Bulls at Hawks, Jazz at Lakers
Atlanta hosts Chicago for weekend Games 3 and 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, one that, with Atlanta center Dikembe Mutombo lurking in the middle, promises to see the Bulls' Michael Jordan shooting plenty of fadeaways. Last month Utah played L.A. at the Forum, as the two teams will in Game 4 of their West semifinal. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal beat the Jazz that day with a fadeaway, but in Sunday's series opener (page 38), Shaq simply did a fade, scoring only 17 points in L.A.'s 93-77 loss.
? NBC, 1 PM AND 3:30 PM
Burn at United
D.C.'s Marco Etcheverry (right), a Bolivian known as El Diablo, led the MLS in assists during the United's 1996 championship run with 19, including two in the 3-2 MLS Cup victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy. In his first six games this season for Eastern Conference-leading (5-2) D.C., Etcheverry had five assists, though he was out with a hamstring injury when United lost 3-2 to Dallas (4-4) on Sunday in the first half of their home-and-home series with the Burn.
? ESPN2, 4 PM
Monaco Grand Prix
To catch a thief in Monaco, call Cary Grant. To catch Formula One points leader Jacques Villeneuve, call it unlikely. Villeneuve has sat on the pole in all four F/1 races this season and won two of them in his Williams- Renault FW19. The 1995 Indianapolis 500 victor and '95 Indy Car champ has taken the checkered Hag in six of 20 races since switching to Formula One in August '95. Son of the late F/1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques, 26, returns to Monte Carlo, where he was raised after his father's death in a 1982 race. "A driver takes risks, that's his life," says Jacques. "You wouldn't want to see anything changed. That's why people end up loving what you're doing."
? ESPN2, 8 AM
Heat at Knicks Rockets at Sonics Bulls at Hawks
Game 3 of the Miami-New York Eastern semifinals grudge match will feature two mentor-student reunions: On the sidelines Pat Riley, coach of the Heat and former coach of the Knicks, will go against his former assistant Jeff Van Gundy; and in the paint the battle will be between two Georgetown alumni, the Knicks' venerable Patrick Ewing and Miami's frisky Alonzo Mourning. In the West, Houston visits Seattle for their Game 4 hoping that power forward Charles Barkley (right) provides the quickness and muscle to handle Sonics forwards Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf. A pointed question: Can Rockets rookie point guard Matt Maloney stay with Sonics All-Star Gary Payton?
? NBC, 12:30 PM. 3 PM AND 5:30 PM
Rangers at Devils
In 1983 Wayne Gretzky, then with the Edmonton Oilers, called the New Jersey Devils the NHL's " Mickey Mouse team." The Great One has since become an authority on new jerseys—the New York Rangers, for whom he plays with another ex-Oiler, Mark Messier (left), are his fourth team—while the Devils had the best record in the Eastern Conference this season. Gretzky, who in the opening round against the Florida Panthers scored his first hat trick in four years, will be hard-pressed to repeat in this conference semifinal Game 5 against Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who makes the net seem as impenetrable as the Lincoln Tunnel at rush hour.
?FOX, 2 PM
GTE Byron Nelson Classic
What has Tiger Woods, golf's cablinasian sensation, been doing with himself since his historic Masters win last month? He has (deep breath): opened two All-Star Cafes, declined to meet with the President, been on Oprah (take that, Worm), played 36 holes with Michael Jordan, vacationed in Cancun and accepted the apologies of Fuzzy Zoeller, with whom he is quite close...in the PGA media guide (their respective bios run on consecutive pages). At last Tiger is expected to tee it up again, in the Dallas suburb of Irving.
? USA, 4 PM