by Danny Golding

After bouncing back after losing game 2 at home, the Dubs dominated in game 3 and for most of game 4 and went back to Oakland with a 3-1 series lead. They looked to close out the series and get ready to face the Rockets. But Doc Rivers and the Clippers had other plans! At the end of the first quarter the Warriors were up 41-37 but the Clippers showed up to play and were on fire! They ended up being ahead for most of the game as the Warriors after being in the lead briefly in the 2nd quarter did not have the lead again until the final minutes of the 4th quarter, which they did not hold! For LA, Lou Williams had 33 points, Danilo Gallinari had 26, Montrezel Harrell had 24 and played really well defensively stopping a lot of Warrior points in the paint. Patrick Beverly also had 17 points and played well defensively. The main problem with the Dubs is that they once again just seemed to be to comfortable. In game 2, they blew their 31 point lead because they were to comfortable and in game 5 they let the Clippers dominate them by getting to comfortable. They seem to play with more sense of urgency on the road then at home. In 2014, the Clippers beat the Warriors in 7 games in the first round of the playoffs, which lead to the firing of Mark Jackson and hiring of Steve Kerr as well as 4 NBA finals appearances and 3 titles, however for Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut who were on that 2014 team, they can only hope that deja vu doesn’t strike them as the series goes back to Staples Center. The Warriors just need 1 more win, and in order to get it, they need to play defense and be more aggressive! Kevin Durant had a monster game scoring 45 points, Curry had 24 and 22, however the Dubs still played pretty clumsy and missed a lot of shots in the final minutes that could have put the game away. All the Warriors need to do to get that last win is to just not look ahead! They need to play in the moment or else people are going to have a field day with the 3-1 jokes again if they somehow blow this series. The Rockets series as important as it will be assuming the Warriors close this out is not suppose to be the focus right now, their only focus should be closing out this series Friday night in LA!

by Danny Golding

Game 7’s in sports are something special. Living in Arizona a lot of Diamondback fans that experienced the 2001 World Series tell me how it exciting game 7 was when Luis Gonzalez got that game winning hit in game 7 to win the World Series against the Yankees in their 3rd year of existence. As a Giants fan, I remember game 7 of the 2014 World Series when Madison Bumgarner pitched 5 shutout innings and the Giants won their 3rd World Series in 5 years! And sadly as a Warriors fan I remember game 7 in 2016 when the Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead and lost to the Cavs. This game 7 was not the game 7 of a conference finals or a Stanley Cup but it sure damn felt like it! The Las Vegas Golden Knights were up 2-0 at the end of 2 periods. Early into the 3rd period they were up 3-0. It looked like it was gonna be the end of the 2018-2019 season for the Sharks, and that the Dubs were once again going to be the only playoff show in the Bay for the rest of the Spring and Summer. But then it all changed when Vegas’ Cody Eakin decided to cross check Joe Pavelski with 10:47 left. Pavelski was badly injured after hitting the ice head first, as worried as the Sharks were about their Captain, they managed to quickly shock the world as their power play started! With Vegas on a 5 minute penalty, the Sharks waste no time! Logan Couture scores a goal to bring life into the Shark Tank and cut the lead to 3-1. Then, Tomas Hertl the hero from game 6 scores to make it 3-2. The Sharks could feel the momentum coming back into their hands as Logan Couture scores another goal to tie the game at 3 as the Tank just goes electric! Still on the power play, Kevin Labanc comes away with a goal to give the Sharks the 4-3 lead! It was an unbelievable turn of events as the Sharks scored 4 goals in 2 minutes and 58 seconds and the power play wasn’t even over yet! With 47 seconds left in the game Jonathan Marchessault scored to tie the game at 4 and to send the game into overtime. You could feel the battle between goalies Martin Jones and Marc Andre Fleury just stopping shots left and right as it was sudden death. With the first overtime winding down and it looking like it was going to go to a double overtime, Barclay Goodrow becomes “the big man on campus” (courtesy of Dan Rusanowsky on the radio call) as the Sharks win game 7 5-4 to advanced to the second round against the Colorado Avalanche! No matter what happens with the Sharks the rest of this postseason, this game 7 will be remembered as one of the greatest games in Bay Area sports history!

After the Golden Knights took game 5 of the series to go up 3-2 in the series it looked as if Las Vegas was gonna close it out on their home ice. However Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and the Sharks had other plans as they battled the Golden Knights through all 3 periods and 2 overtimes! Martin Jones also saved the day with a franchise record of 58 saves, only letting 1 goal in by Jonathan Marchessault. Logan Couture scored the first goal for the Sharks. With it still being a 1-1 game in Double Overtime, Barclay Goodrow got a slashing penalty called on him. With Las Vegas on the power play it looked like the Knights were gonna close out the Sharks season right there but then Tomas Hertl hit the jackpot scoring right after the opposing power play started and sending the series back to San Jose for a game 7 tonight! With the Warriors playing their game 5 tomorrow night all the attention in the Bay tonight is gonna be on the Sharks as they look to close out the series against the Las Vegas Golden Knights! Win or go home!

