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Tipp footballers have the edge heading into Championship

first_imgTipperary football selector Shane Stapleton says the Premier County has ‘momentum’ heading into their Munster Senior Football Championship tie with Waterford.Tipp secured their place in Division 3 of the Allianz National League last weekend.The Premier County will next take on the Deise at the end of May. Shane Stapleton says the standard of most of the performances in the league means there’s reason to be optimistic heading into that match…last_img

Clippers ride bench to Game 2 win over Trail Blazers

first_imgUsing Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Cole Aldrich, Wesley Johnson and Jeff Green, Rivers defied the logic that suggests he keep one of his stars on the floor at all times.The gamble paid off, with the bench doubling the lead in the first half and helping give the Clippers a comfortable cushion in the second.Paul led the Clippers with 25 points, adding six rebounds and five assists. J.J. Redick scored 17 points, Griffin had 12 and DeAndre Jordan, although he scored just three points, grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds and had five assists.Crawford, who was presented with his record third Sixth Man of the Year trophy pregame, wasn’t the only scoring punch off the bench.While he led the reserves with 11 points, three others scored at least eight, including Aldrich, who also grabbed seven rebounds. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were at the scorer’s table, ready to check in Wednesday night and try and close out Game 2. These are the players Rivers trusts most, part of the core that’s been through so many playoff battles together.But his eyes and his gut told him he should wait.He did it in the first half too, choosing to roll with his maligned all-bench lineups for critical minutes. And, it worked.The bench, once a weakness that defined the Clippers’ struggles under Rivers, dominated the game, helping the Clippers get a 102-81 win and a 2-0 lead in their series with the Trail Blazers. The bench’s success, a product of a nearly season-long process, is a sign that maybe this Clipper team is actually in a different place than past year’s editions.Before Game 2, Rivers, who insisted he wasn’t thinking further ahead than the game his team was about to play, didn’t mind looking back at the Clipper teams he had in the past two seasons.That group had a pair of brutal postseason conclusions that are just worse than normal losses.The pain from the Oklahoma City loss, from the Houston collapse, that was from deeper cuts than usual, Rivers said.“Ours felt like they were tougher the last two years and I think that’s kind of made us grow,” he said.Whether or not the Clippers truly learned anything is still to be determined.Three years ago, the team lost four straight after going up 2-0 over Memphis. Last season, the Clippers learned that a 3-1 series lead is worthless without the fourth win.Wednesday, they played like a team with a sense of urgency despite winning the series’ first game easily.The Clippers got out to a great start, hitting their first four shots including a pair of Redick 3s. Even though the shooting cooled down, the second unit opened up a lead that would grow to as many as 15.Portland, predictably, would fight back, especially with both teams struggling to put the ball in the basket. Jordan, who misses less than 30 percent of the time, missed three of his four shots.Blake Griffin, who dominated around and above the rim in Gmae 1, was grounded until a monster dunk in the fourth quarter.But the bench and the Clipper backcourt, Paul and Redick, were more than enough.Portland’s Damian Lillard scored 17 points, but was held to 6-of-22 shooting. The Clipper reserves outscored Portland’s 43-8. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more