Intentionally Fouling DeAndre Jordan Is Futile

In the 17 years since Don Nelson first urged the intentional fouling of Dennis Rodman in an attempt to stop the Chicago Bulls from scoring so many points, fans of NBA teams with big men who struggle at the free-throw line have come to rue the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy. Proponents of uninterrupted basketball have decried it for ruining the flow of games, yet for teams facing Shaquile O’Neal (52.7 percent career FT shooter), Dwight Howard (57.4 percent), Andre Drummond (40.2 percent) and DeAndre Jordan (42.5 percent), it has remained an oft-used, and seemingly viable, strategy.Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is one of its most ardent disciples. In 2012, Jackson famously helped Howard set the NBA record for free throw attempts in a game by telling his players to foul Howard repeatedly. Throughout his three years as a head coach, Jackson has done the same against Jordan and Drummond, and he’s carried the hacking strategy into this year’s playoffs. With three minutes left in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors were up 100-97 and hacked Jordan, a 43 percent free-throw shooter this year. Even though Jordan made both free throws, the strategy earned the praise of preeminent basketball minds like Haralabos Voulgaris, a stats-driven basketball forecaster.The basic math of the “Hack-A-DJ” strategy goes like this: If DeAndre Jordan shoots 43 percent from the free-throw line, fouling him yields two shots and 0.86 expected points. Compare that to the Clippers’ average points per possession this season — 1.12 — and it becomes clear that an intentional foul strategy is, on its face, a savvy one.Except it’s not, once you factor in all the things that happen before and after a free throw.1The basketball blog A Screaming Comes Across the Court did a great job of quantifying the offensive rebound value in a post in February. With a big data assist from ESPN’s Stats & Info group on the Clippers’ and Jordan’s performance over the past two seasons, my calculations make clear that Hack-A-DJ is not a clear-cut winning strategy.To stress-test the intentional foul conventional wisdom, I first broke down how many points the Clippers were expected to score on each possession. That number is 1.12 overall, but intentional fouls are usually given on half-court possessions. If a team fouls a player like Jordan who doesn’t have the ball while another player is on a fast break, it’s possible that the second player will still make a layup that counts for two points, and the free throws will then follow. This exact situation played out in a Kings-Clippers game last season, when Chris Paul made a layup as the Kings intentionally fouled Jordan. Once I limited the expected points per possession to half-court possessions only, the number dropped to 1.04.2Of course, every team is less efficient when you strip out fast breaks, the easiest points in basketball. What was a 0.26 point spread between an intentional foul on Jordan and a regular possession is now 0.18. The advantage is still there, but it’s narrower.Intentionally fouling Jordan also helps the Clippers set their defense on the ensuing possession, which lowers the chances their opponent will score. To figure out how much that’s worth to the Clippers, I measured the difference between the points they allow on possessions after they shoot free throws versus the points they allow after non-free-throw offensive possessions. That difference was 0.04 points, in part because an intentional foul against Jordan ensures the Clippers won’t turn the ball over or allow an opponent to make a fast break after a missed field goal attempt. What was a 0.18 spread between intentionally fouling Jordan and letting the Clippers play on is now 0.14.Finally, and most important, Hack-A-DJ is rendered inefficient because the Clippers are so good at rebounding Jordan’s missed free throws. Over the last two seasons, Jordan has missed 165 free throws with possible rebounds, and the Clippers have grabbed 34 of those rebounds, or 21 percent. That is nearly double the NBA rate of roughly 12 percent and four times the Clippers’ 4.8 percent offensive rebound rate on misses by players other than Jordan. While it’s impossible to know why LA shows such a remarkable ability to grab Jordan’s free-throw misses, it may have something to do with the team expecting a miss, and that the way Jordan misses somehow helping the offensive rebounders. Having Blake Griffin on the blocks can’t hurt, either.These rebounds are important because the Clippers are brutally efficient after corralling missed free throws. In 70 such attempts over the past two seasons, LA has scored 1.36 points per possession. It makes sense that teams would be efficient after missed free throws: The ball is already close to the rim, and the defense is likely in scramble mode, leaving perimeter shooters open.When we include the value of the Clippers’ offensive rebounding, the expected value of a Jordan missed free throw is 0.16 points. With his expected 0.86 points per two free throws, sending Jordan to the line actually yields 1.02 expected points for the Clippers. The gap still exists, but it’s inverted: It’s 0.03 more points more effective to let the Clippers play on than to foul Jordan.You can see how we got here in the chart below.While the Clippers’ free-throw rebounding prowess may decline in the postseason, and their incredible post-free-throw rebound efficiency may be a product of a relatively small sample size of possessions, it’s clear that the intentional-foul strategy is not a sure thing.Of course, every team and every poor foul-shooter is going to have their own break-even points. Dwight Howard, for instance, is a 54.7 percent free-throw shooter this year, so the Rockets expect 1.09 points every time he gets two free throw attempts. But that’s without accounting for the other factors in play — and we do know that those factors matter for all teams. The Rockets might rebound Howard’s misses at a different rate from the Clippers, or play worse defense after missed free throws. It’s just a matter of calculating them.For opponents of Jordan and the Clippers, though, the lesson seems clear: Neither strategy is superior to the other. Over the small sample size of two, four, or six free throws shot by Jordan in a given playoff game, the Hack-A-DJ strategy could look brilliant or foolish. But if the intentional-foul strategy isn’t working against the second-worst free throw shooter in the league, then it may not work against anyone. For fans of an uninterrupted game, that would be a welcome shift. read more

