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▪ The Golden State Warriors are campaigning in their first NBA Western Conference finals in 39 years. So far, worth the wait.
▪ The final 10 seconds of Game 2 told us thus: Without a timeout, the Warriors reacted correctly by double-teaming James Harden.
▪ The message from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson: Harden already has 38 points, but he will not beat us.
▪ The Rockets reacted wrong: Harden giving up the ball and Dwight Howard returning it to Harden as though it was on fire.
▪ By the way: Do Howard’s shoulders seem like they’re on loan from a body builder?
▪ About Warrior fans still complaining about Harden’s “The Warriors ain’t that good” comment: He said that in January. I’m sure he has a different opinion these days.
▪ The San Jose Giants and the Modesto Nuts met six times over the last 11 days without one appearance by San Jose pitcher and Oakdale product Nick Vander Tuig (3-0, 2.73 ERA).
15 The yardline where NFL conversions will be kicked in 2015.
▪ A knockout by UFC champ Ronda Rousey on the possibility of her fighting Floyd Mayweather: “I don’t think me and him would ever fight, unless we ended up dating.”
▪ The 49ers almost can field an entire lineup of ACL rehabs (9).
▪ These aren’t the best days for the 49ers. Not only do they struggle against the Seahawks, they’re also getting rolled by the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League.
▪ The 49ers said goodbye to their Cowboy, Justin Smith. He can’t be replaced, much like Chris Borland, Patrick Willis, Jim Harbaugh, Frank Gore, Vic Fangio, etc.
▪ The cities are Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Carson and San Antonio. The players are the Raiders, Chargers and Rams. I’m thinking musical chairs, and someone will be left out.
▪ Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn’t see Levi’s Stadium as a good fit. Funny. Neither does everyone else.
▪ As American Pharoah pursues the Triple Crown, a more pressing matter: The sale of his breeding rights this week.
▪ The Central Valley Roadrunners again honor the memory of Tom Moore with their Youth Classic track meet today and Sunday at Ripon. Nothing but good memories about Tom.
▪ The Modesto Junior College Pirates just hired football coach Rusty Stivers. The college is not asking for much: Organize your coaching staff and find your players. You’ve got three months before kickoff.
▪ Twins and Central Catholic grads in two different World Series this weekend: Kevin Bettencourt for Vanguard College in the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho; and Andrew Bettencourt for the Arizona State club team at the Club Baseball World Series in Paducah, Ky.
▪ The NFL will push its PATs back to the 15, or teams can go for the deuce from the 2. The defense also can score 2 points with a return. For coaches, it’s more ways to get fired.
▪ Watch for Matt DiBenedetto’s No. 83 car at Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. The names of fallen servicemen will be on all cars, and you’ll recognize the name on No. 83: Army 1st Lt. Daniel Hyde, Downey High graduate.
▪ A tire changer on the DiBenedetto team is another Downey grad: Afghanistan veteran Chris Clayton.
▪ I’ll miss David Letterman and all that affection for Ball State.
▪ Just because: Edgar Renteria.
▪ The Giants rolled a three-game goose-egg on the Dodgers. That’s one big egg.
▪ Ron Washington returns to the Athletics, in part to help struggling Marcus Semien (16 errors). Remember when the A’s had their shortstop of the future? His name is Addison Russell. You can find him at Wrigley Field.
▪ The difference between the Giants and the Warriors: At no time has anyone crowned the Giants as the MLB’s best team, despite their three titles in five years. The Warriors are the NBA’s best team.