Play it forward: May 24-30 on your sports calendar

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:


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Orlando Magic guard J.J. Reddick fights for the ball against Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace during second half in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.



NBA playoffs: Eastern Conference finals, Game 4: Orlando at Boston, 5:30 p.m., ESPN:

You do know Jack — up against the series finale of “24,” the Magic may disappear as well. In unreal time. The Celtics only beat Orlando by 23 in Game 3, so . . . keep an eye on the shot clock. If unnecessary, Games 5 and 7 are Wednesday and Sunday in Orlando with a Game 6 Friday in Boston.

NHL playoffs: Eastern Conference finals, Game 5: Montreal at Philadelphia, 4 p.m., Versus:

What NHL team were you thinking of during that final episode of “Lost” — the Islanders (too obvious) or the Canadiens? “It’s a familiar feeling for us,” said Habs leading scorer Michael Cammalleri, the former Kings standout, on having his team down 3-1 in this series — the same hopeless situation they were in before knocking out East top-seed Washington a couple of weeks ago. “We seem to play our best hockey in this situation.” If needed, there’s a Game 6 Wednesday in Montreal with a Game 7 Friday in Philly.

MLB: Angels vs. Toronto, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., FSW:

Time to compare All-Star stats for those who are eligible to play in Anaheim this July: The Angels’ Torii Hunter (.288, 7 HRs, 28 RBI) vs. the Blue Jays’ Vernon Wells (.302, 11, 32). Sure, they can play together in the starting lineup. With Ichiro (.348).



NBA playoffs: Western Conference finals, Game 4: Lakers at Phoenix, 6 p.m., TNT:

Amare Stoudemire was so freaking lucky in Game 3.


MLB: Angels vs. Toronto, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., FSW:

The Angels are giving away garden gnomes. If only David Eckstein was still on the team.

MLB: Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 5 p.m., Channel 9:

A three-game series in Chitown starts with Joe Torre skipping over Ramon Ortiz and giving the ball to Clayton Kershaw, whose 14-13 career mark now includes a 5-1 mark the month of May — and he’s never pitched at Wrigley Field. Add to that, Rafael Furcal is supposed to be activated for this week.


MLB: Angels vs. Toronto, Angel Stadium, 4 p.m., FSW:

On the day Simon Cowell ditches “American Idol,” the Angels and Blue Jays don’t have to see each other any more this year.

MLB: Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 5 p.m., Prime:

If you go to the page for 24-year-old Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers’ scheduled starter here, it says that among the pitchers similar to him at his age, stat-wise, are Pedro Martinez, Ramon Martinez and Dennis Martinez. And Carlos Zambrano, who is now an $18.5 mil-a-year left-handed situational set-up guy in the Cubs’ pen. Billingsley (5-2, 3.66 ERA) is 3-0 in his last three starts, limiting opponents to a .164 batting average.


NBA playoffs: Western Conference finals, Game 5: Lakers vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, 6 p.m., TNT:

Not to read into it or anything, but did you happen to catch Kobe Bryant in the season-ending episode of “Modern Family” last week? Kobe scolded the character named Phil for coming to that Lakers’ game at Staples Center unprepared. It was an Emmy-worthy performance. By Phil. So Kobe, what’s it like being in a sit-com? You gotta come with something better than that.

MLB: Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 11:20 a.m., Prime:

Finally, a day game in Wrigleyville. Let there be Miller Lite.


MLB: Angels vs. Seattle, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., FSW:


Mariners starter Clifton Phifer Lee somehow improved to 2-2 last week despite allowing eight runs (severn earned) over 6 1/3 innings against the Padres. Maybe the key: He’s walked just one hitter all season. Granted, he missed almost all of April with a rehab problem. So this is the first time the Angels have seen the ’08 Cy Young Award winner, since the Indians shipped him to Philadelphia to help the Phillies win a World Series, and they dealt him to the Mariners last offseason.

MLB: Dodgers at Colorado, 6:10 p.m., Channel 9:

The Dodgers took two out of three from the Rockies at Dodger Stadium a couple of weeks ago, including handing Ubaldo Jimenez (8-1, 0.99) his first and only loss of the season. Jimenez’s turn doesn’t come up in this three-game series. The Dodgers, by the way, are 13-4 against NL West foes so far.