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Five Cays town hall meeting reveals MP plans

first_img PDA takes rally to Five Cays Fire in Five Cays will leave many homeless Related Items:chalk sound, five cays, five cays community center, sean astwood, town hall meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Nov 2015 – A town hall meeting held with the Five Cays and Chalk Sound Member of Parliament brought serious concerns to the forefront including infrastructural problems. Reports are there is a large sink hole in Five Cays which despite reportedly being reported to authorities continues to become larger; there is a call for government to fix roadways and improve on street lighting and residents had a chance to vent on the recent row where standing water was left un-pumped because it was on private land. Hon Sean Astwood issued the report where he said he promised residents that welcome signs were coming for both Chalk Sound and Sapodilla Bay early next year and that a Christmas party for children is planned for December 12. Other ideas doled out by the MP were a job readiness seminar, improvement on use of the Five Cays Community Center and an update that the Basketball Court will see the upgrades by the Dwyane Wade Foundation begin in early 2016. Legislative changes are also to be pushed for says the Member, who explained the cemetery is developing haphazardly due to lack of regulations; he told constituents that he is working on creating policy and that more street lights are coming. The recently won trophy, for Five Cays having the best float on the National Heritage Day parade was also unveiled to the residents at that meeting. Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Best of the Best Regatta on final leg this weekend in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, Renward R. Wells, held a press conference last week to update on The Bahamas’ second annual hosting of the Final Stretch of the “Best of the Best” Regatta, scheduled for December 7 thru 10, 2017 at Montagu Bay.   Minister Wells said that more than 50 boats are participating in the A, B and C classes and the Ministry has done its part to ensure the level of participation lives up to the name “Best of the Best.”He added that boat owners and captains will continue to inform the Ministry of what is needed to prepare for what may well be the most competitive weekend of sloop sailing in the history of The Bahamas — anticipating the weekend will be a ‘clash of the champions,’ this Thursday.“Speaking of champions, I am pleased that we will also be hosting the year-end race event for the Star Sailor’s League.  Sailors from around the world have begun arriving and training in Montagu Harbour for what, too, will be a very competitive race,” said Minister Wells.“As a fellow Olympian and a proud Bahamian, I am particularly pleased that we will be hosting a number of Olympic gold medalists and world champions in this race.   I thank Mr. Robert Dunkley and the Nassau Yacht Club team for their work in staging the races along with the Star Sailor’s League.   I am particularly delighted to announce that our own Olympic Gold medal winner, The Sea Wolf, Sir Durward Knowles, will be out to view the races.”#MagneticMediaNews#BestoftheBestRegattaPhoto credit: Life on The Hook Related Items:#BestoftheBestRegatta, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Xhaka speaks about Arsenals victory

