IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Kings continue to rise; Warriors woes persist
THANKSGIVING: The Sacramento Kings have not had a team of this caliber for a long time. Big wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz. At 10-8, they are a mere two games behind the front-running Clippers in the Pacific Division as of Friday. Willie Cauley-Stein with 52.9 percent shooting. Buddy Hield with 19.2 points per game. As a team they are fourth in the league in 3-point shooting. Tonight vs. the Warriors has great promise.
JOERGER ON HOT SEAT?: The Sacramento Kings are finally producing. They have turned into an interesting team to watch. The youngsters are scoring, and the team is winning. It is actually entertaining basketball. Yet, amidst all this, Yahoo Sports publishes a story asserting that the philosophical differences between coach Dave Joerger and the organization may cause them to part ways. We can only hope that the Kings don’t make this illogical blunder.
THE HANGOVER: Did the incident between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant usher in a new era for the Golden State Warriors? The road trip through Texas results in three losses. Steve Kerr infers that they are finally confronted with “the real NBA.” The offense struggles to keep pace with opponents. Six losses in eight games. A 28-point home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Poor passing and shooting. It has been a dream run, but Golden State has not faced such a challenge over the last 5 years.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: My scoresheet became disheveled. What a contest with Kansas City playing the LA Rams. It is a 54-51 win by the Rams. Six lead changes with four in the fourth quarter. The third highest scoring game in league history. Each quarterback loses two fumbles. It’s a display of electric offenses. The most anticipated game of the season truly over-delivers. You have to hope we see these two teams in the Super Bowl.
RAIDERS STUMBLE TO WIN: Is it a gift from the football gods or an overall loss by Oakland? They fall out of immediate contention for the first pick in the NFL Draft via a last second 23-21 win on a Daniel Carlson field goal over the Arizona Cardinals. The five-game losing streak is over even though the sideline bickering of Derek Carr and Jon Gruden is not. The Raider offense is sluggish and unimpressive. The Arizona Cardinals display was just a little worse.
THE VERDICT IS IN: Those early evening deadlines prevent a final take on the Ripon/Bear River contest. We can all hope to dream another week after the long, wet trek to the Central Valley. Regardless, between the Three Amigos and the offensive line, this team has shown very well. These have been exciting weeks in Nevada County. We hope for a final match-up with Colfax. We ponder another sectional conquest. Regardless, this is a small team for the ages.
SHARK BITE: The San Jose Sharks are swimming in the Pacific Division. Going into Friday night they were one-point out of first. There are positive trends. Over the last 18 games, they are 45-of-47 on the penalty kill. Brent Burns recorded his 20th assist to lead defensemen. Joe Pavelski is on a five-game point streak. Joe Thornton collects his 1,033 career NHL assist to tie him for 11th on the all-time NHL list.
JONES IS LAUGHABLE: It is reminiscent of an Austin Powers movie. “10 billion dollars!” That is what Jerry Jones wants for suitors for the Dallas Cowboys. They are a fringe team, no longer dubbed as “America’s Team.” He is living in the past and his dreams are outrageous. He needs a touch of reality.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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