Faltering Kings welcome in energized Warriors

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Faltering Kings welcome in energized Warriors

March 14, 2011

WARRIORS (30-36) vs.
KINGS (15-49)

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(AP) -- The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings likely won't be playing in the postseason, but their matchups this season have been nothing short of exciting.

Sacramento hosts Golden State on Monday night in the third matchup of a season series in which the previous two were Warriors wins in overtime.

The Warriors (30-36) have also won two straight overall, taking differing paths to those victories. They hit a franchise-record 21 3-pointers Friday, rallying from 21 points down to beat Orlando 123-120 in overtime.

Two nights later, they produced their best defensive showing in five years. Golden State beat Minnesota 100-77 on Sunday, halting Kevin Love's double-double streak at 53 games and forcing the Timberwolves into 36.6 percent shooting.

It marked the fewest points allowed by the Warriors since a 109-77 victory Feb. 4, 2006 - also against Minnesota.

REWIND: Warriors blow out T'Wolves, snap Love's streak

Stephen Curry scored 24 points and added nine rebounds Sunday for Golden State, which entered play giving up 105.8 points per game, 28th in the NBA.

Love had 12 rebounds, but David Lee held him to a 1-of-6 shooting performance and six points.

"I had a lot of help (Sunday)," said Lee, who had eight points and six rebounds. "The biggest thing was I knew if we could keep him from having a big night that we could win another game."

If this matchup plays out similarly to the previous two meetings between the Warriors and Kings this season, it won't be a defensive clinic.

Monta Ellis scored 36 points in a 117-109 overtime victory Dec. 21 at Sacramento, and his 28 points complimented Curry's 34 on Jan. 21 at home in another Golden State overtime win - 119-112.

Sacramento (15-49) has dropped six straight overall and allowed 100 points or more in 13 of its last 14 games, including a 115-103 loss Saturday at New Orleans.

Marcus Thornton scored 25 points against his former team, but foul trouble plagued Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins. He finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, but sat most of the fourth quarter while the Hornets pulled way.

REWIND: Kings can't contain Paul in loss to Hornets

"We just ran out of gas and couldn't execute when we needed to in the fourth quarter," said coach Paul Westphal, whose club got outscored 31-18 in the final 12 minutes after entering the fourth with a one-point lead. "Obviously, we couldn't stop Chris Paul and David West. That's pretty much the game in a nutshell."

The Kings played without two of their best players from their meetings with the Warriors in Beno Udrih and Tyreke Evans. Udrih scored 34 points in the December loss, while Evans had 35 in January.

Udrih (flu) is a game-time decision Monday, while Evans likely will remain sidelined. He hopes to return soon from the plantar fasciitis which has kept him sidelined for the past month.

The Warriors have won three straight meetings with the Kings and six of the last eight.

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

The Dodgers made a move on Thursday that will certainly interest Giants fans.

Los Angeles designated Sergio Romo for assignment.

Over 30 appearances this season, Romo is 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA.

[PAVLOVIC: Why are the Giants reportedly gambling on a Pablo Sandoval reunion?]

He hasn't taken the mound since July 8.

Against the Giants this year:

- April 24: Allowed one hit and one walk in one inning
- April 25: Allowed two earned runs in 0.1 innings 
- May 2: A perfect 1-2-3 inning
- May 17: Allowed one run in one inning

Romo spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Orange and Black.

From 2008 to 2016, he went 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves over 515 appearances.

He won three World Series rings with the Giants.

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Who will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

The Knicks? Rockets? Cavs? Blazers?

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are hoping Carmelo ends up in Portland.

"I spoke to him," Lillard told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian. "Because, obviously, he makes us a better team. Obviously with that being out there and that being a real possibility, I don't see why I wouldn't reach out to him and let him know that the interest is mutual if he's interested in us."

[REWIND: McCollum's message to those who think Warriors are bad for the NBA]

What was his reaction?

"I ain't gonna share all that," Lillard said. "We had a conversation about it because it's something that we need to talk about, so he knew that it wasn't just the team -- but it was myself and C.J. -- would love to have him here. So I reached out to him."

How would he help the Blazers?

"He's Carmelo Anthony," Lillard responded. "You add another guy that can go out there and score 50 ... over the last decade, he's been one of the best players in the league. Playing against him, you know he's a cerebral player. He's smart...

"I can only imagine what it would be like having him iso'ing on one side, and C.J. in a corner, and me on the opposite wing and Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic) ... I can only imagine how hard it would be to guard us when it's already hard to guard us.

"We can compete with anybody in the West, but I think when you get to those teams like Golden State, if we happen to run into them in a playoff situation now -- we getting in the paint, and if they want to help off someone like Melo ... good luck."

The Warriors beat the Blazers in five games in the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals and swept them in the opening round of the 2017 playoffs.

According to McCollum, the Blazers would definitely have homecourt in the first round of the playoffs should Carmelo head to the Pacific Northwest.

"Very talented player. And I think if we get him -- when we get him -- speak it into existence ... I think Top 3 in the West, easy," McCollum declared. "I think he's interested."

Carmelo is reportedly pushing for a trade to the Rockets...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller