Do not trust adjusted company earnings, investors warned

first_imgAnalysing the 20 companies in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), the bank found that if these firms had been gradually writing down the value of goodwill, their net profits would have been 10% less than they actually been reported as being in 2013.But while the treatment of goodwill was transparent, the way adjusted profits were reported was out of control, it said in the paper.“Unlike the statutory profit figures, there are no set accounting rules governing the way adjusted earnings figures are reported,” it said, adding that this meant there were effectively no limits on how creative companies could be.Examples of items that could be included or excluded in the adjusted earnings figures were extraordinary income or expenses, extraordinary amortisation of tangible assets, foreign currency gains and losses and restructuring costs, it said.Data showed that 56% of EURO STOXX 50 companies had reported adjusted net profit in 2013 that was higher than the statutory equivalent, and for a further 20% there was no difference between the two types of reported profit.“This suggests that companies are also using the adjusted profits to conceal operating weaknesses or the negative aspects of an aggressive acquisition policy,” it said.These adjusted figures were then often pushed to the fore in press releases and presentations, it said.“Investors are therefore best advised to analyse not only the income statement but also the reported cash flow,” the paper went on.Since free cash flow could fluctuate widely from one year to the next, it made sense to assess it using cumulative figures over several years, the bank said. Investors should pay little attention to adjusted profit figures published by companies, as a large proportion of listed businesses seem to be using the method to make themselves look more profitable, according to Bank J. Safra Sarasin.In a paper on sustainable investment and governance in particular, the bank said that adjusted earnings figures were “tricky to compare”.“A better way to assess a company’s long-term performance is to look at the cumulative free cash flow figures reported over several years,” the paper said.It also said that because goodwill no longer had to be amortised on company balance sheets, starting in 2004, reported net profits had been higher since then.last_img read more

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UK regulator sets out three-year plan as budget doubles for auto-enrolment

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) has set out its three-year plan and resource allowance until 2018 as the body plans a rapid jump in expenditure to cope with auto-enrolment.The UK body, generally funded through a levy on pension schemes, with state support for auto-enrolment, will spend £136.8m (€186m) on regulation in 2017-18 compared with just £62.6m the current year.However, while the regulator is set to increase expenditure down the line, it has reduced its planned expenditure for the coming 2015-16 year from £84.8m to £76m.The Brighton-based organisation also under-spent in the 2014-15 year, which ends this month, after making delays in staff recruitment due to “restructuring” last summer and over-estimating on provisions and contingencies for auto-enrolment. For 2015-16, the organisation will see its headcount increase from 452 to 499.However, the number currently being employed is significantly lower than its forecasts last year, which said it would employ 583 staff.Over the next year, the regulator said it would continue its focus on ensuring smaller companies complied with their auto-enrolment duties.However, it would also have a significant focus on revising its Defined Contribution (DC) Code.This is due to the regulator’s adapting to the Budget freedoms, which will see a shift in the way people access their pension savings at retirement, with compulsory annuitisation no longer applicable.It is also expecting to create the regulatory environment for the 75 basis point charge cap that will be in place for auto-enrolment default investment funds in trust-based DC schemes.TPR said it would also monitor the defined benefit (DB) to DC transfer market, which could see an increase in activity due to the Budget freedoms, and intervene where appropriate.Chief executive Lesley Titcomb said the organisation’s work would be dominated by the DC at-retirement market transformation, evolving scam models and risks within the DB market.“During a time of such significant change, it is important the regulator be seen as an authoritative, trusted voice within the pensions sector,” she said.“The corporate plan sets out how we will provide trustees, employers and advisers with the information they need to see these major changes through.“Where we take regulatory action, I want that to be transparent and for our actions to be understood.”TPR chairman Mark Boyle added: “It is vital we reach all our audiences, remain on top of market developments, anticipate future risks and work collaboratively with government departments and industry bodies to ensure the overall retirement system runs smoothly.”Over the next three years, the regulator will also implement its new DB Code of Funding that it created to implement a new statutory objective.The code was widely accepted among the UK industry and sees the implementation of a new, holistic, risk-based model of DB funding.In October last year, Boyle said TPR was working to create guidance for DB and DC trustees, and that it would assert its presence in the European regulatory agenda.last_img read more

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Golfer With Local Ties To Appear On Reality Show

first_imgO’Brien will appear on a Golf Channel reality show on Feb. 24. (Image: Facebook)Update (7:53 a.m.)The season premier of Big Break Florida is Monday night at 9:00 p.m.The show features 12 women competing on the golf course for cash and prizes that total more than $175,000. Some viewers in the area will be rooting for 23-year-old Kristi O’ Brien, of Fishers.She is married to Franklin County native Ben Moster. They met while both playing golf at IUPUI.O’Brien overcame a car crash in 2009 and is using the opportunity to appear on a reality show as a second chance.“As much as it was scary, it really helped me realize all the important things in life,” O’Brien explained.Original Story (2-13)A professional golfer with a local connection will appear in a Golf Channel reality show this month.Kristi O’ Brien is a contestant on Big Break Florida, featuring an all-woman cast looking to make it on the LPGA Tour.The 23-year-old golfer was the 2011 Indiana Player of the Year and high school standout in Fort Wayne.She was a student-athlete at IUPUI when she met 2006 Franklin County High School graduate Ben Moster. Both golfed for the college and are now married and residing in Fishers, IN. She goes by her maiden name for golf purposes.She is the daughter-in-law of Paul and Susan Moster, owners of Southeastern Insurance in Brookville.The professional golfer met husband and FCHS graduate Ben Moster in college. (Image: Facebook)“She deserves everything she gets, its not given to her,” said Susan Moster. “She actually has to work for everything. She puts in all the time and effort.”It is definitely deserved. O’Brien survived a terrible car crash in 2009 and is using the opportunity as a second chance.O’Brien is competing against 11 other women on the show for an opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash and prizes, and a potential spot on the LPGA. The first episode airs Feb. 24.last_img read more

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Boca Raton man accused of steering urine tests to drug lab

first_imgPolice say a Florida man took more than $70,000 in kickbacks for steering urine tests to a drug-testing lab in Pennsylvania.Delray Beach police arrested 35-year-old Daniel Kaine of Boca Raton last week.Police landed an investigation into Kaine by Palm Beach County’s Sober Homes Task Force began after last year’s arrest of Jason Gadreault. Gadreault was arrested in March 2019 on nine counts of patient brokering and one count of conspiracy to commit patient brokering.According to a Delray Beach police report, Gadreault claimed that Genesis Diagnostics, a Langhorne, Pennsylvania-based clinical lab licensed in the state of Florida to operate and perform, among other things, toxicology and urinalysis testing, paid him for each urine specimen he referred to Genesis for testing.Police said Genesis gave treatment centers and sober homes a percentage of insurance payments for the tests.Records show that Gadreault wrote 12 checks payable to DMK Marketing, a licensed corporation registered to Kaine. The corporation dissolved in September 2019.Kaine faces six counts of aiding, abetting, advising or participating in patient brokering.last_img read more

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SB : After standout season, Syracuse looks to build on elite status to advance farther in 2013

