Do This: Long Island Events September 11-17

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Vinyl PlaneHailing from Uniondale, local rockers The Vinyl Plane—singer Dave Seubert, guitarist Keith Obenauer, bassist Frank Mascaro and drummer Steve Mazz—dish out dirty, gritty, powerful, no-holds-barred rock ala some of the fury unleashed in early ’90s grunge (a damn good thing). They’re just the latest local band invading The Space’s Lounge—the place to go on Thursday nights to relax, enjoy a beverage, and catch Free, killer performances of local acts. Expect loud guitars, soaring vocals and a hell of a lotta fun. Free! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Doors: 5 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Show. September 11Hawthorne HeightsThe Ohio quartet (rhythm guitarist/screamer Casey Calvert passed away in 2007) delivers super-charged, emotional rock that is both moving and sincere. Touring in support of their latest, this year’s acoustic edition (and tenth anniversary celebration) of their 2004 debut The Silence in Black and White, expect melodic flashes of hardcore, emo and pop punk, along with ear-splitting screams and of course, single “Ohio Is For Lovers.” With opening acts The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Approaching Troy and Long Island rockers Famous Last Words. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 6 p.m. September 11Mobb DeepThe hardcore rap duo Havoc and Prodigy from Queensbridge will perform songS from their latest album The Infamous Mobb Deep, as well as their earlier hits. With opening acts Depo, Status, Tony Slippaz, DA the Future, F. Blanco. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$25. 8 p.m. September 11JiThis 22-year-old concert pianist who has performed across the nation was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places.” Trust us, it’s worth stopping in to see what all the fuss is about. Have you ever experienced waterfalls of cascading notes that rise and fall and twinkle and sear like waves of pseudo-crystalline flaming-magnetic meteoric stars? You will. Wow. Grace Auditorium, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor. cshl.edu/campus-events $20. 6 p.m. September 12 Secrets and SeawallsInspired by vulnerabilities felt after Superstorm Sandy and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, this original work is performed by the Kinesis Project dance theatre under the artistic direction of choreographer Melissa Riker, an alumnus of the venue. It is powerful, emotional, moving. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $30. 7:30 p.m. September 12, 3 p.m. September 13United InkTattoo artists and lovers will converge for the United Ink Flight 914 Tattoo, Art and Music Festival, featuring 150 booths, live music, games, contests, tattooing demonstrations, tattoo movie screenings. Some of the 250 of tattoo artists confirmed to be in attendance include Master Mike, Myke Chambers, Cris Gherman, Jose Perez, Zhang Po plus, Shanghai Kate, called “the godmother of tattooing.” Also in attendance will be tattoo reality show celebrities, including Big Gus and Jasmine Rodriguez from Tattoo Nightmares, Joey Tattoo from Tattoo Rescue, many of the current and former Inkmasters such as Halo, Lydia Bruno, Al fliction, Jayvo Scott, Sarah Miller, and more. The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org newyorktattooshow.com $22, $12 kids ages 2-12. 2-11 p.m. September 12; 12-11 p.m. September 13; 12-7 p.m. September 14SinbadOff-stage he’s a mellow fellow named David Adkins but when he’s on stage, he’s on fire as Sinbad, a hugely entertaining American stand-up comedian and actor who’s been lighting up the comedy world with his incendiary HBO specials, his TV shows—he even got his family into the act—and funny films like Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid and Jingle All The Way. Some have dubbed his comic style “hit ’em in the face” because when Sinbad gets going, he delivers a no-holds-barred laugh riot that pulls no punches. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$74. 8 p.m. September 12Mash UpGuest curator Stephen Lamia will lead a special lecture and gallery walk through of current exhibit “Mash Up,” inspired by Picasso and Braque, who first experimented with the art form called “collage” a century ago. This exhibition promotes and encourages artists to employ both conventional and unconventional ideas about collages, especially those that incorporate two or more media into them. Participating artists will discuss the works on view. Islip Art Musem, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. islipartmuseum.org $10. 3-4:30 p.m. September 13Steely DanEver since they met at Bard College back in another century, Donald Fagen (on vocals and keyboards) and Walter Becker (on guitar) have been making great music together as Steely Dan as well as on their own solo projects. Their songs pack a distinctive, soulful sound with lyrics that border on genius. This summer they’ve been hitting the road with their Jamalot Ever After Tour, featuring a hot horn section, great backup singers and a crew of “super-fine musicians.” Their style is a pop infusion of jazz, rock and blues. They’ve got the chops to bring down the temples of doom and gloom. Yeah, they’ve been “Reelin’ in the Years,” but so have we all. “Jamalot Ever After” with Special Guest – Bobby Broom. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75-$250. 8 p.m. September 13 & 14The Charlie Daniels BandThe devil goes down to Westbury when The Charlie Daniels Band takes the stage with their Southern Rock/Country roots. Be prepared to stomp to the fiddle and whoop it up as Long Island goes country for the night. With opening acts Molly Hatchet and New Riders of the Purple Sage. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$62.50. 7 p.m. September 13Dierks BentleyMega-selling country singer Bentley offers a night of his brand of Nashville numbers and bourbon-soaked ballads to Nassau and Suffolk county bumpkins who just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy great music, great company and a great, great time. Expect hits spanning his impressive, acclaimed career, including tracks of his latest, Riser, including “Bourbon In Kentucky,” “I Hold On” and “Drunk On A Plane.” With opening acts Parmalee, Natalie Stovall and The Drive. Pennysaver Amphitheater, 55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville, pennysaveramp.com $34.50-$89.50. 5 p.m. September 13The Union Army is on the march and headed to Old Bethpage Village Restoration for an action-packed day of fun, living history!Civil War EnactmentThis event will be an interactive weekend focused on the lives of the Civil War-era soldier, circa 1864, encapsulating the camp environment and weaving the history of Company H of the 119th New York Volunteer Infantry, an entirely Long Island-raised infantry unit that participated in General Sherman’s March to the Sea and the capture of Savannah, Georgia. Among the presentations are a quartermaster’s tent focusing on soldiers’ equipment, the officers’ quarters outlining military tactics, an early war Sibley tent illustrating early war camp life, as well as military drills and stations detailing the history of the War and the soldiers that fought it. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks 10 a.m.-4 p.m. September 13 & 14Long Island Marine and Outdoor Recreation ExpoFishing and boat displays, touch tanks, live music and arts and crafts while learning about environmental protection and oceanic recreational fun? Tack on some camping, fly fishing and renewable energy demos!? Hell. Yes. Captree Boat Basin, 3500 Ocean Parkway, Babylon. 516-541-4598. $8 state park parking fee. 12-4:30 p.m. September 14Long Island Family FestivalThis is a festival within a festival. There’s a carnival, live music, pet expo, arts and crafts, a gift show, magician, hypnotist, fashion show and pizza-eating contest. Rides, strange animals, magic and pizza!? Can you say “Sign me up!” Tanner Park, Bayview Avenue, Copiague. lifamilyfestival.com Free. 6-10 p.m. September 13; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., September 14; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. September 15British Invasion Tour 2014That classic British sound, so breathtaking in its simplicity and its monumentality, is coming back full throttle to rock our shores again, as those Sixties’ blokes bring their pop cultural contributions back across the pond with rhythms and harmonies that will make you stand up and shout. The promoter, Andrew Sandoval, vows that this is not your typical “oldies but goldies” sing-along. He’s got something more inventive in mind, thanks to Denny Laine, Billy J. Kramer, Chad & Jeremy, Mike Pender’s Searchers and more surprise artists. Alas, an illness has forced Gerry & the Pacemakers’s lead singer Gerry Marsden to drop out of the lineup but all is not lost, because Terry Sylvester, the former Hollies vocalist who replaced Graham Nash way back when, will fill in. The British are coming, the British are coming! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$96. 7 p.m. September 14Enrique Iglesias, PitbullLatin beats will reverberate throughout Long Island’s biggest concert venue when the sexy duo Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull entertain the masses with hits like “Freak” and “Let Me Be Your Lover. ”Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $46-$197.75. 7:30 p.m. September 14Ana PopovicThe sexy blues-jazz-rock guitarist/songstress from Nashville via Serbia can play and sing the blues as if she were raised along the banks of the Mississippi and has topped the Billboard Blues Chart with her lean, mean and passionate guitar work and vocals, wowing crowds across Europe and the Delta Land. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch her live within our shores. The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m. September 14Comedy for a CurePULSE of New York, a Wantagh-based patient safety nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety and reducing medical errors, is hosting this fundraiser event in its quest to raise awareness to the fact that as many as 440,000 people die in hospitals from preventable medical errors each year. Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Road, Bellmore. PULSEofNY.org $20, plus two-drink minimum. 7 p.m. September 14Journey to Flapperdom: The New Woman 1910-1925The early 20th century presented women with remarkable challenges and opportunities. Textile historian Sally Buchanan Kinsey will explore fashion as a symbol of women’s progress from World War I through the emergence of the flapper. Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages. 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook longislandmuseum.org $9. 2 p.m. September 14Conexiones/ConnectionsThis new exhibit featuring contemporary Hispanic-American artists is timed to coincide with Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month in September. Artists whose work is displayed include: Kalra Caprali, Miriam Costanza, Orestes Gonzales, Ignacio Plapietrapiana, Jorge Posada, Gilberto Ruiz and Daniel Valle. Runs through Oct. 31. The Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org Free. 4-7 p.m. September 14Suzanne VegaThis eclectic folk goddess will sing her ‘90s hits “Luka” and “Tom’ Diner.” Her captivating storytelling to he strums of her acoustic guitar has earned her a loyal following. Fun fact: “Tom’s Diner” was set at Tom’s Restaurant at 112th Street and Broadway in New York City – the same diner the Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer frequented on Seinfeld. Boulton Center for the Arts of the Great South Bay-YMCA, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $55-$60. 8 p.m. September 17God Help the GirlWriter/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop’s biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. This uplifting musical film about friendship, romance and teen rockers over a long, dream-like summer, is followed by an after-party with live local bands! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. September 17“Welcome Home/Bienvenido a casa”This new stage adaptation of Howard Beckerman’s language-learning comedy is a story that follows someone who remembers very little from high school Spanish classes. After being smitten by a Spanish speaker, the spirit of the Spanish teacher appears and begins to coach our frustrated language learner in this interactive musical comedy. The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts Lobby, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $10. 7:30 p.m. September 17WIN FREE TICKETS TO CHER AT NASSAU COLISEUM SEPTEMBER 22 !!The iconic songstress will be gracing the stage of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale September 22 and You Can Win FREE Tickets to her legendary show! Click The Link at the top of this blurb to find out how! We’ll be announcing the lucky winners on September 17, so you’ll want to hurry to enter in order to seize upon this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! ALSO…ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO LAUGH HYSTERICALLY ENJOYING COMEDIAN CHRIS D’ELIA’S GIG AT THE SPACE IN WESTBURY SEPT. 18 !!Funnyman Chris D’Elia, known for his side-slapping role as Alex Miller in the NBC comedy Whitney, is sure to have the audience rolling in the aisles when he unleashes his hilarious brand of comedy on all those in attendance this special night. And you can be there, laughing along !! Click The Link above to learn just how !!All part of the amazing gigs and giveaways brought to you by the Long Island Press and The Island Ear! Wow!! —Compiled by Jamie Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger and Zack Tiranalast_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Schools Receive $40 Million in Grants for School Safety and Community Violence Prevention Grants

first_imgGov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Schools Receive $40 Million in Grants for School Safety and Community Violence Prevention Grants Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that The School Safety and Security Committee (Committee) established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Act 44 of 2018 approved $40 million in school safety grants to 234 school entities plus $7.5 million in community violence prevention and reduction grants to 25 grant recipients throughout the commonwealth.