Apr 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) makes a shot over Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter at ORACLE arena. The Jazz defeated the Warriors 97-90. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 4/8: Good Morning

Ugh, it’s Monday morning. Fortunately, we’re here to get your week off to a good start with some interesting articles:

Jazz Out-Battle Warriors to Pick Up Key Victory in Playoff Race

In one of the gutsiest performances of the season, the Jazz scrapped, hustled, rebounded, dished and scored their way to a memorable victory. Facing a much-improved, 44-32 Warriors team that is tough at home was daunting, but Utah came ready to play and with very few lapses, maintained a winning energy for most of the outing.

– David Smith, Deseret News

Why the Giants Can’t Afford to Start Buster Posey at First Base

Before the San Francisco Giants played in front of their crowd on Saturday, the fans were treated to a ceremony of Buster Posey’s National League MVP Award and Silver Slugger Award from last season. Along with being the comeback player of the year, it’s a testament to how worthy the 26-year-old catcher is. But there’s a limit to how far that should be tested.

Posey’s new contract extends all the way until 2021. It’s assumed that part of the $167 million is for the multiple positions he will likely play. Last season, 29 of Buster’s 130 starts came at first base with the others in his normal catching spot.

– Brian Spaen, Rant Sports

With 31st Pick, San Francisco 49ers Select…

The 49ers could go in just about any direction here. With the deep, talented roster San Francisco has there isn’t a position that absolutely must be addressed. Besides, the 49ers have lots of picks in this draft (15 I believe) and can do what they want. That said, I guess it would surprise me if Banks is the pick here. Most analysts currently think D.J. Hayden of Houston has moved ahead of Banks on draft boards, and there are probably a few other players more highly rated if you go purely best player available. Then again, what do I know?

– Ed Valentine, Big Blue View

 Sharks Blow Two-Goal Lead Against Dallas — and a Chance to Make a Little NHL Homestand History

Perfection remained out of reach.

According to STATS, the Sharks were poised to become the first NHL team to win all of its games on a homestand of seven or more. But because San Jose couldn’t hold onto a pair of two-goal leads, that didn’t happen.

Instead, the Sharks picked up one point in their 5-4 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars.

  -David Pollak, San Jose Mercury News

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