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Linceblog: No decision as Lincecum exits game that SFGiants eventually lose in 9th; DUBS updated here in GAME 4; Final, 103-82, and NBA Finals are tied at 2.

Lincecum line: 4.2 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 3 walks, 5Ks, ERA 3.33.

Labored with 102pitches, 58 for strikes. Had a lead early. But Mets rallied with an RBI single in 4th, sac fly in 5th to tie at 2-2.

Cuddyer doubled in 5th to give Mets 3-2 lead.

Lincecum would have taken loss but for a Crawford homerun to put the Giants back up in the 6th.

But bullpen couldn’t hold and Mets scored in the 7th and 9th to win, 5-4.

So no sweep, but Giants had successful road trip and come home without any trace of swoon. They’re hitting. The pitching is decent. And they’re coming home.

DUBS– following AND UPDATING HERE.

Warriors up 63-55 with 7:13 left in 3rd.  Just missed a D.Lee layup. That’s at least 2 easy ones they’ve missed. Now lead is 5.

Game getting sloppy now at 65-58, with players on the floor rolling around like Delly.

OK, Delly ally-oop at 5:03 in 3rd. 65-62 Warriors,  getting serious.

Dubs looking careless. Cavs coming on hard.

BARNES for three, 68-62.

Mozgov gets an easy 2 back. 68-64

At 69-65, Warriors defend their basket, and get ball back. Curry misses shot.

Then ref blows a call on loose ball out-of-bounds.

Iguodala sweet three, 71-65 at 2:31

but can’t make it two in a row at 1:51.

He gets fouled by James at 1:29. Iggy making a difference tonight,73-67.

LBJ battles back in the paint, 73-69 on a second shot. Then Dubs turn ball over. And a foul is called on Livingston.

LBJ misses FT. Makes second. 73-70.

Curry gets three with 18 seconds left. 76-70. Clutch.

James misses long three at buzzer.

76-70 after Three Quarters.

Dubs outshooting on threes/ 36p to 21p

But big rebounding difference to Cavs, 35-27.

Everything about even. Six point lead? Not much of a margin going into 4th Q.

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The start of the 4th.

LBJ on bench. Delly misses 3.

Barnes rebound, to Curry to Green for a fastbreak dunk.

That’s Warrior pace. 78-70.

At 10:15, Curry hesitation dribble to Thompson and the lead is 10, 80-70.

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Barnes with rebound, and then assist to curry , and it’s 82-70 with 9 plus left.

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Cavs with multiple shots at the basket, ,but getting rebounds. finally at 8:11 Dubs get it back…and Curry hits a three 85-72 , 7:45 left.

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Iguodala with third 3— 88-74, 7:12 left.

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Lee gets a dunk on a Thompson assist. 90-75.

Mozgov gets a quick 2, 90-77

Livingston misses at 6:06.

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Another 3 by Iggy, 93-77, shooting 8/15, 22 points.

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Mozgov FT, 93-78.

Lee to the line. Misses first. Both!  93-79 4:41 left.

Delly miss, Lee rebounds.Delly is 3/14 for the night. Not a good Gael.

Curry fouled. 4:24

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Green assists to Livington layup, 95-79. 3:35 in 4th.

96-79, 3:21.

Curry with scoop 98-79, 3:06 left.  Hello Oakland?

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100-79 with 2:08 left.  Maybe Warriors just needed to figure out what it’s like to be the only game that counts.

Difference here is Warriors made their shots: 47p to Cleveland 34p.

Dubs shot 41p from three, Cavs just 15p.

That’s why Game 4 goes to the Warriors.

James on bench with 1:17 left.

103-82 final.

Team stats tell story.

Dubs shot 47p from floor, 40p from three

Cavs shot 33p from floor, 15p from three. UGH.

Delly just 3/14.

LBJ 7/22.

Cavs were the Cavs and the Dubs were the Dubs tonight.

Game 5 now in Oakland on Sunday. But will come back to Cleveland no matter on Tuesday for a game 6.  It could  be the final nail for someone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emil Guillermo: Asian American with the game winner! Bobby Wood? Hawaii-born, California-raised, now a hero for U.S. Men’s Soccer in first victory on German soil ever.

Asian American alert:Bobby Shou Wood, from Honolulu, who played youth soccer in Irvine, Calif., and now plays pro soccer in Germany, was the U.S. hero in yesterday’s U.S.Men’s team friendly versus Germany in Cologne. Bobby Wood. Yes. Asian American. Just look at his fade.

