Dwight Howard Is Such A Cry Baby
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Dwight Howard Is Such A Cry Baby

So much wasted intimidation potential.

Dwight Howard has the potential to be the absolute scariest man in the NBA. Scarier than LeBron, scarier than James Harden, scarier than Gregg Popovich, but no, he has to go and sniffle and cry his way through an interview just because his team is down 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs.

Does he not know anything? He sounds like Shaq on Inside the NBA, which is not a compliment. You know if he starts saying anything except "I don't know," he is going to absolutely break down like Matt Damon does to Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting.

It's only 0-2 in a seven games series and it appears that Dwight Howard has absolutely given up. Stop sniffling and be the scary mothafucka you can be.

When John Wall sees this video, he is going to rip Dwight apart on the court. For his size, Dwight now looks like the least intimidating player in the NBA.

Congrats Dwight, Tyler "Psycho T" Hansborough has passed you on the intimidation scale. How does that make you feel?

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The Atlanta Hawks Lost To The Cavs, But Stole My Heart

What an effort it was.

NBA fans owe a big thank you to the Hawks bench tonight. The Cavs entered halftime up by 10 ready to coast to a 1-0 series lead. Al Horford was already considering his free agent options.

Que the bench. Dennis Schroeder boasting pure unadulterated german efficiency starts to mount the comeback. He put Atlanta on his back with a sweet 3 for 3 from the field with two of those attempts coming from downtown. And all of a sudden ...

The Hawks have life. We have a game worth watching. All because of this young gun with flow that should've earned him a cameo in Dope.

Every hero needs a lovable side kick, and tonight Schroeder found his in fellow benchie Mike Scott. Scott played your spark plug bringing life back into the Atlanta's defense.

LeBron James no longer seemed to be instilling his will. All of a sudden Paul Millsap is cleaning up the glass. Scott, a relative jobber, will forever have my love for those six minutes he gave in the third quarter. If that isn't enough he deserves it for being the biggest apple fan in the league. (I mean why is apple not paying this man money. Look at those tats.)

The third quarter ended with the hawks back within four points of the Cavs and made us think just maybe the Eastern Conference isn't the cakewalk it was chalked up to be. Alas, it was all too good to be true. LeBron turned on the muscle and it was pretty much over.

All of a sudden the script seems back on track. Cry not Atlanta, for Schroeder brought hope even if just for a quarter.

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Sports |  Source: cleveland.com

Just Like Old Times in Cleveland

It's like LeBron never left.

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers haven't ever won an NBA championship, they got one game closer on Sunday. They beat the Hawks 100-99 for a four game sweep. This is the old Cavs we were so used to seeing for years. The departure of LeBron James in 2010 was a shock to Cavs fans and they did not exactly react well.

But now he is back and after their sweep of the Hawks on Sunday, they look better than ever and are giving Cavs fans hope that they can finally clinch a title with their new big three of LeBron, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. Check out LeBron being clutch in game 4 and proving he is in top form and ready to bring a title home to Cleveland.

The Cavs will be making another Eastern conference finals appearance facing either the Toronto Raptors or the infamous (in Cleveland) Miami Heat. LeBron hit plenty of clutch shots in the series sweep of the Hawks, including that shot to give the Cavs a three point lead late in game four on Sunday, leaving the notoriously hilarious Hawks Twitter account to post this picture, representing their feelings towards the Cavs.

The Cavs shot 16-for-37 (43.2 percent) from downtown in game four, which, if sustained, would make their offense almost unstoppable. Game four was actually their worst three-point-shooting performance of the series. They made 77 out of 152 triples, or 50.7 percent, of their attempts from deep. It doesn't seem too sustainable, but if they did it for four games, who is to say they can't keep it up?

This fact should scare those other teams:

For the Cavs to win their first NBA Finals, they will have to go through Toronto/Miami then if they beat the winner of those teams, they will face either San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Golden State, or Portland. I feel confident they can handle OKC and Portland without too much trouble, but it is likely they will face either the Warriors or the Spurs, in which case, we are in store for a hell of an NBA Finals this year!

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Why do NBA Players Keep Hitting Each Other in the Groin?

Is it that hard to keep away from that area?

Without question, the game of basketball today is a lot less physical than it was about two and three decades ago. Teams like the "Bad Boy" Detroit Pistons or the Patrick Ewing led New York Knicks team would have to forfeit the majority of their games because so many players would be suspended for hard fouls.

The introduction of flagrant fouls in the late 1990s and the end of the hand check has opened up offenses and limited the physicality that defenses could play. However, that has not stopped the occasional cheap shot from slipping into the game.

