ADAMS: Two steps forward, one step back
Editor’s note: ‘In the wake of the week,’ written by sports columnist Jim Adams, is a new addition to The Union sports pages that will appear every Saturday. The weekly column will take a deeper look at recent happenings in local, college and professional sports.
TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK: The Kings win five in a row. Cousins scores 104 points in two games against the Charlotte Hornets and Indianapolis Pacers. However, they proceed to lose three in a row. As impressive as the win streak was, losses in double overtime and then poorly played games in Portland and New Orleans leave Kings fans wondering if they have what they need to make the NBA Playoffs.
MAD BUM DEAL: With MLB seemingly on a collision course with the designated hitter in the National League in 2017, one has to wonder whether Madison Bumgarner will hit for himself.
TALENT POOL: Chip Kelly will have his hands full as the new coach of the 49ers. When will the Yorks realize that the problem may not be coaching, but field talent?
WORST PUCK DROUGHT: In Canada, the Stanley Cup is the Holy Grail, their prized possession. Yet, no Canadian team has won in 23 years and no Canadian team is currently even in the playoff picture at the All-Star break.
TEAM ON WARPATH: The big showdown against San Antonio. Warriors win by 30. Two important games last week against Cleveland and Chicago on the road. Warriors win by a combined total of 65 points. The Dallas Mavericks lose by 20 points this week. Curry headed for another MVP Year. Team operating on all cylinders. Can this Bay Area team be stopped? It seems like only injuries would detour this Academy Awards Performance.
GREAT SCOTT: After The Union article last week on Big John Scott’s monumental votes for the NHL All-Star game and his possible exclusion from the event, the NHL rules he will be invited, he will play, and he will be the Captain of the Pacific Division squad. Coincidence or are they really reading our newspaper?
IRON MAN WITH IRON LUNG: Marty Mortensen completes his 1,500th broadcast for Touchdown Productions. No end in sight for the Cantankerous one. The “Big M” is truly the voice of Foothill Sports.
PREDICTIONS: Stephen Curry will easily eclipse the record for most consecutive 3-point shooting games in the NBA. The Warriors may set a record for most consecutive home wins despite few games at Oracle Arena in February. They will have difficulty surpassing the Bulls best ever NBA regular season record even though they are now ahead of the pace. Their dominance in 2015/16 may lead them to whatever records they wish to pursue. They are the most entertaining team in basketball, maybe sports…especially if you enjoy following them.
SUPER BORE?: Can Denver’s defense stop the momentum of the Panthers? Can Cam Newton’s ground game be stopped? Does Peyton Manning, in perhaps his last season, match up offensively? The Panthers have the formula to win Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.
FINAL SHOT ON GOAL: The San Jose Sharks, once well out of the playoff picture, have surged into second place in the Pacific Division via 10 straight games without a regulation loss. Eight were wins. Jumbo Joe Thornton picks up his 1,300th point. Hard working defensemen Dylan Demelo scores his first NHL goal. The Sharks are the hottest team at the break. However, the question remains as to whether they can catch the L.A. Kings and really compete for the Stanley Cup.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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