Everything you need to know heading into the weekend in the world of sports.

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Continuing from last week, the championship rounds of the NBA and NHL playoffs are well underway. Schein on Sports kicked off the week broadcasting live from Madison Square Garden, the site of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. With the Kings headed into New York up 2-0 in the series, NHL on NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick said to expect better performances by top goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist.

Quick posted a 3-0 shutout in Game 3, stopping all 32 shots on goal he saw to give Los Angeles a 3-0 lead in the series. With the Stanley Cup in the building and the Rangers season on the brink, Lundqvist stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 2-1 victory that forced the series back to the Staples Center for a Game 5.

NHL on NBC play-by-play broadcaster Doc Emrick joined Adam on Monday and talked about how the Rangers tend to play their best hockey with their backs against the wall.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Rangers, tasked with needing three more consecutive wins (two on the road) to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup – but they are 5-0 this postseason when facing elimination. Looking back, the Kings also took a 3-0 lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, then dropped back-to-back games to the New Jersey Devils before clinching the title. I would expect Los Angeles to play their best game in Game 5, and finish the Rangers off for good en route to their second championship.

As for the NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Heat responded to their Game 1 loss in a big way.

You just knew that James was going to deliver in a big way after being embarrassed in Game 1, missing the closing minutes because of cramps. And boy, did he ever? 35 points, 10 rebounds and tough, clutch play to even the series at a game apiece.

With the series shifting to South Beach, the Spurs shot just a shade under 76 percent from the field in a convincing Game 3 win to retake the series lead. So how would LeBron and the Heat (who have won 13 consecutive playoff games following a loss) respond in Game 4? Not so well …

The Spurs have earned a 3-1 lead, and look to close out the series on Sunday night in San Antonio.

Interview Of The Week

Browns head coach Mike Pettine joined Adam this week for the first time since the Browns drafted some guy named Johnny F—— Football. So what does Pettine think of how Johnny Manziel conducts himself off the field?

Time will tell if Mike Pettine feels the same way about Manziel if he throws three interceptions in a loss after partying during the bye week.

Underrated Story of the Week

The Heat are technically still alive and in position to win their third consecutive championship, but Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have not looked particularly good this series. Is Pat Riley concerned enough to try to convince Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to take his talents to South Beach, as this ESPN report suggests?

Anthony was part of the 2003 draft class along with James, Wade and Bosh, but he’s the only one of those men without a championship ring. Not only has Carmelo said in the past that LeBron was smart to team up with Wade and Bosh, but the Knicks are a team in transition; they don’t have a first round pick this year, nor the cap flexibility to make significant improvements. They also have a first-time head coach in Derek Fisher. Who knows if Carmelo, who just turned 30, wants to spend the next few years of his prime in a rebuilding situation in New York, especially when he can opt out and get a fresh start elsewhere with a team more likely to contend than the Knicks?

If nothing else, maybe the Heat can bring in Darko Milicic along with Melo, and start the first five picks of the 2003 draft together.

GIF of the week

Cespedes

Just another day at the office for A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. After throwing out a pair of Angels last week in a series in Oakland, he makes this throw of approximately 300 feet … on the fly … on the money … to nail Howie Kendrick at the plate.

That prompted this response by the official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Angels.

Of course, Cespedes wouldn’t do it again the following day. Oh wait, he totally did!

The Angels were slightly less amused the second time around.

5 Things to Watch This Weekend

  1. The Spurs, with a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, look to close out the Heat and win their fifth NBA Championship on Sunday night.
  2. With a win on Friday night, the Los Angeles Kings will be Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in franchise history.
  3. The 2014 FIFA World Cup started Thursday afternoon, with host Brazil defeating Croatia 3-1. Team USA doesn’t begin group play until Monday, but there are plenty of games over the weekend to wet your whistle.
  4. The second major in golf is this weekend: The U.S. Open from Pinehurst. Martin Kaymer leads the tournament by three shots after the first round.
  5. Lots of baseball this weekend, but one series worth checking out features the Cleveland Indians visiting the Boston Red Sox. The Tribe have played better of late to climb back into the AL Central race, as former Red Sox and current Indians manager Terry Francona makes another trip back to Fenway.

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