By Danny Golding

 

Well this postseason has been rocky and boy is that an understatement! In game 2 of the series against the Clippers Demarcus Cousins suffered a torn achilles injury and last night fears were that Kevin Durant could have suffered the same fate. At the end of the 2nd quarter after hitting a jumper he appeared to not be able to walk normally. Today, it was announced that KD had only suffered a mild calf strain.  Curry looked like his normal self  as the Dubs executed well in the 4th quarter and came away with the victory in a 104-99 down to the wire battle.  Kevin Durant will be reevaluated next week but will be out for the rest of this series. It’s the Warriors turn to prove they can contend for a 3 peat without their superstar addition that’s helped them win the last 2 titles. Game 6 is tonight at 6:00 in Houston although this is a must win for the Rockets to keep their season alive, the Rockets have already beaten the Warriors in game 3 and 4 and have every potential to blow out the Warriors tonight. The Dubs have won an NBA title without KD and have won 73 games and and a Western Conference title without KD, but this team is going to have the most challenging time trying to 3 peat if KD isn’t able to come back for the Western Conference finals. First things first though, the Dubs need to win game 6 or 7 for us to even talk about the Western Conference finals. Although game 7 looks like the most promising outcome, the Dubs would love nothing more then to prove they can win in Houston without KD and end this series tonight. In 2015 the Warriors won an NBA title not only with Steph, Klay, Draymond Iguodala, Bogut and Shaun Livingson but also with Harrison Barnes, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights, Fetsus Ezeil and David Lee. Those players especially Barnes and Barbosa were big keys that won them the 2014-2015 NBA title. The original players that are also on this team Steph, Klay, Draymond, Bogut and Livingson need to step up as well as Alfonzo Mckinnie, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney. They are 1 win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals but also 2 losses away from being eliminated in the playoffs without making it to the finals, a fate that hasn’t actually happened since 2014.  Kevin Durant could return next series if they pull off that one more year, but it could also have been KD’s last appearance on the Dubs as well as the end of the Dynasty. It is in the Warriors hands to keep the dynasty alive!

By Danny Golding

With the Giants season not going particularly well a month into Bruce Bochy’s final year managing, games where they’re able to put up a lot of runs is crucial to have a shot at contention and a lot to stay relevant on the radar for Bay Area sports fans with both the Warriors and Sharks deep into their respective playoff races. The Oakland A’s also happened to get a no hitter with Mike Fiers on the mound as they beat the Reds 2-0. With the Giants tied for last place in the National League West with the Colorado Rockies at 16-20, and things not looking to promising what game to start making some offense happen then a game a series opener at Coors Field against those same Colorado Rockies with Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Madison showed signs of his old dominant self pitching 6 innings with 8 stikeouts and only giving up 3 runs (2 of them on homeruns from Charlie Blackmon and Chris Iannetta). The big stort was Mac Williamson in his first game of the season after being called up from Triple A hitting the 3 run homer in the top of the 4th inning. Following Williamson’s homerun, Brandon Crawford singled which was followed by Kevin Pillar hitting a 2 run homer making it 6-1. Evan Longoria had previously hit a solo homerun in the top of the 2nd inning. Mac Williamson and Madison Bumgarner’s successful night and the Giants gaining some ground on the Rockies made for some action that the Giants were looking for in 2019!

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Sunset from my backyard April 17, 2019

 

 

 

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Deer spotted over my backyard wall April 18, 2019

 

 

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View from the top of my driveway of Black Mountain April 23,  2019

 

 

 

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My Driveway being remodeled April 26, 2019

 

 

 

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View of my backyard on a somewhat cloudy day April 29, 2019

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!