Clippers seek 'kill mentality' as playoffs near

Clippers seek 'kill mentality' as playoffs near

Inside a quiet, victorious Clippers locker room at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, the phrase tossed around late Thursday night was “kill mentality.”

And the question was whether or not the Clippers have it.

They didn’t show it against the depleted Suns. Or in a loss in which they blew an 18-point lead to Sacramento, or in a loss to Dallas in which the Clippers let a winnable game get away, or much at all lately as the regular season edges to its conclusion.

The playoffs are about two weeks away for the Clippers and the thought of Thursday night was whether the team could summon a kill mentality at will.


Published at Sat, 01 Apr 2017 01:55:00 +0000

Angels getting used to the new LED lights at Angel Stadium

It’s normal for batters to chit-chat with the opposing team’s first baseman after a hit or a walk, but C.J. Cron of the Angels found it peculiar when the same topic kept coming up in conversations with Dodgers players in the first game of the Freeway Series in Angel Stadium on Thursday night.

“When they got to first, all the Dodgers were saying, ‘When did you guys switch to cream-colored pants?’ ” Cron said before Friday night’s game. “I’m like, ‘We didn’t, but we have new lights, and they’re trying to figure these things out.’ ”

The Angels this winter joined a growing list of major league teams to install a new LED lighting system, which is expected to improve visibility, reduce glare and shadows on the field and lower maintenance costs and energy usage.

The Seattle Mariners were the first team to install LED lights in 2015. The Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Houston Astros installed LED lights in 2016, and the Baltimore Orioles did so this season.


Published at Sat, 01 Apr 2017 01:50:00 +0000