Lakers show trust in Anthony Davis playing through ankle soreness

first_imgPreviousAtlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter, right, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, left, battle for the ball during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) drives past Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. Los Angles won 101-96.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks forward Jabari Parker (5) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. The block was called a foul but was overturned on a coach’s challenge. Curtis Compton/[email protected]/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James gives his shoes to fans in the crowd after defeating the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives past Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel reacts after a foul in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, pushes Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young out of the way as he prepares to grab a jump ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish (22) drives between Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (11) and Jared Dudley (10) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel reacts after a foul in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. Los Angles won 101-96.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. Los Angles won 101-96.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s shoes are shown in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. Los Angles won 101-96.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is shown against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. Los Angles won 101-96.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, bottom, and Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len, top, battle for a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, center, pulls down a rebound against Atlanta Hawks forward Bruno Fernando (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) passes the ball as Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish (22) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter, right, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, left, battle for the ball during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) drives past Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. Los Angles won 101-96.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) drives past Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. Los Angles won 101-96.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)ExpandATLANTA — The natural reaction was to wince.Anthony Davis landed awkwardly on his right foot, which twisted underneath him. While he’s no stranger to hitting the deck, there were a few terrible seconds for the Lakers when he grabbed his leg while grimacing on his back.Eventually, Davis was pulled up, and walked it off, playing the remaining 4:14, but he had a heavy limp for the rest of the game, a 101-96 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Even as he made critical, game-closing plays such as a block of Trae Young, every other step seemed to drag just enough to keep some dread hanging over the affair.Afterward, Davis said he was “a little sore” as his right foot rested in an ice bath. The Lakers said no X-ray had been taken, and called it “ankle soreness.” The person who made the call to stay in the game seemed to be Davis. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The way the Lakers really attempt to pull back James’ workload is through his minutes, which are at a career low 34.7 per game. On Sunday, even as the Hawks were threatening, James got a fourth-quarter break which has become standard procedure. He played slightly above his average at over 36 minutes, but the Lakers have no strong desire to overwhelm him in a game when he doesn’t need to play every second.“My line of demarcation is play him as little as possible to get the win. And just try to keep a smart number in mind,” Vogel said. “Obviously there’s times when we’re going to go over it but I think if I can get him averaging 34 minutes I think that would probably be the ideal situation.”Davis had a hitch in his step but walked out of the locker room without too much trouble in gleaming white sneakers. While teammates hoped more bad injury news wouldn’t arrive, they trusted Davis’ judgement.“We might find out it could be worse, I don’t want to say it — but he’s a player,” Rajon Rondo said. “Adrenaline is the craziest drug in the world and when you’re out there, fans, close game, pretty sure he’s not going to pull himself out.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He’s said he’s good so we leave him in there,” Frank Vogel said. “Doesn’t go any further than that.”Davis said he tried to play the game “off adrenaline,” hoping that he could deal with pain later. While the result helped validate the choice, it poked at a question that’s been hanging over the Lakers (and the NBA at large) so far this season: When can stars make such calls, and how do teams balance short-term needs with long-term goals?This manifested in a related question on Sunday night, as LeBron James began the day questionable with elbow soreness, and dropped on a flight from Columbus after watching his son play in a nationally televised high school game on Saturday. In a league that seems to be hedging toward resting players more often, James’ goal is to play as long as he’s healthy enough to play.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “ I mean, unless we’re getting to like late in the season and we’ve clinched and we can’t get any better or any worse, it could benefit from that but why wouldn’t I play if I’m healthy?,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense to me, personally.”That sits well with the Lakers, whose 24-3 start has been powered by James. While Vogel said the staff looks for opportunities for James “to recharge his batteries,” they’ll respect his word when he says he’s ready to play. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

U.S. forces suffer deadliest day since Nov. 2

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Five U.S. Marines were killed in fighting with al-Qaida-led insurgents near the Syrian border and an Army soldier died of wounds suffered in Baghdad, making Wednesday the second deadliest day for American forces in Iraq this month. Eleven other Marines were wounded Wednesday in Obeidi, 185 miles northwest of Baghdad, according to a New York Times reporter traveling with U.S. forces. A U.S. Marine statement confirmed the five deaths but made no mention of wounded. The statement also said 16 insurgents were confirmed killed in the fighting. Elsewhere, a soldier from the Army’s Task Force Baghdad died Wednesday of wounds suffered the day before when a roadside bomb exploded northwest of the capital on the previous day, the U.S. command said. Three other soldiers were killed Tuesday in a roadside bombing in the same area. But it was unclear if the soldier who died Wednesday was injured in the same attack. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The six deaths made Wednesday the deadliest day for American forces in Iraq since Nov. 2, when seven service members died in four separate attacks. At least 51 U.S. service members have already died in Iraq this month. For the Marines, it was the worst single-day loss since they launched an offensive Nov. 5 to push al-Qaida-led insurgents from a series of towns along the Euphrates River used by foreign fighters to slip into the country from Syria. A Marine statement did not give any details of the Wednesday losses, and names of the victims were withheld pending notification of their families. They were assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2 of the 2nd Marine Division. However, the Times’ embedded reporter said an explosion occurred as a squad entered a farm house in Obeidi. Insurgents then racked survivors and rescuers with small arms and grenade fire before other Marines could recover the dead and wounded and kill the attackers, the newspaper said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bus Feda – now cheaper when you book online

