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NBA PLAYOFFS

 

Game 2s in Cleveland, Oklahoma City and Houston

 

UNDATED (AP) – The first round of the NBA playoffs continues with Game 2s in Cleveland, Oklahoma City and Houston.

 

The Cavaliers find themselves in an unfamiliar position, having lost Game 1 to the Indiana Pacers. Cleveland won its first 10 playoff games in each of the past two seasons, and it’s the first time LeBron James has ever been down 0-1 in an opening round.

 

Thunder forward Paul George and Utah guard Donovan Mitchell are both uncertain for Game 2. George scored 36 points in the opener and set a team playoff record with eight 3-pointers in Oklahoma City’s 116-108 win, but he missed the last minute to get treatment for a bruised right hip. Mitchell suffered a left foot bruise in Game 1.

 

The Rockets won their opener against Minnesota despite making just 10 of 37 3-pointers. Houston center Clint Capela played a major role, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds before halftime. Houston’s Ryan Anderson, who missed the last four regular-season games and the playoff opener with a sprained left ankle, returned to practice on Tuesday and could play on Wednesday.

 

NHL-PLAYOFFS

 

Philadelphia, New Jersey, Colorado and San Jose host Game 4s

 

UNDATED (AP) – Four Game 4s are on tap in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Penguins take a 2-1 series lead into Philadelphia, Tampa Bay visits New Jersey up 2-1, Nashville takes a 2-1 lead to Colorado and Anaheim tries to avoid a sweep in San Jose.

 

MLB-SCHEDULE

 

Cards-Cubs called off, MLB’s 25th postponement in 3 weeks

 

UNDATED (AP) – Wednesday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cubs has been called off because of wintry weather in Chicago. It’s the 25th postponement in the first three weeks of the major league season.

 

With temperatures in the mid-30s and rain and snow in the forecast, the game was called about 4 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch and rescheduled for Thursday afternoon. The postponement was the fourth on the Cubs’ first homestand, and third in four days.

 

Elsewhere in the majors:

 

– The Detroit Tigers have moved the start time for their home game against Baltimore to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. The game was originally scheduled for 6:40 p.m., but Detroit made the switch after consulting with the Orioles and Major League Baseball. Detroit had two games in a home series against the Yankees postponed last weekend, meaning New York will have to fly back to Detroit for a doubleheader in June. This is Baltimore’s only scheduled visit to Detroit.

 

– Puerto Rican pitcher Jose Berrios will start for Minnesota in the finale of a two-game series against Cleveland in San Juan. The crowd there already got a memorable moment from one of its homegrown stars in Tuesday night’s opener. Francisco Lindor connected on a two-run home run to open the scoring and help spark the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 win.

 

– Gerrit Cole can become the first Astros pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998 to reach double-digit strikeouts in four straight games when Houston visits Seattle. Cole would tie Nolan Ryan for the second-longest double-digit strikeout streak in franchise history. Johnson and J.R. Richard share the team record with five in a row. Cole has 36 strikeouts in 21 innings and leads all qualified starters with 15.43 strikeouts per nine innings.