NBA — When LeBron James, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce combine for 16 points on 4-for-36 shooting, it just further puts into relief the whole "endless boondoggle" aspect of the NBA Playoffs. Apparently 'Bron hasn't found a 3-point shot he doesn't enjoy shooting off-balance, especially if he can complain to an official while he's doing it. Luckily Kevin Garnett was a factor in an otherwise miserable 76-72 win by the Celtics in Game 1 of their second round series against the Cavs. James missed the potentially tying lay-up, after taking seven steps or so in the lane, with 14 seconds remaining, then missed another awkward three as time expired for good measure to finish 2-of-18 from the field. It was the first time Allen has been held scoreless since 1997, when Rosario Dawson punked his ass on the set of He Got Game.
MLB — Will Leitch was engorged as Rick Ankiel threw out two runners at third (one from the warning track) and homered to lead the Cardinals to a 6-5 win over the Rockies…Lance Berkman went 5-for-5 and scored four runs in the Astros' 6-5 win over the Nats…Mighty Joe Mauer and his man muscles break up Gavin Floyd's near-no-hitter in the 9th…the Blue Jays need some extra shortstops, stat!, after David Eckstein and John McDonald both left with injuries in the middle of their 5-4 loss to the Rays.