first_imgThe Gunners defeated Fulham 4-1 today in the English Premier League to open 2019 with a win that puts them fifth on the tableGranit Xhaka scored in the 25th minute today for Arsenal in order to open the doors for the Gunners to beat Fulham FC 4-1.And Xhaka is very happy after his goal and explained the importance of winning at Anfield.“Of course, it was not a good game for us against Liverpool. We started well there but after we lost 5-1. We know we have a lot we need to improve, and today is the first step,” he told the club’s official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We know they have a new coach, a good team and we knew that before but we were playing at home and we started well, we had some chances and scored the first goals and after it went to 2-1, there were a few nerves but we are happy to have the three points.”“Yes, surprise, surprise, I can score in the box now! I am happy to be able to help the team and to take the three points, which is the most important thing,” he said about his goal.“We can learn a lot from this team. We know Liverpool have a good team this year and we have a tough programme in front of us we play West Ham away and then Chelsea at home and we want to get in the top four.”last_img read more

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Buffon admits PSG and Man United are on a par

first_imgParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is bracing up for his team’s Champions League clash against a resurgent Manchester United team.The two teams will try to secure an advantage in the first leg of their last 16 clash on Tuesday night before the return leg in Paris on 6 March.United head into the clash having gone 11 games unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since becoming the interim manager in December.Here come the Men in White 👊🏾 #LAFORCE#MUPSG pic.twitter.com/eDIQP0rQEn— Presnel Kimpembe (@kimpembe_3) February 11, 2019And Buffon feels that the turnaround in fortunes for the Red Devils will make the match a lot difficult, with PSG losing their first league defeat of the season against Lyon.“Old Trafford is the temple of a great team with a very important history,” he told FourFourTwo via Sky Italia.“This tie must be confronted in a serious way and without any regrets. We’ll regret it if our way of playing isn’t expressed in the way that the match demands.“Football is strange: two months ago, at the time of the draw, everyone thought that PSG would go through.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Two months later, seeing what has happened with us and the developments at Manchester United, we are at the least on the same level now.“This makes you understand how strange it is and how certain balances can swap around in the Champions League.”🔜🔥🏟️We are ready! 👊#MUPSG pic.twitter.com/pJwJLqcEbD— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 10, 2019Buffon equally had some words for former Juventus teammate Paul Pogba who would be in action tomorrow.“Paul is a golden boy, I’m always pleased to see him because he’s an incredible champion,” Buffon said.“Of course, I hope he can bring me the respect he owes me and that he’s very calm!”last_img read more

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Expanding the PrinttoMobile Cache

