Isaiah Thomas Is Using The Rim To Outsmart Tall Defenders

Players as short as Isaiah Thomas aren’t supposed to make it in the NBA, let alone be elite scorers. To find the last player who was 5-foot-10 or shorter and averaged 20 points per game in a single season, you have to go back 20 years.1To Damon Stoudamire, in 1996-97. It’s been almost 40 years since someone that short averaged 25.2Calvin Murphy, during the 1977-78 season. No one that size has ever averaged 30, which Thomas — who is currently scoring 29.5 points a night — is threatening to do.For someone who is much shorter than the best athletes in the world, an incredible amount of talent is necessary to succeed, especially at the all-star level that Thomas has. But there’s also a ton of skill involved, and the 5-foot-9 Celtics star has honed one tactic well over the past two seasons. Thomas, who is second in the league in points per game, has found a trick for avoiding the big men planted close to the basket: He’s become excellent at using the rim as a fence to stop defenders from blocking his close-range shots.These plays usually start with the lightning-quick Thomas (who leads the NBA in drives per game) getting a step on his man. He then leaps for the shot but glides out to other side of the basket where the defender can’t realistically do anything to bother the attempt, since he’s still stuck on the other side.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/thomashandswitch.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/itreverse.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The 28-year-old has gone to a reverse layup 29 times this season, for almost 8 percent of his layups — a rate similar to last season, but one that’s almost double what it was in 2014-15, according to NBA Savant, a site that tracks unusual statistics and the specific sorts of shots players take.The sleight of hand at least partially explains how Thomas has been able to get to the basket so much more often over the past two seasons. Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, a whopping 33 percent of Thomas’s field-goal attempts have come from within 3 feet, up from just 22 percent over the four seasons before that. He’s converting those attempts nearly 60 percent of the time.This isn’t the only move that Thomas has pulled out of his bag to compensate for his size. He’s also been successful with a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t sort of half-spin at the perimeter, where he essentially lulls his defender to sleep for just enough time to blow past him for a shot at the rim.No matter how pretty the reverse move looks at times, the display — and other ones that get him close-range looks — is more about survival at the basket. Think of Thomas as the star of one of those National Geographic films that shows a weaker animal trying to fend off much bigger predators. Thomas isn’t always able to scamper away from the bigger players who are hunting him while he’s en route to the basket: He still gets rejected more than any player in the league. But using the reverse has added an extra layer of sophistication to his finishes, likely stopping opponents from being able to block even more of his shots than they already do.Less than 10 percent of Thomas’s layups have been blocked this season, the lowest rate of his career. That number also represents a considerable drop from last season, when 13 percent of his close-range looks got swatted and the 2014-15 season, when 15 percent of his layups got stoned, according to NBA Savant.So in other words, yes: Thomas gets blocked more than anyone in the NBA. But that doesn’t mean other vertically challenged players shouldn’t look up to him and his ingenuity around the rim. It’s helped turn him into the scoring machine he is today.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Mothers Day gifts for the Mom whos got game

