GIVING THANKS

first_imgBy Susan Stamper BrownIt’s almost Thanksgiving. The fireplace inside crackles while the snow outside falls, painting an exceptionally-Alaskan scene as I write. It’s also a reminder this is the time of year I receive correspondence from thoughtful people asking how a particular American hero, a man who gave up his youth to serve this great nation under four presidents, is doing. He’s home this year, so I’ll be sure to mention your regards to him as we gather around the Thanksgiving table.He’s not just an American hero, he’s a personal one too, years-back rescuing me from the kind of desperation that widowhood painfully brands on its victims. It’s been a tough road, thanks to a world at war. I’ve spent more Thanksgivings alone than not, staring at the picture taken at a castle in Scotland, representing the day God showed me he could turn “ashes” into beauty. He’s really good at that, you know.My hero, who is also my friend, fully understood my brokenness and accepted me just as I was. He proposed. I accepted, and from start to finish, he planned our wedding, including the flowers, cake, and a Scottish pastor who surprised us by bringing a group of his kindhearted congregants to fill the would-be empty chapel with the warmth and kindred spirit true Christianity provides.All I had to do is accept his proposal and board a plane bound for a new life. I’ve never been the same. God offers each of us a similar “proposal” with a heavenly twist. He longs to exchange the ashes of our lives for something beautiful…eternal — if we say “yes” to him. Our ashes for his beauty is not a fair exchange. Even still, the “bridegroom” knocks and waits… “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life,” John 3:16 tells us.So, Thursday is Thanksgiving and my heart overflows. I’m thankful, in no particular order, for a wide assortment of things. I’m thankful for strong coffee. And pizza. I’m thankful I live in the most wild and wonderful place on the planet and that the grizzlies on my mountain finally hibernated. I’m thankful the wolf which successfully evades every Kodak moment I attempt to shoot, remains afraid of me because I’d hate to have to shoot him with my gun.I’m thankful for indoor plumbing that keeps me from using the outhouse. I am thankful my freezer is stocked with caribou and salmon, and that the mashed potatoes, currant jam, and apple-strawberry-rhubarb pie on our Thanksgiving table come from our garden.I’m thankful for my rescue dogs, who in their own unique ways, have really rescued me. And for my wonderful family who loves me and dear friends who complete me. And I’m thankful, that sometimes at church, I can almost hear what sounds like my dad’s voice, bombastically belting out a hymn’s chorus during worship when I close my eyes. I’m thankful for my faith and the freedom to practice it here in America. I’m thankful that our forefathers penned the U.S. Constitution so prudently, America hasn’t buckled under the weight of this administration. And I’m thankful for the patriots among us who are willing to sacrifice their all in its defense. And I’m overwhelmingly thankful that one glance out my kitchen window reminds me that no matter how crazy this world gets, the One who created it remains in control.And, I am so very thankful for you, my readers, for whether we agree or not, we can at least celebrate together our freedom of speech. And, of course it goes without saying, I am really, really thankful that the too-many-times empty seat at the Thanksgiving table will be warmed this year by the one who warms my heart.Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Florida boy dies after friend accidentally shoots him in the head

first_imgOfficials in Daytona Beach, Florida are reporting that a 10-year-old has died after his friend accidentally shot him in the head while the two played with a gun.The incident was reported Saturday around 8:25 pm at a home on South Keech Street.Authorities say the two were visiting the home of the teen’s relative when the boys somehow broke into a locked bedroom and located a semi-automatic pistol that was in a locked drawer. The child and the teen then began playing with the weapon when it went off and a bullet struck the child in the head.When authorities arrived, they found the child laying face down on the floor and bleeding from his mouth.He was then rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead Tuesday.Authorities say they are still investigating the incident, however, Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri did report that they do not believe the cause of the incident was due to the owner’s negligence and that the owner “did what they felt necessary to secure the firearm.”last_img read more

