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When league MVP Derrick Rose is hot, his Bulls team usually comes on top. The Hawks look to keep the ball out of Rose's hands tonight -- or at least limit his shooting like they did in their Game 4 victory Sunday. There's also an NHL playoff game and lots of baseball on the schedule. Here are the Games We're Watching ...
NBA: Game 5 between the Bulls and Hawks is on tap tonight at the United Center, with a series lead on the line. After splitting the first two games in Chicago and the next two in Atlanta, the series returns to the Windy City. Derrick Rose is averaging 29.4 points per game in the series, but some have criticized his shot selection and the sheer volume of shots. For his part, Rose was confident after Game 4, despite shooting just 12 of 32 from the field, arguing that he didn't take too many shots, he just missed too many. The Bulls will need their MVP to be sharp in order to hold off the hungry Hawks tonight (8 p.m., TNT).
NHL: The Sharks, once leading 3-0, have twice failed to deliver the elimination blow, allowing Detroit to get back into their best-of-seven series. The Red Wings are hoping to force a Game 7 and become just the fourth team in NHL history to come back from down 3-0 to win a series. The Sharks will try to deny them that chance by ending the series in tonight's Game 6 with a win on enemy ice (8 p.m., Versus).
MLB: Two white-hot teams meet in Cleveland tonight, as the Indians try to extend their home win streak to 14 games and the Rays look to stretch their streak of road wins to a franchise-best nine. Ohio-native Andy Sonnanstine will take the mound for the Rays in his home state against Josh Tomlin, who is 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA this year (7:05 p.m.). ... Two of the game's best pitchers face off when the Marlins' Josh Johnson lines up opposite Phillies ace Roy Halladay. Johnson has bested Halladay in two of the pitchers' three matchups, but the Phillies pitcher has bragging rights after pitching a no-hitter against Johnson last May (7:10 p.m.).
After being traded to the Cardinals last year, former Cub Ryan Theriot told a St. Louis radio station he was "finally on the right side" of the famed rivalry, leading hot-headed Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano to label Theriot "the enemy" at the annual Cubs Convention. When the North Siders open a three-game set with the Cards tonight at Wrigley, Zambrano will be on the bump to welcome his former teammate back to the now unfriendly of confines (8:05 p.m.). ... Francisco Liriano will lead the Twins against the Tigers tonight, pitching for the first time since he threw a no-hitter against the White Sox last Tuesday. Liriano, whose start was pushed back a few days because of the flu, will take the mound opposite Detroit's Rick Porcello (8:10 p.m.).