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Gameday: Draymond will play; Curry vs Lillard the matchup to watch


Gameday: Draymond will play; Curry vs Lillard the matchup to watch

The Warriors play their final game prior to the All-Star break Wednesday night against the Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland.

The Warriors (44-13) recovered from a stretch during which they lost three of four games by winning their last three, all at home, by an average margin of 27 points.

The Blazers (31-26) in their last game had a nine-game home win streak snapped with a 115-96 loss to the red-hot Utah Jazz.


Warriors by 6


Stephen Curry vs. Damian Lillard: Two of the most explosive scorers in history, both with deep range and the ability to take over a game. They won’t always defend each other, but either starts cooking his team usually follows. Each ranks among the top 10 scorers for the third consecutive season, Curry fourth (26.8 ppg) and Lillard (25.8) sixth. When either starts cooking his team usually follows.


Warriors: F Draymond Green (L index finger sprain) and F/C Kevon Looney (R knee soreness) listed as questionable were upgraded prior to shootaround. G Pat McCaw (L/R wrist injuries) and F Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation) are listed as out.

Trail Blazers: C Jusuf Nurkic (R calf strain, right oblique strain, low back soreness) is listed as questionable.


Warriors: 7-3. Blazers: 6-4.


Bill Spooner (crew chief), Tony Brown, Leon Wood


The Warriors won the first of three meetings this season, 111-104, on Dec. 11 in Oakland. The Warriors swept the four-game series last season and are 11-1 against the Blazers in the Steve Kerr era.


THE 3 BALLS: The Warriors lead the NBA in 3-point shooting accuracy at 39.3 percent. They’re at a league-best 40 percent since Jan. 1. The Blazers rank third overall, at 37.9 percent, but since Jan. 1 have shot at a 39.5-percent clip, second best in the NBA. As good as Curry and Lillard are, their backcourt mates, Klay Thompson and CJ McCollum, are shooting 3-balls at a higher percentage.

FOCUS LEVELS: This being the final game for each team prior to the All-Star break, there is the likelihood that some players may not be fully engaged. If so, that should benefit the Warriors, who have greater overall depth than Portland.

THE FRONTCOURTS: The Warriors, with Kevin Durant and Green, have the advantage here. It’s decisive if Nurkic, a disappointment this season, sits. Starting forwards Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu are mediocre at best. Look no further than these three to see why Portland is dead last in both assists and fast-break points.

Raiders awarded four compensatory NFL draft picks


Raiders awarded four compensatory NFL draft picks

The Raiders have been awarded four compensatory picks in this year’s NFL draft, the league announced on Friday. All of them will come in the sixth round, bring the Raiders selection total to 11.

Compensatory picks are given out by the league based on a formula of free agency gains versus losses from the previous offseason, based largest on contract value and playing time during the 2017 season. Teams that lose more than they get in terms of free-agent performance are given selections from rounds 3-7.

The Raiders were relatively quiet during last year’s free-agent signing period, with Jared Cook and Cordarrelle Patterson considered marquee acquisitions despite relatively affordable deals. A great number left in free agency, including linebacker Malcolm Smith, tackle Menelik Watson, defensive tackle Stacy McGee and running back Latavius Murray.

The Raiders now own the Nos. 210, 212, 216 and 217 overall selections in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers and Raiders are deadlocked in terms of draft priority will flip a coin at the NFL scouting combine to determine which team will select No. 9 and No. 10. That will reportedly happen on Friday.

The teams will alternate higher selections in subsequent rounds.

Former 49ers lineman arrested after disturbing gun threat on Instagram


Former 49ers lineman arrested after disturbing gun threat on Instagram

Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been arrested after posting a picture on his Instagram story that caused Harvard-Westlake High School to close its campuses in Los Angeles. 

The picture Martin posted is of a gun and shells laid out on a bed with the message "When you're a bully victum & a coward, you're options are suicide, or revenge." Martin also tagged former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, along with writing #HarvardWestlake and #MiamiDolphins. 

Martin is an alumnus of the Southern California prep high school. He was also the target of Incognito's bullying and taunts during the 2013 season when he was teammates with him in Miami. 

The 28-year-old played for the 49ers in the 2014 season. He has not appeared in a regular season game since. Martin also spent his college career at Stanford.