Starting Five for Tuesday: Pacers Flop, Oakland's Ace and Heat Sweep

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Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague scores in the team's win against the Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

1. Gentlemen, Start Your Summers?

Indiana, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, trailed by 30 points at home in the third quarter to 8-seed Atlanta and dropped Game 5. The Pacers, as TNT's Kenny Smith said, "are either 48 minutes from elimination or 126 minutes from saving their season." ("Or 96 minutes," Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson gently corrected, "unless there's a bunch of overtimes.")

2.  A's Ace

Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray outduels Texas counterpart Yu Darvish for his first career shutout. Gray now has the American League's lowest E.R.A. (2.31) since he entered the majors last July. Darvish, who entered last night with the league's lowest E.R.A. this season, was pulled after three and one-third, the briefest outing of his career. RTR3N0CF Oakland Athletics catcher John Jaso congratulates starting pitcher Sonny Gray Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

3. Heat Versus Dead Heat

Miami, the defending NBA champs, becomes the only team to sweep its first-round series with last night's win at Charlotte. 

4. Goodbye, Columbus

The Blue Jackets score three goals in the third period in Game 6 of their first-round series against Pittsburgh, but were trailing 4-0 when it began. The Penguins, aided by Evgeni Malkin's hat trick, dispatch Columbus from the quest for Lord Stanley's cup.

5. Thumbs Down

Washington Nationals' phenom Bryce Harper will be out until July due to a torn thumb ligament suffered during a head-first slide into third base. The Nats have already had injuries to at least five key players.

 

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