All the fancy stuff was gone Sunday, and the Warriors were down to just guts and stubborn adrenaline.
Which is usually not nearly enough to beat the San Antonio Spurs when the Spurs are lining up a playoff kill-shot.
Who are the Warriors if Stephen Curry is badly limited, their shots aren’t falling, they’re in foul trouble and losing Game 4 at Oracle Arena?
We found out. More importantly: The Warriors found out, too.
They still might not win this series, but they absolutely dug something out of themselves on Sunday.
- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
The Sharks finally know their opponent for the second round, and it’s a familiar one.
San Jose will face the Los Angeles Kings in a Western Conference semifinal series, with the first two games at Staples Center. Dates and times for the series are yet to be announced.
The Sharks swept the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, while the Kings eliminated the St. Louis Blues in six. Los Angeles lost the first two games of the series, so both teams will enter Game 1 on a four-game winning streak.
- Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area
The Niners could renegotiate after 2013 and sign Kaepernick to a long-term deal. They could let the current contract play out and set their focus on a new contract after the current deal ends following the 2014 season. Or they could place their franchise tag on Kaepernick after next season.
Each option has its pluses and minuses.
If the Niners renegotiate after 2013, they’ll lock him up long term, but they’ll also have less money under the salary cap to sign other veterans. If they wait, they run the risk of another team making an offer that Kaepernick can’t refuse. And if they go the franchise-tag route, it’s a bit of a meeting in the middle. They lock him up for one year and would have to pay him about $16 million (the average of the top five salaries at his position) and would still run the risk of losing him after 2014.
- Dan Hinxman, RGJ.com