Tipp selector says next two games are ‘crucial’

first_imgThis Sunday the Premier County will travel to Brewster Park to take on Fermanagh with a home game against Clare to come the following weekend. There are 2 changes to Peter Creedon’s team for their Round 3 match.Robbie Kiely of Carbery Rangers returns from his one match suspension and takes over at left half back for the injured Donagh Leahy, while Borrisokane’s Philip Austin comes in at wing forward for the injured Brian Fox. And Tipp’s Michael O’Loughlin says it’s vital his side can secure four points against Fermanagh and Clare. O’Loughlin says retaining possesion will be key to Tipp’s approach.Coach Michael McGeehan will take Peter Creedon’s place on the sidelines for this weekends game. Creedon became the first manager to be hit with a touchline ban after his criticism of Meath referee David Coldrick in Tipp’s first round defeat to Armagh. The game at Brewster Park, Enniskillen throws-in at 2 o’clock on Sunday and we’ll have live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Ormond Tiles, Summerhill, Nenagh and Larkins Gala Store, Ballina.last_img read more

DeAndre Jordan is rising star for Clippers, even if he doesn’t agree

first_imgHe is averaging 2.45 blocked shots with a previous high of 2.0.His 10.4 scoring average is also a career-high, and though offense is where he is least lethal statistically, don’t think those monster lob-fed dunks don’t wreak havoc on opponents.Jordan also leads the NBA in field goal percentage at 67.4. He could become only the third player in history to lead the league in rebounding and field goal percentage. Wilt Chamberlain (8 times) and Dwight Howard are the others.Other than that, he hasn’t done a thing.“You talk about so many different awards for so many different people, I think DJ is a guy who should be up for Most Improved, who should be up for Defensive Player of the Year, all that different type of stuff,” teammate Chris Paul said. “He’s gotta get something.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DeAndre Jordan stood just off the court at the Clippers training facility in Playa Vista on Saturday. He was told by a reporter that he’s approaching star status.“Ah, man,” he said, humbly.Consider all of this: The 6-foot-11 center is averaging a league-high 13.8 rebounds even though his best average in five previous seasons was 8.3 in 2011-12. Last season he averaged 7.2.Think about that for a second.center_img What Jordan is getting is respect for the season he’s having.“I think it’s just his presence,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I mean, you just know he’s a winner. And he’s doing all the right things. You can see he’s taking a vocal role on defense and really rallying the guys around him.”It is the defense Jordan is playing that seems to stir this wonderful brew. That’s the way Doc Rivers sees it.“Yeah, yeah, I think that’s where he found himself,” said Rivers, in his first season coaching Jordan and the Clippers. “I think most bigs get confused on who they are. I guarantee you, go to a high school gym now and some coach is trying to teach the guy how to shoot a hook shot like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not realizing the only guy who can shoot a hook shot like Jabbar, is Jabbar. No one has done it again.“And then they realize, ‘Maybe he should be a defensive player.’ And so I think DJ on his own, he’s kind of figured out who he is and how he can be a great player. He’s doing it and he’s chasing it. It’s been great for us. We get the benefit of what he’s found, but it’s just maturity that he’s found himself.”Teammate Jamal Crawford is amazed at Jordan’s defensive prowess.“He’s the Defensive Player of the Year,” Crawford said. “He’s unbelievable. I mean, sometimes we’ll get beat and we’ll look up in the air, and we know he’s there. I mean, it’s not a good thing to have, but I guess it is a good thing to have in that respect. I think his impact on defense has been as good or better than anyone else in the league.”It was only last season that Jordan was criticized by then-Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro for basically not being the dominant player he should be on a consistent basis.Growing up was somewhat responsible.“I guess maturity was part of it,” said Jordan, just 25.But Jordan also heaped kudos upon Rivers for helping him become the shot-blocking, rebounding force that he is.“Doc and the rest of our coaching staff, they’ve instilled a lot of confidence and trust in me to go out there and excel,” Jordan said. “But our defense has put me in the right situation, and I’m just taking advantage of it, that’s all.”You could tell Jordan wanted to get deeper into what Rivers has meant to his metamorphosis, if you will. And he did, even shedding that humbleness for just a few seconds.“Man, I feel like I’ve taken great strides this year,” Jordan said. “Doc, he means the world to me, to be honest. I respect him as a coach, as a man. He just makes you want to run through a brick wall for him. That’s what he puts in everybody.“And it’s not just because the way he talks, it’s how he looks at you in the eyes so you know that it’s something that he really believes in. And everybody has that extra fire because of that.”It’s difficult to measure what Jordan has meant to the Clippers, a team with the third-best record (55-23) in the Western Conference ahead of Wednesday night’s big home game against Oklahoma City.But superstar? Not yet, Jordan said.“We’ll see,” he said. “I mean, we’ve gotta win first.”It seems the Clippers already have.last_img read more