The action in Ballybrit gets underway at 2.40pmMeanwhile, there’s an elite field of just five runners for today’s big race at Goodwood.Aidan O’Brien’s Minding will lead the Irish challenge for the Qatar Nassau Stakes, which goes to post at ten past three. The largest purse up for grabs this afternoon is in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle, with Willie Mullins seeking to make it three wins out of the last four in the Grade B feature.The champion trainer saddles Westerner Lady this afternoon in the 3.15 start.The Nursery Handicap is another big prize on today’s card, which has attracted a field of twelve two-year-olds.
He sank a 3-pointer in the first quarter.He made a driving dunk in the second.He hit two free throws in the fourth.That was it.Gallinari scored seven points on 2-for-13 shooting against the Minnesota Timberwolves, including a 1-for-5 mark from 3-point range. Danilo Gallinari was in the right places at the right times Wednesday in his return to the Clippers’ starting lineup after a 13-game layoff because of a strained left glute.He dribbled past defenders for layup attempts and drifted beyond the 3-point arc for perimeter jump shots.Gallinari shot and missed.Again and again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It wasn’t the comeback he expected, but the Clippers weren’t surprised.After all, it had been an extended layoff and Gallinari’s rustiness was evident from the opening tip.“Gallo struggled,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “but you could see he got to the rim over and over again. He just couldn’t convert, but that’s what happens when you miss that many games in a row, then go play an NBA game. I liked his drives. I liked him getting to the bucket.“But you could see his shot was flat right off his hand.”Gallinari averaged 12.8 points on 35.5 percent shooting in nine games before he was injured during the Clippers’ loss to the Miami Heat on Nov. 5. He made only 26 percent of his 3-point shots, which raised concerns among the Clippers’ coaching staff.The Clippers want and need more from him, especially now with leading scorer Blake Griffin sidelined for up to two months by a sprained knee, Patrick Beverley out for the rest of the season because of knee surgery, and Milos Teodosic having missed most of the season with a plantar fascia injury.Teodosic could return Saturday against the Washington Wizards or possibly Monday against the Toronto Raptors, Rivers said.Meanwhile, Gallinari said he wants to be a better and more productive player as soon as possible.“Hopefully, I’ll be better next game,” he said.The Clippers didn’t practice Thursday, but they will return to the court Friday to prepare for Saturday’s matinee against the Wizards at Staples Center. The Clippers will try to end a four-game losing streak that has coincided with Griffin’s absence.They’ll also try to win for only the fifth time in 20 games after a 4-0 start to the season.“We, clearly, just need one more guy to score for us,” Rivers said. “We’re putting too much pressure on our two guards. They (opponents) are loading up (defensively) on both of them and, as the game goes on, they get more courageous on their traps because they want to see someone else score.”The Clippers acquired Gallinari from the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team trade last summer that was designed to give them another offensive threat beyond Griffin, Beverley, Teodosic, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams. Nothing has gone to plan for the injury-depleted Clippers, though.Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said he expected a turnaround sooner or later for the Clippers.“He is such a great player that it will add a lot more to their team,” Thibodeau said of Gallinari. “Sometimes, when a player does come back (from an injury), they have to get back into the rhythm of the game. It’s funny, with any player, if they miss even a day or a game, their rhythm is not the same.”STATUS QUO?Doc Rivers vowed to stick with the same starting lineup Saturday against the Wizards that he used in a 113-107 loss Wednesday to the Timberwolves. He went with Gallinari and Wesley Johnson at the forward positions, DeAndre Jordan at center and Austin Rivers and C.J. Williams at the guard spots.“No. Why? Just to do it?” Doc Rivers asked a reporter who asked about a possible lineup change. “When you lose games, everyone wants to change this or change that, but, no, I don’t think that’s what you do. The reason those guys are playing is because they earned those spots, at least that’s the way we see it.“It’s easy to want to change it.”