Clippers can’t catch Nets in loss

first_imgPreviousBrooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert, left, battles for the ball with Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBrooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) and Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) go up for the opening tip of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, and Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green (4) and guard Lou Williams (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) dribbles against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) shoots against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (left) is knocked down by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Chris Chiozza (4) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) dunks next to Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball past Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) dunks next to Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball while defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert, left, battles for the ball with Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 20Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert, left, battles for the ball with Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)ExpandThe Clippers’ priorities entering their final seeding games in the bubble are clear, Coach Doc Rivers said, first comes rhythm and rest, and then comes winning.The rhythm was chaotic to start Sunday, Kawhi Leonard didn’t get much rest throughout, and, in the end, Brooklyn won 129-120. The Nets fended off a shorthanded Clippers squad whose search for continuity continues in this latter chapter of an interrupted season.In what was the sixth of eight seeding games for both teams Sunday, the Nets (34-36) built a big buffer early, bolting to a 45-24 lead at the end of the opening period, the second-highest scoring first quarter in their franchise’s history.The Clippers (47-23) kept coming, though, shrinking a 21-point lead to 10 before heading into the half trailing, 74-63. After resting in Saturday’s substitute-fueled victory over Portland, Leonard played 37 minutes Sunday and finished with 39 points, six assists and four steals. He shot 14 of 25 (56.0%) from the field.“Kawhi was fresh,” Rivers said. “I mean, he felt great.”In his 1,000th career regular-season game, Lou Williams looked as spry as he has in any game in the bubble, coming off the bench for 18 points in 23 minutes. Marcus Morris Sr. continued his positive momentum from the two games prior with a 15-point effort on 6-of-9 shooting. And rookie guard Terance Mann scored a career-high 14 points in the loss.Ivica Zubac, the Clippers’ 23-year-old 7-footer, continued his bubble flexing: In 24 minutes, he scored eight points and pulled down a career-high-tying 15 rebounds — the fourth consecutive game he grabbed at 10 rebounds or more, also a career milestone.Despite those efforts, the Clippers took a step back.And with the playoffs scheduled to tip off July 17 and their second seed precariously in the balance, that’s not ideal, Rivers said.“Hopefully we won’t play up and down in the playoffs,” he said. “We definitely have been so far. We have one inspired game, then we don’t.“Give Brooklyn credit,” he added. “They attacked us. They were clearly the team that had the right approach at the beginning of the game. When you spot someone 20 points, it’s hard to come back from that.”In that bombastic opening half, the Nets’ and Joe Harris (23 points — a first-half career high) and Carris LeVert (21) combined to account for 44 points on 18 for 22 shooting. Brooklyn shot 67.4% (29 for 43) and 52.0% (13 for 25) from 3-point range.Fortunately for the Clippers — who were on the back end of a back-to-back pair of contests — their offensive engine was revved too. Led by Leonard — who finished the first half with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting — they shot 53.3% (24 for 45) in the first 24 minutes.The second half was a different story: Harris scored only two points after the break, and the Nets scored a more pedestrian 55 points and shot 42.9% (18 for 42). The Clippers posted 57 second-half points and shot 43.8% (21 for 48). Still, by eclipsing 120 points for the 31st time this season, they equaled a franchise best. And then a motivated Leonard cleaned up the whole mess.The two-time NBA Finals MVP single-handedly outscored the Nets 11-0 to start the third quarter and tied the game 74-74 in the process.“We definitely got to be in a better rhythm,” Leonard said after the game, via Zoom. “Guys have been in and out of the lineup, key guys. Still waiting on Trezz (Montrezl Harrell) to get back, you know what I mean?”Rivers said that though there was nothing he could report regarding Harrell’s plans to rejoin the team following the death of his grandmother, he offered, “We hope so. That’s all I can say.”Without Harrell, as well as star forward Paul George (rest) and Patrick Beverley (sore calf), Leonard kept the Clippers in it, though they only ever pulled even and not in front.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’

