Apr 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack (2) drives past Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee (34) in the first quarter during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 4/27: Warriors Ahead in Series, 49ers and Raiders Draft Insight


Warriors Ahead in Series by Winning the Battle Down Low

But the difference in any series is always found in the one area where one team is owning the other, and that is down low. Bogut has found a competitive meanness in his game that he hasn’t had the chance to show since Milwaukee, and the Nuggets have not responded in kind, or even come close. And though he has not been alone (Harrison Barnes has been an effective small four, and Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green have put their bodies to the service of the corps in their own ways), he sets the tone in the shadow of the backboard, a tone Denver has yet to match.

- Ray Ratto, CSN Bay Area

Trade Wins? A Review of the 49ers’ Wheeling and Deeling

The 49ers have four phones in their draft room and they’ve been ringing like your 16-year-old kid’s cell.

After the first two days of the NFL draft, the 49ers have made trades before each of their four picks. On three occasions, they’ve traded up and they moved back in a fleecing deal with Titans today for the No. 34 selection.

Despite using some of their considerable draft capital (13 picks), they still have picked up another 2014 selection (they have 10) and have seven picks left in Rounds 4-7 on Saturday.

- Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland Raiders Make Best Pick of 2013 NFL Draft

For my money, the best pick in this year’s draft stood behind a podium at the Oakland Raiders headquarters on Friday afternoon, wearing a silver tie that accented the black suit that he borrowed from his roommate.

See, a few months ago, D.J. Hayden didn’t know if he would walk again, let alone play football or enter the NFL as the 12th pick overall.Hayden, a cornerback from Houston, suffered ruptured blood vessel in the back of his heart after a collision with a teammate on the practice field in November. It was a freak accident, the type that typically occurs in high-speed automobile accidents, Hayden explained, and the type that is fatal 95% of the time.

- Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports

 

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