Roach can achieve more if he manages workload properly, feels Walsh

first_imgKINGSTON: Legendary West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh feels if Kemar Roach can manage his workload properly, he can easily get to 300 Test wickets. Roach will spearhead West Indies’ bowling unit when they begin the three-Test series against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from Wednesday. “Workload management is something that they can look at. I don’t think he has played a lot of shorter versions of the game. But it’s up to him as an individual as well to set the standards, set the goals he wants to achieve,” Walsh told ESPNcricinfo. “He will get 300 quite easily once the workload management is good and he is playing consistent cricket. What you don’t want to happen to him is that every time he comes back he starts all over again.” Walsh, 57, is also impressed by Roach’s work ethic and patience. “… his patience shows he will stick around, and he knows what to do and how to go about achieving that. To me that is what has got him to be as consistent as he is now. His work ethic has gone up as well and he’s doing all he can do to be one of the greats. “He’s a genuine great. His achievement shows that. What I like about him is his mannerism: he’s always cool and collected and he’s prepared to work.” Walsh also hoped Roach could get to 200 wickets in the opening Test of the three-match series. The 32-year old currently has 193 wickets to his name from 56 Tests. “Hopefully, if he can get it out of the way in the first Test match, it’ll be perfect as he could then relax and enjoy the rest of the series,” said Walsh, who took 519 wickets in 132 Tests. “He has to have someone like I had Curtly (Ambrose). He needs to have someone in this team who can probably give him a smile or something different to take your mind away from it. And that in itself will help him to relax,” Walsh said. IANS Also Watch: Rs 1.30 Lakh Fine Collected For Lockdown Violations in Kokrajharlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019 MI vs SRH highlights: Mumbai beat Hyderabad in Super Over