first_imgIn their relentless effort to continuously improve their service and customer experience, Bus Feda have recently launched a new bespoke online ticketing system.Since the 1st August, it is now cheaper to travel with Bus Feda if you book your ticket online.It is still possible to pay for your tickets on board, but they will be slightly more expensive. Online tickets can be bought on their website at www.busfeda.ie and either printed before travel or can be presented to the driver via a smartphone or a similar device.They have also recently introduced two new 191 registered Volvo coaches to operate their twice-daily route between Donegal and Galway.Both vehicles are equipped with free Wi-Fi, individual USB charging points at each seat, air conditioning, reclining Brusa seats, not to mention their friendly and good looking drivers. Brian O Donnell Managing director at Bus Feda said: “The introduction of this online booking facility is our latest step to improving our customers’ travel experience.“This facility allows passengers to book tickets from anywhere in the world day or night and is especially suited to people wishing to use credit or debit cards for payment.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for using our service between Donegal and Galway over the last 35 years and hope to continue serving the people of the West Coast for many years to come.”For anyone looking for more information or to purchase your next online ticket, you can visit www.busfeda.ie.Bus Feda has also confirmed that they will continue to deliver to the main accommodation areas in Galway, Sligo and Letterkenny on their late Sunday night services.This invaluable service will take some of the worries away from parents in knowing that their kids will be dropped to the main accommodation spots near their college or university. It also saves students money by cutting out the need for a taxi when they arrive late at night.Brian O Donnell added: “The late Sunday evening departure from Donegal is still our most popular departure as it allows students to spend all day at home ensuring they get “The Dinner” before their journey back to college.The fact they are delivered so close to their accommodation on this service makes it very appealing to parents and students alike”.If you or anyone you know is going to 3rd level in NUIG, GMIT, ITSligo, St Angela’s or LYIT, visit www.busfeda.ie or call 074 9548114 to arrange your travel. Bus Feda – now cheaper when you book online was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace ace Zaha flattered by Chinese interest

first_imgCrystal Palace ace Zaha flattered by Chinese interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha admits he’s flattered by interest from China.It’s been claimed Dalian Yifang have offered Zaha, 26, a four-year contract worth £44m.”It is flattering, but it does not distract me because I have a job here to focus on,” the Ivory Coast international told Sky Sports.”I do not involve myself in things outside the plan.”Zaha’s contract runs to 2023. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoTraore thinks Wolves have advantage over Braga

first_imgTraore thinks Wolves have advantage over Bragaby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says the club have the edge over Braga ahead of their Europa League clash on Thursday.The Premier League club have a massive Portuguese contingent, including coach Nuno Espirito Santo.And Traore thinks the knowledge of Portuguese football will work in Wolves’ favour.He said: “The coach comes from Portuguese football and so do many of our players.”We know about Portuguese football, we know the Portuguese culture.”They know the players and the league, and they have played teams like Braga many times before.”We will accept any help we can as we attempt to keep moving forward to become a better team.”It has to help that we know so much about them and they don’t know so much about us.”It’s the same for me if I play a Spanish team – I come from there and I know their mentality.”That has to help if you know the mentality of your opponent, and how he wants to play.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Man faces charges for making and selling fake transit passes in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary police have charged a man after a lengthy investigation led to the discovery of more than $1 million in fake transit passes.The year-long investigation involved nine search warrants and eventually led to arrest of a 31-year-old Calgary man.The police investigation started on June 28, 2017, when Calgary Transit’s peace officers noticed an increasing number of high-quality, forged UPASS stickers.UPASS stickers are transit passes available only to post-secondary students.Officers located the stickers online and identified a suspect, who used fake names, different phone numbers and multiple ads to conceal who he was.A package of 3,300 fake stickers — worth $1.3 million to Calgary Transit — was then intercepted by Canadian Border Services Agency in January 2018.Police say the stickers were professionally printed in China and addressed to the suspect.Authorities say the suspect sold about $34,000 worth of fraudulent stickers between May 2015 and January 2018.David Philip Smerd, 31, has been charged with making forged documents, fraud over $5,000 and uttering forged documents.He is to appear in court on Sept. 10.last_img read more