LeBron James was practicing a left-handed shot against the Raptors, just for fun

This guy.

The Cavaliers beat the Raptors on Friday night, 115-94, to go up 3-0 in the series. LeBron James has been fairly disrespectful to the Raptors this entire series and it continued in Game 3. He started shooting with his left hand during the game. He did it once in the first half but it was fairly subtle. He did it twice in the second half and it was beyond petty. He’s just out here, 14 years into the league, adding left-handed floaters to his game during the playoffs.

And again. These moves are plain nasty.

This is some Larry Bird-level disrespect, who once played an entire game left-handed.

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It wasn’t DeMar DeRozan’s fault the Raptors lost Game 3 to the Cavaliers

DeRozan put up a valiant effort that fell short against Cleveland, though larger questions about him may remain.

Over and over again, DeMar DeRozan did all he could. It took the form of mid-range jump shots, head-down drives that sent him wincing to the line, and violent attempted dunks trying to bring his team to life against an opponent readying a death blow. There are limits to what a single man can do, however, and DeRozan reached that in the Raptors’ 115-94 Game 3 defeat on Friday.

Despite his 37 points (12-of-23 from the floor, 13-of-13 from the line), DeRozan watched his team fall down three games to none against Cleveland. Assuming the Cavaliers don’t blow their 3-0 lead, something no NBA team has ever done, this will be the second consecutive season where the Raptors fell to LeBron James. He doesn’t respect them, and they did nothing to prove him wrong. Kyle Lowry didn’t play in Game 3, and the first game in this series was close, but none of that matters when you’re facing a lead that has never been topped.

DeRozan was amazing on Friday, but it may not answer all the questions about him. Twice in these playoffs, he had games where he was nearly a complete no-show — eight points on 0-of-8 shooting in Game 3 against the Bucks, and five points in Game 2 of this series. That’s hard to stomach from someone who’s supposed to be your best scorer and, depending on you feel about Kyle Lowry, best overall player. (Lowry wasn’t good this postseason, either. It’s a trend for both.)

The analysis about DeRozan that’s now growing boring is that his game doesn’t fit into the modern NBA. There is some validity to that, perhaps less in the way the play manifests itself and more in the way it allows defenses to limit him. Still, DeRozan did make crucial plays while having enormous games against the Bucks, averaging 24 points in that series.

As the Raptors were nudged onto the chopping block, DeRozan resisted for all he was worth. Without Lowry and facing an all-time force in this league in LeBron James, there just wasn’t a happy ending to be had in Toronto on Friday.

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LIVE STREAM: Watch #CincoDeMilo, Milo Yiannopoulos’ Cinco de Mayo party in Miami (with strippers and guns!)

Former Breitbart editor and free-speech advocate Milo Yiannopoulos is hosting a #CincoDeMilo party in Miami tonight that he’s live-streaming over on his YouTube channel and website. Check it out: Apparently there will be strippers later in the evening. And guns (from the live stream, it looks like attendees can take pictures with the guns in a […]

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Atheists File Suit Against Trump’s ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order

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An atheist organization has filed suit against President Donald Trump and the Internal Revenue Service over the president’s “religious liberty” executive order, arguing that it’s unconstitutional government support for religious organizations.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, headquartered in Wisconsin, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court, the Western District of Wisconsin. The action maintains that the president’s order would selectively benefit churches and religious organizations by allowing them to endorse political candidates without risking their tax-exempt status.

The intent of the president’s order is to weaken enforcement of the so-called Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law that restricts all tax-exempt institutions from campaigning for — or against — political candidates. 

Trump’s executive order specifically refers to religions and religious organizations, and Trump pointedly spoke only of “people of faith” and religions in his remarks in the Rose Garden Thursday as he signed the order. 

“This executive order directs the IRS not to unfairly target churches and religious organizations for political speech,” he said. “No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors. We are giving our churches their voices back.”

“Among its many faults,” the FFRF lawsuit states, Trump’s order “requires the IRS to selectively and preferentially discontinue enforcement of the electioneering restrictions of the tax code against churches and religious organizations, while applying a more vigorous enforcement standard to secular nonprofits.”

The FFRF suit contends the order violates its equal protection and free speech rights under the Constitution, and that favoring church groups over secular groups is in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The suit seeks an injunction preventing the IRS from implementing Trump’s order, and asks that the tax agency equitably enforce the electioneering restrictions against all tax-exempt organizations. 

Trump vowed during his campaign to grant religious organizations influence in the political arena without having to give up their tax-exempt status. “I said for the evangelicals that we’re going to do something that nobody’s even tried to do,” Trump said at the GOP convention. “We put into the platform, we’re going to get rid of the horrible Johnson Amendment.”

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday trolled Trump on Twitter following the president’s press conference touting that “religious discrimination” would no longer be tolerated in the U.S. Schneiderman reminded Trump that his two travel bans targeting Muslim nations have been blocked in court because of concerns about religious discrimination.

The American Civil Liberties Union has decided not to sue over the executive order — for now — after determining that it has no real legal clout and was little more than a “sop to religious conservatives,” according to a statement by ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.

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