first_imgIn 22 playoff games during the past four postseasons prior to this one, George averaged 27 points per game on 42.4% shooting. He opened the series by shooting 10 for 22 en route to 27 points. And he made two of his first five shots Sunday — but then he missed his next seven and didn’t score again until there was 2:06 left in overtime.He said his confidence is intact, he just can’t find a rhythm. It might be easier, he theorized, if the Clippers were playing in Dallas instead of relatively empty gyms in the bubble at Walt Disney World Resort.“The shots that I’m taking, I’m expecting to make,” George said. “Once I see it go through and I find that rhythm, I’ll be right where I want to be. Problem is, just getting to that point. Usually, you’re in a hostile environment and that usually helps you get to that moment, so I just gotta find that.“I’ll fight through it, I gotta help the team, and I’m aware of that.”HARRELL, DONCIC TALK IT OUTMontrezl Harrell and Luka Doncic indicated there were no hard feelings after their jawing in Game 3 made news. During Friday’s game, in which the two players both received technical fouls for engaging in a verbal sparring match, Harrell also appeared to punctuate a basket by directing an insult at Doncic that included the phrase “white boy.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Alexander: Playoff series takes a turn Clippers weren’t expecting What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Regarding the @dallasmavs @LAClippers game last night & the words we all know that came out of Montrez Harrell’s mouth.. pic.twitter.com/pLfZ1ryfll— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) August 22, 2020 After video of Harrell mouthing the words gained traction online, where it drew some criticism, including from ESPN’s Jay Williams, Harrell and Doncic talked briefly and embraced at midcourt before Sunday’s game.And after his heroics lifted Dallas to victory, Doncic told reporters he didn’t consider the incident in Friday’s game to be a big deal.“A lot of emotions on the court, especially in these playoffs,” said Doncic, with a shrug. “Sometimes you say things you don’t want to say. He apologized, I respect it, so no problems.”Harrell wasn’t among the Clippers presented for a Zoom videoconference postgame, but on Twitter, he sought to add his perspective the incident as it was described on ABC, when it was stated that the NBA had talked with to Harrell, as confirmed by a league source.“No one spoke wit me to do anything,” Harrell tweeted. “I approach him and cleared the air from all the outside nonsense that was being said. Nothing but respect for Luka he understood the heat of the battle and he said it didn’t bother him only RESPECT.”In a separate tweet, Harrell included Doncic’s comments and wrote, “Much respect cuh 2-2 let’s enjoy the rest.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PreviousDallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) reacts to referee Zach Zarba, lower left, and referee Kevin Cutler, right, during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) talks with referee Zach Zarba during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Luka Doncic, right, of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates his game-winning three-point basket with teammate Seth Curry, left, to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Dorian Finney-Smith (10) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber (42) knocks out a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, and Lou Williams (23) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, right, reacts after making a basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) reaches for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George (13) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dorian Finney-Smith, center, of the Dallas Mavericks and Lou Williams, right, of the Los Angeles Clippers reach for a ball during overtime in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates his game-winning three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (9) drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots his game-winning 3-point basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Reggie Jackson (1) defends during overtime of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Mavericks won 135-133 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, and J.J. Barea talk during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates with Seth Curry (30) after making a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) drives between Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) and Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, front left, grabs a rebound against Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber (42) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Stephen Curry, center, cheers on his brother Seth Curry, of the Dallas Mavericks, from the digital fan stands during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber, left, during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer watches his team play the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, right, talks with Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) celebrates his winning three-point basket with teammates during overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, left, talks with Luka Doncic (77) during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) falls as Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) dribbles past him during overtime of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) drives between Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) and Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Luka Doncic, center, of the Dallas Mavericks, celebrates his game-winning three-point basket with teammates after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)NextShow Caption1 of 31Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)ExpandLike a player raising his hand after a whistle, volunteering to be assessed the foul, Paul George did his best Sunday to take ownership of his role in the Clippers’ current predicament — which could be remembered as but a blip if they can collect themselves and get on through to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs as they’re expected to.For now, the 2-2 split in their series with the Dallas Mavericks feels burdensome, as the Clippers — listless for long spells in Sunday’s 135-133 overtime loss — know they have work to do. That includes George, who is well aware his shooting is an area desperately needing improvement.For the third consecutive game, the pride of Palmdale had a tough time scoring Sunday, when he was held to nine points and shot 3 for 14 and 1 for 7 from 3-point range. That extended a three-game drought in which he’s just 10 for 47 (21.2%) from the field and 4 for 27 (14.8%) from deep — well off of his season averages of 43.9% and 41.2%, respectively.“If I make shots, this series could be a little different,” George said via Zoom videoconference. “And that’s the obvious, of course. That’s what it just comes down to … I’m gettin’ looks, gettin’ shots, the floor is open, the defenders aren’t great, but I’m just having a hard time finding the ball through right now.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum If gone get the story get it right all I ask, no one spoke wit me to do anything I approach him and cleared the air from all the outside nonsense that was being said. Nothing but respect for Luka he understood the heat of the battle and he said it didn’t bother him only RESPECT https://t.co/MOKlkT3CAH— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) August 23, 2020last_img read more