Headline Sports podcast with Bruce Magowan: Bruce talks Vida Blue memories, Giants, A’s and Warriors updates

Former San Francisco pitcher Vida Blue is one of the subjects of Bruce Magowan’s podcast heard on http://www.sportsradioservice.com (photo from TV 45 Baltimore)

On the Headline Sports podcast with Bruce Magowan:

#1 Bruce, got to catch up with us and talk about his memories on covering former Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giant pitcher Vida Blue and his days of working with Vida on local radio.

#2 The Giants needing a star powered player as Giants after failing to sign big star names such as Carlos Correa, Carlos Rodon, and Aaron Judge for various reasons the Giants will remain a .500 team this season.

#3 The Oakland A’s changing locations for building their new ballpark and how they will get their ballpark financed in Las Vegas has been like Groundhog Day.

#4 Bruce, also takes a look at the futures of the Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers and Warriors guard Draymond Green and will they return next season?

Bruce Magowan does Headline Sports Commentary during most San Francisco Giants Sunday home games during the 2023 MLB season at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NBA Playoff podcast with David Zizmor: Lakers-Nuggets tip off for best of 7 tonight in Denver

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal series Friday, May 12, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP News photo)

On t he NBA Playoff podcast with David:

#1 Dave to start off taking a look at the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets who open their best of seven series tonight in Denver. We’ll take your analysis on the Lakers first who come in with LeBron James, Austin Reaves, and D’Angelo Russell.

#2 The Denver Nuggets are loaded their coming off a 4-2 series win against the Phoenix Suns and have some of the top shooters in the NBA with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pape.

#3 David, talk has it that one of the factors for the Golden State Warriors failing to advance past the second round against the Los Angeles Lakers was because of Draymond Green’s punch on teammate Jordan Poole back in October. The Warriors couldn’t win on the road winning only 11 games away from Chase Center and Poole couldn’t find himself in the second round of the playoffs. How thrown off were the Warriors in the post season?

#4 David, long time Warriors general manager Bob Myers may not be back with the team next season and is still trying to decide whether to come back or not. Myers has been with Golden State for 11 years. The idea of not having Myers around will have an impact on the team.

Join David Zizmor for the Warriors podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Relentless Lakers Eliminate Golden State In Semi-Finals 122-101

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after scoring during the second half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal series against the Golden State Warriors Friday, May 12, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP News photo)

Relentless Lakers Eliminate Golden State In Semi-Finals 122-101

By Barbara Mason

The most important game that the Golden State Warriors (44-39) have played all season got underway Friday night as they took on the Los Angeles Lakers (44-39) in game six of the West semi-finals at crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

This was a win or go home scenario for Golden State. They had to contain Anthony Davis and LeBron James playing in front of a hostile crowd. It was the biggest challenge all season for the defending champs and they couldn’t finish the job as the Lakers stayed in front of them all game long for the 122-101 win.

The Warriors got a horrible start in the opening quarter. With 2:37 left in the first quarter the stats were shocking. The Warriors were shooting at just under 30% from the field to the Lakers 60%. The Lakers were shooting an incredible 75% from downtown and the Warriors turned in an anemic 16% going two of 12.

Despite the ugly start, the Warriors were within striking distance trailing 31-26 after the first 12 minutes. They had trailed by 17 points during the quarter. The Warriors had cut down on the fouls and drew a few as well. They seemed to have settled down going into the second quarter.

The Warriors were able to get within four points in the second quarter but they were struggling on every front; field shots, long shots, defense and shots in transition. They trailed at the half 56-46.

What the Warriors so desperately needed was a solid third quarter and there was no sign of that in the opening minutes. The Lakers had extended their lead 64-48 in the first two minutes of the quarter and the Warriors continued to come up empty offensively. The Lakers were on a mission and showed no signs of slowing down hanging onto a double digit lead for most of the quarter. After three quarters Los Angeles had a strangle hole on the lead 91-77.

Golden State just had an awful three quarters. Not a single player was having a banner day. Warrior guard Stephen Curry did have 26 points after three quarters but he had also missed a lot of shots. The Warriors had one quarter to show the world that they were the defending NBA champions.

It was an exercise in futility; the Warriors could not even come close to keeping up with Los Angeles. The Lakers show- cased an entirely new level of excellence and the Warriors were doomed from the start.

