MBB : Nation’s top defense poses little challenge for Syracuse in win over Wisconsin

first_imgBOSTON – The toughest defense Syracuse faced all year was also one of the simplest to break.The Orange just matched up too well with Wisconsin’s man-to-man. Even if the Badgers allowed the fewest points per game of any team in the nation, the defense played right into Syracuse’s hands.‘All our guards know that nobody can stay in front of us,’ Dion Waiters said. ‘Especially in the man-to-man.’Syracuse’s trio of guards – Waiters, Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche – tore through the Badgers’ defense, at times penetrating at will. The Orange utilized its tried-and-true pick and roll all game, and when the Syracuse center would come set a screen, the Wisconsin big men stayed back rather than defend out to the 3-point line. That gave the Orange guards open space, and the 38 points on 15-of-26 shooting in top-seeded Syracuse’s 64-63 victory over No. 4 Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 on Thursday in the TD Garden was the result.Syracuse became only the second team this season – Michigan State did it twice – to shoot at least 50 percent from the field as a team against the Badgers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We know, everybody knows, they’re an explosive offensive team,’ Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor said. ‘Dion Waiters and Scoop, Kris Joseph, all them, make you play with the best of them.’Jardine said the Orange knew they held matchup advantages at the guard position against UW’s man-to-man. Taylor couldn’t defend two guards at once. Plus, Triche and Waiters, at 205 and 215 pounds, respectively, held size advantages over Taylor, Josh Gasser and Ben Brust, none of whom weigh more than 195 pounds.SU’s guards penetrated from the beginning, as Triche drove to the hoop on Syracuse’s first possession and made a layup over Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren, drawing a foul on the center in the process.With Syracuse trailing early, Waiters began to assert his physical advantage on his opponent. He hit a floater over Taylor to put SU up 26-23. Then, on the left wing, his pump fake was too good for Ryan Evans. As Evans tried to recover, Waiters hit a deep 2-pointer to push the Orange’s lead to seven.‘We played pick your spot,’ Jardine said. ‘There was times (Waiters) had the ball, there was times I had the ball, or Triche. And that’s when we’re playing like that and free like that we’re really hard to beat.’Jardine picked his spot when he received a screen from Baye Keita at the top of the key. With Keita to his left, Jardine dribbled around the pick.No center came out to pressure him, and he drilled an open 3, capping an 11-0 Syracuse run to put the Orange ahead 33-23. At the scorer’s table, Triche laughed as the 3 went in, pounding his right fist against the floor.SU had this defense solved.‘Their (center) wasn’t really coming up as much on ball screens,’ Triche said. ‘Even on curls he didn’t really help as much, which gave us space to create. And when you give us space, we’re very good players.’Syracuse’s offense was not on point in the first half in either of its NCAA Tournament games in Pittsburgh. The 33 first-half points the Orange scored against Wisconsin were the most it had scored in a first half since Feb. 25 at Connecticut.And the Badgers’ stingy defense allowed that many points in the first half just twice in its first 35 games. Syracuse’s offense broke through because of its guard play.Wisconsin threw the first punch in the second half, cutting what was once a 10-point deficit to one in the first two minutes. Again, guard play played a factor in Syracuse holding off the Badgers.With Syracuse up 44-40, Jardine drove around a Keita screen on the right wing and cut across the lane, then lofted a right-handed layup as he flew across the basket’s plane.‘Their big men don’t hedge back, and that’s like a free lane for us guards like myself and Triche and Dion, where we can penetrate and get guys shots,’ Jardine said.The Orange only had five assists on Thursday, but part of that is because 59 percent of its points came from the guard position. Jardine had four of the five, and said while he was shooting well, he was willing to dish the ball to Waiters, who also had a hot hand for much of the game.On paper, Wisconsin’s numbers are impressive. But after the game, Waiters didn’t see anything special.‘I mean, no disrespect to them, but that was one of the easiest defenses that we’ve probably played all year,’ Waiters said. ‘… We can drive and try to take the big man or we can penetrate and get out. It definitely worked in our favor.’mcooperj@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Galasso shows progress in midfield, nets crucial game-tying goal against Binghamton

