THE BUZZ: Buster, Harbaugh, Pitt

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THE BUZZ: Buster, Harbaugh, Pitt

1. Buster Posey is not supposed to block the plate this season. Thats what the Giants say. But can you ask a catcher not to do something that hes already been trained to do? The Minnesota Twins dont think so. Theyve told Joe Mauer to go ahead and block the plate because its part of the business. The collision is coming. Brace yourself.

2. Andrew Luck doesnt need to hire a publicist. Not while Jim Harbaugh is in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine gushing about Luck to anyone who will listen. Harbaugh didnt go to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl but is there this week. He took a side trip to Bloomington to sit on the Indiana bench and act as a manager for his brother-in-law, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean. Harbaugh folded and unfolded chairs for time outs to the delight of observers.3. Jeremy Lin was humbled by the Miami Heat on Thursday. He looks like a guy who could use a break from the spotlight this weekend, maybe even sleeping in that fancy new apartment hes reportedly moved into the one that has a view of the Statue of Liberty. But instead hell be in Orlando for the Rising Stars Challenge, coached by Shaq. Lins impact can be felt everywhere. On Friday morning Kwame Brown was a trending topic in the Bay Area. Why? Because he was signed after the Warriors cut Lin.
4. Ryan Braun won his appeal for violating baseballs drug policy and wont have to serve a suspension. MLB drug testers must either be too young to remember the OJ Simpson trial or are just plain stupid. DNA evidence in the Simpson trial was tainted when police forensic scientist Andrea Mazzola admitted to carrying a vial of Simpsons blood around in her lab coat. A MLB tester did the equivalent, taking Brauns urine home instead of sending it to the lab. This is how you run a billion dollar business? Sticking the urine on the shelf with the mayonnaise?
5. Billy Beane will take off the flip flops and khaki shorts on Sunday and don a tuxedo for the Academy Awards. Hell walk to red carpet to support Brad Pitt, telling the Chronicle Its got nothing to do with me. Except, of course, it has everything to do with Billy. Without him, theres no movie. Dont know if Pitt will win George Clooney seems to be the favorite. But bet on Moneyball to win Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zailian did what few thought possible, turning Michael Lewis book into a very entertaining film.
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Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

BOX SCORE

PORTLAND -- Head coach Steve Kerr didn’t show and All-Star forward Kevin Durant didn’t play.

Neither did Shaun Livingston or Matt Barnes.

No matter. Trailing by as much as 17 before a surging Trail Blazers team and a thunderous sellout crowd at Moda Center, the Warriors found their way to a 119-113 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night.

The Warriors can close out the series with a win in Game 4 here on Monday night.

With assistant coach Mike Brown serving as acting head coach in the absence of an ill Kerr, five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 34 points. Klay Thompson put in 24, Andre Iguodala 16, JaVale McGee 14 and Pat McCaw 11.

The Warriors overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit and a 52-42 rebounding disadvantage with a single, searing stretch of defense in the third quarter, when they limited Portland to 30.4-percent shooting.

Guards CJ McCollum, who totaled 32 points, and Damian Lillard, who posted 31, led the Trail Blazers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As crucial to the comeback as was the offensive reemergence of Curry and Thompson, nobody did more good things over different portions of the game than did McGee.

McGee’s line: 14 points (6-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from the line), four rebounds and one steal. He played 16 minutes and finished a game-high plus-24.

TURNING POINT

Trailing 82-66 after a Lillard finger roll with 6:20 left in the third quarter, the Warriors rumbled back with a 19-1 run, taking an 85-83 lead when McGee slammed through a lob with 2:01 left in the quarter.

The Warriors during that stretch held Portland to 0-of-8 shooting, with three turnovers.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Matt Barnes (R foot/ankle bone bruise), F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain and hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) is listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) was listed as doubtful and upgraded to available. C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery) and C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The teams reconvene Monday night at Moda Center for Game 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Sharks eliminated from Stanley Cup playoffs, Oilers take series

Sharks eliminated from Stanley Cup playoffs, Oilers take series

BOX SCORE

Two goals in the second period by the Oilers were enough for Edmonton to eliminate San Jose from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Patrick Marleau scored in the third period to put the Oilers then-lead in half. It was his third goal of the playoffs. 

Joe Pavelski hit the crossbar and the post in what looked to be the equalizing goal for the Sharks with Martin Jones pulled in the third period. Jones made 18 saves on 20 shots.