College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
It will be a rematch of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Atlanta tonight as the Hawks (21-8) host LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers (24-8) at Phillips Arena. For Atlanta this is a chance to gain some ground in the East. They trail the top seeded Cavs and Boston Celtics by three games. The Hawks are coming off a four game road trip where they went 2-2. Atlanta did end the trip on a winning note. Saturday night they dumped the Indiana Pacers 110-98. Forward Al Horford led all scorers with 25 points. Horford also pulled down a game high 19 boards. Cleveland was on the road for four games against the West before returning home on Sunday. Things started off poorly, but the Cavs turned it around winning three straight including a big 102-87 win over the defending champ LA Lakers. On Sunday James and the boys stretched their winning streak to four with a 108-93 win over the Houston Rockets. King James held court scoring 29 points.
LeBron may be the king of the court, but when it comes to the ice, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are on top. The defending Stanley Cup Champs are the second seed in the Atlantic division trailing the New Jersey Devils by two points. The Pens are in Buffalo tonight to take on the Northeast leading Sabres. It’s the second of four meetings between these two and the last time they clashed Pittsburgh earned the W with a 2-1 shoot out victory. This time things will be different. The Penguins got the win over back up goaltender Patrick Lalime. Tonight they face the top goalie in the NHL Ryan Miller. Miller leads the league in save percentage and is second in goals against and shut outs. If Miller settles into a game few teams have been able to beat him. Buffalo is coming off a 5-3 win on Sunday over the St Louis Blues. Pittsburgh on the other hand lost a heart-breaker to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Sunday. The game looked to be heading into overtime before the Leafs stole the win.