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Urban: Random Thoughts from San Diego


Urban: Random Thoughts from San Diego

Sept. 10, 2010
Mychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

SAN DIEGO -- Nota great deal of action on the field for most of Fridays game between theGiants and host Padres, but there was plenty of action between the ears of yourMLB Insider. Tough toevaluate Jonathan Sanchezs outing. Seven walks (one intentional) is way toomany, and that forced the bullpen to work earlier and harder than youd like,but five innings of shutout work is five innings of shutout work. One-hit shutoutwork, at that. Props to AaronRowand, forgotten man. It must be a horribly humbling and even embarrassingexperience for him to be planted on the bench during a pennant race, but allIve seen him do is work his butt off, encourage guys who have taken hisplaying time, and refuse to come remotely close to lamenting his lot in life. Mark DeRosaisnt on the roster, but that doesnt mean hes not contributing. Hes a majorpresence in the clubhouse, keeping people loose and offering advice to playerswho havent been though the September ringer in an unobtrusive manner. SantiagoCasilla has handled a couple of pressure-packed appearances in a row now, andthats a tremendous sign for the Giants. His rep is that of a guy who willshine when theres a cushion one way or another, but hes pup-tent on you in atight spot. If he keeps this up, his stuff -- always, always filthy -- is thekind that makes a good bullpen great late in the year. Pablo Sandovalsimply cant be allowed to play against left-handed starting pitchers for therest of the regular season. Its winning time, not hoping time. Quite adifferent atmosphere in the park Friday night. Giants fans came strong again,but they didnt drown out their counterparts as they has the previous night.Perhaps Padres fans responded to San Diego closer Heath Bell calling them outfor their lack of support and attendance after Thursdays series opener. Speaking ofGiants fans, it was pretty surreal to walk the streets of the Gaslamp Districtafter Thursdays game and see all kinds of folks in orange-and-black gearhigh-fiving each other and generally crowing about their clubs dominance. Andpretty predictable to see a lot of the same people on the same streets at aboutnoon Friday looking like theyd just rolled out of bed and were looking for aplace to fall back asleep.

Durant responds to Capela's bold claim by taking shot at Rockets center


Durant responds to Capela's bold claim by taking shot at Rockets center

After the Rockets beat the Warriors on Saturday night, Clint Capela made the following statement:

"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them ... we are better than them."

On Monday, Kevin Durant was asked if he caught wind of Capela's strong words.

"Yeah," Durant answered while smiling. "It's all a part of the game. They beat us twice this year. They should feel confident. Obviously, we're confident and we feel as though we are the best team in the league and we can beat anybody as well. But we can be beat. We can be beat on any night if we don't come to play.

"We don't want to give those teams that type of confidence but we let it happen. We gotta move on and if we end up seeing this team, I'm sure it would be a fun one.

"You hear that from guys like Capela -- who's usually catching the ball and laying it up from CP (Chris Paul) or James Harden. His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can't come out there and just say sh*t like that. 

"I don't expect that from CP and James and Ariza and the rest of the guys because they know how hard it is to come out there and do that every night. Capela -- catch and dunk every night so it's pretty easy for him."

Capela recorded 18 points, five rebounds, four steals and a block in Houston's 116-108 victory.

The Warriors (37-10) lead the Rockets (32-12) by 3.5 games for the No. 1 seed in the West.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Reports: Bucks fire Jason Kidd; Giannis Antetokounmpo 'devastated'


Reports: Bucks fire Jason Kidd; Giannis Antetokounmpo 'devastated'

The Bucks are reportedly in the market for a new head coach.

Milwaukee fired Jason Kidd on Monday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojarnowski.

But here's the thing:

The Bucks (23-22) enter Monday's action in 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game this season.

In NBA All-Star voting, the "Greek Freak" racked up the second most votes in the entire league -- 2,530,211.

The 23-year old is in the first year of a 4-year, $100 million contract extension he signed in 2016.

He is not a free agent until after the 2020-21 season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller