What did the Raptor do for an encore after dropping in 40 points to beat theKnicks? He scored 38 while playing 55 of 58 minutes in Toronto's double-OT winover Portland. Bosh's no-nonsense philosophy for a tough game: "You have tostep up, knock down big shots and get big rebounds."
Nice week for the NHL's most underappreciated goalie: The Red Wings signed the35-year-old to a three-year, $4.25 million extension; he tied Rogie Vachon for15th on the alltime wins list; and he was selected for the All-Star Game. Nosurprise—the guy was 19-2-2.
The Tar Heels look like No. 1 (17--0); they sound like No. 1 ("We aredoggone good," says coach Roy Williams); and, yes, they are No. 1. They'vefeasted mostly on cupcakes, but last Saturday's ACC win was sweetest: NorthCarolina held N.C. State to 13 first-half points in a 93--62 rout.
He can't hit (.195 over the last two seasons), and he's got bad wheels, but theRed Sox catcher can handle a knuckler. So to again play once every fifth day asTim Wakefield's personal receiver, Mirabelli got a one-year deal worth up to $1million from the World Series champs.
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How did the Pacer make a bad season (4.4 points and 3.1 fouls a game throughSunday) worse? He got a five-game NBA ban for smoking pot. It cost him $74,000and further irked coach Jim O'Brien, who told Indy's Star that even before theban, "he didn't deserve to be on the court with us."
The Lightning's most expensive player ($7.8 million a year) has been itsbiggest bust with three goals (one an empty-netter) in a 16-game stretch. At aleague-worst -25, Richards, says coach John Tortorella, is going through "ahell of a time." The team too: Tampa Bay is last in the East.
There'll be no NCAA tournament this year for the Illini (8--9). Last Saturdaythey lost their fifth straight—to Indiana and freshman guard Eric Gordon, wholast year backed out of his oral commitment to Illinois. Gordon led scorerswith 17 points in the game, his first against the Illini.
He could never field much—neither at catcher nor at first base—but the mancould hit! (Remember that 10-homer April for Detroit in 2006?) Last year he wasrelegated to Triple A; last month the Tigers dealt him to Texas; and on Mondaythe Rangers, cellar-dwellers in 2007, cut him.
SI PLAYERS NBA POLL
Which player gets the least out of the most talent?
Kwame Brown, Lakers C ....................... 17%
Tim Thomas, Clippers F...........................10%
Eddy Curry, Knicks C.................................7%
Vince Carter, Nets G..................................6%
Darko Milicic, Grizzlies C-F.......................5%
Drafted No. 1 out of high school by the Wizards in 2001, Brown has averagedmore than 10 points in a season only once (2003--04); this year he wasaveraging 4.8 points in 20 games through Sunday.... The 6'10" Thomas hasplayed for six teams in 11 years, never averaging better than 5.0 rebounds aseason.... Carter has averaged more than 20 points in nine straightseasons.
Based on a survey of 242 NBA Players • For more on thepoll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.