Ted Leonsis had said he would "Dougie" if his team sold out a game. They sold out a game. But now he says that the Dougie has "jumped the shark" and is not cool enough anymore. So what should he do instead? My advice: Whatever John Wall wants.
Look where the All-Stars grew up. Some definite clustering going on there ...
Omri Casspi may forever change Israeli politics. "The Omri Casspi bill" would allow overseas Israelis, like Casspi, to vote.
A TrueHoop reader Eric (you may know him, honestly, as DWadeStarks78EM) makes what absolutely takes the cake as the best Canadian Dwyane Wade/homemade ravioli/Kanye West/fantasy hoops video ever. It's PG-13 for language, loaded to the gills with inside jokes I don't get. And some of the basketball might hurt your eyes. But I'd give anything for some of that ravioli. Eric explains: "The ravioli bit was actually my brother Warren's idea: he pointed out that a classic trope in hip-hop is boasting about how great you are at various things (pimping, hustling, rapping, etc) and that since I love cooking, I should make a complicated meal. I had already decided that if either Kanye or Wade ever sees this video (which, let's be honest, is unlikely but not impossible in our crazy, online world) and wants me to make them ravioli, I will oblige."
John Hollinger (Insider) on the Heat losing again to the Celtics: "In the three meetings, what stands out is how Boston's defense continues to make Miami's offense -- and, by extension, any iso-heavy offense -- look positively awful. I think this is the most important takeaway from Sunday... In three games against the Celtics, the Heat have scored 80, 82 and 107 points, and even the 107 comes with an asterisk -- Miami fell way behind thanks to a 46-point first half in that game before turning on the jets late. That's been a common theme, in fact, as the Heat and Celtics have played virtually the same game three different times. In each, Boston took a double-digit lead, Miami stormed back in the fourth and then Boston made a few plays at the end to clinch it. But all three games have been similar in another way: Wade was just awful. If the Heat are to beat the Celtics, this can't be the case. Wade is the Miami player matched up against the weakest defender in Boston's starting five, Ray Allen. He is the one who needs to take advantage of all the extra attention the Celtics pay to LeBron James. And he's the one most capable of putting fouls on the Celtics' starters and getting into their less gifted bench. Instead, he's been absolutely brutal."
A team's record against elite teams has mattered little in the past. But for the record, I learned from this Zach Lowe post on Sports Illustrated that with a healthy Dirk Nowitzki the Mavericks beat everybody.
One reason not to have a hard-to-spell last name. Honestly, that's hilarious.
Kevin Arnovitz is making fancy crunch time diagrams showing how the Heat brilliantly got a wide open 3 when they needed it. Nevertheless, the Heat are getting mocked for having Mike Miller take that wide open shot.
John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog: "On Sunday, the Cavs were coming off their first win in a month and a half and were playing a team that has not won a road game all season. And the Wizards were on the back end of a back-to-back. The Cavs got absolutely spanked. In fact, the Cavs haven’t played as well all season as the Wizards did on Sunday. That is absolutely awful."