SpursWarriors Is The Best DefenseOffense Clash In NBA History

1995-96✓Magic1647Bulls18271737Bulls It’s practically unheard of for a matchup of this caliber to take place outside the NBA Finals, where both teams’ ratings are necessarily sky-high because they’ve made it through the notorious gauntlet that is the NBA playoffs. For it to happen during the regular season, you’d need two teams flirting with a 70-win pace — and that’s exactly what San Antonio and Golden State are doing this year.It’s fair to ask whether there’s also something bigger going on here: Three of the 10 best combined-Elo games in NBA history1After removing duplicate games from the same playoff series. have taken place in the last 10 months, and two in the last 32 days. Does the NBA suffer from an epic lack of parity these days? Is Elo itself miscalibrated? Those questions are beyond the scope of this post, but know that, by any metric, the Warriors’ and Spurs’ first meeting of the 2015-16 season makes for a titanic matchup.(Yes, we also know that ageless time lord Tim Duncan will be out tonight. Luckily, the Spurs are deep enough to cover for that.)Tonight’s game also poses a more specific question: What happens when historically great offensive and defensive units meet? The short answer is that the Spurs and Warriors are playing at such a high level that we don’t really have a good historical precedent.Here’s what we do know: Defense-oriented teams have a higher probability of winning the NBA title at a given level of (regular-season) performance than their offensive counterparts. This gap only widens as a defense (or correspondingly good offense) becomes more dominant. And great defenses also have a slight edge in head-to-head clashes against great offenses.In preparation for Monday’s tilt, we did some digging into historical battles between the league’s best teams on each side of the ball. It’s a phenomenon that occurred upward of a dozen times per season in the NBA’s first few decades, but it’s getting rarer and rarer in recent years because of expansion, scheduling constraints and a larger playoff field. SEASONPLAYOFFNAMEELONAMEELOAVG. ELOWINNER HOME TEAMROAD TEAM 2015-16Warriors1809Spurs17821796— 1996-97✓Bulls1798Jazz17521775Bulls 1996-97Bulls1792Sonics16781735Bulls 2014-15✓Warriors1802Cavaliers17121757Warriors 2014-15Spurs1702Warriors17881745Spurs The best opportunity we had to witness No. 1s face off in recent years came in 2005-06, when the Dallas Mavericks offense faced the Spurs defense 11 times. Offense prevailed in that case — Dallas won 55 percent of the time, scoring 11.4 more points per game than San Antonio usually gave up that season — but that’s an exception to the general trend since 1951.In 414 meetings over the past 65 NBA seasons,2Today’s Warriors-Spurs matchup will be the first No. 1-versus-No. 1 clash of the 2015-16 season, though it isn’t set in stone that these squads will finish the year No. 1 in their respective categories. the top-ranked defense has beat the top-ranked offense 55.3 percent of the time. In those games, 3Excluding the game in question if it’s a regular-season contest. the No. 1 defense gave up 4.1 more points than their average, but the No. 1 offense scored 5.3 fewer points than their average. Some of that is because the defensive teams have more often been better overall clubs — hello, Bill Russell-era Celtics! — but we can account for this using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, which set pregame odds based on the relative qualities of the teams. Elo would have expected the No. 1 defenses to beat the No. 1 offenses 54.9 percent of the time, so the defensive teams are winning slightly more than expected when they face their offensive doppelgängers.That’s the aggregate of matchups between No. 1s since 1951, though. What about since the mid-2000s, when the league finished a nearly decade-long project to overhaul its defensive rules and cut down on hand-checking? The trend is inconclusive: In the relatively small sample of 38 matchups since 2004-05, top offenses are winning less than Elo would predict — yet, they’re also taking more of a bite out of top-ranked defenses than those defenses are doing to them at the opposite end. Those recent rule changes certainly are having the intended effect at a leaguewide level (pace and offensive efficiency are up since the early 2000s); stay tuned to see if it translates to these kinds of strength-on-strength matchups as well.Those are all broader trends, though. What makes Monday’s Spurs-Warriors game historically unique is the sheer quality of each team’s dominant unit. Only four games in NBA history have ever seen an offense 8 points better than the league’s efficiency face a defense 8 points better than that same league standard, and all of those were between the Spurs and Mavericks during the 2003-04 season.4Somewhat under the radar, those Mavs had the best offense — relative to the league average — of all time, although this year’s Warriors might top them. This game will do those one better by pitting a plus-9 offense against a plus-9 defense, an NBA first. 2015-16Warriors1814Cavaliers16601737Warriors 1997-98✓Jazz1742Bulls17811761Bulls Tonight, the unstoppable Golden State Warriors meet the immovable San Antonio Spurs in a showdown between the NBA’s No. 1 offense and its No. 1 defense, two units that aren’t merely at the top of the league, but rank among the best we’ve ever seen. It’s the game of the season — no, check that, it’s the loftiest NBA game ever played according to our in-house Elo ratings. 2011-12✓Thunder1731Spurs17401735Thunder 1995-96✓Bulls1819Sonics17081763Bulls Under such extreme circumstances, it’s tough to say which side of the ball has the advantage — we simply don’t have enough of a sample of comparable matchups. And our other bits of evidence from history are mixed; defenses hold a slight all-time edge, but that may have eroded with recent seasons. (Or not.) Monday’s matchup won’t serve as a referendum in either direction, but it should be a spectacular clash of styles featuring basketball at perhaps the highest level it’s ever been played. read more