first_img May 15 • Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 CNET’s Mother’s Day gift guideThese are our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Cool cheap gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Mother’s Day gifts under $50Best Mother’s Day gifts from $100 to $250Mother’s Day gifts to get her streaming with ease, starting at $30Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffsBest Mother’s Day gifts for foodie momsMother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got gameThoughtful gifts for every kind of momMother’s Day gifts for moms who love coffee (Chowhound)CNET’s Mother’s Day gift hub Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice reading • Mother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got game James Martin/CNET For the budget-conscious mom: Dell G5 15, Aukey KM-G6 keyboard, Logitech G300s mouse See at HP Read full review Read full review Tags Sarah Tew/CNET For the unconventional mom: Roccat Kova ambidextrous mouse, Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller Read full review When mom’s in that demon-killing mood, she should be able to frag with the best of them. Help her overcome the annoyance of gaming in a world designed around right-handed people or the frustration of using mainstream game controllers. Like the Logitech G300s mentioned above, the Roccat Kova (see at Amazon) is an ambidextrous mouse that feels responsive and comfortable in women’s smaller hands, comes in a snazzy white and costs less than $40. For more challenging input issues, Microsoft’s $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller maps all the typical controller functions to a design which requires less coordination to operate. While it works with an Xbox console, it also works with PC games. Sarah Tew/CNET They may thrive on the gore of a slash-and-hack, but some will still shudder when they see the unsightly cables that enable their zombie-killing sprees. For the mom who likes an uncluttered gaming space, Logitech’s sub-$100 each wireless mouse and mechanical keyboard (see at Amazon) play way above their price. And the $120 HyperX Cloud Flight (see at Amazon) is one of the lightest, most comfortable headsets you can find, but with sufficient battery life to make it through the war. See at Dell 31 Photos See All May 17 • Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day For the mobile-gaming mom: Nintendo Switch, Steelseries Stratus Duo or Nimbus controllers When mom goes on the road for work, the Zenbook (see at Amazon) and Spectre are a couple of laptops she’ll feel comfortable pulling out in a meeting but still will let her play some lightweight games in a hotel room at night. Both have a little more graphics oomph than a typical thin-and-light notebook, enough to power a platformer, puzzler or 8-bit adventure. The convertible Spectre is convenient for gaming at bedtime: Just flip it into the tent position, connect the controller and she can Gris until her eyes close. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET If “why did you spend so much on me?” is a familiar refrain, reassure mom that you didn’t with one these cheap-for-their kind presents. The 15-inch Dell G5 is one of the best budget gaming laptops we’ve tested — and the design doesn’t scream “I game!” — and it starts at only $900. Not a cheap gift, but a great value. If your budget only stretches to accessories, the Aukey KM-G6 (see at Amazon) is a terrific-feeling mechanical keyboard (I’m typing on it right now) with RGB lighting that costs less than $35. The Logitech G300s (see at Amazon) is a highly rated wired mouse for only $20 that’s good for the righty or lefty mom. See at Razer Asus HP Logitech Razer Nintendo If mom’s snatching moments here and there to indulge her gaming, get her a console she can carry: the Nintendo Switch. If that’s too expensive a gift ($300), a controller designed to work with her phone is a lot more affordable and still gives her an edge when jumping into a quick battle royale while carpooling. The Steelseries Nimbus (see at Amazon)  is a good choice if she uses an iPhone, while the Stratus Duo (see at Amazon) goes with her Galaxy — or any other Android phone or Windows PC.  For the cool mom: Anything Razer Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Thoughtful gifts for every kind of mom Read preview Instead of eyeing that Apple Watch for Mother’s Day, give her something that will really get her heart pumping instead of just tracking it. She may not have as much time as she used to for gaming, but you can make it more fun by equipping her for those days when she can grab a few stolen hours to beat back a demon incursion or even let her join your squad in battle.At a loss as to what mom might like? Here are some suggestions to get you started, no matter how little — or how much — you want to spend. Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Post a comment James Martin/CNET Laptops Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Desktops For the cables-be-gone mom: Logitech Lightspeed G903 mouse, G613 keyboard and HyperX Cloud Flight headset May 12 • Mothers Day 2019: How not to piss off your mom this year May 24 • Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 Razer’s gaming gear is almost uniformly great, if pricey, and doesn’t go overboard on the gaming bling. Mom would be proud to tote one of the company’s laptops into a board meeting, and the accessories can be as tasteful as she wants — or even pink, if that’s how she rolls. There’s also a Mercury White model of the Blade 15. And the laptops are fast, despite being thin and relatively light, so they’re up for accompanying Lara Croft on her latest adventure. See at Best Buy 0 • For the traveling mom: Asus Zenbook 15, HP Spectre 15 x360 See at Microsoft Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Read full reviewlast_img read more

Arrest warrant against UZ chairman over walking on humanbridge

first_imgA Chandpur court on Saturday issued a warrant for arresting Haimchar upazila chairman and local Awami League leader Nur Hossain Patowary in a case filed for walking over a ‘human-bridge” made by school children.Chandpur judicial magistrate issued the warrant as Nur Hossain failed to appear before the court in connection with the case.On 30 January, some students of Nilkamal Osmania High School made a symbolic ‘Padma bridge’ joining their hands on the occasion of the annual sports day of the school.Nur Hossain Patwari, also general secretary of upazila unit Awami League, who attended the programme as the chief guest, walked over the students’ bodies.The video footage and image of the incident went viral on Facebook which triggered a huge criticism across the country.Nur Hossain earlier secured bail from the High Court, later the Supreme Court cancelled his bail and ordered him to surrender before the lower court within four weeks.But Nur did not appear before the court, said officer-in-charge of Haimchar police station.last_img read more

