Nelson changes his mind on practice

Nelson changes his mind on practice


Sunday was supposed to be a day off, and it was for MontaEllis and Corey Maggette.But coach Don Nelson put the rest of the Warriors through atwo-hour grind the day after his team got beat 105-89 by the Blazers inPortland. Nelson said he had originally planned to give the team off butchanged his mind after watching it score 41 points in the first quarter, thenget handled the rest of the way.They deserved it, Nelson said. We needed to get some workdone. We needed to do what we did. There was some slippage.When asked about rookie Stephen Curry, Nelson responded:Gotta toughen up. They all do. Theyre too soft. Gotta toughen up. And ourcenters are back now. Its time for them to step up.Nelson said he gave Ellis and Maggette the day off becausetheyd been playing a lot of minutes and he didnt want them dinged up. Nine other Warriors participated in a practice solelydevoted to defense, according to Nelson.The perimeter players Curry, Anthony Morrow, C.J. Watson,Devean George and Vladimir Radmanovic (who later joined the bigger players) --spent almost all of the practice defending post-ups and closing out on shooters.The big men Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf, Chris Hunterand Anthony Randolph spent all of their time on interior defense,particularly defending the rim and help and recover.After the loss to Portland, Nelson specifically called outhis smalls, saying theyd had a terrible performance. On Sunday, Nelsonsaid he also needed more out of Biedrins and Turiaf, both of whom have recentlyreturned from injury.I thought the bigs needed the work that they did on bothends, and we worked them hard, said Nelson. Its time for them to knowtheyre not going to get reinjured. Put the injury behind them and startplaying up to their potential.Weve given them a few days, a few games. I dont need itto take two weeks to get done. They need to step up and do it now.First chance comes Tuesday night when the Warriors play theNuggets in Denver.
Nelson also made a point of saying he should have had abigger player defending Andre Miller, who finished with 23 points.If I had it to do over again, I would have played a big onhim, Nelson said. Not necessarily Randolph, but probably should have playedCorey on him and that would have taken one post-up away.Our smalls couldnt guard him. Radmanovic (was) anotherguy that could have guarded him. And I put Morrow on him and he just couldnthandle him.

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Trade talks for Kyrie Irving have reached a new high. 

Acccording to ESPN, six teams have made offers to the Cavaliers for the point guard. 

Those teams are: The LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New  York Knicks and Miami Heat. 

According to the same report, as many as 20 teams have inquired about Irving's availability. 

The report comes a day after The Athletic reported the Cavaliers have tried to communicate with Irving but he isn't speaking to anyone in the organization. 

On July 7, Irving requested a trade. 

The point guard -- who won an NBA title with the Cavs two seasons ago -- is under contract for two more seasons -- $18,868,625 in 2017-18 and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- plus a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.

Down on the Farm: Giants prospect Suarez sets season-high with nine Ks


Down on the Farm: Giants prospect Suarez sets season-high with nine Ks

The Giants, with one of the oldest rosters in baseball, have turned to their farm system more often than in the past during this tumultuous season. As they look to get younger though, the youth movement has come more from the offensive side of the ball compared to on the mound. 

Already, the Giants have looked to offensive prospects such as Christian Arroyo (21 years old at time of his debut), Austin Slater (24), Ryder Jones (23), Miguel Gomez (24), and Orlando Calixte (25). 

On the hill, Kyle Crick (24) is the only real prospect who has been promoted and seen substantial time in San Francisco. The Giants also called up Dan Slania (25) for one inning. 

In Sacramento on Thursday night, Andrew Suarez (24) gave a glimpse into the potential bright big-league future he has on the rubber. The Giants’ second-round pick from 2015 set a season-high of nine strikeouts over seven innings pitched in the River Cats’ 2-1 win over the Round Rock Express for their third straight victory. Suarez also only allowed one earned run on four hits and walked two batters. At one point, he retired 14 straight batters.

“He came in and he was not intimidated at all by the (Pacific) Coast League,” River Cats announcer Johnny Doskow recently said about his first impressions of Suarez.

The Pacific Coast League can tear you down as a pitcher. Lazy fly balls turn into home runs and ERAs can be deceiving to how a pitcher is truly performing. Suarez’s stats have took a bit of hit since his mid-season promotion from Double-A Richmond to Triple-A with the River Cats, but he sits only behind Joan Gregorio, who is currently suspended due to PED use, as the team’s leader in ERA among starting pitchers. Over eight games, seven starts, Suarez is now 4-4 with a 4.18 ERA and has struck out 45 batters in 47.1 innings pitched for the River Cats. 

With his ninth and final strikeout of the night on Thursday, Suarez reached 100 strikeouts on the season between Richmond and Sacramento. He is only 24 strikeouts off his career-high in which he set last season in five more appearances. 

As the Giants continued to tumble in the standings, the front office will have to take a longer look at their prospects. Even if a slot doesn’t open via a trade, there’s no reason Suarez shouldn’t get at least a look in San Francisco as a September call-up. 

The lefty is ranked as the Giants’ No. 6 prospect by Baseball America and No. 11 by MLB Pipeline. Suarez sits behind only Tyler Beede, who is now expected to miss the rest of the season with a groin injury, as the top pitching prospect in the organization. 

Around The Horn 

— For everything you need to know about familiar faces in Triple-A, Alex Pavlovic has you covered

— Sandro Fabian, who is only 19 years old at Low-A with the Augusta GreenJackets, had a huge game Thursday night. The outfielder went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. 

— Panda Watch: Pablo Sandoval went 0-for-4 Thursday night. He is now batting .211 (4-for-19) between the San Jose Giants and Sacramento River Cats.