Warriors, Sharks in playoff battles, banish Sterling

Before commenting on the Los Angeles Clippers racist owner Donald Sterling, I want to address the current NBA and NHL championship playoffs and our Bay Area representative teams, who are engaged in heated battles with their SoCal counterparts.

In their continuing journey to bring hockey’s treasured Stanley Cup to the South Bay, NorCal’s icemen, the San Jose Sharks, were impressively cruising along in their first-round playoffs matchup with the LA Kings and, with a 3-0 game lead in the best-of-seven series, were on the verge of a satisfying sweep.

But the Kings have staved off elimination twice heading into last night’s sixth-game clash – results not known at presstime – which San Jose better have won or face the daunting task of a seventh and deciding showdown, which would be played with the impending doom of a colossal collapse.

I’m not saying that losing last night would signal San Jose’s stunning exit, because this is the Stanley Cup playoffs, when any team, no matter their seeding or regular-season play, can rise to the occasion and end up hoisting the championship cup.

Whatever last night’s outcome, I still feel the Sharks will survive this already tense pressure-cooker of a NorCal versus SoCal battle supreme.

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