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Bulog asks for additional Rp 10 trillion to buy rice

first_imgThe price of medium quality rice is averaging Rp 10,202 per kilogram, about 8 percent higher than the retail price ceiling (HET). The price of unhusked rice is Rp 4,977 per kilogram, 17 percent higher than the government’s reference price (HPP).“We hope the government will give a stimulus for additional funds to buy husked and unhusked rice,” Tri said in an online discussion on Wednesday. “With the government’s permission, we will propose it at the limited coordination meeting so that Bulog can get the opportunity to buy as much as it can above the HPP.”The government has asked the agency to raise stocks of basic commodities to control the rising staple food prices, including rice, to anticipate both surging demand during Ramadan and Idul Fitri and logistical disruptions due to large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Between March and May, the Agriculture Ministry estimates the demand for rice will total 7.6 million tons. The rice harvest reaches its peak in April, and production is expected to exceed demand by 8.3 million tons by the end of May. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog), a governmental body responsible for securing the staple food supply, plans to ask for an additional Rp 10 trillion (US$637 million) from the government to buy rice from farmers to augment rice stocks.The agency’s director of operations and public service, Tri Wahyudi Saleh, said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the extra funds would be enough to procure about 1.2 million tons of rice from the farmers.Tri said that the increase in prices of milled rice and unhusked rice would make rice procurement more costly. With the high price, the procurement would be too costly if the agency had to borrow from banks, he added. However, consumption tends to rise by 3 percent in the period leading up to Ramadan, set to take place on April 23, and by 20 percent leading up to Idul Fitri on May 24, according to a survey by the Agriculture Ministry’s Food Security Agency. Bulog’s sales usually rise by 10 percent over the period.The introduction of large-scale social restrictions in Greater Jakarta, considered the nation’s COVID-19 epicenter, may pose a challenge to the government’s plan.“We have prepared a banner for Bulog logistics [shipments] saying that the goods inside belong to the agency,” said Tri. “This was very helpful when we distributed sugar and rice from Lampung to Jakarta. We were prioritized by the ASDP [state-owned ferry operator] and we were escorted by the local police traffic unit.”The Jakarta and West Java administrations have suspended public activities and have imposed limitations on transportation for 14 days until late April to slow the spread of coronavirus.As of Tuesday, Jakarta, which accounts for about 20 percent of the national rice market, had confirmed 2,335 cases of COVID-19 – nearly half of the total confirmed cases nationwide.Not all staple food supplies are distributed by Bulog. As private retailers also take part in the distribution of staple food, they should maintain product quality despite logistical disruption due to the government’s measures to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, said Center for Indonesian Policy Studies researcher Galuh Octania.“Even before the introduction of large-scale social restrictions, some distributors complained about delays,” Galuh said in the same online talk on Wednesday. “The shipment of food commodities usually takes a day, but it was delayed by up to three days for various reasons, such as drivers’ reluctance to work or fear of getting stopped [by authorities].”Topics :last_img read more

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Football: Clement hopes to increase practice workload

first_imgThree touchdowns on 11 carries and 115 yards in the cold rain isn’t a bad day for any running back.It was especially not a bad day for Corey Clement, the Wisconsin football junior who posted the aforementioned stat line in his first game in nearly two months.He did it feeling at about 85 percent, he said Monday.Clement said he hopes for an increased workload during practice, but it is still too early in the week to tell. In the past few weeks, Clement has only practiced the first half of practice, then sat out the remainder.Head coach Paul Chryst isn’t sure how the staff will handle Clement in practice yet, either.“I think you’ve got to let the body guide you, and I feel good with what we’ve been doing and how we’ve approached it and what he’s done, and need to just continue to do that,” Chryst said.Clement said his doctor told him he couldn’t re-injure himself. While the doctor’s official prognosis after the surgery was four to six weeks, ultimately Clement’s tolerance for pain would dictate how quickly he’d return to the field. Clement’s return Saturday marked four weeks after the procedure.“This is a test of my own strength,” Clement said. “It’s really a mental thing. Some people have it worse. And I keep thinking that.”Two days after Saturday’s game, Clement said he was still sore, but will practice on Tuesday.Clement’s rust showed as the game wore on. He reeled off a 58-yard gain late in the third quarter, but a Rutgers defender chased him down. It was evident Clement wasn’t running at full speed in the waning yards of the dash.“If I was 100 percent, he wouldn’t have caught me,” Clement said.Badgers look forward to breakWhen the Badgers travel to College Park, Maryland for Saturday’s matchup against the Terrapins, it will mark their 10th week in a row with a game.But next Saturday, Nov. 14, the team will have its first bye of the season.It has been a grind thus far, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave said, going all the way to the four weeks of training camp before the actual season.“That, stacked on four weeks of camp going into the year, that’s a long time,” Stave said. “The physical grind and the mental grind is a lot on guys.”Stave said the team uses Sundays and Mondays to recuperate physically, while preparing for their next opponent mentally by watching tape and going over scouting reports.Senior safety Michael Caputo pointed out strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodzieg and his staff’s work  to keep the players fresh throughout the grind of a football season, all while maintaining a rigorous strength regimen. For example, just a couple of weeks ago, Caputo said, players were setting personal bests on the squat rack.And mentally, Caputo said, all is well for the Badgers.“Mentally, I think we’re fine,” Caputo said. “I think we’re fit. I think we’re good in that regard.”last_img read more

