Commentary

First and ten questions

Updated: April 27, 2011, 9:32 AM ET
By First Take staff | ESPN.com

FIRST DOWN

1. Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and threw down two stirring dunks on a sprained left ankle, and the Lakers pushed the Hornets to the brink of elimination with a 106-90 victory in Game 5, taking a 3-2 series lead. Can Kobe keep this up?

2. Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Luol Deng added 24 and the Bulls finally played like a top seed, knocking off the Pacers, 116-89, in Game 5 to wrap up their first-round playoff series. Was this series a positive or negative for the Bulls?

3. The Magic beat the Hawks, 101-76, Tuesday night. The win kept alive the Magic's hopes of becoming the ninth team in NBA history to win a playoff series after trailing 3-1. Will Orlando win the series?

SECOND DOWN

4. Roger Goodell spoke to Adam Schefter last night about the lockout and expressed his concern fo the future of the NFL. Is the Commissioner helping or hurting the NFL's cause?

5. Tiger Woods has a minor injury to his left knee and Achilles tendon that will keep him out of the Wells Fargo Championship next week, but he hopes to be back in a few weeks. What should be made of Tiger's injury?

THIRD DOWN

6. The perception is that Dwyane Wade is the closer and LeBron James is less clutch at the end of games. But on shots to win or tie a game with less than five seconds to play, Wade is 0-5 and Lebron is 1-6 this season. Why is this the perception of the Heat's two stars?

7. If you're Eric Spolestra, how do you fix this?

FOURTH DOWN

8. Despite Kobe Bryant's performance last night, Phil Jackson had some surprisingly negative comments about his star player. Are you surprised Jackson was so critical?

9. In his soon-to-be-released book, Rex Ryan retraces his first two seasons as the New York Jets' coach, predicting a decade of dominance over the cross-town rival Giants. Is this a smart or dumb move by Ryan?