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Monta, Curry, Lee lead Warriors' rout in Portland

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Monta, Curry, Lee lead Warriors' rout in Portland

April 5, 2011BOXSCORE WARRIORSVIDEONBAPAGE NBASCOREBOARD
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) There were no smiles of accomplishment in the Trail Blazers' locker room on Tuesday night.Yes, the Blazers clinched a playoff spot. But they also got thumped 108-87 by the Golden State Warriors - and at home of all places."We didn't play well at all," guard Brandon Roy said succinctly.Portland secured a postseason berth just before the half when the Houston Rockets lost 104-101 to Sacramento.Even with the loss to Golden State, the Blazers still sit in the sixth spot in the Western Conference. But they're only a half-game ahead of New Orleans and only a game in front of Memphis.It will be Portland's third straight trip to the postseason. Last year the Blazers were eliminated in the first round by the Phoenix Suns, and the year before they were bumped in the opening round by the Rockets."It's good to clinch, but that's something that probably won't sink in until tomorrow," Roy said.David Lee had 29 points and a season-high 20 rebounds for the Warriors, who led by as many as 26 points in the second half. Monta Ellis had 30 points and Stephen Curry finished with 28."That wasn't our thing to spoil someone else's stuff, but just to continue to get better as a team," Lee said about tempering Portland's celebration. "It doesn't matter that Portland lost, just that we were able to get the victory."The Warriors were previously eliminated from playoff contention. Golden State has not been to the postseason since the 2006-07 season.Echoing Lee's sentiments, Warriors head coach Keith Smart said his team may have been happy to play a spoiler's role in the past, but not anymore."We're looking for something bigger now. We're trying to do something bigger," Smart said. "We're trying to establish a way of how we play, an identity of how we want our team to move forward, and that's what those young men are doing."LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who saw their eight-game winning streak at the Rose Garden end.Ellis hit a fadeaway jumper for the Warriors as time ran out in the first quarter to tie it at 19, before Aldridge hit a 19-foot jumper for the Blazers to tie it at 47 at the break. The first half had 14 ties and 14 lead changes.Ellis gave the Warriors a 72-65 lead with a 3-pointer with 4:48 left in the third quarter. He added another one a short time later that made it 75-66. Golden State scored 37 points in the quarter on 80 percent shooting.The Warriors extended the lead to 92-72 on Lee's 21-foot jumper with 8:03 left. Both teams pulled out their starters down the stretch."You never want to throw away games," Blazers guard Andre Miller said, shaking his head. "They knew that and they're not going to the playoffs."The Blazers had a scary moment late in the first quarter when Marcus Camby stumbled awkwardly over Lee and tumbled with Lou Amundson under the basket.Fans chanted "Mar-cus Cam-by" while the 6-foot-11 forward was seen to by trainers. He was eventually helped off the court and headed for the locker room.The team said Camby sustained a neck strain and was questionable to return, although he did not.Afterward Miller said he didn't think the injury was too serious."He just took a bump to the head. He'll be all right. Probably got a little headache, but he'll be all right."Notes: Andris Biedrins has missed 10 games for the Warriors with a sprained left ankle. ... The Blazers and the Warriors split the first two games of the series this season, with each holding home court. ... Harlem Globetrotters great Meadowlark Lemon was at the game, as was St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who went to Oregon State. ... Ellis averaged 32.5 points against the Blazers in the first two meetings this season. ... Golden State's 37 third-quarter points tied a season high. The Warriors also had 37 in the third against Houston on Oct. 27. It was the most points the Blazers have given up in the third this season. ... Miller needs two more assists to become the 14th NBA player to reach 7,000.

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

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Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.

Skal Labissiere showing signs of growth: 'The NBA is still super new to me'

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Skal Labissiere showing signs of growth: 'The NBA is still super new to me'

The 2017-18 Sacramento Kings season is about development and finding a core to build around. De’Aaron Fox is already showing signs that he is the long-term answer at the point guard position, but the Kings need more than an army of one.

Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson and Willie Cauley-Stein are being given a chance to play rotational minutes early in the season, and flying under the radar is second-year big, Skal Labissiere.

Early in the season, Dave Joerger has relied heavily on veteran Zach Randolph for big minutes at the power forward position, but Labissiere is quietly building momentum. Three games is an extremely small sample size by any standard, but Labissiere is heading in the right direction.

“Whatever coach wants me to do, that’s what I’m going to do out there,” Labissiere told NBC Sports California’s Kayte Christensen after the game. “I’m just going to go out there and play hard and help this team get a win.”

In 23.7 minutes per game so far this season, Labissiere is averaging 11 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, .7 steals and .7 blocks. If he were playing starter minutes, those numbers project substantially higher.

Labissiere burst on the scene in Sacramento after the DeMarcus Cousins trade during All-Star weekend last season. Before getting an opportunity in the rotation, he spent plenty of time in Reno and behind the scenes working on his game with the Kings’ coaching staff. He played 33 total games during the 2016-17 season, including 26 straight to finish the year.

“I’m still trying to get comfortable, I’m still learning,” Labissiere said. “The NBA is still super new to me, I haven’t even played a full season yet. As a group, we’re still learning each other. I think by mid-year, we’ll be fine.”

The 21-year-old Haitian-born big came into the league with a sweet jumper, but he’s added more range in year two. He hit his first 3-pointer Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets, but throughout camp you could see him shooting with the guards and there are plenty of sets where he’ll get opportunities as the season pushes forward.

In addition to adding the long ball to his arsenal, Labissiere has also worked to improve his playmaking ability. He’s averaging 3.7 assists per 36 minutes and that number has a chance to improve as the team’s chemistry on the court improves.

“The offense runs through the bigs, so we have to be able to make plays for the guards,” Labissiere said. “I’ve been watching a lot of tape trying to figure out where the help is coming from, where I can pass the ball, who I can pass the ball to. That’s one thing I’ve been working on.”

Labissiere still has plenty to learn. He’s struggled with turnovers early in the season and he needs to add strength to hold his position in the post. But his offensive game is advanced and it won’t be long before the Kings turn to him more and more as a weapon.

Sacramento has plenty of young breakout candidates entering the season, but few have the ceiling of Labissiere. The early returns are promising.