Milan, In. — The newly restored water tower in Milan celebrating the miracle 1954 state championship team will be dedicated Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m.The event includes activities at the Milan Town Hall, a showing of the movie “Hoosiers” at 1 p.m., autographs with players and tours of the restored Nichols’ Barber Shop.Donations will be accepted.
SAN ANTONIO >> Doc Rivers didn’t even want to be here on Saturday.When the team got a look at the first draft of the NBA schedule and saw they’d be playing Saturday, Nov. 4 in San Antonio, Rivers and his staff had a single thought.Nope.His team was already scheduled to play four times earlier in the week, and the Clippers would have to face the Spurs on the road on the second half of a back-to-back? Nope. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “This is one of the games we actually tried to get changed,” he said prior to the game.Well, maybe he owes the NBA an apology.The Clippers turned in their best offensive performance of the season by a long shot, dominating the San Antonio Spurs 116-92.It’s the most lopsided win for the Clippers this season.Blake Griffin scored 26 of his 28 points in the first half, helping L.A. blow the Spurs out early with both teams playing on the second night of back-to-backs. The Clippers quickly fell behind 8-0 in the game’s first few minutes, but that stretch was merely a wake-up call.“We played great after the first eight points,” Doc Rivers said.Griffin and the starters put together a devastating 28-4 run to blow the game open, and the Spurs never really challenged after that. And, it started with defensive energy.“We got stops … I think eight in a row and came down and scored. Then, it’s 16-8. For us, it starts on defense. We always say that, but it really does,” Griffin said. “We got out in transition, got some easy buckets, and once those easy ones go in, then it feels like you can’t miss.”The Clippers scored 73 first-half points, which according to ESPN Stats and Info, was the most scored by a visiting team during the Gregg Popovich era in San Antonio.“Blake was great, but their whole team beat us soundly, embarrassingly,” Popovich said. “They were terrific … They beat us very, very, very well.”While signs of fatigue briefly materialized in the second half for the Clippers, San Antonio’s star, Kawhi Leonard, couldn’t get anything going against Luc Mbah a Moute. Leonard finished with 14 points, while Mbah a Moute gave the Clippers 13 points to go along with his consistent defensive effort.“He did a great job,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Luc is one of our amazing perimeter defenders, our best perimeter defender. He does a lot of great things for us.”Most of the greatness Saturday came early, before San Antonio’s trip from Utah and the Clippers’ trip from Memphis started to show.The two teams combined to score 33 points in the third quarter, a stretch where Rivers said the fatigue clearly had set in.“It was just survival for us,” Rivers saidBut thanks to the improved Clippers bench, which got 31 combined points from Jamal Crawford and Marreese Speights, there wasn’t any fourth-quarter slippage. The Clippers’ starters sat the entire fourth quarter, with no one playing more than 30 minutes Saturday.“Listen, it was great to win. It’s always great to win here,” Rivers said. “But these games shouldn’t happen. You can literally see it with both teams … A national TV game with two elite teams should be with a day off, and (then) they play the game.“That’s the way you want it; that’s how we all want it.”