Posted on: May 29, 2009 11:02 am

The Cavs force a Game 6 and the NFL's meanest

Hangin' tough

The Cavs are still alive, thanks to a triple-double from LeBron James. Cleveland forces a Game 6 with a 112-102 win over Orlando in the East finals. While LeBron is brilliant, Gregg Doyel thinks the win is a fluke.

Series: Magic 3, Cavaliers 2 | Doyel: From The Q | Talk!

Calculating the mean

If the Falcons have a practice fight, Conrad Dobler throwback Harvey Dahl is almost sure to be in the scrum. Pete Prisco says Atlanta's feisty guard tops the list of pro football's meanest, nastiest players. Full story
B/R: Quantifying stats | Your choice: Nastiest?

Sour gripes

One Nugget claims the Lakers 'paid $50,000 to win' Game 5. Everybody whines about the officiating this time of year, but Ken Berger says the Nuggets can't let their frustration get to them. Story | Game 6: 9 ET, Fri.

Series: LAL 3, DEN 2 | Berger: Which Lakers on Fri.? | Yo!

Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:17 am
Edited on: May 28, 2009 11:32 am

Stanley Cup rematch and the Lakers go up 3-2

(Re)match maker

The dream rematch for the Stanley Cup is on. The Red Wings will defend their title against the Penguins after dispatching the Blackhawks in five games with a 2-1 OT win. The Finals are set to start Saturday. Full story

Goldstein: Proud 'Hawks | Games 1-2 on Sat.-Sun. | B/R

With a little help

With Denver keying in on Kobe, Bryant's teammates rise to the challenge and help L.A. win 103-94 in Game 5. The Lakers sure look much deeper than the Cavaliers, and Ken Berger wonders if LeBron James is jealous.

Series | Berger: Win was 'paid' for?!? | Phil fined | Hey!

Building somethin' special

When Chris Carpenter was down, the Cardinals were out. But with their fiery ace and pitching savant Dave Duncan stoking their staff, St. Louis again looks bound to play in October, Danny Knobler says. Full story

Cards foil Brewers | Knobler: Help for Pujols | B/R: Behind success | Yo!

Posted on: May 20, 2009 10:45 am

Bryant lifts Lakers and the Red Wings take charge

West point

A fourth ring. Carmelo Anthony. What more motivation does Kobe need? Bryant scores 40 points to help L.A. edge Denver 105-103 in Game 1 -- a day after Jerry West says LeBron James is No. 1, Ken Berger notes.

Series: LAL 1, DEN 0 | Nuggets-WWE | East | Picks | Yo!

Picture is Cleary

Mikael Samuelsson Nets the winner in OT and Dan Cleary scores again as Detroit tops Chicago 3-2 in Game 2. The Wings take charge of the series, but Wes Goldstein says the 'Hawks still believe in themselves.

Series: DET 2, CHI 0 | Goldstein: Cleary | B/R | Talk!

Another brick in the Wall

John Calipari proves his recruiting expertise by landing John Wall, the nation's top point guard. Rest of the nation beware: This is only the start to the success bound for Kentucky, Gary Parrish says. | Wall to UK

Parrish: Scholly numbers | Doyel: Called it in March | Wall | B/R | Yo!

Posted on: May 19, 2009 11:08 am

Pens show secret weapons and the Cavs stay hungry

Secret weapons

The 'Canes know about Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, but Miroslav Satan and Philippe Boucher? Malkin, Satan and Boucher score and Marc-Andre Fleury has 23 saves in the Pens' 3-2 East finals Game 1 win. Story

Series: PIT 1, CAR 0 | West: DET 1, CHI 0 | Experts | Hey!

Final tasks

The Lakers are back in the Western finals once again. Will home court be enough to nip the Nuggets? In the East, LeBron's Cavaliers are hungry for a title but first they must stop the Magic. Previews: LAL-DEN | CLE-ORL

B/R: Final four | Speak: LAL-DEN | CLE-ORL

Good grief

Nobody comes out clean this postseason, Ray Ratto says, excluding the Cavaliers and Nuggets. Oh, and the story that players need some time in college to develop for the pro game? Pure garbage, blogs Gary Parrish.

East finals | West finals | Talk!

Posted on: May 14, 2009 11:00 am

Nuggets advance and the Braves get a great arm

Capital collapse

Sidney moves on. Alex does not. Crosby marches his Penguins into D.C. and humiliates Ovechkin's Capitals 6-2 in Game 7. Wes Goldstein says it was such a one-sided affair, they should have invoked the mercy rule.

PIT 4, WAS 3 | Gonchar plays | Bleacher Report | Shoot!

Golden Nuggets

The Nuggets are headed to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1985. Carmelo Anthony scores 30 points as Denver eliminates Dallas 124-110 to win the physical and emotional series 4-1. Full story

Series: Nuggets 4, Mavs 1 | Bleacher Report | Talk it up!

Special kind of Jair

Jair Jurrjens is used to being overlooked. It's always been the same story for the 23-year-old right-hander. But there's plenty of evidence proving that the Braves' 'best pitcher' is no fluke, Danny Knobler says. Column

Braves: Top Mets in 12 | 2010 options | Fantasy | Glavine back in May

Posted on: May 12, 2009 11:14 am

Mavs stay alive and the Caps force a game seven

Dallas delivers

The Mavs have life. Dallas keeps its playoff hopes alive by stretching out the Western semifinals to a fifth contest by holding off Denver 119-117 in Game 4. The Nuggets should be thanking the Mavs, Ken Berger says.

Related Links: Cuban sideshow | Series: Nuggets 3, Mavericks 1 | Talk!

Goin' the distance

Get ready for Game 7. Dave Steckel scores in OT as the Caps win on the road 5-4 over the Penguins, forcing Wednesday's series finale. A better script couldn't have been written in Hollywood, Wes Goldstein says.

Related Links: Series: Caps 3, Pens 3 | B/R | Speak!

Prime catch

Canton-caliber numbers and being the face of the Chiefs was no longer enough for Tony Gonzalez. The tight end wants to win now and plans to help the Falcons take the next big step, Pete Prisco says. Full story

Related Links: Inside Slant: DBs | Draft Grade: B+ | B/R: Minicamp

Posted on: April 30, 2009 10:57 am

Nuggets advance and the Ducks look to stay hot

Game, set, series

Next stop on the playoff train for Denver -- the second round. Carmelo Anthony scores 34 points and the Nuggets close out the Hornets 107-86. Denver moves on for the first time since 1994. Story | Postgame

Related Links: Series: Nuggets 4, Hornets 1 | Experts | B/R | Speak up!

Video: West preview

Charging Anaheim sank the top-seeded Sharks and might be playing its best hockey in two years. But Wes Goldstein says the Ducks are about to face the NHL's best -- the Wings. PreviewsANA-DET | CHI-VAN

Related Links: Matchups: Ducks-Wings | Canucks-Hawks | Picks | B/R

Early birds

It makes total sense for someone like Hasheem Thabeet to declare early despite some of his imperfections, Gary Parrish says. But what is the point for those who have virtually no chance of being drafted? Story

Related Links: Entries | Parrish: The Thoughts | Wall does not apply

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