Are the Giants struggling? Yes, every hushed and bewildering moment at AT&T Park this weekend was more evidence of that.
Are the 2010 and 2012 World Series champions weakened by injury, thin in the bullpen, staggering at the plate and looking particularly vulnerable right now?
Yes, yes, yes, and oh definitely yes.
But it’s a vast overreaction to say that the Giants are in trouble — not these Giants, not in June, not in the mediocre N.L. West.
- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
Both OKC and Golden State have brilliant young coaches and savvy front offices. To Sam Presti’s chagrin, the Warriors will vie for a top seed in the West much sooner than he would have liked. Golden State has two of the best three-point shooters in the league (both who have offensive games more developed than just that aspect), an up-and-coming scorer who can play defense, a post scorer (maybe two), post defenders, and a reasonably deep bench that has a good combination of youth and experience.
- Elijah Abramson, Bases and Baskets
Inside linebacker Patrick Willis has been an All-Pro for the 49ers in each of his first six seasons in the NFL, establishing himself as arguably the best player at his position.
But Willis’ football feats will never measure up to what he’s accomplished off the field by simply surviving. When Willis was 10, he occasionally worked in cotton fields to help provide financial support for his family. When he was 16, Willis had to physically stop his father from hitting Willis’ younger sister.
Shortly thereafter, Willis’ high school basketball coach, Chris Finley, became the legal guardian to Willis and his three younger siblings. When Willis was 21, his younger brother Detris, died in a drowning incident. Through it all, Willis has simply risen from circumstances where many others would’ve crumbled.
- Emanuel Lee, San Francisco Examiner