That 43-point third quarter told the tale. The Dubs and Lakers are now tied at one following Golden State’s 127-100 blowout victory Thursday night. The Warriors splashed 21 three-pointers, including eight by Klay Thompson, who finished with 30 points. Steph Curry added 20 and 12 assists to even things up heading into Game Three Saturday in L.A.
Giannis said a few days ago that he doesn’t consider the Bucks’ season a failure, despite the fact his top-seeded team got ousted in the first round by the eighth-seeded Miami Heat. Mike Budenholzer no doubt begs to differ. The man who in 2021 coached Milwaukee to its first NBA title in 50 years got whacked Thursday. Yes, fired, after leading his team to the best regular season record in the league. Job security is not among the perks of being an NBA coach. Three of the last four league champs have dismissed their head coaches. This one stings for Spurs fans, who remember Budenholzer very fondly from his years as an assistant in San Antonio.
You bet this caught my eye. Former NFL tackle Taylor Lewan has filed a lawsuit against renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Lewan alleges that Andrews botched his 2020 ACL surgery, leading to the premature end of Lewan’s playing career. Lewan was released by the Titans three months ago after failing a physical. In the suit, the three-time Pro Bowler accuses Andrews of “negligent acts and omissions.”
It was good to see Lamar Jackson and the Ravens making nice at Thursday’s news conference. Jackson finally realized that Baltimore would fork over more than any of the other 31 NFL teams and signed a deal that makes him the league’s highest paid player. That’s a good thing. Jackson belongs in Baltimore. But Jackson needs to be careful what he wishes for, IMO. Lamar said he wants to throw for 6,000 yards in 2023. That’s not Raven football. The only way he spins the odometer like that is if his team is often down 21 in the fourth quarter.
That’s a major sigh of relief coming from the Giants’ camp after they reached agreement with stud DT Dexter Lawrence on a four-year, $90 million extension. Now the G-men will resume their attempt to keep Saquon Barkley in the fold.
Mahomes will have two new tackles protecting him in 2023. After losing both starters to free agency, the Chiefs Thursday signed former Buccaneer veteran Donovan Smith to a one-year deal. K.C. had earlier acquired ex-Jags OT Jawaan Taylor, and last week selected OU tackle Wanya Morris in the third round of the draft. Andy loves his tackles.
Fifty-seven CU players have hit the transfer portal since Deion Sanders took over as Colorado’s head football coach in December. Buff A.D. Rick George says he’s not concerned. Fifty-seven? I might be concerned, you know, at least a little bit.
Since I’m an old dude, I wasn’t sure what the acronym SMH meant until my wife recently explained it to me. “Shaking My Head.” Yes, I did some serious SMH-ing Thursday after learning that Alabama fired baseball coach Brad Bohannon after linking him to suspicious gambling activity on Crimson Tide games. Really, man?