BUZZ: Lincecum on display; another A's opener; nasty Sharks


BUZZ: Lincecum on display; another A's opener; nasty Sharks

1. Lincecum & Co. Tim Lincecum is a Yahoo! search topic on cold days in January, so hes definitely the man of the hour today, as he takes the mound for the Giants season opener against the Snakes. The Giants have made their customers happy in the past week, locking up Matt Cain and bucking their history to go with youth Hector Sanchez, Brandon Belt. Well, except for that spry left fielder, who might remind us of the days whenBarry Bonds emulated a statue by the Chevron sign.

2. Ryan Clowe is a trending topic, not because theSharks won on Thursday night and not because they made the playoffs even before they won, thanks to losses by Colorado and Dallas, but because he stuck his stick out from the bench to interfere with a play. Thats cheating, folks. The Sharks cheated, they fought including Joe Thornton -- they were nasty and desperate. They looked like theyd had a pep talk fromGregg Williams.

3. Gregg Williams I dont care how long youve watched the NFL or how low your expectations are for NFL coaches, the Greg Williams tape targetingAlex Smith, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and other 49erswas still stomach-churning, an ugly peak behind the curtain of Americas favorite sport. But given how the 49ers hit theSaints in that game, they probably had a similar discussion in their defensive meeting the same night.

4. Bobby Petrino Raise your hand if you thought Petrino was a scumbag when he fledLouisville for the Atlanta Falcons, then jumped ship with three games left in the NFL season so Razorbacks fans could serenade him with Sooooo-eeee. Raise your hand if you think Jessica Dorrell needs some self-esteem lessons.

5. The As the Swingin Anonymous Guys get to have their second opening day in less than two weeks, this time without the jet lag or the sushi. However, its unlikely theyll top the crowd of 44,000-plus that watched their first game at the Tokyo Dome where the stands were tarp-free..

Warriors' Durant exhibits entire scoring arsenal vs Blazers

Warriors' Durant exhibits entire scoring arsenal vs Blazers

OAKLAND – In the final preseason game on the schedule, at his new home of Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant entered the highlight zone.

The team’s newest superstar exhibited his entire scoring arsenal, dropping 3-pointers, soaring in for dunks and swishing mid-range post-ups.

The most impressive dunk came with 9:02 left in the quarter, when Durant took a pass from Draymond Green and finished the fast break by taking off from about 10 feet and throwing it down.

[POOLE: Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers]

The most impressive trey came with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter, when Steph Curry came down in transition, slipped a pass to Durant, who threw it in from 32 feet.

Durant scored 14 points in the third quarter, 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers


Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers


OAKLAND – The preseason ended Friday night with the kind of offensive fireworks the Warriors expect to carry into the regular season.

Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant poured in 28 points as the Warriors overcame an early 16-point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-96 at Oracle Arena.

Ian Clark added 17 points to bolster the scoring of Curry and Durant.

With the exception of the first five minutes, the Warriors starters sparkled, outscoring Portland 84-50 over the next 31 minutes and leading by as much as 21.

The Warriors finished the preseason with a 6-1 record.

Damian Lillard, playing two miles from his old neighborhood, led Portland with 20 points. CJ McCollum added 16.


Simply put, that would be Curry and Durant.

Curry’s line: 35 points (12-of-21 from the field, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the line), four rebounds and two assists. He scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters. He played 28 minutes and finished plus-17.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one blocked shot. He scored 14 points in the third quarter. Durant played 31 minutes and finished plus-2.


Draymond Green didn’t score much, only 4 points, but his put his fingerprints on this game in just about every other way. He hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds, passed for six assists, adding a steal and a blocked shot. He played 26 efficient minutes, finishing plus-15.

Ian Clark still is trying to nail down a spot in the rotation and he made another impressive argument on his behalf. Coming off the bench with 4:09 left in the first quarter, he took two shots and made them both, including a 3-pointer. Playing both guard positions, Clark had 17 points (7-of-11, 3-of-6), two assists, one rebound and one block.


Warriors: C JaVale McGee (L knee strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) was listed as out.

Blazers: C Meyers Leonard (lower back soreness) and G Shabazz Napier (L ankle sprain) were listed as questionable. Leonard entered in the third quarter. Napier did not play. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.


The Warriors open the season Tuesday, Oct. 25, when the San Antonio Spurs visit Oracle Arena.