Friday, May 29, 2015

FRIDAY: CAVS PREVIEW....HOOPS HOUR




1. CAVS PREVIEW:
-Klay's agent says he does not have concussion 
- Tickets go on pre-sale this morning. Prices start at $450


ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo)
Stephen Curry: 1st in NBA history to face every other member of 1st-Team All-NBA in a single postseason (Davis, M. Gasol, Harden, James).

How to slow LeBron: Pop theory - pad him and make him a jump shooter......

-Didn't play in Oakland this year...Had his sabatacle...Crushed Warriors in Cleveland.
-Don't let him drive and finish....
-Don't let him get into open court especially off turnovers....
-Make him a jump shooter...Easier said than done....
-He is so strong- A combo of Iguodala, Barnes, Green, Thompson......

Rest of matchups:

-Irving-Klay
-Steph: Sumpert, JR
-Bogut-Mozgov
-Green -Thompson (Great offensive rebounder)
-LBJ- Barnes, Iggy etc.

-Coaching: Kerr wins...Blatt has come under fire....

-Big thing time to heal......


2. A SPLIT MLB SEASON?

A split season.
Yes, you read that right – and hold off on your “No! Stop! Leave the game alone!” tweets until you at least read the rest of the column. (Actually, have at me now if you must – but at least throw me a bone and continue reading!)
A split season – two halves of 81 games each – would improve the game in two notable ways, creating September-like urgency throughout the season and giving teams that stink in the first half the chance to start anew in the second.
We’re talking greater excitement, increased fan interest and yes, potentially higher ratings for networks such as FOX. We are not talking about abandoning the tradition of the sport.
The 162-game season (or 154-game season, if baseball returns to that number) is part of what makes the game special. Yet, it would be possible to reward the best teams of both halves and the best over 162.
Here is one possibility, preserving the current postseason structure:
* The AL and NL teams with the best overall records in each half would qualify for at least the wild-card game.
* The division winners after 162 games would qualify for the Division Series.
* If either wild-card qualifier won its division, the team with the next-best record over 162 games would go to the wild-card game.
The All-Star Game would take place at the halfway point. Baseball, at the one time of year when it stands nearly alone on the sporting landscape, could provide a white-hot pennant race instead of simply a gussied-up exhibition.
Remember how former commissioner Bud Selig used to talk about “hope and faith” for low-revenue clubs when pushing competitive balance?  The split season would be an extension of that philosophy. Many low-revenue teams cannot sustain success over 162 games. But over 81? Different story.
Two such clubs, the Brewers and Athletics, might have won their respective first halves last season (the Athletics held on for a wild-card spot, anyway). Two more upstarts, the Astros and Twins, would stand a chance for the best overall record after 81 games this year.
And that is just one concept.
Baseball could get creative and devise formats that would reward more than one team in each league per half. The sport just would need to guard against penalizing a club that did not win either half but finished with the best overall record in its division (something that might have happened to the Cardinals last season).
Better minds than mine could figure it out. In fact, better minds than mine would need to figure it out, because one very large obstacle stands in the way of enacting a split season:
Scheduling.
Good luck trying to achieve the proper balance between home and road games, division and non-division games. Good luck creating an even distribution of off-days, accounting for postponements and addressing tie-breaker possibilities. Then again, when is the schedule ever fair, anyway?
I’ll tell you one thing that would need to go: interleague play. Selig introduced that novelty to boost attendance. The split season, though, would protect the sport against erosion by spurring greater interest.
Think about it: Two trade deadlines likely would be necessary, leading to greater action and more complex decision-making. Would a team such as the Marlins sell knowing it could try again in the second half? Or would it stand pat or even buy to load up for another shot?
Again, better minds than mine would need to forecast any unintended consequences. Maybe baseball would be better off eliminating the deadline, eliminating the August waiver period (please!) and eliminating September roster expansion (double please!). True, deadlines spur activity, but the A.J. Prellers of the world seem quite comfortable wheeling and dealing year-round.
A split season would carry two other potential benefits:

* Teams would be in better position to recover from early injuries.
The Marlins, Rangers, Athletics and Padres, to cite just a few examples, all anticipate the returns of multiple injured players. Such clubs might be in better position to compete in the second half than they were in the first half.

* Teams might be less inclined to keep top prospects in the minors for service-time considerations.
Each game, in theory, would carry greater weight, so teams would have more incentive to go with their best.
Consider the Astros and shortstop Carlos Correa. Granted, the team holds the best record in the AL, and Correa is developing on a reasonable track at Triple-A. But would the ‘Stros be as inclined to wait on him if they were trying to steal the overall first-half crown?
The split season is not foreign to baseball; it is employed by every minor league except the Triple-A International and Pacific Coast Leagues, Double-A Eastern League and Short-Season Class A New York-Penn League. Most players were accustomed to it once; they could grow accustomed to it again.
I’m certain many fans would oppose the idea on principle, just as they initially opposed many of Selig’s innovations. But as Manfred moves forward, the split season should be part of any discussion about the sport’s future.
What is the downside in at least talking about it?