first_img So Hyderabad loses two wickets in space of 4 balls. Mumbai Indians need 9 runs to win Oh dear. Quinton de Kock is certainly struggling to time the ball. He has consumed 41 balls to get 45 runs, and just not ticking. His scoring rate has put undue pressure on the non-striker. After 15 overs, it’s 113/3.  18:44 (IST) 21:09 (IST) New Delhi : Mumbai Indians are a step away from qualifying for the playoffs and they’ve not been as bothered by the IPL playoff scenario as the rest of middle order teams. Sunrisers Hyderabad, their opponents tonight, meanwhile have a different story and bigger concerns coming into the contest. SCORECARD 23:43 (IST) Just two runs of Nabi’s last over, and what a spell this has been. He gave 24 runs in his quota of four overs and picked a crucial wicket of Evin Lewis. After 13 overs, it’s 93/3.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 00:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 50 up for Mumbai Indians. Suryakumar Yadav is looking solid at the wicket. This remains to be seen if we can continue for his side. After 7 overs, it’s 53/1. WICKET: Huge wicket and the blue flags are hoisted up at the Wankhede. Rohit is jubliant and so are rest of his mates. They know the value of this wicket Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:54 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In SIX! 9 needed off 3 balls now! 18:42 (IST) Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Barinder Sran, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:53 (IST) So Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya will start the innings for Mumbai Indians.  20:50 (IST) 21:24 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:04 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:39 (IST) The penultimate over went in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it has even shaped the game. Just for off the over. After 19 overs, it’s 151/4.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi WICKET: Is there another twist in the game? Abhishek Sharma gets a slight nip and through to the keeper. Half-side back to the pavilion.  23:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In What an over this has been from Jasprit Bumrah. He came to bowl the penultimate over and gave just 12 runs. After 19 overs, it’s 146/5.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:56 (IST) WICKET: Krunal Pandya keeps Mumbai in hut. Vijay Shankar departs after yet another start.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 50-up for Manish Pandey! Third half-century in four innings for him. The equation has come down to 48 off 24 balls now.  23:11 (IST) 22:44 (IST) WICKET: Khaleel bowl a slower short of a length delivery and Pollard just couldn’t time it to perfection. Abhishek Sharma picks a stunner. Half-side back to the pavilion.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: First one down. Rohit would be gutted with himself. He was timing the ball beautifully but the pressure of five dot balls that de Kock consumed took his wicket away. Khaleel provides all-important breakthrough. 100 up for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 13.4 overs.  23:50 (IST) 150 up for Mumbai Indians! 20:32 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:40 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:10 (IST) 20:25 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Jasprit Bumrah will bowl the over.  20:53 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:54 (IST) Players are out in the middle. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are there in the middle too. And so are the umpires. It’s game time! Runs are hard to come by. Both Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are able to bowl in right areas and didn’t let the opposition to dominate.  Sunrisers Hyderabad, their opponents tonight, meanwhile have a different story and bigger concerns coming into the contest.  21:41 (IST) 23:19 (IST) Don’t leave this page as we will be bringing to you all the coverage.  Martin Guptil replaces Manish Pandey!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:38 (IST)center_img WICKET: Manish Pandey gets RUN OUT! This is game changing moment.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:29 (IST) Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set to witness another crackerjack of a game as Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.  Finally, 50 up for Quinton de Kock. His fourth of the season. After 16.3 overs, it’s 127/4.  23:04 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:58 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In We are having a super over here.  That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for tomorrow’s performance. Till then, tada! RESULT: Mumbai beat Hyderabad in Super Over  100 up for Mumbai Indians in 13.3 overs.  The first leg is evenly matched with Sunrisers Hyderabad managing to score 80 runs. This remains to be seen if Manish Pandey can bat through and take his team over the line.  00:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Here’s the playing XI for two sides:  The first leg of the innings belongs to Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have been able to send Rohit Sharma back to the pavilion and have been able to restrict the oppositiion to free their arm. After 10 overs, it’s 76/1. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Lewis’ patchy form continues, he was looking clueless and ends up gifting his wicket to Nabi here. Shankar picks a sitter.  WICKET: Wicket lost just at the wrong time. Hardik Pandya bowls a slower one and Nabi couldn’t time it. Straight into the hands of long off fielder. 9 needed off 2 balls.  Mumbai is off to a decent start here. Rohit Sharma has been the aggressor in the Mumbai Indians innings and have been able to utilize his experience to dominate the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers. After 3 overs, 26/0.  23:27 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay is slightly tilted in favour of Mumbai Indians here. They have been able to send the openers back to the pavilion and eventually kept themselves in game. After 6 overs, it’s 59/2.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:03 (IST) WICKET: Hardik Pandya has been worked out. This is a crucial wicket for SRH as we all know how dangerous Hardik can be at the back-end of the innings. It was banged in short, the batsman wasn’t expecting it. Gets cramped for pace and room, went for the pull and poor connection sees him slicing it off the top half of the bat to long-off. Nabi takes the sitter.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:44 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:48 (IST) 23:48 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:06 (IST) 21:17 (IST) 21:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In TOSS: Mumbai opt to bat 20:14 (IST) 19:49 (IST) As per the rules of the game, Mumbai Indians will bowl first! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Khaleel picks his second. Rashid Khan will not drop the sitters. Suryakumar Yadav departs after well-made 23.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:31 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:43 (IST) The toss is scheduled to take place in less than 45 minutes from now, and team winning the toss will look to have a bowl first as chasing is comparatively easier on Mumbai wicket. However, this remains to be seen if toss-winning captain goes with the same mindset.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:42 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Suryakumar Yadav is looking solid out there. He has come with a set plan and has been able to excute it properly. Quinton de Kock, on the other, hasn’t been able to time the ball. After 9 overs, it’s 69/1.  50-run partnership between Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav.  Mumbai Indians 162/5 in 20 overs vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Quinton de Kock 69, Khaleel Ahmed 3/42) 23:58 (IST) 23:53 (IST) 23:07 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:42 (IST) Mumbai Indians are a step away from qualifying for the playoffs and they’ve not been as bothered by the IPL playoff scenario as the rest of middle order teams. 22:35 (IST) That West Indies touch.. SIX on the second ball for Hardik Pandya! His prime form continues!  last_img read more

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“Being Mortal” Explores End-of-Life Care at Free Screening

first_imgFacebook329Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Providence Health and ServicesProvidence and Senior Services for South Sound are proud to present a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on July 12 at Olympia Senior Center (222 Columbia St. NW) and July 26 at Lacey Senior Center (6757 Pacific Ave. SW). The time on both dates is 1:00-3:00 pm.After the screening, audience members can participate in discussion and a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.The Olympia Center is located in downtown Olympia on Columbia Street.“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” Click here for more information about the film. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name. More information about the book found here.The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.For more information about the free screening, contact Providence Advanced Care Planning Program Manager Sandy Adams at 360-493-5377 or [email protected]last_img read more

