Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.
STOCK UP: Lakers, Astros, Angels, War Emblem
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal came through again as the Los Angeles Lakers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the Sacramento Kings in the Western Conference finals. This dynamic duo won't allow the Lakers to lose. They combined for 56 of the team's 106 points in the win.
The Houston Astros have finally come on strong after a slow start. Manager Larry Dierker's club has won seven of eight. The B&B guys, Lance Berkman and Jeff Bagwell, have been solid.
The Anaheim Angels have also been on fire, winning 18 of 21. I love manager Mike Scioscia, who is a lot like his former manager, Tommy Lasorda. Scioscia eats that rigatoni and lasagna, and his Angels are making a run at the Mariners in the AL West.
What about War Emblem and trainer Bob Baffert as they make a run at the Triple Crown! The horse ran well in the Preakness and now it's off to the Belmont Stakes.
STOCK DOWN: Kings, Cubs, A's
The Sacramento Kings blew their home-court advantage by losing Game 1 to the Lakers.
What's wrong with the Chicago Cubs? Yes, they finally won on Sunday, but they had lost nine straight before that victory. Manager Don Baylor's team has struggled and Sammy Sosa has gone eight straight games without the longball, baby!
I can't believe the Oakland Athletics have been struggling, too. Starter Tim Hudson has been hit, and Oakland misses Jason Giambi. Last year, the team got off to a slow start before putting it together and making the playoffs.