Bay Area Buzz 5/8: Sharks Sweep, Warriors Setting a Dangerous Trend


May 7, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks celebrate with center Patrick Marleau (12) after scoring the game winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the overtime period in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at HP Pavilion. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks’ Resiliency Leads to Sweep of Canucks

"In reality, except for one brief spurt in the third period of Game 3, the Sharks and Canucks were much more evenly matched than the four-games-to-none result that allowed the Sharks to become the first NHL team to advance past the first round this year.San Jose actually trailed in three of the four games, yet managed to come from behind each and every time, including Tuesday’s thrilling Game 4 overtime win. And, really, that resiliency and resolve may say more about the way the Sharks are playing than their unblemished record.– Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area"

Golden State Warriors Blowing Big Lead Leads a Dangerous Playoff Trend

"A clear trend is developing. The Warriors’ young team has never been on this stage before, and it is showing when the pressure mounts.A constant theme in both: The Warriors’ offense disappears.Golden State, when it really needs a basket to stop a run, ends up turning it over or settling for jumpers. As Curry puts it, their offense gets predictable.– Marcus Thompson, San Jose Mercury News"

Giants Can’t Hit, Lincecum Can’t Pitch

"Because Lincecum can’t pitch. He can only throw. And occasionally, the throwing will pass for pitching. It mimics pitching for a little bit, sort of like a kid standing on the shoulders of another kid under a big trench coat can mimic an adult wanting to see an X-rated movie. After a split-second of inspection, though, everything falls apart. The Utley pitch described above would mean something if Lincecum could do it again. It would mean something if he could do it half of the times he tried to. Heck, a quarter. Alas, he can’t. And that’s the problem. – Grant Brisbee, McCovey Chronicles"

San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Lattimore Has Huge Upside Potential

"In three seasons for the Gamecocks, Lattimore had two serious knee injuries. Despite those he still had 555 carries, 2,677 yards and 38 touchdowns with an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Additionally, he can catch the ball out of the backfield which makes him a dual threat for the 49ers as if this offense needed any more firepower.  All in all, this couldn’t have worked out better for Lattimore, as the 49ers have a history of taking a chance by drafting often injured players and they have great careers.– Scott DelleFave, Rant Sports"