1. Warriors in trouble?
For the first time in 23 months the Golden State Warriors lost consecutive regular seasons games. The end of that streak coincided with the injury to Kevin Durant. Two games wouldn’t be cause for overreaction for any other team, but when you’ve won 138 games in the last year and a half, expectations rise.
The mini-slide is less a result of KD’s injury, and more a result of a terrible cold streak from the Warriors’ shooters. In the last three games, both Klay Thompson and Steph Curry have shot (well) below their career average from 3-point land. Golden State is just 3-7 on the rare instances that has happened to both shooters in the same game. And with their average number of attempts going up with KD out of the lineup, the cold-streak has been even more glaring.
However, if there’s one thing we know about Curry and Thompson, it’s to not count on them being down for long. Their poised to break out soon, and a Sunday game at Madison Square Garden offers the perfect stage.
2. Brandon Marshall on the market
Another veteran Jet is on his way to a better place. After all, anywhere, even retirement, is superior to the Jets. With New York releasing the 32-year-old wide receiver, they’re making a clear commitment to getting younger, which sounds good. But once you open their prospect cupboards and see they are barren, you realize the Jets will make for an excellent bet to be selecting first in 2018.
As for Marshall, if your team ends up signing him, it’s probably not cause for celebration. He’s never made the playoffs in his 11 seasons in the league. You can point to the quarterbacks he’s played with, but it takes two to screw up.
3. MLS returns this weekend
Major League Soccer gets underway tonight, with expansion Minnesota United visiting Portland, before a full slate of games tomorrow. Joining Minnesota in the expansion is Atlanta, bringing this once tiny league up to 22 franchises. Yet as the MLS continues to spread across the nation, it’s clear the powerhouses reside in the northwest.
The reigning champion Seattle Sounders return a similar, if not better squad than the year before. But their rivals to the north and south: Vancouver and Portland, should also be strong bets in the West after missing out on the playoffs last season.
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