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Lakers’ Jeremy Lin is on post-All-Star break roll, gives thanks to ‘God’

first_img“I still plan on starting him sometime before the season’s over,” said Scott, whose team Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. will play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder (35-27). “I don’t know if it’s going to be next week or the week after. But I like the way he’s playing right now.“I like the three-guard rotation we have with him and Wayne (Ellington) and JC (Jordan Clarkson). They all seem to be playing very effectively at certain points and times in games.”Lin on Saturday after practice spoke in spiritual tones when assessing his recent success.“Just trying to surrender my basketball and the results to God even more and … the more I can do that, the more I can have a clear mind, a free mind, just go out there and have fun, stay aggressive and not worry too much about the results as much as I may want to at times,” he said.Lin said that getting more minutes lately has been beneficial. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’ve always been kind of a guy who scores in waves, scores in streaks and sometimes being out there a little longer helps you get your rhythm,” he said.Lin, of course, would welcome that start Scott is talking about. His hallway neighbors, the Clippers, have two players who prefer coming off the bench — Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes. Crawford gets his wish, Barnes doesn’t.Judging by Lin’s response to such an inquiry, he’s not like those two.“You’re asking me if I want to start?” Lin said. “Any athlete wants to start. Me included, yes.”Coach’s smiling faceScott was reminded that he was wearing a big smile following Friday’s 101-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center. And why not? For a team that is 16-41, winning three games in succession is a big deal.“The last three games have been great, especially in the fourth quarter,” Scott said, “and just happy with the progress that our guys are making when the process is going well. There is no reason not to smile.”Scott said that he’s starting to see some of what he wants.“I’m seeing a lot of it, the competitive nature of our guys, the way we come out and compete, how hard they’ve been playing,” Scott said.Scott said he’s also pleased with the way his players have adapted to recent defensive changes that include keeping teams off-balance by going from full-court press to zone to man-to-man.AlsoPoint guard Russell Westbrook leads the Thunder with a 26.5 scoring average and has been on a tear, but he’s expected to be out for Sunday’s game after having surgery on his cheekbone on Saturday. Westbrook was accidentally kneed in the face by teammate Andre Roberson on Friday at Portland. OKC, eighth in the Western Conference standings, will be without reigning MVP Kevin Durant (foot) as well. … Scott said forward Nick Young’s left knee is still experiencing swelling and soreness and he will be out against the Thunder. He has missed the past two games. … Reserve power forward Tarik Black has played just four minutes in the past three games, not at all the past two. Scott said he likes his rotation right now, but that he expects to get Black back in there with “10, 15, 20 games left in the season.”center_img It’s been an up-and-down season for Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin.The biggest downer came when coach Byron Scott took him out of the starting lineup in early December. Right now he is experiencing one of his better highs as he’s averaging 16.2 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 47.8 percent from the field in 26.7 minutes off the bench in four games since the All-Star break.Lin also has had just two turnovers in those four games, of which the Lakers have won the past three — matching their longest winning streak of the season.Scott likes what he’s seeing, and Lin may well get a start soon.last_img read more

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Massive win for B’dos Pride

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):A dominant Barbados Pride flexed their muscle as they blitzed Combined Campuses and Colleges by 200 runs on Wednesday night, to remain unbeaten in the Regional Super50.Behind Test batsman Roston Chase’s top score of 76, the hosts stormed to 294 all out off their 50 overs at Kensington Oval before left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (three for 25) spun a web around Marooners to send them tumbling for a meagre 94 all out off 36.2 overs.The victory was the fourth straight for Pride, propelling them to 17 points and to a healthy lead in Group B, while the defeat for Marooners was their second, leaving them on eight points.Opting to bat first, Pride’s innings revolved around Chase’s enterprise, but opener Kraigg Brathwaite stroked 44, left-hander Jonathan Carter, 40, and opener Anthony Alleyne, 39, to lend support.Brathwaite and Alleyne provided the foundation with an 86-run, first wicket stand which carried Pride near the halfway stage of the innings.When they batted, Marooners slumped to 17 for three in the 11th over and never really recovered despite Mohan’s top score of 29 and Amir Jangoo’s 23.Captain and fast bowler Jason Holder (2-14) started the rot when he removed Kyle Corbin for one to a leg-side catch by wicketkeeper Hope at four for one in the fourth over and then had Aaron Jones caught at first slip by Benn in the sixth over (0) with two runs added.Captain Jamal Smith then edged fast bowler Kemar Roach to Benn at slip in the 11th over to fall for six, to leave Marooners in turmoil.last_img read more

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Timmer Repeats As MVC Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of Year; Four Bulldogs Named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams

first_imgHe has seven 20-point games this season with four of them coming in conference play, which included a season-high 28 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 4-of-7 from the arc in a win over Evansville. Just a junior, Timmer already ranks in the top 10 in career scoring at Drake and is second among active Valley players in career scoring. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, he has twice been named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week this season and seven times in his career. Timmer is the fourth MVC student-athlete to have earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year plaudits twice, joining Kent Williams of Southern Illinois (2002, 2003); Neil Plank of Illinois State (2005, 2006) and Colt Ryan of Evansville (2012, 2013). Woodward was joined on the second team by sophomore Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.). McGlynn, who has a 3.57 GPA as a digital media production major, has started 19 games this season and all but one MVC game. He is averaging 5.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s win at Missouri State and scored a career-high 12 points in the win over Loyola. Junior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) was named to the Scholar-Athlete second team thanks to his 3.34 GPA as a marketing major. On the court, Woodward averaged 8.5 points per game in MVC competition with 2.0 assists per game. Woodward closed the regular season on an extremely strong note, averaging 15.5 points per game while shooting 15-of-24 from the three-point arc in the final four games of the regular season to earn the second Scholar-Athlete honor of his career. C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) added to the Bulldogs’ representation on the Scholar-Athlete teams by earning honorable mention accolades. Rivers is averaging 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 17.4 minutes per game of action. The journalism major with a 3.32 GPA has had three double-figure games this season including narrowly missing a career high with 12 points in games against Fresno State and DePaul. In the win over Indiana State, he had a career-high nine assists in just 17 minutes with seven points and five rebounds. Earlier in the season, he early had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against South Dakota State. Drake four’s MVC Scholar-Athlete Team members will be in action Thursday, March 2, evening as they begin play in the MVC Tournament. The Bulldogs face Bradley at 8:30 p.m. inside the Scottrade Center. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A league-high four Drake Bulldogs earned a spot on the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete teams and junior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) was named the Enterprise Bank & Trust MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday, March 2. Timmer, who sports a 3.48 cumulative grade point average while majoring in pharmacy, is fourth in the MVC in scoring a 15.4 points per game, third in free-throw percentage, and 11th in three-pointers per game. Timmer has scored in double figures in 26 of the Bulldogs’ 30 games and has led Drake in scoring in 16 of those contests. Timmer also earned a spot on the MVC’s Scholar-Athlete First Team as one of four Bulldogs to earn Scholar-Athlete honors. The Bulldogs’ total doubled the total of the next closest program and accounted for 33.3 percent of all Scholar-Athlete Team selections.last_img read more

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