WNBA: Sparks vs. Washington, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:

The Sparks, 0-for-2010, finally get a home game. Maybe that’ll spark something.


UFC 114: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans, Las Vegas, 7 p.m.:

It’s the weekend for UFC Fan Expo at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, so why not put these two former UFC light heavyweight champs in the ring together again. And when the battled it out on the UFC video game for Xbox360 … watch the clip above.

NBA playoffs: Western Conference finals, Game 6: Lakers at Phoenix, 5:30 p.m., TNT:

Need a Game 7? It’s Monday. On your Memorial Day holiday.


MLB: Angels vs. Seattle, Angel Stadium, 1 p.m., Channel 11:

An early wake-up call for Ken Griffey Jr. — day game after a nightie. He’s made his own locker room bed, and now he can sleep in it. Listen, if Junior really did nod off during the last Angels-Mariners series, wouldn’t a teammate have taken a Sharpie pen to his face, drawn a mustache under his nose, written some naughty words across his forehead … oh, that’s so old school. These days, a teammate just goes for anything that can help lead to identity theft. Although the way Griffey seems to be sleepwalking through what should be his final season, you really wouldn’t want to be mistaken for him.

MLB: Dodgers at Colorado, 5 p.m., Channel 9:

Watch Jim Tracy — the Rockies’ skipper will surely accuse the Dodgers of stealing signs. Like the one just outside the stadium: Caution, Falling Rocks.

SUNDAYIRL: Indianapolis 500, 10 a.m., Channel 7:

Danica McKellar is equal to or greater than Danica Patrick — you don’t have to the do the math, Winnie will do it for you. First of all, defending champ Helio Castroneves, having already won “Dancing With the Stars” and survived a brutal IRS tax issue, has a chance to win his fourth Indy 500, which would put him with Rick Mears, Al Unser and A.J. Foyt in that exclusive club. “Indy is a magical place, and I feel blessed to be in this situation,” the 35-year-old says. A victory wouldn’t surprise Roger Penske, looking for his 16th 500 victory as a team owner. “Helio has always seemed to shine at Indianapolis,” said Penske. “For some drivers, that (Indianapolis) is just an intimidating place. But Helio has always embraced the challenge of racing there, and it seems to bring out the best in him.” Brent Musburger starts the pre-race show at 9 a.m., and Marty Reid will call it with Eddie Cheever Jr., Scott Goodyear, Dr. Jerry Punch, Rick DeBruhl, Vince Welch and … Jamie Little, who goes a long way.

NASCAR: Coca Cola 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5:45 p.m., Channel 11:

For those who haven’t seen the new “McGruber” movie, this event is the next best thing to being there. There’s also talk of a $20 million bonus ready to be put up for anyone who can win the Indy 500 and this Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Maybe if they didn’t start so close together, it might be doable. Some suggest moving this to Saturday night instead of Sunday night.


MLB: Dodgers at Colorado, 12:10 p.m., Prime:

The other day in Kansas City, Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler had to scale the wall to get his glove back. He lost it after slamming into the wall while chasing down a long drive by Kansas City’s Jose Guillen in the seventh inning last Sunday. The umpires were ready to start the game again after Guillen’s triple, but Fowler had to wave them down with his bare hand to get their attention. With no one else to get his glove, Fowler hopped the wall and disappeared. After a few seconds, his glove popped over the wall onto the field. Then a ball sailed into the stands. Finally, Fowler appeared, drawing cheers from the fans and prompting a slight grin.

MLB: Angels vs. Seattle, Angel Stadium, 12:30 p.m., Channel 13:

Milton Bradley sounds like he’s finally getting the help he needs with the Mariners. He told ESPN last week, after spending two weeks on the restricted list, that he’s seeing a counselor in town who has an athletic background and “dealt with anger himself. … I know when I start thinking about not living anymore based on the fact that I’m not playing baseball well, that’s when I know I need to take a step back.”

WNBA: Sparks vs. Atlanta, Staples Center, 5 p.m.:

As long as the Lakers aren’t using the facility …

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