Liotta: It was little, but it could be big

It will be a game forgotten in April, but something worth mentioning came out of the Warriors’ come-from-behind win the other night in Minneapolis, a commodity that’s rare in today’s world of professional sports.

Apparently, these Warriors are the kind of the team that’s willingto look itself in the locker-room mirror and collectively decide that a forgettable road game on a Wednesday night in the dead of December is worth winning. And that may have showed us something worth remembering.

Al Harrington said every member of the team that had fallen behind the NBA’s worst team by 14 points spoke at halftime. The Warriors then pulled themselves out of a sleep-walking funk and won a game that would have been so easy to lose.

In this jaded world of millionaire athletes whom we think don’t care, Wednesday’s Warriors rally is another sign that this is no ordinary team. How successful? We’ve yet to determine, but they’ve overcome an 0-6 start by winning 15 of 20 games and apparently they care.

That’s not a bad thing to have proven in December.

Random thoughts:

» When thinking about the 49ers, the best I can do in the optimism department is that the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins are in worse shape. Hiring Bill Parcells is not the answer.

» Judging from the names being thrown about, the Giants’ offseason gets more depressing by the day. How many more marginal players in their mid-30s does this team need? Going into Christmas, the Giants look like a fifth-place team set to lose 90 games.

» Jeff Garcia getting fired up to play his old team is a bit of a reach, wouldn’t you say? I mean, which team would you rather be playing for right now — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the 49ers?

» There have been few professional athletes who’ve carried themselves as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense player — menacing, but never dirty — like Alonzo Mourning, who refused to be carried off in a stretcher Wednesday after what appears to be a career-ending knee injury. “That’s not the way I envisioned myself walking off the court for the last time in my career,” Mourning said. Professional basketball will miss him.

» Play of the Year! Just over two minutes left Sunday, his team up

10-6, Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryant Westbrook in the wide-open field, certain to score a touchdown, only to go down ON HIS OWN, 1 yard shy of a touchdown. Westbrook’s fall enabled the Eagles to run out the clock and beat the Dallas Cowboys. Watching it, you were sure something was wrong. As it slowly became evident that falling down was better than scoring, all I could do was tip my cap and say, “Never thought of that.” Very, very cool moment.

Tim Liotta is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Examiner.

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