The Rockets Are Finally Playing Their Game In The Playoffs

It’s unlikely that the Rockets will play the rest of the series at the level they played Game 1 — the 27-point loss was the worst of the Spurs’ season. But however the series plays out, it’s progress that the Rockets have finally brought Rockets basketball to the playoffs. The biggest change has been in the number of threes the team gets. Over the previous three seasons, the Rockets led the league in 3-point attempt rate (the share of field-goal attempts that are 3-pointers) during the regular season before seeing significant dropoffs in the postseason. That’s particularly unusual, considering the playoff field as a whole had a higher rate in this span than the leaguewide regular-season rate.This season, the Rockets have seen a similar slide toward the mean. But they began with such an overwhelming cushion that although they’ve gone from 46.2 percent of their attempts being threes during the season to 40.3 being so in the playoffs, that 40.3 number would have led all teams during the regular season.It’s especially promising for the Rockets’ identity that they’ve continued to put up shots even though they haven’t been falling. In the Oklahoma City series, Houston shot 28 percent from three over five games and 169 attempts, including 6-for-37 in the series clincher. This was somewhat because of good coverage — the Thunder held the Rockets to 10 uncontested2No defender within 6 feet. threes per game, five fewer than their regular season average — but mostly it was just a cold spell that seems to have corrected itself. Against the Spurs in Game 1, the Rockets got 14 wide-open threes, right around their season average.Houston’s free-throw rate (a team’s number of free-throw attempts per field-goal attempt) hasn’t seen as consistent a downturn in the playoffs as its 3-pointers, but it’s fluctuated. The team has finished in the top two in each of the last four regular seasons, but the fouls dried up in its 2014 and 2016 playoff campaigns. Through six games this postseason, however, the team is drawing free throws at by far the highest rate in the field. The strangest thing about the Houston Rockets’ 126-99 dismantling of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night wasn’t the final score, or the Spurs’ bloodless play, or even the 50 3-pointers (and 22 makes) that Houston threw up in the game. Those were all unusual, but in the way that any one-off game in a seven-game series might be. For Rockets fans, however, the big change was that for once in the playoffs, the Rockets looked like the Rockets.Over the last four seasons,1The period for which we have player-tracking data for the league. Houston general manager Daryl Morey has built the NBA’s model of efficiency. The Rockets of the regular season adhere to the fundamental tenets of Moreyball: shooting threes, driving for layups and drawing fouls. Then the playoffs begin. That’s when Houston has gone off script and played the sort of inefficient basketball it’s built to avoid. read more

Emery looking forward to Liverpool test

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery says his side will test their progress when they face league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.Liverpool moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 4-0 victory against Newcastle United on Wednesday, while Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton leaves them at fifth place and two points behind Chelsea.Arsenal’s form and performances have been inconsistent so far this season and Emery believes playing Liverpool will be a benchmark for measuring their progress.“It is a very big match for us and them. They are unbeaten this season and will be confident,” Emery told Sky Sports.“For us, it is a big challenge and a good test, of who we are and the difference between them and us.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“In the table it is clear but I also want to look on the pitch. We have had one test against them, at the Emirates, which we drew [1-1 in November].“We played a good match but I think in Liverpool it is going to be a different game to the one we played here.”last_img read more

Private Equity Group Revises Media Forecast From 5 Percent Growth to Slight

first_img“The newer or what he have labeled the alternative segments of both sectors continue to experience positive growth in ’08 and ’09,” Suhler said. “The end user sectors, both consumer and institutional, representing the majority of spending in the communications industry, have been revised to show slower but positive growth, also in both years.”Those segments include pure-play Internet and mobile services (expected to grow 9.1 percent this year, down from 15.5 percent), mobile content (up 34.2 percent) and videogames (up 19.5 percent).[VSS is an investor in FOLIO: parent company Red 7 Media.] Veronis Suhler Stevenson Monday revised its annual five-year communications industry forecast (2008 to 2012) to show a 0.4 percent decline in overall media spend in 2009, down from the 5.4 percent gain the private equity firm previously forecasted. Overall advertising spending is projected to drop 7.4 percent this year—the first two-year drop in 75 years.According to VSS co-founder partner John Suhler, the revision was necessitated by the impact the down economy has had on all industries, including communications and media. Some segments will be impacted more than others, the firm said. Newspaper publishing leads the decliners, with a projected contraction of 16.2 percent in 2009. Following closely is broadcast television, which VSS projects will decline 9 percent, and consumer magazines, which is expected to decline 8.5 percent.Even marketing services, which include direct marketing, promotions and branded entertainment, will decline 1.3 percent this year, VSS said.last_img read more