“These grants are the mechanism we need to create local strategies that will increase safety for our children and our teachers and prevent violence in classrooms and communities across the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “Schools should be safe, secure places for our children to focus on their education and on preparing themselves for a lifetime of success, not another place we need to worry about sending our children. Awarding these grants to more than 200 schools means a safer Pennsylvania.”Per Act 44, school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitation institutions were eligible to apply up to a maximum of $6 million to support one or more activities allowed by the statute.Activities and items allowed include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.Of the school safety applications, 75 percent of grantees requested funding related to security planning and the purchase of security-related technology. The next most popular request was for trauma-informed approaches to education, the development and revision of school safety plans and all-hazards plans, staff training in the use of positive behavioral supports, counseling services for students, specialized staff and student training programs, and costs associated with the training an compensation of certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers and school psychologists.The 17-member School Safety and Security Committee includes four legislative members, who offered comment on these expansive grants:“This grant program has already proven to be very successful in helping local school districts take the steps they need to make our students safer and our school buildings more secure,” said Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. “This $40 million will provide some much-needed assistance to ensure our schools are safe; however, the total request from schools was $177.6 million, which illustrates that we must continue to fund this vital program. As chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I will be advocating for additional dollars to go to this program during the state budget conversations.”“As a lead advocate of school safety, I know there are tremendous school safety needs that must be met to protect our children, teachers and those who work in our schools,” Sen. Jim Brewster said. “All schools need funds to make safety upgrades. We must do more to reach every district with state resources. School safety funding should be a priority, and our focus should be on issuing more grants to more schools over a longer period of time. Adding more funds for school safety to this year’s budget is imperative. It will ensure that funding is available for those school districts who did not receive grants this year.”“As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I put the safety of our students and school personnel first,” Rep. Donna Bullock said. “There is a clear need for physical, behavioral health, training and other school safety resources for our schools and communities. The demand for the School Safety Grant Program was tremendous, far in excess of available resources, which made the funding decisions difficult. Every student should feel safe; every school should be safe. Governor Wolf’s 2019/20 budget proposal allocates $45 million for the School Safety and Security Grant Program. This budget season offers us an opportunity to invest more resources into school safety and learn from the important work done in the first year of the School Safety and Security Committee.“As a member of the committee, I’m pleased we were able to award these grants in a timely fashion,” said Rep. Jason Ortitay. “School safety is at the forefront in many people’s minds, especially parents. The programs funded through these grants will make a difference, but we are not done. We must evaluate what additional resources schools need. I’m eager to continue my work on this committee.”In addition to the school safety grants, municipalities, counties, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations were eligible to apply for $7.5 million in community violence prevention and reduction grants to support programs designed to reduce community violence. Funding for this solicitation also came from Act 44 funds.Of the community violence applications, 25 applicants received an award of up to $350,000 each for a two-year project. Activities and items allowed by Act 44 included increasing access to trauma-informed support services and behavioral health care; providing health services and intervention strategies; providing mentoring and other intervention models to children and their families who have experienced trauma or at-risk of experiencing trauma; and fostering and promoting communication between school entities, communities and law enforcement.More information about the School Safety and Security Committee, including school safety assessment criteria and an online registry of individuals qualified to perform those assessments can be found on PCCD’s School Safety and Security webpage. May 02, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Man stabs bro to death

