IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Curry’s famine and feast; Raiders on a roll
THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF STEPH CURRY: He misses all 10 of his 3’s last Friday against the Lakers to end his streak at 157 straight games with at least one made 3-pointer. He comes back on Monday to set a league record for 3’s with 13 on 17 attempts. Famine and feast. They lose to the Lakers but beat the New Orleans Pelicans. It may not be blowouts like last year, but certainly exciting basketball.
RAIDERS ROLL: Top-notch performance in prime time. The Raiders limit the Broncos to a mere 33 yards rushing. Oakland gets 397 yards for the game and possession time is 41:27. They take over first place in the AFC West. Hitting on all cylinders. They certainly play entertaining football with the focus on the field instead of the freaks in the stands.
NO END IN SIGHT FOR 1-7 49ERS: It is a seven-game losing streak. Although Kaepernick goes 24-of-39 while passing for 398 yards, the defense proves why it is the worst in the league. Saints gain 248 rushing yards in their 41-23 win. A new league record emerges as it is the eighth straight week of allowing 100-plus yards by a single running opponent against the 49ers. San Francisco is also the first team to give up 240+ rushing yards in three straight games since 1977. Bad Scene.
ONE OF THE BEST AND THE WORST: In this week’s Yahoo NFL Power Rankings, the 49ers are dead last in 32nd place (second week). The Raiders are in fourth position (up from eighth). Merely a good indication of how far San Francisco has fallen as well as how improved the Raiders are. If Oakland can keep winning, and it will be tough, their stock will continue to climb. As for the 49ers, one fan disclosed to me they might win two games this season. Then the question arises, who will be the unfortunate victim of a 49ers win?
BRUINS END IN OT LOSS: Bear River comes close. They lead 18-0 in the second quarter until Center comes back. By the middle of the fourth, it is tied at 25. The Bruins have a late chance to win on a field goal attempt, but fail. In overtime, Center takes it with a TD after a Bear River field goal. The final is 28-25. A big year for Austin Baze and QB Bradley Dzioba. The season ends, however, 3-7.
SEAHAWKS SHERMAN UNHAPPY…AGAIN: The mercurial Richard Sherman rips into the NFL and its officials! Big surprise, right? He is upset calls are not going his way. Really big news? Or is it the Seahawks inability to win games as usual? Or the slight downturn in his personal game? So many questions. So few answers. So, let’s get upset with the league and officials. So Sherman!
SHERMAN ACT 2: Who can believe the sequence at the end of the first half of the Bills/Seahawks game? Richard Sherman follows up his Sunday comments with a play where he roughs the Bills’ kicker during a field goal attempt. Perhaps the officials read his article because there was no flag. Bills miss field goal and lose the game by six.
BARNES, BOGUT’S DREADFUL HOMECOMING: Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut get stung in Oakland. Warriors lead 67-36 at half. A tale of 14 3-pointers while shooting 70 percent after 24 minutes of play. Homesick? A new league record (again) as Curry, Thompson, and Durant all hit four 3’s. Still not homesick? It is a 116-95 romp. OK, Barnes and Bogut are officially homesick.
STILL FIGURING IT OUT: Will the real Sacramento Kings step forward? After hard-fought wins against Toronto and New Orleans, the Kings go up by 19 against the Lakers Thursday night. It all comes crashing down in the second half with 23 percent shooting and lackluster defense. A 101-91 loss. As DeMarcus Cousins confronts L.A. at their bench following the game, it becomes apparent that the Kings still need to find their identity.
CHARGERS READY TO BOLT: Measure C loses in San Diego. It would pave the way for a new stadium. It is rejected. Now the Chargers are forced with deciding whether to move down I-5 to Los Angeles to follow the Rams. The voters called the Chargers bluff. Let’s see how the team responds.
FINAL THOUGHT: Al Michaels on Sunday Night Football said, “The Raiders chances of staying in Oakland are slim-to-none with it closer to none.” He may be on the mark.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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