34 pts, 13 reb, 12 ast: Delivered the best game of his
MVP season when the Suns needed it most; Phoenix tops
Dallas 114-108 to take 3-2 lead in series.
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Two Words For You:
Nothing short of the Jedi Mind Trick
will convince fans that the Pacers, Sonics and -- now
-- Mavs can rebound from Game 5 losses.
Simply surviving Game 6 is going to be a problem,
making it more like "Game Sith"; let's not even talk
about their actually advancing.
Phoenix has adapted to the roster equivalent of Anakin
or Luke's artificial limb (Jim Jackson for Joe
Johnson); they looked like the team from Game
Meanwhile, looking ahead to tonight's possible
close-out games in Indiana (8 p.m. ET) and Seattle
The Pistons' ominous D is as close as we have to an
actual Empire (cue John Williams music). Frankly,
Larry Brown makes a good Emperor.
The Spurs resemble a freak-n-geek group of Star Wars
line-waiters. (The difference is athletic skill). An
extra few days' rest to scheme for the Suns would be
NBA Playoff Game 7s are fun, but with every
Game 5 going to the favorites, you have a better
chance of walking up and buying an Episode III ticket
than the 'dogs have of moving on.
Wait: Could the new Star Wars movie be opening
today? Hadn't heard about that...
May not be ready for Game 1, he said.
Maybe it's a bluff, to make his comeback more
dramatic. Heat fans better hope so.
But if he doesn't play, it could cost the Heat
the East Finals, considering they could very well lose
home-court with one bad night.
Beating the Nets or Wiz without Shaq is one thing;
beating the defending champs without him is another.
(Yes, presuming Detroit tops Indiana.)
Even if he does come back, how will the player
with the bruise problem handle the problem of a
Padres Roll On
MLB's hottest team, but you'd never
know it, because they're in West Coast exile, even as
they wax the best team in the NL East.
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Amare Stoudemire: Rebounds (literally) with 33 pts, 18 |
Mark Buehrle: Wins 6th straight; is he the "new Garland?"
Star Wars fans: The line is moving! The line is moving!
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Yankees: Finally! 10-game win streak snapped by Mariners|
Dan Kolb: Benched as Braves closer (go back to Smoltz!)
David Wells: Tattooed by the A's; what a dud of a signing
Latest star: Khalil Greene, who hit two 3-run
HRs, powering the Padres past the Braves, who didn't
even have a chance to try their new
NBA Talks Off
Is the NBA the new NHL? Labor talks
broke off yesterday (you can stop those age-limit
debates now; there are bigger problems).
But don't get too excited, even if they have a lockout
following the draft. There is NO way that David Stern
doesn't start next season on time.
It sucks to be Don Fehr: It's easy
(even necessary) for Bud Selig to tell Congress what
it wants to hear, like he did yesterday.
But Fehr is getting crushed, simply because he
passionately defends his constituency, even if it
means staring down Congress.
Up next: NBA. And the hilarity of having skinny
Juan Dixon testify about NBA steroid use. (Psst:
'Roids are not the NBA's drug problem.)
Bonds Status Iffy
He's off the IV, now getting his
antibiotics orally. Questions linger about his
condition and his future, but very few questions about
whether or not the antibiotics come in a "Cream" or
Winslow: Not Good
Will miss entire 2005 season: He's got
to have surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered in his
moron-of-year cycle crash.
His family won't let the Browns discuss his status,
but a good ol' anonymous source passed the story along
to several media outlets.
I'm crying ageism! The only reason
LeBron didn't make the All-NBA 1st team was because
voters held it against him he's only a soph.
Why not LeBron? Voters didn't have a problem putting
Tim Duncan on the 1st-team as a rookie or soph (or
since; it's his 8th straight 1st-team).
The only problem is that I'm not sure who to knock
off: Either AI or Dirk. (Shaq and Nash and TD are
untouchable.) Probably AI.
Meanwhile, LeBron made the 2nd team, along with KG,
Amare, Wade and Ray Allen. (3rd: T-Mac, Marion,
Wallace, Bryant, Arenas).
Knew it was too good to be true: Arizona's breakout
MLB saves leader goes on 15-day DL with tendonitis in
his elbow. Keep your eye on that injury.
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Preakness: Giacomo got the 13th post and 6-1 odds
(what kind of odds can I get for GUARANTEEING the
horse won't win again?); Alex Afleet 5-2.|
Indy 500 Watch: Admit it, you're not interested in
seeing anything but the woman driver win. How can you
NOT root for Danica Patrick?
Is David Boston an example of Nick Saban's vision of a
winner? Or just an example of a coach's
Randy Moss' No. 18 Raiders jersey leads all NFL sales.
Get analysis of that (and so much more) in Darren
Rovell's new blog for Insider.
Tailgating? Illegal?! In Milwaukee?!?! But why else
would anyone go see a Brewers game? It's MILLER Field,
for gosh sakes!
Must-Read: Caple's Star Wars parody for Page 2. (See Q