How the Spurs Boxed in Kevin Durant

As the San Antonio Spurs took the Oklahoma City Thunder apart Thursday night on their way to winning Game 5 by 28 points, Thunder forward Kevin Durant quietly battled to finish with 25 points. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but it’s still short of the sparkling numbers he had been putting up before the NBA’s Western Conference finals began.Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, Durant had been magnificent, averaging 31.4 points per game and hitting the 30-point mark in nine of 13 games. In the five games against the Spurs, Durant has hit the 30-point mark just once, and in the Thunder’s three blowout losses, he’s averaged just 22.7 points.Durant’s efficiency has also suffered. His shooting accuracy from different areas of the floor hasn’t been significantly different, but the Spurs have forced him away from his preferred spots. Shot location statistics from NBA.com show how the distribution of his true shot attempts has changed in these games (true shot attempts include field goal attempts and trips to the free-throw line, essentially all non-turnover possessions).Kevin Durant’s Distribution of True Shot AttemptsIn the Thunder’s three losses against the Spurs, far fewer of Durant’s true shooting attempts have come around the basket. Durant has been pushed back into the inefficient mid-range zone.This may seem like splitting hairs; we’re talking about a potent scorer from anywhere on the floor. But even a great scorer like Durant is much more efficient in some areas. For example, during the regular season, a Durant trip to the free-throw line had an expected value more than twice that of one of his mid-range jump shots.In fact, if we give Durant his shooting percentage from the regular season but his shot selection from the three losses against the Spurs, Durant would have a true shooting percentage of 54.4. That’s far less his 63.5 regular-season number, which ranked second in the league this season and was the best in NBA history by a player who used at least 32 percent or more of his team’s offensive possessions.Defensive pressure usually conjures images of blocked shots and steals. But by making Durant change his shot selection, the Spurs’ defense turned an elite scorer into merely a good one. read more

Chelsea and Sarri have agreed on the personal terms

first_imgChelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with current Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri when it comes to the personal terms.So far, Sarri has been keeping the position of the frontrunner in the race for the rule of Stamford Bridge as Conte is believed to be leaving as soon as possible, mostly due to problems with higher management and inconsistency of results.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.The Italian spent the last two years at Stamford Bridge. Despite leaving, he will be walking with his chin high – he managed to lead the team to win the FA Cup. However, the Blues will most likely have to cover 20 million euro – a compensation if they sack Conte before the contract ends as he intends to stay where he is right now.Sarri, on the other side, has a 9 million euro release clause with Napoli, but it is reported Chelsea do not plan to pay that fee and instead wait for the contract to expire as soon as the month ends, according to WhoScored.last_img read more

Gareth Bale transfer talks intensify ahead of a potential deal

first_imgMoves by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to strengthen his attacking options has intensified as contacts between him and Madrid Gareth Bale for a switch has reached top gear.Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly lower down the target list and could find himself out of the picture if his team-mate heads to Old Trafford, according to Daily Star. Bale hinted at a move away from Real Madrid after his match-winning display in the 3-1 Champions League win against Liverpool.Mourinho is on the hunt for a new winger and, according to Don Balon, believes Bale would suit his system.After the Champions League final, Bale sparked speculation when he said: “I feel like I deserved to start because I’ve been playing very well.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’ve playing well since Christmas and any player would want to start.“For me personally, I feel I should be playing week in and week-out and I haven’t been.“I haven’t been playing as much as I would like and I’m going to have to sit down with everybody at a big table in the summer and seriously consider what move I’m going to make next.“I feel like there’s still a lot more to give for me and that’s why I need to be playing week-in and week-out, that’s what I need.”last_img read more

Trinamool Cong on same page over tea garden workers plight

first_imgKolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress were on the same page at the state Assembly on Monday while claiming that injustice has been done with the workers of the tea gardens in the recent Central Budget.In the mentioned case at the Assembly, state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee triggered the discussion lambasting the Central government’s decision to pay the wages of the tea garden workers through banks and impose 2 percent cess on their wages. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The tea garden workers have been neglected in the recent Budget. There has been hardly any money allocated for the rejuvenation of the tea gardens. But they have now decided to pay the wages of the workers through banks. They should know that there is hardly any bank in close proximity to the tea gardens,” Chatterjee said. He reiterated that the tea garden workers are paid in cash usually by the end of a week so that they can meet their immediate requirements. “They have also imposed cess on the wages. These steps are nothing but an initiative to push the tea garden workers in dire straits,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe alleged that the Centre had made tall claims for the development of the tea gardens but the Budget has nothing to augment the livelihood of the workers. Taking the cue from Chatterjee, Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan said the problem of the tea garden workers has been persisting for some years and the secular parties have often protested against it. “If you give permission, we can form a team of representatives of the MLAs and protest directly. I feel we need to speak directly with the concerned Union minister,” Mannan said referring to Speaker Biman Banerjee. Banerjee then said that the topic may be discussed. Later in the day, Chatterjee said: “I have requested the Left and BJP even to come together. It is an issue of the state and we should ensure the interest of the state first”.last_img read more

