March 20, 2010SCOTTSDALE,Ariz. -- Ive often said that the best sports journalism takes fans where theycant otherwise go. That should be the goal of everybody in the business: servethe fan.And while thispost is certainly self-serving to an extent, Im compelled to post it to makesure the Bay Areas baseball fans dont miss out on a supremely cool thingwere doing this week on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California.As youre surelyaware, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area is the television home of the Giants, with Comcast SportsNet Cali the TVhome of the As. Beginning Saturday, March 20, were bringing you as close asyoull ever get to big-league players during spring training -- and given thegreat access fans have in the desert as it is, thats saying something.How close? Howabout in the dugout, during the game?Thats wherewell be, talking to a variety of your favorite players, on Saturday while theGiants are hosting the Reds at Scottsdale Stadium; on Wednesdaynight as the As host the Dodgers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium; and Thursdaynight as the As and Giants square off back in Scottsdale.Buster Poseyhits a bomb? Well bust out an interview with him, on the spot.Rajai Davisbecomes the first man in baseball history to steal first base? Well steal himfrom his teammates for a couple of minutes and bring him to you.Its somethingTV crews cant do during the regular season, unless you count the mind-numbingheadset chats with a pitching coach youve never heard of.Announcerto coach: Phil, hows your young lefty holding up in this heat?Coach: Well,Ill tell you what, Joe -- this kids in great shape. As long as he hits hisspots and stays on top of the ball and throws downhill and works both sides ofthe plate and changes speeds and stays hydrated, hes gonna be just fine.Fans:Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.There will be nosleeping during Comcast SportsNets TV coverage of the Giants and As this week. Youre gonnalove it, and for those of you whove been missing our Home Movies, heres alittle bonus: The flip cam will be in the dugout, too!--MychaelUrban
SAN ANTONIO -- Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was officially declared out prior to Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs on Monday night.
Pachulia sustained a right heel contusion is the first half of Game 2 last Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. He has since done very little in practice and was listed as doubtful on the morning injury report.
Though acting head coach Mike Brown did not name backup center JaVale McGee to replace Pachulia in the starting lineup, that is the expectation. McGee started Game 3 on Saturday night and played well.
Brown gave himself some wiggle room, saying the Warriors could opt for rookie wing Pat McCaw if the Spurs start with a small lineup.
“For us, it's not that big of a deal,” Brown said in his pregame news conference. “We're either going to start JaVale or Patrick McCaw. We haven't made a decision yet, and I don't know when we're going to make a decision, but we'll go between those two guys.”
SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took a seat at the podium for his pregame news conference and confirmed what had been anticipated for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.
All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard will be on the sideline for the third consecutive game.
Leonard twice aggravated his sprained left ankle in the third quarter of Game 1 at Oracle Arena and has not practiced since. Though he was listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report Monday morning -- the Spurs did not have a shootaround -- it was a foregone conclusion he would not play.
Popovich made the announcement by answering a question about Leonard’s status with two words: “Same, same” before confirming he would be out.
The Warriors have outscored the Spurs 302-253 since Leonard left with 7:53 left in the third quarter of Game 1.