Decisive loss to Golden State raises familiar questions for Clippers

first_imgDeAndre Jordan was trying to shake things up inside but, as usual, the Clippers somehow had trouble finding his large presence in the lane.Meanwhile, the Warriors managed to be clinicians on a night when they missed 23 of 30 3-pointers and Steph Curry was 0-for-8 from the 3-point line. It didn’t matter because they were not only on the same page, they were reciting the same poem, in perfect iambic pentameter. Their 42 field goals featured 32 assists. They had 24 in the first half with 21 assists.“They make you guard them for 24 seconds,” Jordan said. “You can’t have any lapses. We didn’t guard them the way they guarded us.”“They always play the same,” Jamal Crawford said. “We had them down a couple of times last year. We were up 10 at their place with six minutes left and they won the game. We were up 23 or 24 here. They didn’t panic and won that game. it’s that free kind of style. Obviously they’ve mastered it. I wouldn’t say they have a mental edge on us, but they’re comfortable. Not just against us but everybody.”And, yeah, the Warriors are the team that launched thousands of NBA League Pass subscriptions because of their gorgeous style, which even included Javale McGee, the Shaqtin-the-Fool All-Star, making a pretty feed to Andre Igoudala.But when you see them in person, you’re more struck by their defense. Curry had seven steals, and Golden State hassled the Clippers into 39.6 percent shooting. They already lead the NBA in deflections, and their team-wide length shrinks the court impressively, and that’s without Andrew Bogut, the rim guardian whom they let go to Dallas in free agency.“There’s no confusion in what they do defensively,” Crawford said. “They switch everything. It keeps a body on a body. Obviously it’s not always ideal because you can end up with a smaller body on a bigger body. Any pin-down, any pick and roll, they’re switching it.“They’re aggressive. They try to take away your air space. They contest you and say, ‘Hey, make a play.’ It’s effective.”Golden State coach Steve Kerr pointed to those defensive numbers and to 11 turnovers, low for a team that can lean on its own manual dexterity a bit too hard sometimes.“My message to the guys is that if we take care of the ball like that and if we defend like that,” Kerr said, “we have a chance to beat any team anywhere, even a good team like this on the road.”We knew that already. Golden State is 19-3. It has an .854 winning percentage in the regular season since Kerr took over in the fall of 2014, and it has not lost back-to-back games in a 108-game span, which is a league record. If they finish the season with their current average of 32 assists, that’s a league record, too.The Clippers can reach those heights. They did win in Cleveland last week. But those old questions about concentration and maturity rise again, even though this is no youth movement.They scored 70 at Indiana. They gave up 52 percent shooting to Detroit. They lost a double overtime game in Brooklyn. It’s fashionable to look down one’s nose at the regular season, and the Clippers gave Griffin and Redick nights off when they were fine. But the game is all about habits, and the Clippers have reacquired bad ones.“It goes both ways,” Griffin said. “We don’t run our offense, and then it leads to bad things on the other end. We need to start trusting our offense, and we can’t get frustrated at the beginnings of games like this. Not against this team.”“I didn’t think we got our spirit back,” Rivers said.The championship teams rarely lose it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Golden State Warriors treated the Clippers like just another bowling pin. Which means they’ve been paying attention.A few weeks ago this game was shaping up like a clash of civilizations. The Clippers were 10-1, with very little fourth-quarter stress. After this no-contest, 115-98 loss at Staples Center Wednesday, the Clippers have lost six of 12. They’re just another face in an NBA crowd that watched a Warrior team that has now won 92 of its past 104 regular season games.“We stopped trusting,” coach Doc Rivers said.They played frenetic basketball in the early minutes, with Blake Griffin suffering three immediate turnovers while trying to make Warrior-style plays, and then missing a dunk when he tried to go fundamental.center_img The Warriors were disjointed early and then unleashed one of those massive runs, where they keep firing without having to change cartridges. They hit the Clippers with a 16-3 number, led 27-14 and weren’t challenged thereafter.“It seemed like we were playing transition defense all night,” Chris Paul said. “I think the resiliency has been missing a little bit,” Griffin said. “You can’t get off to a start like that against a team like that.”The Clippers were struggling to identify a single problem because there were so many.Their starting lineup scored 41 points. J.J. Redick didn’t get a bucket until halfway through the first quarter. Griffin went 5-for-20 and was badly outmanned by Draymond Green, who scored 22 on 8 for 10 shooting.last_img read more

