WEEKEND REWIND — In case you missed it
Howard wins Slam Dunk contest: Someone call the feds: Dwight Howard isn’t human. Orlando’s rising star put on the greatest performance in the contest’s history, from his behind-the-backboard dunk to his best Superman impression. For next year’s superhero performance, Kwame Brown plans to show up as the Invisible Big Man.
Hoyas drop another road game: Georgetown continued to struggle on the road in Saturday’s loss at Syracuse; all four of its losses have come away from the District. Even more troubling were the Syracuse fans who rushed the court with two seconds still on the clock — at least Maryland fans have the sense to wait until the game is over.
Frese gives birth to twins: Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese has two healthy boys — Markus William Thomas and Tyler Joseph Thomas were born yesterday morning. No word yet whether beleaguered Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson has placed a recruiting call to the twins.
TWT FIVE — Second-half NBA story lines
1. The Big Cactus: Shaq makes his debut in Phoenix this week and tries to silence the critics who think he can’t keep up in the Suns’ fast-paced offense.
2. Is New Orleans for real?: The Hornets enter the second half with the Western Conference’s best record and an MVP candidate (Chris Paul).
3. The Celtics’ health: Kevin Garnett has missed the last nine games, and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen may not have much left for the playoffs.
4. Agent Zero’s return: The Wizards’ West Coast trip was a disaster, but Gilbert Arenas’ return from a knee injury may be only weeks away.
5. Kobe’s finger: The Lakers star has a torn pinky ligament and will play through the pain rather than have surgery. Ask Arenas how that worked out for him.
Nats Home Plate: Mark Zuckerman and Thom Loverro check in from spring training with blogs, video and audio from Manny Acta.
HE SAID WHAT?
“He’s our godfather. It don’t feel right without having him here.” — Carmelo Anthony on Shaquille O’Neal missing last night’s All-Star Game