The Celtics pushed the reset button on their Eastern Conference semifinal with the Cavaliers, rebounding from an embarrassing loss thanks to a performance for the ages by Rajon Rondo to turn the series into a best of three.
How will MVP LeBron James and Co. respond as the series shifts back to Cleveland for tonightâ€™s Game 5 (8 p.m., TNT)? It could all depend on how they deal with Rondo, who has exploited the Eastâ€™s top-seed to the tune of 21.8 points, 13 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game, including a 29-18-13 game in Bostonâ€™s Game 4 win.
The assignment of slowing down the Celticsâ€™ one-man show could fall on James. Cavs coach Mike Brown has hinted he may use LeBron, who was voted onto the NBA all-defensive first team for the second straight year, on Rondo as Cleveland tries to avoid a 3-2 deficit heading back to Boston.
The NBA and NHL playoffs take center stage, while baseball, soccer and tennis are also on the schedule. Here are the rest of todayâ€™s highlights, with all times Eastern.
*Blackhawks at Canucks (9:30 p.m., Versus). The Canucks stayed alive in the Western Conference semifinal series, taking Game 5. Now comes the hard part, at least in this series: winning at home. Both teams have two road wins, with Chicago winning Games 3 and 4 by a score of 12-6.
*Padres at Giants (10:15 p.m., MLB.TV/CSN-BA). Barry Zito is off to the best start of his career at 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA and is riding his longest winning streak since claiming six straight decisions from May 17-June 16, 2006. Could his luck run out against the Padres, against whom heâ€™s 0-4 with a 5.63 ERA in his last seven starts?
*Madrid Masters (8 a.m., Tennis Channel). Can Roger Federer regain his clay-court form in the final French Open tune-up? A year ago, Federer beat Rafael Nadal for the Madrid crown and three weeks later won his first French title. Heâ€™ll open things up against Benjamin Becker.
By The Numbers
$200 million â€“ Cost of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, which opens its doors today. The hallâ€™s inaugural class, which includes Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Richard Petty and Bill France and Bill France Jr., will be inducted on May 23.
25.5 â€“ The Magic completed a sweep of the Hawks with a 98-84 win. Orlando won all four games in the series by an average of 25.5 points, making it one of the most lopsided series in NBA history.
1 â€“ The Lakers beat the Jazz 111-96 to hand Utah its first four-game sweep in the franchiseâ€™s 24 playoff appearances.