Liotta: Warriors have a certain spring

Sure, there’s a boatload of entertainment value in this Warriors’ circus. But I think there might be some serious playoff stuff in there as well.

Could Nellie’s crew really have what it takes to compete in the Western Conference’s tournament beginning in April? Games such as Monday’s win over the San Antonio Spurs give the feeling they just might.

Baron Davis down the stretch. Stephen Jackson on the wing. Monta Ellis, the baby-faced killer, ready to step up when needed. Don Nelson stomping up and down the sideline. Quite a show, especially when Davis plays determined. And Jackson is feeling his stroke.

The line for Davis in Monday’s box score: 34 points, 14 assists, no turnovers. There’s not a player who’s played in the NBA — not Magic Johnson, not Michael Jordan — who would turn down a night like that. Especially when a win over the defending champs comes with it.

And it’s an odd year in the NBA. As good as the Western Conference appears to be, the Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks look beatable just often enough that there’d be no surprise if it happened.

And after that?

How ’bout this disrupting another summer of miserable Bay Area baseball: Baron Davis opting out of his final year of his contract and testing the Warriors’ resolve to keep him in orange and blue. More drama than the A’s or Giants figure to muster.

Random thoughts:

» Mike Nolan having to convince ownership to hire Mike Martz as the Niners’ offensive coordinator? Not a good sign. How is a football team going to rally around a coach who ownership doesn’t seem to want around?

» Is it just me, or has the Giants’ offseason begun to feel like a game of chicken? Sign Aaron Rowand — nice move — and try not to blink, even though pitchers and catchers report in five weeks?

» I know nobody’s looking back, but did you see Jason Richardson’s 34 points and nine rebounds Wednesday to lead the Charlotte Bobcats past the Boston Celtics? He’s still one of my favorites.

» This is best weekend of football of the year. Plant yourself on your couch and hide the remote. The New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys advance to the best Sunday of football in the conference championship games.

» One final BCS thought. Southern Cal looked as good as any team in a BCS game, which makes Stanford’s win over the Trojans that much more special.

» The sad thing about Roger Clemens, guilty or not, is that it feels more and more like there is no way to convince today’s sports fan that an accusation is untrue. Ignore it and they think you’re guilty. Tell everybody that it’s not true and they think you’re guilty.

» Like I’ve said before, Clemens’ physical development over the last 15 years mirrors that of Barry Bonds. Why is nobody talking about the size of his head?

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

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