IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Warriors-Rockets series filled with drama; offensive woes continue for Giants
UNHAPPY ROCKETS: They claim “foul” when it comes to the officiating in Game 1. James Harden goes up for a 3-pointer in the closing moments of the Warriors 104-100 win. He misses the crucial shot, but claims he was fouled on the attempt. “I just want a fair chance. Just call the game the way it’s supposed to be called and we’ll live with the results,” says Harden. They claim they have data showing that the Warriors are favored. Well, memo to Harden. Neither team played well. James, make a couple more shots and you would not be complaining. Same old stale story.
KERR RESPONDS: Ah, so much post-Game 1 drama! As Warriors Coach Steve Kerr enters his Monday Press Conference, he utilizes Chronicle reporter Ann Kiillion to fake a foul. He falls backwards in a sensational flop. Of course, he accuses Killion of the foul. All of this in imitation of the Harden flopping incident. To make matters worth, the NBA comes out in Post-Game 1 to say the officials made the right call. Kerr proceeded to talk about all of the noise coming out of the Rockets camp. Great drama for the rest of the series.
TELLING TALE TONIGHT: So, the Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 vs. the Houston Rockets. Do not feel over-confident. All the Warriors did was hold serve in their arena. Nothing more. Yes, it is nice to get off to a series lead. However, many of the marbles of this encounter will be played tonight. If Golden State can split games in Houston, they are in very good shape. However, Harden and company may have a lot more to say. It is imperative for Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry steal one of the next two games. If they do not, Golden State will be in one of their most precarious position of the last 4 years.
SERIES EVEN: The San Jose Sharks skated into Colorado and got a split with the Avalanche. Tied at 2-2, tonight’s game from San Jose is critical. Nathan MacKinnon and the Avs held San Jose scoreless in Game 4 after the Sharks stole Game 3 on Tuesday night. What will be the difference? Goaltending will be a key. Offensive prowess is necessary. A rock-solid defense will dictate the winner. For San Jose, they will have home ice and a raucous crowd. If they can hold serve tonight at the Shark Tank, they have a good chance to move on. They have defied the odds so far in the postseason. Game 5 may well tell the tale.
PUNCHLESS GIANTS: San Francisco is 3-5 over the last eight games, having scored a mere 19 runs. That is less than 2.5 per game. Was it a promising series that they bested the Dodgers 2-out-of-3? It is nice, but consider that they were outscored 12-7. The offense continues to be anemic. Buster Posey leads the team with a .250 average. This needs to be figured out before the G-Men get too deep into the season.
49ERS BOLD MOVE: Was it surprising that the 49ers waived seven players from their 90-man offseason roster? They have cleared the way for an eight-player draft class as well as other undrafted rookies. Punter Justin Vogel was dispatched in favor of a fourth round pick, Utah punter Mitch Wisnowsky. Vogel protested on social media. Wise or foolish? We await the 2019 NFL season.
THEY CALL THE GAME: Officials have surely come under fire by almost all leagues in the past years. Missed calls, poor judgement and making what many believe the wrong decisions lead the way, Yet, the NFL, NBA and NHL are fast-paced contests in which split-second rulings must be made. The officials in Game 7 of the Sharks-Golden Knights series are eliminated from Round 2. The NBA cites three missed calls at the end of Game 1 in the Warriors-Rockets series. Pass interference has taken a whole new route as a result of the NFL playoffs. They have become the scapegoats for losses. They are human and it is a darned tough job.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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