Darting here and there ...

-- Well, now we're learning -- the hard way -- why the Warriors signed DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet in December of 2011.

-- David Lee is probably seeing Jordan swatting away the sheep he's counting in his sleep, when he isn't dreaming of Blake Griffin making one of his dozen spin moves against him.

-- Maybe the only thing that can save the Warriors in this series is an effective flak jacket for Andrew Bogut. The man from Down Under is missed mightily down under.

-- It could be worse, of course. Jordan and Griffin could know how to shoot free throws (a combined 6 of 18 in Game 3). But there's also this sobering reality: They're both just 25, and have time to learn.

CORRECTS BYLINE - Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, top, dunks over Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes during the first half in Game 3
CORRECTS BYLINE - Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, top, dunks over Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes during the first half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Los Angeles won 98-96. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) ( Marcio Jose Sanchez )

-- If not for Draymond Green, it would be 3-0 Clippers and none of the outcomes would have been close. Somehow, the Warriors have to tap into his urgency and savvy.

-- Jarrett Jack and Brandon Rush were in attendance at the Game 3 defeat, and boy, the Warriors sure could use them right now. Funny, though, Jack was never as popular when he was here as when he got a standing O during a timeout.

-- Bad Warriors history never seems to go away completely: Ike Diogu named the NBA's D-League Impact Player of the Year.

-- That 40-point loss down at Staples? That must have been the San Francisco Warriors.

-- With their new arena site, Joe Lacob and Co. are inching disturbingly closer to Candlestick Park.


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-- So, Joe Montana and Dan Marino are playing a flag football game in one of the final 'Stick events? If it was Montana vs. Steve Young, it might pack the place.

-- Maybe the Warriors could borrow the Sharks' Raffi Torres for a game or two? He could at least take care of Jamal Crawford, eh?

-- Still a long way to go for the Men of Teal, but the youth infusion of Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto to go with the existing cast makes you believe it just might happen this year.

-- There's just something about those poor Houston Astros that brings out the 1927 Yankees in the A's.

-- It's amazing to think where Oakland might be if its bullpen was pitching anything close to the preseason hype. That closer thing needs to be fixed before June. Sooner, in fact.

-- Nice to see Sean Doolittle was rewarded with an extended deal, but Josh Donaldson is the man knocking most loudly at the door of the bank. The A's might want to let him in.

-- It's hard to like either the A's or the Coliseum Authority in their "news releases over the bow" war about the lease negotiations. It's smacking of Amateur Hour on both sides. As they say in poker, shut up and deal.

-- Who knew a fit Pablo Sandoval would have so many issues seeing a pitched ball through all the floating dollar signs? But he should be seeing fewer greenbacks these days, so maybe he'll snap out of it.

-- The way the Giants have been hitting, save that one-game Colorado outbreak, it might not be greatest time to be celebrating Duane Kuiper's power prowess.

-- Also not a good sign for the Giants when your wins leader is Jean Machi (4-0), especially when he has more victories than Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum combined.

-- We've heard of pains in the neck, but never a pine in the neck. Deception is definitely not Michael Pineda's middle name.

-- Trent Baalke on Aldon Smith's status with club: "We're a family. You just don't open the door and toss people out of it." That should be reassuring to LaMichael James.

-- In the spirit of good humor, the Kars4Kids organization got back at us for last week's item by sending us a link to 10 different versions of their jingle, including reggae and Boston versions. No, no, no, you don't want the link.

-- Finally, you can go to the Kars4Kids website and access a jingle antidote entitled, "10 Crazy Catchy Songs To Knock Kars4Kids Out Of Your Head." Alas, one of the selections is "Gangnam Style." Hmm ... is that really an improvement?

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