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Durant Gets it Done with Dubs

By Chandler Guadagjnin

Monday night the Golden State Warriors exacted their revenge on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin Durant played a big part in this quest for the title.

Kevin Durant took a lot of flack for joining the team that knocked him out of the playoffs a year ago. Some said that it was flat unfair that he joined an already stacked team. I submit to you that if the Warriors were as great as had been said, then the Warriors would have taken home the trophy last year. No matter how dominant the core of Curry, Green, and Thompson are, the Dubs couldn’t have gotten it done without one Kevin Durant.

In his 10-year career, Durant has accomplished so much: an 8 time All-Star, a 4 time scoring champ and the 2014 NBA MVP. In joining the Warriors, Durant sought that one thing that had alluded him all these years- an NBA Championship.

The Warriors Small Forward did his part, dropping 39 points in Golden State’s 129-120 Game 5 victory; making him only the sixth player in NBA history to score 30+ points in every game of a five-game Finals.

I have watched his celebration and elation on his face several times and it never gets old. He showed that underneath all of the  competition and stress, it is still just a child’s game. The joy that the game produces is what it’s all about.

Congratulations to the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors but especially Kevin Durant.

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Heat lose nail-biter; Durant inks deal with Dubs

 

The Chico Heat were on the brink, but in the end fell one hit short of catching the Marysville Gold Sox on Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to their rivals down the Highway 70 corridor.

Ryan McCarthy pitching 6 innings of 5-hit ball retiring 15 of 16 Heat hitters at one point to pick up his 5th win of the season.

Chico’s defense kept the game tight early as outfielders Jerome Hill and Josh Falco cut down Gold Sox base runners at third base to end the Marysville 1st and 4th innings.

The Heat could only score one run after putting their first two runners on base in the first inning. Chico’s best opportunity for a big inning came in the 7th when they had whittled the deficit to 4-2 and had runners on first and third with no one out, but Marysville reliever Tyler Waldrop escaped the jam, leaving the tying runs in scoring position.

The Marysville win moves them to 19-10 in the Great West League one game clear of Medford who lost to Portland 4-3. With the loss Chico is now 14-15 sitting 5 games back.

Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05pm. You can hear the the game on the Kpay Sports app and right here on KpaySports dot-com with our Loerke Insulation Pre-game show at 6:45

(AP) — Splash: Kevin Durant’s big move to the Golden State Warriors is done.

The Warriors formally announced the signing of the six-time All-Star on Thursday and were set to introduce him with fanfare at a news conference at the team’s downtown Oakland practice facility, where screens read, “WELCOME KD TO DUB NATION.”

Durant announced his decision Monday in a story on “The Players’ Tribune,” then Thursday marked the first day free agents could sign their deals. He joins the NBA runner-up Warriors — who rallied from 3-1 down to beat Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder in a thrilling seven-game Western Conference Finals before losing the finals in seven games to Cleveland — on a two-year contract worth more than $54 million. There is a player option after the first year.

(AP) — Ayesha Curry says she “didn’t think about the ramifications” when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Curry tells People magazine she regrets the ways she voiced how hurt she was and didn’t mean to offend anyone. She says what she wrote isn’t what she thinks about what her husband does for a living.

Stephen Curry tells the magazine he knows where his wife was coming from and adds that he’s advised her to ignore what people say, because “you’re not going to win any battles on Twitter.”

Ayesha Curry is a popular social media personality with 3.7 million followers on Instagram and 637,000 on Twitter.

(AP) — Yonder Alonso doubled and drove in two runs and Rich Hill tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts in six solid innings to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Hill (9-3) allowed three hits and one run to extend his winning streak to six games in his second start since coming off the disabled list on Saturday. Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.

The Athletics trailed by one in the second when Danny Valencia and Khris Davis singled before Stephen Vogt drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. The Athletics tied it when Marcus Semien grounded into a double play that allowed Valencia to score.

Alonso followed with his double to put Oakland up 2-1. He gave the Athletics an insurance run with an infield RBI single with two outs in the ninth.

Stop the Nonsense

By. Michael Vislosky

I lay here at 11:30 this Monday night, my 2 month old asleep in his bassinet, my wife and dog asleep in bed, and I am on ESPN like most nights. Today is different though, today is that day after Prince James finally won something some what on his own. Every article is all about LeBron, as it should be, and the Warriors collapse. Not all of these articles are about the game though, many are trying to compare LeBron  to Michael, and now compare the Warriors to the 96 Bulls again. As I lay here I get more and more mad as I see what people say in the articles and on the message boards. So I’m going to give my opinion, I mean that is the point of having your own blog right?

First lets talk about Michael and LeBrick, sorry I mean LeBron. 6-0 vs 3-4. End of story.  I do not care about anything else. I hear people everyday say that LeBron is clearly the best, look at the era he plays in compared to Michael, well let’s. Anybody who wants to say that league is tougher now, does not have any clue what they are talking about. Do your homework, be a true fan of the game. Many of today’s stars would not be on teams in the 90’s. LeBron would be a star if he played in the 90’s without question, but if Michael played today he would still be Michael.  Michael might have more rings if he played today. The way games are called today, Michael would shoot 25 free throws a game! LeBron complains everytime he gets hit, let’s see how he would have felt playing the Knicks, the Pacers, even the Heat of the 90’s. LeBron is an all-time great yes, but please stop comparing him to Michael, that shipped sailed years ago.

Number 2, the Warriors vs the 96 Bulls. As I said in my last blog, I found myself rooting for the Dubs this year despite the fact that they were chasing my childhood team. That being said, there is no comparison between the teams, the Bulls would beat them 10 out of 10 series. I read message boards today saying that the Bulls in today’s game would win 50 games! I mean really? The Bulls today would have won 75. People were trying to say that the NBA was watered down in the 90’s! Please people be smarter then this, do not be prisoners of the moment. Today’s NBA is a joke compared to back in the day. You have a 76ers team who is younger then this years National Championship winning team! With all the one and dones in the NBA today it’s the Pacific Ocean! I am not taking away from what the Warriors did this year, I am just tired of reading comments from people who are ignorant to the history of a game I love. Each era is different, but if you are going to make comments, at least take the time to understand what it is you are talking about.

I am not and never will be a fan of LeBron. I was spoiled to watch Michael. I was spoiled to watch art on a hardwood floor. Michael didn’t go join his friends who had championships already, he took his beatings then destroyed everyone in his path, after trying a different sport as well. That being said, congratulations to LeBron and the Cavs for ending 50 years of hardship in Cleveland. To the victors go the spoils.

Warrior nation “RELAX”

By Michael Vislosky

I have grown up as a Chicago Bulls fan. I was spoiled as a kid to see the second of the three-peats that the Bulls had in the 90’s. That’s why to my surprise I found myself rooting for the Warriors this year, despite the fact that they were aiming to beat the record of the first Bulls team that I truly watched. Going into to game 7 of the finals, I have a message for Warrior fans, to quote future hall of famer and Chico native Aaron Rodgers, “RELAX.”

As I watched game 6 the other night, I thought about the Bulls teams of the 90’s. Despite winning 6 championships, the playoffs were always a grind.  The 91 and 96 teams were the only ones that breezed through the playoffs. Watching the Warriors battle and stay in a game where they were playing a driven team, and refs that seemed to want a game 7, I thought to myself, they are going to be fine. After Steph got ejected, I felt even better. The emotion he showed was missing throughout the series, and with one of a thousand LeBrick James flops it was back. Sometimes even the best athletes in the world need that little extra, and that in my opinion was it for Curry.

I told Baca after game 3, that the Warriors would win game 4 by 10 and Steph would have 30, and I nailed that one pretty well. With that being said, the Warriors will win game 7 by at least 7 and Steph and Klay are going to go crazy. I feel 40 each, but I will say at least 30 each.

You play all year for game 7 at home for all the marbles, especially when you have the best NBA record of all-time. The Warriors will not lose this game, so Warrior fans, sit back and “RELAX.”

 

Curry goes torch-mode: Dubs one win away from conference finals

(AP) — Stephen Curry returned from a sprained right knee to score 40 points, including 17 in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals with a 132-125 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Playing for the first time since he was injured in Game 4 of the first-round series against Houston, Curry was rusty for three quarters and sensational down the stretch after the Warriors trailed by as much as 16 points.