first_imgThis prompted Alvin to stab Elmer, thereport added. Police identified the suspect asElmer’s 45-year-old brother Alvin. It was not immediately establishedwhat triggered the altercation. According to police investigators,Elmer and Alvin were harvesting in a sugarcane field when a heated argumentensued between them around 11 a.m. on Monday. BACOLOD City – A sugarcane worker wasstabbed to death in Barangay Linao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.center_img The 25-year-old Elmer Pedro ofBarangay Uloc, Lawaan, Antique died of stab wounds on the body, a police reportshowed. Alvin was arrested and detained in theKabankalan City police station’s custodial facility. Charges will be filedagainst him./PN Elmer was rushed to the Lorenzo D.Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City where the attending physiciandeclared him “dead on arrival.”   last_img read more

Tyler Lydon impresses by doing the little things in college debut

first_imgTyler Lydon’s college basketball career was four minutes and 55 seconds old before Jim Boeheim threw him into an unnatural role.After Dajuan Coleman picked up his second foul on a driving Austin Price, Lydon dashed to the scorer’s table and a wave from the referee made him the first center off the bench of Syracuse’s season. All 6 feet 8 inches and 210 pounds of him were called on to man the center of the Orange’s 2-3 zone. Playing him there, as the “big man” of a three-forward lineup, was discussed as an option heading into the season.But no one, starting with Lydon, thought it’d happen so soon.“If you told me this probably in the summer I would have been like, ‘No way, you’re crazy,’” Lydon said of playing center before forward. “But after getting here and stuff, I’ve been playing a lot in practice and getting used to it. I’m feeling pretty comfortable in there.”On Friday, Lydon looked as much as Syracuse (1-0) opened its season with a 57-47 win over Lehigh (0-1) in the Carrier Dome. The freshman first filled in for Coleman, then played the wing, then shifted back to center, then back to the wing, and so on. Coleman finished with four fouls and just 13 minutes played. Lydon finished his college debut with four points, 11 rebounds — making him the only SU player to grab more than six boards — two blocks and three steals in 28 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange sprinted ahead of the Mountain Hawks in the first half before fighting off a strong comeback in the second, and Lydon’s unrelenting effort was effective throughout the game.“A lot of energy,” SU point guard Michael Gbinije said of Lydon. “… He did a good job of blocking shots and rebounding today. He’s definitely going to be big for us.” Logan Reidsma | Photo Editor Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2015 at 11:12 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jessecenter_img Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.After a Syracuse timeout at the 12:50 mark of the first half, Lydon sprinted back on defense, stole a pass intended for a cutter and found Trevor Cooney who raced down the court for an uncontested layup. A play later, Lydon reached his arms out to steal another pass and Malachi Richardson hit a mid-range jumper on the other end.Lehigh called a timeout to stop the mini run. Lydon bounced toward the Syracuse bench with a smile stretching across his face. Cooney ran to meet him close to half court and Lydon yelled “Let’s go” as the two exchanged a high-five.“Tyler was great on defense in the first half,” Boeheim said. “He made some great defensive plays out of the center position.”On the other end, Lydon mostly facilitated out of the high post and was hesitant to shoot his jump shot. With five minutes left in the first half, he caught the ball wide-open and awkwardly pump faked twice. The defender caught up to him and he traveled before swishing a 3 after the whistle.Boeheim said Lydon should shoot more confidently and added that Syracuse’s centers didn’t play as well in the second half. Lydon said that he didn’t slide as well defensively and could, less than a half hour after the game, already think of two or three plays that he messed up on. He also admitted he was nervous when he first entered the game and that that probably contributed to the small mistakes.But for a forward who began his career at center, nerves were more than warranted.“I’m not too surprised by anything anymore,” Lydon said. “It was good to get out there.” Comments Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse tops Lehigh in season-opening winWhat we learned from Syracuse’s season-opening win over LehighChinonso Obokoh rises for 4 blocks in Syracuse’s 57-47 win over LehighSyracuse couples 1st-half defense with late offensive push to topple LehighFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening win vs. Lehighlast_img read more

Whicker: Clippers ride a long way on effort, but next year will require something more

