Marcin Gortat delivers for Clippers on Polish Heritage Day

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Afterward, Gortat put on a stylish burgundy suit and headed out to speak to the 1,000-plus Polish fans filling the bleachers.“It was a lot of work,” said Gortat, who also hosted a Polish-themed function that was attended by Coach Doc Rivers and a couple of his teammates Saturday night in Beverly Hills. “Huge appreciation to the Los Angeles Clippers organization, they really made our job easier. There were a lot of things involved and the Clippers were really kind to us and they helped us to create an incredible event today.“I think we have a lot in common, our countries,” Gortat continued. “We’ve been allies for many, many years; we have a beautiful culture, a beautiful history and at the end of the day, we’ve got to continue to grow together. Events like this are great because you guys can learn more stuff about us.”Rivers said he, indeed, learned something from Saturday’s function.“Everybody has pride in their country, but I don’t know if anyone has more pride than Marc,” Rivers said. “And I’m very serious. I went to a function last night and we had special forces from Poland — I felt very safe. We had dignitaries and he knew everyone’s name, he was calling people up and he was starting to talk about the history of the county, the 100-year independence of Poland. “Honestly, I call myself a history buff (but) I didn’t realize that they had been occupied till that point, so it was a history lesson for me last night from Marc, which was really cool.”MONEY MOTJohnathan Motley banked his first two buckets in his L.A. Clippers account Sunday, when he scored his team’s final four points.The promising two-way prospect — who twice this season has been named G League Player of the Week for his performances with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario — was activated by the L.A. Clippers for the first time this season before Friday’s game in Phoenix.He entered Sunday’s game with 1:55 to go and seemed primed to get his first points from the free-throw line before officials ruled that the Clippers had exceeded the shot clock before Motley was fouled.Shortly thereafter, Motley — for whom Clippers fans on Twitter have rallied with the #FreeMotley hashtag — sank a turnaround jumper before utilizing a Gortat screen to step through for a finger roll.“That’s what I do, I play basketball and I’m a really good scorer, I have a knack for it,” said Motley, who is averaging 25.6 points per game and shooting 56.1 percent in 18 games for Agua Caliente. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory LOS ANGELES — There were Polish cheerleaders, Polish jams playing on the P.A. system, a halftime address from Polish President Andrzej Duda, attendance by Poland’s “Beyoncé” Edyta Górniak, at the center of it all, a very proud Polish center.Marcin Gortat had another productive game in the Clippers’ 106-96 victory on Sunday, when he and the organization hosted Polish Heritage Day.It was the eighth such Polish heritage event that Gortat has been part of, and his first with the Clippers, whom he joined this offseason following a trade from Washington for Austin Rivers.Facing the team with which he’d spent the first three-plus seasons of his 12-year career, Gortat finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes — that extra floor time a bonus for the veteran who was averaging 16.9 minutes per game coming in.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img

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