As Steve Kerr himself said “We just stopped playing, we disconnected”, and that is exactly what happened when the Warriors blew a 31 point lead towards the end of the 3rd quarter in game 2 of the series against the Clippers. Four minutes into the game, Demarcus Cousins makes a steal and then runs towards the basket only to injury his quad. Similar to Jimmy Garoppolo’s ACL injury in week 3 of the NFL season last year, it was an injury that did not look bad at first, but would later turn out to be catastrophic! And for Demarcus himself, the fears could have only started once he hit the floor. When the Warriors signed Boogie last off season, he was coming off a torn left Achilles injury that he suffered while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. The injury caused him to miss the 2018 portion of the 2018-2019 season. Despite the Boogie injury, as the game went on it looked like it was gonna be an easy win to go up 2-0 against the Clippers before heading south to LA! However, despite Steph’s 29 points, KD’s 21 points, and Kevon Looney’s 19 points off the bench, Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari and Montrezl Harrell lead the comeback for the Clippers scoring 36, 24 and 25 points. Durant and Patrick Beverly both fouled out as their rivalry continues. What Steve said in the postgame press conference might seem simple, but really, it’s exactly what happened! They stopped playing! They disconnected! It’s what they’ve been doing for a lot of the regular season, but in the playoffs? They just can’t expect to blow out every team despite being the best team in the NBA! This series against the 8th seed Clippers could become a trap if they don’t step up their game and play all 48 minutes! Let’s say they make it to the Finals, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks or whatever team they end up meeting in the finals will take advantage of them if they take a break, if they meet the Houston Rockets in the next round of the playoffs they could easily knock them off like they almost did last year if they decide to quit because they have a big lead! Game 3 starts in an hour and all they need to do is play all 48 minutes of basketball, guard Lou Williams and they should be victorious! However the Clippers have the momentum in this series, so they need to play their A game for four straight quarters!

On March 14, 2012 the Warriors made a move they were long expected to make. For the longest time despite their guards looking the best of the best and being a young team with quite a bit of talent, they were missing one key element. A BIG MAN! The Dubs decided to make a move that caught most of their fans off guard.They traded superstar(that’s what it felt like at least) guard Monta Ellis, power forward Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Andrew Bogut and former Warrior Stephen Jackson. Jackson never ended up playing for the Warriors again and was later traded to the San Antonio Spurs. The fans did not know how to react! Monta Ellis was a fan favorite who frequently nailed buzzer beaters and make clutch shots. Him and Stephen Curry were looking like they could have become a big duo. However, critics also said they were unable to win together. The Warriors also had drafted guard Klay Thompson during the off season. The Monta Ellis trade was overdue however, the fans were not happy with it! On March 19,2012 the Warriors faced the Minnesota Timberwolves and Warriors legend Chris Mullen was having his jersey retired during halftime. Warriors owner Joe Lacob was giving a speech at half time and the fans let him have it!


Rick Barry told the fans that they are the greatest fans in the NBA but they have no right to treat their owner like that! The fans booing of Joe Lacob became a major story in Bay Area sports for the new few months. That night after the game former MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes was hosting the postgame show on KNBR 680. I realized that the fact that the fans were booing Joe Lacob on the night of Chris Mullen’s jersey retirement ceremony was pathetic, and since I live in Arizona I remembered Arizona Diamondbacks fans booing Eric Byrnes when he wasn’t performing well despite all he did for that organization to when I called in I compared the two to each other.

7 years after all this happened the Golden State Warriors now have three NBA Championships and four Western Conference titles! Joe Lacob is the most beloved owner currently in the Bay Area. Amazing what a difference 7 years makes! With the Warriors addition of Kevin Durant after their loss in game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2016 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Bogut was let go to clear up cap space. Andrew played for the Mavericks in 2016-2017 followed by the Cavaliers in 2017-2018. Following that, Andrew decided to return home to Australia and signed a two year deal with the Sydney Knights. At the end of the 2017-2018 season, after averaging 11.6 points per game to go with 329 rebounds, 98 assists and 77 blocked shots, Bogut was named NBL MVP! With the conclusion of the NBL season in Australia at the beginning of this month and the Dubs needing some extra help in the paint, Bogut signed with the Golden State Warriors for the remainder of the 2019 season. Boy has the franchise changed since the last time Andrew signed with the Warriors. On March 19,2019 the Warriors once again find themselves playing the Minnesota Timerwolves just like seven years earlier. You can imagine Joe enjoyed that game better then he did the 2012 game!

by Danny Golding 

Hey everyone, my name is Danny. This is my first ever blog for my site and I hope all of you stick around for the future content to come on this blog! I was born in Palo Alto, California, when I was 7 years old I moved to Cave Creek, Arizona. I am a life long fan of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks.  I am also a casual Stanford fan. I look to covering all the Bay Area teams as well as any sports related news I find interesting. I will be looking to get other contributors to this site to write other blogs as well and am hoping to make this website into a big social media platform!

by Danny Golding

 

First off, pleasure to have around on this site and I just wanted to say my name is Danny, I was born in Palo Alto, California and lived there until the age of 7. I than moved to Cave Creek, Arizona and have lived there ever since.  After a few years I started getting interested in sports and remembered my time in (than known as) Pacific Bell Park at the age of 6 and decided to follow my former local teams. I have been a fan of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, and Stanford Cardinal for almost all of my life and for the past 8 years I have interacted with other fans on YouTube and have made countless videos about my teams. I also used to host a radio show on Blog Talk Radio where I would talk about the teams with callers and it would live stream for anyone to listen to. I look forward to writing articles and posting content on this website, I will likely be having other contributors post articles on here as well!

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