Playoff Kawhi Leonard Is The New Playoff LeBron James

Michael Jordan41,011+8.77,474+10.2+1.5 Leonard’s BPM playoff bump — +4 — is tied for the 16th largest increase since the NBA-ABA merger among players that logged at least 2,000 regular season minutes and 500 playoff minutes in a single year. Some other players to increase their BPM by at least 4.0 points include Hakeem Olajuwon during the 1997 playoffs, Tim Duncan during his 2003 title run and LeBron James during his 2016 title run, to name a few.And this isn’t anything new for Leonard: He’s been upping his game in the postseason ever since he came into the league as a role player with the San Antonio Spurs.Below is a similar chart to the first, but this time we’re looking at career performance — comparing a player’s career average BPM in the regular season to their career average BPM in the playoffs since the merger in 1977. (In order to make sure our sample consists of players who played often in both the regular season and deep into the playoffs, each player’s career average BPM has been weighted by both their minutes played in the regular season and playoffs.2Specifically, we weighted the averages using the harmonic mean of the player’s regular season and playoff minutes in a given season. This gives us a better representative sample of players to compare Leonard’s career against.) Draymond Green14,979+3.84,332+6.5+2.7 Kawhi steps up his numbers in the postseasonBiggest average change in Box Plus/Minus (BPM) between the playoffs and regular season, among NBA players with at least 10,000 regular season and 2,500 playoff minutes since 1977 Most of the players that have a similar career BPM in the regular season to Leonard are right at or just below the dotted line, meaning they either get worse during the playoffs or at best they don’t improve. The few players who buck that trend include Michael Jordan, LeBron, Olajuwon and Leonard himself. Each of these players consistently dominated the league in the regular season and even more so in the playoffs.The players with the biggest difference between their regular season and playoff career BPM tend to be toward the middle of the pack in regular season BPM for the simple reason that the lower a player’s regular season number, the more room they have to improve their playoff production. Still, despite having one of the higher career BPMs in the regular season, Leonard ranks sixth on the list. The players in front of him are Isiah Thomas (the Pistons legend, not the other more recent one), Draymond Green, Rajon “Playoff” Rondo, Derek Fisher and Robert “Big Shot Bob” Horry. Those are the type of guys Green was referring to when he talked about the difference between 82-game players and 16-game players. Michael Cooper23,635+1.14,744+2.7+1.6 Career regular season and playoff BPM averages are weighted so as to give more importance to seasons where a player logged many minutes in both the regular season and playoffsSource: Basketball-Reference.com Isiah Thomas35,516+2.84,216+6.4+3.6 Kawhi Leonard14,404+5.73,806+7.4+1.8 Reg. SeasonPlayoffs Regardless of whether the Raptors ultimately finish off the Golden State Warriors and win the NBA title, Leonard’s performance this postseason will instill dread in opposing fan bases of “Playoff Kawhi” for years to come. Leonard wasn’t kidding when he referred to the 82 games during the regular season as “practice” and that the “playoffs is when it’s time to lace them up.”Neil Paine contributed to this article. Tayshaun Prince31,576+1.14,977+2.4+1.3 LeBron James46,235+9.710,049+11.1+1.4 Robert Horry27,069+2.86,823+4.8+2.0 This year’s NBA postseason has been a striking reminder of the difference between regular season and playoff basketball, particularly with respect to individual performance. The three finalists for the MVP award — James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George — all failed to match their production from the regular season in this year’s playoffs. On the other end of the spectrum is Kawhi Leonard, who after “load-managing” his way through the regular season, is now considered one of, if not the, best basketball players alive and has the Toronto Raptors one win away from their first NBA championship. (That win could come Thursday night in Game 6 in Oakland.)Before this year, LeBron James was the often-cited case of the rare player who took his already outstanding game to an even higher level in the playoffs. But during this year’s postseason, it’s Leonard, the two-way force of nature, who has become the go-to example of a player who seemingly flips a switch and magically turns into a better version of himself once the playoffs start.During the regular season, Leonard posted a +5.0 box plus/minus (BPM), a catch-all stat designed to capture a player’s all-around impact. Leonard’s regular season BPM was 15th best in the league. But in the playoffs, Leonard’s BPM has risen to +9.0, tied for second-best among all postseason players.It’s rare to see a player of Leonard’s stature lift his BPM at all in the playoffs. Of the 15 players that had a regular season BPM of +5.0 or better,1That does not include LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony-Towns and Jusuf Nurkic, who all had a +5.0 BPM or better in the regular season but did not play in the playoffs. only Leonard and Nikola Jokic increased their output in the playoffs. It’s even rarer to see someone as productive as Leonard lift his BPM by as much as he did. Ron Harper31,199+2.23,000+3.8+1.6 Vinnie Johnson24,308+0.02,671+1.6+1.5 Boris Diaw28,768+1.13,144+2.8+1.7 Derek Fisher32,719-0.86,856+1.1+1.9 PlayerMinutesBPMMinutesBPMDiff. Hakeem Olajuwon44,222+5.45,749+7.1+1.6 Rajon Rondo26,119+2.43,944+4.6+2.2 Bryon Russell19,805+2.43,081+3.8+1.4 read more

