The Pistons advanced out of the first round of the NBA playoffs, doing so in decisive fashion behind Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace and newfound talent Tayshaun Prince. The 108-93 victory over Orlando was the third in a row for Detroit, making the Pistons just the seventh team in NBA history to advance after falling behind 3-1 in a series. Detroit avoided joining the Miami Heat (1999) and Seattle SuperSonics (1994) as the only top-seeded teams to lose in the first round since the playoffs were expanded to a 16-team format in 1984.
Paul Silas was fired as coach of the New Orleans Hornets after five seasons in which he set the franchise record for victories. The Hornets went 47-35 this season, finishing third in the Central Division. They were knocked out of the playoffs Friday night, eliminated in the first round in six games by the Philadelphia 76ers. He leaves with an overall mark of 208-155 with the Hornets.
The injury to Los Angeles Lakers forward Rick Fox's left foot is more serious than first thought, putting his availability for next season in question. Fox injured his foot April 27. He visited a specialist in New York on Friday and learned of a split in another tendon, complicating the surgical procedure he expects to undergo within two weeks. Fox expects to be sidelined at least six to nine months.
On the air
High school baseballCentral vs. Jackson, 4:45 p.m., KAPE-1550
Chaffee vs. Notre Dame or Scott City, 6:15 p.m., KAPE-1550
Sikeston vs. Poplar Bluff, 6:45 p.m., KRHW-1520
MLBSt. Louis at Cincinnati, 6 p.m., Fox-Midwest, KZIM-960, KBXB-97.9
NBA playoffsBoston at New Jersey, 6 p.m., TNT
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m., TNT
NHL playoffsOttawa at Philadelphia, 6 p.m., ESPN
Dallas at Anaheim, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2
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High school baseballRichland at Delta, 4:15 p.m.
Festus at Perryville, Jefferson County Conference Tournament, 4:30 p.m.
St. Vincent at Grandview, Jefferson County Conference Tournament, 4:30 p.m.
SEMO Conference Tournament: Semifinals at Capaha Field, Central vs. Jackson, 5 p.m., Sikeston vs. Poplar Bluff, 7 p.m.; Consolation games at Chaffee, Notre Dame vs. Scott City, 4 p.m., Chaffee vs. Notre Dame-Scott City winner, 6:15 p.m.; Consolation games at Dexter, Dexter vs. Kelly, 4 p.m., NMCC vs. Dexter-Kelly winner, 6:15 p.m.
High school softballOak Ridge at Scott City, 4 p.m.
Dexter at Advance, 4 p.m.
Richland at Delta, 4:15 p.m.
High school girls' soccerNotre Dame at Perryville, 4 p.m.
High school girls' swimmingMehlville, Notre Dame at Central, 4:30 p.m.
High school track & fieldNotre Dame meet, 4 p.m.
Kelly Invitational, 4 p.m.
High school boys' tennisPoplar Bluff at Central, 4 p.m.
High school golf
St. Vincent at Class 2, District 1 Tournament, Eagle Lake Golf Course, Farmington