This Week in Sports :: April 29-May 2, 2008
Even with the addition of Shaq, the Phoenix Suns weren't able to get past the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. See what else happened this week!
Suns Fall in First RoundWhen the Suns traded for Shaq last February, he was looked as being the final piece of the puzzle that would get the Suns over the hump and win a title. But the trade proved to nothing for the Suns as they fell to the defending champion Spurs for the second straight year. This year might have been more painful since the Spurs beat them in the Western Conference Finals a season ago, and this time around, they beat them in the first round. Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni is expected to be fired in the coming week. As for San Antonio, they advance to the second round where the will face their in-state rivals, the New Orleans Hornets.
Avery in Intensive CareNew York Rangers bad boy, Sean Avery, suffered a season-ending injury on Tuesday night's playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Avery's lacerated his spleen after a hit in the first period. He has spent the last few days in the intensive care unit of the hospital where doctors are waiting for his spleen to stop bleeding. Avery's injury will not require surgery and is not believed to be life-threatening. That is not the only bad news for the Rangers. As of Friday, the Rangers are down 3-1 to the Penguins. Pittsburgh is 7-2 in the playoffs so far.
Diamondbacks on FireTo a lot of people's surprise, the Arizona Diamondbacks have the best record in the MLB right now. As of Friday, the D'Backs have a 20-8 record and have won seven of their last 10 games. Arizona also leads the National League in runs and ERA. One of the main reasons for this success, is the Diamondbacks' stellar pitching staff - opposing players are hitting just .220 against them. On the flip side of their division, the Colorado Rockies are off to a, yes, rocky start. the World Series runners-up have an 11-17 record and are easily one of the most disappointing teams so far in the baseball season.
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