IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Warriors get hot; Sharks surge; NFL down to final four
OFFENSIVE AVALANCHE: The Warriors emphasized having a good start on Tuesday night in Denver. Indeed! It is a league record 51 points in the first quarter for the Dubs. The 10 3-pointers is a franchise record. Halfway through the second quarter, Golden State was shooting 75 percent. At halftime, they led 79-60 with 22 assists (the total for the game in their last encounter with the Nuggets). They win going away 142-111. Are the Warriors back on track?
BOOGIE’S LAST STAND: The DeMarcus Cousins show is back. After so much anticipation, he is a solid part of the Warriors plans. Can this be a turning point in his career? Is this his last-ditch attempt? Long maligned for being surly and uncooperative, if he is ever going to change, it is now. With Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant as leaders, his product has a chance for redemption if he follows their example. The months ahead will be fascinating.
KINGS CORRECTING FINISH: Home games this week vs. Charlotte and Portland perhaps gave us a peak into Sacramento’s progress. They closed out both games in impressive style. Leads that had been forsaken in previous tilts were maintained. Both the games were wins down-the-stretch. Now above .500, this road trip may well show the promise for 2018-19. Now is the time to turn it on and capture a playoff spot.
SHARKS CONTINUE SURGE: Yes, their seven-game win streak was broken on Wednesday in Arizona. It is a game they could have won. Martin Jones has gone through a positive stretch in goal. Joe Thornton is still producing after celebrating his 1,000th game as a Shark. The defense is solid with Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson leading the way. This is the best Sharks team since their inception. The offense is fast and opportunistic. Yahoo! Sports ranked them No. 3 in the league. This question has been asked so often. Is it their time?
NFL GAME OF THE WEEK: The New Orleans Saints found themselves in an unenviable position. They went down 14-0 against the Philadelphia Eagles. After the Eagles second drive, yardage was 151-0. However, the Saints were not to be denied. They roared back in the second and third quarters to grab a 17-14 lead heading to the fourth. The Eagles were vanquished when Nick Foles was intercepted in the final 2 minutes. It was a 20-14 conquest for the Saints.
BIGGEST DUD: The Kansas City Chiefs made mincemeat of the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck was pressured all day and had a hard time moving the ball. By halftime, the Chiefs were in front 24-7. It was Kansas City all the way. In the fourth quarter, the Colts were 0-for-8 on third down. The Chiefs win 31-13 and set up a great matchup with New England tomorrow.
RAMS BEST COWBOYS: Los Angeles only punts once in this 30-22 triumph. The Rams score on their first four possessions in route to a 20-7 halftime lead. Dak Prescott had a hard time moving the ball while running back Ezekiel Elliott put up sub-par statistics. Dallas closes the gap to 30-22, but that is where the game ended. Saints vs. Rams is an engaging NFC finale.
PATRIOTS WIN BIG: By the third quarter, the New England Patriots surged to a 38-7 lead over the L.A. Chargers. Time to do errands. It was a 347-128 yards advantage for the Pats at halftime as first downs were 24-6. New England simply overwhelmed the Chargers as they marched to their eighth straight season in the AFC finals. The sledgehammer came down on any hopes the Chargers had of advancing.
BEAR RIVER PLAYERS HONORED: The 61st Optimist All-Star Classic is January 19 at Sacramento State. The Bear River Bruins will be well-represented by seniors Trae Nix, Dylan Scott and Calder Kunde. After another notable season, the Bruins continue to shine.
BORRIS CLAIMS MLB COLLUSION: Is MLB suppressing salaries? Revenues are at an all-time high as salaries have taken a dip. Now, Barry Bonds former agent, Jeff Borris, claims the owners are reducing earnings for the players via collusion. He claims it is not as bad as in the 80’s, but is an alarming trend. They seem very well-compensated. However, it is a trend worth watching.
CONCUSSION RETIREMENT: Rick Nash played in 1,060 NHL games. He has called it quits due to symptoms stemming from a concussion last March. A much coveted player, he is yet another in a series of stars forced to exit the game. The NHL needs to take a more aggressive stance to avoid losing star players.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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