first_imgLooking to tap into publishers’ growing need to expand their revenue channels, print-to-mobile solutions firm GossRSVP says its mobile phone integration service offers publishers an additional option for monetizing advertisements by allowing readers to scan as well as text message special codes for expanded content and promotional offers.“GossRSVP was founded (in July 2008) on making print interactive and to provide tools that enhance print’s value,” director Roger Belanger told FOLIO:. “The two-way interaction then provides real-time metrics.”Belanger differentiates GossRSVP from the competition—including third party integration tools services like SnapTell and SnapNow, which utilize multimedia services so consumers can take a photo of a promotional code—by the virtue of its texting functionality. “[Using SnapTell or SnapNow] is more costly to the end user since in addition to having short message service [texting], they must pay for multimedia services,” Belanger said. “That is a niche market. Our aim is to make print common to all interactive services.” The GossRSVP service is compatible with all text-enables cell phone models and all U.S. mobile service providers, including Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.How It WorksGossRSVP offers publishers and advertisers the ability to create branded promotions that include a short code specific to the promotion (publishers can also sell text ads to run alongside the promotions). Readers text the code to a special number and are texted back with more information, hyperlinks, or the option to enter contests and/or sign up for texted breaking news alerts, depending on the promotion. GossRSVP can also create a scannable barcode.  According to Belanger, there are “at least five ways” publishers can monetize the service. “They can resell the service to their advertisers, in the sense that they can make their static print ad interactive,” he said. “They can also upcharge the pay/click rate, reuse and/or sell demographic data, sell third party text ads and earn residual commissions for referral accounts brought on.”Clients include Questex Media, Study Breaks and Teen Ink. Study Breaks, a monthly college lifestyle title with a circulation of 42,500, has been using the GossRSVP service since last November. “We needed to expand our products and services for our advertising clients,” publisher Steve Viner told FOLIO:. “The college demographic is extremely savvy and we had to offer a service that kept up with the mobile student.”One of the magazine’s goals through using the GossRSVP technology is to expand its customer list. “We plan to roll out a text alert program to our readers (SBVIP text alerts) and build our lists through giveaway promotions and events,” said Viner. “A significant list will allow us to offer our advertising clients opportunities to send out exclusive specials, discounts and services.”Viner expects as many as 2,500 people will opt-in for the text alert program by the end of 2009. “We should be able to more than double that in 2010,” he says.GossRSVP offers three subscription packages. One covers mobile text promotions and “text-to-win” messaging. The second covers text alert opt-in/opt-out programs and the third covers interactive media links. Each individual package costs $50 per month and includes 250 free clicks, then a “low” pay-per-click rate. Accounts include 50 customers then a $50 surcharge per each additional 50 customers is added.last_img read more

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Northstar Travel Group Acquires Axus Travel App

first_imgNorthstar Travel Group announced today that it has acquired AXUS Travel App (AXUS), an itinerary management software serving travel advisors and tour operators.Established in 2014, AXUS creates and organizes trip proposals and itineraries for travel managers and tour operators, while also providing other services like delivering booking confirmations and custom travel details to customers through a website and mobile app.“This ideal union with Northstar combines the resources of a large, diverse and highly respected travel heavyweight with the agility, customer intimacy and industry insight which have made AXUS the itinerary management app of choice for travel planners,” said Julia Douglas, the founder and CEO of AXUS in a statement.Northstar, the Secaucus, NJ-based B2B organization, produces brands such as Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, and Successful Meetings, among several others, as well as events in 13 countries in the retail and corporate travel, hospitality, and meetings industries. “The addition of the AXUS planning tool and mobile application is an important strategic enhancement to our suite of subscription workflow and content tools for travel professionals,” said Thomas Kemp, CEO & Chairman of Northstar Travel Group, in a statement.Back in May, Northstar acquired the hotel investment event portfolio from Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the American Hotel & Lodging Association (the AHLA), and their other partners. BHN produces 10 hospitality investment events and conferences worldwide. The acquisition also included the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), a global hotel investment conference.Additionally, in April, the company announced it acquired the assets of L.A.-based Schneider Publishing, which included a trio of annual events and a two related media brands, SportsTravel and Association News magazines.last_img read more

