Kings host OKC looking to avoid another home loss


Kings host OKC looking to avoid another home loss

Feb. 12, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY (33-18) vs.KINGS (12-37)
Coverage starts at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California

(AP) -- Despite the Oklahoma City Thunder losing at home to a team far below them in the standings, coach Scott Brooks was not unhappy with his club's most recent effort.He surely won't be nearly as understanding if they lose Saturday night.The Northwest Division-leading Thunder look to bounce back against the team with the fewest wins in the Western Conference as they try to beat the Sacramento Kings for the fourth straight time.Coming off victories at Phoenix and Utah, Oklahoma City (33-18) had its three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday, 105-101 in overtime to a Memphis team which stands ninth in the West. The Thunder committed a season-high 23 turnovers and lost for the first time in six overtime games this season."I'm not ashamed of our guys' effort. ... We just lost a tough game," Brooks said. "Sometimes you've just got to regroup and figure out ways you could have won the game, and we will and try to learn from it and get ready for the next game."Brooks will be much more disappointed if the Thunder don't win a fourth consecutive road game Saturday, considering they will be visiting Sacramento (12-37).The Kings have lost four straight - all at Arco Arena - and have the West's worst home record at 7-21.Sacramento blew a fourth-quarter lead for the 18th time this season in a 102-100 loss to Dallas on Wednesday. It was the third time the Kings have lost by five points or fewer on a six-game homestand that ends Saturday."Whatever problems we've had closing games, that was not evident tonight," coach Paul Westphal said. " ... We did everything that you need to do to win a game and came up short against a great team that did a little bit more to win the game. I'm very proud of these guys."Westphal couldn't have felt that way following the Kings' only meeting this season with the Thunder, a 102-87 road loss Dec. 17 when his team was outscored by 10 in the fourth quarter.The Kings, who visit Oklahoma City on Tuesday as part of a season-high, seven-game road trip, have lost six of seven overall in this series.League scoring leader Kevin Durant has averaged 32.0 points against them since the start of the 2008-09 season, his third-highest average versus any opponent in that span.Durant had 31 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday for his fifth consecutive double-double, while Russell Westbrook posted his third straight with 21 points and 11 assists but had a season-worst eight turnovers.Kings leading scorer Tyreke Evans was an assist shy of his second career triple-double Wednesday with 16 points and 10 rebounds.The second-year guard had a team-high 22 points in the Dec. 17 loss while Kings rookie center DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 with a career-best 16 boards. Cousins is averaging 20.5 points - 6.6 more than his season average - and 11.2 rebounds over the last six.

Sharks begin second day of draft by selecting a defenseman


Sharks begin second day of draft by selecting a defenseman

CHICAGO – The Sharks used their first pick on the second day of the draft to select defenseman Mario Ferraro at 49th overall.

The Sharks acquired the second round pick from New Jersey earlier in the week as part of the trade for Mirco Mueller.

Ferraro, a five-foot-11, 185-pound Toronto native, will attend the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in the fall. The 18-year-old posted 41 points (8g, 33a) in 60 games for Des Moines of the USHL last season.

“I describe myself as an offensive defenseman that takes pride in the d-zone,” Ferraro said. “Obviously, I like to get involved offensively. I think I’m a good skater, and I transition the puck up the ice quick. I also like to be physical in the d-zone and use my body.”

Ferraro said he needs to work on "my shot, especially. Getting pucks through to the net to create scoring chances, and I also want to work on when and when not to get up in the play, and reading the play better.”

Ferraro, the 78th-ranked North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting and a left-handed shot, had about 20 friends and family in attendance at the draft.

“I’m very honored to be wearing this jersey right now. It was amazing. It’s been an amazing day so far.”

The Sharks chose center Josh Norris with their first round pick (19th overall) on Friday.

A's call up top prospect Franklin Barreto, place Pinder on DL

A's call up top prospect Franklin Barreto, place Pinder on DL

The A's called up top prospect Franklin Barreto on Saturday morning, giving the middle infielder his first major league call-up with Chad Pinder hitting the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. 

In the span of just over a week, the A's have promoted both of their highest rated position player prospects in Barreto and third baseman Matt Chapman, though Chapman himself is on the DL with a knee infection. 

Barreto, 21, is hitting .281 with eight home runs and 32 RBI for Triple-A Nashville. He ascended to the top of Oakland's prospect rankings shortly after being acquired from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade of November 2014. His bat is the strength of his game, and the A's believe he has the potential to be an excellent hitter near the top of the batting order. 

Pinder injured his hamstring in the A's 3-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night.