Events Advocates CEIR and IAEE Consolidate Governance

first_imgThe unofficial alliance between two iconic event-industry organizations strengthened this week with the announcement that CEIR and IAEE will combine their top management at the end of January. Over the past decade, CEIR and IAEE have maintained a strategic relationship, so this move mostly formalizes and streamlines a longstanding partnership. Breden has worked as managing director of CEIR since 2006, when IAEE took over the day-to-day operations of the foundation from outside contractors. The chairperson-elect of IAEE — soon to be Daniel McKinnon — will serve as the chairperson of the CEIR Foundation board of directors. Aaron Bludworth, the current chair of CIER, will serve on the IAEE board for at least one year to help with the transition. CEIR CEO Brian Casey will leave the organization, and CEIR operations will be headed up by Cathy Breden, COO of IAEE. The move was made to “simplify governance, fundraising and administrative responsibilities,” according to a statement from the two organizations.  center_img Despite the unified governance, the two organizations will remain financially sovereign, and CEIR will retain its nonprofit status. Research director for CEIR, Nancy Drapeau, will remain in her position, and a CIER project manager will be hired to work with Drapeau and Brenden. CEIR — the Center for Exhibition Industry Research — long noted for its deep library of event-industry trends and economic research, will now share a board of directors with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the largest association for the tradeshow industry. last_img read more

Angela Aguilar Aida Cuevas Natalia Lafourcade Sang A Powerful Rendition Of La

first_img Prev Next Email Angela Aguilar, Aida Cuevas & Natalia Lafourcade Sang A Powerful Rendition Of “La Llorona” At The 2019 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 61st GRAMMY Awards Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Facebook 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs The three women graced the stage immediately prior to the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBSRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 3:32 pm Three immensely talented women took the 2019 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony stage on Sunday, Feb. 10: 15-year-old nominee Angela Aguilar, who is nominated for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, took the stage with Aida Cuevas and Natalia Lafourcade performed “La Llorona” (translated to “The Weeping Woman.” Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist In Latin American folklore, “La Llorona” is said to be the ghost of a woman who lost her children and cries while searching for them in the river, which ultimately causes misfortune to those who are near or hear her. “Ranchera music does something to you that I don’t think a lot of genres can do,” Aguilar told the Recording Academy in an exclusive interview. “Some songs are made to listen to in the background, some songs are [made] just to dance to, some songs are [made for you] to feel something and I feel like almost every ranchera song is made for you to feel something.”Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Angela Aguilar On Her Culture And Family LegacyWatch the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS. 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TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Watch Angela Aguilar At The Premiere Ceremony angela-aguilar-aida-cuevas-natalia-lafourcade-sang-powerful-rendition-la-llorona-2019 Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards last_img read more

Gmail confidential mode for G Suite launching in June

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Tags The new Gmail mode lets you restrict access to confidential emails. Derek Poore/CNET  Gmail’s confidential mode will be launching in G Suite on June 25, Google announced in a blog post Wednesday.The mode will be on by default in Google’s suite of tools for business, and allows workers to set expiration dates and revoke access to emails. Users can also require recipients to go through text message authentication before being allowed to view an email.”Additionally, with confidential mode, recipients don’t have the option to forward, copy, print, or download their content or attachments,” the blog post, spotted by VentureBeat, said.It’s already available in beta mode — you can see generally how to use it in the GIF below. Google, Inc. Announced in August, confidential mode was rolled out first to personal Gmail iOS and Android apps. While the mode prevents recipients from forwarding, copying, printing or downloading confidential emails, they can still take screenshots. 0 Use the Gmail app to send confidential emailscenter_img Mobile Tech Industry Security Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Gmail Google 2:22 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

ICICI Bank Reduces Base Rate to 97

first_imgPrivate sector lender ICICI Bank on Thursday has reduced its base rate by 5 basis points (bps) to 9.7 percent with effect from 26 June, 2015. The bank’s new rate is equal to that of State Bank of India (SBI).ICICI Bank, which is India’s second largest bank in terms of market capitalization, had cut its base rate by 25 bps to 9.75 percent in April this year. Many banks had announced similar cuts in base rates in response to 25 bps cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at its 2 June meeting.The first was SBI, which announced a 15 bps cut in base rate to 9.7 percent.Overall, the RBI has reduced the key rate by 75 bps since the beginning of the year.On 12 June, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with chiefs of various banks, asking them to pass on the benefits of the recent rate cuts by RBI to end users.Bank credit growth, a major indicator of economic growth, slowed to a two-decade low in the fiscal year ending March 2015. In 2014-15, credit growth was up 9.52 per cent, down from the 13.83 per cent increase in 2013-14.Bankers cite continued tight liquidity conditions and poor uptake in credit growth as reasons for the absence of higher cuts in lending rates.”With effect from July 1, 2010, interest rates on new loans and advances, including consumer loans, are determined with reference to I-Base (ICICI Bank Base Rate),” ICICI Bank said in a statement.last_img read more

Meghan Markle being treated the same as this controversial Royal the Palace

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt looks like Meghan Markle is being put through the ringer, just like Princess Diana was. The Duchess of Sussex faces the same gruelling treatment upon entering the Royal Family as Princess Diana, with both failing to get any training on life as a royal, according to Princess Diana’s former butler.Meghan Markle will have received no training upon entering the Royal Family in 2018 when she married Prince Harry in a lavish Windsor Castle ceremony, according to royal commentator Paul Burrell. And we have to say, that might just be the case as Meghan Markle has been dubbed “Duchess Difficult” by many, including the Royal staff. What the former Hollywood star may need is proper training to become a Royal. As being a celebrity and being a Royal are not the same thing.Reportedly Paul Burrell worked with Diana from 1987 until her death in 1997 and revealed she received very little training to prepare her for royal life. Mr. Burrell spoke to Yahoo’s Royal Box. When asked what training Meghan would have received after marrying into the Royal Family, he said: “Would you believe there is no rulebook. There is no etiquette lesson. There are no advisers…..Nobody prepares people coming into the Royal Family.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has already rubbed quite a few people the wrong way with her disregard for Royal rules and protocols. When asked whether Meghan will have to “tone down” her beliefs as a royal, Mr Burrell replied: “Yes, of course. What comes with maturity is a set of beliefs and they don’t always sit well with the Royal Family.”But it looks like that is something Meghan Markle won’t be doing. As the Duchess of Sussex got her independence when the couple Sussex split from the Royal household. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to Frogmore Cottage to raise baby Archie away from the Palace. Meghan Markle already seems to be carving her own path as a Royal.last_img read more

Bhabadah people seek remedy from waterlogging

first_imgPeople of a community movement that want solution to waterlogging in Jashore’s Bhabadah area on Tuesday urged the authorities concerned to implement the tidal river management (TRM) immediately to save several thousand people of Bhabadah from stagnant waters, reports UNB.The Bhabadah affected areas are – Abhaynagar, Momirampur, Keshabpur and Jashore sadar upazila in Jashore and Phultala and Dumuria in Khulna and Tala upazila in Satkhira districts.The leaders of the community at a press conference at its office in Jashore town said at least 1 million people of 200 villages were directly affected by the water stagnation problem.Ranjit Bawali, convener of the Bhabadah’s water problem mitigation committee, read out the written statement at the conference where Iqbal Kabir Jahid, polit bureau member of Workers Party of Bangladesh, Baikuntha Bihari Roy, Gazi Ahdul Hamid, Abdul Majid Gazi, Chaitanya Kumar Paul and other leaders of the committee were present.The committee announced to hold protest rally between 25 July and 20 August to press home their demand.last_img read more