December 31, 2013 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: Plus + Despite being plagued by injuries - they lost four of their top six defensemen at one point - the Pittsburgh Penguins have won 12 of their last 14 games and lead the East. Their latest injury was to first-line winger Pascal Dupuis, whose season might have ended when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Monday. But they did get valuable defenseman Rob Scuderi back from a broken ankle Sunday.
December 23, 2013
The Clippers displayed a lack of composure that led to technical fouls on Coach Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan and to the ejection of Matt Barnes. That meant the Clippers had to play through their faults and an inspired Minnesota team Sunday night at Staples Center. And somehow the Clippers did, showing the resolve to overcome all the challenges before them to pull out a 120-116 overtime victory over the Timberwolves. "Everybody lost their composure," Rivers said. "Everybody.
December 23, 2013 |
Since the early days of training camp in October, when Clippers Coach Doc Rivers watched his starters hang their heads during an intrasquad scrimmage when they trailed the reserves by double digits late in the game, Rivers has preached to his team to play hard until the game is over. Finally, it seems, Rivers' message is getting through. Unlike a few games earlier this season, the Clippers didn't display poor body language when they trailed late in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
December 22, 2013 |
The Clippers displayed a lack of composure that led to technical fouls on Coach Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan and to the ejection of Matt Barnes. That meant the Clippers had to play through their faults and an inspired Minnesota team Sunday night at Staples Center. And somehow the Clippers did, showing the resolve to overcome all the challenges before them to pull out a 120-116 overtime victory over the Timberwolves. BOX SCORE: Clippers 120, Timberwolves 116 (OT)
December 21, 2013 |
CLIPPERS VS. MINNESOTA When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 18-9 (before Saturday's game); Timberwolves 13-14. Record vs. Timberwolves (2013-14): 1-0. Update: The Clippers have defeated the Timberwolves in their last six matchups. The Timberwolves were considered a playoff team before the season started, but they are in 11th place in the competitive West. Former UCLA star Kevin Love has been the one constant for Minnesota.
December 20, 2013 |
The Lakers (12-13) play the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-13) on Friday night at Staples Center. The Lakers will be without Kobe Bryant, who suffered a knee injury on Tuesday and will be out four to six weeks. The Timberwolves took advantage of Bryant's absence (while recovering from an Achilles' tendon tear) on Nov. 10, beating the Lakers handily 113-90. Minnesota scored 47 points in the first quarter, and got huge performances from Kevin Martin (27 points) and Kevin Love (25)
December 19, 2013 |
Lakers tonight VS. MINNESOTA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 12-13; Timberwolves 13-13. Record vs. Timberwolves: 0-1. Update: Minnesota broke a 22-game losing streak to the Lakers with a 113-90 victory Nov. 10 at Staples Center. Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio had a triple-double that night, with 12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.
December 13, 2013 |
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra who have been locked out in a contract dispute with management since 2012 have scheduled 10 concerts for 2014 with the possibility of more. The musicians said in an announcement Friday on their website that the concerts would be self-produced with no involvement from orchestra management. The concert series , which begins Jan. 10, will feature prominent soloists, including violinists Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman, and a return visit from conductor Osmo Vänskä, who resigned as music director of the orchestra in October because of the ongoing dispute.
December 13, 2013 |
The perfect illustration of the big impact of a small gesture came when Minnesota forward Charlie Coyle turned and waved to a youngster behind the glass during the Wild's pregame warm-ups on Sunday. The boy's thrilled reaction was adorable. What Coyle did shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has spent time around professional hockey players. They are so gifted and graceful at interacting with their young fans. Around the Los Angeles Kings' practice facility in El Segundo, you often hear excited squeals from youngsters when they simply spot a player, much less get the chance to exchange hellos.