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Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Clippers stifle Luka Doncic and Mavericks

first_imgPreviousDALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith defends as Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard works for a shot opportunity during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and Patrick Beverley (21) defend as Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) prepares to pass the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Kristaps Porzingis #6 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Delon Wright (55) works to the basket for a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is fouled going up for a shot by LA Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is fouled going up for a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) advances the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) handles the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Tim Hardaway Jr. #11 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers makes a slam dunk against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates after sinking a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) shoots between Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) and Paul George (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Seth Curry #30 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Boban Marjanovic #51 of the Dallas Mavericks and Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks is fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers instructs his team in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) shouts out after being charged with a foul in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Tim Hardaway Jr. #11 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers makes the slam dunk against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Boban Marjanovic #51 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) sprints forward to the basket as Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) is fouled going up for a basket by Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Clippers’ Paul George takes a shot as the Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis defends during Tuesday’s game in Dallas. George had 26 points and six steals in a 114-99 win. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle walks on the court after calling a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) and Seth Curry (30) defend against a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) defends as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) grabs a pass in the paint in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) works against Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) for a shot opportunity in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) fouls Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) as forward Kawhi Leonard, right, looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) is fouled going up for a basket by Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith defends as Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard works for a shot opportunity during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NextShow Caption1 of 48Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith defends as Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard works for a shot opportunity during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ExpandDALLAS — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gave the young European duo from the Dallas Mavericks the best look yet at life among the elite in the Western Conference.George scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter, Leonard finished with 28 and the Clippers took control early in a meeting of teams with matching five-game winning streaks, beating the Mavericks 114-99 on Tuesday night.The Clippers (13-5) used several defenders to end Luka Doncic’s franchise-record streak of four games with at least 30 points and 10 assists, knocking the 20-year-old phenom to the floor early on a 4-of-14 shooting night. Doncic had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Kristaps Porzingis was 4 for 13, the 7-foot-3 Latvian combining with the Rookie of the Year from Slovenia to go 8 for 27 compared to 19 for 42 for the Clippers’ All-Star wings. George added a career-high six steals to help hold the Mavericks under 100 points for the first time this season. PG13 FLIES IN. ✈️ #ClipperNation He’s up to 17 PTS in the 1Q on @NBATV! pic.twitter.com/MpqLSB5Vec— NBA (@NBA) November 27, 2019 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “They’re looking to win a championship; they played like it was a playoff game,” said Porzingis, who hit a 28-footer 22 seconds into the game and another 3-pointer from the logo at center court just before halftime but finished 3 for 8 from beyond the arc. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds.“They played aggressively and they showed us that we have to learn how to play these games. We have to bring that same intensity.”Patrick Beverley got in foul trouble as one of the defenders assigned to Doncic, who had to settle for doing most of his damage on free throws, making 14 of 16.Beverley getting his fourth foul early in the second half just brought back Lou Williams sooner. The high-scoring reserve finished with 21 points, going 4 for 7 from 3-point range while Doncic missed all seven of his deep tries against the Clippers’ defense.“That’s who we are as a team,” said George, who had all four of his 3-pointers in the first quarter. “We pride ourselves on defense. Offensively, we’ve got guys who can score the ball, but we want to make it tough on a nightly basis on whoever we’re playing.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dallas was trailing by three when Doncic joined the rest of the starters on the bench in the final minute of the first quarter. By the time those five came back together in the second, the Clippers’ lead was 48-32.The Clippers’ reserves scored 16 of the 20 points during the run, with Leonard getting the other four. The NBA’s highest-scoring bench finished with 44 points. Dallas, fourth on that list, scored 37 bench points, most with the outcome no longer in doubt.“They’re big, they’re strong, they’re highly skilled,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “They pick you up full court and they hound you. This is a game we’ve got to learn from and do better next time.”TIP-INSClippers: Montrezl Harrell scored 12 points two nights after tying his career high with 34 against New Orleans to help finish a sweep of a five-game homestand. … Leonard had a team high-tying eight rebounds, and Williams had six rebounds and six assists.Mavericks: Doncic had a third straight game without a triple-double, the longest run without one this season for the NBA’s leader in triple-doubles (seven). … Dallas shot a season-low 38 percent. … Seth Curry scored 13 off the bench, and J.J. Barea had 12.TURNOVER TIMEDoncic committed seven turnovers in his sixth game with at least seven this season. The Mavericks had 20, two off their season-high in their second game with at least that many.COMFORTABLY IN FRONTThe Clippers led by double digits most of the last three quarters, peaking at a 24-point lead with three minutes left in the game. George gave them the lead for good with a 3-pointer for a 23-21 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter.UP NEXTThe Clippers play at Memphis on Wednesday to finish their fourth set of back-to-back games so far this season. It’s the second road game in a stretch with seven of nine away from home.center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ The Mavericks had taken the Southwest Division lead with a win at Houston for their fifth consecutive victory and weren’t too far removed from a loss to LeBron James and the Lakers that required a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime in Dallas.But the other expected title contenders from L.A. offered a dose of reality for a team looking to end a three-season run without reaching the playoffs.Related Articles ❄️ @TeamLou23 was SMOOTH in the @LAClippers 6th-straight win!21 PTS | 6 REB | 6 AST | 4 3PM pic.twitter.com/FqGSbBMx7T— NBA (@NBA) November 27, 2019last_img read more

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Dodgers’ offensive problems don’t start at the top, Dave Roberts says

first_img“It’s just more magnified. These guys have taken 40, 50 at-bats. I absolutely understand that it’s a shorter season. But they’re going to get going.”A career .303 hitter with a .911 OPS in the leadoff spot, Betts has gone 7 for 21 with a .417 on-base percentage in his five starts there this season while batting .250 (10 for 40) with a .286 on-base percentage batting second.But Roberts doesn’t believe in trickle-down economics. Moving Betts into the leadoff spot wouldn’t be a panacea for the Dodgers’ other offensive woes, he said.“Certainly you talk about the leadoff hitter, the role, the spark — I absolutely understand that,” Roberts said. “But you look up and down our lineup, there’s really not anyone swinging the bat considerably well. So just to have Mookie in the leadoff role I don’t think makes everybody in the order get hot.“When you’re talking about one player and lineup construction where he hits leadoff once a game, the numbers to last year are very similar as far as (Betts’) production. Now you’re taking in eight other players in a lineup that particular game that matter as well. So when you potentially give them matchups and make it a little more difficult for the opposing managers, I think that has some value too.”SEAGER PROGRESSFor the second consecutive day, injured shortstop Corey Seager tested his back by doing agility drills, running, swinging a bat and playing catch.“He came out of it feeling good,” Roberts said. “It’s just going to be a slow progression. I don’t know when he’s going to get on the field and take batting practice, take grounders at full speed. Then we’ll know more.”Roberts said the Dodgers still do not feel it’s necessary to put Seager on the injured list despite playing shorthanded for a fourth consecutive game Tuesday.“Right now we’re OK with the versatility we have to just stand pat,” Roberts said.GONSOLIN STARTThe Dodgers have yet to start a pitcher on less than five days’ rest this season. And they’re not about to start now.In the midst of a stretch of 17 consecutive days with games, Roberts said the Dodgers will promote right-hander Tony Gonsolin to start Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres, pushing left-hander Julio Urias (and the rest of the rotation) back a day.“I think right now, trying to appreciate that we’ve got 17 in a row and we want to make sure that we really take care of the starters and pitchers in general,” Roberts said. “So I think right now to give them the extra day over a few turns, I think makes sense for everybody. And, we can kind of push them a little bit more as we get into September.”This has become standard procedure for the Dodgers. Over the previous three seasons, their starting pitcher has been operating on five days’ rest or more in 70 percent (339 of 487) of their regular-season games.“It’s not just a Julio thing,” Roberts said of Urias who is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA after his first three starts. “I think it’s a good thing for all of our starters.”ALSOReliever Joe Kelly did have the hearing for his appeal of an eight-game suspension on Monday. The Dodgers are awaiting word on the decision.Related Articles “That’s kind of been my whole career,” he said accurately — 567 of his 794 career starts in the big leagues have been at the top of the order. “I don’t foresee hitting somewhere else. If there’s a need then I’m always ready if it needs to happen.“I’d like to hit in one spot. I don’t like moving around. … I think it’s just a comfort level for me. I can only speak for myself, to know that every day I’m going to be in the lineup, batting first.”But Betts has started as the leadoff hitter just five times in the first 18 games since signing a 12-year contract extension with the Dodgers. Instead, Joc Pederson (seven) and Max Muncy (five) have appeared there more often with Betts batting second as Roberts seeks a “left-right” lineup that makes it more difficult for opposing managers to make pitching decisions (particularly with the new three-batter rule for pitchers).The results have not been good. Despite overall good production that puts them near the top of the National League in most offensive categories, the Dodgers’ lineup has had some soft spots and the leadoff spot is one. Going into Tuesday’s game, the Dodgers’ leadoff hitters had combined for a .188 average and .685 OPS.“Obviously having Muncy in there at times, he’s a traditional on-base guy and he’s just not swinging the bat well,” Roberts said Tuesday. “Right now, he’s just in a little bit of a funk. He’s going to get out of it. I don’t think the leadoff spot is the reason. Joc has hit leadoff many times over for us in years past. And he’s just not swinging the bat well. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — When the Dodgers traded for Mookie Betts, they acquired one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball.But they haven’t used him that way.In spring training, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he would — “That’s where he feels comfortable and that’s where we’re at right now,” he said in February.Betts himself made it clear that was his preference. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more