The Warriors pulled out all the stops, milked all the emotion, unleashed all the noise, and all of that just set the stage.
They have one and only one headliner, who happened to be the show-stopping closer, too, in front of an ear-splitting Oracle Arena crowd on Thursday.
It’s Stephen Curry, hero of the playoffs and conqueror of the Denver Nuggets.
- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
The Sharks kept their heads about them, both literally and figuratively, and after absorbing 37 hits in the first two periods they took just three in the third. Coincidentally, or not, San Jose scored two goals in the final frame to take Game 1 and an early series lead with a 3-1 win.
The Canucks are likely to come out even harder in Game 2, though, to avoid what might be an insurmountable hole considering how well the Sharks have played at home.
- Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area
One performance that San Francisco Giants fans ought to be excited about is that of Madison Bumgarner. Over five April starts, he’s thrown 40 2/3 innings (4th in the NL) with a 0.84 WHIP (3rd), resulting in a 1.55 ERA (2nd). Just as I was a year too early when I picked Buster Posey for the 2011 MVP (thanks again, Scott Cousins!), early indications suggest the same for my 2012 prediction of Bumgarner for Cy Young.
Bumgarner has been the stopper for this Giants starting rotation, which has been shaky. It’s not often you use that word to describe this team’s pitching, so his consistent performance is really what’s keeping everyone around here sane. In April, the Giants gave up 28 home runs in 27 games, 16 of them by Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong alone.
- Michael Meade, Yahoo! Contributors Network