Warriors host Hawks, Hinrich to make Atlanta debut


Warriors host Hawks, Hinrich to make Atlanta debut

Feb. 25, 2011

ATLANTA (34-23) vs.
WARRIORS (26-30)

Coverage begins at 7 P.M. at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

OAKLAND (AP) -- After struggling for two weeks, the Atlanta Hawks hope a new addition will help them get back on track.

Veteran Kirk Hinrich could make his Atlanta debut when the visiting Hawks try to avoid matching a season high with their fourth consecutive loss Friday night against the Golden State Warriors.

Atlanta (34-23) is fifth in the Eastern Conference, but has lost five of its last six. Its latest defeat, 105-97 at Phoenix on Wednesday, came hours after trading Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a 2011 first-round pick to Washington for Hinrich and forward Hilton Armstrong.

With the 32-year-old Bibby having lost step at both ends of the court and second-year backup Jeff Teague averaging 4.0 points and 1.7 assists, the Hawks hope Hinrich can provide some stability at point guard.

In his eighth NBA season, Hinrich averaged 11.1 points and 4.4 assists in 48 games with 29 starts for Washington.

"We have been searching for a point guard, someone who can come in and run this club," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "I am not saying that Mike didn't do a good job. There just comes a point with the team where a change has to take place.

"With Kirk he brings toughness at that position. He is a heady guy, a smart guy and can make shots, all the tangibles we were looking for."

While the Hawks sacrificed depth, the remaining players are willing to let the move play out.

"We have to wait and see what happens," Atlanta All-Star Joe Johnson said.

The Hawks hope Hinrich also can provide some improvement on offense over Bibby and help a club that's averaged 88.3 points and shot 43.8 percent over the last six games.

Atlanta shot 48.1 percent at Phoenix, but couldn't overcome an 18-point deficit. Josh Smith scored 26 points, but Johnson was held to 12 on 5-of-13 shooting.

Johnson is averaging 19.3 points per game - his lowest in six seasons with the Hawks - and 11.3 while shooting 39.2 percent over the last six contests. The veteran swingman has totaled 26 points the last two games overall against the Warriors, but averaged 26.0 in the last four at Golden State.

Though Smith had 22 points with 10 boards in a 103-93 home win over the Warriors (26-30) on Dec. 29, the Hawks have allowed 113.5 points per game while dropping their last two trips to the Bay Area.

Golden State is 4 12 games out of the final playoff spot in the West despite winning seven of 10.

The Warriors had a three-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday's 115-93 loss to Boston. Leading scorer Monta Ellis was held to 15 points - 10 below his average.

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Ellis had 12 on 4-of-13 shooting at Atlanta in December, but has scored 26 in each of his last two at home against the Hawks.

Golden State also made a minor trade Wednesday, sending backup forwards Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric to New Jersey for veteran Troy Murphy and a 2012 second-round pick.

"Our draft-pick situation could use some help," Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. "Whenever we have an opportunity to acquire a draft pick within reason, we'll do that."

Murphy spent five-plus seasons with the Warriors after being selected 14th overall in 2001.

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip


NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.


Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.