LA Clippers’ Jamal Crawford remains mentally tough

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rivers is not surprised at Crawford’s wherewithal.“Well, I think he is a professional, he’s a true professional,” Rivers said of his sixth man. “When you’re in that position of not being a starter, but being a guy off the bench, I think your name’s always going to come up, usually by people that have no idea what they’re talking about. And, unfortunately for Jamal, he has to deal with it. And that’s the tough part for him.”Perhaps it’s not as difficult as Rivers thinks.“I think I’m just mentally tough, honestly,” Crawford said. “I’ve been through a lot and I can only worry about so much. You can’t worry about this, this and a third (thing) and still go do your job and perform.“I just have to trust in God, trust in my family, trust in the process and just go hoop, go hoop and have fun.” Crawford is averaging 12.6 points. He has a 15.6 average in 15-plus seasons.Tough roadThe Clippers – 15-10 before Wednesday – may have just come off a five-game road trip, but after Wednesday’s game they are right back on the travel circuit when they head to Texas for a back-to-back Friday and Saturday at San Antonio and Houston, respectively.The Clippers come back for a game Monday at home against Oklahoma City, then take on the Lakers on Christmas night in what is a Clippers’ road game. The Clippers then go back out for games Dec. 26 at Utah, Dec. 28 at Washington, Dec. 30 at Charlotte and New Years Eve at New Orleans.Rivers isn’t thrilled about the schedule. But when he was told pre-game that it is kind of crazy, he wasn’t crying about it, either.“I said the same thing,” he said. “Yeah, it is. There’s nothing we can do about it. We did actually try to get this one changed. I mean, we would prefer to just stay out on the road and finish the next two and then have our break. But it is what it is. Not much you can do about it.“Every team goes through something like this at some point, we assume, and so we’re going through it now.”Rivers moving on upRivers, in his third season with the Clippers, had a coaching record of 715-534 over 16-plus seasons with Orlando, Boston and the Clippers before Wednesday. His winning percentage of .572 was 10th all-time among coaches with at least 1,000 games coached.center_img It seems like Jamal Crawford’s name is mentioned in trade rumors every offseason. As Clippers coach Doc Rivers noted before Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center, they are present in-season right now.It’s a lot to handle for any player, particularly for one now 35 years old who is struggling to find consistency with his shot.But Crawford is not a weak-minded player. He can shrug off all this stuff and still come through in a big way. For example, Crawford shot 3 of 11 from the field in a Dec. 9 win at Milwaukee and just 1 of 5 the next night in a loss at Chicago.He came back to shoot 4 of 8 in a win Saturday at Brooklyn and 5 of 8 in Monday’s thrilling 105-103 overtime victory at Detroit. It was Crawford who hit the game-winning shot – a 3-pointer – with 12.4 seconds left to play in that one.last_img read more

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Grant Dayton’s season ends with Tommy John surgery

