DStv, GOtv Set to Showcase Laliga Big Games

first_imgRound 21 of the 2018/19 La Liga season will, again, offer Atletico Madrid the chance of putting pressure on leaders Barcelona, while Real Madrid will hope to bridge the gap between them and their table-topping rivals. The matches will be live on DStv and GOtv.Atletico play at home to sixth-placed Getafe on Saturday evening (4.15pm on SS7 & SelGo4), while Barca will be in action away to Girona on Sunday (4.15pm on SS7 & SelGo4). Diego Simeone’s side will, on the evidence of the 3-0 thumping of Huesca last week, fancy their chances of picking up all three points and move within two points of Barcelona, who will seek to restore their five-point advantage againstGirona.Real Madrid will hope to see their two rivals slip up, as they bid to revive their title hopes. They moved to third on the table with a 2-0 win over Sevilla last weekend and will be favourites to build further momentum when they play away to Espanyol on Sunday night (8.45pm on SS7 & SelGo4). Elsewhere, Karl Toko Ekambi and Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal will seek to halt their slide toward the foot of the table when they head to the Mestalla to face Valencia on Saturday night (6.30pm on SS7A & SelGo4). Villarreal are winless in their last seven matches across all competitions and have slipped into the red zone of La Liga.Sevilla will look to reinforce their place in the top four when they face Levante on Saturday (on SS7 & SelGo4), while Athletic Bilbao will look to maintain their promising recent form with a win at home to Real Betis (Saturday, 8.45pm on SS7/SS10 & SelGo2/SelGo4). Also on Saturday, Leganes will take on Eibar (6.30pmon SS7 & SelGo4).Sunday will see clashes between Real Valladolid and Celta de Vigo (12pm on SS7/SS10 & SelGo2/SelGo4) as well as Real Sociedad and Huesca (6.30pm on SS6).Mubarak Wakaso’s Deportivo Alaves will look to recover from the 4-0 loss to Getafe last weekend when they host relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano on Monday (on SS7 & SelGo4 at 9pm).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lakers’ 115-95 loss to Celtics marks first regular-season sweep since 2007-08

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Through ownership turmoil, youthful mistakes and persistent losing, another low point now defines the Lakers’ 2016-17 season.The Lakers lost both regular-season meetings to the Celtics.Sure, the stakes don’t compare to when the league’s heritage franchises met in 12 NBA Finals appearances or to decades of regular-season matchups that often previewed those championship series. But the Lakers’ 115-95 loss to the Celtics on Friday at Staples Center extended their losing streak to six games and gave their rivals their first sweep of the regular-season series since 2007-08.And in a season defined more by growth than results, the Lakers (19-43) showed none of it against the surging Celtics (40-22). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSo much for fulfilling the pregame hopes of Lakers coach Luke Walton, who admitted, “I personally want this one a little more than most games.”“I wanted to win. We wanted to win,” he said. “As an organization, players and fans, we never want to get swept by our rivals. But that’s very far down the list I concern myself with and where we’re at and trying to go.”Walton saw plenty of other more pressing problems.Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram went scoreless on only one shot attempt while collecting five fouls, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes. Ingram had not taken a shot in the game until missing a 10-foot jumper with 4:10 remaining.Said Walton: “He had some tough fouls and was in and out of foul trouble the whole time. It felt like it was one of those funky nights where he couldn’t get in the rhythm of the game.” Said Ingram: “I didn’t agree with some of the calls. But I can’t fault the referees for everything. I have to keep playing and learn from it and do better next time.”Second-year guard D’Angelo Russell (17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four assists) and third-year forward Julius Randle (13 points on 5-of-13 shooting 7 rebounds) looked like different players in the first and second half. After finishing with nine points and three assists in the first half, Russell had only six more points and no assists in the second. After collecting nine points and four rebounds before halftime, Randle had two more field goals and three more rebounds in the second.And let’s not forget about the Lakers’ defense. They’ve certainly forgotten about it for much of the season, and Friday’s game and the Celtics’ season-high 70-point first half was no exception.“They made a lot of shots early on. Some of that was they are skilled players. Other parts we were a second late on defensive rotations,” Walton said. “Elite teams beat you with that. As we were playing hard and competing, they were inching that lead more and more. Then it felt like we got in desperation mode. What we need to learn from tonight, is no matter what happens in the game, the game is long.”Every Boston starter scored in double figures, with Isaiah Thomas (18), Al Horford (17), Avery Bradley (15), Jae Crowder (14) and Amir Johnson (13) providing nice balance. The Celtics scored seemingly anytime they wanted to in the paint (52 points) or on fast breaks (24). During one third-quarter sequence, Thomas threw a pass off the backboard to Jaylen Brown (16 points), drawing aahs from the crowd as the Celtics open a 89-58 lead with 4:50 left in the third quarter.Although Walton admitted feeling “a little bit of anger and frustration,” he understood the Celtics for being green.“Obviously it’s not enjoyable to watch teams showboat on your homecourt,” Walton said. “If I’m them, why not? We’re not getting back on defense. Rub it in our face and hopefully it (ticks) the players off.”It apparently did, as the Lakers went on a 20-4 run following the lob.Walton yanked his starters for most of the second half because he didn’t like their effort. After going scoreless and missing his first six shots in the first half, Lakers reserve guard Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 20 points on 7-for-19 shooting. Trailing by 31 in the third, Clarkson almost single-handedly cut the Lakers’ deficit to 15 by scoring their final 13 points entering the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Walton called reserve guard David Nwaba a “big part of that spark that got us back in the game” by providing seven points, two rebounds and defense that initially made the Laker sign him to a 10-day contract from the D-Fenders.“That’s what should happen. We should take pride in playing on our home floor,” Walton said. “Obviously we should play harder than that before. But especially when something like that is going on, it should motivate the group.”So should the prospect of a matchup with the Celtics, though that did not seem to entice the Lakers as it once did.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more