first_imgNicky Galasso has spent much of this season adjusting to the midfield.The junior — who transferred from North Carolina and sat on the Syracuse sideline with a foot injury for all of last season — has moved from his natural attack position to the Orange’s midfield and displayed the strides he’s taken against Binghamton on Wednesday night.“I had a little setback in the beginning of the year and it just takes a little bit of time,” Galasso said. “But I feel like I’m getting more and more comfortable as practice goes on. The first midfield line keeps helping me out during practice and it’s key.“Now when we get to the games I’m just more and more comfortable and ready to play.”Galasso was a working part of the offense for much of Syracuse’s (6-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) 10-8 win over the Bearcats (3-6, 1-0 America East) and tallied one goal when he knotted the score at 6-6 in the third quarter. On the heels of that goal, the Orange built a three-goal lead that it wouldn’t relinquish, which underscored Galasso’s importance as a versatile scorer on SU’s second midfield line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We started getting more movement,” SU midfielder Scott Loy said of the stretch following Galasso’s goal, “and started putting the ball in the back of the net.”The second midfield line — consisting of Galasso, Randy Staats and Billy Ward — didn’t see the field for the first six minutes of the game, but gained a strong foothold in the lineup as the game moved on.Each player is a converted attack and it was Galasso who showcased that. While he’s waded into the midfield this season, most of his shots have been from distance.But after collecting a feed behind the net, a defender overplayed him and he took advantage. He swooped in to the left side of the cage and released a low shot that bounced past Binghamton goalie Tanner Cosens and into the back of the net.It was a move he has rarely used this season, but certainly isn’t foreign to him.Galasso said: “I used to be an attackman. I’m pretty used to doing that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2014 at 12:19 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Dougherty: Syracuse basketball’s only option is to be fun

first_imgFor one minute and 11 seconds Friday night, Syracuse’s up-tempo 3s-heavy offense was everything the Orange can hope it will be this season.The threat of Malachi Richardson’s outside touch opened a gaping hole in the middle of Lehigh’s man-to-man defense. Tyler Lydon slipped into it. Richardson found him with a deft no-look pass and Lydon dunked two-handed. The Carrier Dome crowd got on its feet. Richardson, wanting more noise, pumped his arms above his head. So did Trevor Cooney, and the crowd listened.A few plays later, as the first-half clock wound down, Lydon swung a pass to Kaleb Joseph for a 3 on the left wing. Joseph spun twice at mid-court as the buzzer sounded and the crowd rose again. His team filed into the tunnel with a 20-point lead and a win to coast to.But the climax of the Orange’s (1-0) season-opening 57-47 win over Lehigh was followed by a loud thud. The Orange missed its first six 3s of the second half and the Mountain Hawks, slowing the game down with a 2-3 zone, clawed to within six points. On one side of the break was a team thriving in a system that promises around 30 3s a night. On the other side was a group of players trying to find a collective shooting stroke that it, for nearly eight minutes, had left in the locker room.In total, SU heaved 34 3s and made just 11. The first look at the perimeter-focused offense wasn’t pretty and set up a narrative for the Orange’s season: Syracuse, with the 3s and unrelenting pace, will be fun. But its’ inability to be anything else could spell trouble.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We don’t have another option. That’s the best option for us,” Jim Boeheim, SU’s head coach, said. “That shot, we have to make those for a better percentage.”Boeheim, and his players, insisted that all 34 3s came on good looks. That makes it hard to criticize the shot selection, especially because of a run of 3s ultimately helped SU avoid the upset. The Orange also turned the ball over 17 times and, due to breakdowns on the inside of SU’s zone, the Mountain Hawks shot 12-for-22 from inside the arc in the second half to spur their comeback.But if SU hits just a few more 3s, or has a backup plan, the game is never put into question. Instead, its starting frontcourt of Tyler Roberson and Dajuan Coleman played a collective 34 minutes and shot a combined 1-for-5 for two points.So the 3s kept coming. The crowd hung onto each one. And elation turned to deflation after each of the 23 misses.“It’s definitely a lot of fun to go up and down and shoot 3s,” SU point guard Michael Gbinije said. “But at the same time, if we’re not making it then it can become a dangerous game, as well.”Syracuse has five shooters — and can play four at a time for long stretches — but its starting lineup looks wholly one-dimensional. Coleman and Roberson don’t draw their defenders away from the rim or pose much of a threat inside. In turn, Orange drivers will meet a wall of defenders against teams that pack their bigs into the paint. St. Bonaventure, which visits the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, promises to employ that approach.That leaves the 3-point shot as the only reliable offensive option. Boeheim said it himself. SU said it by taking 34s against Lehigh, and 61 across its two preseason scrimmages. It’s a flashy style that will draw the attention of the casual basketball fan. It could also win Syracuse a game it has no business winning this season. Or two. Or three. Who knows.But it can also keep you in a tight contest with a Lehigh team only picked to win the Patriot League. When the hot hands go cold and nothing can find the bottom of the net, the Orange’s current plan is a shaky one.Syracuse is going to keep shooting. Buckle up.“It will be an interesting team to watch play,” Boeheim said, clairvoyantly, before the season. “Much more interesting than last year’s team to watch. I don’t know if they’ll be any better, but they’ll be more interesting.”Jesse Dougherty is the Web Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or @dougherty_jesse. Comments Published on November 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 3 Syracuse’s offense falters, 7-game winning streak ends in 11-5 loss to No. 5 North Carolina

