup, only rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stands taller than 6-5. Otherwise, the Clippers are asking 6-2 Avery Bradley; 6-1 Patrick Beverley and 6-1 Lou Williams to defend bigger players.“We’re throwing out a lot of matchups,” said Montrezl Harrell, who knows something about being undersized as a 6-8 center. “It’s definitely hurting us when guys are a little bigger at the 3, 4, 5 positions and we got smaller guards on ’em.”That’s not to say, Harrell insisted, that the Clippers aren’t up to the challenge.“We definitely miss (Gallinari), but we can’t really blame it on anything, we gotta keep moving forward,” Harrell said. “Every team deals with injuries, so hey, it’s just the way it is. We’ve been hit with a lot of different adversity, guys going out left and right, but every time we’ve responded well. So that’s all we gotta do here. We came off a good road trip last time, going 3-1, so hopefully, we can get back to what we did last time and keep moving forward.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — Life without Danilo Gallinari is requiring the Clippers to think small.Counting the Jan. 18 game against Golden State, when Gallinari was removed early because of the back spasms that have sidelined him for the seven games since, the Clippers are 4-4 without the 6-foot-10 forward.He is improving, Coach Doc Rivers said, and is expected to join the Clippers at an as-yet-undetermined date during their six-game, 11-day trip, which begins Saturday in Detroit.The Clippers obviously are missing Gallinari’s scoring (he was averaging 19 points per game), and his floor-stretching 3-point prowess (he was shooting a career-high 44.6 percent), and they’re also missing his height. OFFICIAL WHIFFThe league confirmed the Clippers’ complaints Friday when it acknowledged that the Lakers’ Lance Stephenson should have been called for an offensive foul when his left elbow struck Boban Marjanovic’s jaw late in Thursday’s game.Instead, with 45 seconds left in overtime and the Clippers trailing 120-118, Marjanovic was called for the defensive foul and Stephenson’s basket and free throw were allowed to stand, which increased the Lakers’ lead to 123-118.Per the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” released Friday, officials confirmed that the call on the court was incorrect: “Stephenson extends his left arm and makes contact with Marjanovic’s head during his drive shot attempt and an offensive foul is warranted.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

March Madness 2019: Virginia beats Gardner-Webb but remains motivated by critics

first_imgHunter led all scorers with 23 points and served as Virginia’s most consistent force throughout the contest. Mamadi Diakite emerged with 13 second-half points, the clear beneficiary of a halftime adjustment to attack the paint.While the Cavaliers were relieved to rid the King Kong-sized monkey off their collective backs, at the end of the day they were still just a 1-seed going out and doing what 1-seeds have always done. So Guy plans to keep his avatar for the foreseeable future, waiting for a potential national championship victory to move himself past the symbol of his darkest moment.“[The picture] is not just for that game,” he said. “That’s for everyone who has ever doubted me. Obviously, they doubted us last year, and they doubted us this year because of that loss. That chip on my shoulder will never leave, but at the same time, we’re past it. There’s more to play.” COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kyle Guy has no plans to change his Twitter picture.The image of Guy crouched in shock as UMBC players celebrated their 16-seed upset of his 1-seed Cavaliers will remain until a date to be determined. There is still unfinished business. Unlike last year, No. 1 Virginia’s season is alive after the first round, its title aspirations intact following a 71-56 win over No. 16 Gardner-Webb on Friday in South Region play. That’s not to say it was easy for the Cavaliers (30-3) to bounce back against an underdog opponent. They trailed by double digits late in the first half and entered halftime down by six a year removed from becoming the first top-seeded team to ever fall to No. 16 in the NCAA Tournament.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule”We came in knowing real well we were in for a battle,” said Virginia’s Ty Jerome. “[Gardner-Webb] punched us in the mouth, but we were punched before. It was about doing what we do and staying united.”With just over six minutes to go in the first half, Virginia faced a 14-point deficit. The pro-Gardner-Webb crowd seemingly increased in volume with every bucket.This time, though, Virginia remained level-headed.”I think this year you saw the growth of this team,” Guy said. “Nobody panicked. Last year it was like, ‘Oh, s—, this may happen.’ We all panicked. This year we were like, ‘Oh, s—, this is going to happen again,’ but nobody panicked.”Despite finishing the half strong, the Cavaliers trailed at the break. Last year, of course, they were tied with UMBC at the half before allowing 53 second-half points in a 74-54 defeat. There was no repeating that disappointment, though. Virginia went on a 25-5 run to begin the second half and forced five turnovers in five minutes. De’Andre Hunter laid down a monster dunk, and everything felt normal again, like it had before Gardner-Webb (23-12) landed haymakers in the opening 15 minutes of the game.BENDER: Cincinnati in familiar spot after first-round exit”That’s a pressure, and there’s no doubt about it,” coach Tony Bennett said. “When you’re in that spot, you feel the crowd. It’s something we had to go through. I’m glad I’m up here this year feeling differently. It’s the beauty of the tournament.”last_img read more