Surprise 1: The Warriors changed plans on the fly and cashed in a bunch of chips for Andre Iguodala, instead of letting it all ride on Dwight Howard.
Very responsible, and opportunistic, of them.
Surprise 2: The Warriors put themselves in the middle of the NBA free-agent whirlwind and not only survived, they won.
All very, very, very, very new experiences for this franchise.
- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
Yes, being no-hit by Homer Bailey on Tuesday was bad. Losing 3-2 in 11 innings to the Reds on Wednesday — the last game of a disastrous 1-8 road trip — was excruciating. On Friday, though, the Giants reached a new low with their 10-2 loss to the surging Dodgers. It was San Francisco’s 10th loss in 11 games, and their seventh in eight games in which they failed to score more than two runs. The defending champs are now tied for last place with the Padres in the NL West, and they are in trouble.
- Albert Chen, Sports Illustrated
The Raiders are bad, have been for most of the last decade, but at least they recognize there’s a problem. No more mortgaging the future to get aging defensive linemen or quarterbacks who haven’t been good since 2007.
McKenzie is building slowly, and it will take some time (not that he had much choice, with almost $50 million in dead money on the cap). This year will be tough for Oakland. But it’s not about this year for the Raiders, for a change.
- Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports