When the Clippers took on the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at Staples Center, they were coming off a high-charged come-from-behind 103-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.It was one of the two biggest victories of the season for the Clippers, the other coming Feb. 18 over San Antonio, when they walloped the visiting Spurs 105-86.When the Clippers roared to a 17-point lead over the Hawks early in the second quarter, it appeared there was no letdown from the win over OKC, as big as it was. It had moved the Clippers within a game of the third-place Thunder in the Western Conference standings. Then, just like that, the Clippers played poorly and the Hawks took full advantage by defeating them 107-97.Coach Doc Rivers was surprised that his team checked out the way it did. Rivers isn’t sure if that discord will be as prominent as it was in November.“I have no idea,” he said. “That’s really on them. For us, it should be another game, but I’m sure the crowd will remember forever. But I don’t think it’s going to be as big of a deal as it was the first time.”Jordan apparently doesn’t give a darn.“It was just another game the first game,” he said. “I really don’t care about it anymore.”The Mavericks are in sixth-place in the West.Mbah a Moute updateRivers isn’t certain when forward Luc Mbah a Moute will return. He suffered a lacerated eyelid during the team’s 105-95 victory over Brooklyn on Feb. 29 and missed the subsequent two games against Oklahoma City and Atlanta.“His eye, it’s a tough injury and there is no timetable set for it,” Rivers said. “I don’t know he’ll be back soon. … He has to wear glasses, his eye is basically, so it’s not good.”Rivers said he doesn’t expect Mbah a Moute will play on the two-game roadie.Scouting the MavericksDallas took a record of 33-19 into its game Sunday at Denver. The Mavericks are being led by forward Dirk Nowitzki, who is averaging 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Point guard Deron Williams is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 assists and center Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.5 rebounds per game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “That was an emotional game, just because of the way it ended,” he said of the OKC game. “But we had a day off and had a very good practice (Friday). I thought we were going to be really good. I thought the practice was what we saw in the first 12 minutes and then it went away from us.”The Clippers (40-21), who now play Monday night at Dallas and Wednesday night in Oklahoma City in what should be a heck of a rematch, committed an uncharacteristic 19 turnovers Saturday.Encore return In heading to Dallas, the Clippers and center DeAndre Jordan figure to have more hate heaped upon them than usual because of all the drama that happened over the summer, when Jordan backed out on a verbal deal to sign with the Mavericks, only to re-sign with the Clippers.This will be the Clippers’ second trip to Dallas since then; they lost there 118-108 on Nov. 11. There were lots of insults hurled Jordan’s way, and some not-so-flattering signs.
0Shares0000Mohamed Salah got his account up and running as Egypt made it two wins from two © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 27 – Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts Egypt secured a place in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.Ahmed Elmohamady prodded Egypt ahead on 25 minutes after a wicked Salah cross and the Liverpool star slammed in a second shortly before half-time to spark frenzied celebrations at a packed Cairo International Stadium. Record seven-time champions Egypt rode their luck at times as DR Congo twice struck the crossbar in the first half but the Group A leaders held firm to join Nigeria as the first teams through to the knockout phase.Egypt overcame the distraction of Amr Warda being banished from the squad earlier in the day over mounting sexual harassment allegations. The claims surfaced earlier this week on social media platforms. Multiple women posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments.“I think the team is strong and the squad is strong but we are not happy to lose a member of our family,” said coach Javier Aguirre. “The team focused more on our match and played the 90 minutes in a serious manner. I don’t think the Egyptian team will be affected by the absence of anyone.”Mexican Aguirre fielded the same side that defeated Zimbabwe 1-0, with centre-back Ahmed Hegazy sporting a mask after breaking his nose in the opening game of the tournament.Salah was guilty of missing a hatful of chances in the curtain-raiser and this season’s Premier League joint top scorer again threatened inside five minutes here when an interception broke his way only for the Egyptian to skew wide under pressure.After four days of small crowds, another capacity 75,000 crowd turned out to cheer on the hosts in the capital, but they were nearly silenced when Marcel Tisserand slammed against the bar at a corner.– Salah takes over –DR Congo came to Egypt as one of the most unpredictable qualifiers having finished third in 2015 only to make a timid quarter-final exit two years ago, and they fell behind for the second straight game as Elmohamady forced home after the ball fell kindly to him following an aerial challenge with Christian Luyindama.Having created the opener with his vicious right-wing cross, Salah then stung the palms of Ley Matampi with a powerful 25-yard free-kick.Egypt would be rescued by the woodwork once more though when a deep cross was nodded back across goal by Bokadi Bope and Jonathan Bolingi’s looping header bounced back off the bar.With his side riding their luck, Salah rose to the occasion and settled Egyptian nerves two minutes before half-time with a typically brilliant finish.Mohamed Salah scored his 40th international goal for Egypt © AFP / Khaled DESOUKIPlayed into space down the right by Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Salah skipped inside Tisserand and ripped a crisp low drive inside Matampi’s near post to cue a volcanic eruption from the masses of delirious Egyptian supporters.Mohamed El Shenawy produced an excellent sprawling second-half save to claw out a Jacques Maghoma header, but despite an improvement on a horror first outing, DR Congo now know they must beat Zimbabwe in their final game in order to possibly advance as one of the four best third-place finishers.“The feelings are mixed when you play such a match. Unfortunately we lost so the feeling is one of hurt, particularly for my players. They gave a lot and fought hard but didn’t get the result,” said DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge, whose side fell 2-0 to Uganda in their opening match.“We’ve got one match left against Zimbabwe and we can hope for third place. We’re going to fight until the end.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)