3. GIANTS, A'S WIN:

Giants:
-Heston dominant at home 

A's:
-Coco out until after the break 
-No structural damage in Kazmir's shoulder....Trade him yesterday...
-Why A-Rod is doing well "He doesn't give a shit"

4. OTAs:

-Broncos lose Ryan Clady to a torn ACL
-Clay Matthews expereiment at ILB
-Tebow looks good reportedly after working with Tom House (So did Pryor)



12:15: FINALS PREVIEW 

How to slow LeBron: Pop theory - pad him and make him a jump shooter......

-Didn't play in Oakland this year...Had his sabatacle...Crushed Warriors in Cleveland.
-Don't let him drive and finish....
-Don't let him get into open court especially off turnovers....
-Make him a jump shooter...Easier said than done....
-He is so strong- A combo of Iguodala, Barnes, Green, Thompson......

Rest of matchups:

-Irving-Klay
-Steph: Sumpert, JR
-Bogut-Mozgov
-Green -Thompson (Great offensive rebounder)
-LBJ- Barnes, Iggy etc.

-Coaching: Kerr wins...Blatt has come under fire....

-Big thing time to heal......

12:30 GUEST: JIMMY SPENCER -SPORTING NEWS NBA 

Senior Product Manager, |NBA Writer for Sporting News & Fox Sports|12 years of NBA: NBA .com, SacBee, NBC Sports, Lead Writer BR/Turner| 


-Latest piece on the Curry family 
-@JimmySpencerNBA


12:45 PALLET CLEANSER BEFORE BASKETBALL HOUR: SPLIT BASEBALL SEASON? 

1 PM: BASKETBALL HOUR:


SERIES REVIEW ROCKETS -

-Injuries: Klay (Head), Steph (Elbow), Iguodala (Shoulder)
-Steph's fall
-Back and forth on Harden: 3-16 17 points, one game, 45 points the next, 2-11 13 turnovers the next.
-Barnes, Ezeli step up in 4th quarter of clincher
-Warriors grind it out
-Draymond was key in series, struggled in clincher
-When Bogut was good, Warriors were good
-Kerr adjustments
-Howard is a clown ...Should he have been suspended?
-Klay's shooting struggles - All about defending Harden much of the series?
-Bench stepped up: Livingston in game one, Barbosa gave energy at times, Iguodala's defense on Harden, Ezilie in clincher 12 points 9 rebounds.

1:30 LOOK AHEAD TO CAVS: 

-How to stop LeBron
-Kerr talking to Popovich a lot ...The LeBron whisperer

The match ups:

LeBron-Iguodala-Barnes....Maybe Green some.
Curry-Shumpert and others...
Thompson-Irving
Bogut-Mozgov
Thompson-Green
Bench:
Cavs: JR Smith, James Jones, Matthew Delavadova, Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, Brendan Haywood
Warriors: Iguodala, Livingston, Ezeli, Lee, Barbosa...maybe Speights?



1:45 TRUTH OR TRASH: 


1. WITH OR WITHOUT ANOTHER NBA TITLE, LEBRON JAMES IS THE BEST SMALL FORWARD IN NBA HISTORY ...BETTER THAN BIRD.

2. HOW BIG OF A DEAL IS LACK OF FINALS EXPERIENCE FOR THE WARRIORS VS. LEBRON PLAYING IN HIS 5TH STRAIGHT FINALS?


3.  BIGGEST X FACTOR PLAYER ON ETHIER TEAM BEYOND LEBRON OR CURRY IS......


4. IF IT COMES DOWN TO COACHING -STEVE KERR AND WARRIORS STAFF BIG EDGE OVER DAVID BLATT AND CAVS STAFF.....

5. CAVS OR WARRIORS AND IN HOW MANY GAMES?


2 PM: TRUTH MACHINE: 

-Warriors fans when Curry fell, Rick Barry, Dwight Howard........


2:15: SUSAN SLUSSER ON THE A'S.....

2:30 TBA

2:45 CABOOSE: 

-Audio: The kid in the Braves jersey is alomst as cute as Riley Curry 
-Audio: Uncomfortable Matt Harvey on the Daily Show (2:20-2:56) 
-Audio: Foul ball lands in fans nachos 
-Audio: Runner up fro National Spelling Bee had LeBron jersey on under his shirt ...Ended in a tie 
-Audio: 105 year-old woman going to NBA Finals 
-Sciences reveals the best time of the day for everything 
Audio: LeBron or Steve Kerr for Head Coach? 


Thursday, May 28, 2015

WARRIORS ARE WEST CHAMPS....




1. WARRIORS ARE WEST CHAMPS.....FEEL GREAT FOR THE FANS... 

-Two quick things....

