Bay Area Buzz 12/11: Warriors Win, Colin Kaepernick, Raiders/LA


Bay Area Topics

Warriors Win

"Looking nothing like the team that had won 13 straight games through the first three quarters, the Warriors poured it on when it mattered most down the stretch in a 105-93 win over the Rockets on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena to extend their win streak to a franchise record 14 in a row.Golden State turned a three-point deficit into a 12-point win thanks to a 32-point fourth quarter. Bottled up all night offensively, the Warriors came alive at the right time, going on a late 15-3 run to claim the lead for good.With 4:49 to play and the game tied 89-89, the Warriors poured on 11 straight points, started by a thunderous dunk by Draymond Green and a three-point play by Harrison Barnes, who had arguably his best game of the season with 20 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.The Warriors’ defense also clamped down late and really was exemplary throughout the game. They held the Rockets to 41.6 percent from the field and forced 15 turnovers. Green had four steals on the night to go along with 11 points, and the Warriors held James Harden to just four free-throw attempts."

Eric He, Blue Man Hoop

Colin Kaepernick

"He was smiling, expansive and seemed to enjoy his give-and-take with the media.Yes, he was … Colin Kaepernick.A week after his much-mocked media session in which he offered – say it all together – 87 words in response to 32 questions, the 49ers quarterback said too many words to quickly total today in a nine-minute session with the media.Asked if he was aware of the national discussion regarding his media dealings and whether the issue was important, Kaepernick smiled.“I think there’s a different way to go about things,” he said. “Obviously, it’s something that I take my job very seriously and when I go out there and compete and I don’t do well at something, I’m very hard on myself about (it). It’s something that I have to approach others differently, when I’m in those situations.”Added Kaepernick: “I think there is a happy medium. It’s something I’m obviously working on to try to help you guys do your jobs as well.”"

Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle

Raiders’ Possible Relocation to LA

"While the Oakland Raiders have been gaining steam at the Coliseum as of late, winning two of their final home games in front of the Black Hole, behind the season is the uncertainty of where the franchise will be playing long term as the City of Oakland continues to drag its feet when it comes to getting a new stadium built for the team. With Oakland city council seemingly unwilling to make public funds available for either the Raiders or the MLB A’s, Los Angeles is emerging as a lucrative option as the months pass with owner Mark Davis potentially needing to make a second relocation to South California in franchise history for the good of the Raiders.According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, that might be turning into a reality with the Raiders appearing to have a “much better chance to move to Los Angeles” than Rapoport thought earlier in the process. Something that makes sense with Oakland’s public officials seeming disinterested in keeping the team if it means using taxpayer/public money.Rapoport also added that the usual talking points of the league wanting Mark Davis to sell and the City of Los Angeles not wanting the Raiders image back in their city are non issues."

Chase Ruttig, Just Blog Baby