Bulls at Hawks, Jazz at Lakers
Atlanta hosts Chicago for weekend Games 3 and 4 of their Eastern
Conference semifinal, one that, with Atlanta center Dikembe
Mutombo lurking in the middle, promises to see the Bulls'
Michael Jordan shooting plenty of fadeaways. Last month Utah
played L.A. at the Forum, as the two teams will in Game 4 of
their West semifinal. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal beat the
Jazz that day with a fadeaway, but in Sunday's series opener
(page 38), Shaq simply did a fade, scoring only 17 points in
L.A.'s 93-77 loss.
NBC, 1 PM and 3:30 PM
Burn at United
D.C.'s Marco Etcheverry (right), a Bolivian known as El Diablo,
led the MLS in assists during the United's 1996 championship run
with 19, including two in the 3-2 MLS Cup victory against the
Los Angeles Galaxy. In his first six games this season for
Eastern Conference-leading (5-2) D.C., Etcheverry had five
assists, though he was out with a hamstring injury when United
lost 3-2 to Dallas (4-4) on Sunday in the first half of their
home-and-home series with the Burn.
ESPN2, 4 PM
Monaco Grand Prix
To catch a thief in Monaco, call Cary Grant. To catch Formula
One points leader Jacques Villeneuve, call it unlikely.
Villeneuve has sat on the pole in all four F/1 races this season
and won two of them in his Williams-Renault FW19. The 1995
Indianapolis 500 victor and '95 Indy Car champ has taken the
checkered flag in six of 20 races since switching to Formula One
in August '95. Son of the late F/1 driver Gilles Villeneuve,
Jacques, 26, returns to Monte Carlo, where he was raised after
his father's death in a 1982 race. "A driver takes risks, that's
his life," says Jacques. "You wouldn't want to see anything
changed. That's why people end up loving what you're doing."
ESPN2, 8 AM
Heat at Knicks
Rockets at Sonics
Bulls at Hawks
Game 3 of the Miami-New York Eastern semifinals grudge match
will feature two mentor-student reunions: On the sidelines Pat
Riley, coach of the Heat and former coach of the Knicks, will go
against his former assistant Jeff Van Gundy; and in the paint
the battle will be between two Georgetown alumni, the Knicks'
venerable Patrick Ewing and Miami's frisky Alonzo Mourning. In
the West, Houston visits Seattle for their Game 4 hoping that
power forward Charles Barkley (right) provides the quickness and
muscle to handle Sonics forwards Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf.
A pointed question: Can Rockets rookie point guard Matt Maloney
stay with Sonics All-Star Gary Payton?
NBC, 12:30 PM, 3 PM and 5:30 PM
Rangers at Devils
In 1983 Wayne Gretzky, then with the Edmonton Oilers, called the
New Jersey Devils the NHL's "Mickey Mouse team." The Great One
has since become an authority on new jerseys--the New York
Rangers, for whom he plays with another ex-Oiler, Mark Messier
(left), are his fourth team--while the Devils had the best
record in the Eastern Conference this season. Gretzky, who in
the opening round against the Florida Panthers scored his first
hat trick in four years, will be hard-pressed to repeat in this
conference semifinal Game 5 against Devils goalie Martin
Brodeur, who makes the net seem as impenetrable as the Lincoln
Tunnel at rush hour.
FOX, 2 PM
GTE Byron Nelson Classic
What has Tiger Woods, golf's cablinasian sensation, been doing
with himself since his historic Masters win last month? He has
(deep breath): opened two All-Star Cafes, declined to meet with
the President, been on Oprah (take that, Worm), played 36 holes
with Michael Jordan, vacationed in Cancun and accepted the
apologies of Fuzzy Zoeller, with whom he is quite close ... in
the PGA media guide (their respective bios run on consecutive
pages). At last Tiger is expected to tee it up again, in the
Dallas suburb of Irving.
USA, 4 PM
All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.
COLOR PHOTO: STEPHEN DUNN/ALLSPORT [Marco Etcheverry in game]
COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER [Mark Messier and opposing player in game]
COLOR PHOTO: DAVID LIAM KYLE [Charles Barkley in game]
THE ! ZAPPER
How difficult is it for a big-time football coach to go nine
seasons without being fired? How much more difficult is it when
your top assistant is Jerry Van Dyke? All good--and, in the case
of the sitcom Coach, mediocre--things must come to an end. The
one-hour finale, in which Hayden Fox (played by Craig T. Nelson)
ponders a contract extension, airs on ABC on Wednesday (8 p.m).
Coach's exit means that Fox NFL analyst Jerry Glanville, who
resembles Van Dyke's character, Luther Van Dam, is the most
annoying football coach on TV.