- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2008

First down by Tim Lemke

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REDSKINS 360:Get the latest scoop from Ryan O’Halloran and David Elfin as the Redskins prepare for this weekend’s NFL Draft.

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Shaquille O’Neal and the Phoenix Suns look to recover from a 2-0 series deficit against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. 10:30 p.m., ESPN

TWT FIVE GREATEST NBA PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES

1. Michael Jordan, Game 4, 1993 NBA Finals: Jordan scored 55 points as the Chicago Bulls took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Phoenix Suns. The Bulls would go on to win their third consecutive NBA Championship.

2. Charles Barkley, Game 3, 1994 Western Conference First Round: Sir Charles poured in 56 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Suns topped the Warriors 140-133.

3. Tim Duncan, Game 3, 2003 Western Conference Finals: The Spurs center recorded 34 points and 24 rebounds while blocking six shots in a 96-83 win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs took a 2-1 lead in the series and would go on to win their second NBA title.

4. Michael Jordan, Game 2, 1986 Eastern Conference First Round: His Airness scored a playoff-record 63 points, but the Bulls still fell 135-131 in double overtime to the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics.

5. Charles Barkley, Game 3 1993 Western Conference Finals: Barkley recorded a triple-double, including 43 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists as the Suns toppled the Seattle Supersonics, 120-114. Barkley shot 16-for-22 from the field and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. The Suns would go on to make their second appearance in the NBA finals.

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

Spurs vs. Suns

Face it, San Antonio’s great. But the Suns are so much more fun to watch. Here’s hoping Phoenix can get back into this series.

Wizards vs. Cavaliers

When Eddie Jordan wakes up in the middle of the night screaming and with a cold sweat, is he thinking of LeBron James or Gilbert Arenas?

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega

Jeff Gordon has won the last two races here, and has six victories overall at the 2.66 mile track. But don’t forget Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five wins at Talladega, including four straight between 2001 and 2003.

Penguins vs. Rangers

Sure, we all would have loved to see a Pens-Caps series. But hockey fans should still find this matchup compelling. Pittsburgh went 0-4 at Madison Square Garden this year and Sidney Crosby had just one goal in seven games against the Rangers.


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