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  • Kurtenbach: The Warriors played the ultimate trump card in Game 1 vs. the Clippers

    first_imgSpecifically, Stephen Curry was too much for Los Angeles to handle.While the scrappy Clippers found a way to go blow-for-blow with the rest of the turnover-prone Warriors’ roster for the first three quarters of the contest, they had no answer for the two-time MVP, who turned in a near-perfect offense performance in Game 1.Curry scored 38 points, dished out 7 assists, and pulled down 15 rebounds in the Warriors’ 121-104 win, carrying his team when they were struggling and inspiring it to play better basketball once the Warriors went ahead.It was yet another transcendent performance for the Baby Faced Assassin — a string of escalating highlights that would have gone against the run of play, if not for Curry’s ability to singlehandedly define a game at will. What happens when Clippers center Montrezl Harrell doesn’t have one of the best games of his career, scoring 24 points in his first 23 minutes of action? What happens if LA’s silky two-guard Lou Williams doesn’t have a great offensive game?What happens if DeMarcus Cousins — who played in his first playoff game Saturday — stops forcing things on both sides of the court and lets the game simply flow and his talent shine?What happens when the defensive maestro Draymond Green, whom the Clippers dared to shoot all game, doesn’t need to be the Warriors’ second-best offensive player? (Green shot 58 percent and scored 17 points Saturday.)The likelihood is that the result of such changes will bring a result much worse than Saturday’s outcome. And make no mistake, Saturday’s outcome didn’t look very good.(Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)The Warriors have several levels of better basketball yet to play this postseason. The Clippers, on the other hand, do not.And yet it is Golden State with a 1-0 lead in the series.The Clippers entered Saturday’s Game 1 as 100-to-1 to win the series in Las Vegas. If you were to have placed a bet on the Warriors to advance to the second round, you would have needed to bet $50,000 to win $100. That’s if you could find a place to make that bet — according to ESPN, some sports books weren’t even offering the series to bettors, it was so lopsided.But there was a clear reason the Warriors were such prohibitive favorites in the series — in basketball, talent is the ultimate trump card and it was proven, once again, on Saturday. Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Practice makes perfect, and for 82 regular season games, the Warriors practiced apathy against inferior opponents.And for large portions of Saturday’s playoff opener, they showed off their mastery of the craft.Golden State — on the whole — played sloppy, disjointed, uninspired basketball to open their postseason. But, as we have seen so many times over the years, those struggles simply didn’t matter. The Warriors’ talent absolutely overwhelmed the Clippers — the biggest playoff series underdog in the last 30 years of the NBA playoffs.center_img And with each preposterous 3-pointer Curry made (he was 8-for-12 from beyond the arc) and every subsequent and deserved M-V-P chant from the Oracle Arena crowd, you could see a bit more of the Clippers’ spirit break. By the end of the contest, with team leader Patrick Beverley in the locker room after being ejected in the fourth quarter and coach Doc Rivers leaning into officials as they walked off the court, there was little to none remaining.That’s because the Clippers know they missed their shot to turn this series — easily written off as a four-game sweep for the Warriors — on its head. The conditions were perfect — the Clippers threw their best at the Warriors and Golden State lacked incisiveness for most of the contest. And yet, despite that, Los Angeles still came up miles short, thanks to two Curry-led Warriors runs — short bursts of dominance amid a morass of turnovers and mental lapses — in the second and third quarters.Technically speaking, the Clippers are still in good position the best-of-seven-game series, down only one game, but in a showdown this lopsided, it’s hard to see a path back for them after Saturday’s contest.Because if the Warriors won by 17 points Saturday, what happens when the Warriors make schematic adjustments to what the Clippers showed them in Game 1?What happens when Kevin Durant, who scored 23 points on 50 percent shooting Saturday, takes full, ruthless advantage of the nearly one-foot size advantage he has on his main mark, the petulant Beverley, and turns in a hyper-efficient offensive game — the kind we’ve seen so often from him over the last two postseasons?last_img read more

  • Get Drumstruck!

