Urban: Giants Rotation Change Surprising, Smart


Urban: Giants Rotation Change Surprising, Smart


Provingonce again that you really have no idea what to expect from these guys, theGiants have decided to make a fairly dramatic change to their starting rotationfor the week, but its not the dramatic change for which most fans have beenclamoring.Thegeneral consensus after the series victory in Colorado, if sports-talk callers(and hosts) can be considered the general consensus, is that the prudent movewould have been to move Tim Lincecum from Thursday to Friday and Barry Zitofrom Friday to Thursday.Reasonbeing, such a switch would set up the Giants for a rotation of Lincecum, MattCain and Jonathan Sanchez -- their three best pitchers at present -- to face thePadres this weekend in the Series To End All Series.It makessense, too, because it wouldnt really affect anyones preparation all thatmuch. Moving Zito to Thursday would have meant hed be working on four days ofrest instead of five, and hes made about 85 percent of his career starts onfour days of rest. Thats the norm. HoldingLincecum back until Friday would have put him in line to pitch on six days ofrest instead of the five on which hes been working recently (thanks to thekind schedule makers that gave the Giants the last three Mondays of the seasonoff), and weve seen how well the Freak has responded to extra rest; this isthe best hes ever looked this late in the season.TheGiants threw everyone something of a bender, though, by announcing thatLincecum will throw Wednesday, not Friday, so hell be onregular rest -- four days, remember? against the Diamondbacks, then beavailable on regular rest again in the event of a one-game playoff.I likeit, for several reasons. One isthat I like Lincecum over anyone but Cain in a one-game playoff, and Cainsimply wont be physically available. Another is that the move gives MadisonBumgarner, a rookie pitching deeper into a season than ever, an extra day ofrest, giving him six before he worked the finale of the Arizona series.As forwhat this means for Zito, well, it means hes going to be under a high-poweredmicroscope Friday against the Padres, and hell be on a very short leash.Kind oflike every other start hes made in the past two months, right?

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.

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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.