Tee times for the defending champs?
NBA: Chauncey Billups is expected to sit out tonight's Game 2 between the Knicks and the Celtics after injuring his knee Sunday night. Toney Douglas, who got his first taste of the postseason in Game 1, will try to step up in Billups' absence. The Knicks led for all but 60 seconds of the second half in Game 1 but still fell 87-85; they will have to find a way to finish if they want to even the series at 1-1 (7 p.m., TNT). ... The Magic will try to bounce back from a disastrous Game 1 loss in which they wasted Dwight Howard's 46 points and 19 rebounds. Orlando will re-focus on stopping Atlanta's outside game as it looks to even the series at a game apiece (7:30 p.m., NBA TV). ... In the final game of the night, the Mavs look to maintain home-court advantage with a second straight win over the visiting Trail Blazers. Jason Kidd had a season-high 24 points to lead Dallas in Game 1, but can the 38-year-old do it again tonight (9:30 p.m., TNT)?
NHL: For the last two years, the Blackhawks have sent the Canucks home early. Vancouver has a chance at revenge tonight. Leading 3-0 in their best-of-seven series, the Canucks can bounce the defending Stanley Cup champion Hawks with a second straight win in Chicago. While Vancouver added depth in the offseason, the Blackhawks lost 10 players from their Cup-winning team and haven't looked the same all year. If they want to keep their season alive, they will have to be physical and put the pressure on Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo (8 p.m., Versus). ... After losing Game 1 against the Sharks 3-2, the Kings evened up the score with a 4-0 victory in San Jose on Sunday. The Kings will get back Jarret Stoll tonight when the series heads to L.A. Stoll was suspended for Game 2 after putting a late hit on Sharks defenseman Ian White (10:30 p.m., Versus).
MLB: There are 30 teams in action tonight. The Rangers look to stay perfect at home with a win over the visiting Angels at 8:05 p.m. Texas opened the series with a 7-1 victory Monday to stretch its home win streak to seven straight. ... Down in Florida, the Pirates are hoping to add to their impressive 7-3 road record with a win over the Marlins. For the first time since 2002, Pittsburgh has won its first three road series; it will look to attack tonight's starter, Josh Johnson (2-0, 1.35 ERA), to get off on the right foot in its series with the Marlins (7:10 p.m.). ... The AL Central-leading Indians look to stretch their four-game win streak with a victory in Kansas City. The Indians own an AL-best record of 12-4 and a win tonight would have them off to their best start since 1988 (8:10 p.m.). ... The NL-best Rockies host the Giants, who whooped 'em 8-1 behind a great start from Tim Lincecum on Monday night. Colorado gets back starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who struggled in his debut but blamed a cuticle injury for the rough start. After spending some time on the disabled list, he will return tonight looking to regain last year's glory (8:40 p.m.)