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April 29, 2013
April 29, 2013

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April 29, 2013

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
NBA PLAYOFFS
BASEBALL
  • LAST SEASON WAS THE YEAR OF TROUT AND HARPER, BUT THERE WAS A THIRD BRO FROM THE ROOKIE CLASS OF 2012 WHO LEFT HIS MARK IN MORE SUBTLE WAYS. HEED THE WORDS OF HIS BUDDY BRYCE: MANNY MACHADO'S CAREER IS ABOUT TO GET REAL LOUD, REAL SOON

  • MANNY MACHADO'S ADEPT HANDLING OF THE HOT CORNER SHOULD NOT PREVENT THE O'S FROM MOVING HIM BACK TO THE MIDDLE

FILM ROOM
CELTICS 5
GREGG POPOVICH
  • Pop Art 60

    HOW GREGG POPOVICH—A FOODIE, FORMER SPY (MAYBE), RUSSIAN LITERATURE LOVER, FRENCH NEW WAVE CINEPHILE, WINE ENTHUSIAST, CURMUDGEON, FATHER FIGURE, DEFENSIVE GURU TURNED OFFENSIVE MASTERMIND AND THE LONGEST-TENURED COACH IN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS—CREATED A MASTERPIECE IN SAN ANTONIO

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NBA PLAYOFFS

36 Kevin Durant

He knows his place in the game, and he's not happy about it. Here's how the NBA's most lethal scorer found his mean streak

BY LEE JENKINS

BASEBALL

44 Manny Machado

The career of this Orioles third baseman, a rookie in 2012, is about to get real loud, real soon

BY ALBERT CHEN

FILM ROOM

50 Hollywood QBs

Paul Crewe or Johnny Utah? And what about Rifleman? We hit the film room—and YouTube and Netflix—to scout moviedom's top signal-callers

BY PAUL PABST

MARATHON AFTERMATH

54 Standing As One

The end of the ordeal in Boston brought relief, resolve—and the hard truth that our games will never be the same

BY S.L. PRICE

60 POP Art

How Gregg Popovich created a masterpiece in San Antonio

BY JACK MCCALLUM

DEPARTMENTS

4 SI Digital

8 Leading Off

14 The Mail

16 Scorecard

The art of letter writing lives on in recruiting

24 Faces in the Crowd

26 Just My Type

Nerlens Noel is ready to face his NBA idol

BY DAN PATRICK

68 Point After

Rob Jones is a model for those injured in Boston

BY MICHAEL ROSENBERG

ON THE COVER: Photograph by Greg Nelson for SI (Durant); Damian Strohmeyer for SI (Gomes)

PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER FOR SITHIRD'S A CHARM Manny Machado's adept handling of the hot corner has helped make the O's a hot ticket again.PHOTO