IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Down goes Durant; Cousins trade settling in
WHAT TO DO ABOUT DURANT: On Tuesday night, Warriors star Kevin Durant goes down with an MCL sprain and bone bruise. It is enough to render the star out for at least a month, probably more. This is a simple equation. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry will have to fill the void. There is no debate. Thompson has enjoyed a good season, but Curry has been below the standard he set the last two MVP seasons. You might say that this is a storm to weather. However, an elevated game must result. Challenge? Yes. Insurmountable? No.
MISERY IN CHICAGO: It is the first back-to-back loss streak for Golden State since February 7, 2014. It is a pathetic, uncharacteristic performance. They miss 10 of their last 11 shots, hitting on just 38.6 percent of their 2-point shots and a mere 20 percent from deep. From 3-land, Curry is 2-for-11 and Thompson is even worse. The final toll for the Warriors is a 94-87 loss to the Bulls. Time to regroup.
COUSINS STILL TRENDING: The trade is still a long way from settling. Some call Vlade Divac a “moron” for getting little for something. Others like Marcos Breton of The Sacramento Bee label DeMarcus Cousins a “man-child.” Divac says, “It is time to start over.” Matt Barnes is waived. The Kings have made it clear that Cousins’ behavior was out-of-bounds. They plead with Cousins’ agents to seek anger management. The bottom line? It was time for a change in order to move forward. Cousins was seen as the problem rather than the solution.
MATHIESEN MAGIC: Leave it to Silver Springs High School principal Marty Mathiesen. He used 30 free tickets from the Kings last night to take deserving students to the game. Nothing new for Mathiesen. He has connections with the Giants, A’s, Rivercats, and Kings. A pro baseball veteran in his own right, he makes sure that sports are a student incentive without absorbing costs.
MINERS RISING: Nevada Union Athletic Director Jeff Dellis is always quick to end a communique with “Miners Rising.” He is close to pulling off the realignment that may just cause the reemergence. Yes, there is a lot of publicity. However, right-sizing the school’s athletic endeavors is on the horizon. If approved, the new league will be comprised of Nevada Union, Oakmont, Placer, Lincoln, Rio Linda and Ponderosa. Great move. Dellis and NU have to wait a year, but if this deal gets done, there will be increased competitiveness on the horizon.
SHARKS SURGE: San Jose vs. Vancouver. The visiting team has won the last 15 games. However, the Sharks have only lost two of the last 18 in regulation. Make that 19. It is a 3-1 San Jose win. Joe Thornton is one assist short of 1,000, a certain milestone. Marcus Sorensen nets his first ever NHL goal. San Jose is 3-0 for the week. This team keeps rolling.
JANNIK HANSEN BECOMES SHARKS BAIT: San Jose acquires Hansen at the trade deadline. He is a very versatile player who can fulfill many roles. San Jose gives up top prospect Nickolay Goldobin and a fourth round pick. It parlays to a first round pick if the Sharks win the Stanley Cup. Heck, let’s all hope it’s a first rounder. This is a good acquisition for the Sharks as the trudge mightily towards the playoffs. Hansen will be a good addition down the stretch and has a year left on his contract. As you jump on the bandwagon come playoff time, Hansen may be a positive piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle.
NHL HEALTH DILEMMA: Last season, the NHL had several teams in which an outbreak of the mumps swept through their squads. In Saturday’s match-up against the Sharks, the Vancouver Canucks had five players out with the same ailment. What to do? Each player has a water bottle with their own number on it. Players without mumps shots have been mandated to take them. Rodgers Arena in Vancouver was on hospital lockdown. Some called it the cleanliest building in all of hockey.
KAEPERNICK MOVES ON: He opts out of his 49ers contract for what he hopes will be greener pastures. He peaks in 2013 and 2014. Playing for the second worst team in the NFL, he hopes to re-discover the magic. Any takers? A firm maybe. His social activism may be viewed by some as a negative. He is an NFL lightning rod, and this may hurt his chances. Yet, picking up where he left off in his playoff and Super Bowl years may be a tall task. This may have as many twist and turns as Lombard Street.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort, the Nevada Union football team went on the road Friday night and knocked off Napa, 33-14.