Hours before Valentine’s Day, you’d expect love to be in the air, but there was little of that present on Wednesday night when the Portland Trail Blazers overcame the Golden State Warriors 120-107 in what can only be called a chippy affair. The game remained close through the majority of it, with the last eight minutes or so being the turning point. With seven and a half left, Klay Thompson was whistled for an offensive foul, and that is where the craziness ensued. He wasn’t happy with what he thought was a flop, and the chippiness really began to set in. Pushing and shoving started to take place and Draymond Green- ever the stirrer of a pot was applauding referees- was riling people up. When Green later hammered Zach Collins in the eyes of the referees, he was given a flagrant foul, from which Steve Kerr would go absolutely berserk. The Warriors coach got back-to-back technicals in the blink of an eye and was run out of the building after slamming his drawing board. From there, they were done and the Trail Blazers ran away to win late. Damian Lillard finished with 29 points for the home team, while the Warriors’ Steph Curry mustered 32 in the loss which broke their five-game winning streak. It’s hard to keep your composure sometimes, but it’s little things like this that can add up and will have other teams watching for tiny cracks…
Elsewhere, James Harden’s streak remained intact for another night as he took his total of 30-point scoring performances up to 31 in a row. That total sees him tied for Wilt Chamberlain’s second longest streak. Unfortunately, his 42 points were not enough to help his side win, as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat his Houston Rockets 121-111 to close out this part of the season.
We’re still ostensibly two months away from the MLB regular season, but that’s not stopping Alex Bregman from stirring his own pot toward the Boston Red Sox. The Houston Astros slugger has faced off with the Red Sox two years in a row in big situations in October, and he hasn’t forgotten that very fact. Simply put, he said there’s no city he wants to beat more than Boston. This, this is what we need more of if baseball is going to catch back on and become a staple again. Hopefully we get to see more classic games between those teams in the year to come.
In golf, a caddy can make a world of difference between winning and losing. Last October, Matt Kuchar hooked up with David Giral Ortiz for a weekend down in Mexico. Kuchar would go on to win the tournament, and that’s where he feels the controversy began. According to him, he agreed to pay his caddy $3,000 for the week. But if he won, he could make a further thousand. It ended up with Kuchar paying him $5K total. However, some have questioned that. He has gone on record saying he offered Ortiz $15K but was turned down. No matter what you say, there’s one simple lesson here. Always agree on a price beforehand, and if you don’t like it just walk away. That goes for anything!