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Enzymes Chew Like Pac-Man

first_imgEvidence is growing that many enzymes have moving parts.  They act like scissors, clamps and little pac-mans.  When precisely-folded chains of amino acids emerge from the ribosome, they fold into unique shapes with the aid of chaperones.  But those shapes are not static globs.  They move, say Dmitry A. Kondrashov and George N. Phillips, Jr. (U. of Wisconsin).  Writing in Structure,1 they describe some of the “molecular mastication mechanics” of these amazing machines:Computational prediction of global protein motion… suggests that enzymatic active sites tend to be placed near the hinges of the “jaws” of enzyme structures.    Proteins self-organize into exquisitely precise structures, but the actual conformation of a protein fluctuates, and almost never coincides exactly with the average structure observed via X-ray crystallography or other methods.  Mounting evidence suggests that these induced motions play specific and essential roles in protein function….   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Proteins are so tiny, the motions are very hard to observe.  The authors describe the various techniques that try to shed light on “the central question: do these motions contribute to enzyme function?”  It appears they do:Stabilization of the transition state relative to the substrate is thought to be the key to enzymatic efficiency.  Static effects clearly play a major part via the electrostatic contribution of the positioning of polar residues.  The existence of a “dynamic effect,” however, is controversial, specifically the proposition that enzymes can channel thermal vibrational energy into modes co-directional with the reaction coordinate, thus making barrier crossing more likely.  Nevertheless, evidence is accreting to indicate a link between well-defined global motions and catalysis.After the technical jargon, they lighten up and explain this for the rest of us with some everyday comparisons: Computation of the normal modes of motion allowed the determination of the “hinges” or pivot points that separate regions of the protein moving in opposite directions, much like the end of a nutcracker.  In the vast majority of the enzymes studied, the catalytic residues were found to be located in a predicted hinge region…. This finding contributes a bioinformatic dimension to the field of functional protein dynamics and may allow improved functional annotation for the flood of newly solved protein structures.  The results also suggest an enhanced role for the global protein structure, which often has been viewed as a scaffold supporting the active site.  The study adds to the growing body of evidence that the fold determines global protein dynamics, suggesting a mechanism for allosteric signal transduction, functional impact of distant mutations, and other effects not explained by the chemistry of the active site.  In this view, enzymatic structures resemble a Pac-Man icon, with active sites located in the wedge-shaped opening, and the structure responsible for the “chewing” motion of the “mouth.”What this means is that the whole protein – all the amino acids, even those distant from the active site, are involved.  It is possible that they contribute to orienting the substrate into the active site and stabilizing it once it makes contact, like a vise grip.  Moving parts might also contribute to the release of the substrate after catalysis is complete.  The structure might strip off solvents before the substrate reaches the active site, resulting in more efficient catalysis.  Even short fragments distant from the hinge might contribute an essential part of the overall function.    Viewing enzymes as dynamic machines opens up new avenues for investigation, they envision.  The specific sequences in all the parts of the enzyme would require closer scrutiny; they might have moving parts as well.  At least, it is an idea to chew on, they conclude; “The relative importance of topology and sequence for protein dynamics and function needs to be investigated, in order to add more teeth to the masticating view of enzyme dynamics.”1Dmitry A. Kondrashov and George N. Phillips, Jr, “Molecular Mastication Mechanics,” Structure, Volume 13, Issue 6, June 2005, pages 836-837, doi:10.1016/j.str.2005.05.004.Wonderful thoughts, devoid of evolutionary speculation.  Enzymes can no longer be viewed as floating wads of amino acid gunk, and not even as rigid tools like screwdrivers and hammers.  Now, we see them as power tools: “exquisitely precise structures” with moving parts, each part contributing to the task at hand.  This means that enzymes cannot tolerate many mutations.  Previously, biochemists thought that the active site alone was the most intolerant of mutations, but if this emerging picture of dynamic action is correct, even short sequences of amino acids distant from the active site may play vital roles in the overall function.  The game is not getting any easier for the Darwinists as Pac-Man keeps chewing through their assumptions.(Visited 252 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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‘Green’ internships for SA youth