Should I link my Instagram account to my dating apps

first_img Love Syncs Post a comment Tags Culture Share your voice 0 Think before you link. Getty Images Welcome to CNET’s Love Syncs, where we answer your questions about online dating. I’m Erin Carson, staff reporter, resident young-enough-person, refrigerdating correspondent, curator of oddities and most likely to leave you on “read.”Today we tackle the question of whether you need to get your Instagram account involved in your online dating pursuits. So, double tap that mess and let’s get going.Q: Should I link my Instagram to my dating apps?Instagram. It’s one of the best ways to curate an online self that’s only kinda sorta reflective of who you are. And thanks to technology, you can link it to a variety of dating platforms you might use. The idea is that it could help you better show off what your life is like to potential whomevers. But should you?Allow me to caution the hell out of you. First, be sure you know exactly how the dating profile you use integrates with Instagram. Some apps do a good job of hiding your handle as well as captions that might contain hashtags or friends’ handles or location tags. You can’t tap through to the person’s actual Instagram profile. That’s a good thing for reasons I’ll get into shortly. This might not be the case with every other platform you try.The reason any of that matters is because SOME PEOPLE ARE CREEPY.Trust me. I’m a woman on the internet. I know. Before you connect your Instagram, consider all the additional information you could be disclosing about your life to total strangers, like the places you regularly hang out, where you live, where you buy your hot sauce, the gym you go to, who your friends are. It’s the kind of info you could glean just from looking at a collection of photos and connecting a few dots. Someone you just met online — or maybe haven’t even started talking to, doesn’t need to know your last name and where you walk your dog. So, before you go linking accounts, take a skeptical eye to your own Instagram account and make sure you’re not unintentionally making yourself vulnerable to anyone out there with bad intentions. And don’t forget whatever crazy thing you post to IG, will end up on your dating profile as well. That means that pic you took of your midnight pastrami sandwich. Or, you could just stick with the four or five photos you’ve already picked out for your dating profile so I’m not up all night worrying about you. Your choice. CNET’s Love Syncs is an advice column focusing on online dating. If you’ve got a question about finding love via app, send it to for consideration. last_img read more

First Black Female White House Reporter Gets Newseum Statue

first_imgBy Jesse J. Holland, The Associated PressJournalist Alice Allison Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first black woman accredited to cover the White House.In recognition of her achievements, the Newseum unveiled a statue in her honor on Sept. 21.The sculpture of Alice Allison Dunnigan is seen during a ceremony at the Newseum, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Washington. Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first black woman accredited to cover the White House. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)The bronze life-size statue will remain in the Newseum, just steps away from the National Mall and the White House, until December. The statue, based on a photo of Dunnigan standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, depicts her in hat and pearls, a folded newspaper in her hands.Members of Dunnigan’s family, friends, colleagues and admirers gasped with joy as the statue was revealed, with some crying. The statue by Amanda Matthews will be moved to the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center in Dunnigan’s hometown of Russellville, Kentucky, in December.“Monuments inform us of our past, but they also lead us toward our future,” Matthews said just before the statue was unveiled. “Alice Dunnigan envisioned a future of equality and she dedicated her life to that vision as a teacher, a journalist, an editor and a champion for civil rights and women. She is why we’re all here today, to continue to support that vision.”In this image provided by Emory University, Alice Allison Dunnigan, right, interviews screenwriters Arthur Arthur, left, and Virginia Kellogg. Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first Black woman accredited to cover the White House and in recognition of her achievements, the Newseum unveiled a statue in her honor on Sept. 21, 2018. (Emory University Rare Book Library via AP)Dunnigan was trained as a teacher but wanted to be a journalist. After working at The Chicago Defender, she became the Washington bureau chief for the Associated Negro Press, where she wrote about government and politics for 112 African-American newspapers. She then made history when she received White House press credentials in 1947 and became part of the White House traveling press corps covering President Harry Truman’s re-election campaign in 1948.Dunnigan would go on to cover Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy before taking a job in the Kennedy and then the Johnson administration. She died in 1983 in Washington, D.C., at age 77.Dunnigan faced both racism and sexism during her career in Washington. For example, she was kept from covering an Eisenhower speech in 1953 because it was in a Whites-only theater. Later, Dunnigan was made to sit with servants to cover the funeral of Ohio Sen. Robert Taft.In addition to the indignity of racism, Dunnigan was often paid less than her male colleagues in the Black press and forced to justify herself in situations where male reporters were welcomed.“Race and sex were twin strikes against me. I’m not sure which was the hardest to break down,” Dunnigan has been quoted as saying.But she didn’t let any of that stop her, friends and relatives did. She was the first Black member of the Women’s National Press Club, and the first Black woman to belong to the House of Representatives and Senate press galleries and the State Department press corps.“If she was here, she would say we’ve made great inroads in the ’40s and then came the ’60s and we’re now where we are,” said her granddaughter Soraya Dunnigan Brandon, 58, of Durham, N.C. “But the same issues are still there, so I think she would say that we have to keep working.”last_img read more

