NBA — It's as though home teams are actually faring well in these playoffs! The Celtics and the Lakers grabbed 3-2 series leads with clear but less than dominant victories, giving them a chance to maybe consider winning a road game to close out a series, but we know better. Kobe must have snuck in a quick backiotomy prior to tip, as the Mamba lost the hitch in his step from Game 3 and uncoiled for 26 points, joining the rest of the Lakers' starters in double-figures. Pau Gasol's (21 points, six rebounds, eight assists) two field goals inside the final two minutes helped shut the door on the Jazz.
The Celtics spread the offensive well, getting 26 points from Kevin Garnett, 29 from Paul Pierce and 20 from Rajon Rondo. LeBron found his shot – for a half. James got the Cavs up 43-29 in the 2nd with eight straight points. Boston narrowed the gap to 46-43 by half and left the Cavs for dead with a 29-17 third quarter.
NHL — The Stars' insolence showed in their 3-1 win in Game 4 to send the Western Conference Finals back to Detroit for a very, very necessary Game 5. There's your gutsy win for pride in front of the home crowd, Dallas. Great good effort, guys. So, over now? Please say yes.
MLB — C.C. Sabathia gives the Indians their league-leading 7th shutout win this year with a complete game five-hitter…Tom Glavine gets his first victory since returning to the Braves, giving up Chase Utley's league-leading 14th homer but finishing with a serviceable four earned in 5 2/3 in the Braves' 8-6 win over the Phillies…The Brewers blown save by Guillermo Mota in Milwaukee's 6-4 loss to L.A. shouldn't be misconstrued as a boon for Eric Gagne. Rather that the Brewers have no effective short relievers…Never fails. People spend Monday gawking about the Marlins and Rays atop their divisions aaaand BAM, that day both teams lose. All their fans will be pissed, once they come into existence.