The NBA Cant Stop Hitting Jusuf Nurkic In The Face

Perhaps better than anything else, player statues exemplify what NBA greats were known for during their careers. A bronzed Michael Jordan is soaring over defenders for a dunk in Chicago; John Stockton and Karl Malone look as if they’re completing another successful pick and roll in Utah; and Magic Johnson, who led the Showtime-era Lakers, is leading a fast break.If Jusuf Nurkic ever reaches this level of immortality — which, OK, is probably a long shot — his statue would display him getting elbowed in the mouth. The 23-year-old Trail Blazers center is good at many things, but he stands alone in the NBA when it comes to getting whacked in the face.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nurkicreel.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Nurkic was dealt last February to a Portland team that wears black and red, but his 2017 calendar year could best be described as black and blue. He lost two teeth after getting nailed in the mouth while going for a rebound (yet was still hit with a loose-ball foul). Then, while wearing a protective mask to safeguard the replacement dental implants he’d received after that gory episode, Nurkic got elbowed in the forehead — a play that left him with a concussion. So it was only fitting that he’d require stitches during the final week of the year after a bloody collision with the Sixers’ J.J. Redick.These instances were merely the most painful knocks for Nurkic, who’s absorbed at least a dozen considerable dings over the past year or so. One indication of how often he takes one for the team: The Bosnian product has induced a league-high four opponent flagrants this season, twice as many1Quick caveat: It’s not possible to perfectly track who was flagrantly fouled on a given sequence using play-by-play data. The best way to estimate who drew the flagrant is to look at which player shoots the free throws immediately after. But a severe injury that forces someone to leave the game would allow that player’s team to send a different free-throw shooter to the line in his place. as any other NBA player. Setting him apart even more: Midway through the 2017-18 campaign, the flagrant foul calls for roughing up Nurkic have accounted for more than 9 percent of all the flagrants recorded this season — the highest rate induced by a single player in the 21 years that ESPN’s Stats & Information Group has tracked the metric. Aside from the flagrant fouls he’s induced, Nurkic also managed to trigger at least five opponent technical fouls in 2017. Manu GinobiliSpurs2004-058744.6 *Through Jan 10, 2018.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Blake GriffinClippers2010-11117108.5 Bob SuraCavaliers1996-9713364.5 Blake GriffinClippers2013-149988.1 PlayerTeamSeasonLeague TotalPlayer% of Total Jusuf Nurkic is the most whacked player in over 20 yearsNBA players who’ve induced the highest share of opposing flagrant fouls since the 1996-97 season Blake GriffinClippers2011-129255.4 Blake GriffinClippers2012-1312065.0 Flagrant Fouls Antonio DanielsSuperSonics2003-0410554.8 Kobe BryantLakers2005-0611054.5 Blake GriffinClippers2014-1511965.0 Jusuf NurkicTrail Blazers2017-18*4349.3% The real question in all this, of course, is why Nurkic gets hit as often as he does. When I asked him about this trend, the 7-footer suggested that opponents see it as the only way to hold him in check.“People know what I bring to the table and try to slow me down. I’m not saying they always do it on purpose, but it’s happened like that before,” said Nurkic, who averages nearly 15 points and 8 boards. He was wearing a bandage on his nose at the time when I talked to him, but when I asked if he wears the battle scars with pride, Nurkic seemed confused. “There’s nothing to be proud of when you keep getting hit in the face. It hurts. I’m getting a little tired of it, and I feel the league should protect me a bit more from the hits, but it is what it is. It’s gonna be all right.”It’s unclear what, if anything, the league could realistically do about the blows to the face of Nurkic, who, unlike a high-flying scorer like Blake Griffin, is getting drilled mostly while playing defense.2An NBA spokesman declined to comment, saying the league doesn’t address the way individual players are officiated. In fact, of the eight video clips we just highlighted of Nurkic getting hit, seven involved him standing in the restricted area on defense or trying to grab a board in a loose-ball scenario.In other words: He’s often sitting in the area of the floor where players are most likely to use brute force in order to gain a scoring or rebounding advantage. As a result, he’s caught more than his fair share of stray elbows when standing that close to the basket.Yet there’s some validity to the idea that Nurkic directly or indirectly brings some of these headaches upon himself. While Nurkic denied embellishing contact during our conversation — “Hopefully the referees see it all, because I’m not faking,” he said — instant replay makes it clear that he occasionally baits refs into thinking he’s been hit.“He did a good job of acting it out,” then-Hawks center Dwight Howard said last season after landing a tech for what he deemed to be a Nurkic flop. “He should find a way to make it to Hollywood. Or they are doing films in Atlanta now. He can find a good film right here and do some acting.”And this play, in which Nurkic drew an offensive foul against Denver’s Paul Millsap on a 3-point jumper, is perhaps the best example of him fooling officials without actually putting himself in harm’s way.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/clearflopbruh.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Painless flops like this are a rarity, though. In fact, last week, Nurkic basically flopped his way into a nasty blow to the head. In the midst of trying to draw an offensive foul on LeBron James — one the officials called, despite limited contact between Nurkic and the four-time MVP — Nurkic’s momentum carried him to his right, and he drifted into Jae Crowder’s forearm. All this just to save two points.Retaliation sometimes comes into play, too, particularly with players — even max-contract-level stars — who feel Nurkic has gotten away with a foul or a dirty play. The hard screens he sets, sometimes illegal, may infuriate his opponents and are completely by design — a product of Nurkic’s time in the highly competitive EuroLeague. “(Overseas) we set Zaza screens,” he told Sports Illustrated, referring to Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who had the third-highest offensive foul rate on a per-minute basis last season. “You set a screen, and someone gets injured immediately. You need to earn the points.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/crush.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/hardscreen.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“Guys like that frustrate you a little bit, because I’m trying to get around the screen, but there’s no way to do it when he’s moving,” said Josh Richardson, the Heat guard who gets knocked to the floor at half court in the video above. “If it’s one time, you can just move onto the next play. But if it keeps happening, and there’s no call, some guys might try to send a message.”The son of a 7-foot, 400-pound pound policeman, Nurkic likes to infuse physicality into his play while insisting he’s not a dirty player. On the offensive side, his screens have freed up 194 immediate shot opportunities, the eighth-highest number in the NBA, according an analysis run by STATS SportVu at FiveThirtyEight’s request. On defense, he’s spoken of trying to develop an attitude in Portland similar to that of the rough-and-tumble Pistons from the “Bad Boys” era.Yet ratcheting up the nastiness could result in bringing even more pain Nurkic’s way — an unfortunate reality, given that he’ll want to enter restricted free agency this summer fully healthy.Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, asked why he believes Nurkic takes so many blows, described his teammate like the final boss on a video game. “I think Nurk is so big that you have to hit him harder than anyone else in order for him to actually feel it. He’s just huge,” McCollum said. “People feel like they have to foul him hard to send a message.”Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Arsenals Bernd Leno called up by Germany