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The last two seasons Dayton knew his left elbow was less than 100 percent healthy, though he was never told how much. The Dodgers’ front office was certainly aware. Manager Dave Roberts factored the injury into how often Dayton pitched, and the team sent him to the disabled list twice this year with minor neck stiffness.Maybe Dayton’s elbow factored into his “up-and-down” results: a 4.94 ERA in 29 appearances, with a diminished strikeout-to-walk ratio compared to his breakthrough rookie season of 2016. His fastball regularly touched 95 mph last season, but never this year.Roberts said these results were more indicative of mechanical problems in Dayton’s lower body. For his part, Dayton said he never held back this season because of his elbow.“If it’s in bad shape and it doesn’t present any pain, then who cares? I tried to throw through it this year without pain, and I never felt any pain this year until I threw that last pitch,” Dayton said. “I knew that it was in bad shape but there was no telling how long it had been that way, and it wasn’t giving me any problems so it didn’t matter.”In retrospect, the Dodgers’ deadline-day acquisitions of Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani make more sense. Now, along with Luis Avilan, they’re the top three left-handed relievers in line to make the Dodgers’ postseason roster. LOS ANGELES >> Grant Dayton had one warm-up pitch remaining in the Tulsa Drillers’ bullpen last Friday, a fastball. By the time it reached the catcher, he knew his season was over. Dayton flew back to Los Angeles and met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, but that merely confirmed the obvious: the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow was fully torn.Dayton will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles. ElAttrache will perform the surgery, which carries an approximate 12-month timetable for recovery.“I felt like I’ve had an up-and-down year. I was hoping to be able to redeem myself in September, be on a playoff roster, but those dreams obviously came to an end last Friday,” Dayton said. “I can’t dwell on it too much. Definitely it’s disappointing to miss the end of this season when we’ve done so well as a team.”Dayton, 29, was in Tulsa rehabbing a stiff neck when the elbow injury occurred. He’s never had Tommy John surgery before. So how did he know the nature of his injury with such certainty, so soon?center_img Adam Liberatore is beginning to pitch minor league games in Arizona, too, but he remains a ways off from facing major league hitters. Liberatore hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since May because of a strained left elbow.After the surgery, Dayton said he’ll head to the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility in Arizona to begin his rehab.“Grant was really a big part of what we’re doing,” Roberts said. “He’ll be a big part of where we are going forward.”Stripling startsRoss Stripling will make his first start of the season Saturday in what Roberts described as a “bullpen game.” Stripling will be limited to three or four innings and 45 to 50 pitches. In 35 relief appearances this season, he’s exceeded three innings three times and thrown more than 50 pitches twice.“Probably between me and (Josh) Ravin, and either (Edward) Paredes and Cingrani, we’ll try to cover six, a full start, between the three of us,” Stripling said.Stripling is 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA this season. In 22 games last season, including 14 starts, the right-hander went 5-9 with a 3.96 ERA. He also appeared in five postseason games out of the bullpen last October.As the Dodgers consider candidates for possible long-relief roles in October, Stripling can help himself with a strong outing.“He’s a former starter and he’s pitched in length for us,” Roberts said. “To be able to see that he can go three or four innings for us, I think, was good. … I think if Ross can get that opportunity it’s a good thing for him.”AlsoFor the first time since he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain, Cody Bellinger took batting practice outdoors and ran 90 feet. He reported no pain and “very little” swelling afterward. …In his first minor league rehabilitation start, Brandon McCarthy (blister) threw 39 pitches in three shutout innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He didn’t allow a hit, walked three batters, and struck out two. McCarthy will make his next rehab start Wednesday or Thursday for either Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City, Roberts said. …The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ game Friday was postponed because of soggy conditions, but the field is expected to be ready for Clayton Kershaw’s Triple-A rehab start Saturday. Kershaw (back) is expected to return to the Dodgers’ rotation Sept. 1-3 during a three-game series in San Diego. …Roberts made pitcher Kenley Jansen available to close Friday after giving him two days off to take a mental and physical break.last_img read more

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John DeJarnett, 80, Quinlan, Texas: Oct. 9, 1933 – May 10, 2014

first_imgJohn DeJarnettJohn DeJarnett, 80, of Quinlan, Texas, died May 10, 2014, in Kaufman, TX.Arrangements are with Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point, TX. Memorial graveside services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.John Russell DeJarnett, Sr was born October 9, 1933, in Lovell, OK to Earl and Myrtle Warring DeJarnett. He was worked and lived in Kansas most of his life. He was employed by Boeing and also as a supervisor for a mobile home manufacturing company for many years. John moved to Texas in 1983, and worked as a handyman. He loved his family very much and worked very hard throughout his life to provide for them.John is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Myrtle DeJarnett, three brothers and one sister.He is survived by his children, John R. “Rusty” DeJarnett of Wellington, Kansas, Anthony A. “Tony” DeJarnett of Quinlan, TX, Robena R. “Bena” Townsend and husband, Harold of Willington, KS, and Jana S. Hilliary and husband, Randy of Wellington, KS; step-son, Randy Daniels and wife, Cindy of Wellington, KS; and blessed with nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.last_img read more

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