-Cograts to the Fans 
-Papa is a "one cheat" for a girl and her husband I met last night 

Storylines last night:

-Injuries: Klay takes a knee to the head from Ariza, Steph's elbow- dirbling only with left, Iguodala has to play the point, Curry the 2.....Igoudala takes the elbow and you thought it was a seperated shoulder.

-Players tepped up: Barnes scores 13 in 4th with Klay out and Curry hurting, Ezilie plays hie best game as a pro 12-9, 6 in 4th, Iguodla kills Harden, Bogut plays big.

-Harden 14 points, 13 turnovers....a record. The adjustments back and forth on him in series. Kerr called Iguodala's game maybe best 6 point effort ever.

-A gritty game that many who dont watch don't think Warriros can win. Didn't shoot well...But many times that what close out games become.

-Klay solid on 2nd to get Warriors offense going.

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2. FEEL GREAT FOR THE FANS WHO HAVE ENDURED MANY NIGHTS OF BAD BASKETBALL
-The story of the 104 year-old Warriors fan




3. LOOKING AHEAD TO CAVS....

ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo)
Stephen Curry: 1st in NBA history to face every other member of 1st-Team All-NBA in a single postseason (Davis, M. Gasol, Harden, James).

How to slow LeBron: Pop theory - pad him and make him a jump shooter......

-Didn't play in Oakland this year...Had his sabatacle...Crushed Warriors in Cleveland.
-Don't let him drive and finish....
-Don't let him get into open court especially off turnovers....
-Make him a jump shooter...Easier said than done....
-He is so strong- A combo of Iguodala, Barnes, Green, Thompson......

Rest of matchups:

-Irving-Klay
-Steph: Sumpert, JR
-Bogut-Mozgov
-Green -Thompson (Great offensive rebounder)
-LBJ- Barnes, Iggy etc.

-Coaching: Kerr wins...Blatt has come under fire....

-Big thing time to heal......



4. THE YEAR WAS 1975....

-Wiki 
-More 
-Top 100 songs 
-Pop culture 
-More pop culture


Born in 1975:

Bradley Cooper, Tiger Woods, Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, David Ortiz, Russell Brand, Ray Lewis, Ray Allen, Allen Iverson, Alex Rodriguez,


12:15 ROCKETS REVIEW.......HOW DID THEY DO IT?
Storylines last night:

-Injuries: Klay takes a knee to the head from Ariza, Steph's elbow- dirbling only with left, Iguodala has to play the point, Curry the 2.....Igoudala takes the elbow and you thought it was a seperated shoulder.

-Players tepped up: Barnes scores 13 in 4th with Klay out and Curry hurting, Ezilie plays hie best game as a pro 12-9, 6 in 4th, Iguodla kills Harden, Bogut plays big.

-Harden 14 points, 13 turnovers....a record. The adjustments back and forth on him in series. Kerr called Iguodala's game maybe best 6 point effort ever.

-A gritty game that many who dont watch don't think Warriros can win. Didn't shoot well...But many times that what close out games become.

-Klay solid on 2nd to get Warriors offense going.



12:30 GUEST: WILL PERDUE.......CALLED EAST FINALS ON ESPN RADIO 

William Edward Perdue (born August 29, 1965) is a retired American NBA basketball player who was a member of four NBA championship teams, three with the Chicago Bulls (1991-1993) and one with the San Antonio Spurs (1999). Perdue is now a Studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet Chicago during their pre-game and post-game Chicago Bulls broadcasts.
Perdue attended Merritt Island High SchoolMerritt Island, Florida.[1] He then played basketball at Vanderbilt, where he was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and SEC Male Athlete of the Year in 1988.[2]He was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 11th overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls won three championships from 1991-1993 during Perdue's employment. Perdue was mainly a backup to center Bill Cartwright. He became a regular starter during the 1994–95 NBA season, during which he averaged 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. However, the emergence of Luc Longley made him expendable, and before the next season's training camp, the Bulls traded him to the San Antonio Spurs for Dennis Rodman.[3] The San Antonio Spurs won the NBA championship in 1999, Perdue's fourth.[4]
In August 1999, Perdue rejoined the Chicago Bulls as a free agent. He started 15 of 67 games for them in 1999–2000, averaging 2.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. After the 2000 season, Perdue left Chicago and signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged 1.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 4.5 minutes in 13 games.[4] He averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game over a thirteen-year career.[5]

12:45 HOW TO SLOW DOWN LBJ?:

Since Jan. 14:


-Cavs 46-11
-Warriors 48-12 


How to slow LeBron: Pop theory - pad him and make him a jump shooter......

-Didn't play in Oakland this year...Had his sabatacle...Crushed Warriors in Cleveland.
-Don't let him drive and finish....
-Don't let him get into open court especially off turnovers....
-Make him a jump shooter...Easier said than done....
-He is so strong- A combo of Iguodala, Barnes, Green, Thompson......

Rest of matchups:

-Irving-Klay
-Steph: Sumpert, JR
-Bogut-Mozgov
-Green -Thompson (Great offensive rebounder)
-LBJ- Barnes, Iggy etc.

-Coaching: Kerr wins...Blatt has come under fire....

-Big thing time to heal......

1 PM: GUEST JIM BARNETT 



1:30 SERIES REVIEW WINNING WEST...FEEL GOOD FOR WARRIORS FANS.....

-The year was 1975.......

1:45 CAVS-WARRIORS MATCH UPS

How to slow LeBron: Pop theory - pad him and make him a jump shooter......

-Didn't play in Oakland this year...Had his sabatacle...Crushed Warriors in Cleveland.
-Don't let him drive and finish....
-Don't let him get into open court especially off turnovers....
-Make him a jump shooter...Easier said than done....
-He is so strong- A combo of Iguodala, Barnes, Green, Thompson......

Rest of matchups:

-Irving-Klay
-Steph: Sumpert, JR
-Bogut-Mozgov
-Green -Thompson (Great offensive rebounder)
-LBJ- Barnes, Iggy etc.

-Coaching: Kerr wins...Blatt has come under fire....

-Big thing time to heal......

2:15 GUEST: BOB MYERS...

2:15 MYERS REACTION......

2:30 GUEST: RICH AURILLIA 

2:45 CABOOSE:

-Audio: Parrott is teaching kids bad words 
Audio: -Riley steals show again
-Audio: Mark Jackson is proud 
-Houston mayor wants a donation from Kaepernick  - More on Kap 
-Drinking coffee lessens need for the blue pill 
-Red Sox broadcasters talk about the Metrodome imploding but they showed the Kingdome and the Metrodome was never imploded 


“It’s tough, but I won’t stop fighting,” Howard told CBS Sports. “I’m going to continue to push myself to the limit and remember that, no matter how the season ends, I’m still a champion. And I won’t let anyone tell me anything different.”

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MONDAY: CURRY SURVIVES SO DO ROCKETS




1. WARRIORS: 

-Steph's fall: The season flashed beforer your eyes.....Thought it was over. First though was broken, arm and it was going to be nasty like Bogut's injury back in the day.

-Warriors win by Curry being OK 
-How Curry's family saw it 

-Howard's elbow: He said he didn;t think he hit Bogut. They're not changing it.

-The wa they came out- It takes one game to give a team confiedence and they nearly won in Oakland twice. A win Wednesday, then back home and anything happens in a 7 . Hate to see a team give a playoff game away, but it's what the Warriors did. They'll learn and hopefully never do it again. Clippers did and lost a series and a 3-1 lead.

-Klay: Did well when Steph was out, needs to do that when Steph is in.

-Bogut was a dog.

-Green picked it up but still out of control playing and emotionally at times. Play through the fouls. Still plays young at times.

-Good thing they played him.......Would have been open to concussion. -No independent doctor, not like NFL

-NBA concussion protocol 

Diamond Leung (@diamond83)
Kevin McHale on Dwight Howard flagrant foul: "He just tried to get him off him. Bogut grabbed him & as always, the second foul gets called."
Diamond Leung (@diamond83)
Kevin McHale: "He swiped his arm back because he felt Bogut grabbed him..The one thing we learn is we should be the first to grab."

NBA:

-LeBron with a little too much drama leads Celeveland to 3-0.
-Horford calls was weak.
-The Delavdova dirty talk was a joke. Youre supposed to hustle and play hard. How could he have knowlingly hurt Korver? Miller and Webber botched that talk. It was embarassing.


2. MLB WEEKEND: 

Giants:
-The curse reaches a new low -McGehee DFA's.....
-Ishikawa DFA'd
-Lincecum great at home, not so much on road

A's:
-Hahn complete game - Zobrist back, Doolittle to follow
-Cespedes wonders if the A's really want to win - Does he understand the A's? He was traded to win BTW...
-More on Cespedes 
-Good day for the A's 

3. NFL: 

-Ray McDonald popped again, released by Bears

-Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is being investigated in Texas for possible child abuse of a sexual nature, Mike Klis of 9News writes. The alleged incident took place in November, two months before Denver signed him to a one-year, $2MM pact. Only Smith’s $500K signing bonus is fully guaranteed from that amount, though a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy could put that in jeopardy.


12:15 WARRIORS: THE TWO BIGGEST STORIES

-Curry's fall
-Howard's elbow

12:30 GUEST: WORLD B FREE 

12:45 WARRIORS: 3-1 LEAD.....WHAT DO THE WARRIORS NEED TO DO TO DEAL THE WEST? 

