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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Playoff pursuits proliferate

By Amanda Rykoff

NBA: We've got a pair of Game 2 matchups in the conference semifinals tonight, one in the East and one in the West. The Miami Heat were the only team to protect home court in the first game of the second round and look to take a 2-0 series lead over the defending Eastern Conference champion Celtics (7 p.m., TNT). Dwyane Wade was a monster in Game 1 (38 points on 14-for-21 shooting), but Boston can't possibly let Heat forward James Jones shoot more than 70 percent for a second straight game, so look for some defensive adjustments. Paul Pierce, who was ejected from Sunday's Game 1, will not be disciplined further by the league and will play.

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to make believers out of the doubters, becoming the second No. 8 seed to win an opening series and then win Game 1 of the semifinal series. After a convincing win on the road at Oklahoma City in Game 1, Memphis seeks its first 2-0 series lead tonight against the Thunder in Game 2 (9:30 p.m., TNT). Oklahoma City needs to find a way to contain Grizzlies big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, who burned the Thunder in the paint and from the outside Sunday. Memphis has outscored opponents by 48 points in the paint this postseason.

NHL: The Lightning have now won five straight playoff games and take a commanding 2-0 series lead back home to Tampa for Game 3 against the Capitals (6:30 p.m., Versus). The Lightning's power play has been the difference throughout the playoffs. Tampa Bay leads all playoff teams with 10 power play goals and has killed an amazing 45 of 46 power plays so far in the postseason. ... With the series tied 1-1, the Canucks and Predators head to Nashville for the Predators' first conference semifinal home game (9 p.m., Versus). These two teams have played two thrillers already, so prepare for more drama in Game 3. Three of Vancouver's last four playoff games have gone into overtime.

MLB: There's a full slate of MLB action tonight, so check your local listings. The Andre Ethier watch continues, as the Dodgers rightfielder seeks to extend his 28-game hitting streak against the Cubs (10:10 p.m., Ryan Dempster vs. Chad Billingsley).

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.