Lakers get Knicked in return to Staples

first_imgLakers coach Phil Jackson had warned his players that they couldn’t fall back on their 19-6 home record. The Lakers, however, now have lost three consecutive home games, dating back to games against Charlotte and San Antonio before the eight-game trip. The Lakers had a chance to win on the final possession but couldn’t get the ball to Bryant. Odom inbounded to Ronny Turiaf and got the ball back but wound up changing directions and missing an 18-footer over David Lee on a move to his left. Prior to that, Curry finished an alley-oop dunk with 7.1 seconds left off a Crawford pass. The Knicks were able to keep possession after Richardson missed a 3-pointer as Lee grabbed an offensive rebound and passed it back outside to Crawford, who fed Curry. Odom went scoreless in the first half and finished with 12points, 10 rebounds and four assists. The Lakers took a 104-103 lead as Bryant drove into a crowd of Knicks and was fouled by Richardson. Bryant made both free throws. LOS ANGELES – So much for the Lakers returning to Staples Center and the comforts of home after their two-week road trip. So much for things being different against the New York Knicks with Kobe Bryant on the court instead of serving a suspension. The end result Tuesday night was another crushing late-game loss for the Lakers. They returned home only to fall 107-106 to the Knicks, extending their season-long losing streak to four games. It was a victory that had Knicks fan Spike Lee running down the courtside seats to celebrate in front of Lakers fan Denzel Washington. The difference was an Eddy Curry alley-oop dunk and a Lamar Odom missed jumper in the last 10 seconds. Bryant finished with 31 points while the Knicks got 24 from Curry and 19 each from Quentin Richardson and Jamal Crawford. They made the plays late and the Lakers dropped another game to a team with a losing record. center_img Curry bowled over Smush Parker for a basket at the other end but Bryant drilled a jumper to push the Lakers in front 106-105 with 29.9 seconds to play. That set up the game’s fateful possession, the alley-oop from Crawford to Curry. for the first time since Jan. 28, with 59.5 seconds remaining 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fit again, Timbe dreams of AFCON success

first_imgFit again, the Chinese based winger hopes he can make up for time lost with a robust display at the Cup of Nations which kick off on June 21 in Cairo, Egypt.“I am thankful to be back. It was a tough period but I had a good team behind me. I have been working hard for the past few months and I am delighted to be back and playing. I had planned the surgery well to ensure that I would be back for AFCON and I have been working on my fitness for the last two months now,” Timbe told Capital Sport.“It was tough not only for me but my family and the national team as well. For a player it is agonizing being out for such a period of time but that is now behind me and I am focused now to bring in good results for the team,” he further added.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne explains a point as winger Ayub Timbe listens in during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTimbe is working with head coach Sebastien Migne for the first time and the Frenchman’s work ethic, belief and confidence in him has already rubbed in well.“I have enjoyed so far because I have been here for like three days. He is a very good coach who insists on discipline and hard work and it has not been tough getting along with him because we believe in the same things,” Timbe noted.His focus is solely on the Cup of Nations where Kenya hopes to make it into the round of 16 at least and Timbe believes with the current group of players, it is possible to achieve the feat.“I believe that everything is possible. Our motto now is ‘yes we can’ and if we believe in ourselves, go there and show mentality we can achieve anything. Everyone is giving their best and everyone is focused,”Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe watches on during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are all looking forward to it because the coaches have done their job on the group that we are in and the players as well have shown that they want to do this. I believe getting out of the group to the knockout round is something we can achieve,” he added further.Stars will be boosted with is return especially in attack, an area that Migne has time and again stated he would want improvement.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe gestures during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPARIS, France, Jun 7, 2019 – Ayub Timbe played only one of Harambee Stars’ 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification matches, the 2-1 loss against Sierra Leone in Free Town on Match Day One, but he has returned to the team with a dream of playing a pivotal role in its success.Timbe was suspended for three matches following his sending off in that game, but just before he was eligible to return, picked up an injury that sidelined him for six months after surgery.last_img read more