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been drafted into the German squad for the UEFA Nations League games against the Netherlands and France.Leno was called up to replace injured goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has been ruled out of both matches due to muscle problems.The Arsenal shot-stopper has made five appearances for the Gunners since making the move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and has deputized for Petr Cech since he was sidelined with a hamstring injury.Germany equally confirmed the unavailability of Leon Goretzka due to muscle tightness. He is replaced by Bayern Munich team-mate Serge Gnabry.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The Oranje boss Ronald Koeman confirmed he would field a strong squad when they trade tackles with Germany and World Champions France.“We will play to get results because these things matter and I’ve told my players so,” Koeman added.The Germans fired blank at home to France in last month’s Nations League opener.They travel to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands on Saturday before taking on France in Paris on Tuesday,last_img read more

Silva says Everton can be stronger in the future

first_imgThe Everton manager Marco Silva spoke at the club’s general meeting to reveal how the English Premier League team can become better.Marco Silva joined Everton in the summer, and as his six first months with the club passed, he talked to the club’s general meeting today.“Everyone is working with me at Finch Farm every day,” said Silva to the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’ve had a lot of help at the Club. Everyone has welcomed me and we’ve all been working together since the first day.”“We believe we can be stronger in the future and give everyone the better things they want to see,” he commented.“We are still fighting for what we want, which is to do better than last season, and give the fans what they want – building a connection with the team. We want more.”last_img read more

Minor Flooding Observed On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The remnants of Typhoon Maliksi has brought heavy rain to much of the Kenai Peninsula causing water levels to continue rising throughout the area, especially in the Seward area. DOT is also advising drivers of minor flooding on the Sterling Highway at MP 52.5 (Gwin’s Lodge) and at Sawmill Creek. They are advising drivers to be aware of water on the roadways. The City of Seward has been notified that the State of Alaska Department of Transportation has closed the main runway of the Seward Airport for 24 hours due to flooding. Photo courtesy of DOT: flooding on the Seward Airport runway and on Sterling Highway The National Weather Service has also issued a ‘flood watch’ for the Kenai River area in Cooper Landing. The flood category was changed from no flood to near flood stage as of 6 a.m., this morning. City of Seward Public Works suggests that a combination of high tide and several days of rain flooding the Resurrection River have contributed to the flood event. Reopening will be reevaluated after 2 more tide cycles. At this time, the water is 12 feet from the center line and has started to over top the rock embankment.last_img read more