British police arrest 18yearold in train attack probe

first_imgAn armed police officer (2L) and three military personel stand guard outside the Horse Guards Parade in central London on 16 September. Photo: AFPBritish police said they arrested an 18-year-old man on Saturday at a Channel port in their investigation into the bombing of a London Underground train.“The 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent Police in the port area of Dover this morning, Saturday, 16 September, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act,” police said in a statement that described the arrest as “significant”.“Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” police said.The man is in custody at a local police station and will be be transferred to a south London police station in “due course”.Thirty people were treated in hospital after a bomb detonated in a packed London Underground train on Friday morning, in what was Britain’s fifth terror attack in six months.The toll was revised upwards by one early Saturday.“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers,” police said.“For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.“This investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” the statement added.The Islamic State group said an IS “detachment” had been behind the bombing.Prime Minister Theresa May announced late Friday that the threat level had been raised to “critical—meaning another attack could be imminent—and said troops would take over guarding key sites to free police officers for deployment elsewhere.Four previous attacks in London and Manchester this year claimed the lives of 35 people.Three of those attacks involved a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians. The other was a bombing in May at a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester which killed 22 people, including several children.last_img read more

Juneteenth at Johns Hopkins

first_imgBy Jamesia Downer, AFRO InternOn June 19, 1865, the last group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were informed that the Union Army had won the Civil War and they were free. Since that day, Black people have celebrated their freedom every year for what has now been coined a national holiday:  Juneteenth.Nearly 154 years later, the Juneteenth celebration continue across America but more specifically right here in Baltimore, Md., on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. “They [African American men and women who came before us] visualized this day…where we would all come into this place and gather together for this special day. To celebrate their memory. To celebrate Juneteenth. To celebrate their contribution. To celebrate all the things and all the sacrifices that they made for all of us.” said Sean Yoes, AFRO’s Baltimore Editor and keynote speaker for Johns Hopkins Juneteenth Celebration.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Historically, Johns Hopkins has had many occasions of racism towards residents of Baltimore and the Black students who attend their university. In the present day, there is a group of people looking “to help foster a culture of oneness for all..” on the campus of Johns Hopkins, that group is the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA).The Juneteenth celebration is one of many ways that BFSA brings African-American culture and history to the Johns Hopkins Campus. With musical performances by The Morgan State University Choir, Southern Baptist Church, and Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company a true spirit of black excellence filled the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood Campus. The Black Faculty and Staff Association invited Yoes as their keynote speaker for their annual Juneteenth celebration. For over 30 years, Yoes has used his career as a journalist and activist to be a strong, unwavering voice for the citizens of Black Baltimore. His words were a call to action for those beautiful “spooks behind the door” to continue advocating for African-Americans not only on the Johns Hopkins University campus but throughout the city of Baltimore. You do not need to be a member of BFSA to attend their events. Visit heck their website for any upcoming events that will help promote and celebrate African American life on the Johns Hopkins campus and throughout the city.last_img read more

Nokia prototype twist bend tap steal show w video

first_img The prototype has an OLED display. A user can get in and out by bending the handset back and forth. The user can manage menus by twisting and bending the device in different directions. In so many words, Nokia’s think squad has imagined a mobile device that can behave according to how it is flexed.The prototype demonstrated at Nokia World is from the Nokia Research Center (NRC). “The demo shows how intuitive and simple user interactions can be just by bending and twisting,” says the Center’s notes. The NRC also points out that Nokia is nowhere near the suggestion that the new screen invention is to replace the standard touchscreen. Instead, the concept is intended to suggest another option. As options go, the device is seen as useful for certain circumstances. Those include very cold climates where touchscreens may not be easily operated. The device can work even when a person is wearing gloves.Yet another talking point in this week’s reports on the prototype is that it is a potentially useful device for the blind. One can get the device to work without having to look at it. The bending properties don’t need vision. Citation: Nokia prototype: twist, bend, tap, steal show (w/ video) (2011, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-nokia-prototype-video.html This is not the last innovation we are likely to see in mobile device designs. The prototype is the latest in a succession of concepts that seek to enhance the mobile experience. As computing gets more mobile it clearly gets more inventively tactile. Innovative ways of handling smartphones, tablets, and other devices always draw crowds. Some observers at the London show noted the past interest in the introduction of the Synapse concept phone with squeeze sensors. This was demonstrated as a phone that the user can control by squeezing the sides or running a finger across a touchpad on the backside. Fuse was announced as a collaboration between Synaptics, Texas Instruments, Alloy, Immersion, and The Astonishing Tribe.The Nokia demo appears as something that could be applied to smartphones as well as tablets. The demo’s screen size was a little less than five inches.Asked when the device will be brought to market, the answer from the company representative was a vague, “Soon” but quickly followed by the comment, “It depends on how big the demand is in the market.” Still, those who have seen the device at the Nokia event or watched the videos generally agree that the time spent was fun and worthwhile, as the concept is a reminder of all the future innovations in mobile technology still in the wings. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Nokia N80 gets best in mobile image devicecenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — The talk of the Nokia Show in London this week was a demo that had admiring visitors wishing the little device was beyond Cool-Idea Prototype and instead a launch with dates in place for stores and online shopping sites. The mind-bender, though not fully baked, is a hand-bender, namely a flexible kinetic device. The Nokia prototype allows the user to do tasks like pan through photos, zoom in and out, select and pause music, all by twisting, bending, bowing, and tapping the corners of the device. The prototype is, for now, simply named Nokia kinetic device. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

Intel Wants You to Stop Hating Meetings

first_img The worst part about meetings isn’t showing off your new presentation; it’s how difficult it is to get your computer screen to show up on the TV.At Computex, Intel introduced its real-time collaboration solution Unite to remove some of the headaches associated with sharing presentations. The system uses a secure Wi-Fi connection with a rotating PIN to connect to a Core vPro processor-powered mini PC connected to an office’s display. Attendees download and install a lightweight client on their Mac or Windows machine and can share their desktop, annotate shared presentations and view up to four attendee’s screens at once.It’s a pretty straightforward solution. It makes meetings start quicker and gives attendees the ability to work together on a single presentation. But, it’s the upcoming extensibility that could convince your IT department to drop your current solution for Unite.Intel will release reference plugins in the next 30 days that will add additional functions to the Unite platform including a Skype plugin that can be used to turn the collaborative-meeting system into a teleconferencing system. These reference plugins will coincide with the release of a Unite SDK for third-party developers.The upcoming reference plugins will also include a way to control a room’s lighting and a telepresence solution. But Intel is keen to see what the community builds for the platform.It’s a low-cost platform (roughly $700 with a computer according to Intel) that’s already available for large IT departments. Intel VP of Business Client Platform Division Tom Garrison noted that those departments will be able to deploy updates to all devices running Unite just like any other PC on a network. For small businesses looking for a meeting solution, a version for them will be available in 30 days. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget June 3, 2015 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Recycled Passwords Are Putting Your Company at Risk

