MINNEAPOLIS -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers burst into Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeaus postgame press conference, hollering Can you come on! Im out here waiting! to his longtime friend and former assistant.Thats what happens when you win, a chuckling Thibodeau said.Rivers would know.Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 16 boards to lead the Clippers to their sixth straight victory, 119-105 on Saturday night.Chris Paul had 19 points and eight assists and J.J. Redick scored 18 points for the Clippers (9-1), who have the best record in the NBA. Los Angeles shot 52.6 percent and outscored the Timberwolves 21-10 in transition.This is the best team Ive had here, Rivers said. But we got to keep doing it. Weve got to keep getting better and performing. But this is a heck of a basketball team.Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had seven points, six assists and six rebounds in his return from a five-game absence for Minnesota. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, but shot just 8 of 24.We had to work for our shots, Wiggins said. The clogged the paint up, switching everything, contesting every shot. They made it hard on us.The Clippers are off to their best start in franchise history and have so far exhibited all the qualities of a team that can make a deep playoff run. Once a weakness, the bench has been a strength this season. And they entered the game as by far the best defensive team in the league, allowing a paltry 90.4 points per game.After slugging it out with Oklahoma City on Friday night, Los Angeles put the clamps on the young and athletic Timberwolves, who entered the game with the most explosive first-quarter offense in the league. The Clippers outscored Minnesota 34-21 in the period, holding the Wolves to 39 percent shooting and forcing four turnovers, and they never looked back.There are some good things, but to beat a team thats rolling like that, we have to obviously play a lot better than we did, Thibodeau said.TIP-INSClippers: Defensive stopper Luc Mbah a Moute scored 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. ... Redick hit 2 of 7 3-pointers, extending his streak to 66 straight games with at least one made from long distance, the longest active streak in the league. ... F Wes Johnson did not play because of a sore heel. He was injured on Friday night in Oklahoma City after a blocked shot.Timberwolves: Thibodeau fell to 8-9 in his career against Rivers. ... F Brandon Rush was inactive and has not played in the last three games.HACK-A-JORDANThe Wolves went to the Hack-a-Jordan strategy just over midway through the fourth quarter, with Cole Aldrich fouling him on three straight possessions to get Jordan to the line. As Aldrich headed to the bench 30 seconds later, Jordan gave his former teammate a playful shove off the court.The strategy did not work, either. The big man hit 10 of 16 foul shots in the never-ending fourth quarter.Im confident up there. Ive got a routine, Jordan said. Ive got everything I need and Im just going to go up there and shoot.GRIFFINS MILESTONEGriffin entered the game needing 17 points to join an exclusive club with 9,000 career points, 4,000 rebounds and 1,500 assists. Griffin got it on a free throw in the fourth quarter. He became the fastest player to reach that plateau since Larry Bird.Its an honor to be mentioned in that category, but Larry went on to have quite a bit more, Griffin said. Thats the ultimate goal, having a career like that. 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Schofield in Manhattan agreed that lawyers on both sides could make their formal requests by Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled for a day earlier. Jordan Siev, a lawyer for Rodriguez, wrote in a joint letter to the judge from lawyers on both sides that MLB lawyers planned to ask that the lawsuit be dismissed.Each week, TSN Baseball Analyst Steve Phillips breaks down all the big stories and issues around Major League Baseball on TSN.ca. In this edition, he looks at Brett Lawries possible move to second base, whether or not JP Arencibia deserves to be the Blue Jays whipping boy and how the Dodgers should deal with baseball sensation Yasiel Puig. 1) The Toronto Blue Jays are considering having Brett Lawrie play second base when he comes off the DL. Where should he play in order for the Jays to field their best lineup? I cant stand when organizations continuously jockey players around from position to position assuming that it is no big deal. Here is how the conversations go: "Oh, just move him to second base from catcher. Craig Biggio did it." Then its, "Lets try to move him to third base now. His bat profiles as more of a third baseman." Then when it works and you get, "Wow, he looks pretty good at third base. He has excellent range. That range would really help us up the middle. Lets move him back to second base." When a player has versatility it is a blessing and a curse at times. Its a blessing because it allows a GM the ability to construct his team any number of different ways. This allows the manager to adapt and adjust to the ups and downs of a season - not only where injuries are at play, but also where underperformance may be hurting the team. The curse of versatility is that the player never feels stability and doesnt form an identity for what he is as a player. A change of position, especially in season can disrupt a players rhythm and confidence. It can force a player to focus so much on defence that his offence could suffer. Also, too many changes in a role can make a player or team think theres no plan in place and that the GM is flying by the seat of his pants. With all that being said, I like the move of Brett Lawrie to second base. The blessing is that the move allows Alex Anthopoulos to put his best defensive team on the field with Maicer Izturis or Mark DeRosa at third and Lawrie and Jose Reyes up the middle. Defensive improvement is a critical factor if the Jays are going to make a run in the second half. And Reyes and Lawrie could be dynamic up the middle for a long time. The range would be much improved up the middle than if Izturis or DeRosa play second. And Emelio Bonifacio has been less than stellar defensively at second base and is much better suited to be a super-sub. Consider that the Blue Jays second basemen have had twice as many chances (471) as the Jays third basemen (235) through the first 91 games of the season. The move also allows for the possibility of playing Edwin Encarnacion at third base and Adam Lind at first, so this would allow some flexibility at the DH role. And there will be more of a third base trade market at the deadline than with second. Guys like Mark Reynolds, Chase Headley, Placido Polanco, Martin Prado, Aramis Ramirez and Michael Young may be available to play third. The curse is the fear that moving Brett Lawrie back to second base could disrupt his batting. Disrupt what? Do you mean he might hit less than .209 if he moves to second base? I actually think for a struggling hitter like Lawrie (who is what I call a tryer), this move can help his hitting. When Lawrie struggles at the plate, he grips the bat tighter and tells himself he has to get a hit. He over-tries - when a hitter struggles at the plate he doesnt need to try harder he needs to relax more. The distraction of playing another position will actually cause less obsession about hitting for the over-tryer. I know because I was the same over-tryer as a hitter when I played. For the most part, I like the move because Lawrie seems energized by it. He recently tweeted, "Loved playin some 2 bag last night, feel comfortable every time out there, brings me back to my first 2 seasons over there #Deuces." If it makes the kid feel good about himself, takes away the obsession of hitting and creates roster flexibility, then its hard to find anything wrong with the move. Go for it! 2) JP Arencibia got into it with local media last week. They have been critical of his approach at the plate and his handling of the pitching staff. Does he deserve to be the teams whipping boy as John Gibbons called it? We all love to play the blame game. When something goes wrong we want to find the one person who is at fault and assign blame. Its fun. Its what fans do and its what the media does. Its easy. Its even easier when we can find one guy who is struggling in multiple areas. Theres rarely only one person to blame when something goes wrong in baseball. Its a team game - you win as a team and you lose as a team and I truly believe that. Whenever the pitchers struggle and perform below expectations, we start pointing fingers. Its the pitchers fault, the pitching coachs fault, the catchers fault or the GMs fault. That leaves out the possibility that the manager may not be managing them properly or the fielders behind the pitchers may not be catching the ball. Theres a lot of blame to pass around. Ultimately, when any one component of the team is struggling there are always multiple factors as to why and any number of people who assume responsibility. Make no mistake about it, JP Arencibia is responsible for the struggles of the starting pitchers. But only partially - he needs to own it. Hes also responsible for the success of the ALs second best bullpen. But only partially - hes allowed to own that too. The fact is that Arencibia strikes out too much and hes not a functional major league hitter with a .256 OBP with 13 BB and 95 strikeouts in 295 AB. But he also has 15 home runs, so he needs to own his strengths and shortcomings offensively too. Now Arencibia has become the target of a former pitcher in Dirk Hayhurst and a former catcher in Gregg Zaun. As ballplayers, we tend to point fingers at everyone before ourselves. Pitchers have a tendency of pointing fingers at the catcher and a former catcher can always find something wrong that a current catcher is doing. Even the best ones. This broadcast team automatically has a predisposition to overanalyze the catcher just because of their own respective experiences. Arencibias response to the criticism is understandable. Who likes to get ripped publicly? I sure dont, but its the nature of the beast. The criticism of him was not personal, but he made it personal in return. Thats a mistake. This is a war that JP cant win. The media always has the last word or the last tweet. Always. Why cant Arencibia just say, "Yes I feel responsible for the struggles of my starting staff. I know we are better than what we have performed. I am going to continue to work hard on getting the most out of each guy. I hope I can have the same success with our starters as I am having with the most worked and most successful bullpen in baseball." Then add, "As far as my offense goes I feel proud of the power production so far but that is not good enough. I know I need to make more contact and be more selective at the plate. I am going to continue to work on that." One thing Ive learned is that if I acknowledge my shortcomings, people move closer to me - not further away. When I acknowledge areas I need to improve, those analyzing me can relate to their own experience better. JP Arencibia doesnt deserve to be the whipping boy for anything. No one does. But if he isnt careful, hell find himself run out of towwn because hes picking a fight he has no chance of winning.dddddddddddd. 3.) ESPN is reporting that MLB will seek to suspend Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun for 100 games each, the punishment for a second offence, even though neither player has been suspended for PEDs before. Should MLB be allowed to do this - essentially punishing the players twice for the same alleged offence? Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun both have well-documented ties to PEDs in the past. Rodriguez gave the interview to Peter Gammons in which he confessed to using drugs for a limited and contained time frame after a Sports Illustrated story that he was one of the 104 players that tested positive for drugs in 2003. He admitted that he took performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period beginning in 2001. Ryan Braun became the first major league player to have a positive drug test overturned when an arbitration panel ruled in his favour on appeal and decided against a 50-game suspension. He got off on a technicality and didnt challenge the validity of the test result. He questioned the process of how his sample was handled. Despite avoiding the suspension, he still tested positive for PEDs. Both Braun and Rodriguez have made claims since that they are clean. Major League Baseball is considering 100-game bans for these two as is typical for second offenses under the Joint Drug Policy. The Commissioners Office sees receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch and by lying about it as two offences. And I think this is a fair and appropriate penalty under the policy. It doesnt matter that there are no positive drug tests. The drug policy which the players agreed to calls for suspensions for a nonanalytical positive. Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer was the first nonanalytical positive which led to a suspension when he was tied to HGH in 2008. He hadnt failed a drug test, but was connected to the drug by anecdotal evidence. Guilt by association. Players have to be held accountable to tell the truth to the Commissioners investigators. If they lie, they should be punished. Even if the additional 50-game suspension for lying gets overturned under appeal, its worth the Commissioners Office pursuing the penalty. Its time for the Major League Baseball Players Association to be held accountable for their defence of cheating and lying players. So let the Union stand up and declare that even though the players lied, they shouldnt be penalized. Effectively let them defend that lying is okay - I would love to hear that argument! FAIR or FOUL Yasiel Puig, a Cuban defector with only 63 games of minor league experience has burst on the Major League baseball scene. He has taken over L.A. and is reminding Dodger fans of the days of Fernandomani, Nomomania and Mannymania. Hes a Dodger phenom that seems bigger than life. In just 35 games, hes hitting .394 with eight home runs and 19 RBI while scoring 27 runs. He has 56 hits in those 35 games. When he was called up, the Dodgers were 23-32 and have since gone 22-13. Hes completely turned their season around. Now not only has he electrified Dodger fans, he has captured the imagination of baseball fans everywhere. His jerseys are already the 10th highest number sold this year and hes only been a big leaguer for a little over a month. There have been more Puig jerseys sold than (Triple Crown winner) Miguel Cabrera jerseys. Weve debated the merits of his being an All-Star. Believe it or not, he received 842,915 write-in votes on All-Star ballots. He was a candidate for the NL Final Vote, but finished second. And hes as popular a player as baseball has right now. Yet it hasnt been a completely smooth transition to the major leagues for Puig. Just about a week after his call-up, Puig was hit with a pitch in a game versus Arizona that saw two bench-clearing incidents resulting in eight suspensions. Puig was an aggressor in the skirmishes and fined for his role, but he wasnt suspended, something that angered D-Backs players and others around the league as it seemed he received preferential treatment. In another instance, Puig was thrown out easily at the plate in a game against the Diamondbacks but he collided with catcher Miguel Montero and then stared him down as he walked back to the dugout. In yet another incident with the Diamondbacks, Puig was approached during batting practice by former Arizona star Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez starting to talk to Puig about the start of the youngsters major league career and how he, like Puig, has family roots in Cuba. And Puig didnt give Gonzalez the time of day. It took Dodger hitting coach Mark McGuire to confront the young slugger and point out the disrespect he was showing. ESPNs Pedro Gomez reported that Puigs interpreter has gotten into trouble this season for trying to get womens phone numbers for the slugger. That is a clear sign of entitlement and misguided priorities. With the kind of success that Puig has had come significant media attention. Everybody wants to talk to him for a story of some sort. Puig is extremely uncomfortable with the media; full of distrust and disdain. He refuses talk to the media before games and is hard to pin down after games. Puig seems completely ill-prepared to handle the instant fame that his performance warrants. "In Cuba, there wasnt much press," he said. "Here, I have a lot of press on me and its not something I really like. Maybe they dont understand the situation Im in. Im not bad, I just dont like the press and I dont like the fame. Im having fun and I want my team to get the attention. There are a lot of guys in the bullpen or in the dugout waiting for their turn to talk. Its not that I dont want to give an interview, I just dont want all the press all over me." Unfortunately for Puig, the more reluctant he is to give interviews, the more aggressive the media will become. As exciting as Yasiel Puig has been, the Dodgers have a crisis on their hands. If theres this much turmoil in such a short time on the field it makes you wonder whats happening off the field. In late April he was charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance in Chattanooga, TN where the Dodgers Double-A team is located. The Dodgers must immediately put together a plan to help develop this young man socially, mentally and emotionally. He needs to learn how to be a professional and everything that it entails. His physical ability is much more advanced than his personal development. The Dodgers need to reign in his ego while not putting a bushel over his bright light. His sense of entitlement needs to be confronted and contained. He must be held accountable for his words and actions. He needs to learn to respect the game and the people in it. Puig needs to learn whom to trust and whom not to trust. The Dodgers also need to educate him on the media. They must control his access to the media - making him available before and after the games for every game. He needs structure. He needs a mentor. He needs it on the field and off the field. He needs it quickly. Yasiel Puig has been the story of the year in baseball. He has distracted us from the Biogenesis drug scandal and given us a new superstar for whom to cheer. But if he doesnt get the help he needs, his career will explode on the back end as much as it has exploded on the front end. Steve Phillips was general manager of the New York Mets from 1997 through 2003, helping lead the club to a National League championship in 2000 and its first World Series appearance in 14 years. Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Baseball Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys China Stitched NFL Jerseys Cheap Custom Jerseys China Cheap Basketball Jerseys Authentic NFL Jerseys China Cheap College Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys ' ' '