SALT of Palmar in Mauritius officially opens

first_imgSALT Of Palmar in Mauritius officially opensSALT of Palmar in Mauritius officially opensNewly launched hotel brand, SALT, has now opened the doors to its first resort, 59-key SALT of Palmar located on the east coast of Mauritius. It is a restful base conceived to champion sustainability, connect with the local community and introduce culturally curious, style savvy, modern travellers to the real, unvarnished Mauritius.Its distinctive look is born out of collaboration between local Mauritian architect Jean-François Adam of JFA Architects, an award-winning visionary behind notable contemporary spaces in Mauritius and abroad; and French artist, Camille Walala, whose vivid murals adorn buildings across the globe. Camille’s first foray into the hotel world brings a stunning new addition to Mauritius’ design landscape that reflects the progressive spirit of SALT.Devoted to the wonder of all things local and sustainable, the unconventional new hotel brand is committed to taking guests to people – not just places – and unearthing the beating heart of destinations. So, at the core of Jean-François’ designs is a desire to bring the natural environment and local Mauritian way of life to the forefront, giving every visitor a real sense of what his homeland has to offer. Taking an incredible existing geometric, riad-like building on the fringe of Palmar beach’s pure white sand, he carefully repurposed the standing structures to accentuate the hotel’s proximity to the sea.As part of this, he orientated all beds to face the water and redesigned the pool to better its connection with the beach.  In addition, he played to the island’s warm tropical light, allowing the location’s natural colours to shine. Fauna and flora have been protected throughout this project; adding a sense of timeless serenity to the scene. Jean-François’ explained,“Everything about the hotel is designed to bring people together. From the communal tables in the bakery, restaurant and beach bar, to Mauritius’ first roof-top bar and the inviting spaces in the SALT equilibrium spa, it is all about gathering and sharing stories of travels and enjoyment of this incredible location.”With the energy of doing things differently living at the heart of the SALT brand, it is fitting that the interiors were realised by an artist instead of an interior designer. Camille Walala’s uninhibited approach to colour married with her passion for the island of Mauritius made her the perfect choice.Paul Jones, CEO of The Lux Collective says“Camille Walala’s relationship with colour is precisely the same as most Mauritians’ – for both, colour is a vehicle for joy and a means of expressing positivity. She is the ideal artist for SALT of Palmar; I must have been in the hotel 100 times as it developed over the last few months but, whenever I see them, her designs still make me feel happy.”Detailing throughout the hotel is authentic, artisanal and unique. Local ceramicist Janine designed and crafted the hotel’s tableware – a beautiful set of 950 individual pieces for SALT of Palmar; each one made entirely by hand. Janine shared,“I wanted to deliver something really special, so we worked with a specially formulated charcoal clay combined with a grey glaze base to create an effect that showcases the Mauritian savoir-faire.”With the support of Jean-François’ and his team, Camille met an array of local characters, such as 74-year-old basket weaver Reotee Buleeram who has crafted the beautiful beach bags at SALT of Palmar. And father and son duo, Mawlabaccus and Said Moosbally, who are the masterminds behind the rattan ware chairs throughout the resort. The result is a showcase of local talent and an authentic expression of island style. Jean-François recalls,“visiting artisan workshops with Camille to collaborate on the intricate details was very special. These experiences were the most rewarding moments of the project.”The culmination is a hotel that looks unlike any other on the island. Where most resorts take their own design template and transplant it into their setting, SALT has done the reverse, channelling the character of its surroundings to shape its look and feel.SALT of Palmar connects modern explorers with communities and their way of life, which makes for meaningful travel experiences. SALT guests have the opportunity to bond with locals via the Skill Swap programme, exchanging their time and talent with local producers, designers and artisans such as fisherman, potters, basket weavers and more. The food philosophy at the restaurant is fresh, local, homemade, home-grown, seasonal and zero-waste, with the majority of the produce coming from the SALT Farm that cultivates hydroponic fruit and vegetables (opening end of first quarter 2019) and local bio-farms. Recognising the strong connections between people, plate and planet, and the fact that food choices have a major impact on the environment and on the health of its guests, SALT is committed towards Good, Clean and Fair food.Whilst the resort’s chefs are committed members of Slow Food International and part of Slow Food Chefs Alliance, SALT of Palmar is working closely with Earth Markets Mauritius, its local official representative.  SALT adheres to Slow Food Travel promoting ecotourism and providing all our guests a culinary journey, full of stories, traditions, flavours and craftsmanship. Guests can also be confident that sustainability and environmental consciousness is at the core of the hotel. Simply by staying, they contribute to empowering local communities as the hotel sources everything it can locally, creates employment, and preserves the environment by going single-use plastic free, supporting bio-farming and causing zero-waste.All of this has positioned SALT of Palmar as a practising advocate of sustainability. Its partnership with Positive Luxury means that it proudly carries the butterfly mark awarded to brands that balance luxury with mindful, responsible actions. The team behind SALT ensure guests have truly luxurious stays in destinations they take real strides to protect.To follow Camille’s colour safari, please view our short film here. Rates start from $200 USD per double room per night on a bed and breakfast basis.  For more information, visit www.saltresorts.com Source = SALT Of Palmar – Mauritiuslast_img read more