    first_imgBilled as the world’s first interactive drum theatre production, Drumstruck not only gives theatre audiences a taste of African drumming, but makes them part of the show too.After its hugely successful debut at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in February this year, it is back for a two-week run at the 1300-seat Spoornet State Theatre Opera House in Pretoria, to coincide with the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development.In a true celebration of African culture, organiser say Drumstruck offers audiencesthe “unique opportunity to become part of a show that is unlike any other: a show of criss-crossing southern and west African rhythms, a show of colliding, intersecting cultures, a show of stomping, clanging percussion, a show of heartstopping dance and movement, a show of hands”.This vibrant show is directed by Kathy-Jo Ross and features the exuberant Warren Lieberman, who launched the Drum Cafe drumming phenomenon, together with musical director Richard Carter, master drummer Munkie Ncapayi and a talented cast of traditional and urban African drummers, dancers and choristers.The Drum Cafe evolved from months of small, informal drumming circles in the lounge of Lieberman’s Joburg house every Tuesday evening. Lieberman opened his first Drum Cafe next to one of his hardware stores in Greenside, Johannesburg, and several branches followed. Before long, it had spread to Cape Town, London, Sydney and Kenya, and had a loyal following of drummers.As unlikely as the success of the Drum Cafe was, so is Lieberman an unlikely protagonist. He studied physics, applied maths and electrical engineering, dabbled briefly in the formal business sector, before realising that the world of hardware retail would never satisfy him.His Drum Cafes developed organically into one of South Africa’s most successful corporate entertainment companies, he adds, with big name clients. Its corporate division has expanded to cover a wide spectrum of events, from team building and conflict resolution to roadshows, conferences, product launches and promotions. The Drum Cafe boasts a client base profiling numerous top South African companies, including Investec Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, M-Net, BMW and SAB.Drumstruck was born last year when Warren approached his childhood friend, Kathy-Jo Ross, a Wits Drama School graduate who had enjoyed a successful career as a performer in theatre, musicals and on radio. Says Ross: “It was the most exciting creative endeavour I had heard about in all my years of being in the theatre and I jumped at the chance of being involved.”Warren Lieberman and the Drumstruck cast (Photo: Drumstruck)The Drumstruck cast, led by the exuberant Warren Lieberman Lieberman says: “It happened through one of South Africa’s oldest and most intuitive group traditions: drumming. Today the Drum Cafe is synonymous with interactive modern day drumming, and has performed to well over 100 000 people around the world. In the last two and a half years it has grown from eight people to 24 in an unconventional set-up of talented performers and entrepreneurs with shared vision.”The progression from passive to interactive theatre is a natural one, he adds. “Some people go to the theatre purely to be entertained, some to escape from the stresses and strains of the world around them. Others go to the theatre to be confronted with their own worst fears and prejudices.“Rarely, if ever, do people go to the theatre for the most primal and compelling reason of them all – the natural, instinctive desire to be part of the show. Drumstruck addresses this need by bringing audiences into the show itself, allowing them to share the energy and excitement of an hour or two in the spotlight.”Other recent exciting projects include opening a music shop which offers the largest selection of African drums and world percussion instruments in South Africa; the launch of a CD, Mama, directed and choreographed by Wendy Oldfield; and the Drum Cafe’s African Music Agent (AMA) division, which aims to market, book, direct, choreograph and co-ordinate authentic African performers.Using the same informal methods that evolved in Lieberman’s lounge drum circle, everyone in the audience is given a small African drum and are encouraged to participate throughout the show. The infectious Lieberman teaches the audience a few simple drumming techniques, adds them into a series of musical riffs and before long even the most cynical person is happily drumming.But the show is also about investing in South African arts and culture through the empowerment of new South African performers, say the organisers. They have trained 12 talented former street buskers as performers and hope it plays a role in building the local music industry.Now, with established branches in London, Sydney and Kenya and a recent tour to Lithuania under their belt, the Drum Cafe’s international success has been a triumph for African culture.Source: Johannesburg World Summit 2002last_img read more

