Monta, Curry, Lee lead Warriors' rout in Portland

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Monta, Curry, Lee lead Warriors' rout in Portland

April 5, 2011BOXSCORE WARRIORSVIDEONBAPAGE NBASCOREBOARD
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) There were no smiles of accomplishment in the Trail Blazers' locker room on Tuesday night.Yes, the Blazers clinched a playoff spot. But they also got thumped 108-87 by the Golden State Warriors - and at home of all places."We didn't play well at all," guard Brandon Roy said succinctly.Portland secured a postseason berth just before the half when the Houston Rockets lost 104-101 to Sacramento.Even with the loss to Golden State, the Blazers still sit in the sixth spot in the Western Conference. But they're only a half-game ahead of New Orleans and only a game in front of Memphis.It will be Portland's third straight trip to the postseason. Last year the Blazers were eliminated in the first round by the Phoenix Suns, and the year before they were bumped in the opening round by the Rockets."It's good to clinch, but that's something that probably won't sink in until tomorrow," Roy said.David Lee had 29 points and a season-high 20 rebounds for the Warriors, who led by as many as 26 points in the second half. Monta Ellis had 30 points and Stephen Curry finished with 28."That wasn't our thing to spoil someone else's stuff, but just to continue to get better as a team," Lee said about tempering Portland's celebration. "It doesn't matter that Portland lost, just that we were able to get the victory."The Warriors were previously eliminated from playoff contention. Golden State has not been to the postseason since the 2006-07 season.Echoing Lee's sentiments, Warriors head coach Keith Smart said his team may have been happy to play a spoiler's role in the past, but not anymore."We're looking for something bigger now. We're trying to do something bigger," Smart said. "We're trying to establish a way of how we play, an identity of how we want our team to move forward, and that's what those young men are doing."LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who saw their eight-game winning streak at the Rose Garden end.Ellis hit a fadeaway jumper for the Warriors as time ran out in the first quarter to tie it at 19, before Aldridge hit a 19-foot jumper for the Blazers to tie it at 47 at the break. The first half had 14 ties and 14 lead changes.Ellis gave the Warriors a 72-65 lead with a 3-pointer with 4:48 left in the third quarter. He added another one a short time later that made it 75-66. Golden State scored 37 points in the quarter on 80 percent shooting.The Warriors extended the lead to 92-72 on Lee's 21-foot jumper with 8:03 left. Both teams pulled out their starters down the stretch."You never want to throw away games," Blazers guard Andre Miller said, shaking his head. "They knew that and they're not going to the playoffs."The Blazers had a scary moment late in the first quarter when Marcus Camby stumbled awkwardly over Lee and tumbled with Lou Amundson under the basket.Fans chanted "Mar-cus Cam-by" while the 6-foot-11 forward was seen to by trainers. He was eventually helped off the court and headed for the locker room.The team said Camby sustained a neck strain and was questionable to return, although he did not.Afterward Miller said he didn't think the injury was too serious."He just took a bump to the head. He'll be all right. Probably got a little headache, but he'll be all right."Notes: Andris Biedrins has missed 10 games for the Warriors with a sprained left ankle. ... The Blazers and the Warriors split the first two games of the series this season, with each holding home court. ... Harlem Globetrotters great Meadowlark Lemon was at the game, as was St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who went to Oregon State. ... Ellis averaged 32.5 points against the Blazers in the first two meetings this season. ... Golden State's 37 third-quarter points tied a season high. The Warriors also had 37 in the third against Houston on Oct. 27. It was the most points the Blazers have given up in the third this season. ... Miller needs two more assists to become the 14th NBA player to reach 7,000.

Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

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Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Joe Panik's leadoff homer in the series opener was a jolt, but the Giants are a much more dangerous offense when Denard Span is clicking atop the lineup, a spot ahead of Panik, and they hope to have that duo going Wednesday. Span got treatment all day Tuesday and said he could return to the lineup against Kyle Hendricks. 

"The swelling has gone down," Span said of his sprained left thumb. "The thing to do is to come in tomorrow, test it out, and if it feels good, you strap it on."

Span said an X-ray came back clean, but he didn't grab a bat Tuesday to test the thumb, focusing instead on treatment. He is batting .326 in nine games since coming off the DL. His replacement in center this week, Gorkys Hernandez, was 0-for-3 against Jon Lester, lowering his average to .160. 

--- The main story from the second game of this series: Johnny Cueto is now dealing with a second blister, and you can see the lack of movement on his pitches. The Cubs took advantage. Lester didn't need much help while throwing a 99-pitch complete game in two hours and five minutes. 

