Gutierrez: A's Crisp was safe, Melvin shows fire


Gutierrez: A's Crisp was safe, Melvin shows fire

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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comA few notes and observations from the A's 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday...- Coco Crisp was safe. Yup, the CSN California feed of the game showed a shot from center field that had Crisp dragging his foot across first base a split-second before Brent Morel's throw from third base arrived into Mark Teahen's glove. First-base umpire Brian O'Nara had relatively the same view. So why did he delay the call? Keep in mind, Crisp being called safe would have only loaded the bases for Cliff Pennington with two out in the ninth.RELATED: A's Insider gallery -- Error costs A's again

- Good to see some fire from Bob Melvin. The A's interim manager jumped O'Nara when he made the ill-fated call. And if you can read lips, you know he wasn't exactly inviting out for tea and crumpets. Players have to know their skipper has their back, and four games into his tenure, Melvin showed them exactly that with his going after O'Nara. Even if everyone knew it was all for nothing.- First, the lack of offense hurt the A's. Then, their starting pitching began to falter. Sunday, it was the defense. Scott Sizemore's throwing error in the seventh inning, when he tried to make a spectacular, inning-ending double play but instead threw the ball into right field, was Oakland's American League-leading 50th error of the season. Which leads to...- Absolutely digging the A's taking infield practice before the game. If not to merely get a feel for the field, but to get a feel for each other. The A's have so many new faces of late, it can only help. And yes, former manager Bob Geren was a proponent of infield practice. He just didn't employ it all that much.- And this from A's historian David Feldman: Oakland going 1-9 in Boston, Baltimore and Chicago equals its worst-ever 10-game roadie, which the A's did in 1981 and 2008. Plus, in dropping 12 of their last 13, the A's are on their worst stretch since going 1-14 in 2008.

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.