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Dwight Howard thinks Hawks could learn from MMA fighters in series vs. Wizards

Dwight Howard thinks Hawks could learn from MMA fighters in series vs. Wizards

During the past few days, the Wizards and Hawks have spent more time talking about MMA than actual MMA fighters. And Dwight Howard kept the conversation alive on Friday with an interesting idea for his team, which is down 2-0 to Washington.

In a story published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Howard tells Chris Vivlamore that he thinks the Hawks could stand to borrow from the way mixed martial artists approach a bout.

"When you talk about MMA fighters, you watch these guys closely, no matter how hard they brawl it’s all tactics," the center said.

"The good fighters," he observed, "are precise when they hit. Even though they are physical and they pick and choose their moments to be super physical, to be finesse and that’s what we have to do."

It's true that the Hawks need to switch something up ahead of Saturday's Game 3, because what they've done so far hasn't worked. But it's ironic that Howard is the one who's proposing the change, considering how quiet he was just a few nights ago. 

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How Rajon Rondo's thumb injury could affect the Eastern Conference playoffs

How Rajon Rondo's thumb injury could affect the Eastern Conference playoffs

If you looked at things on Thursday night, you would've said the Chicago Bulls were in terrific shape. The Eastern Conference's eighth seed held a 2-0 advantage over the top-seeded Boston Celtics in their first-round series, a lead made stronger by the fact that Games 3 and 4 would be played in Chicago.

But then Friday morning happened.

That's when the team announced that point guard Rajon Rondo would be out indefinitely with a thumb injury. Rondo fractured the finger against the Celtics in Game 2, and coach Fred Hoiberg said his status will be re-evaluated in a week or so

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The 31-year-old was inconsistent in the regular season and at times not a threat at all, but he had put together two nice statlines against his old team so far in these playoffs. Now, though, it looks like he will miss at least the next few contests, barring a dramatic change in his health or him finding a way to fight through the fracture.

The news doesn't just affect the Bulls, however. It matters to the Wizards, too.

If Washington is able to win twice more against the Hawks, then they'll be slated to play the winner of the Chicago-Boston series. Even though the Celtics seem to be mired in a sizable slump, the Wizards would still likely prefer to square off with the Bulls, seeing as they went 3-1 versus Hoiberg's squad (all three wins were by more than 15 points).

But, due to Rondo's absence, things are about to get a lot more interesting between the Bulls and the Celtics. Despite Chicago's 2-0 start and their possession of homecourt, Boston will be feeling a lot better about themselves facing their now Rondo-less opponents.

That, in turn, will have the Wizards feeling somewhat worse about their chances of landing a favorable second-round matchup.

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Redskins 2017 schedule: One reason to watch each of Washington's games this year

Redskins 2017 schedule: One reason to watch each of Washington's games this year

Because the NFL's regular season schedule only includes 16 games for each team, and because Redskins fans are as dedicated as they come, it's not like those who watch Washington are going to need much convincing to tune in each week when the Burgundy and Gold take the field in 2017.

However, sometimes, life gets in the way. Trips are planned, events are lined up and certain things have to get done.

With that being said, CSNmidatlantic.com is here to tell you why your life absolutely has to be put off when the Redskins are in action. And to illustrate that point, look no further than this gallery, which identifies one reason why each contest on the 'Skins' schedule is can't-miss television.

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Whether it's reunions with former coaches and players, tantalizing matchups between stars or a chance to exact revenge, there is something behind every contest that makes them all appointment viewing.

So, before you nail down that honeymoon or confirm that down-the-road reservation at a trendy D.C. restaurant, flip through the slideshow and allow yourself to be persuaded to keep these 16 3-hour windows as wide open as Jamison Crowder.

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