This Essential Job Role Will Go Unfilled at Millions of Companies But

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » They say that one man’s meat is another man’s poison. In tech, it’s more like one group’s bonanza of opportunity is another group’s crisis of scarcity. Here’s the situation: India has long been a go-to pool for offshoring technology work. Western companies looking for everything from tech customer service to building software find relatively cheap labor on the subcontinent while providing some 4 million Indians with a gateway to the middle class. Win-win.Related: Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks With These Free ToolsEnter automation, which is beginning what promises to be a rapid transformation of the tech sector employment landscape. In this process, India is the proverbial canary in the coal mine. And with 4 million tech jobs at stake, it is one very big canary. A 2015 study released by McKinsey India and the trade organization Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies) reported that 50 to 70 percent of Indian tech workers’ skills will be irrelevant by 2020.Watch the big canary start to wheeze, and behold the coming crisis of global tech jobs drying up. Yet, if automation is the grim reaper for some, it is the bringer of opportunity for others. And if there is one field benefitting from high-tech automation right now, it’s cybercrime.The automation of malware’s creation and distribution is creating a bonanza of cybercrime, which Juniper Research estimates will cost $2 trillion by 2019, three times the 2015 estimate of $500 billion.By reducing the cost of entry into the field of cybercrime — a ransomware kit, for example, can be rented for a mere $1,000 a month — automation has not only created an employment bonanza for bad guys, it has also created a booming demand for cybersecurity jobs.Related: Crime-as-a-Service Could Be the Next Big Threat to Your BusinessBut, at the same time, businesses everywhere are facing the fact: the security talent pool is dry. This is good news for security professionals, who have one of the few jobs that automation won’t replace soon, and there’s no end in sight to the skills shortage. However, if we take a wider view, this is a big economic problem. Security work is either not getting done, or is being done by people who lack the background or aptitude.Exactly how dry is the talent drought?The eighth Global Information Security Workforce Study, conducted by the global nonprofit IT security professional organization (ISC)2, predicts that the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs will rise to 1.8 million over the next five years. The cybersecurity market intelligence research firm Cybersecurity Ventures puts the shortfall much higher, at a 3.5 million worker shortage by 2021.What rational hope do business leaders have of recruiting or training between 1.8 million and 3.5 million cybersecurity personnel ASAP?Little to none. So, it is time to rethink the crisis.Clearly, cybercrime is a criminal enterprise, but business leaders need to focus at least as closely on the word enterprise as on criminal. Like you, cybercriminals are engaged in an enterprise. In fact, they have become your fiercest competitors. What can you do to catch up?Related: Is Your Business Prepared for a Cyber Attack? (Infographic)No. 1: Stop thinking about cybersecurity as an employment problem. We do need more cybersecurity professionals, but simply throwing them at the problem — even if we had all 3.5 million to throw right now — will not stop the attacks. Matching mere mortals against automation is a guaranteed losing proposition.Which brings us to No. 2: Stop thinking about cyber security. The elements of security — anti-malware software, antivirus software, firewalls and training people in safe computing practices — are essential: necessary, but not sufficient.Security may defeat 99 out of 100 attacks or even 999 out of 1000. But, security alone does nothing about the one attack that gets through. And it will get through.The move that will preserve, protect and defend your business now is to stop relying exclusively on security — and on those increasingly hard-to-get cybersecurity employees. Accept the reality that you are being attacked, continually; that some of the attacks will penetrate your security defenses; and that some of those penetrations will result in breaches — and the exfiltration of data. Having accepted this reality, you are ready to add resilience to your cyber-defense arsenal.Security strategies are the digital equivalent to walls in the physical world. They are designed to prevent attacks through exclusion. But, as former Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano once remarked in opposition to building a border wall to prevent illegal immigration: “You show me a 50-foot wall, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.”Related: Cybercriminals Are Targeting Small Businesses That Don’t Take Cybersecurity SeriouslyIn contrast to the static wall paradigm of cybersecurity, the strategies of resilience are dynamic. They are about making your network hard to hit, acquiring the knowledge and tools needed to detect the attacks that do get through, and then responding to them rapidly enough to prevent or minimize the exfiltration of data.Most of all, resilience strategies are about doing as much as possible with whatever resources you have now. To be smart about resources, you need to understand your network and know where its weak points lie. Then you need to follow up this knowledge with a comprehensive understanding of the levels of data that are at risk. All data is not created equal. Some needs to be widely and readily accessible; some needs to be highly secure. Defenses need to be prioritized according to data priorities, and sensors deployed network-wide to cover gaps in protection.Finally, a resilience strategy includes a component cybersecurity fails to address: recovery. Under attack, a resilient organization can continue to do business. After the attack, it can quickly recover.The security talent drought is real and is not getting better anytime soon. You cannot get all the troops you need, and therefore you need to be self-reliant. Actualized by resilience, self-reliance is an immediate solution to what promises to be an enduring crisis.Related Video: A Genius Former Hacker Explains How to Keep Your Business Safe From Cyber Attacks Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read October 16, 2017last_img read more