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first_img“It’s a tough blow. It’s a very tough blow,” Barnes said, quietly. “but we’re still alive. We’ve got to go home and try to take care of business on Thursday and try to come back to OKC on Sunday.”It wasn’t exactly turning the page, but close.And if the Clippers stand any chance of punching a return ticket to Oklahoma for a Game 7 on Sunday, they don’t only need to flip the page from what happened Tuesday.They need to burn the whole book.It’s a tough task considering the devastating emotional blow they absorbed and the small window between Game 5 and Game 6.But if the Clippers have proven anything during this zany postseason, it’s the ability to compartmentalize the varying emotions of the Donald Sterling controversy, emotionally impacting losses and injuries.They just seem to have a knack of immediately moving on from the good or the bad that’s unfolded over the last three weeks to focus in on the task at hand.And it’s required they do that now.“Well we’ve been regrouping all year, so we will be ready to play when we get to LA.” their coach, Doc Rivers promised. “This one is going to hurt, I’m sure guys are feeling bad, we took a lot of bad shots down the stretch, we tried to run clock the out instead of keep playing basketball. None of this would have happened if we had taken care of business, but we didn’t. We’ll be ready.”They better be.No one is more intriguing then Chris Paul, the Clippers ultra-perfectionist leader at point guard.Paul had a regrettable finish to Game 5 with a pair of costly turnovers – one that ended the game and robbed him the chance of a last-second shot to win it – and a dubious foul on Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook as Westbook lifted off for a 3-point shot.The Clippers led by two points when Paul’s hand grazed the arm of Westbrook, an obvious foul that resulted in three free throws for Westbrook and a 1-point lead for the Thunder with six seconds remaining.It completed a 17-3 run by the Thunder to overcome a 13-point Clippers lead, a stunning turn of events that left the Clippers dazed and distraught.But they did have one chance left, only for Paul to dribble it away with his turnover under the Thunder basket.The Clippers didn’t just lose the game as a result, they never had the chance to take a shot to win it.And that burned Paul deeply.“Bad, bad basketball wise.” Paul said afterward.He was visibly shaken, trying to make sense of a final minute of personal mistakes.Paul typically shines in such moments. He doesn’t always sink the winning shot but he at leasts puts his team in position to win more often then not.That’s his job, one he takes great pride in.But on Tuesday a case could be made the very man the Clippers entrust most in critical moments let them down.Paul not only felt the wrath, he personally shouldered all blame.You wonder how he’ll rebound in Game 6, unfamiliar as he is with the kind of meltdown he suffered.But he has to, they all do.The Clippers can’t afford one more second of refection on the crazy events of Game 5.Their season depends on it. OKLAHOMA CITY – Amid all the confusion and despair and anger inside the Clippers’ locker room at Chesapeake Energy Arena Tuesday night, Matt Barnes got practical.Barnes wasn’t about to minimize the shocking loss the Clippers just suffered against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, the 13-point lead they coughed up over the final four minutes and the 7-point advantage they gave away over the last 49 seconds.Not to mention the fateful call of the officiating crew to award the Thunder the ball with 11.3 seconds remaining, despite video evidence showing possession likely belonged to the Clippers, who were clinging to a 2-point lead at the time.Nor was he softening the blow of the pain the Clippers felt of being oh-so close to taking a 3-2 lead in this best of seven series and taking it back to Los Angeles for a potential close-out situation in Game 6. Only to give it all away, doomed by the powerful combination of their own blunders, the Thunder’s precision over the final minutes and some one very curious call by the referees.The Clippers were deeply hurt by what happened Tuesday in Oklahoma City, and probably still agonize over the chance they let slip away to take command of this series.Instead they return home in survival mode, knowing a loss in Game 6 sends them into a frustrating summer of regret and second-guessing and the kind of self analysis people pay big money to doctors to provide.Barnes wasn’t downplaying any of it.But even in pain, he was able to see the practicality in things.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThe #Brewers are one of at least a handful teams, including the likes of the #SFGiants, #Athletics and #Padres, who remain interested in starter Gio Gonzalez. https://t.co/O5so2Mw2HE— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 5, 2019The Yankees have also had discussions about Gonzalez, according to Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman, while he was linked to the Mets in early February, as well. The two-time All-Star also has pitched for the A’s during his 11-year career. Gio Gonzalez has been discussed at least by some Yankees people, even before Luis Severino was scratched with shoulder “discomfort.” Rotation depth one of their only issues.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 5, 2019Gonzalez was sent from the Nationals to the Brewers in August. He registered a 10-11 record and a 4.21 ERA in 32 total starts last season. Related News Luis Severino injury update: Yankees ace ‘highly unlikely’ to be ready for opening day Multiple teams remain interested in Gio Gonzalez.The Brewers, Padres, Athletics and Giants are all still considering signing the 33-year-old free agent starter, according to a report from USA Today.last_img read more

first_imgDominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN that the IAAF Diamond League races are helping the local runners prepare well ahead of the World Championships to take place in Doha, Qatar September 27th to October 6th.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Star athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei will lead Uganda’s team of three at the IAAF Diamond League taking place in Oslo, Norway later tonight.Cheptegei, the 2018 Commonwealth Games double gold medal winner will compete in the 3000m race. After failing to win in the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai last month, Cheptegei will be all out to try and win the race.He will however face tough competition from Kenya’s David Kiplagat and Ethiopia’s duo of Selemon Barega and Edris Muktar. Cheptegei started the season in style winning a gold medal at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in March this year.Peruth Chemutai who won two silver medals at the 2015 Youth Games in Samoa will compete in the 3000m steeplechase, while Halimah Nakaayi competes in the 800m.last_img read more