 

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Emil Guillermo: Too bad Chris Heston’s No-hitter comes during those NBA Finals–Warriors should be playing so well.

There’s an attitude in the Warriors that is so super cool, and nonchalant. It’s hipster basketball. They’re good. They know it.  And throughout the season, most people have given them the space to do their thing. But now in the compressed space of a 7-game series, every loose ball becomes a challenge point. But the Warriors stop, the Cavs keep going.  That’s the margin for champions.

Solution: Show up Warriors, at the start. Don’t be too cool for the room. Get hot. You can’t take three quarters to heat up like grandpa’s hot plate. Start with a boil. Go amok. Otherwise, let fans know you’re not in it, so we can start paying attention to the Giants.

There’s still time. But  you don’t show up to a brawl with LeBron James and expect to be able to finesse your way to victory.

They show up with a sledge hammer and dynamite. The Dubs show up with a Swiss army knife and the flashlight on their iPhones.

Ah, but those Giants.

Chris Heston showed up on Tuesday. I’d like to see LeBron James hit his curve ball. The Metropolitans played like Podunkers.  And the Giants gave their pitcher support. Joe Panik showed his “home” fans his stuff and solidifies the notion that he’s the guy at Second Base.  This night it was his bat. The World Series showed us his glove.  But thank god for Heston. In a season where the vets are rocky, hurt, or recovering, Madbum is still the guy. But Heston.  The no-hitter puts him up their with Charlton. He could  be their rookie Moses to help lead the Giants to baseball’s October promised land.

Get to know Heston:

He really is nicknamed “Hesto Presto.”

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Emil Guillermo: The Golden State Warrior blews; Dubs need to TCB or they will lose NBA Finals

Analyst Michael Wilbon said it after the game. The Warriors just “goof” around too much, and play in a “loosey-goosey” way. I’ve noticed that for some time. They have this cool, nonchalance, a devil-may-care way about them that transforms high-percentage plays into risky ones and inevitably leads to turnover, after turnover. Dunks? Alley-oops? Fails. Some successes. But on Sunday, fails. And when you shoot terribly to boot, forget about winning game 2 against  LeBron James.

Everyone can see LeBron James is the best player on the court,  period.  He cheats with his physicality and bullies his way to the hoop. But he made Game 2 a bit more about team, and the Cavs found their way to beat the Warriors. Put tall defenders at the three point line.  Get Dellavadova to mark Curry like a soccer player.  Get Mozgov involved inside to beat Bogut at the basket and on the line. And then let LeBron invoke his will and distribute.

The downfall to that strategy will be fatigue. The Cavs aren’t that deep. The every other day schedule could limit them.

Warriors should be able to counter easily to steal back home court advantage.

But as we’ve seen the first two games, they are prone to slow starts and a lack of intensity. If they play to their season best, they’d be 2-0 now. The pressure really is on Barnes, Speights, and Livingston to pick up when Curry isn’t showing up. The bench strength is the X factor.

But overall, the Dubs need to start caring about the ball like men on a mission.

They’re just too loose for their own good. They get sloppy. And loose leads to loss.

If they don’t tighten things up, LeBron will make them pay.

Emil Guillermo: What if they had a Triple Crown Winner and no one cared?

That about sums up my feeling about American Pharoah’s (sic) win at the Belmont. It wasn’t Affirmed/ Alydar. It wasn’t Secretariat. It was a colt going wire-to-wire against an undistinguished field. Is that really worth celebrating.

That it took nearly 40 years to have another Triple Crown winner isn’t really about the greatness of A.P. It’s more that the game, the breed has degenerated into a drug-mired enterprise that has changed the nature of horse racing in America.

I wrote this last year amid the California Chrome hype around the Belmont, and it all still applies.

http://aaldef.org/blog/not-my-fathers-horse-races.html

If the Triple Crown really mattered it would be on the tip of everyone’s tongue

Astonishing how little if any buzz the victory had.

Here’s what really happened at Belmont yesterday. One horse died, one was vanned off, and American Pharoah won the big race. That’s some crownless triple.

 

Emil Guillermo: Golden State Warriors should end long Bay Area basketball drought

Oh, those Warriors. In 1975, I was leaving Cambridge, MA on my way to Houston, TX for my first professional radio gig–$3 bucks/hr., six hours a week. I’d play records, do the newscasts (it was a music station, so it dumped most of their news commitment on the overnight).

