IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Giants still trying to find their groove
GIANTS STRUGGLE EARLY: At least it is a series win at home versus the Diamondbacks. However, the Giants have yet to find their groove. The highlight of the week? Some might say it is Matt Moore’s swing-bunt fielder’s choice up the first base line that plated three runs. Ouch! At least it is better than week one! A long season ahead.
PULL THE CURTAIN DOWN…QUICKLY: The Sacramento Kings wrap it up. Another lost season. How do they get it all together? So many questions and few answers. Who will want to come play in Sacramento? It looks like another tumultuous offseason. No end in sight to the misery.
WARRIORS READY: With Kevin Durant back and contributing well, the Warriors are set for their run. Portland is up first. Curry seems to have re-discovered his powerful game. Team seems well-rested. They are the top seed to win it all. However, the same was said last season. It will be a fun time of year for the cities by the Bay.
NBA IN QUANDRY: The bottom-feeding teams exclude players from contests in hope of an enhanced draft spot in the final days of the season. The design, actually, is to “rest” players that might orchestrate victory for their team. What is Adam Silver to do? He needs to fine teams when it is obvious they are holding back their best players in hopes of a critical loss. In this respect, things are backwards when teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers play to lose. Alas, the Lakers beat the Kings on Friday night hurting their draft/lottery chances.
USA WOMEN STRIKE GOLD IN OT: It is a good thing Team USA decided to play hockey’s World Championships in Michigan. Hilary Knight scores on a top-shelf beauty as the USA takes down arch-rival Canada 3-2 in overtime. It is a great tournament for our ladies. They beat Canada twice, the second victory for the tournament winner! Full marks to our ladies for making us all proud.
THE MASTERS: Justin Rose has a two-shot lead with five holes to go. However, he cannot hold on as Sergio Garcia curls a 12-foot putt to win The Masters is Augusta. Georgia. In the face of a difficult loss, Rose shows grace as he whispers to Garcia, “Nobody deserves this more than you. I am happy for you. Enjoy.” As Garcia celebrates a mammoth win, Rose is left to ponder what could have been.
SHARKS SURPRISE IN EDMONTON: The Stanley Cup playoffs began with the San Jose Sharks posting a 3-2 overtime thriller in Edmonton in Game 1. Edmonton dominates the first period. However, San Jose rises on goals by Joel Ward and Paul Martin. That sets up “The Milk Man,” Melker Karlsson, for the overtime winner. San Jose outshoots the Oilers 44-19. Logan Couture returns, but Joe Thornton is still out.
L.A. SHAKE-UP: The Los Angeles Kings fire their coach and General Manager following a lackluster season. Darryl Sutter is the coach and Dean Lombardi is the GM who brought them two Stanley Cups. They lost their luster. Lombardi was a GM in San Jose that the players found difficult. Sutter did a good job, but he usually lasts single-digit years as a coach. Sutter to Vancouver? The Canucks sorely need him to right their ship.
FINAL THOUGHT: The NFL exhibition season match-up between the Rams and Chargers could prove provocative.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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