There was no need for metaphors on this night, no greater meaning gained from hyperbole.
This was real Warriors bristling drama—brutal, painful, inspiring, potentially dangerous and, finally, season ending.
The Warriors literally shed blood, sweat and ligament tears in order to stave off elimination on Thursday.
They played hard enough and endured more than enough to earn glory, but still they fell short in Game 6.
The Warriors lost 94-82 to San Antonio on Thursday and lost this second-round series, in the process spilling everything they had, wildly and willingly.
- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
As expected, Raffi Torres paid the price for being Raffi Torres.
Eric Gryba got two games, Justin Abdelkader got two games, but Torres got the rest of his playoff series (three to six games) absolutely because of his repeat offender status.
If it’s Logan Couture with the same hit on Jarret Stoll, he loses one or two games, maybe even receives just a warning.
But Torres got nailed in large part because of his rap sheet. And from that perspective, I’m OK with it. You can’t reform a player with a bad habit if you don’t hammer home the message.
- Pierre LeBrun, ESPN.com
Through 35 games this year, Scutaro is again proving himself to be one of San Francisco’s most integral players. Though slow out of the blocks, the second-year Giant is hitting .478 in May and has struck out only once. He’s been equally prolific in the clutch, batting .455 with two outs and runners in scoring position on the year.
For its part, the Giants organization couldn’t be happier. A friendly, pleasant individual off the field, and an absolute fan-favorite on it, Scutaro is cherished in San Francisco.
And that’s really what he hoped for all along: a team anxious to keep him around.
- John Foletta, Yahoo! Sports