Warriors continue road trip in Indiana


Warriors continue road trip in Indiana

March 1, 2011

WARRIORS (26-32) vs.
INDIANA (26-32)

Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

INDIANA (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers lost in dramatic fashion their last time out, something they also experienced in January's matchup with the Golden State Warriors.

Hoping to avoid losing three straight at home for the first time this season, the Pacers will to look avenge their last-second loss versus the Warriors when the teams meet Tuesday night.

Indiana (26-32) suffered a 110-108 overtime defeat versus Phoenix on Sunday - its second loss in a row and fourth in six games since starting 7-1 under interim coach Frank Vogel.

After trailing by 11 at the end of the first quarter and shooting just 34.8 percent in its 95-84 loss Friday night to Utah, the Pacers again fell behind early Sunday but erased a 15-point second-half deficit to send the game into overtime.

However, Suns forward Channing Frye made a jumper as time expired in the extra period, handing Indiana back-to-back home losses for the first time since Jan. 14-26.

"We trailed, worked ourselves back into it and still didn't get it done," said point guard A.J. Price, who scored a season-high 18 points off the bench. "We've got to do a better job of getting started in the first quarter and not digging ourselves a hole."

Last-second losses are nothing new for the Pacers, as Monta Ellis hit the game-winning shot with less than a second left to give Golden State a 110-108 victory on Jan. 19.

The Warriors (26-32) have taken three of four from Indiana, but they've lost three straight at Conseco Fieldhouse, and began their season-high seven-game road trip with a 126-123 defeat at Minnesota on Sunday.

Golden State entered All-Star weekend having won seven of nine but has struggled since the break, shooting just 40.9 percent during a three-game slide.

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The Warriors took a 41-32 lead into the second quarter Sunday but were outscored 35-16 in the third, and couldn't overcome a 15-point deficit over the final 12 minutes.

Golden State's chances for its first playoff appearance in four seasons may be fading.

"It's a seven-game road trip that's going to more or less make or break the rest of our season and this is not the way to start," said forward David Lee, who recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds for the second consecutive contest.

After averaging 9.7 points over his previous three games, Stephen Curry matched a season high with five 3-pointers against the Timberwolves and scored 33 points. He also totaled a career-best 11 rebounds.

Ellis, who ranks among the top 10 in the NBA with 24.9 points per game, is averaging just 17.0 on 34.5 percent shooting during his team's skid.

Ellis, though, could bounce back Tuesday, as he's averaged 40.5 points in his last two meetings with the Pacers, including a 45-point effort - one short of his career high - Nov. 30, 2009, in a 126-107 win.

Indiana's Danny Granger, who scored 25 against the Suns, has also experienced success in the series, averaging 23.0 points in his career - his second-highest mark against any opponent. He's averaged 32.8 in the last six matchups.

The Pacers, clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, haven't lost three straight at home since Feb. 9-25, 2010.

"This is the NBA," said center Jeff Foster. "We've got to bounce back and play better Tuesday against Golden State."

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs


Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

WASHINGTON – Albert Almora Jr. didn’t use Wednesday’s Oval Office photo op as a subtle form of political protest, but it did sort of look like the Cubs outfielder gave President Donald Trump the middle finger, at least from that angle in an image that went viral on Twitter.    

“There was two fingers! Look closely, there was two fingers!” a veteran player yelled across the room as reporters gathered around Almora’s locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. 

“Guys were giving me a hard time about it,” Almora said, “but I pointed out the second finger. We’re all good.”

In another White House visit that didn’t look nearly as unofficial or informal as the Cubs said it would be, one snapshot became Almora with part of his left hand in his pocket. Almora stood near Kris Bryant – who held a 45 Wrigley Field scoreboard panel – and Trump at his desk with the World Series trophy.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate,” Almora said with a laugh. “I’m getting ready to take a picture and I’m posing there. But you guys know that I would never do that to the president of the United States. 

“I respect everybody. It is what it is. We laugh about it now, but there’s definitely two fingers out there.”