Quick Hits: Tuesday Edition
January 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
As of January 7th, 2013 2:00 PM PST, the Golden State Warriors have allowed fans to keep wondering what Kent Bazemore would do. The shooting guard from Old Dominion has a contract that becomes guaranteed on Saturday, January 10th. Despite being very close to the luxury tax line, the team would not be saving much money by waiving Bazemore, saving only $400,000 this year and $800,000 next year. Bazemore remains one of the reasons why the Warriors are fun to watch, from his defensive prowess to his celebratory antics on the bench. Just in case you forgot:
The Warriors (22-11) play three of their next four games at home in Oracle Arena. Playing Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday and Portland Blazers on Friday, they will then travel to Denver to play the Nuggets on Sunday before flying back to Oakland, CA to play the defending champion Miami Heat on national television next Wednesday. The team goes as Stephen Curry’s ankle and hot shooting goes.
From what I know, the A in Alissa is still pronounced, there are no derogatory words in figure skating, and Ice Network feels witty. Anyway, one of the United States’ best hopes for skating hardware in high-stakes competition talks with icenetwork.com. Topics include how it’s been a trying season for Czisny since incurring a torn labrum in her hip, what programs she’ll maintain or change and when she hopes to compete again. Hopefully, along with Ashley sWagner she can have a successful 2013-2014, having an impact on the standings at US Nationals in Omaha, World Championships in London, Ontario, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. You read the full interview here.
Czisny’s coach decided to have her skip the NHK Trophy Grand Prix assignment in order to get more rehab time. She’s gone to the basics to get back to skating shape, hoping to recover her 2010-2011 form as the seventh best ladies skater in the world. Best wishes to the 25-year old skater as she fully recovers and sets her sights for Nationals.
Labral tears have sidelined and currently sideline some prominent athletes, including Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.
Smith Brothers from Different Mothers
Speaking of injuries, it seems like for the divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is still siding with Team Colin Kaepernick, rather than former starter and no. 1 overall pick Alex Smith. Alex started at quarterback when the 49ers beat the Packers in Week 1. In the first game of the season, the 49ers rushed 32 times for 186 yards to wear down the Packers’ D while playing in nickel coverage on defense, bringing out five defensive backs to keep the Green Bay passing attack off-balance. The 49ers dared the Packers to run and they couldn’t, only mustering 45 yards between Cedric Benson and arguably the best quarterback in the league, Aaron Rodgers.
The 49ers defense has lacked Justin Smith in the past few games, giving up lots of yards and points. He demands so much attention from the opposing offensive linemen, which frees up Aldon Smith to wreak havoc. The defense had three sacks in Week 1. Combine all this with a serviceable David Akers, his three field goals and three extra point attempts and you have the recipe for a victory against Green Bay. However, Justin Smith suffered a torn tricep and Akers has been nowhere near the same player before his injury earlier in the season.
How much of a role will Vernon Davis play? Will the lack of depth at wide receiver hurt the team? Will Ricky Jean-Francois be a serviceable replacement for Justin Smith during the playoffs? Is Colin Kaepernick the answer? Well, I guess we’ll find out soon, won’t we? The Quest for the Sixth Title starts on Saturday, January 12th, 5:00 PM Pacific.
Arbitration hearings are in a month and Buster Posey will get a lot of money.