April 27th, 2010
01:14 PM ET

Sports Update: Thunder try to put Kobe, Lakers on ropes

Chalk it up to being too young to know any better. The Thunder, the youngest team in the NBA with an average age of 23.1, have taken two straight over the defending champion Lakers to even their first-round series. Can the league’s leading scorer Kevin Durant and his band of playoff newbies put Kobe Bryant and Co. on the ropes as the series shifts back to Los Angeles? It’s just one of the day’s can’t-miss games as the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs, baseball, soccer and tennis fill a full sports dance card (all times Eastern).

Heat at Celtics (7 p.m., NBA TV). Dwyane Wade saved the Heat’s season with 46 points in Game 4. It may take another Herculean effort to keep Miami afloat; no team NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.
Thunder-Lakers is tonight at 10:30 on TNT.

Bulls at Cavaliers (8 p.m., TNT). The Bulls pushed the Cavaliers with a stunning Game 3 win, but reigning MVP LeBron James and the Cavaliers pushed back with a 23-point win in Chicago. Cleveland will look to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a win.

Red Wings at Coyotes (9 p.m., TSN). It all comes down to this for the Red Wings in their pursuit of a third straight Western Conference championship as they head to Phoenix for a Game 7. The Coyotes can make a little history of their own with a win, with a victory being the franchise’s first in six attempts since moving from Winnipeg for the 1996-97 season.

Thunder-Lakers (10:30 p.m., TNT) Kevin Durant and the thunder look to put Kobe Bryant and Co. on the ropes as the series shifts back to Los Angeles.

By The Numbers

4 hours, 3 minutes – Length of Red Sox’s 13-12 win over the Blue Jays Monday night, making it the longest nine-inning game of the season. You can almost hear umpire Joe West cringing.

53 – Saves by Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak in Montreal’s 4-1 win over the Capitals, which set a franchise record for the most saves in a regulation playoff game and helped force a Game 7 in their opening-round series.

$125 million – Amount of Ryan Howard’s five-year extension with the Phillies, a deal which is among the 13th-richest in baseball history.

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  1. Mark

    Don't worry LA the league has to much riding (money) on the Lakers being in the championship. With the four all stars you bought or traded from other small market teams for nothing and the refs you ought to be able to beat OKC. Or you can count on Dick B. or similar to be refing game 7.

    As Tim Donaghy pointed out the NBA is a good show but not a true athletic contest, until they get a fair set of consistent officiating.

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