1. Play with a sense of urgency. You don't want to go back to Houston, treat this like a game 7.
2. Defend - Mix up coverage on Harden
3. Get Curry and Thompson going
4. Bogut energy
5. Good start

1 PM: GUEST: MYCHAL THOMPSON 

1:30 TBA 

1:45 CABOOSE: 
-Audio: Vin Scully tells a great story 
-Dan Rather: What does the term "DadBod" mean? 
-Woman uses obit to declare Brady innocent 
-Lil B is coming to curse James Harden Wednesday 
-Free Brady beer 
-Drinking coffee lessens need for the blue pill 



2 PM: BASEBALL HOUR: 

Stories:

Like the NFL, the handling of baseball's comes under fire:

-A couple of pitchers suspended for substances on baseball's last week - How much of that goes on?
-Video: Former A's pitcher Dallas Braden on how pitchers cheat 


Buster Olney: ESPN: 


Why are so many pitchers using something to help them grip the baseball?
The answer, some veteran players and staff members explained over the weekend, is not because they're looking for a competitive advantage. Rather, it's because the condition of the baseballs they are handed varies from venue to venue, from day to day, from inning to inning, and often they are difficult to grip. It's about quality control.
The baseball is the heart of the sport, bearing the signature of commissioner Rob Manfred, and yet club employees, staff members and players say they believe there is little consistency in how the baseball is prepared after being pulled from the manufacturer's box. Some staffers believe MLB should work to ensure that the baseballs are properly prepared for each game, and that a baseball put into play at Safeco Field is in about the same condition as a ball in Fenway Park or Petco Park. Major League Baseball has already stepped up the security around the baseballs, as The Associated Press reported earlier this month, but more quality control is probably needed.
The expectation is that the umpires rub up baseballs with mud before each game, to roughen the smooth surface and give pitchers a better chance to grip and control the ball. But the reality, club staffers say, is that more often than not, a clubhouse attendant is left the task of rubbing up the baseballs. "Some do it better than others," said one staff member. "But some [clubhouse attendants] don't know anything about how to do it. You might get a clubhouse kid who's never done it before."
A longtime pitcher tells the story of tipping the clubhouse attendant extra money on the days that pitcher started, because he asked the attendant to use sunscreen in the preparation of the baseballs. Another veteran pitcher heard that story over the weekend, nodded and said, "That's how it's done."


-Giants moves: Casey McGehee, Travis Ishikawa DFA'd



2:15: GIANTS: 

-McGehee, Ishikawa DFA'd
-What do Giants do long term at 3B? (Aramis Ramierez of the Brewers the rest of the year?)
-Giants 17-7 in May
-Giants hitting in May: .299 (#1 in MLB), 123 runs (#2 in MLB to Texas),

May: 
Posey .359 4-14
Duffy .350 1-13
Crawford .349 2-20
Pence .342 (13-38 since return)
Belt .341 4-14
Aoki .321 2-11
Blanco .318
Panik .305

Pitching in May: 

Vogelsong 3-0 1.05
Bumgarner 3-1 1.75
Lincecum 4-0 2.05


2:30 A'S: 
-Good day for the A's - Zobrist coming back, Doolittle on the way.
-Cespedes questions A's front office moves 
-A year ago the A's had the best record in AL 31-20, today worst in AL, 2nd worst in MLB, 17-30. How much is on Billy, how much is it the reality of being the A's and constantly have to retool based on finances?
-Is Billy just talking?: Says he won't trade Kazmir or Vogt 
-Sonny Gray in May 1.52 ERA, 36-12 K/BB ratio but only 2-2
-RP ERA: 4.96 (29), Reds 4.97 is last


2:45 FINAL THOUGHTS; 


1. Ran across this last week , never got t it:

-Youklis last game: June 13, 2013 a 3-2 loss at Oakland in 18 innings, 14 pitchers usewd Kiroda vs. Parker. for NYY - 0-7 , 3 Ks. Retired at 34...Same age as Byrnes.
-Youk post season batting: 29 games - 6 HR 17 RBIs .306 111 ABs , 16 XBH .944 OPS

-Byrnes final game: 3-1 loss Safeco Field to Texas 0-4 2 Ks, May 2, 2010.(Fister vs. Wilson) 


2. Jeremy Guthrie Monday: Gve up 11 earned runs, only got 3 outs. Worst game you ever played?

The line: 1 IP, 9 hits, 11 ER, 4 HRs, 3 BB in 60 pitches. Royals lost 14-1, ERA went from 4.75 to 6.70. Whip of 12.00, ERA of 99.00 for the game.


3. Steph Curry's fall: Scariest fall or injury?

Friday, May 22, 2015

FRIDAY: WARRIORS REVIEW........




1. WARRIORS WIN -AFTER HARDEN'S TURNS IT OVER.......

-To win the Western Conference Finals, Rockets must beat Warriors in 4 of 5 games.

-Harden: He had a lane to drive or take the step back and it seems he couldn't decide. Once he got it back from Howard he had nothing. Should have gone fast ...Had a 4-3...Iggy fell out of bounds, Barnes fell down.

-Harden vs. Curry like an old heavyweight fight.

Andrew Bogut: “Sometimes I want to crack open a beer & get a courtside seat. These 2 guys are the 2 best basketball players in the world."

