Cast: Michael Duca (host), David Zizmor, Bill Gould, Morris Phillips, Jeremy Kahn, and Lee Leonard (producer) podcasting from beautiful Rosa Mexicano Restaurant at 30 Mission Street downtown San Francisco. Our special thanks to our hosts at Rosa Mexicano Dan Munteanu (General Manager) and Ornin Gosuwin (Manager) and server Connie.
Some of the items we would recommend when you dine at Rosa Mexicano: Guacamole. Rosa Mexicano has been preparing this special guacamole grinded up in a stone charcoal bowl since 1984. The authentic taste of Rosa Mexicano’s signature appetizer will have you going for more.
Some of the main courses of the house we would like to recommend to you from the dinner menu: Chile Poblano Relleno, Carnitas, Budin de Pollo, Pescado a la Veracruzana, Pollo Pibil, Salmon Poblano, Tampiquena de Carne Asada, and Alambre de Camarones.
On the sports headline discussions: Sharks and Avalanche as well as Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets as well as Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics in the second round of the NBA Playoffs plus San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s.
#1 The San Francisco Giants had a second meeting with free agent superstar Bryce Harper. Does that look like an indication that Harper likes what the Giants organization is all about and what they have to offer?
#2 Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was released by the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes for violations of his contract. The Alouettes further informed the other eight teams in the CFL of Manziel’s release. The Alouettes did not give a reason why he was being released. But sources say Manziel violated his confidentiality agreement. It was reported that the CFL ordered his release.
#3 The Golden State Warriors have lost three of their last four games and have showed signs of tiring. They trailed the Miami Heat in Wednesday night’s game and talk has it that besides Kevin Durant who could go shopping after this season Draymond Green could announce for free agency after next season as well.
#4 The Sacramento Kings are coming off a tough loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night and hosted the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night and lost 141-140. The Kings–even when they lose–still make it interesting right until the end of the game.
#5 How concerned should the Oakland A’s be about their starting rotation now that pitchers Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk are returning from surgery from last season? Can the A’s rotation stay healthy this season?
#1 The Detroit Pistons beat Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night 93-89. The Pistons’ Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond both scored 24 points in the win.
#2 The Orlando Magic got a seven-point win past the Indiana Pacers 107-100 in Orlando on Thursday night. The Magic’s Terrence Ross led the way with 30 points.
#3 The Milwaukee Bucks got by a tough Toronto Raptors team. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring with 19 points in the 105-92 win in Toronto on Thursday night.
#4 The Philadelphia 76ers got past the Golden State Warriors 113-104 in Oakland on Thursday night. The Sixers Joel Emiid led with 26 points. The win for the Sixers snapped Golden State’s 11 game win streak.
#5 The Lakers and Clippers went down to the wire in LA and into overtime on Thursday night. The Lakers outlasted the Clippers 123-120 in OT. LeBron James had 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in his return to action.
The Sacramento Kings won their third game in a row and the second game of this four-game road trip on Friday night as they took down the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers 129-110 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It was the Cavs’ second loss in three days to a Northern California team as they were beaten by the Warriors at the “Q” on Wednesday night.
Sacramento was coming off a convincing win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night and knew they had a chance to add to their win total on this road trip if they just focused on playing their type of basketball.
On Friday night, the Kings taught the Cavs what Sactown basketball is all about.
SAC ran CLE into the ground
The Kings outscored the Cavaliers 72-42 in the paint
SAC had a 57.1 FG% (56/98) and was 13-for-29 (44.9%) from 3-point land
The Kings recorded 19 second chance points to the Cavs’ 8
Sacramento had 35 rebounds — 10 were offensive rebounds
Cleveland also booked 35 rebounds, but only 7 were on offense
The Kings outscored the Cavs on the Fast Break 12-5
SAC had 30 assists and just nine turnovers (12 CLE points)
CLE dished out 20 assists, but turned the ball over 18 times (31 SAC points)
Outstanding individual efforts by Kings players
De’Aaron Fox was the game’s high scorer with 30 points and he made it a double-double by dishing out 12 assists (some of which were Top 10 worthy)
Buddy Hield recorded 25 points, sinking 9-of-17 shots (5-of-8 3-pointers)
Marvin Bagley III returned to action after missing two games and put up 17 points in just over 25 minutes on the floor
Jordan Clarkson was the leading scorer for the Cavs with 26 points
Guard Colin Sexton put up 23
The just added Alec Burks put 22 points and 7 rebounds in the book
It has to be said
The Kings record now stands at 13-11 for the season which gives them sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference. Yes, that means if the season ended today the Kings would be in the playoffs. That cannot be ignored.