Game 3 of the Western and Eastern Conference Finals saw the losing teams take time out of their defeat to give a groin shot to the opposing team's big man. Golden State Warriors' All Star forward Draymond Green kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams and Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward (and bench warming) Dahntay Jones punching Toronto Raptors' center Bismack Biyombo in the crotch have dominated the sports media coverage over the past 48 hours.

While Jones was given a one game suspension, Draymond Green was assessed a flagrant 2 and a $25,000 fine. It can be argued because you couldn't identify intent from Green, let's be honest and say that the NBA didn't want to suspend an important player before a decisive Game 4. Toronto didn't win because Dahntay Jones wasn't playing, but Oklahoma City would be at a clear advantage if the Golden State Warriors were without their star forward.

Whether or not this has repercussions during the rest of the series, with players just cup checking each other, I have to question the maturity of these players and the lack of respect for the man-code they have illustrated.

Now I'm not the biggest fans of "unwritten rules" but there has to be an understood gentleman's agreement leaving that specific area of the male anatomy alone. The fact that multiple shots to the nuts have occurred in this round have made me question the respect these players show each other.

The Larry Bird led Celtics and Magic Johnson led Lakers played each other hard because they knew the level of talent and skill they other team had. The Bad Boy Pistons came up with the famous "Jordan Rules" because they respected him so much and needed to find a way to hold him under 40 points.

It would be easy for Dennis Rodman or Bill Laimbeer to just walk up to Michael during tip-off and kick him in the groin to take him out the game. Instead, they played good, hard (arguably dirty) defensive basketball and not just a sick, twisted game of kick the crotch or punch the penis.

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Sports |  Source: nj.com

Ryan Howard's 2016 Isn't Going Too Well

Nothing like eating up a massive salary!

Does the name Ryan Howard conjure memories of gigantic, towering home runs? Opportunistic advertising? A gigantic grin?

Unfortunately, it's just been a parade of disappointing plays and big ol' whiffs at the plate as of late.

Howard's 2016 season is just two months old, but things are starting to fall apart for the veteran.

His defense isn't hurting terribly, which is cool. For reference, check out this play he made just Tuesday night.

Howard's offense, however, is a different story.

In May, Howard batted a brutal .106. His batting average on the season (.156) is lower than Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (.200) and nearly as bad as Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (.154).

It's been a frustrating month for the big guy, and it's all led up to this.

(Well, not really that. He lost control of his bat after a swing. But you get the idea.)

In short, this is bad.

(We're going to pretend he says "this is bad" instead of "this is big.")

Howard was one of the few pieces from the team's World Series-winning golden days who didn't find a new home for the 2015 season. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins started his 2015 season out in Los Angeles with the Dodgers, and second baseman Chase Utley joined him there mid-season. Then pitcher Cole Hamels was jettisoned to Texas.

Now, with the Dodgers and Rangers competing while Howard and the Phillies flounder, it's become harder and harder to watch what will likely be The Big Piece's final season in Philadelphia.

(Different Ryan Howard, same feeling.)

But you know what's weird? Howard isn't even in the top 10 of the league in strikeouts this year. And he's still tied for the team lead with eight home runs.

Because of how passable he looked in the first month of the season -- 15 hits, five home runs, and 10 RBI -- his numbers, batting average aside, aren't dismal for a 36-year-old on the decline.

Still, Howard's precipitous dropoff, paired with one of the worst offenses in baseball, has the Phillies sliding real fast. The Phils were the league's feel-good story of the season in April, but they're just 2-9 in their last 11 games and have regressed to playing .500 ball for the first time since April 26.

All told, this season has been one to forget for Howard, and fast. Maybe it's time for him to move on, either from the Phillies or from baseball altogether. It's been a tremendous ride for Howard and Phillies fans.

Still, watching it end this way has been brutal for all involved.

Something tells us Ryan would much rather be eating Subway sandwiches. What say you, Ryan?

Yeah. Same.

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Sports |  Source: dcatabay.com, ESPN (edited)

If NBA Players Were Characters From The Office

What if Dwight focused on basketball instead of beet farming?

Below are the NBA alter-egos for all of your favorite characters from The Office.

Erin Hannon - Milwaukee Bucks SF Tony Snell
It would be way to easy to start with Michael, so I figured I'd throw a curveball and kick off with The Office's second receptionist. Erin's biggest flaw is that she never really has any idea what's happening at any given moment.

Sometimes, I feel this way about Tony Snell on the basketball court. On the offensive end, Snell stands in the corner, hoping the ball doesn't find him. On defense, he shuffles around mindlessly, absolutely clueless of his assigned rotation. Snell is so unaware sometimes that he forgets to log any statistic at all.

Andy Bernard- New Orleans Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins
"Jack, how does this make any sense?" you might ask. Well, think about it. Andy struggles with his temper (he once punched a hole in the wall), but his heart is almost always in the right place. He tried giving the 12 days of Christmas to Erin for Secret Santa - although it backfired, that was a genuinely thoughtful gesture.

Now, take Boogie. He never really worked out in Sacramento. He bickered with management and the coaching staff, and sometimes he let his anger get the best of him (see: technical foul totals).

But, if you ask the people from Sacramento about Cousins, they rave about all the work he did within the community, and most of his ex-teammates recall him as a lovable guy who just wanted to win so badly. Sounds like the Nard Dog to me.

Jim Halpert - Los Angeles Clippers PG Chris Paul
Jim is cunning. He's clever. He's smart. And, well, it took him a long time, with plenty of trial and error, to find the perfect situation with Pam.

CP3's basketball IQ is through the roof. He sees passes before they're even there.

While Jim frustrates Dwight by putting his desk items in jello or in the vending machine, CP3 aggravates defenders with his pick-n-roll probing and utilization of the yo-yo dribble. Jim pranks Dwight - CP3 clowns defenders. Jim eventually figured it out with Pam. Hopefully CP3 eventually culminates the comparison and finds his perfect combination of teammates someday.

Ryan Howard - Minnesota Timberwolves G Lance Stephenson
Both enjoyed rapid climbs to the top. Stephenson was a key cog on the Pacers team that played LeBron and the Heat tough in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. Ryan Howard upgraded from temp to CEO in about a hot second.

But, just as quickly, both enjoyed precipitous falls. Ryan committed fraud and ended up working at a bowling alley after his termination, and well, Stephenson is now struggling to even stick on an NBA roster.

Stanley Hudson - Sixers C Jahlil Okafor
Stanley shows very little interest in being in The Office. Okafor shows very little interest in being on a basketball court.

Angela Martin - Chicago Bulls PG Rajon Rondo
They're both small, annoying, petty people with whom no one ever wants to work. No one at Dunder Mifflin can even stand Angela and I'm fairly certain that the Chicago Bulls would have traded Rondo for a locker room beer pong table if offered before last week's trade deadline.

Pam Beasly (Halpert) - Cleveland Cavaliers PF Kevin Love
Love really wanted it to work in Minnesota. I mean, that's who drafted him. He loved putting up 20 pts/20 rebs games for the Wolves.

He was comfortable there, but sure enough, it grew tiresome waiting for management to reward him with more talent. So, he pushed Minnesota to deal him to Cleveland.

Love was definitely stepping out of his comfort zone, but deep down, he knew that with LeBron in Cleveland is where he'd find the most love and success. Although he was reluctant to accept the trade rumors at first, Love eventually came around and won a title in Northeast Ohio.

Damn, this sounds a lot like the Jim and Pam dynamic.

Phyllis Vance - New Orleans Pelicans C Omer Asik
Physically, they just look similar.

Meredith Palmer - Cavaliers SG JR Smith
Both are entirely too willing to take off their shirts.

Dwight Schrute - UCLA PG Lonzo Ball
Ok, so I cheated and dipped into the college ranks for one of these. Dwight is a really weird dude. But, for all his quirks, his salesmanship tactics frequently excel beyond all other Dunder Mifflin salesmen. It doesn't matter how he's getting the job done, it just matters that he's getting it done.

That's Lonzo. It doesn't really matter that Lonzo shoots across his body from his left shoulder. What does matter is that his shots go in, from just about anywhere.

Michael Scott -Oklahoma City Thunder PG Russell Westbrook
Michael's the boss. He's rather insensitive, tone-deaf, unaware and petty. But, when push comes to shove, Michael is a great employee who gets the job done. Frequently, Scranton's branch outperforms all others despite what seems to be lackluster leadership and effort.

That matches up perfectly with the Thunder point guard. Westbrook's insensitive pettiness has manifested itself throughout Durant's departure. He's entirely tone-deaf when he deals with the media. He doesn't really care what people think about him (see: pregame outfits).

But, he's loyal - Westbrook just signed a massive extension in Oklahoma City when he could have gone elsewhere. He loves his OKC family. Michael loves his Scranton family. Despite their glaring character flaws, both are valiant leaders of a seemingly misfit unit of workers.