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 26, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global From MyFitnessPal to Equifax and Ticketfly to MyHeritage, it seems like every week we learn of a new security breach that impacts our personal information. In fact, in the time it takes for you to read this sentence, there will be approximately 280 data records stolen, with nearly five million records breached every day.Yet, despite the proliferation of cybersecurity threats, consumers seem somewhat unfazed by the risks their own behaviors pose to their accounts. For example, a recent survey found that only 55 percent of people would change their password if their account was hacked. It also found that fear of forgetting passwords is driving this user apathy.While our brains are oversaturated with information every day, this password indifference becomes even more critical when we look at employee password behaviors and how it can put business information at risk. The truth is, complacency can cost you, whether with personal or work accounts.Related: Passwords Are Scarily Insecure. Here Are a Few Safer Alternatives.Here are four password mistakes you’re making and how to fix them.1. Thinking your passwords aren’t at risk.Think your data isn’t valuable enough to make it worth a hacker’s time? Think again. While it might be obvious that a banking or PayPal account has value for hackers, over the past year, stories have emerged about hacked Airbnb, ride sharing and even food delivery accounts. Did you know that these logins can be sold by hackers on the dark web too?Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report found that 81 percent of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords. A password can be a goldmine for hackers looking to exploit that information to get access to other accounts, data and more. Whether it’s your banking login or even a long-forgotten login to a shopping site or rarely used employee site, your password is almost always valuable to a hacker.This is why users should treat every account as unique. Be sure not to share credentials and log-in information across sites, no matter how seemingly unimportant the accounts may be. And don’t make it easy for hackers to guess your password. Passwords should be lengthy and complex.  2. Reusing passwords, especially from home to office.We’ve all done it. You create a strong password that passes the security test on one website and decide to use that password over and over again. A recent survey found that 91 percent know that using the same passwords for multiple accounts is a security risk, yet 59 percent mostly or always use the same password. However, if a hacker gets access to a password used across multiple accounts, they have access to much, much more of your information. While this can be problematic for your personal data security, it can become even riskier when this behavior moves from home to the office where confidential information is stored for the business and numerous employees. Take Dropbox as an example. An employee’s re-used password, obtained from the LinkedIn breach, was used to steal user credentials for more than 60 million accounts.Related: Five Ways to Protect Your Company Against Cyber AttacksThat’s why no two accounts should ever use the same password, whether at home or at work. Using unique passwords ensures that a breach at one website doesn’t result in a stolen account at another. While this might seem like a daunting task, password generators can help to simplify the process and take the guesswork out of creating unique logins for each site. And using a password manager can help you securely keep track of credentials for each site. These tools can alert you when a password is duplicated across accounts and will allow you to change a password with the click of a button, which is beneficial following major breaches, like the Netflix breach.3. Using your default password.Unchanged default passwords like “admin” or “password” can leave your information vulnerable to compromise. While these default passwords can be easy to remember for accounts we use every day like employee logins, these passwords can be a hacker’s go-to to gain access to your account. Default passwords are also a risk for any hardware or software you use to keep your business operating, from routers to collaboration software.The good news is, this is an easy fix. You can change your password at any time. But if fear of forgetfulness is holding you back, consider using a passphrase instead of just a password. A passphrase is a string of words or phrases put together to create one long phrase that’s easy for you to remember, but difficult for anyone else to guess or crack. For example, you can use your dog’s birthday to create a passphrase such as “mydogmolly’sbirthdayis_october19.”Related: Why Google’s New Facial Recognition Security System Won’t Let Us Kiss Our Passwords Goodbye Quite Yet4. Two-factor authentication is there, but you don’t use it.While long, complex passwords are important, they are not sufficient on their own. Many websites now offer two-factor authentication for added security. Two-factor authentication means adding another login step when you’re signing into an account. It combines something you know (your password) with something else you have like your phone or fingerprint, or even your location that lets you approve a new login.Whenever possible, turn on two-factor authentication with your accounts. The benefit with two-factor authentication is that should your password somehow be compromised — perhaps in a phishing attack — the attacker still won’t be able to get into your account without the two-factor authentication information.As today’s hackers have access to more tools and exploits, and cyber threats become more advanced, threats to our data within accounts of all kinds are becoming a daily occurrence. Whether it’s your food delivery account or your payroll login, it’s critical that we treat passwords as the first line of defense. Making these quick fixes to your everyday password habits can help minimize risk of a compromise to your personal information and limit your business’s attack exposure.last_img read more

A53 partially blocked due to accident and fuel spillage

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This has now cleared. The A53 is reported to be partially blocked following an accident in North Staffordshire this morning (Wednesday June 26). Traffic is reported to be queueing in both directions following the collision near the junction of the road and Three Mile Lane in Whitmore in Newcastle Borough. Inrix, the traffic data company, also reports there has been a fuel spillage as a result of the accident. The collision was first reported to StokeonTrentLive at around 9.10am today. We have no further information at this stage. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The location of the collision in Whitmore (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Groups are golden with Transat and Karisma

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts TORONTO — Transat has a new Groups promotion in partnership with Karisma Hotels & Resorts.Through May 31 group bookings at The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen by Karisma qualify for a ninth passenger free deal.The promotion is valid for travel between May 1, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2019.It’s also in addition to savings of $100 per couple as well as Transat Group Max and wedding group special perks and inclusions.The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen, formerly the Azul Beach Resort the Fives Playa Del Carmen (Karisma announced the name change along back in April) has 571 suites, six pools, nine restaurants, 10 bars and a spa. There’s also a kids’ club (four to 12 years old), a teens club (13 – 17 years old) and baby amenities. Oversized Resort Residence accommodations come with separate living and sleeping areas.Azul Five Pool Posted by Monday, May 14, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group Groups are golden with Transat and Karisma Sharelast_img read more