first_img Published on April 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Nicole Levy was in front of the net when she gained possession. Looking toward the goal, she wrapped the stick behind her back and twisted it to send the ball flying toward the cage. But the ball never reached the blue netting — it hit the pocket of North Carolina goalie Taylor Moreno’s stick instead. On Saturday, Syracuse’s shot landed in Moreno’s stick more than it hit blue.The last time No. 3 Syracuse (13-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) faced No. 5 North Carolina (11-3, 4-2), the Tar Heels knocked SU out of the ACC tournament in a 21-12 annihilation — the second time that UNC beat the Orange by nine points last year. When the two teams faced each other again on Saturday in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels still managed to come out on top, 11-5, despite Syracuse’s higher rank. SU was plagued with shooting struggles and an inability to get around Moreno, holding the offense to just five scores. It was the first time this season Syracuse lost to a team ranked lower than it.“Their goalie really had an outstanding day and shut us down,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “We lost some confidence on our finishing.”The five goals on SU’s 25 attempted shots was “unheard of” for Gait, he said. While the Orange shot on goal 75% of the time, Moreno, who averages 8.79 saves a game, saved 12 of SU’s shots. Syracuse’s shooters tried to pick the corners but aimed too tight and worried the ball was going to miss, Gait said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUNC was the fourth team Syracuse faced this season ranked in the top-five with each of them coming down to the wire. No. 1 Boston College came from behind to over take the Orange. SU’s matchups against then-No. 2 Maryland and then-No. 4 Northwestern went into overtime. On Saturday, North Carolina was a different experience. There was no sizable lead to start the game from Syracuse. There was no trading goals, just North Carolina’s early dominance. Andrew Graham | Senior Staff WriterThe first 10 minutes of Syracuse’s games this season have been defined typically through high scoring on SU’s side and low scoring by the opponents. Even in SU’s largest loss of the season — 14-12 to No. 1 Boston College — the Orange held a four-goal lead in the first 10 minutes. Prior to Saturday, the Orange averaged 9.3 goals in the first half. Against UNC, it was a different story.In Syracuse’s second possession of the game, Levy shot wide but SU kept the ball. Then, Natalie Wallon ran toward the net but was surrounded by UNC players. Wallon fell as she was shooting and the ball flew high over the net but SU still held onto possession. The ball ended up in SU’s leading scorer’s stick net. Emily Hawryschuk ran past the goal and tried a side-armed shot but the ball couldn’t find nylon and the Tar Heels took over. When the first-half whistle blew, the Orange had just three goals.“We were getting the opportunities,” Levy said. “Their goalie was making saves, standing on our heads. She played phenomenal.”Where Syracuse struggled, UNC thrived. Both teams had 25 or more shots and Syracuse had more shots on goal than the Tar Heels, but North Carolina’s shots resulted in cheers more frequently than Syracuse.Near the start of the second half, and UNC up by two, Tayler Warehime received a pass from Katie Hoeg. Warehime caught the ball and bounced it in, past goalkeeper Asa Goldstock to push UNC’s lead to three. Less than a minute later, Warehime was in the same spot. Jamie Ortega passed it to her this time and Warehime scored. The next possession, Warehime netted a hat trick.Hawryschuk was one of the few players in dark blue capable of making her shots. She put Syracuse on the board to start, then put the Orange within one at the start of the game when Megan Carney passed the ball from behind the net to the junior. Hawryschuk caught, turned to shoot off a rebound and made it into the net.Hawryschuk’s success while her team struggled was “just taking the extra second to look and finish the shot.” Morgan Alexander was the only other player to score for SU, both scored off passes from SU players taking free position shots. As the game came to a close, Syracuse would have suffered its lowest point total since 2006. To remedy the low scoring, Sam Swart lined up for a free position attempt and passed to Alexander who scored her second of the game. But, with only a minute left and five more goals separating the two teams, the loss was inevitable. When the whistle blew, Syracuse walked off with its worst offensive performance of the season.“Sometimes you have an off day, sometimes you have a great day,” Levy said. “I think today our offense had an off day, I know I did, and I think (Moreno) was on today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Chelsea look to extend lead at EPL summit

first_imgThen at 4.00pm, two sides who are just a point clear of the relegation places meet as Swansea City take on last season’s Champions Leicester City. Leaders Chelsea will be looking to make it five games unbeaten when Antonio Conte’s side head to Burnley.Burnley, for their part, begin the day nine-points clear of the drop zone.Kick-off is at 1:30pm.last_img

Kalusha Bwalya prays for a favourable draw for champions Zambia

first_imgKalusha Bwalya, the president of Football Association of Zambia, sighed with relief when his country secured qualification to the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations with a fraught penalty-shootout win over Uganda, and now he’s confident they can defend their title in South Africa.Zambia won their first continental title at 2012 Gabon and Equatorial Guinea Africa Cup of Nations finals earlier this year, edging favourites Ivory Coast on penalties, but their participation in next year’s tournament in South Africa looked to be in jeopardy when they lost 1-0 to Uganda in Kampala in the second leg final qualifier to leave the match tied 1-1 in aggregate. The Chipolopolo, however, kept their nerve in the penalty shootout, and Bwalya conceded he was relieved to see Zambia take their place as one of the 15 finalists who join hosts South Africa in the final draw for next year’s tournament. “It would have been a travesty had we failed to make it to South Africa to defend our trophy,” Bwalya said in Durban ahead of Wednesday’s final draw. “I told the players that they needed to put everything into that final match against Uganda. Ultimately, we kept our nerve and we showed why we are champions by winning in the penalty shootout.”Zambia are among the seeded teams for Wednesday’s draw, which will take place at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in the coastal city of Durban, one of four hosts selected to host next year’s event. Bwalya is glad that his country, who will be in Group C, will avoid big guns such as Ivory Coast and Ghana. “It’s the first time ever that we are seeded and I’m happy with that. We will avoid the hosts (South Africa), Ghana and Ivory Coast – which are all tough teams. We won’t have added pressure as we attempt to defend this title. We played against Ghana in the semi-finals in Gabon and Ivory Coast in the final. It would be great to face teams we haven’t played in a while because that could be our motivation. It could lift our game because we don’t know much about those teams.” Bwalya though, conceded he doesn’t want to see Zambia in a tough group. “We don’t want a group of death, no. But having said that, every game is tough. We will have to be thoroughly prepared.” Zambia will be based at Mbombela/Nelspruit along with other Group C teams, which Bwalya welcomed. He and Zambia’s French coach, Herve Renard, have already viewed facilities at South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, of which Mbombela is the capital.“We went there with Herve, and that pitch looks good. It should enable us to play the kind of football we want. We always go for attacking, entertaining football, and that should help us attract fans. We want to emerge as southern Africa’s hope in this tournament. A lot of Zambians want to come to South Africa to support us and I envisage that we should be able to see about 10 000 of them at every one of our games. The weather at Mbombela is also almost the same as in Zambia, so it should suit us perfectly,” Bwalya said.last_img read more