LeBron had a terrific game dominating and finishing with 30 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and Anthony Davis was brilliant with 20 rebounds and 17 points. The Lakers imposed their will all night long and the Warriors were helpless to do anything about it.

The Warriors just ran into a buzz saw in this Laker team. Curry finished with 32 points but he was the only starter in double digits. It was a disappointing way to finish the season.

The Lakers will go on to the Western Conference Finals taking on the Denver Nuggets. That series will get underway on Tuesday at 5:30 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Lakers can take out Warriors tonight; Warriors can force a game 7 tonight

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis holds his head after catching an elbow in the head from Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney at the Chase Center in San Francisco Wed May 10, 2023. Tests later showed that Davis was negative for a concussion and was cleared to play game 6 in Los Angeles. (AP News photo)

On the Warrior podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah talk about the inadvertent elbow that Los Angeles Laker forward Anthony Davis caught in the head by the Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney that sent him on the bench. Report as of Thursday night Davis has recovered and is back in game 6 for tonight.

#2 Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said that Davis’ condition is he’s not showing signs of anything, Ham and the medical staff checked Davis and he’s feeling great and no need for concussion protocols.

#3 Jeremiah, it was game 5 that saved the Warriors from being eliminated when the picked up a huge 121-106 win at Chase Center on Wednesday against the Lakers who were up going into that game 3-1. The Warriors Stephen Curry led with 27 points followed by Andrew Wiggins with 25.

#4 In game 5 the Warriors defense was able to contain LeBron James who scored 26 and followed up by Anthony Davis who scored 23 for the night. It wasn’t enough as the Lakers fell short by 15 points.

#5 Warriors and Lakers battle for game 6 tonight at Crypto.com Arena for a 7:00pm tip off. The Warriors face elimination but if they can get the win it’ll be a toss up between the Lakers and Warriors for game 7 on Sunday.

Join Jeremiah for the Warriors playoff podcasts Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors Beat Lakers 121-106 to Stave off Elimination, Force Game 6

Photo credit: @warriors

By: Mary Anne

Wednesday night was do-or-die for the Golden State Warriors, who hosted the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Warriors beat the Lakers 121-106 at the Chase Center.

There was star power in the building, as NBA on TNT analyst and former NBA player Baron Davis rang Wednesday’s bell ahead of Game 5. That said, Golden State was good to go.

The Warriors’ starting five featured Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton II, and Draymond Green. Curry scored from downtown to get the Warriors going early in the first quarter. Curry and Green weren’t the Splash Brothers, per se, but the two were the first-quarter kings. The Warriors led 32-28 after the first quarter.

The Warriors continued to pour in the points in the second quarter. Jordan Poole took in the basket to score a layup, Andrew Wiggins provided an offensive spark, and Gary Payton II was so good in scoring in the paint. The Warriors led 70-59 at the half.

The second half saw a superb statistic. Stephen Curry passed Mark Jackson for 22nd most assists in NBA playoff history. Jackson is a former NBA player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets. Jackson also served as the Warriors head coach from 2011 to 2014.

Andrew Wiggins continued to deliver his offensive energy, and the Warriors led 93-82 after three quarters.

The Warriors came in hot in the fourth quarter. Andrew Wiggins was a key offensive player from start to finish, while Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all contributed offensively.

The Warriors survived a win-or-go-home Game 5 for a 121-106 victory.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 27 points, three rebounds, eight assists, and one block.

Andrew Wiggins recorded 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and one steal. Draymond Green scored 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.

Gary Payton II had 13 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Jordan Poole had 11 points, one rebound, and four assists. Klay Thompson had 10 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks. Moses Moody had six points and four rebounds. Jonathan Kuminga had five points, one rebound, and one assist. Kevon Looney had four points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.

Donte DiVincenzo added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

The Warriors head to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers in Game 6 on Friday at 7:00 pm Pacific.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Can Poole come through in game 5; Has scored only 11 points in 3 games

The look says it all as the Golden State Warriors and guard Stephen Curry (30) heads to the dressing room after being defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers on Mon May 9, 2023 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles (AP News photo)

On the Golden State Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Golden State Warriors Jordan Poole has scored only 11 points over the last three games and is 5-19 in shooting and was scoreless for 11 minutes in game 4. Jordan was not too enthusiastic about doing the post game scrum after Monday’s game said that his work ethic or routine hasn’t changed and that you can control what you can control.

