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Hear me out: If Chris Paul is a winner, why hasn’t he won anything?

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Forget Joe Flacco and hot dogs. Is Chris Paul a “winner?”

Forget Joe Flacco and hot dogs. Is Chris Paul a “winner?”
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Remember Cars? Yesterday was the movie’s 15-year anniversary. In the 2006 film, after a full season of third-place finishes, a racer — Chick Hicks — is asked to compete with the top two racers for a chance to win the championship. That’s a plot hole that has bugged me for the last fifteen years. Why on Earth would someone who consistently lost be treated the same way as the ones who beat them all season long?

Chris Paul is the Chick Hicks of the NBA. Paul is a guy whose teams have consistently underperformed in the playoffs. He’s never won a championship. He’s never even had a Finals appearance, yet still, most of the NBA world considers Chris Paul one of the true “winners” in the league.

“He wins games,” they mutter.

“Look at where the Suns and Thunder were before he arrived compared to what they accomplished with him!” they shout from the mountaintops.

“His value can’t be explained with stats! He adds more than a box score could indicate!” they scream at the top of their lungs.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ve heard it all. I’ve watched his games. I like to think I know what he brings to the table when he suits up. And the answer is…a lot — a whole hell of a lot in fact. Chris Paul was (and still is) incredibly valuable for every team he’s played for. He’s had a remarkable and illustrious career, but he is not a winner.

Okay, so what determines a winner? Do you have to win a championship? No. I wouldn’t go that far, but you have to at least be capable of winning a championship as the face of your franchise. That’s what I call a winner. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, and Luka Dončić are all players who have shown enough that — with the right pieces supporting them — as the face of their respective franchises to win a title with them at the reins. Throughout his 16-year career, Chris Paul has never been that. More often than not, he’s been the supporting piece propping up other players. He’s only been the face of his franchise with the Hornets and Thunder (maybe the Suns too, but I’ll get back to that later). Paul never made it past the second round with that first team. He didn’t survive the first round in his lone season with the second team, but that team certainly didn’t help Paul at all.

The times when Paul has taken a back seat to other elite players have been the times his teams have been consistently solid. When Blake Griffin was the face of the Clippers with Chris Paul playing the role of distributor, the Clippers were championship contenders — even if they choked in the playoffs every year without fail. When Paul played the role of distributor for James Harden in Houston, the Rockets became the biggest threat to the Golden State Warriors dynasty since Oklahoma City. Now with the Phoenix Suns, Paul has taken a back seat as the distributor for Devin Booker, and Paul’s team is formidable once again.

You could argue that Paul is the face of the franchise, but I would argue that role has been forced upon him because of his legacy rather than because of how the Phoenix Suns operate. The narrative surrounding Paul is that he is a great player, first-ballot Hall of Famer, but has never won a title, and that’s unfortunate. It is. Paul has been an elite player for pretty much his entire career and the fact that he’s never had the opportunity to play on the game’s biggest stage is a crying shame.

After the Suns went 9-0 in the bubble last year, Phoenix already had a ton of hype heading into the 2021 season. Throw CP3 into the mix? Now, we’re talking. This is a championship-caliber team. We saw how Paul turned OKC around in a single season. Imagine what he’ll bring to the Suns. Never mind that Booker bettered his field goal percentage and points per game each of his first five seasons in the league. This is Paul’s team now. Until he wins a championship, this is Paul’s team.

I’m not denying that Paul’s impact has been substantial and meaningful. I’m just pointing out that it’s Devin Booker’s incredible scoring ability that puts Phoenix in the “championship contender” category, and that’s what makes Booker the face of the Suns.

