Commentary

First and ten questions

Updated: May 26, 2011, 9:38 AM ET
By First Take staff | ESPN.com

FIRST DOWN

1. The Mavericks used a 15-6 run at the end of the fourth quarter to win Game 5 and advance to the NBA Finals. Did Dallas win or did Oklahoma City lose?

2. With their win last night, the Mavericks improved to 12-3 in this year's playoffs. On a scale of 1 to 10, how impressed are you with the Mavs run through the Western Conference?

3. Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has agreed to a deal to succeed Phil Jackson as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. According to a source close to the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was "surprised" by the news and said he was not a part of the decision-making process. Good move or bad not to consult Kobe?

SECOND DOWN

4. In the Western Conference Finals, Russell Westbrook averaged 23 points a game but had the same amount of assists as he did turnovers (24). Can the Thunder win with Westbrook?

5. Kevin Durant scored 23 points on 8-20 shooting in the Game 5 loss to the Mavericks. How did this series impact the way you view Durant?

THIRD DOWN

6. The Heat are one win away from joining the Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Game 5 is tonight. Who wins and why?

7. Mariano Rivera became the first pitcher in MLB history with 1,000 career appearances for a single franchise. Derek Jeter is 24 hits shy of becoming the second player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits and have five World Series titles. If you could take one of these players for their career, who would you take?

8. In the Mavericks run to the NBA Finals, Mark Cuban has taken a low profile. How much do you credit Cuban's low profile to the Mavericks' success this season?

FOURTH DOWN

9. Wilson Valdez, who earned a win in the Phillies' 19-inning triumph over the Reds, was the first player to start a game in the field and get a win since Babe Ruth. Scale of 1-10, how impressed are you with his performance last night?

10. Chad Ocho Cinco seems to have found his new offseason challenge thanks to Bengals owner Mike Brown:

#OCNN I've partnered with Snake Jungle to go out and become the first black #SnakeWrangler thanks to my owner Mike Brown for the great idea @EvelynLozada yo I'm going to be a #SnakeWrangler,I got the awesome idea from my owner,catching a Black Mamba and a King Cobra #EPIC

#OCNN Does anyone know these snakes I'm gonna catch,Taipan,Blue Krait,Eastern Brown Snake,Rattle Snake and the Death Adder #EPIC

What happens if i bite him 1st RT @BongoRosso: @ochocinco Yes, one bite from the Taipan and you're dead in less than an hour, enjoy ;)

Yes Mike Brown gave me the #SnakeWrangler idea RT @SRickman23: @ochocinco Death Adder!?!? Mr Brown suggested that?!?

Are you buying that Chad will do this?