#2 Warriors star Stephen Curry said that everybody is asking about Poole but the effort in this series is a collective one and that the team has to make adjustments and play better considering their 3-1.

#3 David backs to the wall down 3-1 game 5 is at Chase Center on Wednesday night. They regrouped when they were down two games in the first round against the Sacramento Kings and now they are once again down two games again. How do you see the environment going into game 5?

Join David Zizmor for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Royals Yarbrough out on 15 day IL for facial fractures; Yankees clobber A’s to open 3 game series; plus more

Kansas City Royals Ryan Yarbrough gets assistance from Royals trainer after taking a line drive in the face off the bat of Oakland A’s Ryan Noda at Kaufman Stadium on Sun May 7, 2023 (photo by USA Today)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, Kansas City Royals pitcher Ryan Yarbrough who took that shot off Oakland A’s hitter Ryan Noda’s comebacker during Sunday’s game at Kaufman Stadium. The shot hit Yarbrough in the face and laid him out. The Royals on Monday said that Yarbrough has been placed on the 15 day IL for facial fractures.

#2 The Oakland A’s opened up their three game road trip in New York with a 7-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on Monday night. The A’s pitching got clobbered in the middle innings with New York runs with two in the fifth, three in the sixth, and two more to close out the scoring in the seventh.

#3 Amaury, You knew Vida Blue for decades when he first broke into the Major Leagues and when he was a three time World Series Champion in 1972-74, an All Star, and Hall of Fame pitcher who passed on Sun May 7th at 73. Talk about Vida the pitcher but most important the person.

#4 Amaury, We didn’t get a chance to speak to you about the indefinite suspension of Oakland A’s TV play by play announcer Glen Kuiper. Kuiper suspended for using a racial slur on live TV Friday night before the A’s and Kansas City Royals game. You knew Glen since he started doing A’s TV in 1992.

#5 Turning to NBA basketball playoffs the Los Angeles Lakers go up 3-1 in game 4 defeating the Golden State Warriors for the second straight game 104-101. Stephen Curry led Golden State in scoring with 31 but it wasn’t enough. The Lakers defense shutdown the Warriors key scorers to get away with a three point win. Game 5 is at Chase Center in San Francisco on Wednesday a 7:00pm tip off.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer on the Oakland A’s Spanish radio network on 1010 KIQI San Francisco and 990 KATD Pittsburg and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Crushing Defeat For Warriors Losing to Los Angeles 104-101

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) gets airborne driving to the net against the Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in game 5 of the NBA Playoffs on Mon May 8, 2023 (AP News photo)

Crushing Defeat For Warriors Losing to Los Angeles 104-101

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors (1-3) are in a bit of a pickle trailing the Los Angeles Lakers (3-1) 3 games to 1 in the Western Conference semifinals. Yes they do thrive when faced with adversity but they couldn’t do it Monday night at Crypto.com Arena in a game 4 104-101 loss.

Game 4 game wrap: The opening quarter was a slow one for both teams. The Warriors took a five point lead mid-way through the quarter going on an 8-0 run. The Lakers answered with their own 8-0 run. The first quarter was a close one with Golden State leading 22-21.

The Lakers were upstaged by Warriors guard Stephen Curry in the second quarter. He had 17 points at, the half 14 of them in the second quarter. The Warriors finished the first half with six turnovers. Curry also had seven rebounds and seven assists. At the half the Warriors held a slim 52-49 lead. It was Anthony Davis who was keeping the Lakers in this game.

The Warriors would have to find a way to contain Davis who finished the half with 19 points and was having another outstanding game. In the first half Davis was doing whatever he wanted. Klay Thompson needed to get going only hitting one triple in the first half.

Going into this game the Warriors wanted to score more points in the paint and they did have that going but they also needed to get a few triples as well. They only had five from downtown in the first half. They needed to keep Davis on the perimeter in the second half.

Whenever it began to hinge in one direction or the other neither team could distance themselves in the opening minutes. The Lakers got a 10-0 run going as the quarter wore on taking a 59-57 lead at 8:30. The tide turned in this game when the Warriors went off taking the largest lead of the game 73-61 with under six minutes left in the third quarter. Golden State led 84-77 going into the fourth quarter.

Golden State watched their lead evaporate in the final quarter. The Lakers are the top scoring fourth quarter team in the league and they really showed it. Curry already had a triple double in the game getting the Warriors fired up. This game was going into a higher level of intensity the Warriors have yet to see so far in these playoffs. It was insanity.

With five minutes left in the game it was tied at 94. Thompson had a huge three in the waning minutes but he also missed a couple of shots from downtown. With 15 ticks left on the clock the Warriors were trailing 104-101. Two late turnovers by Golden State made all the difference in this game. Davis had a horrible second half with only four points, but the Warriors just couldn’t cash in.

Curry had his third career triple double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. It was just so close and the Warriors needed just a bit more from Thompson to take this game. It was a tough loss for Golden State after they had finally taken a double digit lead. They just couldn’t hang onto it. They could not be in any tougher of a situation trailing 3-1 in the series.

Game Five will be played at Chase Center on Wednesday night with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors need this one tonight; Lakers could go up 3-1

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, and forward Jarred Vanderbilt defend during the first half in Game 3 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sat May 6, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, game 3 how surprising was it that after the Los Angeles Lakers (2-1) took a tough game 2 loss 127-100 they bounced right back with a 127-97 win against the Golden State Warriors (1-2) to take a series lead of 2-1.

#2 Barbara, Warriors guard Stephen Curry led with 23 points the Lakers defense put the pressure on Klay Thompson who led the Warriors with 30 in game 1 the Warriors just couldn’t get any offense going in game 3.

#3 When you consider the Lakers wide 30 point win on Saturday and that LeBron James didn’t didn’t take a shot in the first quarter in 275 career NBA playoff games and still the Lakers capitalized on the Warriors defense.

#4 Once again the Lakers hot handed Anthony Davis led with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Davis starred in game 1 with 30 points the Warriors know he’s got that outside shot and plenty of them.

#5 Lakers have the home floor and game 4 with a chance to go up 3-1 tonight at Crypto.com Arena which would put Golden State behind the eight ball. The Warriors have been here before with their backs to the wall tell us how you see this one tonight.

Join Barbara Mason for each edition of the Golden State Warriors podcasts heard Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors Get Blown Out in Game Three 127-97; Lakers take series lead 2-1

Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James wasn’t blowing smoke scoring 21 points as the Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors in game 3 of the NBA Playoffs at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sat May 6, 2023 (AP News photo)

Warriors Get Blown Out in Game Three 127-97

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors (44-39) traveled down to Crypto .com Arena to take on the Los Angeles Lakers (44-39) in game three of the Western semifinals. The Warriors sent a message loud and clear in game two in a real beat down winning that game 127-100.

Golden State couldn’t deal with what was waiting for them in game 3 in the Southland. After struggling during the season on the road, the Warriors have turned it all around when it has really counted in game 2. They just weren’t able to do that turnaround on Saturday night getting blown out by the Lakers 127-97 as the Lakers take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The first five minutes of the first quarter turned out to be the D’Angelo Russell show scoring all 11 of the Lakers opening points. At 7:49, the Lakers had taken a seven point lead 11-6 but the Warriors pulled to within three points with four minutes left in the first 12 minutes.

A bit of a slow start for Klay Thompson heated up in a hurry finishing with 11 points. Golden State had turned this game around now leading going into the second quarter 30-23.

The Lakers went on a monster run in the second quarter going from being down 11 points to being up nine and leading 51-42 with 2:23 left in the half. At the half it was Los Angeles leading 59-48. The Lakers had finished a 30-8 run with some amazing defense as well as offense.

The Lakers put a beat down on the Warriors in the third quarter taking a 86-68 lead. Los Angeles had put a strangle hold on the Warriors bench and were keeping Stephen Curry and Thompson under wraps. Anthony Davis was having a great game with 25 points and both LeBron James and Russell had 21 points. It was all Lakers in the third quarter.

The second half belonged to Los Angeles. They were in control leading by as much as 34 points. James, DeAngelo Russell and Davis sat out the fourth quarter. The Lakers had a 2-1 lead in the series. The Lakers remain perfect at home with a 4-0 record.

It was a dismal display for Golden State. The energy that was lacking really hurt the team. The defensive effort was not great and along came those turnovers with 19. The Warriors are once again in desperation mode going into game four.

Curry finished with 23 points but it was “good night” for the Golden State Warriors in this one.

Game four will be played Monday night with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM. This will be a must win for the Warriors. They seem to thrive under intense pressure so the question remains can the Warriors tie up this series heading back to Chase for game five.