first_imgThe past four Warriors teams have gotten to the NBA Finals and three of them won championships. Their first-round opponents had two wins in those four years. The Clippers duplicated that in this series. So, there’s that.But Durant ended any miracle talk with 50 points on Friday, and all of them seemed to either extend a Warriors’ spree or stop whatever the Clippers were mustering.“I promise we tried,” Clippers sixth man Lou Williams said. “Sometimes you just come across special people.”The Warriors thus sent play-by-play man Ralph Lawler to his retirement home in Bend, Ore., by honoring the 100-point Lawler’s Law. The most irreplaceable member of the Clippers’ organization laughed at halftime when someone asked him if Durant was trying to validate the Law by himself.All Durant was doing was demonstrating the Second Law. Talent wins. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Championships are won in June but arranged in July. The Clippers have a lot of money for free agents, for guys who can yawn, stretch their legs and get 50. A lot of teams have money, but if nothing else is in place, the money’s no good. At the very least, the Clippers have shown the Durants and Kawhi Leonards that they have an identifiable way of playing, a group of players more talented than anyone thinks, and none of the avoidable chaos that has consumed the Lakers. If you want to come to L.A., as many people who have full-time drivers want to do, this would seem to be the team.That, more than finishing eighth and keeping Sacramento out of the playoffs, is what the Clippers accomplished.Players came to the Clippers and got better, by the month in some cases. Take Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the 11th pick in last year’s draft.He was the only “plus” player among the first eight Clippers, if you like that stat, and he got 22 points with six assists. As the Clippers seized a 10-point first quarter lead, Gilgeous-Alexander was the main driver, literally.  They needed another epicurean night from Lou Williams, but the Warriors trapped him immediately and watched him miss 18 of 21 shots. The growth plate of this team is Gilgeous-Alexander.“There are so many things I learned this year I can’t even think of them all,” he said. “In a series like this, you learn about focus. Every possession means so much. You learn how to see the game. Doc (coach Rivers) told us before the season that we’d have to play hard every night to be successful, and we all bought into it.“There are so many things this summer I want to focus on. I think I’m going to come back with a better shot. Right now I haven’t figured out exactly what I’ll be doing. I didn’t plan on going home this early.”Nearby in the locker room, Landry Shamet was also dealing with the brick wall of elimination. He was finishing his rookie year, too, one that will always be identified with his winning shot in Game 2’s record-setting comeback. He and Gilgeous-Alexander will be the sophomore backcourt next season, depending on the supermax newcomers.“I knew Shai was a good player,” Shamet said. “I’m excited that I get to grow with him. We weren’t even together for half the season (after Shamet was acquired in the trade that sent Tobias Harris to Philadelphia).“He always was a well-rounded guy with a good feel. He’s a very balanced point guard. He’s not a pass-first or shoot-first point guard. He’s unselfish, yet he’s aggressive. He knows when to score, yet he knows how to get other guys involved. He’s just a solid player. His growth even the last couple of months has been incredible, fun to watch.”Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Rarely has a team basked in such love because it did its job.You wonder if it says more about the Clippers, who swam upstream to win 48 games and made Golden State break a furious sweat in the first round, or the NBA, where “effort” and “energy” are praised profusely because they’re not always seen.The Clippers started strongly against Golden State and then wilted under the relentless raindrops of Kevin Durant and the human smorgasbord that is Draymond Green. The Warriors won Game 6, 129-110, and the series, 4-2, and they open Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston on Sunday afternoon.“I love their team,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, not for the first time. “That’s just a beautiful basketball team. There were times when we thought we had them and we didn’t have them. They brought out our best.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Gilgeous-Alexander also is 6-foot-6 and does not turn 21 until July 12.There is also plenty in reserve. Rivers shelved Ivica Zubac in this series, for the most part, but this is a guy who went 9 for 10 at Golden State on Christmas Night, in his Lakers days.“These six games honestly felt like two months in terms of all the adjustments and the emotional roller coaster,” said Warriors point guard Steph Curry, a two-time league MVP. “It tested us. They played amazing.”No league pigeonholes its teams like the NBA, and its intelligentsia does. The Clippers’ gift to us this season was unpredictability.Like most gifts, it shouldn’t be given in back-to-back years. 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