Throw-in at Semple Stadium is at 2 o’clock.Tipp FM’s coverage of the match gets underway at 1.50pm and will be brought to you in association with Cleary Motors Renault, Thurles and O’Donovan Marquees, Birdhill. The Premier’s second opponents in Division 3 are Sligo.Some are suggesting that victory over the Yeats County will put Liam Kearns’ side right in the heart of the promotion battle.However, the Tipp boss believes that such talk is a little premature.
SALT LAKE CITY >> Blake Griffin moved gingerly toward the Clippers bench, grabbed the back of his head with both hands and then, with the fury of a man whose pain was not limited to his foot, cocked his right arm and slammed the seat of a folding chair.When the All-Star forward left with a toe injury in the second quarter of Game 3 against the Utah Jazz, much of the Clippers’ hope in the best-of-7 series seemed to follow.Believing that, however, was a disservice to Chris Paul.The Clippers seized a 2-1 series lead with a 111-106 win over the Jazz on the back of Paul, who finished with 34 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. He scored 24 of his points in the second half and 13 of those in the final period, including the 3-pointer that gave L.A. its first lead, 97-96, since the first quarter and the game-sealing free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining. Paul scored nine straight during a 15-0 Clippers run that gave them the lead. In the first half, it was the few Clippers fans on hand who had been quieted. Griffin left the game with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter. X-rays were negative and Griffin was diagnosed with a bruised right big toe.He was expected to undergo an MRI on Friday night and his status will be updated on Saturday.The injury, which could prove peskier than it sounds, casts into question his availability – and especially his ability to be effective – for the rest of the series, especially Sunday’s Game 4, which is make-or-break for the Jazz, who are still without Rudy Gobert.Hayward scored 21 first-quarter points en route to a career-high 40, making 13 of 21 shots. Entering the third game he had shot just 12-of-33 from the floor, but on Friday finally bucked the pesky defense of Clippers small forward Luc Mbah a Moute.After Paul helped the Clippers open a seven-point lead with 2:09 remaining, Utah responded to to cut the deficit to 103-100 on a floater by Joe Johnson with 1:19 left.After DeAndre Jordan split two free throws, Derrick Favors, thrust into a more prominent starting role because of the knee injury to Jazz center Rudy Gobert, missed a pair of free throws that would have cut the Clippers’ lead to just two with 43 seconds left.Jordan finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 7-of-14 from the free-throw line.One year after suffering a quadriceps injury in Game 4 of a first-round series loss against Portland, Griffin has once again seen his postseason interrupted, if not ended, by injury.He appeared to suffer the injury on a second-quarter drive past Jazz guard Rodney Hood that pulled the Clippers within 47-43 after Utah’s lead had grown to as many as 14 points.After landing, Griffin grimaced and hopped before settling into an awkward, halting gait.Griffin and the Clippers are no strangers to postseason injuries. In addition to Griffin’s quad, Chris Paul suffered a hand injury earlier in Game 4 of last year’s opening series that spelled the end of his season, as well.This time, Paul was still there to carry the Clippers and give everything he had.Right down to his uniform.Before leaving the court, he found a young fan in the stands, wearing a red No. 3 Clippers jersey. Paul pulled off his own jersey and gave it to the fan.One of the few among 19,911 fans who went home happy. “He has an amazing will,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s just a tough, tough guy and he’s stubborn. All of the great ones have that in them. They’re stubborn enough that they’re not going to lose and that’s how he felt.”Before those final free throws, the result had been very much in question, with the Jazz pulling within two with 4.7 seconds left, earning another opportunity when J.J. Redick split a pair of free throws and then wasting their final possession when All-Star Gordon Hayward’s half-court heave sailed past Joe Johnson and straight into the seats of a suddenly stunned arena.“It’s a bad pass,” a frustrated Hayward said. “We’re in a tough situation, no timeouts, three seconds left, so …”Earlier in the day, Rivers said that as a player he relished playing in hostile environments such as Utah’s Vivint Smart Home Arena.“I just felt like if you can win,” he said, “that the power of silence is amazing.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error