Now the Dubs wait for Portland, the likely winner of their series against the LA Clippers. The Blazers won by ten on Wednesday and lead 3-2, despite the Clips being at home. Losing their two stars was too much.
It's one thing to close out a first round series without the league's MVP. To do it by more than 30 points--well, you have to like their chances in the next series, especially since they'll be starting at home in the games most likely to be without Steph.
There were lots of heroes in the Giants 13-9 victory over the Padres to sweep the series and salvage a .500 homestand. Brandon Belt was a puff of wind short of being the first Giant to hit for the cycle at AT&T Park. But my player is Gregor Blanco, who came off the bench to hit and especially make a play in the outfield--he actually launched himself horizontally to make the catch. He's been the guy off the bench for years who saved the Giants time and time again, in the World Series and throughout the seasons.