"He threw a lot more changeups than we've seen in the past," Buster Posey said. "He's shown it in the past but tonight he had good command of it. It wasn't just a show-me pitch. He used it a lot and threw it to lefties as well.

Posey twice grounded short rollers in front of the plate.

--- Posey's throw to nab Javy Baez on Monday was one of the best of the year, and on Tuesday afternoon, Bruce Bochy said, "If he's given a chance, I don't think there's anyone better in the game." That might be true, but Willson Contreras is threatening to get into the conversation. He threw an 85 mph rocket to second in the fifth to nab Eduardo Nuñez. If you're wondering how Lester -- who flat-out has the yips about throwing to first base and doesn't do it -- has allowed just six stolen bases this season, look no further than his young catcher. Long-term, Contreras is the guy I would expect to compete with Posey for Gold Gloves. 

"Nuney, with his speed, can go," Bochy said. "Their catcher made a great throw. Put it right on the money."

--- From before Tuesday's game, what do the relievers think of the new hidden bullpen at Wrigley? And if you missed the Power Rankings the other day, the records are outdated, but there are updates in here on old friends Matt Duffy, Chris Heston, Tommy Joseph, Adalberto Mejia, Yusmeiro Petit and others. Petit in particular is incredible ... just keeps doing his thing. 

--- This play was made by the shortstop. That's good for the old UZR.

Injuries to Hahn, Alonso compound A's loss to Marlins

Injuries to Hahn, Alonso compound A's loss to Marlins

OAKLAND — Their pitching staff got banged up throughout the night, but the A’s hope the only lasting damage they absorbed Tuesday night was on the scoreboard.

In the process of an 11-9 defeat to the Miami Marlins, they lost starting pitcher Jesse Hahn to a strained triceps and first baseman Yonder Alonso to a contusion on his right hand and wrist.

The early diagnosis showed they may have dodged a bullet with Alonso — X-rays came back negative for a fracture after he was hit flush in the wrist area on a pitch from lefty Jarlin Garcia. Alonso initially walked off the field after being hit, but after a few moments re-emerged and took first base to run. He was replaced on defense in the seventh.

“I’ve had some history with my hand,” Alonso said afterward. “I broke it three or four years ago. At the time when I got hit, I felt like that was the case all over again. The pain started going away, that’s when I realized I think I’m OK.”

Alonso’s wrist and hand began to swell while he was running the bases, and he had to exit the game. The first baseman had missed the four previous games with a sore left knee, then proceeded to homer in his first at-bat Tuesday, pulling him back into a tie with Khris Davis for the team homer lead at 13. Suffering another injury in the same game could be classified as rotten timing, but Alonso came away feeling fortunate all things considered.

“I think we got very lucky,” he said. “It got me right on the wrist but a little bit on the hand as well. We’re lucky that there’s no break. You just gotta move forward.”

Manager Bob Melvin said Alonso would be a game-time decision for whether he’ll start Wednesday afternoon’s series finale, but with the A’s off Thursday, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they rested Alonso in an attempt to let him heal up for Friday’s road trip opener against the Yankees.

Hahn’s condition seems more ambiguous, and perhaps more troubling. He said he felt fine warming up before Tuesday’s game, but when he took the mound to warm up before the third, he experienced a drop in velocity and couldn’t figure out why.

“I experienced some tightness near my triceps and a big velocity decrease,” Hahn said. “The ball wasn’t coming out (well) at all. It was a weird feeling. I’ve dealt with elbow (problems) before. Usually for me when I have elbow pain I can feel it on my pitches, and I didn’t feel it. It was kinda weird. … It almost felt like a dead arm.”

Hahn gave up a leadoff single to Christian Yelich in the third, then was taken out of the game. Afterward, he and the training staff discussed the possibility of getting an MRI but nothing had been set in stone.

“I’m throwing the ball as hard as I can and I see 89-90 on the board,” Hahn said. “I know something’s not right. But at the same time, I’m not feeling anything. It leaves you thinking. To be in that state of mind on the mound is not good.”

Should the A’s need to fill Hahn’s rotation spot the next time through, and should they want to dip into the minor league ranks, Daniel Mengden is on the same turn with Triple-A Nashville and threw seven scoreless innings Tuesday (81 pitches). He’s on the 40-man roster. Jharel Cotton and Daniel Gossett also are coming off great outings for Nashville, though their turns in the rotation don’t line up as good with Hahn’s.