Warriors continue road trip in Indiana


Warriors continue road trip in Indiana

March 1, 2011

WARRIORS (26-32) vs.
INDIANA (26-32)

Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

INDIANA (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers lost in dramatic fashion their last time out, something they also experienced in January's matchup with the Golden State Warriors.

Hoping to avoid losing three straight at home for the first time this season, the Pacers will to look avenge their last-second loss versus the Warriors when the teams meet Tuesday night.

Indiana (26-32) suffered a 110-108 overtime defeat versus Phoenix on Sunday - its second loss in a row and fourth in six games since starting 7-1 under interim coach Frank Vogel.

After trailing by 11 at the end of the first quarter and shooting just 34.8 percent in its 95-84 loss Friday night to Utah, the Pacers again fell behind early Sunday but erased a 15-point second-half deficit to send the game into overtime.

However, Suns forward Channing Frye made a jumper as time expired in the extra period, handing Indiana back-to-back home losses for the first time since Jan. 14-26.

"We trailed, worked ourselves back into it and still didn't get it done," said point guard A.J. Price, who scored a season-high 18 points off the bench. "We've got to do a better job of getting started in the first quarter and not digging ourselves a hole."

Last-second losses are nothing new for the Pacers, as Monta Ellis hit the game-winning shot with less than a second left to give Golden State a 110-108 victory on Jan. 19.

The Warriors (26-32) have taken three of four from Indiana, but they've lost three straight at Conseco Fieldhouse, and began their season-high seven-game road trip with a 126-123 defeat at Minnesota on Sunday.

Golden State entered All-Star weekend having won seven of nine but has struggled since the break, shooting just 40.9 percent during a three-game slide.

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The Warriors took a 41-32 lead into the second quarter Sunday but were outscored 35-16 in the third, and couldn't overcome a 15-point deficit over the final 12 minutes.

Golden State's chances for its first playoff appearance in four seasons may be fading.

"It's a seven-game road trip that's going to more or less make or break the rest of our season and this is not the way to start," said forward David Lee, who recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds for the second consecutive contest.

After averaging 9.7 points over his previous three games, Stephen Curry matched a season high with five 3-pointers against the Timberwolves and scored 33 points. He also totaled a career-best 11 rebounds.

Ellis, who ranks among the top 10 in the NBA with 24.9 points per game, is averaging just 17.0 on 34.5 percent shooting during his team's skid.

Ellis, though, could bounce back Tuesday, as he's averaged 40.5 points in his last two meetings with the Pacers, including a 45-point effort - one short of his career high - Nov. 30, 2009, in a 126-107 win.

Indiana's Danny Granger, who scored 25 against the Suns, has also experienced success in the series, averaging 23.0 points in his career - his second-highest mark against any opponent. He's averaged 32.8 in the last six matchups.

The Pacers, clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, haven't lost three straight at home since Feb. 9-25, 2010.

"This is the NBA," said center Jeff Foster. "We've got to bounce back and play better Tuesday against Golden State."

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season.