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Posted: May 25, 2016, 3:38 am
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — When President Obama met with human rights advocates and other activists Tuesday, he spoke of the “remarkable strides” Vietnam was making on a range of issues.
Three activists were prevented from attending Obama’s meeting with civic leaders, the White House acknowledged, and even administration protests lodged with the Vietnamese government couldn’t change that.
Later, in a speech to more than 2,000 Vietnamese citizens, including students and government officials, Obama again took up the matter of human rights carefully, saying that “no nation is perfect.”
“When there is freedom of expression and freedom of speech, and when people can share ideas and access the Internet and social media without restriction, that fuels the innovation economies need to thrive,” Obama said.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 2:17 am
Stubborn drought conditions and an epidemic of dead and dying trees mean California is facing a potentially catastrophic fire season, federal officials said Tuesday as they promised to send extra money and personnel to the state.
Similar circumstances contributed to record acreage lost to wildfires in the West last year, including three blazes that laid waste to Lake County, and top officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture said improved rain and snow totals during the winter did little to ease the threat.
Four straight dry winters before this one wiped out sugar pines, cedars and oaks throughout the Sierra and other mountains in California, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said during a briefing on the fire season in Washington, D.C.
The latest report from the National Interagency Fire Center, a collective of firefighting agencies, shows high fire potential for Southern California, the southern and central Sierra, and the foothills of the Sacramento Valley through the forecasting period of July and August.
[...] the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, which manages the state’s firefighting crews, has ramped up staffing earlier in the season for the second year in a row.
The result is browning leaves and dying limbs, which weaken a tree and make it more susceptible to bark beetle infestation.
At least two to three years of average rainfall are needed to bring tree moisture levels back to normal, scientists estimate.
La Niña, which is the opposite climate pattern of El Niño and represents a cooling of the Pacific tropics, is sometimes associated with dry weather in California — though that trend is far from clear.
“What we saw this spring is that snowpack has come down faster than we’ve seen,” he said, noting that above-normal temperatures are quickly drying up the vegetation and that Southern California wildlands never saw much dampening in the first place.
In October, the Valley Fire tore across 76,000 acres in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, killing four people and destroying more than 1,300 homes.
Federal officials say wildfire danger nationwide has increased with climate change.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 1:10 am
With polls remaining tight two weeks before California’s June 7 primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders is launching a $1.5 million TV ad campaign in the state starting Wednesday in the Los Angeles market.
In the ad, Sanders says Californians “have the power to choose a new direction for the Democratic Party,” but doesn’t mention Sanders’ rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The choice, Sanders says in narrating the 30-second ad, will be whether voters will want to break the back of a corrupt system of campaign finance that keeps a rigged economy in place.
To fight for tuition-free public colleges and universities.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 12:29 am
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders took a giant step into San Francisco politics Tuesday, endorsing Supervisor Jane Kim in the wide-open contest for the city’s state Senate seat.
“The response has been incredible,” said Eric Jaye, a consultant for Kim’s campaign for the 11th state Senate District seat.
“Bernie believes that the path toward bold change requires leaders to take back control of state capitols around the country and ensure fair redistricting in 2020,” Jeff Weaver, the senator’s campaign manager, said in a statement.
Sanders described Kim as the first Korean American to be elected in San Francisco, the daughter of immigrants and “a civil rights attorney who’s fought for affordable housing and fair wages in her city.”
“The pair connected over the issue of free community college for all, which Jane has worked for,” he added.
[...] support from Sanders isn’t likely to change much in the state Senate race, said Maggie Muir, a spokeswoman for Wiener.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 12:00 am
Supervisor David Campos introduced a November ballot measure Tuesday that would create an Office of Public Advocate, a position that he says is about creating greater accountability but that his critics dismiss as an attempt to create a job for himself.
Campos’ measure would place the public advocate in charge of the Office of Citizen Complaints and the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement, including having the power to appoint their directors — a responsibility the mayor currently holds.
[...] Campos wasn’t the only progressive supervisor who introduced a charter amendment Tuesday that would curb mayoral power — the mayor would lose some authority over at least five major departments under various measures.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced a charter amendment that would create a new commission to oversee the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Real Estate.
Supervisor Norman Yee introduced a charter amendment that would take away the mayor’s power to appoint all seven members of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors.
Going into Tuesday’s meeting, Campos’ charter amendment creating a public advocate position was the most high profile.
Under the measure, the public advocate would have the power to review and investigate all city programs and would oversee the city controller’s whistle-blower program.
The office would be funded by a set-aside of 0.03 percent of the city’s budget, as well as the amounts budgeted to the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement, the Office of Citizen Complaints and the whistle-blower program.
A measure by Supervisor Malia Cohen to change the name of the Office of Citizen Complaints to the Independent Police Oversight Department, which would be charged with conducting general reviews of how the Police Department and Police Commission handle claims of officer misconduct.
A charter amendment that will lock in spending for transportation and homelessness, but which is contingent on voters passing a three-quarter cent increase in the sales tax.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 5:11 pm
An early morning blaze Wednesday ripped through a Santa Clara strip mall and triggered a five-alarm response from firefighters, who battled wind-whipped flames for hours. The fire at the Rancho Shopping Center on El Camino Real near Pomeroy Avenue started about 3 a.m. and flames were shooting out the roof of the structure when firefighters arrived, Santa Clara Fire Chief Bill Kelly told reporters. “It was a tough challenge for them,” Kelly said of firefighters, who were confronted by shifting winds that fueled the blaze and caused it to quickly spread. While firefighters had contained the fire by 7 a.m., they remained on scene dousing hot spots from an aerial ladders.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 2:42 pm
The weirdest things happen on BART all the time. From bizarre items left on seats (raw meat, anyone?) to strange behaviors (sex with a BART cushion, which have been studied and are indeed crawling with germs) to the most random collection of belongings lugged onto a train (hammocks, fridges and more), the Bay Area transit system and its passengers have seen it all.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 11:00 am
“Last year was a really challenging moment for our sanctuary city policy,” said Supervisor John Avalos, who spearheaded the negotiations with Hennessy on behalf of immigrant rights advocates.
[...] those circumstances are more expansive than immigrant rights advocates wanted — and more limiting than Hennessy had sought.
Avalos and immigrant rights advocates wanted the legislation to mirror the city’s 2013 law, called Due Process for All, which states that the only time law enforcement officials may hold an inmate with no legal status for federal immigration agents is when the inmate has a violent felony conviction in the past seven years and is facing another violent felony charge.
[...] the Department of Homeland Security has changed its policies so that it no longer asks local law enforcement to hold inmates.
[...] Hennessy, who was elected sheriff in November, wanted the discretion to notify immigration agents if the inmate had a violent or serious felony conviction in the past seven years or three or more lesser felonies arising from different events in the past five years.
What she gave up — and immigrant advocates won — is that before notification, a judge has to determine whether there is probable cause to hold the defendant on the current charge.
[...] I thought it was important to the city, particularly with what the city has been going through with the different communities, that we come together on this — a reference to the ouster last week of Police Chief Greg Suhr after an outcry over fatal police shootings of minorities and revelations of racist text messages sent among some officers.
Though the federal government wanted to deport Lopez-Sanchez a sixth time, Mirkarimi released him in April because he said the city sanctuary law restricted his office from turning him over to federal authorities.
Sarai Hussain, a staff attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, said she and other immigrant rights advocates in the Free SF Coalition support the deal as a political necessity, even though its members disagree with the carve-outs allowing for cooperation with immigration agents.
Hussain said it’s important that San Francisco stand by the standards it has established in this legislation, even if the Department of Homeland Security abandons its program of notification.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 4:50 am
San Jose police are seeking help in the investigation of a homicide on Sunday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Martinez or Detective Santiago of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283. People wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-7867.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 4:11 am
More than 450 authors around the country signed an open letter Tuesday opposing the Republican presidential candidate.
The short letter, posted on Literary Hub, lists several reasons why the authors are against Trump.
The letter has been signed by many prominent Bay Area authors, among them Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Daniel Handler, Maxine Hong Kingston, Anthony Marra, Mary Roach, Rebecca Solnit, Amy Tan and Tobias Wolff.
Michael Savage, the radio host and author, sent this email to The Chronicle: “I AM THE AUTHOR OF MANY BEST SELLING BOOKS AND I APPROVE OF DONALD TRUMP.”
Posted: May 25, 2016, 5:38 pm
In this abominable adaptation of “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Alice is not a little girl, but a full-grown woman with a rewarding career as a sea captain.
The movie is bloated, boring and over-laden with special effects.
“Alice Through the Looking Glass” is a sequel to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and though it’s directed by James Bobin (“The Muppets”), it has the Burton look — the murky interiors, the garish costumes and the makeup that’s somewhere between scary and comical, like a nightmare about clowns.
It’s clearly the product of much thought and investment, and there are flickers of brilliance.
The audience is expected to invest in a life and death adventure to insure the safety of characters we haven’t met — and to preserve the friendship between Alice and a hat-wearing whack-job.
The looking glass, in this adaptation, is not a dive into the unconscious, but rather a means of time travel.
Alice has to meet up with Time (Sacha Baron Cohen), steal a magic orb that turns into a time machine and then change the course of events.
The screenplay is really just an excuse for visuals, but without a purpose behind the visuals, they quickly become as dull as a laser show, or a computer screen saver.
In the absence of anything substantial to cling to, the movie tries to amuse with extraneous things.
Eduard Strauss’ “Bahn Frei,” best known as the theme song to Jean Shepherd’s old radio show, turns up as background music at a dinner party, but slowed down and arranged for strings.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 5:36 pm
Apocalypse’ a thinking person’s action movie
Neither resting on formula nor audience goodwill, the “X-Men” series is going deeper and getting better as it goes along.
Singer illustrates the passage of time from ancient days through the late 20th century by catapulting the viewer through a twisting corridor, in which we see glimpses of the crucifixion, Renaissance art, the rise of Naziism and the emergence of the Cold War.
[...] we arrive in the promising era of the 1980s.
[...] Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is living happily and anonymously, as a family man and factory worker in Poland.
Every action movie needs a villain, but not just any old villain with a vague desire to take over the world, or cause destruction, or take revenge.
A villain needs a rationale, a philosophy, a highly developed conviction that he’s right, as well some twisted logic that lets us understand how he’s thinking.
Civil War, we soon have two teams of individuals, each with what could be called super powers, fighting each other.
[...] “Civil War” gave us a weak situation in which no one was wrong, little was at stake, and the consequences were mild.
In most superhero movies, trying to kill each other would mean scenes of characters throwing each other around.
Jennifer Lawrence is such a strong presence that it’s only when the movie is over that one realizes that her character, Mystique, serves a secondary function here.
Apocalypse as a thinking person’s action movie.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 3:48 pm
There is much to take from seeing this film, but from a filmmaker’s viewpoint, the lesson is clear:
In 2011, Anthony Weiner, a powerful New York congressman, resigned his seat after it was revealed that he’d been “sexting” — sending photos of himself with an erection bulging beneath his underwear.
In C-SPAN footage from his congressional career, Weiner is shown as a combative antidote to a chamber full of passive-aggressive stuffed shirts.
He is joined on the stump by his resourceful wife, Huma Abedin, who is a friend and aide of Hillary Clinton, and we watch them strategizing behind the scenes, calling donors and raising money.
The spectacle is threefold, though the elements all have a way of overlapping: 1 You’re witnessing the anatomy of a disaster as seen from the inside; 2 You’re watching a somewhat bizarre personality deal with a cataclysm of his own making; and 3 You’re witness to a marriage that is straining almost to the point of collapse.
[...] he persists in his campaign and believes, at times, that he’s connecting.
If Weiner is likable in spite of himself, Huma is downright admirable, a master of self-control even with the provocation of a colossal betrayal and the irritation of a camera in her face.
“What is wrong with you?” is the question that began the Lawrence O’Donnell interview, and every time we see Huma — who is lovely and supportive and probably smarter than Weiner is — we have to wonder again what was going on in this man’s mind.
A woman, with whom Weiner allegedly was having phone sex five times a day, stuffs herself into a tiny black dress and shows up at the entrance to his election night party.
Riding in the back of a campaign car, Weiner starts quoting Rodney Dangerfield jokes to his communications director.
[...] what makes it more than a ringside seat at a train wreck is the sense that Weiner, though creepy, isn’t a creep.
Rather, he’s a bizarre mix of unusual strengths and ridiculous weaknesses, which makes him linger in the mind, and makes us ponder his future (and wish him well), and wonder about human nature.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 3:47 pm
“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (2009) was a strong step forward for Miller, but her new film “Maggie’s Plan” is a step beyond that.
There’s also a lightness in the tone that yet allows for real emotion and impressive performances.
At the start of the film, Maggie has given up on the idea of finding a lifelong partner, but she knows she wants a baby.
John (Ethan Hawke) is a married man, with a high-powered academic (Julianne Moore) for a wife, and Maggie becomes his chief reader and cheerleader.
[...] she’s brilliant.
Gerwig seems to be acting five things at once, experiencing sadness, humor, desire to connect, feelings of regret, and conflicting impulses to reveal and conceal.
Not everyone can do that, nor can they build, from what might have seemed a character of erratic impulses, a portrait of emotional courage.
Gerwig — and no doubt, Miller — makes Maggie into someone with an uncomplicated yet sophisticated capacity to know what she feels, to admit what she feels, and to act on her feelings.
While the characters on screen keep insisting that some things can’t be planned, the movie seems to be arguing something else — that making a grand design for your life is possible, but only if you’re able to face what you want and accept the consequences.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 3:39 pm
Best Buy offered a disappointing profit outlook for the current quarter, weighed in part by a recent earthquake in Japan that hurt the availability of some highly profitable products.
The nation’s largest consumer electronics chain also said its chief financial officer, Sharon McCollam, is stepping down.
McCollam will be succeeded by longtime executive Corie Barry after the company’s shareholders meeting on June 14 and stay on in advisory role for the rest of the fiscal year.
The news sent Best Buy’s stock down 6 percent even as the company reported first-quarter profit that topped Wall Street projections.
Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 44 cents per share, easily topping the projections of 35 cents from analysts.
While the results beat the $8.29 billion that analysts expected, Best Buy’s first-quarter revenue has now dropped for the past three years.
Monsanto rejected Bayer’s $62 billion takeover bid, calling it “incomplete and financially inadequate.”
Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant also said in a statement that the initial offer failed to address potential financing and regulatory risks.
Bayer, a German drug and chemicals company, made an all-cash bid that valued Monsanto’s stock at $122 per share.
The company previously said that it planned to finance the acquisition with a combination of debt and equity, the latter to be raised largely by issuing new shares.
A combination of the two businesses would create a giant seed and farm chemical company with a strong presence in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Bayer’s farm business produces seeds as well as compounds to kill weeds, bugs and fungus.
The company has entered more than 400 cities around the world, despite objections from regulators and protests from the taxi industry.
Toyota is investing in San Francisco’s Uber along with Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership, an investment fund backed by Toyota and Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.
Americans ramped up their purchases of new homes in April to the highest level since January 2008, evidence of a strong start to the spring buying season.
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new-home sales jumped 16.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000, up from a revised total of 531,000 in March.
Steady job gains and low mortgage rates have encouraged more Americans to buy new homes.
The new-home sales figures are notoriously volatile, particularly at the regional level.
The European Union’s regulator has given the go-ahead to the proposed merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, clearing another hurdle for the combination of the world’s two biggest beer makers.