Div One clubs thrilled with GN Bank sponsorship

first_imgDivision One League club owners and administrators have expressed delight with the sponsorship package for the National Division One League (DOL).The Ghana Football Association has officially signed a GHS 2.1 million sponsorship deal for three years with GN Bank, a local finance house, as the headline sponsor for the DOL.The lower league has over the past two years been without a major sponsor after Poly Tank’s deal elapsed. Okraku was one of many adminsitrators who said the timing of the deal could not have been any better, considering the huge financial pressure they have been under. The league kicks off this weekend, with opening matches honoured from February 20-22. Kurt Okraku, owner of Division One side Dreams FC says the sponsorship deal will relieve some burden off the 48 participating clubs.”We are happy that there is a corperate body in the structure of GN Bank coming into football,” he told Joy Sports.”We believe that the banking industry is so huge and it is an industry that must be tapped in and for GN Bank to take the first step is the step in the right direction.””For individual clubs including my own club it means a little [more] resource coming into our coffers for which our players can rest their minds…”last_img read more

Belgium friendly vs. Spain called off because of security concerns

first_imgBelgium and Spain have called off Tuesday’s friendly in Brussels because of security concerns.The Belgian football federation said the decision was made late on Monday after the government recommended that the game not be played.French authorities have identified a 27-year-old Belgian as the mastermind of the Paris attacks on Friday. His current whereabouts are unknown. A major police operation took place in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek on Monday, although it failed to yield any arrests related to the attacks.The Ministry of the Interior’s Crisis Center had raised the threat level earlier on Monday, recommending the cancellation of the match on its website.The Belgian FA released a statement indicating the decision was made in conjunction with its Spanish counterparts, and that it “deeply regretted” cancelling the match.It read: “In consultation with the competent authorities and the Spanish national team, the Belgian FA has decided to cancel the match. “At the very end of the evening the Belgian FA was contacted by the government, who made the recommendation not to play tomorrow’s match.”It is in the context of a new elevated terrorist alert and the current pursuit of a suspect.””We deeply regret that such a friendly match between two motivated teams has been cancelled so late and we understand the disappointment of many supporters.”However, taking into account the exceptional circumstances, we cannot take any security risk with players and fans.”Ticket holders will get more information about tickets in the course of this week.” Spain later also confirmed the scheduled friendly would not be played on Tuesday.In total, at least 129 people were killed in six attacks in the French capital. Two explosions went off outside Stade de France during the national team’s match against Germany, killing three people, while it was reported that one gunman tried to gain access to the match.France’s match against England at Wembley on Tuesday will go ahead as planned.The organiser for next summer’s European Championships Jacques Lambert said Euro 2016, which is to be staged in France, would continue as planned.”Wondering whether Euro 2016 must be cancelled is playing the game of the terrorists,” he told French radio station RTL on Sunday. “The risk went up one level in January, it has just gone higher. “We will take the necessary decisions for Euro 2016 to take place in the best safety conditions.”Security in stadiums works well, the risk is more in the streets, in spontaneous gatherings.”UEFA also confirmed the tournament would not be cancelled because of terrorist threats.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani says rehab going smoothly so far

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “So far things are going as planned,” Ohtani said. “No problems at all. But maybe once I start throwing, maybe I’ll start having some issues. But as of now, everything has been going well.”Ohtani said he might begin throwing by the end of spring training. When Ohtani starts throwing, that will slow his rehab as a hitter, because the Angels don’t want to introduce multiple new elements to his rehab at the same time.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TEMPE, Ariz. >> Although Shohei Ohtani isn’t expected to be able to play until May, a guy can dream.“As a baseball player, I would like to make it on opening day,” Ohtani said through his interpreter on Sunday morning. “That’s the thought, but I’m not going to rush myself.”Ohtani, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, would obviously like to beat the projected timeline that has him returning sometime in May.Ohtani has been taking swings at about 75 percent effort so far, but he has not hit a ball yet. He said he’s hoping he can begin hitting off a tee within a week.last_img read more