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jet lag couldn’t slow down Ashley Dimon’s mind. The return trip from Tempe, Ariz., gave the junior catcher ample time to think about her goals for next season.So at 8 a.m. the morning after that cross-country flight, Dimon met head coach Leigh Ross in her office to reveal her plan for 2013.Syracuse’s season-ending loss to No. 3 seed Arizona State was still fresh in Ross’ mind. But as she listened to the ideas of her future starting catcher, Ross realized the future of SU softball was secure.‘The best sign of a team after a season isn’t the awards and accolades,’ said Ross. ‘It’s that they never want to stop playing. It says a lot about the future makeup of this team that they don’t stop preparing, even a day after the season ends.’Next season can’t come soon enough for Dimon, but it won’t come at all for Ross’ seniors – the winningest class in program history.Even without those seniors, though, Syracuse (43-16) has plenty to build on for next season. In an early nonconference tournament, the team held its own against California, the eventual No. 1 team in the NCAA. The Orange garnered national attention when it played its first indoor games in the Carrier Dome more than a month later.All season long, Syracuse racked up noteworthy accomplishments. The Orange won 40 games for the second time in program history and earned its first at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.Once there, SU shut out the favored Sun Devils, the highest-ranked opponent it had ever beaten, on the strength of a superb pitching performance by Jenna Caira.Caira threw two no-hitters this season, but Ross said she saved her best work for ASU as she held the Sun Devils scoreless over seven innings. In the process, Caira only surrendered four hits to the NCAA’s second-ranked run scoring team.Ross said that 1-0 victory – and the outpouring of support that followed from ASU’s own fans – reaffirmed what she believed heading into 2012: SU could compete with any team in college softball, even the best.‘When you hear compliments from the away fans about how you play the game the right way,’ said Ross, ‘you know your program has made national strides.’As SU rose to national prominence, its players began to buy into the system. Before the team traveled to Tempe, first baseman Kelly Saco said players only recently began to view the postseason as an expectation and not a reward.‘Anything less would’ve been a disappointment,’ said Saco when she learned of her team’s tournament berth. ‘We entered this season with the postseason in mind, we focused and we made it.’This season, Ross put together a schedule built to push SU into the national spotlight. The Orange came into the season as the two-time champions of the Big East, but had never reached the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament in its previous two automatic berths under Ross.SU was challenged with early high-profile matchups, but it failed those tests. Ross said her veteran team found ways to lose games they should’ve won against Arizona, UCLA and California.The losses had a silver lining, though. Down one run in the seventh inning against Virginia in the next tournament, Ross noticed a shift in the body language of her players. She said they held themselves ‘with more confidence’ and refused to lose to a team they knew they should beat.With its newfound confidence, SU mounted a season-defining comeback. Catcher Lacey Kohl hit a double off the top of the centerfield wall, and pinch runner Veronica Grant scored when second baseman Stephanie Watts singled her home.In the eighth inning, outfielder Lisaira Daniels and first baseman Jasmine Watson hit a pair of RBIs and Syracuse emerged with a much-needed win. That win sparked later tournament victories over Michigan and Baylor, two ranked teams.‘We finally put it all together,’ said Daniels before SU traveled to Tempe, ‘and proved we beat good teams. It was definitely a turning point in the season for us.’Ross’ plan worked. Less than midway through its season, SU was already confident playing against the nation’s best. Those teams would be potential NCAA tournament opponents.Even though SU was eliminated from the regional round Sunday, it will try to repeat that formula with next year’s team. And unlike the group of graduating softball seniors, the returning players have known nothing but winning.The current SU juniors have reached the postseason in each of their three years. And with players like Dimon already game-planning for 2013, Ross expects another NCAA berth.‘It’s amazing to see where we’ve come from,’ Ross said, ‘But we’re not done working yet. We know we’re good enough to reach the College World Series, and when next season starts, that’ll be our goal again.’nctoney@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on May 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

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Petition calls for Rossier to act after racist comment

first_imgDoctoral student Gina Loring created the petition after students made racially-charged comments in a class offered by the Rossier School. (Daily Trojan file photo)A doctoral student at the Rossier School of Education created a petition that has garnered over 600 signatures as of Sunday asking the School to implement accountability practices after a classroom incident she described as racially-charged and offensive last month.“‘Women of color should be ‘sterilized.’ — This profoundly racist statement was made in one of my classes and the instructor accommodated it, so I created a petition to generate accountability,” the petition written by student Gina Loring read.Loring, who is a woman of color, said that while discussing ways to increase the number of women of color who receive prenatal care during an in-class assignment, some students suggested sterilizing women of color and taking their babies at birth would alleviate the issue.“Imagine if the prompt had said, ‘How do we clean up the homeless problem in Los Angeles?’” Loring said. “And imagine if their suggestion had been, ‘We should round them up and shoot them because that would get rid of the homeless problem.’” Loring said she was stunned by the comments. She cited the history of eugenic sterilization and the current separations of immigrant families as reasons for her bewilderment. After the comments were written and quickly deleted, Loring said she told her professor Kim Hirabayashi, who assured her the comments would be addressed. According to Loring, the professor addressed the comments by encouraging a brief in-class conversation. “[The professor] then proceeded to open class with a vague statement about the incident, at no point addressing the comments directly,” the petition read. “The incident was thus not only left without resolution, it was magnified.”Another student of color in the class said learning has been impacted because the majority of students in the “Challenges in Urban Education: Learning” class are people of color. Loring said six students reached out to her expressing discomfort with how the incident was handled, but did not feel comfortable speaking about it publicly.Hirabayashi told the Daily Trojan in an email that she would not comment until a resolution has been finalized within the school.Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher said the school is aware of Loring’s petition and is currently reviewing the matter. “Our goal is to find an inclusive resolution that reflects both our commitment to an open exchange of ideas and our mission to teach students to value and respect the cultural history and the identities of those around them,” Gallagher wrote to the Daily Trojan. In the weeks following the incident, Loring filed a Title IX incident report and dropped the course from her record with a full refund, but said Rossier has not communicated with her since then.Loring said she chose to attend USC, and specifically pursue a degree at the Rossier School because of its progressive mission statement, and said that she does not believe this situation reflects those values.  Loring’s petition asks Rossier to publicly acknowledge the incident and implement workshops about critical race theory for Hirabayashi and the students involved. Loring and one of her classmates said they do not believe the students who made the comments are suited for the program. “I don’t see how USC could, in good conscience, send students out into the world with a doctorate degree in educational leadership who hold these kinds of beliefs or even would have these thoughts in the first place,” Loring said.Loring said she viewed the incident as a microcosm of issues surrounding gender and race that persist in United States today. “We know from history that when unethical statements and unethical actions are left unchecked time and time again, it becomes worse and worse with time,” Loring said. “You end up with horrific things happening because the masses were quiet.”Editor’s note: A correction was made to Loring’s quote “Imagine if the cops had said, ‘How do we clean up the homeless problem in Los Angeles?’” It has been updated to correctly reflect Loring’s statement.last_img read more

