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September 29, 2019

This Eastern Conference Crown Is Truly LeBrons Masterpiece

LeBron James has racked up some pretty extraordinary accomplishments in his 15-year pro career, but few are as impressive as his effort in leading this particular Cleveland Cavaliers squad to the NBA Finals. Missing an All-Star teammate from an already underwhelming supporting cast, on the road against a Boston Celtics team that had been 10-0 at home in the playoffs, in a Game 7 (where the home team was 104–26 in postseason history1Per the Elias Sports Bureau.), James had a lot standing between him and an eighth straight Finals trip. And yet, here he and the Cavs are once again, set to play for another NBA title, following Sunday’s 87-79 win in Boston.How’d Cleveland break Boston’s home-court stranglehold on these playoffs? For one thing, the much-maligned Cavaliers defense stepped up in a big way in Game 7, holding the Celtics to a stunningly low 89.4 points per 100 possessions after allowing 107.7 in the series’ previous three games at TD Garden. It helped that the Celtics bricked so many shots in the second half — they went 3-20 from 3-point range, including a number of open looks — but the Cavs also clamped down and played some of their best defense of the season during Game 7. 2015CLE+6.5+1.3+7.7+1.2-1.9-0.7 2018CLE+6.6+1.8+8.4+0.7-2.6-2.0 JamesTeammates Home wins95.6107.749.6%34.0%87.5%23.9 This is LeBron’s worst NBA Finals supporting cast everBox Plus/Minus talent ratings for LeBron James and his cumulative teammates for NBA Finals teams, weighted by postseason minutes 2012MIA+7.4+2.4+9.8+0.9+2.8+3.6 Game 7 loss88.289.447.817.973.720.4 James was his usual otherworldly self on Sunday, of course, pouring in 35 points with 15 rebounds and 9 assists. (He also played every single minute of the game.) He remains the NBA’s all-time leader with 34.9 career PPG in postseason Game 7s. But unlike many of Cleveland’s playoff losses, he got a little bit of help from his teammates; in addition to James, three other Cavs (Jeff Green, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson) scored in double-figures. It was enough to propel the Cavs to victory, even though the team shot just 26 percent from 3-point range — which tends to be the most important barometer of Cleveland’s performance in any given game.At the same time, the Celtics appeared to be a bit too inexperienced to close out the veteran Cavs in a situation where playoff seasoning matters a lot. Had the Celtics won, they’d have been the second-youngest team2According to the average age of the postseason roster, weighted by minutes. to make the Finals since 1974 (older than only the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers). Instead, Boston’s youth showed as the Celtics were a team-worst -20 with star rookie Jayson Tatum and second-year phenom Jaylen Brown on the court together, and fill-in starter Terry Rozier suffered his worst game of the playoffs in Game 7.Fortunately for the Celtics, though, they have a ton of talent on hand for the future. This is only the beginning of something special for coach Brad Stevens’ squad. For Cleveland, meanwhile, this season has felt like the end of something special practically all year.Between the failed Isaiah Thomas trade, coach Ty Lue’s leave of absence, multiple injuries to Love and a midseason shakeup that ended up yielding few impact players for the postseason, it has been a chaotic ride for the Cavaliers. “We’ve had four or five seasons wrapped in one,” James told reporters earlier this month. “We know what the narrative has been about our team.” Unlike past seasons when the Cavs breezed through the East playoffs with seldom a loss, Cleveland was pushed to the limit by both the Celtics and the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.3Granted, they did sweep the Toronto Raptors in between. Nothing has been easy.All things considered, then, this NBA Finals run has to be considered one of James’ crowning achievements. Although James talked up his supporting cast in his postgame comments, I went back and re-ran the numbers from this story, in which we used Basketball-Reference’s Box Plus/Minus to estimate the true talent4Using a multi-year weighted average of BPM, regressed to the mean and adjusted for age. of every player LeBron played with on an NBA Finals run. And that method says that this is easily the worst crop of teammates James has ever dragged to an NBA Finals — even worse than the one he had while being swept by the San Antonio Spurs as a 22-year-old in 2007: Ratings are generated using a multi-year weighted average of BPM, regressed to the mean and adjusted for age. Teammate ratings represent the team’s hypothetical points per 100 possessions (relative to league average) if James was replaced with a league average (0.0 BPM) player.Source: Basketball-Reference.com GamesPaceOff. Rating2-Point %3-Point %Free Throw %Assists/100 Poss. 2007CLE+6.3+1.8+8.1-3.3+2.5-0.8 2017CLE+6.0+1.6+7.6+3.0-2.0+1.1 2014MIA+7.6+1.4+9.1+0.3-0.2+0.1 Boston won Games 1, 2 and 5 at home before losing Game 7.Source: NBA Advanced Stats The Celtics’ offense disappeared in Game 7Offensive statistics for the Boston Celtics at home in the 2018 Eastern Conference final, by game 2013MIA+7.9+2.3+10.2+0.9+0.8+1.7 That means James and the Cavs are destined to be a heavy underdog in the Finals, whether they’ll face the Houston Rockets or Golden State Warriors. But what else is new? Much of James’ poor NBA Finals record (he’s 3-5 all-time in championship series) is because he’s gone into the matchup facing such long odds in the first place. That’s a direct product of his ability to carry shorthanded teams deeper into the playoffs than any other player would be able to — and in Sunday night’s win, James just provided the best example of that yet.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2011MIA+7.2+2.5+9.7+2.3+2.1+4.5 2016CLE+6.2+1.6+7.9+3.4-1.0+2.4 SeasonTeamOffenseDefenseTotalOffenseDefenseTotal read more

