Kings center Jarret Stoll is likely to miss Game 2 of Los Angeles’ second-round playoff series against the Sharks after a hard hit from San Jose’s Raffi Torres in the opener.
The NBA Finals’ Game 2 drew the highest television rating since 2004.
Even though the Los Angeles Kings faced the New Jersey Devils only twice this season, and not since October, they knew exactly what to expect from the Eastern Conference champions.
The Phoenix Coyotes survived stretches of playing on their heels in the playoffs’ first two rounds, absorbing everything the opponent threw at them before counterpunching with a winning goal.
Kobe Bryant scored 38 points, Andrew Bynum followed up his playoff-opening triple-double with 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers weathered Denver’s late rally for a 104-100 victory over the Nuggets on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 series lead.
Detroit closer Jose Valverde held off a furious New York ninth-inning rally and the Tigers avoided a major slip-up, beating the Yankees 5-3 on a rainy Sunday and evening their best-of-five AL playoff series at one game apiece.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks put a stunning end to their misery in Miami.
Nearly seven months and 83 games after the Los Angeles Lakers returned from their second straight championship run, they’re still searching for the mental motivation to chase that third straight title.