first_img12 June 2013South Africa has launched a R300-million training, mentoring and workplace-based learning project aimed at building a pool of young, capable professionals for the country’s biodiversity and natural resource management sector.The Groen Sebenza project, launched by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa in Pretoria on the weekend, aims to develop skills while bridging the gap between education and job opportunities in South Africa’s green economy.Spearheaded by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), the innovative project will see 800 unemployed graduates and matriculants being placed in skilled biodiversity jobs in both the public and private sector for a period of two-and-a-half years.The practical workplace experience and training will, it is hoped, kick-start their careers in a fast-growing industry.Over half of the interns commenced with the programme in May, with the remainder due to begin this month.The project is sponsored by the government’s Jobs Fund, which is administered by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.“The Groen Sebenza venture effectively brings to life the ideals of the vision of a green economy, by mobilising for and engendering the involvement of young people in the management of biodiversity through job creation,” Sanbi CEO Tanya Abrahamse said at the launch.A month into the project, the young participants and the 33 Groen Sebenza partner organisations say they are thrilled to be part of the initiative.Sabelo Linda, a 28-year-old from Osizweni, a semi-rural area in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, who is working at NCC Environmental Services in Cape Town, says he is “very grateful” for the opportunity he has been given.Despite holding an Honours degree in science, Linda was unemployed for the first few months after completing his studies, and had to rely on the help of friends to support his siblings.Honing his skills in the field of environmental management, Linda says he feels encouraged by the structured and earnest manner in which the NCC approaches the intensive learning and mentorship of the Groen Sebenza “incubants”.Another participant, Sanelisiwe Mkhize, is training in nature conservation with Ezemvelo Wildlife with only a matric school certificate to her name. Mkhize followed her second choice of study, public management, at the Durban University of Technology last year, but was forced to drop out when her family experienced financial problems.Mkhize feels she has now been given a second chance to “prove myself” and realise her ambition of following a career in nature conservation.Along with three other participants, Mkhize is currently focusing on commercial offshore fishing and compliances which involves inspecting the fish offloaded in the harbour and sold in restaurants for species and sizes.SAinfo reporter and South African National Biodiversity Institutelast_img read more

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Learn Filmmaking From Martin Scorsese In the Next Masterclass

first_imgMasterclass has revealed their next educational series will be led by legendary director Martin Scorsese.All images via Masterclass.Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese is going to teach you how to make a film in the next celebrity-led course from online educator Masterclass.The $90 course will include a downloadable workbook, recaps, and additional materials. You will also have a chance to upload questions for Scorsese to answer.I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my own inspirations and experiences and practices and evolutions… not as a blueprint for how to make movies but as a guidepost, an offering to young people attempting to find their own way. – Martin Scorsese via VarietyScorsese will cover the following topics:Developing StyleWorking with ActorsCinematographyProduction DesignMusicColorEditingSound DesignOn-Set Directing All of this is in addition to other Masterclass courses already available from filmmakers, writers, and musicians like Werner Herzog, Hans Zimmer, David Mamet, Aaron Sorkin, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, and Kevin Spacey.You can pre-enroll in the 20+ lessons from Martin Scorsese now at masterclass.com/ms. The coursework will be available early 2018.last_img read more

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Jason Whitlock Thinks Chip Kelly Will Be Miami’s Next Head Coach

first_imgJason Whitlocks and Colin Coward talk about Chip Kelly on ESPN.jason whitlocks chip kelly to miamiThere are many who believe that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will eventually wind up back in the college game, where he saw great success as the leading man for the Oregon Ducks. One Fox Sports analyst – Jason Whitlock – thinks that it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.Whitlock joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show Wednesday afternoon and made a bold prediction. He thinks that Kelly will be Miami football’s next head coach. He believes that Kelly’s system would be a great fit for the Hurricanes, given the talent in the area.We’re not sure we agree, but it’s fun to think about. Miami needs to make a splash, and being able to land Kelly would certainly do just that.last_img read more

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Cannabis Corner is approved by Council

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At Fort St. John City Council, Cannabis Corner was approved and the next step for the application is now proceeding to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for final review.The proposed non-medical retail store is to be located at #2 – 10108 100 Street, in the location of the old Playtime Toys. The hours of operation will be 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week.The three partners Aaron Lepine, Darwin Lepine (better known in the community as Danny) and Lori Bahm are all longtime Fort St John residents. “We look forward to not only providing a safe and legal cannabis source but also to providing much-needed employment opportunities to local residents,” said Danny Lepine. Lepine goes on to say, “We are pleased that we have finally received municipal approval for our license as we have been paying a lease on an empty building for several months already. We have actually been engaged in the process for over one year now, and it has been a very long and drawn out process”This is now the third application for a non-medical Cannabis retail store Council has approved. Which have proposed locations in the allowable area of the City’s C-2 (Downtown Core Commercial) zone for a cannabis retail store.  In total there are five applications for non-medical Cannabis stores in Fort St. John.last_img read more