August 31, 2019

Through a kaleidoscope

first_imgGroup Show Kaleidoscope, with its manifold works brings together the appeal and scope of today’s art. Art is but an expression of human imagination. Thus, a conscious effort is made by a gallery not to restrict the creativity of the participating artists with any particular theme.Set in a city mall, an art gallery is hosting to platform for new artistes and they also offer an opportunity for the viewer to view works of masters. The viewer can figure out his or her own preferences. Works of artistes are strongly representative of the world of Indian art, not borrowing from beyond the shores.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show is a statement of the evolving taste in Indian art. Unlike fashion, art does not get outdated and we find a lot of artists continuing their previous styles. The show is an opportunity for a viewer to select from paintings, sculptures and photography. There is a mix of figurative and abstract and some works with a surrealist feel, and the other’s inspired by tribal and folk art. Displaying works of quality with lasting value has always been the effort of the gallery to retain the great amount of goodwill it has from the community of art lovers. The show with its portfolios of artworks will revolve around the spirit of balance between the masters and promising talent. The participating artistes are Ankit Patel, Binoy Varghese, Farhad Hussain, Manu Parekh, Pratul Dash, Shipra Bhattacharya, amongst others.last_img read more

August 31, 2019

Hakim begins doortodoor campaign for ward 82 bypoll

first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim undertook his first door-to-door campaign at ward 82 in Chetla on Sunday morning. He will contest from the same KMC ward, where the by-election will be held on January 6 next year. The seat fell vacant after sitting councillor Pranab Biswas resigned recently on health grounds.”I am familiar with all the lanes and bylanes of Chetla where I grew up playing with marbles. My emotions are connected with this place as this is my root. I have come to seek blessings from the residents and I am confident of winning convincingly in the by-election,” Hakim said, adding that the vote campaign is simply a pretext of meeting people in the locality. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe new Mayor of Kolkata further said that he will always continue to be with the people of Chetla. “If the earth beneath a tree is removed it will be uprooted. It is the same with me. If I separate myself from the people of Chetla I will cease to exist in politics,” Hakim reiterated. He lashed out at BJP for their politics of creating rift among people in the name of religion. “They have no place in Bengal as the people in the state live amicably irrespective of caste and creed,” he maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that before Hakim took over as the Kolkata Mayor, the state government had brought an amendment in the KMC Act, 1980, that stipulates that a non-councillor can become Mayor, but the person will have to contest and win a by-election within 6 months of taking over as the Mayor. The by-election is expected to be a cakewalk for Hakim, who was elected in 2000 as a councillor from. Later, he became Member, Mayor-in-Council (Roads). Football coach Sanjoy Sen, who is a resident of ward 82, said: “Everybody knows how Firhad is working for the development of the state. So I will appeal to everybody to vote for him.” BJP will field Jiban Sen against Hakim in the by-election. Sen is the organisational president of the saffron party in South Kolkata. Sisir Dutta will contest as the Left candidate.last_img read more