Et voila– Emil For Real was born.

But before I left Cambridge, I was enjoying the Warriors demolish the Washington Bullets to win the NBA Championship.

I was so excited. As a small boy, I remember dragging my dad to the old Civic Auditorium (yes, the same place where SF school kids used to graduate) to see the old San Francisco Warriors play. There was Wilt. Then Nate Thurmond.

And Rick Barry, of underhand fame.

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And now here they were in the 70s.

Earlier that year, I met  Barry and Bill King, the Warrior announcer,  in the Boston Garden. And I just couldn’t believe they could be good enough until June.

When they were, I did what I almost never do.

I wanted to shout from the rooftops about the Warriors!

So I called a sports talk show in Boston to gleam and gloat about “my” Warriors.

It’s been 40 long years since the team has been back in the finals.

And now longsuffering Warrior fans have their shot again.

This is the team to do it.

Same kind of team as the one 40 years ago. One big star. No real big center. Good bench. A real team.

Back then, teams would rotate at best seven core players. Five starters and maybe two off the bench.

At the time, Warrior coach Al Attles was heralded with being the best to get production from the entire team off the bench.

No one ever played that style before.

Now here’s Steve Kerr refining the matchup style, where small can be big by playing with speed and a swarming sense of defense. He also has the league MVP, Steph Curry, who has not quite erased the memory of the great Rick Barry from the minds of older Warrior fans (though to younger Warrior fans, Rick is barely a memory, with newer Barry’s John and Brent maintaining the brand).

After the Grizz and the Rockets, I think the Warriors are battle-tested and ready to show what champions they truly are.

LeBron James is a great player. But we know how basketball is about team and not individual greatness.

The Warriors as a team will defeat Cleveland in 6 to cap off a brilliant year.

 

Emil Guillermo’s Linceblog: (updated) Tim had it a little bit, the Giants not at all; Bad mojo extends through Sunday. But Pirates start week with pleasant memory.

Tim Lincecum looked like he had his stuff.  Especially after the first inning when he induced two ground ball outs and struck out Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman.

As Lincecum walked back to the dugout, maybe he should have kept walking.

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He had 5 strikeouts after 4 innings, and had at most 1 walk. But the Braves were hitting them were they ain’t, scratching out one run each in innings 2-5. Suddenly, the Braves were up 4-0 and Lincecum’s home scoreless streak–which  had been at 22 innings before the game, the longest active scoreless  streak in the Majors– was a distant memory.

Lincecum was done after 4 1/3 innings, with this line: 8 hits, 4 runs, all earned, 4 BB, 5 Ks, and an ERA of 3. He threw just 83 pitches, 63 for strikes.

Close enough maybe for the Giants, the best team in baseball in May, to mount a comeback?

But the difference was Braves pitcher Williams Perez, who in his third major league gets his first win.

The 24-year-old right-hander had thrown five scoreless innings against  the Dodgers in LA last Monday.  On this night he topped it with 7 scoreless against the Giants at AT&T.

Perez scattered four hits, walked 4, struck out 3.

He had the Giants number more than Lincecum had the Braves where he wanted them.

After the game, Lincecum admitted he was pressured by the Braves leadoff hitters. “They had me working out of the stretch a lot, taking an extra base as well. Stealing a couple of bases definitely put some pressure on me and I had to make better pitches in those scenarios. They put some pretty good swings on some pretty good pitches.”

That they did. And the Giants didn’t.

Surprisingly, the Giants did have 8 hits and left 11 on bases.  But they never seemed to be really in this game offensively.

The Braves were, and finished with 8 runs, 14 hits.

With the season about  a 1/3 done, this is a game best forgotten by all.

But it was a bobble-head night.

UPDATE:

Whatever ailed Lincecum and the Giants on Saturday continued on through Sunday. Bumgarner looked good, until he gave up that homer to ex-teammate Uribe. The Giants seemed to come back on a Joe Panik home run. But homers by Panik, Belt and Crawford just weren’t enough. A blown save by Casilla, an error by Crawford, and the little things add up to a second loss to Atlanta.

Next, the Pittsburgh  Pirates.

Last time the two teams met was last year in October. It was the wild Wild Card game, one game, sudden death, winner takes on the Nats.  Bumgarner was dominant. Crawford hit a grand slam.  That’s the memory you live on.  You forget this past weekend.

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