European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says Tuesday’s decision will “ensure that competition is not weakened in these markets and that EU consumers are not worse off.”
Talks between eurozone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund headed into the night Tuesday, as an expected deal to approve the payout of a new batch of rescue loans to Greece remained elusive.
The meeting split into bilateral talks late Tuesday as the ministers kept looking for a breakthrough in negotiations to keep Athens from defaulting on its massive debts this summer.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 12:17 am
Faraday Future: A second electric car factory in the Bay Area?
Electric car startup Faraday Future, often touted as a potential rival to Tesla Motors, wants to build an auto factory in Tesla’s Bay Area backyard.
At a special meeting on May 31, the Vallejo City Council will decide whether to enter exclusive negotiations with Faraday over 157 acres on the island’s northeastern end, sandwiched between the Mare Island Causeway Bridge and Highway 37.
“The built-in employment base we have here in Vallejo is a perfect fit for Faraday,” Andrea Ouse, the city’s economic development director, said in an interview.
[...] the company has repeatedly poached key talent from Tesla, recently hiring Tesla’s vice president of government relations, James Chen, as its general counsel.
[...] the Nevada factory
“Faraday Future strongly believes in the growing demand for electric vehicles and (is) confident in the success of our future products,” the company said in an email to The Chronicle.
According to the city, the costs of demolishing existing buildings on the site and reworking or replacing infrastructure give the proposed factory location a “negative land value,” confirmed by a real estate appraisal.
Mare Island already hosts businesses employing about 2,300 people, doing everything from building energy-efficient, prefab homes to brewing beer.
“When we first started marketing this property, our first objective was good-paying jobs with green technology and an employer willing and able to make the necessary investment,” Mayor Osby Davis said, in a press release.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 11:56 pm
Both companies said the deal is worth about $8.5 billion to shareholders in HP Enterprise, one of two companies formed last year by the breakup of struggling tech giant Hewlett-Packard Inc.
Whitman announced the deal Tuesday as HP Enterprise reported better-than-expected revenue for its fiscal quarter ending April 30.
Whitman has been trying to overhaul a once-mighty tech conglomerate since she became chief executive officer of the old HP in 2011.
Nearly a decade ago, the old HP led the tech industry with annual sales above $100 billion, boosted by several large acquisitions including Electronic Data Systems and computer maker Compaq.
[...] the company struggled to keep up with industry trends, as people bought fewer PCs and businesses shifted to new models of commercial computing.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 11:54 pm
San Francisco ad exec Bob Dorfman, upon hearing that Under Armour has signed a 15-year, $280 million contract with UCLA.
Wonder if he knows that Stephen Curry, who has a deal with the athletic apparel company, plays for Golden State.
Guess the NBA’s two-time MVP and the Golden Bears aren’t “visible and lucrative” enough.
Twitter moved Tuesday to “simplify” the way we tweet, including doing away with arcane rules for what counts in its 140-character limit.
If you want everyone who follows you to see your reply to a tweet, instead of inserting a “.” before the other person’s @username, you now have to retweet your own tweet.
burdened by a big wooden Y. Beyond the objections that its reference to “no ressurection in sight” is offensive to certain religions, we would argue that Meyer would never wear that off-the-rack outfit, and certainly not in any color but purple.
The Daily Briefing is compiled from San Francisco Chronicle staff and news services.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 11:50 pm
PARIS — Police raided Google’s French headquarters Tuesday looking for evidence of “aggravated tax fraud,” marking one of Europe’s most conspicuous attempts yet to cast a U.S. technology leader as a manipulative scofflaw.
The probe reflects an intensifying air of European indignation looming over Google and other U.S. tech companies as they amass huge amounts of cash while reducing their tax bills through complex maneuvers that shield their profits.
Other major tech companies, including Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., also have been skewered in Europe for scrimping on their tax bills as the popularity of their products and services have lifted their fortunes during the past decade.
The mounting pressure prompted Google to agree to pay roughly $140 million in British back taxes earlier this year and make changes in how it calculates its United Kingdom tax bill.
