Gutierrez: Pro Bowl Postcard (12811)


Gutierrez: Pro Bowl Postcard (12811)

Jan. 28, 2011

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comAloha, Big Kahuna! Sorry if that seems too forward, boss. Its just that Im really getting into the local Hang Loose flava here in Hawaii.Day 2 of Pro Bowl Week has come and gone and Im sitting here on myhotel balcony, 20 floors up. The hills of Oahu are on my left; DiamondHeads lords over the landscape in front of me; the gentle crashingwaves of the Pacific Ocean lapping on Waikiki Beach are to my right.And tiki torches burn in the distance as a ukulele playfully strumsaway down below. Wait, hes playing Bob Marley. I love me some Marleybut in this island paradise? I need some Bruddah Iz and his medley ofOver the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World. Brilliant and hauntingstuff.

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I know, bruddah. I know. You sent me here, to cover pigskins, notpineapples. And yet, for one glorious week, its all magnificentlyintertwined in the 81 degrees Fahrenheit and relief the trade windsprovided today.I sent in some Flipvids of crazed, sectioned-off fans waiting for a ProBowler, any Pro Bowler, to come and sign something, anything of theirs.My personal fav? The surfboard. I swear I saw Matt Cassel, the ChiefsQB, sizing that thing up to take it out and thrash, brah.I also made a run at NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith, but he said he wasntdoing media today. Might have had something to do with AntonioCromartie lashing out at him for all of his were at war talk. Whoknows?WORD ON THE STREET: Twitter war: Cromartie vows to 'smash in' QB's face
It does seem, though, that there are a few Raiders fans at peace withSilver and Blackdom and are here for the game, some of my Tweeps thatfollow me on Twitter. Thinking of calling for a Tweet Up, Island-style.What do you think?Which reminds me, the fan wearing the LOS ANGELES Raiders cap andthrusting out a mini-Cal football helmet while yelling NNAMDI!!! wasalso a highlight. Especially since Nnamdi had already boarded the busand was not coming back out.Good thing, too, Because you know what happened next in the 45minutes it took me to drive back to my hotel, news broke that Nnamdiwas pulling out of the Pro Bowl. And just as I suspected, it was thatright ankle. Same one he sprained on Halloween.NEWS: Asomugha pulls out of Pro Bowl, Bailey replaces
Then later, another Cal guy, the Eagles DeSean Jacskson pulled outwith a bum knee. Funny, neither guy mentioned the possibility ofmissing the game when talking however briefly with reporters comingoff the practice field.Oh well, maybe the Pro Bowlers are simply taking this Hang Loose vibe seriously, too.Shaka, brah,-Paulo GPS, Paulo is Paul in Hawaiian!!!

Instant Replay: Kings shock Grizzlies late for second straight win

Instant Replay: Kings shock Grizzlies late for second straight win


SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings aren’t done fighting yet. In front of their home crowd, they pulled off their second consecutive shocker, this time dispatching the Memphis Grizzlies in dramatic fashion by the final of 91-90.

Darren Collison battled Mike Conley Jr. all night long at the point guard position. After scoring 19 against the Clippers on Sunday, Collison hit the Grizzlies for 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and added a team-high seven assists. His free throw with 5.7 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner.

Rookie Buddy Hield continued his hot shooting, scoring 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. The 23-year-old shooting guard is quickly establishing himself as a big time scoring option for the Kings moving forward.

Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists. 7-footer Kosta Koufos found success against his former team, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out late.

Ty Lawson led the second unit with 10 points, while Anthony Tolliver went 4-of-7 from the field for nine points.

Conley Jr. received the biggest contract in NBA history during the offseason and he showed why Monday against the Kings. The veteran point guard dropped in 22 points and dished out nine assists as the Grizzlies fell to 40-34 on the season.

35-year-old big man Zach Randolph went to work in the post. The 16-year NBA vet dropped in 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, schooling the Kings frontline with the left-handed flip early in the game.

Brandan Wright came off the bench to score 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Troy Daniels added 10 points.  

Collison is heating up. Over his last two games, the veteran guard has scored 42 points on 16-for-24 shooting and kept his team in the ballgame.

Despite leading by eight on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter, Sacramento couldn’t close the door on the Grizzlies. Collison drew a foul with 5.7 remaining and his team trailing by one. He knocked down both freebies and Randolph missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer to help the Kings improve to 29-45 on the season.   

Arron Afflalo missed the game due to a personal matter and Tyreke Evans sat for scheduled rest. Rookie Malachi Richardson is officially out for the season with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.

The Kings are back at it Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center when the Utah Jazz roll through Sacramento. Following the matchup with Utah, the Kings travel to New Orleans to face former King DeMarcus Cousins on Friday evening.


Spurs destroy Cavs by 29, back within two of Warriors

Spurs destroy Cavs by 29, back within two of Warriors


SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight.

Cleveland (47-26) dropped its second in a row, set a season low for points and fell a half-game behind Boston (48-26) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Cavaliers star LeBron James was injured late in the third quarter after taking an elbow to the base of his neck. He remained on the bench for a while receiving medical attention, then headed toward the locker room and didn't return to the game.

His status was not immediately known.

Cleveland has been out of sync recently, losing three of five, and those struggles only got worse against San Antonio. The Spurs led by as many as 33 points to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

San Antonio (57-16) is two games behind Golden State (59-14) for the league's best record entering a home showdown with the Warriors on Wednesday.

Cleveland opted to play its stars rather than sit them for rest, but the trio of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sat out the fourth quarter of its second rout in the past two weeks.

James exited with 25 seconds remaining in the third after taking an elbow to his neck from David Lee on a rebound. James continually rubbed the area before collapsing after he crossed midcourt and remained on the floor for about a minute before walking unassisted to the bench. He left for the locker room early in the fourth quarter during a timeout.

James finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes.

The Spurs held the Cavaliers scoreless for three minutes after San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was issued a technical foul during a timeout with 6:38 remaining in the first half.

Leonard hit a right-handed runner as the second quarter closed to give the Spurs a 64-40 lead.

Cavaliers: Cleveland completed its schedule against the West, finishing 16-14. In addition to losing to the Spurs by 29 points, the Cavaliers lost by 35 to Golden State and 30 to the Los Angeles Clippers. . Cleveland F Kyle Korver missed his third straight game with a sore left foot, and the team plans to sit him for several games to see if rest and treatment helps. Korver will sit out Thursday in Chicago and Friday at home against Philadelphia before being re-evaluated, a team spokesman said. The shooting specialist missed seven games earlier this month with an inflamed tendon in his foot. . G Iman Shumpert missed his second consecutive game with a sore right knee. . James needs 24 points to pass Shaquille O'Neal for seventh overall in career scoring. O'Neal has 28,596 career points. . The Cavaliers averaged 116.3 points in their previous four games.

Spurs: San Antonio is holding its opponents to an average of less than 100 points for the 22nd straight season. . Danny Green tied his season high with four blocked shots. . Leonard has scored in double figures in 100 straight games.

Cavaliers: At the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

Spurs: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.