THE BUZZ: Franchise tag Friday; celebrating Wilt's 100

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THE BUZZ: Franchise tag Friday; celebrating Wilt's 100

1. Tag, youre it: Its Franchise Tag Friday. The deadline is Monday, but most teams will exercise their option by today. The Raiders tagged Tyvon Branch; the 49ers are expected to tag Dashon Goldson. The Eagles placed their tag on DeSean Jackson which means the 49ers wont have a play for the speedy, local wide receiver. Vincent Jackson? Dwayne Bowe? The Saints will tag Drew Brees, which means Marques Colston will be on the market. So will Steelers receiver Mike Wallace. But there will be plenty of competition.

2. Fifty years ago today Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Tonight the Golden State Ws the descendent of Wilts team will play in Philadelphia and celebrate the achievement. Has it been half a century since anyone was really afraid of the Warriors? Certainly its the last time the Warriors did anything with such style: the Big Dipper didnt touch to ball in the final 46 seconds because 100 sounds better than 102.

3. Ryan Miller, the Buffalo Sabres goaltender, shut down the Sharks, with 39 saves. Thats 82 saves in two nights in California (he had 43 against Anaheim) for Miller who was pissed off that his good buddy Paul Gaustad was traded to Nashville. Apparently, hes taking it on California teams. The Sharks are still in seventh place in the Western Conference and fourth place St. Louis comes to town on Saturday.
4. Buster Posey wont play in the Giants exhibition tomorrow and might not play until sometime next week. Red flag? Laudatory restraint? Get used to it, Gs fans. The next few months will be all Posey healthy, all the time. But the good news is, Buster isnt the only young Giant who can catch.
5. Reeves Nelson, a Modesto product, is portrayed as evil incarnate in this weeks Sports Illustrated story about the dysfunction in the UCLA basketball program. Nelson gave his side of the story on Thursday. Gloomy times for UCLA, unless youre a soccer or baseball fan. But all is not lost! Tim Tebow is training at UCLA maybe a little of his magic will rub off the Bruins.MORE BUZZ:
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No sweep here: Without Isaiah Thomas, Celtics stun Cavs in Game 3

No sweep here: Without Isaiah Thomas, Celtics stun Cavs in Game 3

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CLEVELAND — Avery Bradley's 3-pointer dropped in with less than a second left and the Boston Celtics, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions' 13-game postseason winning streak.

Bradley's shot from the left wing bounced on the rim four times before going down. It capped a furious comeback by the Celtics, who trailed by 21 in the third quarter before rallying to tighten up a series that appeared to be over.

Marcus Smart scored 27 points, and Bradley had 20 for the Celtics. They were given little chance after losing by 44 in Game 2 and then losing Thomas for the rest of the postseason because of a hip injury.

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, and Kevin Love 28 for Cleveland. The Cavaliers dropped to 10-1 in the postseason with their first loss since Game 4 of last year's Finals.

Zaza Pachulia: Popovich's words 'very big part' of threats to family

Zaza Pachulia: Popovich's words 'very big part' of threats to family

Zaza Pachulia can take being the villain in the opposing fans' eyes. But when it turns to his family, the situation becomes much different. 

Pachulia revealed Sunday to USA Today that security guards were sent to his childrens' school in San Francisco recently as a precaution after his family received threats. Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard injured his ankle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals after landing on Pachulia's foot and many questioned Pachulia's actions in the play. 

One person who made his feelings on Pachulia's actions loud and clear is Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, even using the word "manslaughter" in a rant that deemed the big man a dirty player. 

“I don’t blame everything on Pop, but what he said had a lot of influence (and) you had a lot of people where, unfortunately, you can’t control what everybody’s intelligence is,” Pachulia said. “(Fans) just hear the message, and it’s, ‘Ok, Pop said so and now let’s do this.’ It’s just wrong. You’ve got to think, and realize. Threaten me, but don’t threaten my wife or say something about my kids. It’s just wrong.

“Me as a person, as a man, I don’t mind dealing with it. But I hate to see my family deal with it. My wife and my kids who have nothing to do with it, who are very innocent. ... I just hate my family going through that. They don’t deserve that. … I’m not blaming everything on (Popovich), but he was a very big part of it.”

Pachulia then went into more detail with what happened at his childrens' school. 

“Look at what happened at the school. It was unfortunate. They had to get extra security because we are living in a world today where social media is so active, you can find any news you want to, hear any news you want to, and obviously it’s a hot topic lately. They just had hired extra security for the entrance, and make sure nobody goes in the school," Pachulia said. "It’s just not fair. It does upset me."

The 33-year-old Pachulia showed his respects for Popovich as a person and a coach. What he wishes most is that Popovich would have chosen his words better. 

"I have a lot of respect for him," Pachulia said. "In today’s basketball world, he’s a very, very respected person. So when Pop says something like that, calling me out ... it's understanding that (your words) will have an effect.

"I’m going to do defend my team, but I’m not going to send a message saying this guy killed (a player), is a murderer or whatever, manslaughter, because people take it differently. We live in a society where not everybody has intelligence, or understanding or is thinking of what’s right and what’s wrong. We’re going to move on. Hopefully (the fans) can let it go. But you know, I’m sure that a year later, 10 years later, (his family is) still going to remember this moment – and not in a good way. It’s something where your heart breaks, and even though life goes on you still feel it in a bad way. I think that’s going to be the case.”

The Warriors lead the Spurs 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals. Pachulia was ruled out of Game 3 with a right heel contusion he sustained in Game 3. He is listed as questionable for Game 4.