Is Curry's Stock Rising for ROY Honors?

Is Curry's Stock Rising for ROY Honors?

Feb. 28, 2010

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Update at 3:30pm: TheWarriors are expected to sign 6-foot-6 forward Reggie Williams from theD-League, the team said this afternoon....Williams, averaging 26.4 points andshooting 57.6 percent from the field, should be signed on Tuesday.Williams, who plays for the Sioux Fall Skyforce, did not play against the Iowa Energy on Sunday...

Brandan Wright said the other day that he plans on playing in the Las Vegas Summer League in July.

Thats pretty unusual for someone who has been in the NBA as long as Wright, but then again hes been an unusual case. This is his third season although he will play zero games because of shoulder surgery and he remains an unknown commodity.

Wright has become the forgotten Warrior. Hes been banged up for a good chunk of his career and hes been glued to the bench other times.

When hes played, hes shown an ability to run the floor, score some without needing to have the ball, and even rebound a little. He shoots a high percentage and often plays with energy.

But facts are facts hes played soft and been injury prone.

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Yes, Ronny Turiaf played well against Detroit in Saturdays 95-88 win, but you cant tell me Andris Biedrins wasnt effective in his 16 minutes.

Biedrins might not have been as animated as Turiaf, but he did have seven rebounds, three assists and bucket before straining his groin in the third quarter.

The Warriors said theyll know more about that Monday.

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My man Bruce Jenkins at the Chronicle -- always a tremendous NBA read wrote Sunday that he thinks Stephen Curry takes home the hardware, when it comes to the Rookie of the Year.

My first thought was: I dont know.

Heres why When I was at All-Star Game in Dallas, I talked about Curry a lot with other writers, and specifically about Curry and Tyreke Evans. At the time, there was no sentiment for Curry even really being in the discussion.

It was more about whether or not Curry had surpassed Milwaukees Brandon Jennings for runner-up. Curry has certainly been playing very well, but its only been two weeks since All-Star weekend.

And the media makes the selection. Im not saying Curry cant win the Rookie of the Year, Im saying if he does, he will have made a big-time comeback.

--Matt Steinmetz

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NBA Gameday: Smiling Kings look to pounce on stumbling Hornets

NBA Gameday: Smiling Kings look to pounce on stumbling Hornets

SACRAMENTO -- The new-look Sacramento Kings stunned the Denver Nuggets Thursday night in their first game without DeMarcus Cousins. They look to make it two straight Saturday afternoon when Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets drop by Golden 1 Center for a 2pm matinee.

Welcome to the big leagues Willie Cauley-Stein. The second-year big man went off for a career-high 29 points against Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets last time out. Highlight reel dunks are becoming the norm for the athletic 7-footer as he tries to fill some of the void left by Cousins’ departure.

The Hornets are on a slide. Losers of 12-of-13, including an overtime stumble against the Pistons on Thursday, Charlotte sits 3.5 games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

OPENING LINE
Hornets by 2.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH
Tyreke Evans vs. Nic Batum -- Evans will likely come off the bench in his second game back in Sacramento. The former top pick of the Kings is still playing himself into game shape after missing most of the first half of the season with a knee injury. He dropped in 15 points, three assists in four rebounds against Denver as a point forward. Batum is a versatile wing that loves to stuff the stat sheet. Walker is the primary scorer, but Batum is the player that make the Hornets go.  

WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 25-33, third place in Pacific

Hornets: 24-33, fourth place in Central

INJURY REPORT
Kings: SG Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out, SG Malachi Richardson (right hamstring partial tear) out, G/F Garrett Temple  (left hamstring partial tear) out, F Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) out for season.

Hornets: C Cody Zeller (quad contusion) questionable, C Miles Plumlee (calf) out, PG Ramon Sessions (knee) out.

SERIES HISTORY
The Hornets swept the season series 2-0 last season, but Sacramento came away with a 109-106 win in the only matchup this year.  Charlotte holds a 13-11 lead in the all-time series between the two clubs.  

QUOTE
“We’ve got a very solid locker room. Even though a couple people aren’t there, guys have an opportunity to step forward in leadership and hug on each other and there’s lots of smiles and hugs right now and [we got] the first one out of the way. That’s a positive vibe to have just to come to work every day. So I think that’s positive.” -Dave Joerger following the win over Denver

 

Hendriks cites travel, readiness as reasons he withdrew from WBC

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Hendriks cites travel, readiness as reasons he withdrew from WBC

MESA, Ariz. — In his heart, Liam Hendriks wanted to pitch for his national team in the World Baseball Classic. In reality, the A’s reliever just couldn’t justify it.

So Hendriks withdrew from joining Team Australia for its first-round games in Tokyo. He becomes the second Athletic to bow out of the WBC after left fielder Khris Davis decided not to play for Mexico. Relievers John Axford (Canada) and Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic), and starter Sonny Gray (United States) are still slated to play, though Gray wouldn’t join the American squad unless it advances to Round 2 and Casilla still hasn’t reported to A’s camp because of visa issues, so his exact plans aren’t known.

“When I really sat down and thought about it, I’m not quite where I want to be to be pitching in competitive games yet,” Hendriks said Saturday morning. “I’m not hurt or anything like that. There’s no issues, I feel great physically. But it’s one of those things, I’m not quite ready to go into a game, and I know if I get into a situation where if I push it a little bit more, I’m going to overextend myself and I don’t want to do that. And I don’t want to risk this season coming up with Oakland.”

Hendriks told Australian officials he could be available for Round 2, but it will be a joint decision between how he was feeling and whether the Aussie pitching staff needs him.

The right-hander was originally scheduled to pitch in Saturday’s Cactus League opener, in an effort to get him into game shape for the WBC. Now that he’s not playing in the first round, the A’s are slowing him down just a bit. Hendriks will throw on the side a bit more and then throw live batting practice before pitching in an exhibition.

“I could pitch in a game right now … but I’m not confident in all my pitches,” he said. “I’m confident in my spring training pitches, but it’s not midseason form like I’d want to be to be able to perform for that (Australian) team.”

The 30-hour round trip travel to Tokyo also complicated things, with Hendriks saying his throwing schedule would have been thrown out of whack upon his return.

Now 28, Hendriks pointed out that he got to pitch in the 2009 WBC as a wide-eyed 20-year-old, getting his roster spot because a veteran backed out. He’s hopeful another youngster now gets the same opportunity.

Hendriks posted a 3.76 ERA in 53 appearances last season, but pitched particularly well over the second half of the season, setting him up as an important piece of this year’s A's bullpen.

“It’s just a better decision for my career and my season,” he said.