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Giants Insider notes: Painful losses to Marlins

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Giants Insider notes: Painful losses to Marlins

May 25, 2011
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Our MLB Insider takes a look at the Giants 7-6 loss to the visiting Marlins on Wednesday in the second game of a three-game series at AT&T Park.Painful loss: Hard to put any sort of silver lining on the night in the wake of what the Giants might be facing if Buster Poseys injury is as bad as it looked. But what the heck: That was another absolutely hellacious throw by Nate Schierholtz. If Posey hangs on, the teams might still be playing without him.Absolved: Dont blame Scott Cousins. That was clean country hardball, and thats what Posey grew up playing. Cousins, who helped USF get on the baseball map as the 2006 West Coast Conference Player of the Year while leading the Dons to the programs first NCAA playoffs appearance, had every right to blow up Buster; it was the only option for him, actually. Part of the game.
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Bedlam: Just when youre ready to start thinking everyone might need to knock it off with the magic angle that the Giants have caused to swirl around them by constructing so many different and dramatic victories, they do something like throw up a four-spot to tie in the bottom of the ninth and get a six-pitch top of the 10th from Brian Wilson. What a show these guys are putting on. What an incredible energy on that big, beautiful stage. Its officially ridiculous now.Quoth the bard: Tejada and Burrell in the 10th, thy name is buzzkill.
RECAP: Giants force extras, lose Posey and game in 12th
Temporary reversal of (late-game) fortune: The Giants surely felt that familiar feeling of invincibility that keeps them warm on chilly nights at home until Mike Stantons fourth hit of the night, a bases-loaded double with two out in the top of the ninth inning, made the feeling go away for about eight minutes and underscored the need for another lefty to step up and share some of Javier Lopezs massive burden.Lopez, whos been mostly brilliant all year but got roughed up during Floridas ninth, is a little bit like the Darren Ford of the pitching staff, although far more of a factor, in that hes best used for specific situations. Working an entire inning is not one of them.Add Stanton: If he wasnt a Stud On The Brink in big-league ball, Stanton looks like he might be a big-time Aussie Rules Football star or an NFL tight end. Heck, maybe even the lead in the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. Yes, hes going that good, so heres some dead-serious advice for Thursday: play hooky from work, find a way to get into the yard and watch this kid take batting practice.Or have you not heard of the BP balls that Stanton, 21, has launched to the base of the big Coke-bottle slides and the Bobs Big Boy oven mitt hey, you see what you wanna see on the left-center field concourses since he arrived in town Tuesday?Showing off: BP is among the finest entertainment one will find in professional sports, for its the very best in the world at the sports worlds most difficult single task honing their craft in the most relaxed environment their on-field experience allows.Team Taxing: Youve heard of high-stress innings, where the pitcher has to absolutely grind to get a zero on the board? The Marlins, with their balanced grab-bag of a lineup, can force opponents into high-stress games. Giants starts Madison Bumgarner, who threw a ton of great, gutsy pitches while putting up another unrewarded quality May start, was dealing with traffic all evening. Dealing well, though.

After loss to Nuggets, it's clear Kings need to fix problem on the glass

After loss to Nuggets, it's clear Kings need to fix problem on the glass

SACRAMENTO -- Light in the rear. It’s a term the Sacramento Kings coaching staff has used since the beginning of training camp to describe the bigs on the roster. On Monday night at Golden 1 Center, the team’s lack of strength inside was on full display as the Denver Nuggets crushed them on the glass.

“I think we’re 29th in the league for rebounding, so that’s a little bit of our makeup of how our team is made,” Dave Joerger said following the Kings’ 114-98 loss.

Joerger is close in his assessment, but off by a few spots. His roster ranks 26th in the league in rebounding overall and 28th on the defensive side of the ball. It’s become an achilles heel for a team that has a few glaring weaknesses.

“When Willie (Cauley-Stein) and Kosta (Koufos) aren’t in there to snag every rebound, we have to get in there and help Zach (Randolph) and help Skal (Labissiere),” veteran Garrett Temple said. “Skal’s a little undersized in terms of weight and Z-Bo will put his body on people, but some people might be able to out jump him.”

On a normal night, Temple is right. Randolph and Labissiere struggle to put up big numbers on the glass. But against the Nuggets, it was Koufos and Cauley-Stein that combined to grab nine rebounds in 51 total minutes of action.

Randolph and Labissiere didn’t fair much better, finishing with 10 boards between the two of them in 38 minutes with the starters. Between the Kings’ four bigs, they were out rebounded by the Nuggets bigs by a final of 34-19.

The Nuggets came into the night a top 10 rebounding team overall and the second best offensive rebounding team in the NBA at 11.8 per game.

It’s not just the bigs that struggled to grab boards for Sacramento. Without Buddy Hield, the club’s best rebounding wing, the Kings’ were dominated 49-34 overall in rebounding, including 14-5 on the offensive glass.

“The first shot, it’s a good contest, we did everything right, except get the rebound,” rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox said. “And then they get an open shot off a second chance shot. If we can complete a lot of plays with the rebound, we’ll be okay.”

To Fox’s point, the defensive possession doesn’t end until the rebound is secured. Sacramento was outscored 19-6 on second chance points. In a 16-point game, those numbers loom large.

“Us guards, we know we have to help our bigs,” Fox said. “We know our bigs are athletic. We know they do what they do, at the end of the day, other team’s guards are helping their bigs rebound and their bigs aren’t alone.”

Outside of the four bigs, none of the other seven players to see action had more than three rebounds. It’s an issue that has to be addressed as the Kings move forward.

“There are some instances that really bothered me,” Joerger said. “We had some guys leaking out, standing at half court and that I won’t have.”

The Kings have a day of practice on Tuesday to try and sure up some of their issues. Some of the problems stem from inexperience, but some of the issue comes down to energy and effort.

It doesn’t even get easier on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Lakers rank second in the league in rebounding at 47.5 boards per game. On the plus side, they also give up the 28th most rebounds in the league.

Klay Thompson randomly interviewed on local NYC news about scaffolding

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Klay Thompson randomly interviewed on local NYC news about scaffolding

With a big break until their next game, the Warriors spent a couple days in New York City.

Klay Thompson spent part of his Monday walking around the city.

And as only Thompson could, he wound up appearing on a local news report. But he wasn't talking about basketball. Not even close.

Courtesy of Twitter user @MP_Trey, Thompson was interviewed on Fox 5 NY to talk about ... scaffolding.

"I usually observe if the piping and stuff is new. Sometimes, you know, something looks like it's been there a while, I try to avoid that," Thompson said in the report.

You can watch the odd video here: