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TEAMS THAT COAST
Pity the fans who were robbed of April glimpses of the last two NBA MVPS: Kobe and King James sat a combined eight games for their playoff-locked teams. Meanwhile, the Bulls sneaked in to the postseason by edging the Cavs, Celts and Bobcats, who (Raptors be damned!) were resting some starters.
KG THE WEASEL?
After Kevin Garnett got tossed for a sideline skirmish against the Heat—earning a one-game suspension—Miami's Quentin Richardson called the chippy Celtics forward an "actress." Even Bulls diva Joakim Noah chimed in from afar, calling Garnett a "dirty player."
The Orioles (2--11 through Sunday) are off to their worst start in 22 years. O's batters had a Mendoza line--esque .299 on-base percentage. At least skipper Dave Trembley hasn't lost his sense of humor. Quipped he after a Sunday win, "We're starting the pennant drive."
THOSE TRIALS OF ORTIZ
Bad enough that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (left) was hitting .158. Now Big Papi's getting sued for copping the name of Yankees fan (natch) Jay-Z's 40/40 Club for his joint in the Dominican. Papi, that Forty Forty Club? You have 10 steals—in your career!