Dwelling in the cellar
The Cavs record is now 5-20 after the loss to the Kings. They are now tied for 14th or last-place in the NBA Eastern Conference with the Atlanta Hawks.
The Cavaliers made big news before the game
Cleveland took part on Friday in a three-team, five-player trade that involved the Cavs, Bucks, and Wizards. Some well-traveled veterans went to new teams while others went home to places where they have played before.
The Cavaliers sent veteran guard (and former King) George Hill to the Milwaukee Bucks along with forward Jason Smith.
The Cavs received Matthew Dellavedova — who was a very popular player in Cleveland before leaving in free agency — and center John Henson from Milwaukee.
The Wizards get Sam Dekker from Cleveland via Milwaukee along with draft picks.
The Cavs end up with the 2021 first and second-round draft picks from the Bucks. They also get a 2022 second-round pick from the Wizards.
Milwaukee winds up with a 2021 second-round selection from Washington.
Finally, the Wizards get a 2021 draft pick from the Cavs.
All of these draft picks have conditions tied to them. If you want the complete details, go to NBA.com transactions.
The Kings will be back in action on Saturday night in Indianapolis when they will take on the Indiana Pacers. The Kings beat the Pacers 111-110 last Saturday night in Sacramento and Indiana will have revenge on their minds.
The Cavs will host the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
A few weeks and sideline argument ago, the Golden State Warriors were dysfunctional. People were questioning the organization’s loyalty to Draymond Green would he be traded before the deadline? Wondering if the on-going drama between Green and Durant would derail their season, especially after the incident was followed by a 3-game losing streak. But winning covers up all manner of sins.
The Warriors hosted the Milwaukee Bucks at Oracle Arena on Thursday night, entering play having won the previous two games. Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the Greek Freak, and the Bucks have stayed on pace with their development and on track as one of the best teams in the league with hopes that hope to make a deep playoff run.
Perhaps this game will turn out to be a Finals preview. The Warriors certainly played like it, flying high right out of the gate. They opened the first quarter on a 12-4 run behind two Curry threes and excellent defense. Defense would be the theme throughout the game for Golden State, who had a mediocre game by there standards. Despite having 13 turnovers in the game and Durant being scoreless at halftime the Warriors were able to stay in control, holding the lead for the majority of the game.
Behind 20 point outings for both Curry and Thompson, the Warriors played their best defense of the season so far, holding the Bucks to their lowest point total of the season. Antetokounmpo ended up with 22 points, 15 in rebounds in the loss, while no other Buck was able to tally more than 15. It was great defensive outing for Golden State despite their shortcoming.
We all are ready for the end of the dynasty, but it’s not here just yet,
The Warriors defeated the Bucks 105-95.
The Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday at 7:30 pm PT.
Oakland- The Golden State Warriors were without the services of Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston Thursday night when they hosted the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks, coached by Mike Budenholzer, stopped the Warriors and snapped Golden State’s eight-game winning streak as they pounded the Warriors 131-111.
The Bucks’ defense stifled two of the Warriors leading scorers, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Neither one of the Warriors’ stars could get into any kind of a rhythm. Steph tallied just 10 points in the game and left late in the third quarter with a left adductor strain. Durant struggles all night as the Bucks doubled and triple-teamed him. Durant finished with seventeen.
The Warriors held their own with Milwaukee for most of the first quarter. The Warriors were leading 23-19 until the Bucks went on an 11-1 run to take a 30-24 advantage. The Warriors never regained the lead. The Bucks finished the quarter leading 32-29.
In the second quarter, Milwaukee’s defense took over as they outscored the Warriors by ten 32-22 to finish the first half with a thirteen-point lead 64-51. Buck’s guard Eric Bledsoe was hot as he scored twelve points. Pat Connaughton, coming off the bench tallied 13. Kris Middleton had 10, and Giannis Antetokounmpo knocked down 19 and had 7 boards and 3 assists.
The Bucks continued the onslaught in the third quarter as they put the game out of reach. They outscored the Warriors and won the quarter 41-28. Curry, as mentioned above, left the game with a groin strain. Warriors’ head coach inserted his bench player for the fourth quarter, Warriors’ guard, Quinn Cook, put 15 points on the board in the quarter but they could not overcome the huge deficit they faced.
Game Notes and stats.
With the win, Milwaukee improved to 9–2 and the Warriors dropped to 10-2.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24. KD 17, Jones 12, and Steph had 10.
Milwaukee was led by Eric Bledsoe with a season-high 26 points. Milwaukee’s other guard, Malcolm Brogden, had 20. Kris Middleton finished with 17, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24.
