Emptying the Mailbag

Emptying the Mailbag

Youve got questions, and I think Ive got answers. E-mail Matt Steinmetz, and letsget into it
Are the Warriors going to make a trade? Ricky M., Concord,Calif.Id put the odds at better than 50-50 right now. TheWarriors are 10-24, and while they figure to improve in January, its not likewere looking at a dramatic turnaround here. When youre struggling like theWarriors are struggling, its almost more gutsy to sit tight than to make amove.

I think there will opportunity for Warriors general manager Larry Rileyto make a move, and it will be awfully tough to not do anything.

Hey, Matt, should the Warriors get Tracy McGrady? Andre,San Jose.
It almost doesnt matter whether or not the Warriors should.They wont. Why? Because Riley has basically stated that hes not interested incap room because there is no guarantee you can parlay that into a tangible freeagent.

So, dont expect him to make a trade and part with a piece just to haveMcGrady in a Warriors uniform for a couple of months. Plus, theres the veryreal issue of McGradys injury history.When will the Warriors sign a player out of the D-League?Mike, San Jose.
Id look for that to happen in the next week or so, if it happens at all. Warriorscoach Don Nelson has expressed interest in bringing in a small forward type soI wouldnt be surprised if something is forthcoming.

With the good play of Corey Maggette, if he keeps it up,will the Warriors still make it a priority to trade him? If we do, we would beputting even more pressure on Monta Ellis. --Kirk, Redwood City, Calif.

I still believe moving Maggette is a priority, and I believethat for a couple of reasons. First, the Warriors would love to get offMaggettes contract. Second, Maggette certainly has some value around theleague, specifically with a few contenders and even with some general playoffteams.
Maggette certainly isnt without value, but he just doesntfit on this young Warriors team. Asfor putting more pressure on Ellis, if the Warriors make the right trade forMaggette, then the move should actually take pressure off Ellis. Maggette helpsin one area: scoring.But if the Warriors were to get a more well-rounded player,such a player would certainly help Ellis more than Maggette does.
Yo, Matt, in Mychael Urbans chat the other day he claimsyou called him out back-in-the-day and challenged him to one-on-one. Ive seenhim. Hes like Mark Eaton. How would you take him? Hed try to back you downall day long? Money B. Oakland.

Ill tell you right now, without ever having seen him play,Urban is one of these robotic, mechanical big men who you can turn over atwill. And I see playing against him resulting in me getting hurt.

Ive seen Anthony Randolph has the potential to be great.But will he become a triple threat with his shooting, passing and driving anytimesoon? Canaan B., San Jose.
I think Randolph is still years away from reaching hispotential at least three or four years. And whats most scary is that hemight never end up being the kind of player most hope he will become. But thenagain, he might. Thats what makes him so intriguing.I like that he can put up numbers by accident. But he stillhas a long way to go in terms of refining his game.

Where is Jaymee Sire? Wiwat, San Jose.

A lot of times shes downstairs. I work on the second floor,and she works on the first. When shes not down there, you can find her on thesidelines at Warriors games and Raiders games, not to mention in the studiohosting SportsNet Central. Shes not hard to find. You just have to look.

Instant Analysis: Giants' rally falls short in 5-4 loss to Cubs

Instant Analysis: Giants' rally falls short in 5-4 loss to Cubs

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CHICAGO — The Giants will need a win on getaway day to clinch their first winning road trip.

Wednesday's comeback attempt fell just short, as the Giants scored two in the ninth but lost to the Cubs 5-4. Since taking the first two games in St. Louis, they have dropped three of four, falling 11 games back of the Rockies in the division.

Here are five things to know from the coldest Giants game of the year … 

— Mac Williamson fouled off eight pitches before going the opposite way against Wade Davis, who entered with a 0.00 ERA in 19 appearances. The two-run homer ended a run of 19 consecutive solo shots by the Giants, two short of their own MLB record. It was the first homer off Davis in two years. 

— The sixth inning was one of the stranger escapes we’ve seen from a pitcher this season. With two on and one out, Jason Heyward blasted a Matt Moore pitch right down the line and it looked like it would give the Cubs a 6-2 lead. The wind blew the ball a couple of feet foul. Heyward then topped one down the line and Moore’s throw bounced away from first, allowing a run to score. But the umpires called — correctly — Heyward out for running inside the line. It’s a call you rarely see. Moore then struck out Addison Russell to keep what could have easily been a 6-2 or 4-2 game at 3-2. 

— Before the first game of this series, a Giant asked in the dugout, “I wonder what some of the Cubs’ numbers would look like at our place?” Anthony Rizzo is a .159 hitter with no homers in 18 career games at AT&T Park, but he had no issues on a night when conditions were worse than they are most nights in San Francisco. Rizzo homered off Moore in his first two at-bats. 

— Rizzo will occasionally put a bunt down to beat the shift — he had an accidental bunt in his third at-bat — which the Giants have long wanted Brandon Belt to do. Belt pushed one away from the shift in the sixth, and even though it was too close to pitcher Kyle Hendricks, the throw was off and Belt reached second. One of those a week would open up a few more holes. 

— This lineup has made a habit of making mediocre and downright bad pitchers look good, and the actual good ones are taking advantage, too. A night after Jon Lester recorded his first complete game of the year, Hendricks threw seven innings for the first time. 

Mullin sees potential Warriors-Cavs trilogy Finals going six games, but...

Mullin sees potential Warriors-Cavs trilogy Finals going six games, but...

As the defending champion Cavaliers are one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals, the consensus is they will meet the Warriors there and, moreover, that Part III of the trilogy promises to be the most compelling yet.

Chris Mullin is not so sure.

The Hall of Fame forward and current St. John's head coach, a guest Wednesday on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider Podcast, perceives a reasonable chance of sweeping the series.

“I’m going on the record saying 4-2, just because maybe I want to see six games,” Mullin said. “I would not be surprised if it’s 4-1 or 4-zero. I think they’re that good.”

Recalling how the Warriors started sluggishly after a one-week layoff ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, Mullin conceded there could be some rust but probably not enough to invite a loss.

“I don’t want to lay any . . . pressure, but the Warriors, to me, this team that we’re watching is going to go down in history as one of the best teams of all time,” he said. “I believe that. I think they will stay together and that’s we’re probably going to see four Hall of Fame players that have played together and have dominated and become a dynasty. That’s what we’re going to look back on.

“There’s just a huge disparity between them and the rest of the league -- and not just the Cavaliers. But there’s a huge disparity between them and the Cavaliers. “

The Warriors defeated Cleveland in six games to win the championship in 2015, but the Cavaliers recovered from a 3-1 deficit to take the rematch last June.

Though both teams have made substantive changes, Mullin is more impressed with what the Warriors have done, including the addition of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant to a nucleus that included All-Stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Mullin pointed out that the losses of Andrew Bogut, along with subtractions to their fabled depth and chemistry, led some to wonder if the Warriors might lose the magic of the previous two seasons. He also understands that point of view.

“But as I see it now,” he said, “I think they’re deeper and have better chemistry than they did last year when they won 73 games.”

It’s not that Mullin gives the Cavaliers, who have won 11 of 12 games in these playoffs, zero chance to win the series. It is just, in his view, very slim. “Cleveland, they’ve got really good people,” he said. “Their talent, I’m not discounting at all. LeBron and Kyrie and Kevin Love, these guys are great, great players.

“I feel like the Warriors are just a notch above everybody. I really believe that.”