- Clippers’ Doc Rivers raves about Pistons’ Andre Drummond
Center Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons entered Saturday’s afternoon game against the Clippers averaging a whopping 19.3 rebounds. When Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked about the progress Drummond has made over the past few years, he shook his head.“He’s amazing to me,” Rivers said before his team defeated the Pistons 101-96 at Staples Center. “I just watch him and I think Stan (Van Gundy) has done an amazing job. You can see he understands body positions now. He’s always been big, he’s always been athletic and now he knows how … like you watch him play, you can see him getting angles for rebounds with his body. You know that’s been taught.“So when you watch it, it’s really impressive. He’s doing the old Dennis Rodman, where you go under the rim and then you earn your way back and with his body, I don’t know how you stop that.”Drummond is just 22, yet this is his fourth season. In his first full season – his second in the league – he averaged 13.2 rebounds. He averaged 13.5 in 2014-15 and now this. Van Gundy, the Pistons’ head coach, also marvels at his big man. “He’s a big guy with great talent who can run and can really move his feet,” he said. “And he’s got a lot of ability, so it’s just a matter of him getting better day by day and year by year. The biggest challenge for Andre is consistency.“What he’s got to understand is that there’s a connection between how he plays and how we play, obviously. He’s huge to what we do. And when he brings an energy, runs the floor and is active defensively, rebounds the ball, sets screens and rolls hard, then we’re going to be pretty good.”At 6-foot-11, 279 pounds, Drummond is a handful. He was also averaging 18.8 points, 1.6 blocks and 1.9 steals before Saturday. A one-trick pony, he is not.Drummond had 18 points and 19 rebounds Saturday.Sitting, watching Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Not only did small forward Lance Stephenson not start for the first time this season for the Clippers, he played less than two minutes. Rivers was asked about it after the game. He said he started Paul Pierce in Stephenson’s spot because with starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick out, it would give the team better spacing.As for Stephenson playing under two minutes, Rivers said, “He came in, I didn’t think he was ready. We were already down, we didn’t have enough time to wait.”Rivers said Stephenson handled it like a pro’s pro.“I mean, I know we’ve got so much depth and sometimes it’s not going my way and sometimes it’s going somebody else’s way,” Stephenson said. “The main thing is to be positive on the bench, not showing no negativity. I’m just happy we won.”Stephenson came in averaging 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He was shooting just 37.3 percent from the field.No golf for RedickPaul (groin strain) and Redick (back spasms) both missed their second consecutive game. Interestingly, Redick told reporters earlier this season he quit playing golf over the summer because of previous back issues.Redick went down late in the first half of Wednesday’s loss at Dallas.“Yeah, he told me this summer he was playing and he felt something and he said he wasn’t going to play golf again until he retires, which tells you who J.J. is; that says a lot about the guy,” Rivers said.
- UPL: Sserunkuma keeps intact KCCA’s 100% win start
Sadolin Paints 0-2 SC VillaSC Villa got out of the blocks of Tuesday following a 2-0 victory over Sadolin Paints at Bugembe Stadium in Jinja. Tabu Vitalis and Mike Sserumaga scored the Jogoos goals as Deo Sserwadda got his first victory as Villa coach since coming replacing Ibrahim Kirya in the offseason.Vipers 4-0 PoliceVipers finally got out of the blocks on Tuesday, hammering Police 4-0 at Nakivubo to go second in the Azam Uganda Premier League standings with four points. They trail leaders KCCA by two after as many games.Bright Stars 2-0 OnduparakaNewcomers Onduparaka tested their first hurdle of the Azam Premier League (UPL), falling 2-0 to Bright Stars in Matugga on Tuesday.Fred Segujja and Seifu Batte scored for coach Fred Kajoba’s side as they picked their first victory in the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL).Share on: WhatsApp Sserunkuma was the hero in Tuesday’s UPL games. UPL PHOTOBy UPLTUESDAY UPL RESULTSSoana 3 Saints 1Sadolin 0 Villa 2Vipers 4 Police 0URA 1 BUL 1Brightstars 2 Ondumparaka 0JMC Hippos 0 Kirinya 0Lweza 0 KCCA 1Proline 1 Express 1It was hardly a cute display from defending champions, KCCA, but the Lugogo side won’t care much after Geoffrey Sserunkuma’s solitary goal preserved their 100 per cent winning start to the season.Manager Mike Mutebi’s side edged Lweza 1-0 at Wankulukuku on Tuesday to make it two wins in as many games in the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL).But it took a brilliant close range header from veteran striker Geoffrey Sserunkuuma on 58 minutes for KCCA to get their first ever league win in five attempts over a spirited Lweza.FULL STORY (click here)Soana 3-1 The Saints (click here)Soana picked their first maximum points of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Saints at Kavumba on Tuesday. Ssebagala Kamada helped himself to a brace and Patrick Asiko grabbed the other as Sam Ssimbwa won his first game in charge of Soana since replacing Charles Ayiekoh, who through in the towel over a week ago.