The investigation, which began in June, is focused on “aggravated tax fraud and organized money laundering,” France’s financial prosecutor’s office said in its statement.
With all signs indicating that more cash will be pouring into the technology industry, the sector seems likely to remain in the crosshairs of financially strapped governments seeking more tax revenue.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 11:36 pm
Giants go for 13th win in 14 games, plus lineups
The Giants have won 12 of their last 13 games and the loss came against Mr. Cy Young Jake Arrieta — not a bad stretch.
Arrieta beat Jake Peavy, who hopes to get on track against the Padres on Wednesday.
A win would mean a 5-1 homestand and a 9-0 record against the Padres.
Hunter Pence is out again, as expected.
The Kelbinator is in left field and Gregor Blanco is in center as Denard Span sits the day game after the night game.
Buster Posey is off too.
By giving Posey and Span the day off, coupled with Thursday’s off day, the Giants give them close to 72 hours of rest ahead of three games at Coors Field, the start of a 10-game trip.
Return here for more news and notes if they arise.
Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 6:01 pm
Forward Rosco Allen will stay in the NBA draft rather than return to Stanford for his final season, multiple sources reported Wednesday.
The departure of Allen, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, was surprising because he is not expected to be a high pick in the June 23 NBA draft.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 5:37 pm
Thunder push Warriors to brink of elimination OKLAHOMA CITY — They came to America’s heartland fresh off a resounding, restore-order rout in Game 2 in Oakland. The Warriors set their sights on swiping one game in Oklahoma City and regaining home-court advantage in these Western Conference finals. [...] after Tuesday night’s 118-94 rout at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Warriors face the first elimination game in Steve Kerr’s two years as head coach. In the wake of a historic, 73-win season, they suddenly and shockingly sit on the brink of an early start to summer. Russell Westbrook scored 36 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Thunder steamed to victory in Game 4, taking a 3-1 lead in the series. The Warriors absorbed a second consecutive loss for the first time all season, in their 96th game. Of the 232 teams to trail 3-1 in the playoffs since the NBA went to a best-of-seven format, only nine have come back to win the series. Game 5 is Thursday night at Oracle Arena. If the Warriors don’t win the next three against this rampaging Thunder team, setting the league’s all-time record for regular-season victories will seem much less satisfying. Or, as guard Stephen Curry said, “I think we’re a special team, and this isn’t how we’re going to go out.” Green and Curry were among Golden State’s abundant problems Tuesday night. In the past two games, the Warriors were outscored by 73 points when Green was on the court. Curry was 2-for-10 from three-point land and also had six turnovers (the team had 21 in all). The Warriors were outrebounded 56-40, as the Thunder leaned on their superior size and quickness. Oklahoma City’s dominance the past two games left Warriors players looking numb as they walked back to the huddle during timeouts. Not surprisingly, the locker room was strangely silent afterward: Green, Andre Iguodala and Brandon Rush stared solemnly at their phones, appearing shell-shocked. Tuesday night’s avalanche of turnovers was particularly troubling for Golden State, because it allowed the Thunder to gallop into the open court, where they do their best work. “We had opportunities, but it comes back to the same things plaguing us the past couple of games: fouls, turnovers, transition defense,” forward Harrison Barnes said. The Warriors trailed 72-53 after a mess of a first half, but they found fresh legs — and Klay Thompson — in the locker room. Thompson was startlingly invisible in the first half, with four points (on just four shots from the field). Part of that was Oklahoma City’s smothering defense, but Thompson made the Thunder look like the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter. The surge did not last, because the Warriors — like most NBA teams — simply did not have an answer for Durant and Westbrook. The Warriors seemed uncommonly serious and businesslike at Tuesday’s shootaround, in the hours preceding their skittish performance. Were they laser-focused in the wake of Sunday night’s blowout loss? The first half of the first quarter didn’t relax him, as the Warriors