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Press Review : Cameroon Calling – ESPN THE MAGAZINE

Press Review : Cameroon Calling – ESPN THE MAGAZINE

More than a decade ago, Luc Mbah a Moute created a path, which Joel Embiid took and Pascal Siakam followed. This is the untold story of the rise of Cameroonian ball.
by Jackie MacMullan

On a sticky July afternoon in Cameroon, beads of perspiration dot a young boy’s brow as he paces outside the Yaoundé Sports Palace, plotting his entry. The expansive, asymmetric dome with a sharply pointed roof was a diplomatic gift from the People’s Republic of China, plunked into the city of Yaoundé like a spaceship from another galaxy. The 10-year-old, named Arthur, yells to the guard out front but is told that family and friends are not allowed inside. « But I want to see my brother! » the boy says, his infectious grin creasing his round, sun-kissed face. « You can just let me in, OK? »

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Lakers 111-102 Clippers

Lakers 111-102 Clippers

The Californian duel has turned in favor of the Lakers which have dominated the Clippers in the second period. The two teams had before the break, but the third quarter-time to completely turned in favor of the Lakers, who controlled the return of clippers in the last quarter. J.J Redick and Jamal Crawford end at 22 points, Marreese Speights 15 points, Luc Mbah a Moute 6 points, 2 rebounds.

The clippers have started well the part, taking up to 11 points ahead in the first quarter that they won 31-27. The Lakers Back to 1 point in the second, 56-55, but the clippers are in head to the 58-55 pause after having pocketed the 28-27 period.

Has the recovery, the Lakers spend a 13-0 which gives them an advantage of 10 points ahead 68-58. The meeting has switched to 4 minutes and the clippers will then run to score. The Lakers pocketing the third quarter-time 34-16 and have 15 points in advance at the beginning of the last 89-74. The clippers come back to 4 points in the last 89-85, and despite twelve good last minutes (28-22) This are the Lakers which control the match and is required after 11 defeats in a row in the face of the Clippers.

Clippers loses against the Wizards.

Clippers loses against the Wizards.

After taking the lead at half-time and leading a good part of the second half, the Clippers lost their lead in the final minutes and eventually bowed to the floor in Washington. Bradley Beal with 41 points to 13/23 of which 6/10 to 3 points, greatly participated in the success of the Wizards, who nevertheless have difficulty to contain the Californians. Blake Griffin scores 26 points, with 7 assists and 1 rebound, JJ Redick 17 points, DeAndre Jordan 13 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, Austin Rivers, Chris Paul 13 points, Luc Mbah a Moute who returned from injury after two missed matches 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 interception.

 

Washington started on an 11-6 but very quickly the score balanced 14-14. The Wizards are leading at the end of the first quarter 28-27. In the second, the Clippers took the lead at the end of the period (28-24) to lead to the break 55-52.

The Clippers took a quick lead to the rebound on an 11-2, but Bradley Beal made a great performance and scored the points. It allows his people to pocket the third quarter time 33-32 and the Clippers are only 2 points ahead at the start of the last twelve minutes 87-85. On a 7-0, the Clippers take the lead 102-95, but the money time turns in favor of the Wizards who pass before 106-104, then take 6 points ahead 114-108 to 1 minute of the term. The Wisards take the win 117-110.

The Clippers who lose their 7th game are now 4th place in the West, will face the Denver Nuggets at home on Tuesday, December 20th.

 

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Another loss, Clippers vs. Warriors

Another loss, Clippers vs. Warriors

The Warriors won easily on the Clippers floor, picking up the first quarter 37-19 and keeping the Californians away until the end of the game. The Clippers limited to 39.6% on shots against 47.7% for Golden State, 15 assists against 32, returned to 7 points before the break. Insufficient to worry the Warriors. Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, Marreese Speights 15 points and 9 rebounds, Chris Paul 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.

After a balanced start to the game, visitors put on a 22-4 which left the Clippers at 18 points at the end of the first quarter-time 37-19. The Clippers take over the second quarter with 30-25, but Golden State is ahead at the half-time with 62-44.

Klay Thompson (24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Stephen Curry (19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists) managed the second period effectively. They won the 3rd quarter-time 29-26 and the last 24-23 for a final victory 115-98.

The Clippers take a second defeat at home, but remained 3rd in the West with 16 wins and 6 defeats. Next game will be Saturday 10 December against New Orleans.



