Even though Tim Duncan was sitting out against the hotly anticipated matchup against the Golden State Warriors, this game was supposed to be one of the biggest games of the year. A matchup between the NBA’s two best teams by a long shot quickly turned into a laugher courtesy of the continued brilliance of reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The Warriors thumped the 38-7 Spurs by a 30-point margin with a final score of 120-90. The league’s best defense, and most importantly the league’s best defender in Kawhi Leonard, was no match for the “Baby Faced Assassin” as he hung 37 points on a team that currently stands as the best chance to keep Golden State from reaching the NBA Finals once again. Winners of 39 straight at home, the Warriors are inching closer and closer to the NBA record of 44 straight, held by the ’95-96 Bulls while keeping pace of the all-time record for the best season at 72-10.
This is the third-straight 30-point dismantling of an NBA contender as the Spurs joined the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls as teams at the top of their conference that were simply no match for the reigning NBA champions.
On Monday afternoon, the WWE promised the return of a big star on Monday Night RAW. The company delivered as “The Great One,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, returned to WWE television. After being teased in the backstage area by “The Miz,” The Rock pulled up backstage in his trademark pickup truck while having encounters with Rick Ross, Lana, Rusev and The Big Show. In his hometown of Miami, The Rock brought the American Airlines Arena to their feet by continuing to hype his appearance at WrestleMania in the AT&T Stadium in Dallas. He also had some fun with some fans at ringside while poking fun at Byron Saxton and The New Day, all before laying the smackdown with a Rock Bottom and “The People’s Elbow.” You can check it all out below.
If you were looking forward to the anticipated UFC 196 headline fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, then I am afraid I’ve got some bad news. Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) pulled out of his rematch with heavyweight champion Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) on Monday. Stipe Miocic (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) then stepped in as a replacement, but citing foot and back injuries, Werdum then also pulled out of the event. Miocic, left without an opponent, has left the UFC in a hell of a pickle. However, albeit pretty far-fetched, a returning star has thrown his name in the hat to step up and fight Miocic under one obvious condition. Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (21-1), whom UFC officials recently reinstated from a suspension following an April hit-and-run accident, has offered to fight Miocic next week only if it is for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. The #1 pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Jones would be fighting at heavyweight for the first time in his career. It’s a move that many experts had seen Jones making in the long run, but not as soon as this. “Bones” Jones has beaten everyone that there is to be at Light Heavyweight, even Cormier who currently holds the championship that Jones never lost. UFC 196 takes place during Super Bowl weekend and is traditionally one of the biggest cards of the year for the UFC, and with the event taking place in 11 days the company sure could use a savior after losing the star power of a Werdum-Velasquez rematch. Is it a long shot? Absolutely. But for a fighter in Jones who can surely use the fight to get back into the good graces of UFC brass and fans, don’t completely count it out yet.
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