Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

2016-173.4%6.4% Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymonddunkedon.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2012-131.83.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to NBA.com. But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/alleyoop1.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymondswat.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenswat2.mp400:0000:0000:06Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection2.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to Basketball-Reference.com. To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. 2014-152.92.5 read more

Massive rift in Kolkata Knight Riders Andre Russell slams bowlers KKRs decisionmaking

first_imgNothing is going right for Kolkata Knight Riders, a campaign which started so well has gone downhill, and it seems as if there is nothing the side can do to arrest this slide. Six consecutive losses – their worst run in the tournament since 2009 has put them on the brink. They need to win all their remaining matches if they have to even think about making it to the playoffs.Andre Russell, who has been one of the stars of the season, minced no words in slamming the tactics of the side and even conceded that the atmosphere in the camp was far from healthy.”We have a good team. But having a good team and making bad decisions, that way we are always losing. And that’s what we’ve been doing. I could pinpoint a few games where if we’d just looked to bowl tighter, and bowl bowlers who would restrict the game – the right bowlers at the right time.” Russell said.Blasts bowling and fielding effort of KKR Andre RussellIPLThe Jamaican all-rounder defended his batting and said that the bowlers have been sloppy and the fielders have been poor all season and hence, they have not been able to defend totals.”They say our batting has been struggling but our batting hasn’t been struggling really. We get to totals that we should defend, we should restrict teams to lesser totals and going and get those runs,” he added.Lashing out at the fielding unit, Russell said that they have been the worst fielding side in the league and have been playing bad cricket and hence, have losing many matches almost identically which has been infuriating and disappointing. Dinesh KarthikIANSSpeaking about the defeat against Rajasthan, the all-rounder said that with their bowling attack they should have been able to restrict a relatively weak Rajasthan Royals batting order and that if they bowl similarly, they will struggle against a stronger Mumbai Indians.”We played Rajasthan Royals recently and we were defeated by weak batting order. If you cannot restrict them under 170 with our bowling, against a strong team like Mumbai, we will need miracles. We have to count on our beliefs,” Russell said.His batting position has also been a topic of intense debate but the all-rounder said that the management looks at him as a floater who will be used depending on the situation.”So tomorrow maybe you will see me bat a bit earlier or maybe coming at the lower order. But it all depends on what happens tomorrow. You can’t predict the future,” he said.last_img read more

IT raids at media mogul Raghav Bahls home in Noida The Quint

first_imgRaghav BahlOfficial twitter account of Raghav BahlThe Income Tax Department Thursday searched the premises of media baron Raghav Bahl in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion, officials said.They said a team of sleuths raided the residence of Bahl in neighbouring Noida early morning and are looking for documents and other evidence related to the case under probe.It is understood that the searches are being conducted at the premises of a few other people as part of the ITD action to probe tax evasion by a set of business professionals.Bahl is the founder of the Quint news portal and the Network18 group and is a known media entrepreneur.Responding to the raid Raghav Bahl shared a tweet.My note to the @IndEditorsGuild. pic.twitter.com/l1Gwmf1dDl— Raghav Bahl (@Raghav_Bahl) October 11, 2018TWITTERlast_img read more

From life to canvas all about love

first_imgRitu Gupta’s solo exhibition Empowering Love opens at the Open Palm Court of the India Habitat Center on the 1 July 2013.  Beginning as a self-taught artist, Ritu’s development as an artist has been possible purely because of her passion to paint, decorate, explore and express. Her paintings demonstrate the influence of the traditional art and culture in a style that is very much her own.  One has to note that the stream of Indian culture paintings and its message can largely traceable in her paintings. Though the works are her way to explore and understand Indian tradition, they begin to reflect the artists understanding of childhood, masculinity, femininity, union and desire. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The current series of works is called Empowering Love, the journey is no longer sharp and steep. One can see the artist settling down into an understanding of human form heavily inspired by the supple slenderness seen in the medieval Indian styles ranging from Chola bronzes, to Kangra paintings. However a key feature to note is that the artist does not seem to be making a school or style centric adaptation. Instead one is reminded of the early 20th century Bengal revivalists and their understanding of an authentic (traditional) Indian form in terms of being soft, supple and feminine (as against the hard(er) masculine  European understanding of human body. This series is devoted to the romantic (divine) love of Radha and Krishna, which in no way is explicitly referred to in iconographic terms. The reference is implicit and subtle.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist does away with traditional iconography and instead chooses to focus on the mood of lovers. This series is has very close references to the late Guler and Kangra school not so much in treatment of foliage, moonlight and the romantic mood.  Yet again, she makes traditional narrative her own and by now begins to show a certain mastery over the understanding of the human body in compositional and design terms. Her urge to play and appropriate takes over again and she focuses of backgrounds, detailing and decorative motifs. WHEN: 1 to 7 July, 11 am- 8 pm WHERE:  Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centerlast_img read more

No major impact on supply of medicines despite ravaging fire BCDA president

first_imgKolkata: A devastating fire that engulfed Bagree Market on Sunday will have no major impact on the supply of medicines in the state, said Bengal Chemist and Druggist Association (BCDA) president Sankha Roychoudhury.Around 25 wholesale medicine shops have been completely gutted but the extent of the loss is yet to be confirmed. According to Roychoudhury, it would take some time to ascertain the loss as all the electronic gadgets including the computers which keep a record of the total stock of medicines were completely damaged. Bagree Market has wholesale markets of medicines which supply various important drugs including that of cancer to various places. People get medicines at a much cheaper rate.Though a huge amount of medicines has been destroyed in the fire, it would have no major impact on the market as most of the wholesale shops are situated in Mehta Building, BCDA president said. The electricity connection of the Mehta Building has been disconnected since the fire incident took place at Bagree Market.Roychoudhury apprehends that if the electricity connection in Mehta Building is not restored within the next few days, it may have an impact on the supply of medicines. Many of the important drugs need to be refrigerated and if the load-shedding continues, it would certainly affect the supply in medicine, feels the BCDA president. He also assured that their organisation will extend all possible help to the people whose medicine shops have been damaged in the fire.”As many as 25 shops have been completely destroyed in the Bagree Marketfire. We have already spoken to the distributors to find out a way if compensation could be arranged as many people are facing huge losses. It has become little difficult to ascertain the extent of the damage as all the computers have been gutted,” Roychoudhury said.”There is nothing to worry as of now and it would hardly have any impact on the medicine supply as we have enough stock of medicines in Mehta Building as it houses the maximum number of wholesale medicine shops,” Roychoudhury added.last_img read more

Why do women fall prey to eating disorders

first_imgA woman’s desire to diet and seek a slim body may depend on the attractiveness of a romantic partner, a study has found, highlighting the fairer sex’s risk of developing eating disorders. The study showed that women who were evaluated as less attractive were more motivated to diet and be thin if their husbands or partners were attractive than them.Conversely, this extra motivation to diet did not exist among the women who were more attractive than their husbands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs for men, their motivation to diet was low regardless of their wives attractiveness or their own, the researchers said.”The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive,” said Tania Reynolds, doctoral student at the Florida State University.The study offers productive insights about relationships in which a woman fears she will fall short of her partner’s expectations.Understanding the predictors that increase a woman’s risk of developing eating disorders and other health problems could lead to earlier assistance.”It might be helpful to identify women at risk of developing more extreme weight-loss behaviours, which have been linked to other forms of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dissatisfaction with life,” Reynolds said.last_img read more