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Loss against the Pacers.

Loss against the Pacers.

Back at the Staples Center, the Doc Rivers’ guys were quickly overtaken by the Pacers who after losing the first quarter, led the rest of the game. Blake Griffin finished top scoring with 24 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, Chris Paul added 18 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists, J.J. Redick 15 points, Luc Mbah a Moute 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 pass.

 

The Clippers however start the game in the best way, leading 23-8 in the first quarter. The Pacers are clumsy (15 missed shots out of 22) and the Californians take advantage to lead 28-17. But the rest of the match quickly turns to the advantage of Indiana, who returns in the second quarter 38-37. The visitors pocket this period 31-24, although the Clippers lead to the pause 52-48.

 

Indiana chains in the third quarter (35-17) and takes the lead with 10 points ahead 71-61. At the start of the last quarter, the Pacers lead 83-69. The Clippers react and return to 4 points 100-104 to 1’26 of the end of the encounter on a Jordan dunk (9 points, 15 rebounds). But Indiana bounces back 100-107 on a 3 points Paul George (16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) and wins 102-111 despite a 33-28 for the Clippers.

Luc and his teammates remain 3rd in the West (18 wins, 6 defeats) before facing Golden State.

 

Pacers 91-70 Clippers

Pacers 91-70 Clippers

The Clippers will soon forget the game of that night, during which nothing worked. With only 31.4% shootout success, the Clippers have scored their lowest points since 2003. Blake Griffin scored 16 points with 9 rebounds and 3 assists, Chris Paul 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists.

 

After a first quarter-time balanced, but with 11 ball losses for the Clippers, the Pacers are 23-20. They dig the gap at the end of the second quarter (27-20) and are ahead at the break 50-40.
Indiana starts the second period on a 12-2 in front of unrecognizable Clippers. The third quarter is for Premiers 26-18, which keep their lead in a depressing last quarter (15-12).

The Pacers prevail with 21 points and lead to a second defeat in a row for Clippers who will soon have to recover, Tuesday, November 29 at the Brooklyn Nets.

 

The Clippers fall for the first time out of season @ Detroit

The Clippers fall for the first time out of season @ Detroit

The Clippers lost their third game of the season, losing to the Pistons 108-97. The Californians were offensive and leading up until the 4th quarter but the Pistons ended up winning. Blake Griffin (24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists) and J.J Redick (24 points, 3 rebounds, 1 pass) finish best scorers of the team. In front, Detroit was more effective (52.2% on shots against 47.9% for Clippers, 47.4% at 3 points against 33.3%).

 

The start of the match is clearly to the advantage of the Pistons who lead in mid-first quarter 25-11 and pocketed 35-23. On two shots of Chris Paul, the Clippers return to 8 points 49-41 in the second (22-25), but the Pistons are still ahead at pause 57-48.

The Clipper will return to the score after the break (32-25), although the Pistons recover 18 points in the first minutes of the third quarter. J.J Redick scores 10 points in the last moments of the period, and the Clippers are only two points at the start of the last quarter 82-80. The Clippers pass 84-82 in the latter by scoring the first 4 points, but the Pistons will eventually regain the lead and then widen the gap until the end of the fourth quarter (26-17). The Clippers fall for the first time out of season.

With 14 wins and three defeats, the Clippers lose 1 place to the West in favor of Golden State which takes the lead. The Clippers continue their road trip with a stop at the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, November 27th.

 

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Clippers win against the Kings

Clippers win against the Kings

The Clippers dominated the Kings throughout the game (52.6% shootout success against 44.2% for Sacrameno, 70% in the first period), despite a return of the premises at the end of the match. From the side of Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins ​​achieves a big performance with 38 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Blake Griffin (29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists), JJ Redick (26 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists), DeAndre Jordan (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Luc Mbah a Moute, Always valuable in defense (7 points, 1 rebound, 1 pass).

 

The Clippers made the match easy from the start, winning in the first quarter-time 40-24. They confirm their lead in the second by pocketing 33-30 and have 19 points ahead at break 73-54.

 

In the second half, the Kings returned to 12 points in the middle of the third quarter 88-76. But the Clippers respond with a 10-0 that gives them air again. Both teams scored 31 points in this period and the Clippers retain 19 points at the start of the last 104-85. Twelve last minutes in which Sacramento believes and is gradually getting back (30-17), so much so that on two shots of Barnes, the premises are only 2 points of the Clippers 117-115 on a big series (30-13). Finally, in the final two minutes, the Kings will not score any more due to several misses and losses of ball, contrary to the Clippers who master the money time with a Jordan dunk, and 2 shots of Chris Paul.

The first Clippers in the West (11 wins, 2 defeats) will receive the Bulls tonight at the Staples Center.

 

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The Clippers lose at home against Memphis

The Clippers lose at home against Memphis

The Clippers were surprised at home by Memphis, which ended a series of 7 victories of the Californians. Despite a big performance by JJ Redick (29 points, including 22 after the break) and Blake Griffin (25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists), facing the Grizzlies were able to count on a big attack (48.8% success against 45.7% For the Clippers) with Conley scoring 30 points for 5 rebounds and 8 assists, and Marc Gasol with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists.

 

The Clippers start the game well by picking the first quarter 28-26, but lack efficiency in the second, unlike previous encounters. The Grizzlies take off on a 35-18 and are leading at halftime 61-46.

At the back of the locker room, JJ Redick began the climb of the Clippers by scoring 13 points including 4 shots at 3 points. Revenged to 6 points, the locals face a new offensive from the Grizzlies who pass a 10-0. Fortunately, Redick is still there and the Clippers pocket the third quarter-time 30-22, to be only 7 points late at the start of the last 76-83. In the money time, the substitutes do the job and with the address of Redick to 3 points, the Clippers go back in front 101-100 to 3’30 of the term. Each team takes turns advantage and the Clippers lead 107-105 in the last minute thanks to Chris Paul. A period that will turn to the advantage of the Gizzlies, who put on a free throw, then a 3 points by Gasol to 14 seconds of the buzzer. The Clippers lose their last possessions and Conley completes the game on two free throws that give the victory to Memphis 107-111.

Despite this, the Clippers remain 1st in the West (10 victories, 2 home losses). Next meeting Friday, November 18 at the Sacramento Kings.

 

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Another win @ Timberwolves 119-105

Another win @ Timberwolves 119-105

The Clippers continue to shine, with a great Luc Mbah a Moute, once again had a superb game. Doc Rivers said at the end of the meeting: « At the moment there is no better defender in the league than Luc. What he does… And besides when you have him and DJ (Jordan) together, it makes our defense special. Then the fact that it also scores is the icing on the cake.  » Indeed, in addition to his defense on Andrew Wiggins, limited to 8/24 shooting, Luc scored 15 points to 6/8. Chris Paul added, « He’s a unique player, and we could not do what we do without him. » This performance allowed the team to win a sixth consecutive victory, with a shooting success at 52.6% against 44.9% for the Wolves. Blake Griffin reached 20 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, DeAndre Jordan 18 points, 16 rebounds. JJ Redick adds 18 points, Chris Paul 19.

The Californians still started the game very well, picking up the first quarter-time 34-21. In the second, the Wolves restarted and returned tied 43-43 after a good sequence on their part (22-9). But the Clippers understood the message and realized in 4 minutes a 17-8 which replaces them at the break 60-51.

 

In the second period, the Clippers kept their opponent at a distance and widened the gap at the end of the period (28-22). At the start of the last quarter, they lead 88-73, 15 points ahead. A good control of the ball during the last twelve minutes (31-32) to win for the 9th time of the season for a single defeat.

First in the West, the Clippers come home Monday to host the Nets of Brooklyn.

Great Win @ OKC

Great Win @ OKC

The Clippers also made a great match, winning on the floor of the Thunder. Unbeaten in their 4 trips, the Californians are the only ones in the lead in the West with a record of 8 victories for 1 defeat. At OKC, it was a tough battle to get a victory at the end of the game (45.3% success on the shots against 43.2% for the Thunder, 45 rebounds on each side). (25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Chris Paul adds 17 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, Jamal Crawford 19 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds. Luc Mbah has Moute in the 5, played 31 min, for 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 interceptions. Opponent, the Thunder was able to count on 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 9 assists from Russell Westbrook.

 

After a complicated first quarter (22.7% of shooting success) during which OKC took control of the match (24-16), the Clippers took second place (34-26). On a 3 points JJ Redick, both teams are tied 45-45, then 50-50 at the break.

 

The Clippers attack the third quarter on an 8-1, and take the lead until the end of period 32-24. At the beginning of the last, Luc and his are in front of 82-74. The end of the game is exciting, OKC re-joining 102-102 on a 3-point Westbrook 2 minutes from the buzzer. The Clippers take the lead on a Jordan dunk and a Crawford 3-point (109-104). At 11 seconds, Westbrook between 2 free throws (108-109), before Jamal Crawford transforms 1 out of 2. Russell Westbrook tries a final 3 points that misses, thus giving the narrow victory to the Clippers 108-110 !

The Clippers remain first in the West, with the best start of their 8-1 history! Next math this evening at the Wolves.

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Another Win against the Blazers

Another Win against the Blazers

We do not stop the Clippers who realize a beginning of madness season, with this seventh victory in eight encounters. The physiognomy of the match is the same as the previous ones, with a first half crushing the opponent (62-31). Thanks to his good defense with Luc Mbah a Moute in the 5 (23 minutes of play, 5 rebounds, 3 points) and points against (17 points to 2 in turnovers), the Clippers also count on a good success on shots 43.7% compared to 35.2% for Portland). Blake Griffin scores 22 points with 13 rebounds and 5 assists, Chris Paul 19 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, DeAndre Jordan 16 points, 9 rebounds, 1 pass. In front, only Shabazz Napier crossed the 10-point mark.

The Californians started the game on a 26-10, before winning the first quarter with already 20 points 36-16! They chain the second on a 14-2 to win 25-16, widening the gap at the break of 29 points 61-32.

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In the second period, the Clippers are up to 48 points 93-45, thanks to a third quarter as mastered as the others (32-18). They then leave a few crumbs to the Blazers (30-18) in the last twelve minutes, and finish the game with a win 111-80.

The Clippers will travel Friday to OKC.

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Taking on the Spurs

Taking on the Spurs

The Clippers were brilliantly on the floor of the Spurs, who in 21 seasons had never conceded so many points (73) at halftime. Blake Griffin made a superb match with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Jamal Crawford added 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Luc Mbah a Moute scores 13 points, with 1 rebound, 1 pass, 1 interception. Marreese Speights stands out with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 1 pass. The Clippers made an exceptional first half to lead to the break 73-55. With a shooting success of 51.6% against 40% for the premises, Los Angeles took advantage of the numerous interceptions and balls lost to lead the whole of the meeting.

 

Despite an 8-0 start to San Antonio, the Clippers chained 8 consecutive stops to pass 16-8. They quickly widen the gap to already lead 39-24 out of the first quarter. The Spurs try to react at the beginning of the second, returning to 31-41. But the Clippers continue to dominate the game to pocket this period 34-31 and lead to 18 points at break 73-55.

 

The third quarter is tighter and less prolific, with a 17-16 for San Antonio. But the advance is sufficient and the important thing is to keep the lead, which Luc and his family perfectly do. They even aggravated the score in the last quarter, realizing a real demonstration to the end. The Clippers won the last quarter 27-20 and the match 116-92, or 24 points!

In the West Conference, the Clippers occupy the first place with 5 victories for 1 defeat, ahead of OKC and the Spurs. Next meeting Monday, November 7 against Detroit.

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Victory against the Suns

Victory against the Suns

Californians will offer a third consecutive win, with superb performances of Chris Paul (24 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists), Blake Griffin (21 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) and DeAndre Jordan (19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists). The Clippers quickly took control of the match to pocket the first half and win the rest of the game.

After taking the lead early in the first Quarter 15-9, join the Clippers are 21-21 and are tied 24-24 at period end. In the second, the match to the advantage of Luc Mbah a Moute (20 min game) and his family. On a beautiful series 18-3, the Clippers take over the second quarter 24-12 and 48-36 are before the break.

 

In the beginning of the third quarter (34-34), the Suns back in the game with a 19-8 and are just one point of 56-55. Fortunately, the Clippers found a pace for their game and resume with leading 82-70 at the start of the last quarter. A sufficient lead to hold off Phoenix until late in the game. The Clippers win 34-28 during the last quarter led them to a score of 116-98, for a balance of 3 wins 0 losses.

Next meeting face OKC Wednesday, November 2nd.

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