Nelson changes his mind on practice

Nelson changes his mind on practice


Sunday was supposed to be a day off, and it was for MontaEllis and Corey Maggette.But coach Don Nelson put the rest of the Warriors through atwo-hour grind the day after his team got beat 105-89 by the Blazers inPortland. Nelson said he had originally planned to give the team off butchanged his mind after watching it score 41 points in the first quarter, thenget handled the rest of the way.They deserved it, Nelson said. We needed to get some workdone. We needed to do what we did. There was some slippage.When asked about rookie Stephen Curry, Nelson responded:Gotta toughen up. They all do. Theyre too soft. Gotta toughen up. And ourcenters are back now. Its time for them to step up.Nelson said he gave Ellis and Maggette the day off becausetheyd been playing a lot of minutes and he didnt want them dinged up. Nine other Warriors participated in a practice solelydevoted to defense, according to Nelson.The perimeter players Curry, Anthony Morrow, C.J. Watson,Devean George and Vladimir Radmanovic (who later joined the bigger players) --spent almost all of the practice defending post-ups and closing out on shooters.The big men Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf, Chris Hunterand Anthony Randolph spent all of their time on interior defense,particularly defending the rim and help and recover.After the loss to Portland, Nelson specifically called outhis smalls, saying theyd had a terrible performance. On Sunday, Nelsonsaid he also needed more out of Biedrins and Turiaf, both of whom have recentlyreturned from injury.I thought the bigs needed the work that they did on bothends, and we worked them hard, said Nelson. Its time for them to knowtheyre not going to get reinjured. Put the injury behind them and startplaying up to their potential.Weve given them a few days, a few games. I dont need itto take two weeks to get done. They need to step up and do it now.First chance comes Tuesday night when the Warriors play theNuggets in Denver.
Nelson also made a point of saying he should have had abigger player defending Andre Miller, who finished with 23 points.If I had it to do over again, I would have played a big onhim, Nelson said. Not necessarily Randolph, but probably should have playedCorey on him and that would have taken one post-up away.Our smalls couldnt guard him. Radmanovic (was) anotherguy that could have guarded him. And I put Morrow on him and he just couldnthandle him.

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights


ANAHEIM -- Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist, Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Sunday night.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who have won five of six. Aaron Dell stopped 33 shots.

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped only 17 of 22 shots and was replaced after giving up his fifth goal. Anaheim had a four-game home winning streak snapped.

Four goals came in the third period. First, Anaheim pulled within one when Ondrej Kase stole the puck from behind the net and quickly fed Getzlaf, who fired it past Dell.

One minute later, the Sharks answered when Thornton's slap shot went in.

Boedker's second goal gave San Joe a 5-2 lead, and Karlsson's goal on goalie Ryan Miller made it a runaway.

The Ducks first found the net in the final minute of the second period, but that took a two-man advantage and a bit of luck.

Rakell was camped a few feet below the crease when he snapped a shot. San Jose's Justin Braun stuck out a stick, but it deflected the puck off the back of Dell's arm and into the net.

It was Rakell's team-high 17th goal this season.

San Jose appeared to take a commanding 3-0 lead on a power play in the second period. Boedker fired a shot from the top of the right circle that whistled past Gibson.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Anaheim's No.1 line turned the puck over. Thornton snapped it out to Labanc, who popped free for a breakaway. He beat Gibson on his short side for his fifth goal.

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a nifty give-and-go when Tomas Hertl skated down the far side and sent a pass through the legs of Anaheim's Brandon Montour and right to Vlasic in front of the net.

Vlasic snapped it past Gibson for his seventh goal of the season.


Sharks: Return to San Jose on Tuesday night to play the Jets.

Ducks: Remain at home to play the Rangers on Tuesday night.

49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles


49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles

Veteran 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is expected to benefit from the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the Super Bowl.

Staley, originally chosen as an alternate, is expected to be named to his sixth Pro Bowl to take the place of Eagles Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan. 28, in Orlando, Florida. Members of the Super Bowl participant Eagles and New England Patriots will not play in the All-Star game. The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The other Pro Bowl offensive tackles representing the NFC are Dallas’ Tyron Smith and Los Angeles’ Andrew Whitworth, who replaced Washington’s Trent Williams.

Staley got off to a rough start last season as the 49ers opened on a nine-game losing streak. The idea of his career coming to an end began to creep into his mind, he said recently on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

But Staley said he had a talk with coach Kyle Shanahan that got him refocused for the remainder of the season. The 49ers finished with a five-game win streak to finish with a 6-10 record, and Staley played well down the stretch.

“I’m so far gone from where I was in that moment early in the year that I’m just focused on next year and, hopefully, years after that,” said Staley, 33, an 11-year NFL veteran. “I feel like I can still play.

“I think this last half of the season I played some of the best football of my career. I feel very confident in what we’re doing schematically with the people surrounding us, and it shows in my own play.”

Staley would join fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was the only 49ers player named to the Pro Bowl when the teams were announced in last month.