Bletsch family Hughes testify to require victim statements be heard

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News Rebekah Bletsch’s mother and sister today joined state Rep. Holly Hughes to testify before the House Law and Justice Committee on the need to require anyone convicted of a crime to hear impact statements by victims or their families during a sentencing hearing.Rep. Hughes’ legislation was inspired by a Muskegon County murder trial where the convicted murderer Jeffrey Willis requested to leave his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing before Rebekah Bletsch’s family made their statements. Current state law has no specific legal requirement that anyone convicted of a crime be forced to listen to statements, as it is left to a judge’s discretion.“Rebekah Bletsch’s family deserved to be heard and this legislation requires that everyone convicted within the Michigan legal system absolutely must listen to how their actions affected victims,” Hughes said. “There is no way the monster convicted in the Rebekah Bletsch case should be able to dictate court policy.”Jessica Josephson and Debra Reamer, the sister and mother of Rebekah Bletsch, also spoke before the committee. They detailed the events during Willis’ sentencing as well as the necessity of victims being heard.“A part of my grieving process was taken from me in a horrible way,” Josephson said. “What is the point of an impact statement if I can’t speak it to the person who has impacted me and destroyed my family? No other family should have to feel their words and their heartache don’t matter. Victims have a right to be heard and express their feelings to the individuals who caused it.”Hughes’ legislation will update the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim Rights Act, which set the procedures currently used in Michigan courtrooms for protection of victims. The bill will require the defendant be in attendance for sentencing unless the individual is determined by the court to be a safety risk or providing a disruption.“The victims deserve to be heard in all cases,” Hughes said. “A murderer robbed the Bletsch family of a key step in the healing process. No family should be prevented from their rights, especially over an individual convicted of a crime.”House Bill 5407 remains under consideration by the committee. If enacted, HB 5407 will be named the Rebekah Bletsch law, in the victim’s memory. 06Feb Bletsch family, Hughes testify to require victim statements be heardlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Music fans queuing outside Cool Discs in Foyle Street in the hope of getting MTV Crashes Derry ticketsTickets for next month’s MTV concerts in Derry sold out in record time – despite the acts not being confirmed.Twenty thousand tickets were available for the “MTV Crashes Derry” concerts at Ebrington Square on September 19 and 20.Hundreds queued overnight outside Ticketmaster outlets at Cool Discs in Foyle Street and at Foyleside Shopping Centre to get their hands on tickets when they went on sale this morning at 9am. crashesDerrymtvticketscenter_img Thousands more went online in the hope of securing some of the sought-after tickets.The lucky fans who were able to obtain tickets now face an anxious wait to see who will be appearing.MTV DERRY GIG TICKETS SELL OUT IN RECORD TIME was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags:last_img read more

The band were due on stage around 830 pm at the S

first_imgThe band were due on stage around 8.30 pm at the SSE Arena, formerly the Odyssey Arena, in front of fans who had queued all day to get in.In a statement, Aiken PR said: “The show tonight has been cancelled as Liam has taken ill, and whilst not serious, he is unable to perform tonight.”Fans have been asked to hold on to their tickets and await information.Audience members had already gathered inside the concert venue when the cancellation announcement was made The promoter’s spokeswoman added: “A further statement will be made in the morning [Wednesday].“The band apologise to the fans and wish Liam better.”Band member Louis Tomlinson tweeted tonight: “We’re so so sorry for what happened tonight, it was out of our control!“Lots of love to Liam and thank you for being so understanding!”Belfast’s Deputy Lord Mayor Guy Spence fumed on Facebook: “Devastated, the band need to take a good look at themselves!“I know that’s no reflection of the promoter who did a great job to get them here, but to leave 9,000 people standing was a disgrace!“I don’t understand how one member takes ill and if isn’t ‘serious’ they cancelled, the other members should at least have had the decency to appear!“We’ll see what the band say, and why they left so many of their young fans and our Citizens heartbroken!“Just not good enough!”DERRY FANS LEFT DEVASTATED AFTER ONE DIRECTION CANCEL GIG was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: NINE thousand fans were left devastated when pop band One Direction cancelled a Belfast concert at the last minute tonight.Hundreds of Derry fans had travelled the 75 miles plus to Belfast for the gig only to have return home severely disappointed.The gig was cancelled after one of the band members, Liam Payne, became ill, said the promoter. ShareTweet AIKEN PRDERRY FANS LEFT DEVASTATED AFTER ONE DIRECTION CANCEL GIGlast_img read more