The Heat is on
Last night the Dallas Mavericks punched their ticket to the NBA Finals with a win over the Thunder, tonight the Heat look to do the same in Game 5 against Chicago. The top-seeded Bulls have defended well enough throughout the series, but they haven't been able to hit shots down the stretch. If the Heat continue to get good play from their bench and the Bulls can't find their rhythm, it'll be all over in five. Here are the Games We're Watching.
NBA: After reeling off three straight wins over the Bulls, the Heat need just one more to earn a spot in the NBA Finals. Chicago swept Miami in the regular season but the Heat have had the upper hand in the postseason, shutting down league MVP Derrick Rose and getting big-time performances from their bench players. Just eight teams in NBA history have come back to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 3-1; if the Bulls want to be the ninth, they need to take the first step tonight (8:30 p.m., TNT).
MLB: The Red Sox have won 10 of their last 12 games, including a 14-2 thumping of the Indians on Wednesday. They'll look to keep the good times rolling when they open up a four-game set with the Tigers this afternoon. The Sox may have their hands full with Detroit starter Max Scherzer, though, he's posted a 3-0 record with a 0.77 ERA in five starts at Comerica this season (1:05 p.m.). ... The Phillies and the Reds battled until the wee hours of this morning in a 19-inning Philly win that lasted more than six hours. The two teams will take the field again this afternoon for the finale of a four-game set. Cliff Lee is on the bump opposite Cincy's Homer Bailey (1:05 p.m.). ... Angels pitcher Joel Pineiro hoping the third time's the charm as he goes for his 100th career win today. He's got a good shot to get it against an A's team that has lost eight of its last nine games (3:35 p.m.). ... The Orioles can win five straight for the first time since 2009 with a victory today over the Royals. Kansas City is going the other way, mired in a four-game skid. Jeff Francis gets the nod for the Royals, looking to extend his stretch of 14 2/3 scoreless innings (12:35 p.m.).