The Golden State Warriors got a timely performance from Klay Thompson on Friday night to take a big 122-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets to solidify their chances of getting and keeping the #1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Facing the #2 team in the conference, a team that just will not go away despite everyone believing they are not deserving of that spot, the Warriors really needed the win. A loss would have seen the teams tied at the top of the standings, giving the Nuggets a potential chance at hosting four games in a possible series down the line. Not a prospect any team, including the dominant Warriors would want due to the altitude in Denver. But in the end, they are now two games ahead after a classic three-pointing shooting clinic put on by none other than Klay Thompson. He nailed nine threes on the way to posting a game-high 39 points on his return to the lineup. Kevin Durant also had a typically good night with 26 points as they rolled to the win over their closest rivals out West. It’s not a sign that everything is fixed in Oakland, but it does show they have the ability to flip that switch at a moment’s notice when they need to do so. The Nuggets were led by Malik Beasley’s 17 points in the loss.
After news of some rather awful comments were released to the public a couple of days ago, LSU moved to suspended head men’s basketball coach Will Wade for an indefinite amount of time. The Tigers’ coach, who has seen them fighting at the top of the SEC this season, has been accused of making offers to pay players to come to his school and play for his team. This conversation that was released was between him and a ‘business manager,’ which is essentially the equivalent of an agent, of which is not allowed by NCAA rules. Wade is in big, big trouble now, and it’d be a little surprising to see him ever coach the Tigers again. ‘
All the talk this winter seemed to revolve around MLB rule changes. That makes sense considering all of their big free agents waited until spring, just about, to make their decisions. Now, however, the NFL is looking into changes of their own. And one of them, proposed by the Denver Broncos, looks to be among the most intriguing. The Broncos have suggested that onside kicks be replaced by a fourth down and 15 from the 25 yard line. If converted, the team would have the ball. If not, then it’d almost surely end up being three or more points for the other team, or an automatic win. This would be done to give teams a better chance of scoring, as the onside kick worked about seven percent of the time last season.