If Dwight Howard is going to wind up in Dallas, it will take some shuffling of the future. [The Mavericks], with their first lottery draft pick in a dozen years firmly in hand, have their eyes on a bigger prize. Multiple sources have told ESPN.com's Chad Ford the Mavs are likely to shop the pick in hopes of creating the cap space necessary to make a run at [Howard] in free agency. The 13th overall pick has a cap hold of $1,655,300. ... The hope is to sell Howard or Chris Paul -- who would each have to sacrifice a fifth year on the max contract that he could get from the Lakers and Clippers, respectively -- on the possibility of building a championship contender. "We'd love to get one of the main guys," Nowitzki said last week. (ESPN.com) Comment
So far, so not good for Rex Ryan and Gang Green. Some defensive formations were not in the playbook, and there were plenty of false starts. But the most aggravating were the turnovers, a point of emphasis for the Jets each of the last two seasons. Mark Sanchez tossed three interceptions today. Geno Smith added another. "Today, obviously, I was not happy about how many times we turned the ball over -- four interceptions and a fumble, I believe," Ryan said. ... "You can do 90 percent really good things. But if you do 10 percent poor things you're going to get beat in this league. And those are the things we have to get better at, protecting the football over anything else. Today was a disappointment as far as that's concerned." (The Star-Ledger) Comment
The options are, no doubt, being discussed in Queens. Send Ike Davis to the minor leagues. Don't send him to the minor leagues. It doesn't make a difference in the big picture. Here's the greater takeaway, as the Mets saw Matt Harvey's turn in the rotation overshadowed by yet another Ay Yi Y-Ike moment: He just isn't good enough a player to be generating this much agita. So he shouldn't be part of the Mets' plans next year and beyond, when they vow to be out of full rebuilding mode. "This is absolutely baffling to everybody," manager Terry Collins said, after a very questionable Davis decision on defense led to the Mets losing, 7-4, to the Reds at Citi Field. ... "We've got to get this guy going, because we've got to figure out where he's going to fit." (New York Post) Comment
A fan gets ready to watch the Heat play the Pacers in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference final. The Heat won 103-102 in overtime. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Speaking of the Heat's win, here's LeBron James driving untouched to the hoop for the game-winning buzzer-beater.