fell behind 22-8 in a flurry of careless turnovers and Thunder fastbreaks. Iguodala replaced Andrew Bogut at the 7:48 mark — Iguodala usually takes Barnes’ spot a bit later in the quarter — and the Thunder quickly zoomed away. The small lineup was outscored 15-7 in a span of just more than three minutes, setting an ominous tone. The Warriors kept trying to make passes over OKC’s long, agile defenders. At one point, after yet another deflected pass, Kerr gestured in frustration at Curry, imploring him to make bounce passes. The Warriors must fix their unexpected ills, quickly. [...] even if they win Thursday night at home, they still need to win in the Thunder’s raucous arena (in Game 6 on Saturday night) and again at home Monday to reach the NBA Finals. Ron Kroichick is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Of the previous 232 teams to trail 3-1 in an NBA playoff series, only nine have rallied to win the next three games: [...] First First [...] [...] East finals East finals First East finals
Posted: May 25, 2016, 6:46 am
Green, the unquestioned heart and soul of the Warriors, appeared to play with neither Tuesday night in Oklahoma City when the Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals with a 118-94 victory. “It just wasn’t a good game for him,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. Usually when Draymond has a bad game, he bounces back and plays extremely well the next game. With the NBA’s ruling on the kick coming about 24 hours before Game 4, Green moved one flagrant-1 foul shy of a mandatory one-game suspension. Without the leeway to be his annoying self on defense, his forceful self on offense and his vociferous self everywhere, Green simply wasn’t himself. The Warriors outscored opponents by a league-best 1,070 points in Green’s 2,808 minutes during their record-setting, 73-win season. The Thunder have outscored the Warriors by 73 points in Green’s minutes during the past two games. Asked about his league-wide, postseason-worst minus-43 in Sunday’s Game 3, Green told reporters: “I was thinking ‘whoa.’” “Whoa” is a seemingly minor reaction to a series that is shaping up to be decided by effort, defense and rebounding — categories Green usually dominates but ones being dominated instead by the Thunder. Green, a matchup nightmare for 28 other teams in the league, is in a bad dream opposite Kevin Durant. The Thunder All-Star, already considered one of the NBA’s greatest scorers, is proving to be a longer, quicker version of Green seemingly with the same ridiculous basketball intellect to see the game in sequences. Durant is averaging 28.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, two steals and 1.8 blocked shots in the series — numbers that would have popped even during the Warriors’ historic regular season and numbers that will be repeated time and again if they fail to win a championship. Nobody knows that more than Green, who seemed to have no qualms about chasing No. 73 and then added this qualifier: “It won’t mean anything, if we don’t win the championship.” “I bring energy to this team, and I have not done that,” Green told reporters. He also had six turnovers, giving him 10 in his past 70 minutes. [...] he was 1-for-7 from the field, giving him two makes in his past 16 shots. Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Remaining games at 6 p.m. on TNT
Posted: May 25, 2016, 6:44 am
Yes, somewhere in the cosmos the 1917 Cardinals could pop a toast to San Diego leadoff hitter Jon Jay, whose sixth-inning home run ensured that the Giants would not win three straight 1-0 games.
[...] no, the final score did not accurately reflect the tenor of the Giants’ 12th victory in their past 13 games, which left them 8-0 this season against the Padres.
Brandon Crawford hit a three-run triple and just-recalled Jarrett Parker a two-run homer.
Denard Span’s RBI single in the third produced the Giants’ third run in 25 innings.
The Giants broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth on a Joe Panik walk, Buster Posey double and Crawford single.
Parker, playing left, threw out Matt Kemp trying to stretch a first-inning single into a double.
In the eighth, with the score 3-1 and Cory Gearrin pitching, Gregor Blanco and Panik both heaved long throws to nail Kemp trying to stretch a double into a triple, with Matt Duffy making a terrific catch and swift tag.
Everybody wants their hitters to bang and put defense on the back burner.
The Giants’ night had nowhere to go but up after Angel Pagan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an aggravated hamstring strain.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 6:39 am