His winning return came hours after a person with knowledge of the award told The Associated Press that Curry would repeat as NBA MVP, with the announcement coming as early as Tuesday.

The Warriors can win the series Wednesday night at home in Game 5.

 

(AP) — Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

A person with knowledge of the award says Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not revealed the winner.

With his unmatched long-range shooting and slick ball-handling, Curry led the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 wins in the regular season as both he and his team somehow improved after he won the MVP and led Golden State to its first championship in 40 years the previous season.

Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game and shattered his own record for 3-pointers by making 402.

(AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators forced a deciding seventh game for their second straight series by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night.

Arvidsson jumped the puck between three Sharks and skated up the left side before throwing a backhander past goaltender Martin Jones.

No road team has won yet in this second-round series, and the franchise that had never forced a Game 7 until this postseason will play in its second straight with a berth in the Western Conference finals on the line. The Predators also earned their first two-day break between playoff games this postseason with Game 7 on Thursday night in San Jose.

Colin Wilson, Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville.

Logan Couture scored a power-play goal in the third for San Jose, and Chris Tierney had two goals in the first period.

(AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Aaron Sanchez struck out five over seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Monday night in their first visit to AT&T Park in nearly three years.

Encarnacion connected in the third off Jake Peavy (1-4), who has given up five homers in his last two outings and lost his third straight start.

Toronto had gone back-to-back games without a home run for the third time this season, but Encarnacion’s deep third-inning drive into the left-field bleachers kept the Blue Jays from doing so in three straight for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2014.

Sanchez (3-1) allowed one run and three hits and walked one in a strong 105-pitch performance.

(AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run single in Boston’s six-run fourth and added a grand slam two innings later, carrying the Red Sox over the struggling Oakland Athletics 14-7 on Monday night.

Brock Holt hit a two-run homer, and David Ortiz had three hits and two RBIs for Boston, which has won seven of its last 10 games.

Khris Davis hit his seventh homer and drove in two runs for Oakland, which has lost 12 of 16 and fell to 1-7 this month.

Josh Reddick’s club-record streak of hits in eight consecutive at-bats was stopped when he grounded out his first time up.

Warriors and Kobe Bryant

By. Michael Vislosky

The final night the NBA season last night was something special. The Golden State warriors did something that many people didn’t think would happen for years in breaking the Chicago Bulls win record, and Kobe Bryant went out like no one ever has, not even the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan.

The Warriors season was magical. The winning streak to start the season, ending the almost 20 year streak of futility in San Antonio, the MVP making 400 3’s, winning 73 games, and doing this while missing their head coach for a huge chunk of the season was remarkable. As a die hard Bulls fan my entire life, I never expected the Bulls record to be broken so soon, but I do not think I could imagine a better team doing it. The love that you can see this team shares for one another and the fun they have on and off the court is the reason why they were able to do this and why look out NBA for years to come.

I was never a huge Kobe Bryant fan when I was younger. I thought he was cocky and very arrogant. Then came a time when I realized something, I don’t like him because he is the closest thing to Michael Jordan there might ever be and in my eyes there could never be another Michael. I watched him and saw the things that I used to see Michael do when I was a kid, and saw how he and Michael talked about each other in interviews and realized as a Michael fan, I have to respect Kobe.

Last night was something no one saw coming, not even Kobe. A season of turmoil in LA, which at times probably made Kobe wish he did not come back, was almost wiped away with what he did last night. 60 points is almost unfathomable to say for a person who was retiring. Love him or hate him, last night everyone who saw that had respect for the man.

What will the NBA give us an encore in the Playoffs? LeBron getting a championship in Cleveland,(Johnny Football will bring a championship to Cleveland before LeBron does) the Warriors going 16-0? Whatever it is, and however great it is, no one will forget what they saw last night to end the 2015-2016 NBA regular season.

Dubs reach 70; Giants win home opener

(AP)— The Golden State Warriors will have the home court advantage in any Game 7 they might play in the NBA playoffs.

In a huge victory, Stephen (STEH’-fihn) Curry scored 27 and the Warriors became the second team to win 70 games in a season by beating the San Antonio Spurs 112-101. That secured Golden State’s home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The 70-9 Warriors joined the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the only teams to win 70 games. Golden State can break Chicago’s single-season record of 72 wins by sweeping the final three games, including a rematch in San Antonio on Sunday.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Draymond Green added 18 to help the Warriors avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.

