May 24th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Sports update: NBA playoffs and the French Open

Serena Williams at the French Open.

The perversity of the NBA playoffs is that success begets pressure. The better you do, the more you need to keep doing it. If you relax, you lose. So writes's Ian Thomsen of the challenge facing the Boston Celtics, who currently hold a 3-0 lead over the Magic in the Eastern Conference finals. Boston has dominated Orlando over the first three games, reducing the league's most dominant big man, two-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard, to a non-factor. The Celtics can close the series out tonight at home in Game 4, one of the highlights on a busy sports day (all times Eastern).

French Open (5:00 AM-3:00PM, Tennis Channel) Plenty of stars will be on the court at the French Open today including Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and France's own Gail Monfils. Murray meets Frenchman Richard Gasquet in what could be a tricky match for the fourth-seeded Murray.

Canadians at Flyers (7:00 p.m., Versus) Philadelphia can advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1997 with a victory in Game 5 at home.

Red Sox at Rays (7:10 p.m., ESPN2) The Rays are the best team in the majors at 32-12, with the league's best start since Seattle won 33 of its first 44 in 2001. Strangely, Tampa Bay has been vulnerable at home (13-7) compared to a remarkable road record (19-5). Wade Davis (4-3, 3.35 ERA) starts for the home team against Boston's Clay Buchholz (5-3, 3.26 ERA).

Magic at Celtics (8:30 p.m., ESPN) The Magic won 59 games during the regular season and its first eight games of the postseason before grinding to a halt against Boston, who are one game away from their second finals appearance in three years.

BY THE NUMBERS 46-42 career pitching record of Jose Lima, the former major league pitcher who died Sunday at age 37.

42 Points scored by Suns forward Amare Stoudemire last night in a 118-109 Game 3 win over Los Angeles. The Suns can pull even with the Lakers with a victory at home in Game 4 on Tuesday night.

29 points scored by Stoudemire in the second half.

18 Years between Stanley Cup finals appearances for the Blackhawks. Yesterday, Chicago advanced to the NHL finals with a four-game sweep of San Jose.

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  1. diaryofatiredblackman

    Great post. Amare had an amazing game, but the true X factor was Lopez. He dropped 20 big ones last night.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |

    He really does not look good in blue. Though great tennis.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |