Sharks' White wants to suit up for Game 3


Sharks' White wants to suit up for Game 3


Brodie Brazil

Optional skate for the Sharks this morning, after a quality practice yesterday.Ian White spoke for the first time today, following his injury in Game 1. Here are some of the highlights:White:
- I feel pretty good. Its smart to take a few days and really make sure youre 100 before you go back into this type of pace of hockey but my spirits are positive, I think Ill be back pretty soon.- Its not like a real awful feeling, I dont have blinding headaches or anything. Something just feels like its a little off, and you need to give it time to heal. Its not something that you can go put some ice on it and it will heal faster. Just takes a few days.- Its fortunate that its not going to knock me out for the rest of the postseason, and hopefully Ill miss just this one game.NEWS: Kings' Stoll suspended for hit on White
- Youve got to do some of this psych evaluation stuff, Im going to do that tomorrow and see how it goes, and if it goes good Ill probably take some time out there on the ice.Todd McLellan on Whites return:- We've got to put the players well being and health ahead of playing and when he's ready he's a very important part, and he'll be back in the lineup.Look for either Justin Braun, or Kent Huskins to take Whites place tonight, as he is a definite scratch. Braun is more of the likely candidate being healthy and a right-handed shot, however Head Coach Todd McLellan assured us that Huskins is Ready after recovering from his upper-body injury for more than 5 weeks.Joe Thornton is pleased with the Game 1 win, especially considering the results of years prior. It's nice, last year we got off to a slow start against colorado. it's nice to get the first one under our belt, get everybody calm and get our legs underneath us, and really get our stride.
VIDEO: Sharks Friday practice -- Joe Thornton
Most of the Sharks, including Dan Boyle, are happy with the results of the first game in this series, but also see areas that need improvement:- We certainly gave that team the idea that they can play with us and that they can beat us by allowing htem to come back and take over the game at some point, so yeah as important as it was, it's over and done with and now we're looking ahead.VIDEO: Sharks Friday practice -- Dan Boyle
The Sharks will wear black sweaters again tonight, as they will at home for the rest of the postseason.

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs


LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday captured their first repeat of the season. For the second consecutive year, they’re sending four players to the All-Star Game.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson were announced as reserves for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They join Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who were voted in as starters.

It’s the ninth time four players from one team were selected, but the first time it has happened in consecutive seasons.

The same four players made the team last season, when the Warriors went on to win the NBA Finals, but the format was strictly Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference.

Though reserves are still determined by a vote among coaches, the roster format has been altered this season. The top voting leaders in each conference -- Curry in the West, LeBron James in the East -- choose from the pool of available players, irrespective of conference affiliation. Those voted starters are first off the board.

With so many talented forwards migrating to the West -- including newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony moving to Oklahoma City -- Green on Tuesday morning voiced some trepidation about being selected as reserve.

“It’s something that you want,” he said after shootaround. “It’s something I’d be excited about. But I do know it’s a tough pool.

“I want to be an All Star, one of the top guys in the league. But I’m here to win championships.”

Green is fourth on the Warriors in scoring, averaging 11.3 points, but leads them in rebounds (7.9) and assists (7.6). Despite missing seven of the team’s 47 games, he is making his third consecutive appearance in the All-Star game.

Thompson, who has played in all but one game this season, is making his fourth consecutive appearance in All-Star game. Third on the Warriors in scoring, at 20.6 points per game, he is having his most efficient season, shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including a league-leading 45.3 percent from deep.

Here is the full list of All-Stars:

Starters: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Reserves: Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard

Starters: Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid
Reserves: Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Al Horford, Victor Oladipo