Kings seek to snap skid in Utah


Kings seek to snap skid in Utah

The Utah Jazz didn't have the most successful road trip, but they showed they're not going to give up when they're down.Lately, the team hasn't had to play catch-up at EnergySolutions Arena.The Jazz look to extend their season-best home winning streak to eight games Friday night when the Sacramento Kings try to end their four-game losing streak.Back home briefly before playing seven of 11 on the road, the Jazz (27-24) would like to deliver a full 48-minute effort on Friday after facing double-digit deficits twice on their just-completed 1-2 trip.Utah opened that stretch with a 139-133 quadruple-overtime loss to Atlanta on Sunday, failing to win a seventh straight game despite erasing a 15-point halftime deficit.After outscoring New Jersey by 14 in the final 12 minutes of Monday's 105-84 victory, the Jazz rallied from 18 down in the third quarter on Wednesday before falling 94-82 to Boston."That's definitely something we've shown on this road trip. We have fight. We're never going to give up," Gordon Hayward said after scoring a team-best 19 points. "... We've just got to be a little bit better in the first half and not get down so we don't have to fight back like that."The Jazz have trailed just once at halftime during their home winning streak.Utah's last 8-0 run at home was part of a 10-game win streak from Feb. 24-April 6, 2010.The Kings (17-33), a Western Conference-worst 4-22 on the road, will also try to snap a four-game skid in Salt Lake City after losing 96-93 in their lone visit this season Jan. 28.Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette airballed a 3-pointer in the final seconds of that game that would have given Sacramento the lead, but it's unlikely he'll have the ball in his hands should Friday's game go down to the wire. Fredette has 23 total points over the last eight contests and is averaging less than 10 minutes during that stretch, with fellow rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas taking a firm grip on the starting job.Thomas, who has averaged 14.8 points and 5.3 assists since being inserted into the starting five on Feb. 17, had a season-best 28 points with 10 assists in Wednesday's 117-112 loss to San Antonio.While the Kings shot a season-best 54.7 percent from the field, the Spurs made 53.8 percent of their shots, including 10 of 20 from 3-point range. Sacramento is allowing 110.8 points per game in its last five - 7.0 more than its league-worst average.Utah, meanwhile, is averaging 105.1 points during its home winning streak.Al Jefferson, averaging team highs of 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds in six games during that stretch, is tied with Hayward for the most points (50) against the Kings in 2011-12.Utah improved to 2-1 in those matchups and snapped Sacramento's season high-tying three-game win streak March 22 with a 103-102 road win as Jefferson scored 26 points and Hayward added 18.Tyreke Evans shot 11 of 17 and finished with a team-best 25 points in that contest, but he needs to get more involved in the Kings' offense after taking a season-low five shots and scoring six points Wednesday. Evans' 22.9 career scoring average versus Utah is his best against any team.Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 18 rebounds in each of the two games these teams played in Sacramento this season.Utah has won eight of nine at home in this series.

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.

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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."

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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