Daily Jolt, May 30: Larry Bird irked by Lance Stephenson's antics

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Bird annoyed by Stephenson, too

LeBron James and the Miami Heat aren't the only ones irked by Lance Stephenson's play in the Eastern Conference Finals. Pacers team president Larry Bird also isn't a fan of Stephenson's antics; when asked by a reporter via text message whether he was bothered by Stephenson blowing in James' ear during Indiana's Game 5 win, Bird simply responded, "Yes I am." Stephenson has been a one-man sideshow for the entire series, drawing two separate fines for flopping, admitting to trash-talking James to get into his head, and then getting caught on camera blowing into James' ear in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Stephenson is set to be a free agent at season's end. (USA TODAY Sports)Comment

T'wolves serious about Del Negro

Former Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro may be on his way back into the NBA. Sources have told ESPN that Del Negro is a serious candidate for the vacant Minnesota head coaching job. Del Negro interviewed with Timberwolves president Flip Saunders earlier in the week and is believed to be one of the favorites at this time for the position. Del Negro's ascendancy comes not long after Minnesota struck out on Dave Joerger, who seemed to be set to leave Memphis to coach his hometown team, only to be retained by the Grizzlies at the last second. Former Timberwolves forward Sam Mitchell is also reportedly a candidate for the job. (ESPN.com)Comment

Friday is big day for Wieters

Will Matt Wieters' season be coming to a close soon? Friday's test of his injured elbow will go a long way toward determining what the next step is for the Orioles' catcher, who has been sidelined since May 10. After three weeks of rest, Wieters will undergo a throwing session on Friday to see how his elbow responds. If everything goes well, it'll be a good first step toward a rehab program. But any sign of pain or an inability to throw for Wieters will likely lead to him being shut down, perhaps for the season; one of the options for Wieters was surgery that would put an end to his year. The two-time All-Star was hitting .308 with five homers and 18 RBI before going on the disabled list. (CSN Baltimore)Comment

Must-See Photo

Spurs forward Manu Ginobili drives to the basket past the Thunder's Kevin Durant. Ginobili was one of six players in double figures for San Antonio, which routed Oklahoma City, 117-89, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to take a 3-2 series lead. (Greg Nelson/SI)

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The New York Rangers are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years after shutting out the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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This Day in Sports

  • 1935 -- Babe Ruth plays his final major league game, taking one at-bat for the Boston Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 1977 -- The Indians' Dennis Eckersley throws the first and only no-hitter of his career, beating the California Angels, 1-0.
  • 1985 -- Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers win their second straight Stanley Cup by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 8-3 in Game 5.
  • 2011 -- Jim Tressel resigns as head football coach of Ohio State after a scandal involving players selling memorabilia.