VIDEO Meet Wilmington High Schools Class Officers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wildcat TV’s Shawn Guiney recently interviewed many of Wilmington High School’s class officers.Meet Joseph Wilson (Senior Class President), Sara Babcock (Senior Class Vice President), Thomas Abbott (Junior Class President), Alison Jordan (Junior Class Treasurer), Maeve Martins (Junior Class Secretary), Sean Riley (Sophomore Class Vice President), Maria Hernandez (Sophomore Class Secretary), Angelyn Ciampa (Freshmen Class President), Rhiannon Dyment (Freshmen Class Vice President), and Quinn Proulx (Freshmen Class Treasurer).Find out why each ran for their respective positions and what they hope to accomplish this year.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”WHS Football Team Is Looking For Corporate SponsorsIn “Community”last_img read more

Twice abducted and tortured by employees Bengaluru startup boss tries to end

first_imgHamas engaged in abductions, torture and executions during the Gaza conflict.Amnesty International Report [Representational Image]Indian start-ups have become a nightmare for some employers after a few staffs of a Bengaluru-based establishment abducted their boss and tortured him for not paying their salary.A 23-year-old entrepreneur Sujay SK from Cambridge Layout in Halsuru was kidnapped twice by four of his employees, including a woman as a way to recover their due payments after the start-up initiated by Sujay failed within a month.According to the reports, the victim had started an IT company at Kudlu, which shut down due to financial constraints. It is alleged that seven of the employees working at his firm were not paid which made them took this extreme step, which Sujay has denied.Sujay tried to end his life by consuming 30 sleeping pills and rat poison after he was abducted by his former employees as he had lost interest in his life and was feeling very demotivated after the abduction and torture by his employees.The Halsuru police have booked a case against the gang including Vishwa, Tanzeem, Rashmi, Likith, Rakesh, Darshan and Sanjay under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 351 (assault), 362 (abduction) and section 503 (criminal intimidation).According to the police, Sujay did not file a police complaint even after the abduction and torture. The police became aware of the incident only after receiving a complaint from the hospital where he was admitted after he tried to commit suicide.The BossnappingOn March 21, Likith and Vijay called their former boss near his residence in Cambridge Layout in Bengaluru, when Sujay came they pushed him inside a car and took him to a house in HSR Layout and thrashed him.He was released after two days with a warning of dire consequences if he failed to pay back their due amounts.Again on March 25, he was abducted by the same gang when Sujay was leaving for Tamil Nadu. This time he was moved to Maddur in Mandya district, where he was tortured by the gang once again. They released him the next day near Virupakshapura in Bengaluru.However, the police have arrested Sanjay, Likith, Darshan and their associate Niranjan over the incident and are hunting down the other accused. All the accused people are below 25 years of age.last_img read more

Facebook AI opensources PyTorchBigGraph for faster embeddings in large graphs

first_imgThe Facebook AI team yesterday announced, the open-sourcing of PyTorch-BigGraph (PBG), a tool that enables faster and easier production of graph embeddings for large graphs. With PyTorch-BigGraph, anyone can take a large graph and produce high-quality embeddings with the help of a single machine or multiple machines in parallel. PBG is written in PyTorch, allowing researchers and engineers to easily swap in their own loss functions, models, and other components. Other than that, PBG can also compute the gradients and is automatically scalable. Facebook AI team states that the standard graph embedding methods don’t scale well and are not able to operate on large graphs consisting of billions of nodes and edges. Also, many graphs exceed the memory capacity of commodity servers creating problems for the embedding systems. But, PBG helps prevent that issue. PBG performs block partitioning of the graph that helps overcome the memory limitations of graph embeddings. Also, nodes are randomly divided into P partitions ensuring the two partitions fit easily in memory. The edges are then further divided into P2 buckets depending on their source and the destination node. After this partitioning, training can be performed on one bucket at a time. PBG offers two different ways to train embeddings of partitioned graph data, namely, single machine and distributed training. In a single-machine training, embeddings and edges are swapped out in case they are not being used. In distributed training, PBG uses PyTorch parallelization primitives and embeddings are distributed across the memory of multiple machines. Facebook AI team also made several modifications to the standard negative sampling, which is necessary for large graphs. “We took advantage of the linearity of the functional form to reuse a single batch of N random nodes to produce corrupted negative samples for N training edges..this allows us to train on many negative examples per true edge at a little computational cost”, says the Facebook AI team. To produce embeddings useful in different downstream tasks, Facebook AI team found an effective approach that involves corrupting edges with a mix of 50 percent nodes sampled uniformly from the nodes, and with 50 percent nodes sampled based on their number of edges. Apart from that, to analyze PBG’s performance, Facebook AI used the publicly available Freebase knowledge graph comprising more than 120 million nodes and 2.7 billion edges. A smaller subset of the Freebase graph, known as FB15k. was also used. As a result, PBG performed comparably to other state-of-the-art embedding methods for the FB15k data set. PBG was also used to train embeddings for the full Freebase graph where PBG’s partitioning scheme reduced both memory usage and training time. PBG embeddings were also evaluated for several publicly available social graph data sets and it was found that PBG outperformed all the competing methods. “We..hope that PBG will be a useful tool for smaller companies and organizations that may have large graph data sets but not the tools to apply this data to their ML applications. We hope that this encourages practitioners to release and experiment with even larger data sets”, states the Facebook AI team. For more information, check out the official Facebook AI blog. Read Next PyTorch 1.0 is here with JIT, C++ API, and new distributed packages PyTorch 1.0 preview release is production ready with torch.jit, c10d distributed library, C++ API PyTorch-based HyperLearn Statsmodels aims to implement a faster and leaner GPU Sklearnlast_img read more

Sunwing slashes prices of Varadero packages adds 2nd destination from MontJoli

first_img TORONTO — Cuba is ready to welcome tourists once again following hurricane season, and to hammer this point home to agents, Sunwing is offering “massive savings” of up to 50% on Varadero resorts, plus double STAR points on all new Cuba bookings.The 50% discount applies to a wide selection of vacation packages to Varadero’s top-rated resorts, if booked by Oct. 13. Double STAR points, which convert to cash, can be earned on Cuba bookings made by Oct. 27.Depending on the resort they select, vacationers can also enjoy a number of exclusive perks, from Kids Stay, Play and Eat FRE deals to spa discounts and unlimited à la carte dining.Popular among families are Grand Memories Varadero, which offers character meet and greets with Toopy and Binoo, Starfish Varadero, located minutes from downtown Varadero, and Iberostar Bella Vista, which boasts an on-site waterpark, extensive pool complex and well-equipped fitness centre.Sunwing has also added a second travel option from Mont-Joli, which comes on the heels of the announcement that it would be introducing flight service from Mont-Joli to Punta Cana. Now, travellers can also take advantage of a convenient weekly flight service to Cancun (connecting in Montreal).More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Both flight options are available weekly from Dec. 21, 2017 until March 22, 2018, inclusive.“Cancun and Punta Cana are two of our most popular vacation destinations, so we are excited to be offering residents in the Bas St-Laurent region both these getaway options during our inaugural season at Mont-Joli,” said Sam Char, Executive Director of Sunwing Vacations Quebec.Travellers that opt for the new Cancun flight service could also be amongst the first guests to experience the new Riu Dunamar when it opens later this year. This family-friendly resort offers a complimentary RiuLand Kids Club, varied gourmet and à la carte dining options, all day entertainment and complimentary watersports.Another popular choice for families is the Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, a beachfront property with luxurious accommodations, complimentary kids club and included activities like archery, kayaking and snorkelling. A week’s stay starts from $1,545 per person, including taxes, based on two people sharing a Junior Suite on an all-inclusive basis, and departing from Mont-Joli on Jan. 11, 2018. Friday, October 6, 2017 Posted by Tags: Cuba, Sunwing Sunwing slashes prices of Varadero packages, adds 2nd destination from Mont-Jolicenter_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more