NBA Finals rematch as Warriors and Cavaliers tangle at Oracle

By Mike Baca

A Christmas day clash is capturing the imaginations of basketball fans as the 26-1 Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on Christmas Day. The Warriors disposed of the short-handed Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals in June. Cleveland was missing power-forward Kevin Love (separated shoulder) and point guard Kyrie Irving (fractured knee cap) in the Finals and eventually the Warriors depth wore down LeBron and his mates.


NBA fans have been pointed toward this match-up for weeks as they Warriors steam-rolled through the league winning 24 straight games. Cleveland has had an up and down start to their season but is now hitting its stride as Irving has just returned to the line-up after six months of rehabilitating his knee.

A Finals preview ? We shall see. One thing is for sure. The Warriors have the hardware and the Cavaliers want to show the Warriors what might have happened if they were healthy.

Game time is 2 pm buckle up

A’s target five possible relocation sites

(AP) — Oakland is pitching five sites as potential homes for a new stadium for the A’s.

The Oakland Tribune reported Thursday  that it had obtained a city report submitted to team officials in November that identified the five sites. They include two on a college campus and one at a U.S. Postal Service facility.

The newspaper said A’s co-owner Lew Wolff declined to discuss the sites. But he said the team was continuing to take a second look at possible stadium locations in its territory.

The A’s attempts to move to San Jose were blocked because the San Francisco Giants have rights to that territory.

Raiders need overtime to beat Chargers in possible Oakland finale

(AP) — Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime and the Raiders got a defensive stop to seal what might have been the final game ever in Oakland with a 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.

Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass and led the winning overtime drive for the Raiders (7-8), who could be moving to the Los Angeles area after the season. It also made Charles Woodson a winner in his final home game with the Raiders as he will retire after his 18th NFL season.

Philip Rivers threw for 277 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers (4-11). They lost their seventh straight division game.

Warriors win 13th straight at home; Welcome Cavs on Christmas

(AP) — Klay Thompson scored 20 points, Stephen Curry added 16 with nine assists and the Golden State Warriors remained unbeaten at home this season with a 103-85 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

Andrew Bogut added 10 points and 13 rebounds while Draymond Green had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Warriors (27-1) in their final tuneup before an NBA Finals rematch against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas.

Golden State led by 10 with less than 6 minutes remaining before Curry’s second 3-pointer of the game sparked a 14-5 run to help the Warriors seal the victory. It was their 13th in a row at home this season and the 31st consecutive win at Oracle Arena dating to last season — an ongoing franchise record.

Derrick Favors had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, who have lost five of seven.