 (AP) — Gorgui Dieng had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Zach LaVine and Nemanja Bjelica also scored 18 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 105-97 on Thursday night.

The Timberwolves led for most of the game in following up their victory at Golden State by sweeping the four-game series against the Kings.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points for the Timberwolves. Bjelica made four 3-pointers and his point total was a career high.

Darren Collison had 19 points and six assists in the Kings’ third straight loss. Quincy Acy scored 17 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 and Rudy Gay finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Kings coach George Karl rested DeMarcus Cousins, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, and Rajon Rondo, who leads the NBA in assists. This was Sacramento’s 32nd different starting lineup.

 (AP) — Mat Latos gave up one hit over six innings for his first win since last July, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Thursday to give manager Robin Ventura his 300th career win.

A free agent who struggled this spring after signing with Chicago in the offseason, Latos (1-0) was stellar in his White Sox debut while striking out two and walking one.

He retired 13 of the first 14 batters and didn’t allow a baserunner until Chris Coghlan’s one-out single in the fifth — one pitch after left fielder J.B. Shuck dropped Coghlan’s foul ball.

Abreu homered on a 1-1 pitch from Oakland starter Kendall Graveman in the sixth. The White Sox slugger added a sacrifice fly during Chicago’s four-run ninth.

 (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a grand slam in the eighth, Joe Panik drove in three runs and keyed San Francisco’s comeback, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-6 in their home opener Thursday.

The Dodgers pitchers’ 31-inning scoreless streak to start the season ended in the fifth, one inning shy of the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals’ record to begin a year.

Chris Heston (1-0) worked the sixth in relief of Jake Peavy for the victory as San Francisco erased a 4-0 deficit to the delight of a sellout crowd announced at 41,940.

Bruce Bochy bested his former outfielder and now-Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in their first matchup.

In the fifth, Los Angeles finally gave up its first runs of 2016 and got to Alex Wood (0-1).

Kings lose AGAIN; Ezeli goes under knife; Donaldson gets paid

(AP) — LeBron James recorded his 40th career triple-double while Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Sacramento Kings 120-100 on Monday night.

James scored 21 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season. The four-time MVP didn’t play the fourth quarter.

Irving was 13 of 21 from the field and tied his career high with 12 assists. J.R. Smith hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points.

Cleveland went ahead early in the game and steadily built its lead against the listless Kings, who have dropped eight of nine.

Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi led Sacramento with 16 points each.

(AP) — Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

The defending NBA champions said Ezeli’s operation was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center on Monday morning. The team said it expects him to return this season.

Ezeli, averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.23 blocks in 40 games with 11 starts, last played Jan. 25 against San Antonio before missing the last five games with soreness in the knee.

The Warriors host Houston on Tuesday night.

 

(AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because the agreement had not been completed. The progress toward a deal was first reported by Sportsnet in Canada.

Donaldson and the Blue Jays had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing. The 30-year-old third baseman had asked for a raise from $4.3 million to $11.8 million and Toronto had offered $11.35 million when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month.

Acquired from Oakland in November 2014, Donaldson made the AL All-Star team for the second straight season in 2015. He led the majors with 122 runs, topped the AL with 123 RBIs, and hit .297 with 41 home runs to help the Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time since winning consecutive World Series in 1992 and ’93.

(AP)- Coach Rick Pitino says he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about allegations by an escort that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team’s dormitory.

University President James Ramsey Friday announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban for the men’s basketball team after the school’s investigation into allegations revealed violations did occur. Pitino has said he did not know about the incidents and that athletic director Tom Jurich does not believe he was aware of the activities.

Pitino said Tuesday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” if Jurich “thought for one second I had 1 percent of hearsay in this case, I would have been gone a long time ago.”

The university investigation is ongoing and it’s unclear if more self-imposed penalties are possible.

 

 

 

Dubs dismantle Spurs; move to 41-4

(AP) — Stephen Curry scored 37 points and hit six 3-pointers in three quarters as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors showed they still rule the West by routing the San Antonio Spurs 120-90 on Monday night.