  • Buys aiming to follow Stander’s lead

    first_img23 July 2013South African Olympic cyclist Philip Buys is out to prove a point at the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships starting in Pietermaritzburg on 26 August – and to give a performance that does justice to the late Burry Stander.The 24-year-old Team Scott Factory rider headed to Spain for the fourth round of the UCI World Cup last week, looking to fine-tune his form before flying home to prepare for the World Championships at a training camp in Cape Town before heading to Pietermaritzburg a week before the event.For Durban-born Buys, who recently won the Cycling South African national MTB series title, the 2013 Cross Country World Championships is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity“I will never again get a chance to compete in a World Cross Country Champs on home soil, and racing on a track that I know well, I want to take full advantage of this opportunity,” he said in a statement ahead of his departure for Europe.“Every track is difficult in its own way, but the Cascades track seems to suit my style. I race it at every opportunity, and the more you race it the more comfortable you feel on it,” he added.Since the London Olympic Games, Buys has steadily climbed up the UCI rankings, and now finds himself ranked around 20th in the world, bringing with it a preferential seeding at major international races.“It’s quite different! When you start at the front everyone seems kind of shaky, while when you are seeded 70th and some way back, you have five seconds or so before you even cross the start line,” he said.PodiumIllness hampered his recent World Cup campaign, but he managed a podium in one of the Eliminator races. That has helped focus his training and preparations for the World Championships.“I’ve got the power. I know that and the Eliminator proves that. Now I am working on my fitness. Since the Absa Cape Epic I have been focusing more on training and recovery and actually racing less.”With a top 20 seeding, Buys is looking to finish the World Championships with a top 15 or top 10 result, and says he is driven in a significant way by his desire to sustain the legacy of the late Burry Stander.‘No excuses’“Burry did so much for this sport in South Africa. He set the standard and proved that as a South African you have no excuses not to beat the best in the world,” Buys explained.“With Burry’s passing the responsibility shifts to us to uphold his standards, and to go further and to take his achievements and go beyond that. That is a huge and positive motivation for me now.”Buys will also carry forward his experiences at the Olympics as he seeks to make the most of high profile and high pressure opportunities in the future.“As big as the Olympics were for me, I learnt a lot from that experience. I attach the same level of importance to these World Champs, and I know a lot more about what I have to do to perform at that level now. For me representing my country is a huge honour,” he said.Home town fans and supportersBuys has prioritised the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships and wants to wring full value out of the opportunity to race in front of his home town fans and supporters.“Travelling is always difficult. Your fitness levels drop and you can get sick travelling, so having this event at home is such a great opportunity. I know and like the course, and it will just take a few days to get it properly dialled in.“Then it is just about controlling myself. Your energy levels tend to be high during the taper phase,” he revealed.The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013, and will be preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from 21 to 25 August.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • South Africa marks queen’s 90th with Krugerrand

    first_img19 April 2016The world’s most famous gold coin, the Krugerrand, is commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday with a special limited edition.This is also the first time the South African Mint is celebrating a royal birthday.To mark the 90th Birthday of H.M Queen Elizabeth II, The South African Mint have issued a special and very limited Gold Krugerrand coin— Lord of Milton Manor (@regalmagazine) January 10, 2016“With an extremely low mintage of only 260 coins worldwide, this special edition. Krugerrand features a unique ‘QEII 90’ Mint Mark that will only appear on this special issue of gold Krugerrands,” noted the London Mint office.“This means that this coin will become a ‘one year only’ type, never to be released again.”It features:Obverse: bust of Paul Kruger by Otto SchultzReverse: springbok antelope by Coert Steynberg, also highlighting the unique “QEII 90th” Mint MarkAbout the KrugerrandThe South African Mint says the Kruggerrand evokes nostalgia because it has a classic design which “kindles memories of a bygone era and symbolises the romance and allure of gold”.Launched in 1967, it contains one troy ounce of pure gold. By the 1980s, fractional Krugerrands were made available – the 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz.The design dates back to 1892 when the country’s first coin series was circulated. It features a bust of the then president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger, created by die-engraver Schultz. “The reverse design of the prancing springbok, South Africa’s national animal, was modelled by Coert Steynberg,” reads the South African Mint website.” It was originally created for the commemorative 5-shilling coin issued in 1947 to celebrate the visit of the British Royal Family to South Africa.”The name Krugerrand comes from Kruger and South Africa’s monetary unit, the rand – associated with the Witwatersrand, “the ridge of white water”, the area where gold was discovered in 1886.Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on 21 April. The limited edition 1oz Krugerrand is selling at R59 000 at South Africa’s Scoin Shop. 90 photos for 90 years ahead of The Queen’s birthday on Thursday #Queenat90https://t.co/MqJGDqfDPb— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) April 18, 2016Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more