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Zee Telugus New Year special Ugadi Allullu to be a 3hour funfilled

first_imgUgadi Allullu on Zee TeluguPR HandoutZee Telugu is set to kick-start the Telugu new year in style. Its special show will witness a three-hour filled comedy-based event with fun festive elements and flavours to commend this unique day.Zee Telugu is one of the leading Telugu general entertainment channels in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is known to entertain the Telugu audiences throughout the year with special shows on festivals. The TV channel is now gearing up for is a grand celebration of Ugadi this year.Ugadi, the vibrancy of nature and life, marks the Telugu New Year and Zee Telugu is telecasting three-hour filled comedy-based event called Ugadi Allullu from 3 pm on April 7.As part of the joyous celebrations of Ugadi Allullu, Sreemukhi, Pradeep, Vishnu Priya and Sudheer, the four legendary anchors, add to the entertainment quotient by hosting this exception action-packed event.As a special attraction for the evening, leading ladies from Zee Telugu Meghana, Anjana, Chaitra and Madhubala performed for the audiences, along with sizzling performances by the contestants of Dance Jodi Dance and the renowned Zee Telugu Kutumbam.The festival celebration included a blend of fun activities and traditional games such as humorous skits, fun interaction with veteran Bammalu viz. Annapurnamma and Y Vijaya garu.Zee Telugu celebratory events have won a special place in the hearts and minds of the Telugu audiences from around the world. Its astounding events continue to raise the bar with the support of their audience and the entire Zee Telugu Kutumbam.last_img read more

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Centre to serve notices to 2690 companies for not having a woman

first_imgThe central government is currently in the process of serving notices to as many as 2,690 companies for not including at least one female member on their boards.”Show-cause notices are being sent to the companies,” said the government in a reply obtained under the Right to Information Act.While 10,328 companies, registered under the Companies Act, 2013, were asked to appoint at least one woman director pn their board by April 1, 2015, only 74% of them have followed the law so far.”However, the law does not prescribe any specific penalty at this stage,” Business Standard quoted Harish H V, partner – India Leadership team, Grant Thornton India LLP, as saying.A public company, with a paidup share capital of Rs 100 crore or above or having a turnover of Rs 300 crore or more, should have included at least one female on its board by 1 April, according to the act.”The usual reasons (behind not appointing women directors) are that there are no appropriate women who could be taken on board. One should also look carefully at the numbers. It is clear that 75 per cent have implemented the law. One should examine how many of these companies that did not implement are operating fully and adhering to the other provisions, preparation of accounts, filing of returns, etc,” Harish added.In April, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had announced a minimum Rs 50,000 penalty on companies not complying with the law. The market regulator even warned of taking action on promoters and directors of the companies which do not adhere to the law beyond six months.As per the Sebi order, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) had fined 370 listed companies in October.”It is quite possible that many of the companies which did not adhere to the law are also defaulters on other counts due to operating issues, losses or other factors. There will of course be some wilful defaulters among them,” said Harish.last_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 This is what Karan Singh Grover says about

first_imgKaran Singh Grover, Ronit RoyTwitterKasautii Zindagii Kay 2 has brought a new set of twists and turns with the dramatic entry of Mr. Bajaj played by Karan Singh Grover, who has made everyone drool over his hot salt and pepper look. However, Karan is aware of the comparisons that will be drawn between his portayal of the iconic character to that of Ronit Roy who originally played the role of Mr. Bajaj in the show which continued to air on television from 2001 to 2008.”No one in our industry can play Rishabh Bajaj the way Ronit Roy played it and I do not even dare to touch that. That is a different level of iconic performance, holds a value and no one can match up to that. It would be stupid of me to copy it or anything like that. However, I know there is a fan base of Mr. Bajaj’s character as well as my fans. So, the comparison is inevitable,” Karan Singh Grover told IANS.There’s no doubt that Karan has made a stunning comeback on television after six years and is quite happy with the way the entertainment business has evolved.”My show ‘Dill Mill Gaye’ was about youngsters, there were no derogatory projection of women or girls. I believe women are powerful and they should be projected in that way. Earlier not just on-screen, but in real life too, men had a tendency to control women and that stereotyping was happening in their roles in daily life as well as on-screen.”Thank God the world is a place where much-evolved people are living, as they have understood the reality that women are much superior beings,” Karan said.(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

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