Curry had 15 points in the opening quarter and shot 12 for 20 in Golden State’s 39th straight home win at raucous Oracle Arena, where a star-studded sellout crowd saw a lopsided showdown in what was billed as a potential Western Conference finals preview.

The Warriors (41-4) snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Spurs (38-7), off to the best start in franchise history but without Tim Duncan this time. The teams had the highest combined winning percentage in NBA history by opponents meeting at least 40 games into the season.

(AP) — DeMarcus Cousins set a Sacramento record with 56 points, most by an NBA player this season, but the Charlotte Hornets beat the Kings 129-128 in double overtime Monday night after Troy Daniels hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9 seconds left.

Daniels made eight 3s and scored a career-high 28 points, enough to help the Hornets overcome a dominant performance down low by Cousins. The All-Star center grabbed 12 rebounds before fouling out early in the second overtime. He surpassed his career best of 48 points set in the previous game, Saturday’s victory over Indiana.

Cousins broke Chris Webber’s mark of 51 points for a Sacramento team, also in an overtime game.

Kemba Walker scored 24 points for the Hornets, who won their third straight. Marvin Williams had 21 points and fouled out in the first overtime.

Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 assists. Spencer Hawes scored a season-high 18 and fouled out late in regulation.

 

Dubs dismantle Cavaliers in Finals rematch

(AP) — The Golden State Warriors bounced back from their ugly, blowout loss in Detroit by completing a two-game season sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry nailed seven 3-pointers and scored 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 132-98 pounding of the Cavs in Cleveland. Curry’s final trey put Golden State up by 40 late in the third quarter, and the lead stretched to 43 before the Cavaliers avoided the worst home loss in team history. Curry says it was a great bounceback win for the Dubs….

Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) finished with 20 points for the Warriors, who held LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to a total of 27 points on 11 of 32 shooting. James scored 16 points, Irving had eight and Love delivered just three.

The Warriors improved to an NBA-best 38-4 as they try to win their second straight title. They top the Western Conference by two games over San Antonio.

Also in the NBA:

— The Hornets had dropped nine of their previous 10 games before Kemba Walker poured in a franchise-record 52 points in a 124-119 win over Utah in double overtime. Walker shot 16-for-34 from the field, including six of his 11 3-point tries. He also was 14 of 15 from the line in breaking the previous team mark of 48 points, set by Glen Rice in March 1997.

— The Los Angeles Clippers squandered a 12-point lead over the last three minutes of regulation before Jamal Crawford, J.R. Redick and Chris Paul drained consecutive 3-pointers in a 140-132 overtime win against Houston. Redick shot 9-for-12 from beyond the arc and finished with 40 points in the Clippers’ 10th victory in 11 games.

— Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points and Deron Williams added 10 of his 20 points in overtime to push Dallas past Boston 118-113. Nowitzki contributed 14 points in the final period and seven in OT after the Mavericks blew a 17-point, first-half lead.

— Chicago knocked off Detroit 111-101 behind Pau Gasol’s (pow gah-SAHLZ’) 31 points and 12 boards. Derrick Rose had 20 points for the Bulls, who dominated after falling behind by 13 in the first quarter.

— Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ third straight win, 101-99 over New Orleans at Memphis. Matt Barnes, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee also had 16 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who trailed 80-75 before putting together a 10-1 run.

— Kyle Lowry hit for 31 points and DeMar DeRozan added 30 as Toronto beat Brooklyn 112-100. Lowry hit three of his seven 3-pointers while scoring 13 points in the third period to help the Raptors tie a season high with their fifth consecutive win.

— Al Horford scored 15 points and Jeff Teague (teeg) had 14 in Atlanta’s second straight win, 98-81 over Orlando. Paul Millsap had 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks dealt the Magic their seventh loss in eight games.

— C.J. McCollum dropped in 25 points and Damian Lillard had 16 in Portland’s 108-98 win at Washington. The Trail Blazers blew a 17-point, first-half lead and trailed in the third quarter before responding with a 23-1 run.

— Carmelo Anthony drained a tying 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in regulation before finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in New York’s double-overtime win against Philadelphia, 119-113. Arron Afflalo led the Knicks with 25 points, and rookie Kristaps Porzingis (KRIS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) delivered 16 points and 12 boards before sitting out the overtimes because of an injured right foot.