Though much of the world first discovered Washington Wizards point guard John Wall when he did the Dougie on court before his professional debut, real hoopheads have known about 2010’s No. 1 overall draft pick since he first made waves at the Reebok Basketball Breakout Challenge. The Breakout Challenge is an event where unranked basketball players without access to traditional opportunities — players just like Wall was in 2007 — can showcase their talents for hundreds of college coaches and earn a chance to further their careers based solely on their basketball skill. Together with Reebok, Wall is bringing back the Breakout Challenge this summer to help other kids get the same chance to prove themselves that he himself once had. We know that Wall can take on the Breakout Challenge, but what about the challenge of our 10 Questions? Keep reading to find out.
BOSTON (AP) -- When Brad Marchand whistled a shot over Roberto Luongo's shoulder early in Game 6, Vancouver's enigmatic goalie looked a bit surprised, a little shaky.
When Milan Lucic trickled another goal through Luongo's legs 35 seconds later, the Boston Bruins could tell Luongo was off - and they were on.
The tension of an elimination game eroded right along with Luongo's poise. With another goal by Andrew Ference moments later, Luongo was history and the Bruins were headed back to Vancouver for the Stanley Cup finals' grand finale.
The Canucks could have raised the Stanley Cup on Monday night, but the Bruins refused to allow a Garden party for the visitors. They even chased Luongo off their home ice in the first period, evening the series with a 5-2 victory.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Roberto Luongo went for another walk on the picturesque Vancouver seawall before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, clearing his mind of criticism and failure while soaking in an anxious city's soothing beauty.
With a peaceful mind, Luongo achieved a small slice of perfection: a shutout in the biggest game of his NHL career.
And when Maxim Lapierre finally managed one goal against Tim Thomas, Luongo's brilliant Boston counterpart, Luongo carried Vancouver to the verge of its first championship Friday night, taking a 3-2 series lead with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins.
DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki waited five long years for that elusive third victory over Miami, yet there was only a short celebration when it finally came.
He briefly thrust both arms in the air, a sea of blue screaming around him, but then quickly walked off the floor.
To Nowitzki, the real party can't come until next week.
"There's really nothing to celebrate," he said. "We're going in there Sunday swinging, like we did today, from the jump, and hopefully steal one Sunday."
And now it really is "now or never" for LeBron James and the Miami Heat .
Nowitzki scored 29 points, driving for the go-ahead dunk with 2:45 remaining, and the Mavericks beat the Heat 112-103 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead.
BOSTON (AP) -- The tattered, kitschy Bruins jacket has been moving around the Boston locker room for the past few months, going to the most valuable player in every victory.
It belonged to Nathan Horton when he went down with a serious concussion two days earlier in the Stanley Cup finals. He showed up in the Bruins' locker room Wednesday night, delighting his teammates by putting the jacket on Rich Peverley.
That strange, old jacket bought on eBay has become the Bruins' most valuable trophy.
After two dominant games in Boston, the Bruins are halfway to winning a bigger, shinier prize.
Tim Thomas made 38 saves in his third shutout of the playoffs, Peverley scored two goals after replacing Horton on Boston's top line, and the Bruins emphatically evened the finals at two games apiece with a 4-0 victory over the foundering Vancouver Canucks in Game 4.
DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki lingered on the bench during timeouts, waiting for the horn to sound before getting up. When he made a key shot, he walked back on defense without so much as nodding in celebration.
He was sick. A sinus infection left him coughing and wheezing, his temperature spiking to 101 degrees. At tip-off, he was still worn out from hardly sleeping the night before.
Somehow, he managed the energy to play Game 4 of the NBA finals.
And, like a flu-ridden Michael Jordan in Game 5 of the 1997 finals, he still managed to lead his team to a pivotal victory.
Nowitzki struggled through the first three quarters, then willed himself and his team at the end. He scored 10 of his 21 points and grabbed five of his 11 rebounds in the final period, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to an 86-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that ties the NBA finals at two games.