Tuesday, June 18
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"Must-win" is now obvious. In moments like these for [the Heat] -- when a victory is absolutely necessary -- Coach Erik Spoelstra falls back on two ideas. One, his players play their best when the lights are the brightest. It is paramount for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to have strong performances in Game 6 if the Heat want to extend the NBA Finals to a seventh game against the San Antonio Spurs. Two, Spoelstra says "everything is on the table." ... That means most players are available to play and starting lineup changes are possible. ... And now, it might be time for Spoelstra to again tinker with his starting lineup. Would he put [Udonis Haslem] back in and move [Mike Miller] back to the bench? "We'll see," he said. (USA TODAY Sports)Comment
Temperatures in Boston spiked early this week into the 80s, and conditions inside the rink suffered. Not surprisingly, the ice was terrible. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara lost an edge and fell in the warm-up and required stitches to close a gash over his eye. The puck was bouncing all over the place, including on a Brad Marchand breakaway that was scuttled because the puck caught a chunk on the ice. "It is pretty bad," [Dennis Seidenberg] said. "When you try to shoot, try to swing your blade on the ice, it feels like sandpaper. It's really rough. When you try to pass, the puck bounces." ... And isn't that nice in the league's marquee event? Just what you want when everyone is watching, defensemen chipping the puck off the boards to get it out of their zone. (The Hockey News)Comment
Storylines o' plenty will follow Gang Green into training camp, but few ex-Jets will loom larger than Tim Tebow. Tebow's contract with the Patriots is a two-year deal for $1.36 million, according to ESPNBoston.com. There's no signing bonus, no guaranteed money, just the minimum salaries and a $25,000 workout bonus in 2014. The Jets aren't paying Tebow anymore, but they're still paying money to the Broncos -- $1.53 million, per last year's trade agreement. In other words, the Jets are paying more for a ghost than the Patriots will pay over two years for the actual player -- if he makes the team. That's hardly a lock, although owner Robert (We Love His Spirituality) Kraft is pulling for him. Tebow is "the real deal," according to Kraft. (ESPN New York)Comment
The Braves wait for Freddie Freeman to arrive at home plate after Freeman's walk-off two-run home run gave the Braves a 2-1 win over the Mets Monday. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Will Venable made one of the best catches of the season Monday night, a 12th-inning game-saver against the Giants.
Game To Watch
Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. ET
- San Antonio Spurs
- Miami Heat
SI Vault: Roger Clemens
This Day in Sports
- 2012 -- Roger Clemens was found guilty on six counts of lying to Congress about taking performance-enhancing drugs.
- 1986 -- Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton won his 300th game.
- 2012 -- Future NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson announced his retirement.