The Golden State Warriors blew out the San Antonio Spurs, DeMarcus Cousins dropped 56 points after scoring 48 in his previous game, and Serena Williams once again dominated Maria Sharapova. We get to all of that and much more — like a hilarious soccer gif — here at the Tuesday Cheat Sheet…
Warriors make it clear they’re the team to beat with eye-opening blowout win over Spurs
Even though we’re well aware that the Golden State Warriors are an absolutely terrifying basketball machine, what they did on Monday night was still eye-opening. The Warriors obliterated the San Antonio Spurs 120-90, and probably could’ve scored 135+ points if they really wanted to.
Some Warriors highlights from tonight… pic.twitter.com/gSCTN2vff4
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 26, 2016
The Spurs are — even after this game — the NBA leaders in point differential at +13.5, and are allowing just 90.4 points per game, five points less than any other team. They’re a remarkable 38-7 and had won 13 straight games before Monday night. And frankly, the Warriors made the Spurs look like the Lakers.
Yes, it’s a regular season game. Yes, the Spurs are better than they showed on Monday night. Yes, Tim Duncan sat the game out. Yes, in a seven-game series, things will be more physical. Yes, Gregg Popovich is a wizard and will make some necessary adjustments. But there are only so many adjustments you can make. The 40-4 Warriors are just so good, with their pace, spacing, and shot-making ability. They make some simply unstoppable plays (especially Steph, of course). It was on full display in this game.
Holy crap: DeMarcus Cousins has scored 104 points over his last two games
The Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins scored 48 points on Saturday against the Pacers, and followed that up with an NBA season-high 56 points (!) against the New Orleans Hornets on Monday.
Had Boogie not fouled out at the beginning of the second overtime, he probably would’ve topped 60 points.
Noooooo. You can’t call a sixth foul on Cousins when he’s going for 60!!
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 26, 2016
And the Kings may have won, but unfortunately lost 129-128 with their star big man exiting 2OT early. Boogie is looking like your NBA player of the month, as he’s averaging an 34.4 points (leads the NBA) and 13.6 rebounds in January.
Maria Sharapova just can’t beat Serena Williams
Serena Williams dominated Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1. It’s something that is no surprise given that Serena has now won her last 18 matches vs Maria (great breakdown of this match with video highlights in that link, by the way).
It’s really a shame for Sharapova because she’s an awesome player herself, but everything she does well, Williams does at a level we’ve never seen in women’s tennis. It has to be in Maria’s head at this point too… I mean how couldn’t it be?
Serena will now take on No. 4-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals.
We’re 12 days away from Super Bowl 50
If you’re reading this, that means you survived day one of Super Bowl hot takes! Give yourself a pat on the back. But since so much of the content right now is about the SB50, we’re just going to have this daily section in the Cheat Sheet counting down to the big game with some related links. We’re going to stick to either fun or informative articles and not scorching takes that make you want to slam your head against the wall repeatedly.
– First, the very important Taiwanese animation recap of Broncos-Patriots.
– No. 4 Kansas lost at Iowa State, and their Big 12 title streak is in jeopardy.
– Oh it must be a day that ends in “y”: Johnny Manziel once again caught drinking and partying.
– Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called out Eddie Lacy for being overweight, and it looks like Lacy is in talks with the P90x creator about getting in better shape.
– Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins is the new Jack Bauer in 24 spinoff series. Hawkins seems like an intriguing choice:
Hawkins will play the part of Eric Carter, a war vet whose return to the US serves to set off a minefield of consequences; and alongside a female lead who hasn’t been cast yet. Corey Hawkins played Dr. Dre in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ with the kind of presence, range, and veracity that will rebrand any actor from a mere name on a on a closing credits roll, to the reason anyone would spend 10 bucks to see a movie in theatres. Hawkins is that good. The kid IS fire.
One last breath of gratuitous procrastination
When I first saw this gif I was just focused on the ridiculous soccer moves this kid pulled off… and not how much his moves just totally crushed the soul of the other kid. That latter part is probably the better part of this gif.