Chris Paul is a fantastic player, and I’ve loved watching him this year. Despite his age, he continues to outperform the young stars and help his teams exceed expectations. However, Paul has not proven that he can carry a team to a championship, which should be the goal for any player with as long a resume as Paul’s. When his career ends Paul may, unfortunately, go down as this generation’s John Stockton — someone who was always great but despite the talent around him was never great enough to compete with the best teams in the league. Hopefully this year’s Suns squad can change that. If they win the Larry O’Brien trophy this year, I’d be happy to post a full-length apology while I waddle home with my head tucked between my legs and egg on my face. I really hope Paul’s Suns win the title. That being said, when the Suns reach the Western Conference Finals… Clippers in 6.

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Athletics-Berry calls on athletes to seek change in their communities

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EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – With a raised right fist, American hammer thrower Gwen Berry on Thursday reinforced her quest for social change.

“I want to impact the world,” Berry, wearing an “Activist Athlete” T-shirt, told reporters after qualifying sixth for Saturday’s final at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.

“There are a lot of things going on that are bigger than sport. As athletes we can and should use our voices to bring awareness to issues that affect our communities.”

Berry did just that at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, raising her fist when the U.S. national anthem was played during her medal ceremony.

She was suspended for 12 months by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) because of International Olympic Committee rules that ban protests and demonstrations.

The USOPC in March, though, said that athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic trials can protest, including kneeling or raising a clenched fist on the podium or at the start line during the national anthem.

“Our communities are under attack,” said Berry, a 31-year-old mother. “I want to continue even after I’m a hammer thrower.”

Her protest came four days after world 200 metres champion Noah Lyles had raised his left fist that was enclosed in a fingerless glove before the start of the men’s 100m final.

“Black lives matter,” Lyles said. “I felt like it was important that I throw up some symbol. I’ve done it before and I’m going to continue to do it.”

(Reporting by Gene Cherry; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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NHL playoff games today: Full TV schedule to watch 2021 Stanley Cup playoff games

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Oh, baby! The best postseason is officially here.

Sixteen NHL teams will battle it out for the greatest trophy in all of sports: the Stanley Cup. How it’ll all play out is a little different in 2021: the four best teams in each division will face each other (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 in Round 1) and the eventual division champs will meet in the Stanley Cup semifinals. The last two teams standing will then go head-to-head in the Stanley Cup Final.

Here’s everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2021, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.

MORE: Watch NHL playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

NHL playoff games today

Here’s the full schedule of NHL playoff games for: Friday, June 25

Check out SN’s scoreboard for the latest results.

Semifinals breakdowns, predictions, odds: TBL vs. NYI | VGK vs. MTL

NHL playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

The 2021 postseason marks the final year NBC’s family of networks will broadcast games on the NHL’s road to the Stanley Cup. First-round games will be shown on NHL Network and across NBC channels in the United States, while in Canada games will be shown on FX, FXX, Sportsnet’s channels and CBC.

In Canada, Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson will describe the Maple Leafs-Canadiens series while Harnarayan Singh and Louie DeBrusk will bring fans Oilers-Jets. David Amber and Ron McLean will be the studio anchors and will be joined by a rotating crew of analysts and insiders.

NBC will also employ a rotating crew that will include play-by-play announcers Kenny Albert, John Forslund and Brendan Burke and analysts Eddie Olczyk, AJ Mleczko and Dominic Moore.

NHL playoff bracket 2021

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NHL schedule 2021

The first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs started on Saturday, May 15, and, if it runs the full gamut, will end on Monday, May 31. 

*If necessary

Semifinals

Sunday, June 13

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders at Lightning 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, June 14

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Canadiens at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Tuesday, June 15

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders at Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Wednesday, June 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Canadiens at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Thursday, June 17

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Lightning at Islanders 8 p.m. ET USA SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Friday, June 18

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Golden Knights at Canadiens 8 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, June 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Lightning at Islanders 8 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, June 20

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Golden Knights at Canadiens 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, June 21

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Game 5: Islanders at Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Tuesday, June 22

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Game 5: Canadiens at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Wednesday, June 23

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Game 6: Lightning at Islanders 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Thursday, June 24

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Golden Knights at Canadiens 8 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Friday, June 25

