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Nets look for 2-0 lead...Game 3 for NHL rivals...Kershaw is back

April 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After losing Game 1 to the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers try to turn things around tonight when they host Game 2 of their NBA playoff series. The Nets will be trying for their first 2-0 lead in a series since going up 2-0 against the New York Knicks en route to a first-round sweep in 2004. Also tonight, the Golden State Warriors are looking to get a 2-0 advantage over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors blocked 14 shots in Game 1, the most they’ve achieved all season.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes are hosting their first playoff game in a decade tonight, and they’ve got their work cut out for them. The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals have a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. In other playoff action tonight, the Nashville Predators are at Dallas with that series tied at a game apiece, while the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs also have a win apiece heading into Game 3 in Toronto. And the Calgary Flames visit the Colorado Avalanche, with that series also tied 1-1.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw makes his first start of the season, facing the Reds after being sidelined by left shoulder inflammation. Kershaw is 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 10 career starts versus Cincinnati. He likely will face former teammate Yasiel Puig in his return to LA after he was traded to the Reds in December.

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox are playing their annual Patriots’ Day morning game, hosting Baltimore for an odd 11:05 a.m. start. Last year’s game was postponed due to poor weather, the first rainout on the Massachusetts holiday since 1994.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Indians and Mariners open a series in Seattle, both coming off weekend sweeps to division rivals. Cleveland dropped three at Kansas City. The Mariners lost three home games to the Astros, dropping their early AL West lead to one game.