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Hybrid Ben Lewis out against Pitt with upper-body injury

first_imgJunior hybrid Ben Lewis is out for Syracuse’s game against Pittsburgh with an upper-body injury, per SU’s weekly injury report released Thursday night.This season he’s caught 13 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown to go along with 12 rushing yards on five carries. He, along with freshman Dontae Strickland, helped fill in when starting hybrid Ervin Philips got injured in the first half in the Orange’s season-opener against Rhode Island.Also listed on the injury report was junior tight end Kendall Moore, who is doubtful with an upper-body injury. Redshirt freshman safety Rodney Williams, who was doubtful last week, was upgraded to questionable with a lower-body injury. Freshman safety Daivon Ellison is also questionable with a lower-body injury.SU (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) kicks off against No. 25 Pitt (5-1, 3-0) at noon on ESPNU on Saturday. The Orange is looking to snap its three-game losing streak after starting 3-0. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on October 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Dortmund CEO Watzke Slams Milan Over Aubameyang Pursuit

first_imgBorussia Dortmund’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hans-Joachim Watzke, has slammed Italian giants AC Milan over their pursuit of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding that they showed a ‘lack of respect’ towards the club.2015 African footballer of the year Aubameyang has been linked with several European clubs this summer. Clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, AC Milan in addition to being linked with the Chinese Super League.Speaking to reporters about AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone’s public admission that Aubameyang is a club target, Watzke said: “Sometimes Borussia Dortmund have to plan strategies.”“It can’t be that managers of other clubs just say, ‘Oh well we would like to have this kind of player’.“Those conditions, seen from AC Milan, show a lack of respect.” he added.Watzke also pointed out that the Gabonese striker is happy at the club amidst the transfer links. He said: “We were in continuous negotiations with his agent and therefore with him as well. This was an open communication between us all the time.”“We had a meeting earlier. There is no dissent and I think we came towards Auba quite a lot because of his achievements and because he is an outstanding person.“Obviously he had flirted with the idea of doing something else, which is correct, but I think that he is happy with us, which you saw at the AC Milan game.“He feels good within the team and within the club. We feel good with him being part of the club. So there are no problems.” he concluded.Relatedlast_img read more

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Stanleybet Group’s Magellan Robotech B2B division targets international growth