Will Clippers stand pat as potential trade targets come off the board?

first_imgMiami didn’t trade McGruder, but the Heat did waive him late last season in an effort to avoid a luxury tax. Was the good-natured guard feeling any sort of way about that entering Thursday’s matchup against his former team?“I want to win,” he said with a smile. “That’s the objective of the game, you know? You want to win and compete and I’m sure they want to do the same.”PAUL GEORGE’S NOSEPaul George said at shootaround Wednesday that he was still feeling the effects of having been elbowed in his nose by DeMar DeRozan in Monday’s victory over San Antonio.“It’s bad,” George said of his swollen nose. “Hopefully at some point, it’ll go down, but it’s bad right now.“It hurts. It’s hard to breathe a little bit, little stuffy from it. It’s a little pain, but I missed enough games, man, I’m gonna keep it rolling.” Miami started a lineup of Jimmy Butler, Kendrick Nunn, Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson and Kelly Olynyk (in place of the injured Meyers Leonard.) The Heat’s inactive list included forward Justise Winslow, who had played only 11 games this season because of injuries and was one of the players reportedly involved in the swap.A season ago, the Clippers did some heavy lifting at the trade deadline, dealing away Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, Boban Marjanovic, Avery Bradley and Mike Muscala (whom they’d just acquired for Harris, Scott and Marjanovic) in a series of moves. They brought in Landry Shamet, Ivica Zubac and JaMychal Green, as well as Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler and some key draft picks. And they waived Marcin Gortat.It all helped set the table for this past offseason, when they traded for Paul George and acquired Kawhi Leonard in free agency.And now, what did the Clippers have in store in the 18 hours between Doc Rivers’ regular pregame chat with the media on Wednesday and the deadline? In addition to Iguodala the Clippers also were said to have interest in Robert Covington (who was dealt to Houston) and Marcus Morris (for whom the New York Knicks were said to want Landry Shamet in return, an ask that Wojnarowski reported was a non-starter for the Clippers).And if a move is made, what might that do to the team’s fledgling continuity? That nebulous thing that’s developing in earnest at last as the Clippers enjoyed a fully healthy roster Thursday for just the fourth game all season? “I got a feeling it will be the same,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “but you just never know.”Times sure have changed, though, Rivers said.“This is a different generation,” said the 21st-year head coach, who played from 1983 to 1996. “We didn’t have social media, we didn’t have all this stuff. When we found out we got traded, Stan Kasten would call our house and you would say, ‘Hey, what’s Stan calling for?’ And he would tell you you’re traded.“But now everyone knows everything, there’s no secrets in the league. I would guess it’s a lot tougher on players now than it was 10 years ago for sure.”Clippers reserve guard Rodney McGruder said there isn’t much that players can do.“Control what you can control,” he said. “Whatever’s gonna happen, is gonna happen. You have no control over it, so just come out here, compete, stay focused, stay sharp and that’s all you can control.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ LOS ANGELES — It’s officially hang-onto-your-hat season in the NBA, with the trade deadline bearing down at noon PT on Thursday.As the Miami Heat prepared to face the Clippers on Wednesday at Staples Center, word came – via an Adrian Wojnarowski tweet – that veteran forward Andre Iguodala was on his way from Memphis to Miami, where he will receive a two-year, $30 million extension. He was said to be part of a three-team, multi-player deal that also includes Oklahoma City.The Clippers (and Lakers) reportedly were among the teams that coveted Iguodala, a three-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors.“I cannot discuss anything right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said minutes after notifications began chiming on phones of NBA followers everywhere. “This is all rumor. I’m just here to talk about the game. I’m the coach.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more