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▪ So much for that Golden State championship hangover.
▪ The Warriors just hung 10 – and 0 – on the NBA.
▪ Watching Steph Curry net medium-range shots, with either hand, during pregame warmups is another sign of greatness.
▪ All stories change. Three years ago, Curry’s label was “can’t stay healthy.” Today, it’s “could be the best shooter in history.”
▪ The Clippers’ Doc Rivers thought the Warriors got lucky last year. Maybe they did. Because, right now, they’re better.
▪ Meanwhile, in Sacramento, chaos.
▪ Who will be chased out first, DeMarcus Cousins or coach George Karl? My money is on Karl, but there’s a chance both will be gone. Because that’s how the Kings do business.
▪ Methinks Cousins and Karl already would have come to blows, if not for some brinksmanship by Vlade Divac.
▪ Inescapable conclusion: Vivek Ranadive believes patience is a vice.
▪ Since the Kings let Rick Adelman go in 2006, they’ve averaged about a coach per season. And you wonder why they’re spinning out of control.
▪ Ex-Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks (East Union High) might be in play next year. But does he want to be another cog in the Kings’ wobbly wheel?
▪ Both Delta and Modesto Junior College are 5-4 entering Saturday’s regular-season finale. Bet the winner earns a bowl berth and the loser packs the equipment.
▪ The first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs lead us to the same place year after year: The playoffs are one round too long.
▪ Tommy Hanson, pitching for San Jose, blanked the Modesto Nuts for five sharp innings at Thurman Field as he plotted his return to the big leagues. Five months later, he died. 29.
▪ About Blaine Gabbert: The jury – read: Seattle’s Legion of Doom – will return a verdict next week.
▪ If he’s again successful: How about Blaine “By The Bay” Gabbert?
▪ Pro-Colin Kaepernick fans must admit it: The 49ers showed more energy last week, on both offense and defense, than any time this season.
▪ Thinking out loud: Yoenis Cespedes would look splendid in a Giants uniform.
▪ Ex-Nationals manager Matt Williams is a better fit as third-base coach for the Diamondbacks, where he won a World Series title (2001).
▪ Dusty Baker replaces Williams with the Nats. He’s 66 and has survived prostate cancer (2001) and a mini-stroke (2012). Baseball’s long road can be cruel.
▪ No 4-5 team packed a bigger punch than Missouri’s applying the final punch on the school’s tone-deaf president.
▪ Gary Pinkel, who announced his resignation Friday (effective at the end of the season), supported his team in the crunch. What he did was better than a bowl win.
▪ The Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch tipped a 17-year-old McDonald’s employee $500 after he said he liked Beast Mode’s shoes. That could have bought a few Skittles.
▪ Great news: Bear Valley will open Nov. 28. It also looks promising at Dodge Ridge.
▪ Former Cal lineman and former Buhach Colony star Matt Cochran, a projected starter, left the team before the season. Now starting at tackle: Aaron Cochran, Matt’s brother.
▪ Happy 80th birthday to Cal’s longtime operations assistant Bud “Dog” Turner. His first words to any visitor: “It’s a great day to be a Bear.”
▪ MJC offers two good reasons to watch basketball this season: Mason Washington (Modesto Christian) and Akaysha Simpkins (Enochs).
▪ Russia is ensnared in a huge doping scandal that might force the country out of the 2016 Olympics. Didn’t the Iron Curtain crash 25 years ago?
▪ How exactly did Fresno State (2-7) go that far adrift at quarterback, only two years after Derek Carr?
▪ Just because: Charlie Garner.
▪ For reference: In 1976, the year after their first title, the Warriors went 59-23, best in the NBA. And lost to Phoenix in a dramatic seven-game Western Conference final.
▪ Conclusion: It’s irrelevant to talk about 70-wins-or-more. A lot will happen between now and June.
▪ But about that 17.1-point average margin of victory: “Lucky” has left town.
The Clippers’ Doc Rivers thought the Warriors got lucky last year. Maybe they did. Because, right now, they’re better.