By Daniel Friedman
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Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the local sports landscape:

THREE UP:


1) Brooklyn Hoops

The Brooklyn Nets walk to the court before the game against the New York Knicks on April 1, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets walk to the court before the game against the New York Knicks on April 1, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Five straight wins, including a 100-98 victory over the Knicks on Thursday night, have propelled the Nets back into a playoff spot. They’re now tied for seventh in the East.

2) St. John’s Basketball

Chris Mullin speaks with CBS2's Otis Livingston following his introduction as new head coach of the St. John's Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena on April 1, 2015. (Photo by CBS2/WLNY)

Chris Mullin speaks with CBS2’s Otis Livingston following his introduction as new head coach of the St. John’s Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena on April 1, 2015. (Photo by CBS2/WLNY)

The good news for the Red Storm is that the best is probably yet to come. That’s even more likely now, with the hiring of former hero Chris Mullin.

3. NY Pucks

Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 29, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 29, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Islanders finally snapped out of their scoring funk in a 5-4 win over Detroit on Sunday. Better yet, they moved back into second place in the Metro with Pittsburgh’s loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Rangers got Henrik Lundqvist back, and can clinch the division title with one more win.

THREE DOWN:


1. MSG Hoops

Spike Lee waits for the game to begin between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks on April 1, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Spike Lee waits for the game to begin between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks on April 1, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

This needs no explanation.

2. Old Yankee Stadium

Letters are taken down during the demolition of the old Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

Letters are taken down during the demolition of the old Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

The letters atop the old ballpark, which had previously been purchased by Reggie Jackson, failed to sell in an auction on Wednesday. They were expected to go for at least $300,000 apiece.

3. Yankees Shortstops

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius makes a throw to first base during the second inning of a spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 9, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius makes a throw to first base during the second inning of a spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 9, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Both Didi Gregorius and Brendan Ryan are in some sort of discomfort, which could thrown the Yankees’ infield plans right out the window. They better hope one or both of these guys get healthy, and quick.

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