Leading Off

Warriors have set bar for NBA championship

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, center, controls the ball while Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, left, and Matt Barnes, right, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, center, controls the ball while Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, left, and Matt Barnes, right, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. AP

This, that and the other thing:

▪ It seems as if the Golden State Warriors have done the impossible. After clinching the best record in the Western Conference and likely home-court advantage for the NBA Finals, anything short of witnessing Stephen Curry holding up the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy as gold and blue confetti rain from the ceiling will be a huge disappointment for the team and their fans.

▪ While we’re on the subject and getting ahead of ourselves, just wondering: If the Warriors do win the NBA Finals, where would the team hold its victory rally/parade? A ticker-tape parade down Broadway in Oakland with a rally at Jack London Square? Or would the Warriors deliver a civic backhand to the city of Oakland and hold the party in San Francisco?

▪ Nobody’s going to throw a parade for the Kings, but the team has a chance to finish with 30 wins for the first time since it won 38 in 2007-08. Of their remaining nine games, six are against teams already eliminated from the playoffs – the Lakers (twice), Utah (twice), Minnesota and Denver.

▪ Chris Mullin was undoubtedly one of greatest perimeter shooters in college basketball for St. John’s and in the NBA for the Warriors and Pacers. But can he coach? We’ll soon find out now that he’s been hired by his alma mater. Too bad 17-year-old recruits are unfamiliar and uninterested with who Chris Mullin was in his prime.

▪ How much money will Floyd Mayweather earn when he fights Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas? The latest estimate is $180 million to $200 million. That’s more than the payrolls of 28 Major League Baseball teams for 2015. Only the Dodgers’ and Yankees’ payrolls are higher.

Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


What to watch

NBA, Kings at Houston,

5 p.m., CSNCA: The Kings wrap up their trip and face a leading MVP candidate, James Harden.


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