Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (30) reacts during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won97-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 4/21: Warriors Let Game 1 Slip Away, Timmy Looks Like Timmy


Warriors Let Game 1 Slip Away, But Denver Showed Some Vulnerability for Game 2

Game 1 was there for the Warriors. Denver was tight for long stretches, especially when the Warriors succeeded in making this a half-court, grind it out game–which frankly suited neither team, but absolutely wiped out the Nuggets’ great ability to run and finish.

But I still think Denver showed how vulnerable it can be if you slow the Nuggets down, I think the Warriors can play a lot better than they did today, and I still think the Warriors have every shot to win Game 2 and make this a 50-50 series.

- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News

Tim Lincecum Looks Like Tim Lincecum in Win Over Padres

The point remains that Tim Lincecum had 8 strikeouts and only 2 walks and was able to pitch out of a jam not entirely of his own creation in the third. That was really nice to see. If he can keep the walks down and continue to use that fastball more often — even if it gets hit hard; that’s the thing, he can’t shy away from it — then I’ve no doubt that he won’t be embarrassing to watch this season. It sounds like everyone in baseball has been saying that exact thing for over a year now.

 - Bryan Murphy, McCovey Chronicles

Defensive Tackle a Favorite for Raiders with Third Overall PIck in NFL Draft

If Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie sticks to his mantra “the film doesn’t lie,” the next star on the silver and black screen could be Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

Find a mock draft anywhere on the Internet, and chances are good it has Floyd going to the Raiders on Thursday night with the third overall pick.

Four mock drafts on NFL.com by analysts Charlie Casserly, Matt Smith, Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah all have Floyd going to the Raiders. So does Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN and Don Banks of SI.com.

- Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group

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