Tuesday, May 10
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Among a cast of options in L.A., though seemingly not as long as the parade in Houston, is the Rockets' former coach Rick Adelman. Adelman was just fired by the Houston Rockets. Adelman, who will be 65 in June, has loads of experience. He's also been the coach with the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings. He runs an offensive system called "corner," similar to the triangle, with more spontaneous pick-and-roll plays. Adelman took the Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals twice, losing in 1990 to the Detroit Pistons and 1992 to Jackson's Chicago Bulls. Adelman is considered particularly good at working with big men and commands the respect of his players. Also, he has coached Ron Artest twice, in Sacramento and Houston. (Los Angeles Times)Comment
David Akers, by nearly all accounts, had a tremendous regular season. But he missed two makeable field-goal tries in the Eagles' 21-16 playoff loss to the Packers. "We can all count," Reid said after the game. "Those points would have helped." Later it was learned that Akers had more than football on his mind. His daughter, Halley, was about to have a cancerous ovary removed in surgery. On Monday, Akers said that his daughter is fine and now cancer-free. Still, he does not know where his future lies. There are a number of teams that could use a kicking upgrade, including the NFC East's Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants. Akers did not rule out the possibility of staying in Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Comment
It's not impossible for the Celtics, but it sure is unlikely. Eight teams have come back from 3-1 deficits to win an NBA playoff series. Two of them wore Celtic green. ... The task is tougher now. The Celtics don't have Bill Russell and Sam Jones. They don't have Larry Legend, Chief, and Kevin McHale. They have three Hall of Famers in their mid-30s. They have Rajon Rondo playing without his left arm (hyperextended elbow). And they have absolutely no center. Rivers went with three guards in important stretches of Game 4. Shaquille O'Neal played 3 minutes and 31 seconds, committing two fouls and doing nothing else. It's over, people. Much as it hurts to admit, it looks like the Heat have evolved into the Monsters we feared they'd become when LeBron James elected to take his talents to South Beach. (Boston Globe)Comment
Daniel Kreutzer (right) of Germany is checked by Tomas Plekanec of Czech Republic during an IIHF World Championship qualification match at Orange Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Check out some of the highlights from the crazy triple overtime thriller in Memphis where the Thunder were able to outlast the Grizzlies and win 133-123 to even the series at 2 games apiece.
Game To Watch
Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 5: Hawks at Bulls, 8 p.m. ET, TNT (Series tied 2-2)
- Atlanta Hawks
- Chicago Bulls
SI Vault: Hank Aaron
This Day in Sports
- 1913 -- The Yankees committed 8 errors against the Tigers, but New York still won the game 10-9 in 10 innings.
- 1967 -- Hank Aaron hit an inside the park homerun.
- 2001 -- Peter Forsberg had his spleen removed in an emergency operation that took place just hours after the Avalanche eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
- Today's Birthdays -- Pat Summerall (1930), Chris Berman (1955), Helio Castroneves (1975).