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Cal LB Mohamed Named Pac-10 Player of Week

Cal LB Mohamed Named Pac-10 Player of Week

Nov. 15, 2010COLLEGE PAGE CAL FOOTBALL

WALNUT CREEK -- Quarterback Jeff Tuel of WASHINGTON STATE, linebacker Mike Mohamed of CALIFORNIA and punt returner Cliff Harris of OREGON have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Tuel, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif., threw for 157 yards and rushed 18 times for a career-high 79 yards to lead the Cougars to a 31-14 upset at Oregon State. Tuels leadership helped WSU snap a 16-game conference winless streak dating back to the end of the 2008 season and also earned WSUs first road win since the end of the 2007 season. Tuel completed 10 of 15 passes for 157 yards and no interceptions, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Marquess Wilson that put the Cougars ahead 21-0 early in the third quarter. WSU converted 10 of 17 opportunities on third down with Tuel accounting for seven of those, four on the ground and three through the air. He also engineered an offense that controlled the ball for more than 40 minutes during the contest.

Mohamed, a senior from Brawley, Calif., established a career-high with 16 tackles, while also adding a sack in the 15-13 loss to Oregon. He guided the Golden Bear defense in limiting the nations top offense to 15 points and 307 total yards, well below their nationally-leading averages of 54.7 points and 567.2 yards per game.

Harris, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif., returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to provide the Ducks a lead it would never relinquish in a 15-13 win at California. Harris returned two punts on the day for a 39.5-yard average as well as one kickoff for 10 yards. His fourth punt return for a score on the season ties a Pac-10 record first set by Californias DeSean Jackson in 2006.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running back Shane Vereen of California, quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford, and running back Marc Tyler of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebacker Oliver Aaron of Arizona State, linebacker Talmadge Jackson III of Oregon, linebacker Shayne Skov of Stanford, and cornerback Shareece Wright of USC. Also nominated on special teams was quarterback Mitch Mustain of USC.
Courtesy Pac-10 media services.

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

OAKLAND -- The defending champion Warriors started cracking in the hours before tipoff Tuesday night and broke apart when they usually come together.

The fourth quarter was a disaster area and it cost the Warriors, as the Houston Rockets wiped out a 13-point deficit and tagged them with a 122-121 loss before a stunned sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

So ends, as it should, the spurious notion of a rubber-stamp championship for the Warriors. A strain here and a tweak there and they found themselves on the painful end of the score.

The Warriors learned prior to the game that forward Andre Iguodala, their valuable Sixth Man, would be out nursing a strained back. They were hit with another injury, this one to Draymond Green, who was highly effective, late in the third quarter.

“He was our best player tonight,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was the guy who was bringing the energy and the life.”

Green’s numbers -- 9 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists -- barely hint at his value in this game. Green and Iguodala are the primary defensive communicators, and Green held it down fairly well -- until he, too, was gone.

“Our communication wasn’t very good and we didn’t stick to the game plan; we gave them too many wide-open threes,” said Klay Thompson, who scored 11 first-quarter points but only 5 over the final three.

“We did a good job in the half-court of keeping them in front,” said Kevin Durant, who also scolded himself for committing eight turnovers. “But in transition we got cross-matched so many times and we just didn’t communicate well enough.”

Games aren’t always lost in the fourth, despite the frequent narrative, but this one most assuredly was. With Green in the locker room accompanied by ice, the Warriors were outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

After shooting 45.8 percent through three quarters, the Rockets took it to 56 percent in the fourth, closing the game on a 13-5 run over the final 4:01.

The Warriors don’t yet know when Green and Iguodala will return, whether it’s as soon as Friday at New Orleans or a matter of weeks. Until they do, Kerr will have to resort to patching things together.

Problem is, aside from the scoring of Nick Young (23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-7 from deep) and Jordan Bell (8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes), the bench did not distinguish itself.

That was particularly true on defense, which happen to be where Iguodala and Green make their greatest impact. The reserves accounted for 13 of the 25 fouls called on the Warriors.

“We’ve got to be better,” Durant said. “We’ve got to be better, and we’re looking forward to practice Wednesday.”

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

Draymond Green usually gets the last word.

Not this time.

"Somebody said we don't take it seriously on defense. Well obviously they don't take it seriously either," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Rockets knocked off the Warriors 122-121 on Tuesday night., according to Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Phil Barber.

The jab stems from Green's comments after practice on Monday.

"You should believe that. I'm turning over a new leaf. Number 1 -- they want it to be a shootout, which is fine. But we're gonna play some defense. We score pretty well, but we're a damn good defensive team, too. So we're gonna play some defense.

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment, but I know they added some good defensive players," Green told reporters Monday.

Green won't get his next shot at D'Antoni and the Rockets until January 4 in Houston.