Milwaukee outrebounded the Warriors 46-36. The Had more assists 33-31. The had more steals and blocks, and they committed 12 turnovers. The Warriors turned the ball over 18 times.
The Warriors host the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Game time is at 5:30 pm.
There are three tiers of teams in the NBA. Tier One is comprised of teams that are shoo-ins for the playoffs and one of those teams will eventually be the NBA Champion. Tier Two is made up teams that will make slots 6-8 in the playoffs and teams that will “just miss the playoffs by a game or two.” Tier Three is populated by teams that will participate in next year’s Draft Lottery without a doubt.
On Sunday in Milwaukee, the Kings faced an Eastern Conference Tier One team in the Bucks. The Kings are trying to become a Western Conference Tier Two team and are off to a good start having won five games in a row.
The Bucks did not take the Kings lightly The Kings jumped out to an early 14-7 lead, but the Bucks were not going to have it. With 6:03 remaining in the first quarter, Milwaukee took a 17-15 lead and they would never trail again in the contest.
At the end of the first quarter, Milwaukee held a 39-30 lead. The Kings would not win a quarter in the game.
The Kings simply ran into a team with more talent than they have on Sunday. That is going often this season. This edition of the Sacramento Kings (6-4) is more talented than they have been in many seasons. They are fast, enthusiastic and positive. All indications are that this will be a very enjoyable season, but the Kings are still a Tier Three team that is trying to make the jump into Tier Two.
Kings have a surprise leading scorer Justin Jackson came off the bench to score 22 points in just under 25 minutes of playing time on Sunday. Jackson who has been having trouble shooting from the floor shot 9-for-12 overall for the game. He made 4-of-7 from 3-point land. The Kings have been struggling at small forward and Jackson’s performance versus the Bucks had to make coach Dave Joerger very happy.
Also seen on the floor for Sacramento: Harry Giles III (4 points) and Skal Labissiere (2 points)
Kings Team Numbers
Field Goal Shooting: 44.2% (42/95)
3-pt Shooting: 38.9% (14/36)
Free Throw Shooting: 50.0% (11/22)
Rebounds: 44 (8 offense)
Turnovers: 15 (21 points)
Blocked Shots: 4
Key Milwaukee (8-1) Performances
“The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo: Triple-double: 26 pts/15 reb/11 ast
Eric Bledsoe: 17 points, 6 rebounds
Ersan IIyasova: 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Nine players in double-figures
56 team rebounds
7 blocked shots
It’s back home for the Kings The Kings returned to Sacramento after the game and will be off until Wednesday night when they will host the powerful Toronto Raptors (8-1) at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings next four games will be played on their home court.
The Golden State Warriors lost their third straight game and the seventh in the last 10 as they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks 116-107 Thursday night at Oracle Arena. It was the first time in the Steve Kerr Era that the Warriors have lost three straight games.
The game marked the return of Kevin Durant, who was out with a rib injury, and Draymond Green, who suffered a groin injury and had to deal with a bout of the flu. The Warriors were competitive in the first half. They trailed the Bucks by just two at the end of the first quarter and fell behind by nine after the first 24 minutes of play.
Kevin Durant played 17 minutes in the first half and scored 10 points. Durant was hit with two technical fouls as he felt he was fouled while driving towards the basket. Durant also felt that referee Tre Maddox missed several calls and when he complained about getting mugged. Maddox called a technical and when Durant continued to gripe. Maddox ejected him for the game and that spelled doom for the Warriors.
Durant on his ejection: “I got fouled, and I told [the ref] how I felt, and he kicked me out.”
The Bucks outscored the Warriors 34-23 in the third quarter and had a 20-point lead after three periods of play. The Warriors rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bucks 35-24; but 20-point leads are so difficult to overcome so late in the game, and Milwaukee was able to hold on for the win.
Game Notes: The Warriors Quinn Cook scored a career-high 30 points in a losing effort. Draymond Green had 11, JaVale McGee and Patrick McCaw both had 12 and Kevon Looney and David West added 12 apiece, respectively.
Scoring leaders for Milwaukee were Giannis Antetokounpo with 32, Khris Middleton 23, Eric Bledsoe 20, and Jabari Parker 14.
With the loss, the Warriors fall one game behind the Toronto Raptors for the NBA’s second-best record.
The Warriors are now 54-21 for the season.
Up Next: The Warriors play the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center Saturday night.
Klay Thompson has not been cleared to play, and it is still not known when he will return.
The Warriors need one more win to clinch the second seed in the Western Conference.