Non-factor rookie bench player nails *six* 3s, providing the back-breaking spark to the Lakers' series-clinching W over Minnesota.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
This Lakers team is not special.
Yes, they're back in the NBA Finals -- and they will
surely collect their fourth title in five years. But
all that preseason hype about this immortal lineup of
four Hall of Famers? Wrong.
The most star-studded starting five in the NBA --
playing at home, no less -- had to be bailed
out by two unremarkable bench scrubs named
Slava Medvedenko and Kareem Rush.
With every unlikely 3 by Rush, the historical
significance of this team was sealed: The Lakers are
better than everyone else this season, but as champs
go? Ordinary, matching their stars' effort.
Wolves: What Next?
Two words: Get healthy.
Embittered Sam Cassell told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that
if he was pain-free, the series would have gone the
other direction. That's half-right; Minnesota needed a
healthy Troy Hudson, too.
In 2005, the Lakers might not be as good, but
the Spurs will almost assuredly be better -- better
than the T'wolves, at least; who else has the feeling
that Minnesota's moment has come and gone?
Pacers-Pistons: Game 6
Larry Bird is unretiring!
That must be the big secret surrounding the
Pacers' hush-hush strategy tonight, right? (No? It's
Psst: D ain't their problem:
Indiana's fatal flaw is shooting, and I'm not sure how
containing Rip Hamilton will help that. (But coaxing
Bird to play sure can't hurt!) ESPN, 8 p.m. ET
NFL Cut Day
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Mark Prior: To make '04 debut on Fri; Cubs fans going nuts|
Texas: No. 1 seed of NCAA baseball tourney (pool, anyone?)
Arena Football: Sets new attendance record; gimmicks rule!
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Warner, George, Couch, Allen, Trotter et al: Cut!|
World Series MVP Josh Beckett: Going on DL with blisters
Kwame Jackson, Miss Universe judge: Fired (15 min up yet?)
Super Bowl hero? Multi-year All-Pro?
Fan favorite? Even the old standby What have you
done for me lately? no longer really
Now, it's: What will you do for me tomorrow?
(Oh, and How will that affect my salary cap?)
For fans, think of it as opportunity for catharsis.
For example, take the Rams ...
Kurt Warner, projected to be cut by the Rams today and sign with the Giants
as early as ... today. QB controversy in New York in
Stanley Cup Game 4
Unfortunately, while a 1-0 game in a
baseball championship series is considered a classic,
a similar score in hockey is fodder for the game's
But they'd be wrong ... mostly: No environment in
a team championship series is more taut than a Stanley
Cup 1-goal lead -- but only in the third
Giants: 10 Straight
How deep in the dumpster were the
Giants? They have won 10 straight and are still
1.5 games out of first place.
That said: In the NL West -- baseball's most
unpredictable division -- the Giants have
vaulted into contender's status in just two weeks.
How've they done it? Combo of tough pitching
(2.8 RPG) and a soft schedule. Check back in two
weeks, after SF finishes a stretch of 13 road games in 13 days (albeit vs. ARI, COL, TB and BAL).
Oh, and Bonds is back: 4 HRs in last 6 games,
with the next seven games at Arizona and Colorado. Has
all the markings of a tear-in-progress.
The only thing holding our attention was the antics of Marat Safin; now that he's out, who will offer the mooning and gamesmanship?
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OK, who gets their milestone first: Maddux 300 wins
(got 293 Monday) or Griffey 500 HR (hit 494 Monday)?
Says here: Maddux ...|
Hmm: Or should we also consider the 500-HR plateau for
Fred McGriff, too (hit HR 492 on Monday)? HOF'er? I
don't think so ...
Congrats to Syracuse, which won NCAA lacrosse
title, beating Navy 14-13 before biggest
crowd ever to see a LAX title game ...
More congrats: to UCLA, for repeating as NCAA softball
champs, beating Cal ...
Speaking of back-to-back, Jimmie Johnson won NASCAR's
Coca-Cola 600 for the second year in a row ...
For cattiness, deception and back-stabbing, "Mean
Girls" has nothing on the running soap opera of NBA
Draft "promises" that Chad Ford is tracking ...