- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 22, 2009

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The defending NBA champion Celtics head south to face Dwight Howard and the first-place Magic. 8 p.m., TNT

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS: WHO’S CREATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

Alex Ovechkin

The NHL’s leading scorer will be the Washington Capitals’ only representative at the All-Star festivities — in the game and the trick shot competition.

Barack Obama

Yes, our 44th president is a huge sports fan. But let’s not get carried away and expect him to start showing up at lacrosse matches.

Russ Grimm

The Cardinals assistant coach will get another Hall of Fame shot next weekend, though he has a better shot at a Super Bowl ring.

Bruce Boudreau

He missed his chance to coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars this weekend, but Gabby will be enshrined Monday in the American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

Nick Young

After a torrid stretch, the second-year guard has cooled, scoring just 20 points in the last two games while missing more than half his shots.

TWT FIVE: NBA’S MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AT MIDSEASON

1. Devin Harris; In his first full season with the Nets, he has played like an All-Star.

2. Danny Granger; A good player has become great, averaging 26.2 points.

3. Paul Millsap, Jazz; Injuries to others have given him more minutes, and he’s averaging nearly a double-double.

4. Chris Duhon, Knicks; A starter for the first time since his rookie year, Duhon has more than doubled his production.

5. Rajon Rondo, Celtics; He’s being trusted to do more in his third year, and he’s delivering.


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