The Orlando Magic, who lead the Cleveland Cavaliers by three games to two in the Eastern Conference finals, are sticking with their undefeated lineup, one that features a 7-year-old girl.
Orlando is 4-0 in the playoffs when little Gina Marie Incandela sings the national anthem, and another one of her renditions has been planned for Game 6 tonight.
"They win when she sings," her mother, Michelle, said yesterday. "It's a wonderful coincidence."
Maybe it is just by chance, but Gina - who suffers from a form of autism - has perhaps become Orlando's lucky charm and is one of the Magic's biggest inspirations.
"She's amazing," Magic center Dwight Howard said.
Gina has become the ultimate crowd pleaser at Magic home games.
A lawsuit against Eddy Curry that accuses the New York Knicks center of sexual harassment, among other actions, was dismissed Thursday by a judge in New York who ruled that the case would be settled in arbitration rather than by a jury, the New York Times reported.
Curry's former driver, David Kuchinsky, sued the player in January, accusing him of making lewd and suggestive remarks, brandishing a gun, and failing to pay $91,000 in wages and expenses. Curry denies the charges, and his attorneys argued that the case did not belong in court because of a contract between the two parties that requires arbitration.