Darting here and there ...

-- One thing we know for sure about Aldon Smith's incident at LAX: He didn't have a smart bomb.

-- Tough to put a positive spin on Aldon's latest off-field misstep, but look at it this way: At least he didn't brandish a pair of brass knuckles.

-- Headline writing doesn't get much sharper than the front-page streamer that ran in this newspaper Wednesday: "All Done, Smith?"

-- You don't want to say the 49ers have an image problem right now, but when it was announced the grass was going in at Levi's Stadium, the DEA sent out a helicopter.

-- So now that they've teased us by looking like the best hockey team on the planet in their playoff opener, do the Sharks have 15 more of these beauties left in them?

San Jose Sharks’ Raffi Torres (13) hits the ice fighting for the puck against Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez (27) in the second period for
San Jose Sharks' Raffi Torres (13) hits the ice fighting for the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Alec Martinez (27) in the second period for Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

-- Answer: If they can keep Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres on the ice and away from the ice packs, they at least make the notion plausible.

-- The Sharks would probably be happy to get six goals against Jonathan Quick over the next two games. Maybe even the next three.

-- Speaking of happy, it's always wonderful to see Darryl Sutter's cheery countenance in San Jose.

-- We looked to the stars this week for answers on this Clippers-Warriors match, but all we saw was a blood red moon.

-- The Stephen Curry-Chris Paul matchup is galactic, but we suspect the series is going to turn on the elbows of Blake Griffin and Draymond Green.


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-- In their final games of the regular season, the Warriors' Jordan Crawford and the Clips' Jamal Crawford scored a combined 75 points. Those two gunners make for a compelling subplot.

-- The Warriors need to get the A's Josh Reddick to pass off some of his bad juju on L.A.'s J.J. Redick.

-- The way the Warriors keep revising Jim Barnett's "retirement," he'll be in their starting lineup by the end of the playoffs.

-- Sixteen teams in the NBA playoffs, some great matchups, then you flip on ESPN and they're talking about Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. Just repulsive.

-- Actually, it's a bit of an upset that what we now call ESPNFL found time to work in a basketball segment. Next up, Mel and Todd break down the league's best chain gangs.

-- As if it isn't sad enough that the 38-44 Atlanta Hawks are playoff-bound and the 48-34 Phoenix Suns aren't, the Suns beat the Hawks both times this year. Fix this, Adam Silver.

-- Amazing how Yasiel Puig went from Willie Mays Aikens to Willie Mays on back-to-back fly balls at AT&T Park the other day.

-- Bad news: Jim Johnson won't get 40 saves. Good news: He might get 40 wins.

-- Our dream battery: Brian Wilson pitching to Derek Norris. There's enough hair between them to stuff a king-size mattress.

-- No truth to the rumor that Marco Scutaro has implemented the Freddy Sanchez rehab regimen. You have to wonder, though, might Marco be a no-go for good?

-- The Rangers are converting Scott Cousins, he of the infamous home plate collision with Buster Posey, into a pitcher. With any luck, he'll get to cover home on a wild pitch someday soon.

-- Unlike the finicky folks in Knoxville, Berkeley won't ask anything gonzo from Cuonzo Martin. Just get the Golden Bears to The Dance every once in awhile, we're good.

-- Being a failed ex-Warriors coach worked out for Mike Montgomery at Cal, didn't for Eric Musselman. Guess two in a row would have been a bit much.

-- Random philosophical sports advertising query: What's worse, the Kars4Kids jingle or that Tony Siragusa "protect your manhood" commercial?

-- No offense to Bubba Watson, but Amen Corner at the Masters on Sunday was more like "Now I lay me down to sleep ..."

-- Combining the golf, the tinkling piano and Jim Nantz, it made for the soundest afternoon nap we'd had since the Super Bowl.

Contact Carl Steward at csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com. More darting on Twitter @stewardsfolly.