The Clippers might have survived the brutal March schedule, but before they can enjoy a three-day respite between games, they must get through the Lakers in a designated Clippers home game.It will be the Clippers’ 19th game – roughly 23 percent of their entire regular-season slate of games – since March 1.“They’re tired, there’s no doubt about that,” Rivers said, “but there’s nothing we can do about it. They’re not going to cancel the game.”With playoff games beginning in two weeks, Rivers said he worries “every second” about the cumulative effects of the season’s busy back-end manifesting itself in further injuries. Guard Austin Rivers is already expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a strained left hamstring, suffered in Wednesday’s win over Washington.“The Austin injury is absolutely a byproduct of the schedule,” Doc Rivers said.While the Clippers are looking forward to recovering some of the energy lost in the last month, point guard Chris Paul pointed out the Clippers won’t know how the time off truly affects them until they get back on the court next week.“If we play great,” he said, “they’re going to say the rest was great for us. If we don’t, we was off too long. So let’s see what happens.” With five games remaining in the regular season, including this afternoon against the Lakers, the Clippers (46-31) could finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the Western Conference, and will face either Utah, Oklahoma City or Houston in the opening round.The narrative around the Clippers swings dramatically with each game: Either they are destined for a brief postseason appearance or they are figuring things out at precisely the right time.Rivers’ keeps the Clippers on an even keel, reflected in Griffin’s mid-game pep talk.“Players understand it,” Rivers said. “It’s the outside that doesn’t understand it. They judge teams by their score. I never know the score of a game, I know if we won or if we lost.”Worn out During an early third-quarter timeout Thursday, as the Clippers couldn’t quite shake the Phoenix Suns, forward Blake Griffin took command of Coach Doc Rivers’ huddle.“He said, ‘Guys, you aren’t going to blow out everybody every night,’ ” Rivers said. “ ‘They’re pros, they’re going to play hard. … We’ve got to grind this game.’ ”The Clippers eventually did, beating the Suns, 124-118.“It would be great to blow everybody out, blow every team out that’s not making it to the playoffs,” Griffin said he told his teammates. “But at the end of the day, that’s not going to be the case all the time. And you have to be OK with that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
THE Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) third Under-16 tournament for 2017 will be staged tomorrow at the Andrew `Six Head’ Lewis Boxing Gym, Independence Boulevard beginning at 13:00hrs.The tournament which is being sponsored by Demerara Distillers Limited under its Pepsi Brand has attracted the participation of seven boxing gyms from around the country and includes the recently formed savannah Boxing Gym from Rupununi, Region Nine, which will be represented by three pugilists.The other gyms that have indicated their participation are Forgotten Youth Foundation, Harpy Eagles, Vergenoegen Boxing Gym and Rose Hall Jammers among others.The recently formed Savannah Boxing Gym will be led by Kevin Tacoordeen and includes Julia Rodney and Troy Nero.The Savannah Boxing Gym is the brainchild of Minister of National Cohesion, Dr George Norton who also has responsibility for Sport.Minister Norton personally ensured the gym has a coach who is dedicated to the sport and in this regard, he used his office to have boxing coach Orlando go into Region Nine and coach the boxers over a period of time.Meanwhile, the GBA National Open Championships will run from November 27 to 30 and will be held at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, beginning at 19:30hrs each night.Over 10 boxing gyms have indicated an interest in participating.Among the fighters expected to reassert their dominance in the amateur arena are; Jason Barker of the Guyana Defence Force who holds the heavyweight title, Dennis Thomas of the Guyana Police Force who is the defending middleweight champion, GDF’s Colin Lewis (junior welterweight champion), Clairmont Gibson of the GDF who is the bantamweight champion and Markember Pierre also of the GDF, who is the National and Caribbean middleweight champion.