first_img StumbleUpon Christian Maglia recently moved from WeAreCasino to become Chief Commercial Officer of Magellan Robotech, the B2B division of Stanleybet Group, and SBC News caught up with him to find out about his new role and plans to grow the business. Maglia is also set to speak at Betting on Sports 2019, the leading international event for the sports betting and igaming industry, where he will share his insight into regulation and opportunities in the Latin American region as part of the Emerging Markets conference track.He will be part of a notable Stanleybet Group presence at the event, which has its strongest ever speaker line-up of 300 high-level experts and will be attended by more than 3,500 industry professionals from around the world.Stanleybet Group is to sponsor the VIP Networking Area at Olympia London from 17-20 September, while its IT Director Pierluigi Chiusolo will take part in the CTO Panel as part of the Technology in Focus conference track. SBC: How excited are you to be starting out with Magellan Robotech and Stanleybet Group?       CM: I still can’t believe how inspiring and rewarding it is to be working for a company as innovative as Magellan Robotech, part of the prestigious Stanleybet Group. During my onboarding, I have travelled around Europe to visit the group’s various companies and partners. From Liverpool to Brussels, Rome to Malta, Bucharest to Cyprus and Zagreb, the group’s culture is thoroughly oriented toward teamwork, know-how and shared objectives. Some of the people I have worked alongside or collaborated with in previous roles and some I have met for the first time, but the whole team is remarkable and I’m certain this accomplished group can achieve great things.I have to mention Giovanni Garrisi (CEO of Stanleybet Group). It was thanks to him that, even though I had no intention of moving and changing jobs, I fell in love with this project, the objectives and his vision for the company and for the future of betting.SBC: What is the growth plan for Stanleybet Group’s B2B division Magellan Robotech?  Christian Maglia, Magellan RobotechCM: Our main client, of course, is Stanleybet, but for some years Magellan Robotech has been working to become a leader in the B2B sector. We also collaborate with and offer our products – online and retail betting platforms, self-service betting software, virtual sports, keno and lotteries – to companies such as Novomatic, to name just one of the biggest. We are established in Denmark, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Romania, Cyprus and Nigeria, and are building a strong presence in numerous other countries.In an increasingly regulated sector, Magellan pays a great deal of attention to its partners and processes, to compliance and security. This means we won’t do business just anywhere and that we will focus on regulated markets. Nevertheless, I can say with certainty that in the next 12 to 24 months we will extend our presence to at least three other continents.     SBC: What can you take from your time with the likes of Sportradar, BetGames.TV and WeAreCasino to help put this plan into action?CM: No doubt I take my suitcase, since I spend at least five or six days a week travelling! And with it something from each of these past experiences. The importance of networking, organisation and professionalism is a cultural baggage of sorts that I bring with me from the years I spent at Sportradar. BetGames.TV opened my eyes to the need to merge gaming, gambling and entertainment. The industry often takes itself too seriously, and some operators have become quite dull and boring with offerings that are mere imitations of their main competitors. This Lithuanian company brings joy, fantasy, life, imagination and beauty to the sector. Everything is built on the big idea of offering fixed-odds betting on the outcome of various live-presented games, from poker to lotteries, to dice to wheel of fortune.From WeAreCasino, I bring with me the awareness that, even in a multimillion sector such as gaming, you can make a name for yourself on a minuscule budget as long as you have good ideas.SBC: You will be joining a Betting on Sports panel looking at regulation in Latin America; how difficult is it for international companies to find the right way in?CM: Being able to have a truly international approach is not at all easy. We need to be ready to receive every type of signal from the various countries. Only in recent months, since the opening of the US market, have strong signals or openings arrived from Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Poland and Switzerland, to name just a few. It is certainly necessary to have a team that is capable of managing all the processes without neglecting the various facets of compliance and the legal requirements. The certifications are often similar but vary from country to country, which also affects the available budgets.The South American market, together with Mexico and the Caribbean, is likely to be much more important in terms of economic impact than that of the United States. Brazil has more than 180 million inhabitants. Buenos Aires alone comes in at 15 million.The passion of these countries for football and sports in general is something closely linked to their culture. Sports betting will undoubtedly be the gateway for many operators, but we must then find the right balance of products to offer. Some big brands operate in Brazil without offering bingo, and video bingo in particular. This happens when the customer and the customer’s needs aren’t fully considered.Magellan Robotech and the Stanleybet Group will approach these markets with great care, working with important local partners so as to avoid arriving as complete outsiders.SBC: How has the landscape changed for B2B service providers in the industry? Do you think the speed of innovation has slowed in recent years?CM: I think that technological barriers have been lowered and this has encouraged the entry of many small companies with innovative ideas and products into the market. My previous experience was with a small company with innovative ideas and products that rapidly became quite popular within the industry, but often this isn’t enough. To be able to offer products to operators, one must have a solid organisational structure and IT department with hundreds of developers and engineers. One must be capable of developing innovative solutions, but also of delivering maximum security, and proven and certified processes. As time passes, the companies that remain standing will be those with all their certifications in order. I’m not just talking about certifications related to the games and platforms, but also to processes and security. At Magellan we have achieved ISO27001, which demonstrates the seriousness of our approach.Regarding the slowdown in innovation, I’m not certain this is something that has actually happened. Just a few years ago, the mobile sector was less than 20 or 30 per cent of the overall share and products were neither responsive or in HTML5. There have been numerous advances in terms of technology, but most companies have focused predominantly on product improvement, user experience optimisation, and usability of their products on different platforms and operating systems. This is a slow but essential process.In my opinion, the next cycle of innovation will lead to greater use of the data stored in our databases. Data drilling will grow up AI applications and will bring the creation of new gaming offers and custom bets.SBC: Finally, what do you think will be the biggest new trend to emerge in online gaming over the next 12 months?CM: I don’t think it’s necessarily possible to find a single ‘next big thing’ among the products offered today in the various markets. You should probably look at the world in its regional particularities, facets and diversity. Certainly, there are products that will perform incredible numbers as soon as the right markets become legalised. One example is the success of games such as Teen Patti and Andar Bahar in India. Whoever is capable of offering them in exchange mode (with back and lay) will most likely hit the jackpot in that region.There are different products and trends for each region. Virtual sports, virtual football leagues such as our Trident, are already breakout hits in Europe, the Middle East and especially in Africa. I also expect a similar trend in South America. The same goes for numerical games such as bingo, keno and lotteries. In my view, the key word is ‘glocal’. We talk about it a lot in other industries, but we won’t be able to do without it in ours either. The global must be engaged with the local. Responding to local tastes, culture and traditions with a global approach will be the real answer to continued growth and expansion – it’s what we’re preparing ourselves for.Finally, I think the real game changer in the coming years will be the use of Artificial Intelligence and Robots. I can’t share any details at this stage, for obvious reasons, but what is being prepared in our offices in Liverpool could definitively change the way we are accustomed to betting. However, I think that before we see robots in action in our stores, steps will be needed to prepare us for the ‘revolution’. And in my view this will take longer than 12 months to happen.See Christian Maglia discuss regulation in Latin America at Betting on Sports 2019. Domenico Vacchiano joins Magellan Robotech April 14, 2020 SBC to host first dedicated virtual event for Latin America May 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit Golden Race continues LatAm expansion through Universal Soft May 26, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Clippers, used to being shorthanded, expect even more

