A postseason banquet
NBA: While the Dallas Mavericks rest up, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies continue their hard-fought series, which has included two overtime thrillers. Oklahoma City takes a 3-2 lead into Friday night's Game 6 in Memphis (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). With a Thunder win, Kevin Durant would become the first player to win the scoring title and make the conference finals in the same season since Allen Iverson in 2000-01. If Memphis wins, a must-see Game 7 will be played Sunday in Oklahoma City (3:30 p.m., ABC). The Grizzlies have never played in a Game 7.
The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls tip off the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Chicago (8 p.m., TNT). It's the Bulls' first conference finals appearance since 1998, Michael Jordan's last season with the team. Nothing to see here except this year's MVP, Derrick Rose, against the MVP he dethroned, King James. The Bulls swept the season series, winning the three games by a combined eight points. Nope, should be a boring, ho-hum series.
NHL: And then there were four! The Stanley Cup conference finals start this weekend. Tampa Bay travels to Boston for Game 1 of the East finals Saturday night (8 p.m., Versus). The Lightning and Bruins both swept their second-round opponents and start the series extremely well-rested (rusty, perhaps?). Tampa Bay seeks its first Stanley Cup finals appearance since winning the Cup in 2004; Boston hasn't made the finals since 1990.
The san Jose Sharks held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings in a seven-game thriller and will travel to Vancouver for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night (8 p.m., Versus). The Canucks won three of the teams' four regular-season meetings. The Sharks are looking for their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals; the Canucks haven't been there since 1994. Fun fact: This is the first Stanley Cup conference finals based solely in the Pacific Time Zone.
MLB: Every team is in action, with 45 games on tap. I have to mention that the Yankees and Red Sox will play a three-game set at Yankee Stadium starting Friday night. Check your local listings for all the games this weekend.
Soccer: The U.S. women's national team hosts Japan in a friendly match Saturday in Columbus, Ohio (6:30 p.m., Fox Soccer). It's the first international game for the Japanese squad since the devastating tsunami in March. The U.S. team will raise money for tsunami relief by holding an Internet auction of autographed game-worn jerseys of all 21 of its players after the match.
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.