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*Game 7: Islanders at Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Round 2

Saturday, May 29

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Game 1: Islanders at Bruins 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 30

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Game 1: Lightning at Hurricanes 5 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Golden Knights at Avalanche 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, May 31

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Game 2: Islanders at Bruins 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, June 1

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Game 2: Lightning at Hurricanes 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Wednesday, June 2

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Canadiens at Jets 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Golden Knights at Avalanche 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Thursday, June 3

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Bruins at Islanders 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Hurricanes at Lightning 8 p.m. ET USA,  SN, TVA Sports

ROUND 2: Predictions, picks, odds & series breakdowns for every series

Friday, June 4

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Game 2: Canadiens at Jets 7:30 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Avalanche at Golden Knights 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, June 5

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Game 4: Hurricanes at Lightning 4 p.m. ET USA, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Bruins at Islanders 7:15 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, June 6

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Jets at Canadiens 6 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Avalanche at Golden Knights 8:30 p.m. NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Monday, June 7

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Islanders at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports
Game 4: Jets at Canadiens 8 p.m. ET NHLN, NBCSN (JIP), SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Tuesday, June 8

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Lightning vs. Hurricanes 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports
Game 5: Golden Knights at Avalanche 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Wednesday, June 9

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Bruins at Islanders 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Thursday, June 10

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Avalanche at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, June 12

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*Game 7: Golden Knights at Avalanche 7:30 p.m. NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Round 1

Saturday, May 15

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Game 1: Bruins at Capitals 7:15 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders at Penguins Noon ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Wild at Golden Knights 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Lightning at Panthers 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

DIVISION PREDICTIONS, PREVIEWS: Central | East | West  | North

Monday, May 17

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Bruins at Capitals 7:30 p.m ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 1: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 1: Blues at Avalanche 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 18

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders at Penguins 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Lightning at Panthers 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 2: Wild at Golden Knights 10 p.m.ET  NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Wednesday, May 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 2: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 1: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Blues at Avalanche 10:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 20

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Panthers at Lightning 6:30 p.m. ET USA, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 3: Penguins at Islanders 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 1: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7:30 p.m. ET NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Golden Knights at Wild 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sport

Friday, May 21

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 3: Hurricanes at Predators 7 p.m. ET USA, FXX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 2: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Avalanche at Blues 9:30 p.m. ET USA, SN360, TVA Sports

Saturday, May 22

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Panthers at Lightning 12:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Penguins at Islanders 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 2: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, OMNI
Game 4: Golden Knights at Wild 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 23

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Hurricanes at Predators 2:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Avalanche at Blues 5 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 5: Bruins at Capitals 7 p.m. ET USA, SN1, TVA Sports
Game 3: Oilers at Jets 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, May 24

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Maple Leafs at Canadiens 7 p.m. ET NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 5: Islanders at Penguins 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports
Game 5: Lightning at Panthers 8 p.m. ET CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 4: Oilers at Jets 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 5: Wild at Golden Knights 10:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 25

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Maple Leafs at Canadiens 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 5: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Wednesday, May 26

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Penguins at Islanders 6:30 pm ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 6: Panthers at Lightning 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 6: Golden Knights at Wild 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 27

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 6: Hurricanes at Predators 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Friday, May 28

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 7: Wild at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, May 29

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Maple Leafs at Canadiens 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 30

No games.

Monday, May 31

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 7: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

 

 

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35 Laugh Out Loud Clippers Memes

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35 Laugh Out Loud Clippers Memes | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com

The Clippers are a team that has always been in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers. Even when the Clippers have produced great teams, they have not been able to get over the hump to win a title. Some say the Clippers may be cursed, but I don’t believe it. I do think the Clippers time is coming, and now that they have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on their squad, that time may be sooner than later. To celebrate how far the Clippers have come to finally becoming relevant, I have pulled out the memes. Here are 35 laugh out loud Clippers memes.

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