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Warriors seek revenge against Thunder after two blow-out losses

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Warriors seek revenge against Thunder after two blow-out losses

OAKLAND -- Never in the Steve Kerr era have the Warriors been swept in a season series. Their best chance to keep it that way comes Saturday.

That’s when the Warriors (45-14) face Oklahoma City, against whom they are 0-2, and neither game was close. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with postgame coverage immediately after the final horn.

While integrating stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, the Thunder (34-26) have had an uneven season, but managed to find their best in two double-digit wins over the Warriors.

The teams will meet once more this season, April 3 on OKC’s home court.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 9.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Russell Westbrook: They won’t always be assigned to each other, but no two point guards strike more fear into opponents than these two. The Warriors concede it’s too much to ask one individual to contain Westbrook, so they’ll often send help in an effort to keep him from being productive in the paint. The Thunder are well aware of the damage Curry can inflict. The winner of this battle gives his team an infinitely better chance to prevail.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) is listed as probable. F Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation) and G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) are listed as out.

Thunder: G/F Andre Roberson (L patellar tendon rupture) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 6-4.

Thunder: 4-6.

GAME OFFICIALS

Scott Foster (crew chief), Pat Fraher, Scott Wall

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have dropped the first two meetings, 108-91 on Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City and 125-105 on Feb. 6 in Oakland. The Warriors swept four games last season and are 14-6, including postseason, against OKC in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE GIFTS: No team this season has punished the Warriors for their turnovers as harshly as OKC has. The Thunder scored 72 points off 47 Warriors giveaways in two games. If the Warriors don’t take care of the ball, they’re inviting more of the same.

THE GLASS: OKC C Steven Adams leads the NBA in offensive rebounds (5.3 per game), helping the Thunder ring up 35 second-chance points, to 21 for the Warriors in the first two games. The Warriors will have to be more aggressive in the paint.

KD VS. PG: A captivating matchup of two superb small forwards. Kevin Durant is the more gifted scorer, Paul George the more consistent defender. PG won earlier this month with 38 points, six steals and five rebounds to KD’s 33 points and 6 rebounds.

Aaron Rodgers hits fan jumping off a boat in Tahoe in stride with perfect throw

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Aaron Rodgers hits fan jumping off a boat in Tahoe in stride with perfect throw

Green Bay Packers quarterback (and former Cal Golden Bear) Aaron Rodgers is known for his downfield accuracy. 

Rodgers has three successful Hail Marys to his name. The first, on Dec. 3, 2015 against the Detroit Lions, kept his team's playoff hopes alive. Another, on Jan. 16, 2016 against the Arizona Cardinals, sent the Divisional game to overtime, and a third came en route to a Wild Card game win against the New York Giants on Jan. 8, 2007. 

At the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe on Friday, Rodgers added another notch to his belt.

His latest effort won't be confused with the other three, but it's not like any of those receivers landed in a body of water, either. 

The real question? Whether or not that's a catch under the NFL's new rules. 

Bay Area native Joey Chestnut eats record 74 hot dogs for 11th title

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Bay Area native Joey Chestnut eats record 74 hot dogs for 11th title

Defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut chomped down a record 74 franks and buns to take home his 11th title at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

The renowned competitive eater from San Jose, California, takes home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed last year.

The heat wasn’t a factor; the National Weather Service put the temperature at 83 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees.

Miki Sudo said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women’s competition.

That didn’t stop the Las Vegas eater from easily beating out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.