Urban: Cain 'deserves' to light up Giants


Urban: Cain 'deserves' to light up Giants

Sept. 7, 2011


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Mychael Urban

Matt Cain made his 200th career start Wednesday, and it ended like far too many before it.He was great. He lost.RECAP: Cain's strong start wasted in Giants' 3-1 loss
As usual, he said all the right things afterward. He always does. But if you pinned the poor guy down and riddled him with some sort of truth serum, here's what you'd be likely to hear:Look, guys, I'm tired of taking the fall on these in the name of being a good teammate. I've got my Willie Mac Award. Now I want wins. So the next time I tell you my latest seven-inning, three-hit loss should have been an eight-inning, one-hit victory -- if only I'd made better pitches here and there -- go ahead and slap me in the side of the neck and call me a dragon.Why a dragon? I have no idea. Maybe because I feel like breathing fire right now. My career record is four games under .500, and my career ERA is under 3.40. I know baseball isn't supposed to be fair, but I also know that what goes around usually comes around in this game.Tell me. Please. When is what's gone around going to come around? I'm sick -- violently ill, in fact -- of waiting.Wouldn't it be nice to hear him finally let loose like that in public? In front of the microphones and notebooks that crowd him after each disheartening loss? Who knows? It might be cathartic in a sense. It sure couldn't hurt.Bruce Bochy, in a radio interview last week, said fans would be surprised to hear some of the things Cain says in the dugout when his latest effort is going wasted. Said Tim Lincecum lets loose, too. They go off, said the skip. They rant and rip.Good for them. Their teammates deserve it.Cain certainly doesn't deserve what he's gotten in Orange and Black, and Wednesday was merely the latest, galling example.

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.