Bay Area Buzz 8/24: Pryor-Flynn Drama a Necessary Distraction, A’s Blow Two Leads, Green’s Main Focus

Jul 30, 2013; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) and Matt Flynn (15) throw passes at training camp at Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders’ QB Controversy a Necessary Distraction

But Pryor (who completed 7 of his 9 pass attempts for 93 yards and ran for 37 more) showed that he’s a live-wire on a team that’s otherwise trending towards comatose.

His electric play-making plus Flynn’s flat-line on Thursday should make the QB decision a lot more complicated.

It could be a big distraction, especially if Allen goes with the established veteran instead of the young wild-card.

Either way, it’s a necessary distraction.

If you’re fixated on the strengths and weaknesses of the QBs, you don’t have to look at the other positions nearly as much.

- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News

A’s Blow Two Leads 

An atypical good turn of events for the A’s, at least lately, turned sour oh-so-fast on Friday night at Camden Yards.

The A’s withstood a rough start by Dan Straily to regain the lead with a strong fifth-inning rally – only to see Baltimore charge back with the help of more poor Oakland defense. The Orioles scored three times in the seventh inning on a variety of tappers and slow grounders and beat the A’s 9-7 in the opener of a three-game series. Oakland fell 3 ½ games behind Texas in the AL West, the team’s largest deficit since May 26.

- Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors’ Green Should Focus on Defense

If Green were to accept a role in limited minutes as a defensive threat, that would be one thing. However, Green seems enamored with the idea, at least judging from his play, of being an offensive threat as well.

Last season, Green averaged 8.7 field goal attempts and 2.3 three-point attempts per 36 minutes. In a vacuum, that’s not an egregious amount of shots that he was putting up. However, when you couple all of the attempts he was jacking up with his abysmal shooting percentages, then it becomes a bit problematic for the team.

- Cody Williams, Rant Sports

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders

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