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ A game after getting singed by the Suns on Devin Booker’s buzzer-beater, the Clippers turned it on and turned a corner in their 126-111 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.Now, with the postseason just four games away, it’s a matter of turning a good outing into a few good outings as the Clippers – 2-2 in the bubble – try to maintain momentum early Saturday against Portland (32-38).No easy chore: The Trail Blazers are 3-1 at Walt Disney World Resort and in position to take part in the play-in for the final playoff slot. Since the restart, they’re averaging 124.8 points per game and shooting 47.2% from 3-point range and outrebounding opponents, 45-39.5.But the Clippers are showing signs of clicking, too. “We just got to keep working and trusting,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Thursday. “I thought we played with a purpose tonight; we didn’t just show up for a game. I didn’t think they liked the way they lost the other night, and more importantly I don’t think they liked the way they played the other night.“We have to keep emphasizing sharing the ball. We have so many guys that can score. Marcus (Morris Sr.) comes from the Knicks, where he was the focal point. Down the stretch, he had the ball, dribbled it, posted Kawhi (Leonard), got a bucket with it. That’s giving yourself to the team. We got to keep guys continuing to do that.”Even at less than full strength, the Clippers – who equaled a season-low with just six turnovers Thursday – ran away from a potential first-round playoff opponent.Rivers’ squad played Thursday without Montrezl Harrell, who is outside the bubble while mourning his grandmother’s death, and Patrick Beverley, who is recovering from a sore calf, while Lou Williams and Landry Shamet are on minutes restrictions.Ivica Zubac stepped up into the void with his best game of the season, making all 10 of his shot attempts and finishing with his second consecutive double-double with 21 points, 15 rebounds in 24 minutes. Leonard chipped in with 29 points, Paul George added 24 and Morris and JaMychal Green combined to go 9 of 11 from the floor for another 26 points. They’ve played only 11 games all season at full strength – in which they’re 10-1.And yet, they’re 46-22 overall and holding onto the second seed in the Western Conference.“It would be nice to have a stretch where our whole team was available, practicing and playing,” Rivers said. “But we haven’t had that all year. It’s been amazing. We just gotta keep rolling.”Clippers (46-32) vs. Trail Blazers (32-38)When: 10 a.m. FridayWhere: Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FloridaTV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, TNT What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime “It’s just communication on the floor,” Zubac said about Thursday’s convincing performance. “Knowing what Kawhi and P.G. like, knowing how to get a better angle on a screen. Just the plays we run, got to have better understanding what’s good at the time.“It’s mostly communication on the floor. That’s going to get better with each practice, each game.”Ah, practice.By Rivers’ estimation, these Clippers – hampered by injuries throughout the season and by injuries, illness and personal trials since arriving in the bubble – have practiced together as a full team just three times.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

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