December 12, 2013 |
For what it's worth, the Clippers have held their last four opponents below 100 points. They are 3-1 in those four games, having lost to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, 88-82. But there are signs of the Clippers making strides on defense. “You could see it coming, our defense,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “We have absolutely lost our pace offensively, and so it's nice that our defense is helping us win games right now.” The Clippers are no longer giving up over 100 points per game like they were earlier this season.
January 31, 2014
Re "Go native," Letters, Jan. 26 The cries for the obliteration of lawns in L.A. continue. The anti-lawn activists look at lawns while we use lawns. A green lawn can be walked upon and sat upon, and children and pets can play on it. It is an easy-to-maintain, utilitarian surface that is aesthetically restful. Native gardens, touted as water-friendly replacements, require the normal garden tasks of purchasing and installing plants, grooming, weeding and, yes, watering. A look around my hometown reveals native gardens that have been abandoned by owners, probably due to maintenance issues.
December 5, 2013 |
Nineteen games into the season and the Clippers are talking about their defense. Or in this case, their lack of defense. They gave up 107 points in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, seemingly with ease. The Clippers didn't close out on three-point shooters. They didn't rotate on defense. They gave up layups and dunks. Simply put, the Clippers were just poor on defense. “I think we should have it,” Blake Griffin said of defending properly. “I've said it over and over, but defense is one of those things that you can really control a lot just by your intensity and being down and ready.
March 26, 2012 |
The emphasis Lakers Coach Mike Brown stressed on defense comes in many shapes and forms. There are DVDs. Brown wowed the Lakers' front office with these during his job interview so much that he quickly became the favored candidate. He then distributed them to all his players before the lockout so they'd get a head-start on learning and executing his defensive concepts. There are terms. The main one Brown reiterates involves "shrinking the floor," which entails closing off baseline drives.
January 23, 2010 |
Defense is USC's bread and butter, its faithful standby. If shots aren't falling, if calls go against them, if the hardwood cracks in two and a chasm appears, suspending play indefinitely -- it's cool, no worries, don't sweat it. The Trojans can still rely on their rock-solid defense, which is built on players being aggressive, knowing if they get beat, a teammate has their back. But against Washington State on Thursday, that defense, which was ranked first nationally in scoring defense (54.7)
November 7, 2009 |
As stumbling blocks go, it wasn't exactly Mt. Everest. Los Angeles Crenshaw's football team continued its pursuit of history Friday night with an easier-than-expected 44-7 victory over archrival Dorsey in a Coliseum League game played at Crenshaw. The top-ranked Cougars are bidding to become the first L.A. City Section team to secure an invitation to a CIF state championship bowl game, and they unveiled a championship-caliber defense against the Dons. Crenshaw forced two turnovers, pestered a quarterback into throwing away the ball in the end zone for a safety and held Dorsey to 18 total yards.