||Armando "The Barber" Benitez:
Sal Maglie has nothing on 'Mando, who the NY Post reports was the reliever called in to give Rey Sanchez his mid-game stylin'.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
The second round of the NBA playoffs isn't
supposed to be as easy as the Kings made it
look last night, whipping passes and gliding past the
tired, sorry Mavs (in Dallas!) with style that would
make Gisele Bundchen jealous.
Biggest shame of the likely series romp: Fans
will only get four (maybe five) games of the kind of
electric hoops you only find against a team that
plays YMCA Sunday-league D.
Pistons: Lights Out
When is a Game 1 playoff win really a
loss?* When your hottest, most dangerous scorer
limps off the court with an ankle sprain, like
Detroit's Chauncey Billups -- status still uncertain
-- did last night.
* Not to be confused with "When is a Game 1
playoff loss really a loss," which is the Lakers'
problem with similarly injured Devean George, who's
not hot and not really dangerous, but a warm body the
depleted champs desperately need. Speaking of which ...
With the Lakers' bench as short as Rey
Sanchez's hair after a quick clean-up, the champs are
going to get run off the floor tonight. Creaky
stop-gap starter Brian Shaw and suddenly "key reserve"
Slava Medvedenko couldn't find playing time on the
"Let's get down to business: How 'bout
those throwback unis!" As scheduled, Jordan and
the Wizards owner are going to meet today to discuss
MJ's future with the team. Though both guys have
spotty records as execs, they should give each other
||"HALFWAY THROUGH WRITING, I GOT A HAIRCUT" EDITION
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEKEND|
1 Lakers/Spurs 2: No Devean George? BIG problem|
2 C's/Nets 2: Extra-motivated NJ last thing Boston needs
3 Canucks/Wild 6: Minny in must-win situation
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Dissing Red Sox' bullpen: The Cards' 'pen MUCH worse|
2 Royals dominance at home: Took first loss in 12 games
3 Mavs' playoff sched: If they'd swept Blazers in 4 ...
All-NBA teams: For what he was able to do at 40, Michael Jordan deserved at least third-team
DL to PH to HR
The Cardinals' bullpen makes the Red Sox
mess look like Mariano Rivera in his prime: St.
Louis lost its second straight to Cincy on a
game-ending HR, last night giving up a two-run shot to
pinch-hitter Barry Larkin (a huge threat,
seeing how he just came off the DL).
Hornets and Floyd
Logic you can see only after a couple Pat
O'Brien hurricanes: The New Orleans Hornets,
unsatisfied with Paul Silas' 200-plus wins in five
seasons, apparently see enough upside in Tim Floyd's
career 49-150 NBA record to give him an
Having not taken enough punishment from a
gelding (and haven't we all experienced that?),
Empire Maker's handlers have entered the Derby
favorite into next week's Preakness.
Where Are They Now?
Candidate: Freddy "Boom Boom"
Washington. "Kotter" actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
arrested Sunday for allegedly pushing his girlfriend
down while they were inline skating along Venice
Beach. (Best Sweathog? Easy: Juan Epstein.)
Think David Robinson will wear a cup tonight, after Big Shot Rob's Game 1 below-the-belt hand-check?
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|"Dawson's Creek" Edition|
|Maloof thrilled w/ Kings win|
|Setting the Pacey|
|Pistons nab Game 1 vs. Sixers|
|Up the Creek|
|Lakers must win tonight|
|GT frosh Chris Bosh going pro?|
|"I don't wanna wait ..."|
|Will 'Bama name coach this week?|
Fear Factor: Ben Wallace's motto "Fear the 'Fro" is an
even better slogan than Maryland's brilliantly ironic
"Fear the Turtle" ...|
The Dolphins continue to rack up Pro Bowlers on
defense, making an offer to free agent Sammy Knight.
Too bad the offense stinks ...
Jeter Watch: Starts at SS for Trenton tonight.
Slumping NY could use him now ...
Notre Dame PG Chris Thomas will test the NBA draft
waters; swim back to shore, young fella! ...
Admit it: At one point in your life, you needed a
"Dawson's Creek" fix ...