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EU leaders support Merkel over NSA spying

first_imgBRUSSELS –  28 EU leaders discuss the scandal of the US NSA’s monitoring of Merkel’s phone at the EU summit.Twenty-eight European Union (EU) leaders made a joint statement at a two-day EU summit noting the intentions of France and Germany in seeking bilateral talks with the United States (US).The EU leaders announced that other EU countries were welcome to join the initiative which underlined close relations between Europe and the US and the value of that partnership.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the summit aimed to arrive at a common understanding of the services between the United States, Germany and France for the establishment of a framework for cooperation.Regarding the recent scandal over reports claiming the US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, French President Francois Hollande said, “A special European cell is already set up to deal with the wave of snooping disclosures.”A recent examination by the German secret service BND and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) following Spiegel magazine’s report on files revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has supported suspicions that secret surveillance targeted Merkel’s private mobile phone.According to press reports, German authorities believe the possible surveillance operation had been controlled by a team at the US embassy in Berlin.Stressing that experts must accelerate efforts on the matter with their US allies, Hollande added, “This issue is not going away and there will be more revelations in the future.”Call for talks come “with the aim of finding, before the end of the year, an understanding on mutual relations in that field,” EU President Herman Van Rompuy said.“Any new understanding applies to relations between European countries, as well as to relations with the US,” emphasized Van Rompuy.last_img read more

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The Trail Blazers Arent Playing the Rockets Anymore

It took nearly four minutes for the Portland Trail Blazers to put their first points on the board Tuesday night in Game 1 of the second round of the NBA playoffs. By the time the final horn sounded, they hadn’t improved much, finishing with an offensive rating of just 90.5 points per 100 possessions against the San Antonio Spurs. It was a collapse for an offense that had been operating near peak efficiency — the Blazers scored 111.8 points per 100 possessions in their last series against the Houston Rockets, second only to the Los Angeles Clippers in this year’s playoffs. They need that offense, too. Portland had the league’s 16th-best defense this season. When the offense isn’t working, the team probably isn’t either.The offense stalled Tuesday night primarily because the Blazers just couldn’t make shots. Often “just couldn’t make shots” is a euphemism for bad luck, and a dismissal of how the opponent’s defense affected a team’s shooters. A glance at the numbers from Game 1 could certainly leave you with that impression. In the regular season, the Blazers made 38 percent of their shots from outside the restricted area. On Tuesday, that share was just 27 percent. But it was more than just a collection of tough rolls and bad bounces — the Spurs put whole lot more hands in the Blazers’ faces than the Rockets ever did.According to NBA.com’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Scores, 76 percent of the Trail Blazers’ shot attempts in Game 1 were contested. (Contested shots, according to the stat-keepers, are defined as shots that have a defender within 4 feet of the shooter.) In their series against the Rockets, only 49 percent of the Blazers’ total shot attempts were contested. The chart to the left shows the percentage of Portland’s shots that were uncontested in each of their individual playoff games this season.Unfortunately, NBA.com only has splits on contested and uncontested shots available by single games, so we can’t quickly put together a league-wide comparison to see how much of a random blip this is. What we do know is that the Spurs held their opponents to the fourth-lowest effective field goal percentage in the league this season. In December, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann found that the Spurs were contesting the highest percentage of opponent jump shots in the league, and by a fairly wide margin.That the Blazers are taking contested shots indicates the effectiveness of the Spurs defense in dictating who’s shooting and when. Twenty-one of LaMarcus Aldridge’s 25 total shots Tuesday night were contested, suggesting that the Spurs took away open jumpers and the Blazers ended many of their possessions with the highest probability of success given the circumstances — letting the preternaturally talented Aldridge take a shot. And he made plenty of them — 52 percent of the contested shots — to finish with 32 points overall. But the Spurs still forced the Blazers’ offense out of their rhythm.The foundation of the Trail Blazers’ offense is creating and making open jumpers. They use a variety of strategies built around Aldridge in the post or running pick-and-rolls with Damian Lillard, but the goal is always to get the ball into the hands of an open shooter. Every contested shot Aldridge takes is ending a possession that hasn’t resulted in an uncontested shot for someone else. In many ways, the ratio of contested to uncontested shots is one of the vital signs for the health of the Blazers’ offense. Any disruption of their ability to create open space for their shooters shows that the Spurs’ defense is succeeding. read more

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