Greg Cote

Heat-Raptors is talk of the town, sits atop Hot Button list

1. HEAT

Miami hosts crucial Game 4 against Toronto on Monday: Will someone seize a huge 3-1 series lead here Monday? NBA could have its two most anticipated conference finals ever in East’s Heat against LeBron and West titans Golden State against San Antonio. Now if we can only get those other teams to cooperate.

2. MARLINS

Fish flying as homestand continues: Marlins had won 10 of their past 11 games entering the weekend in the midst of a nine-game homestand. Much more of this winning and contending and Jeffrey Loria might have little choice but to open the wallet and bolster the roster. Two words: Tim Lincecum.

3. DOLPHINS

Fins conclude unusual rookie minicamp on Sunday: Miami wraps up a three-day rookie minicamp, but it’s been classroom stuff only, no uniforms or practices. So we’ll have to wait awhile longer to see No. 1 draft pick Laremy Tunsil behind a gas mask. Oops. Sorry! Freudian slip. I meant a face mask.

4. HORSE RACING

Kentucky Derby opens gates on Triple Crown season: Nyquist went off as the betting favorite in Saturday’s 142nd Kentucky Derby, but hardly an overwhelming one. Most thoroughbred experts predict we won’t see an end this year to the Triple Crown drought stretching all the way back to 2015.

5 PANTHERS

Cats out of playoffs but still in news with Jagr, coach: As playoffs continued sans Florida, Panthers’ Gerard Gallant was named a coach of year finalist and Cats re-signed Jaromir Jagr for another year. I don’t wanna say Jagr is old, but he skied as an NHL rookie because ice hadn’t been invented yet.

Read an updated, expanded Hot Button Top 10 every Sunday in Greg’s Random Evidence blog.

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