-Warriors turnovers could be the doom of them. Slow down and make the right pass. Making extra pass in series. Make the simple play. They can only beat themselves.

-Bogut had energy, Howard was good.

-Rockets had a 23-6 run to tie game at 55-55 half...Like Warriors 25-6 run in game one.

G1: Rockets led 49-33 w/7:05 left in 2Qtr, Warriors close on 25-6 run G2: Warriors led 49-32 w/7:43 left in 2Qtr, Rockets close on 23-6 run

-Klay - I know defending Harden is tough - But NBA 3rd teamer--Need his scoring ---He's 12-33 in series and 2-14 on 3s. Maybe give him a break off Hadrden at times...Iggy, Barnes, Curry some.

2. GIANTS SWEEP DODGERS -
-MAD BUM HOMERS OFF KERSHAW
-Giants have 3 straight shutouts over Dodgers for first time since 2012. They have 7 home shutouts this month, their most since moving to SF.
-Kershaw allows 4 earned runs in 7.1 Innings.... had allowed 10 ER IN 92.2 IP at AT&T coming into his start
-Giants have won 13 of their last 16 home games after starting the season 1-6 at AT&T Park & are 6-0 vs. Dodgers at home this season.

Richard Justice (@richardjustice)
Two months in, offense is up and games are shorter by about 9 minutes

3. RAIDERS TO LA?

-Not if but when with the NFL to LA 

Why the Raiders let Antonio Smith go?:


  • Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is being investigated in Texas for possible child abuse of a sexual nature, Mike Klis of 9News writes. The alleged incident took place in November, two months before Denver signed him to a one-year, $2MM pact. Only Smith’s $500K signing bonus is fully guaranteed from that amount, though a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy could put that in jeopardy.
4. THE OAKLAND E'S............Semien on pace for 60+ -16 errors in 43 games... 

-Can Wash save Semien.......

-1957 IS WHEN THE MODERN DAY GLOVE WAS DEVELOPED SO ANYTHING BEFORE THEN DOESN'T COUNT TO ME....
-Marcus Semien: record setting bad at shortstop - 15 errors in 40 games. Most in MLB, Ian Desmond has 11. On pace for 60+ errors this season. 

-Last year the most errors committed on the season was Pedro Alvarez and he had 25. 

40+ errors: Only 9 times since 1960........
-Most errors since 1960 - Robin Yount 44 in 1975....
-40+ errors only five times since 1975 .....
-Never 50+ errors in a season since 1950....
-60+ 1941.

1992: Jose Offerman 42 SS
1978: Butch Hobson 3B 42, Garry Templeton SS 40
1977: Bill Almon 41  2B/SS
1975: Robin Yount 44 SS
1964: Dick Allen 41 1B/3B/OF
1960: Maury Wills 40 SS
1951: Alvin Dark 45 SS
1950: Roy Smalley Sr. 51 SS
1945: Cass Michaels 47 SS/2B

Last time a guy committed 60+ errors....

Al Brancato 61 errors in 1941 SS/3B


12:15: REVIEW GAME TWO: A WIN IS A WIN -- BUT FLAWED ROCKETS HAVE A CHANCE IN CLOSE SERIES.....

Good:

Bad:


When the MVP plays the runner up in NBA history: 


2012: LeBron (MVP) vs. Durant (2nd) -LeBron won title. (Finals)
1998:  Jordan (MVP) vs. Karl Malone (2nd) MJ won (Finals)
1997: Malone (MVP) vs. Jordan (2nd) MJ won (Finals)
1992: Jordan (MVP) vs. Drexler (2nd) MJ won (Finals)
1991: Jordan (MVP) vs. Magic (2nd) MJ won. (Finals)
1986: Larry Bird (MVP) vs. Dominique Wilkins (2nd) Bird won and won title. (East Semis)
1985: Bird (MVP) vs. Magic (2nd) Magic and Lakers won (Finals)
1984: Bird (MVP) vs. Bernard King (2nd) Bird wins in East Semis
1981: Julius Erving (MVP) Bird (2nd) -Bird wins in East Finals in 7
1980: Kareem (MVP) vs. Erving (2nd) Lakers win in 7, Magic steps in for injured Kareem (Finals)
1977: Kareem (MVP) vs. Bill Walton (2nd) Blazers sweep West Final and win title over 76ers. (West Finals)
1972: Kareem on Bucks, (MVP) vs. Jerry West (2nd) - Lakers win in 6 (West Finals)
1971: Jabaar (MVP) vs. West (2nd) Bucks win in 5, West didn't play in postseason with a knee injury. (West Finals)
1970: Willis Reed (MVP) vs. Jerry West (2nd) Knicks beat Lakers in 7 (Finals)
1969: Wes Unseld (MVP) vs. Willis Reed (2nd) Knicks swept East Semis
1967: Wilt (MVP) vs. Nate Thurmond (2nd) Wilt and 76ers beat Warriors in 6 games. (Finals)
1963: Bill Russell (MVP) vs. Elgin Baylor (2nd): Celtics top Lakers in 6 (Finals)
1962: Bill Russell (MVP) vs. Wilt (2nd) Celtics beat 76ers in 7 game East Finals (East Finals)
1961 Russell (MVP) vs. Bob Pettit - Celtics in 5 games over the Hawks (Finals)
1960: Wilt (MVP) vs. Russell (2nd)
1957: Bob Cousy (MVP) vs. Bob Pettit (2nd) -Celtics beat Hawks in 7 (Finals)


The stats:

  • The MVP’s team is 14-7 in those series.
  • The MVP’s team has won five of the past six series since 1986.
  • The last runner-up to top the MVP was Chicago’s Michael Jordan, who beat MVP Karl Malone’s Utah team in the 1997 Finals.
  • The Curry-Harden matchup is just the second between the top two vote-getters since 1998 and the first since LeBron James and Kevin Durant went head-to-head in the 2012 Finals.


12:30 GUEST: CARMEN POLICY
-Joins Carson group

12:45 RAIDERS - IT LOOKS GRIM FOR OAKLAND
-Goodell says he hasn't seen a plan from Oakland 
-Time running out 
-Mark continues to say the right things about Oakland
-LA Super Bowl in 2020? 



1 PM: HOOPS HOUR: 

-MARIO ELLIE

When the MVP plays the runner up in NBA history: 


2012: LeBron (MVP) vs. Durant (2nd) -LeBron won title. (Finals)
1998:  Jordan (MVP) vs. Karl Malone (2nd) MJ won (Finals)
1997: Malone (MVP) vs. Jordan (2nd) MJ won (Finals)
1992: Jordan (MVP) vs. Drexler (2nd) MJ won (Finals)
1991: Jordan (MVP) vs. Magic (2nd) MJ won. (Finals)
1986: Larry Bird (MVP) vs. Dominique Wilkins (2nd) Bird won and won title. (East Semis)
1985: Bird (MVP) vs. Magic (2nd) Magic and Lakers won (Finals)
1984: Bird (MVP) vs. Bernard King (2nd) Bird wins in East Semis
1981: Julius Erving (MVP) Bird (2nd) -Bird wins in East Finals in 7
1980: Kareem (MVP) vs. Erving (2nd) Lakers win in 7, Magic steps in for injured Kareem (Finals)
1977: Kareem (MVP) vs. Bill Walton (2nd) Blazers sweep West Final and win title over 76ers. (West Finals)
1972: Kareem on Bucks, (MVP) vs. Jerry West (2nd) - Lakers win in 6 (West Finals)
1971: Jabaar (MVP) vs. West (2nd) Bucks win in 5, West didn't play in postseason with a knee injury. (West Finals)
1970: Willis Reed (MVP) vs. Jerry West (2nd) Knicks beat Lakers in 7 (Finals)
1969: Wes Unseld (MVP) vs. Willis Reed (2nd) Knicks swept East Semis
1967: Wilt (MVP) vs. Nate Thurmond (2nd) Wilt and 76ers beat Warriors in 6 games. (Finals)
1963: Bill Russell (MVP) vs. Elgin Baylor (2nd): Celtics top Lakers in 6 (Finals)
1962: Bill Russell (MVP) vs. Wilt (2nd) Celtics beat 76ers in 7 game East Finals (East Finals)
1961 Russell (MVP) vs. Bob Pettit - Celtics in 5 games over the Hawks (Finals)
1960: Wilt (MVP) vs. Russell (2nd)
1957: Bob Cousy (MVP) vs. Bob Pettit (2nd) -Celtics beat Hawks in 7 (Finals)


The stats:

  • The MVP’s team is 14-7 in those series.
  • The MVP’s team has won five of the past six series since 1986.
  • The last runner-up to top the MVP was Chicago’s Michael Jordan, who beat MVP Karl Malone’s Utah team in the 1997 Finals.
  • The Curry-Harden matchup is just the second between the top two vote-getters since 1998 and the first since LeBron James and Kevin Durant went head-to-head in the 2012 Finals.

REVIEW SERIES SO FAR:

Matt Steinmetz (@SteinmetzNBA)
I'll admit, D.Howard was awfully good last night ... & yet it was still Curry/Harden who owned game. RIP big men.

Game 2:

  • Harden's final posession, Klay and Steph double -Rockets had 4 on 3 - Barnes fell down, Green had fallen out of bounds going for offensive rebound....Harden looked like he initially had a lane, pulled up, passed to Howard and then came the double team. 
  • Steph vs. Harden back and forth -Bogut after the game on the show: “Sometimes I want to crack open a beer and get a courtside seat, because these two guys are the two best basketball players in the world.”
  • Curry having his way, open space for shots. 
  • What can Warriors do on Harden defensively? 
  • Is it too much to ask to have Klay defend Harden on one end and be a Splash Brother on the other (12-33 FGs, 2-14 3's in the series) 
  • Could they use Iguodala or Barnes at times on Harden to free Klay up and get his shot going? 
  • Turnovers keeping Rockets in games - 
  • Howard playing through the knee - Even us Howard haters have to admit he was pretty good in game two 
  • Bogut had energy in game two, sick in game one  
  • Runs mirrored in games one and two: Warriors 25-6 to end half in game one, Rockets 23-6 to end half in game two. 

Series stats: 

Warriors:

Curry: 33.5 PPG / 26-43 FG/11-22 3s/4.5 RPG/5.5APG/ 7 TOs - 6 game one only one in game 2. 
Klay: 14 PPG/ 12-33 FG/2-14 3s
Green: 12.5 PPG/10 RPG / 7.5 APG/7 TOs/ 9-22 FG/ 1-6 3s
Barnes: 10.5 PPG/2.5 APG/2.5 RPG/9-20 FGs/3-8 3s/ 
Iguodala: 5 PPG/5 APG/1.5 RPG/ 4-6 FGs/0-0 3s
Bogut: Game one nothing....Game 2: 31 mon 7-9 FGs 14 poits, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 assists. 
Livingston: Game one 29 min -18 points (16 in first half) 6-8 FG, 7 rebounds, 3 assists. Game 2: 14 min - 8 points, 4 rebounds on 4-4 FG. 


Rockets: 

Harden:  33 PPG/ 38 game one, 28 game two. 24-41 FG / 4-9 3s / 10.5 RPG/ 9 APG/ 3.5 SPG 
Howard: 15 PPG/13 RPG/1 BPG - Game 2: 40 minutes 19 points, 17 rebounds 8-11 FGs    
Ariza: Game one: 7-10/4-5 20 points  Game two:  3-8/1-4  / 7 points
Josh Smith: Game one: 6-16/2-6 17 points, 7 rebounds / Game two: 5-17/0-3 /7 points 1 rebound /
11-33/ 2-9 3s in series. 
Brewer: 4-12 / 0-2 in series
Terry: 5-16/4-9 in series 8 PPG
Jones: Game one 2-10 FGs 5 points 4 rebounds Game two: 6-12 FGs 12 points 2 rebounds. 




1:30 GAMES IN HOUSTON - ADJUSTMENTS /  PREVIEW: 

-How can Warriors adjust on Harden?
How will Rockets change up on Curry?
-Can Warriors get Thompson going offensively
-Cutting down on turnovers
-More?

1:45 TRUTH OR TRASH:

1. Steph is solidifying his MVP status over James Harden who finished second.

2. Harden is the most unstopable offensive player in the NBA today.

3. The biggest imprediment to the Warriors winning this series is turnovers. Housotn can't beat them, they can only beat themselves.

4. It's not enough for Klay to just defend Harden in this series, he has to get his shot going for the Warriors to win in Houston. (12-33 FGs/ 2-14 3s)

5. Warriors win at least one in Houston.


2 PM: TRUTH MACHINE:
-Riley Curry
-David Letterman
-Mark Davis

2:15 SUSAN SLUSSER
-Coco Crisp is going to see a neck specialist.

2:30: TBA 

2:45 CABOOSE:

-Audio: Listen to Bartolo Colon leg out an infield hit vs. Yadier Molina 
-Audio Bryce Harper tossed for stepping out of box and thinks 40K didn't come to watch the umps  
-The actual person Tommy John is 72 today 
-Uh oh...Adult Friend Finder hacked ...All that dirty personal information... 
-Falkka strikes again: First time it was sex with a tree....Now it's a guy naked guy on a 30-foot bridge 
-What makes a donut sexual? Pirates have sexual donut give away 
-Computers: What can they do? ...They can give a prostate exam 
-Michael Sam will play in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes
-This is getting silly now: Illinois is going to beat California to the legal weed punch 

-And we wonder why we are so fat .......


Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell)
The @FresnoGrizzlies sold 1,539 slices of pizza with a hot dog at the crust last night for $7 eachpic.twitter.com/BJyKvJYBXG


Now, we've learned Sapp agreed to plead GUILTY to one count of solicitation and one count of assault and in exchange he must complete 2 counseling programs -- the first is a "Prostitution Solicitation Diversion Program" ... the 2nd is essentially an anger management course.  
If Sapp FAILED to complete the prostitution program in 160 days -- he faced up to 30 days in jail. 
The good news for Warren ... he already completed the program and the hooker charge will most likely be dropped. 
As for the assault conviction, Warren is still working on completing that counseling program ... if he doesn't, he faces 30 days in jail and 2 years probation. But that's probably just a matter of time at this point. 
Sapp has also been ordered to pay restitution to the two prostitutes ... $150 to Quying Boyd and $1,171.24 to Britney Osbourne. 
All things considered, it's a GREAT deal for Sapp.