Kevin Garnett is out and the Celtics may be in trouble. Despite losing all four games vs. Boston this season, SI.com’s Ian Thomsen believes KG’s suspension for a flagrant elbow in the opening game could be exactly what the Heat need to steal homecourt and avoid a two-game deficit as their first round Eastern Conference series continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
Along with the NBA playoffs, the Stanley Cup playoffs, baseball, tennis and soccer round out the sports docket. Here are some of today’s highlights (all times Eastern).
Coyotes at Red Wings (6:30 p.m. TSN). The pressure is on the Red Wings if they hope to keep their bid for a third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Finals alive, trailing the Coyotes 2-1 as the series shifts to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, where the Wings were 25-10-6 on the season.
Rangers at Red Sox (7:10 p.m., FSSW/NESN). The Red Sox are reeling, off to their worst start in 14 years and have lost five straight games, including a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rays. The perfect remedy (or extension of their woes) could come in the form of the Rangers, who have lost four straight themselves.
Thunder at Lakers (10:30 p.m., TNT). With Ron Artest shadowing him, the Lakers frustrated Thunder star Kevin Durant in the series opener. Can L.A. stifle the NBA’s leading scorer once again, or will the young Thunder break through in the home of the defending champs?
By The Numbers
27: LPGA titles won by Lorena Ochoa, who announced her retirement Tuesday.
11-5: With the Bulls within three of his Cavaliers with 4:45 to play Monday, LeBron James outscored the Bulls 11-5 to give Cleveland a 2-0 series lead.
19: Days since NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin, who won Monday’s rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, had surgery to repair a torn ACL.