Alaska Legislature Set To Convene Amid House Uncertainty

first_imgRepublican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget office has projected a $1.6 billion deficit for the coming fiscal year and is expected to roll out a budget proposal in the coming weeks. The first day of session, though, generally is marked by ceremony. Members are sworn in and assume their new roles. But the House had yet to finalize basic details, such as leadership or committee assignments. Lt. Kevin Meyer, who administers the oath of office to members, would oversee nominations for and election of a temporary speaker in the absence of an organized majority, according to his office. The Senate is scheduled to convene first, late Tuesday morning, with Anchorage Republican Cathy Giessel set to become Senate president. The Senate will have a GOP-led majority. The House is scheduled to meet early Tuesday afternoon. Republicans will hold 23 seats, which would be enough for a small majority in the 40-member chamber. However, party affiliation doesn’t always dictate how organizations are formed. There also was the question of whether most House staff could work past Tuesday, when a temporary hiring authorization was set to expire. The last time the House convened without an organized majority was 1981, according to the Legislative Reference Library, and it took until the 22nd day for a permanent speaker to be chosen. Big issues await lawmakers this session, including ongoing debates over the budget, crime and the annual check residents receive from the state’s oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. Two Republicans, Reps. Louise Stutes and Gabrielle LeDoux, have caucused with Democrats the last two years and have indicated a desire to be part of a coalition. A third, Rep. Gary Knopp, left the GOP caucus last month, concerned with its small size and ability to function well. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House was on the verge Tuesday of convening without an organized majority for the first time in nearly 40 years, barring any late-minute breakthroughs. That organization was tenuous, though, and the speaker was replaced later in the year.last_img read more

Louisville Wins Battle of the Bluegrass State

first_imgIn a battle of top players, junior Lauren Hartlage downed Kentucky’s Leonie Bettel, an ANNIKA Award candidate, 2 & 1. Delaney Shah was victorious by the same score over Claire Carlin. Louisville is back on the course for the Moon Golf Invitational Feb. 18-19 at Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla.ResultsLauren Hartlage (UL) defeats Leonie Bettel (UK) 2 & 1Delaney Shah (UL) defeats Claire Carlin (UK) 2 & 1Olivia Cason (UL) defeats Josephine Chang (UK) 1 up (19)Lauren Thibodeau (UL) defeats Rikke Svejgård Nielsen (UK) 5 & 3Sarah Shipley (UK) defeats Mairead Martin (UL) 1 up Casey Ott (UK) defeats Linda Trockel (UL) 6 & 5Sarah Fite (UK) defeats Margot Bechadergue (UL) 4 & 3Ryan Bender (UK) defeats Meghan Nay (UL) 1 up (19) Print Friendly Version “Today was a great way to start off the spring season with a win against Kentucky,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “We always want to bring the Battle of the Bluegrass trophy back to Louisville. The match today provided great competition and gives us a good building block to begin the rest of our spring season.” Louisville downed Kentucky 4-1 in the five-player match play format to win the Battle of the Bluegrass State for the fourth time in five seasons. Three other individual matches were played, with Linda Trockel falling 6 & 5, Margot Bechadergue dropping her match 4 & 3 and Meghan Nay taking a 1 down loss in 19 holes.center_img Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The spring season started with a bang for the University of Louisville women’s golf team with a victory over Kentucky on Sunday in the Battle of the Bluegrass State. The event was played at Hoover Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Mairead Martin was 1 down in her match against Sarah Shipley for Kentucky’s lone point on the day. Olivia Cason needed a 19th hole, but the senior came out with a 1 up victory. Lauren Thibodeau grabbed the largest victory of the day, winning 5 & 3 over Rikke Svejgard Nielsen.last_img read more

Entanglement without Classical Correlations

first_img Experiment reverses the direction of heat flow Citation: Entanglement without Classical Correlations (2008, August 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-entanglement-classical.html Quantum mechanics is full of counterintuitive concepts. The idea of entanglement – when two or more particles instantaneously exhibit dependent characteristics when measured, no matter how far apart they are – is one of them. Now, physicists have discovered another counterintuitive result that deals with the line between the quantum and classical worlds. Explore further Normally, when two or more particles are entangled (and seem to communicate with each other instantaneously), they not only share quantum correlations, but also classical correlations. Although physicists don’t have an exact definition for classical correlations, the term generally refers to local correlations, where information does not have to travel faster than the speed of light. So if entangled particles demonstrate correlations across large distances, you might assume that they will also have correlations across shorter distances. After all, if entangled particles can communicate at faster-than-light speeds, they should be able to communicate at slower-than-light speeds.But a team of physicists from the National University of Singapore, Mediterranean Technology Park in Barcelona, the University of Leeds, and the University of Bristol has demonstrated something different. They’ve theoretically shown that any odd number (greater than one) of entangled particles can exist without classical correlations. They explain this paradox in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“One way of seeing this is as follows,” Vlatko Vedral, Professor of Quantum Information Science at the University of Leeds, told PhysOrg.com. “Entanglement means being correlated as far as many different measurements are concerned. Classical correlations mean being correlated as far as one particular measurement is concerned. That is why researchers usually think that when there is entanglement, there are also classical correlations. However, our paper shows that you have to be careful about making this inference.”As Vedral explained, generally when physicists measure entanglement, their measurements destroy the quantum correlations first, and then the classical correlations. “Entanglement represents excess of correlations, over and above classical ones. In other words, whatever cannot be accounted for locally is due to quantum entanglement. When you make local measurements on entangled particles, then you will invariably be destroying their correlations (both classical and quantum). Since quantum is in excess of classical, it is possible that you can first get rid of entanglement, but are still left with some classical correlations.” But to do the opposite of this – to get rid of the classical correlations and have only quantum correlations – is more difficult to comprehend.“Imagine that I tell you that I am a billionaire,” Vedral said as an example. “You would then infer that I certainly have 100 million somewhere in my assets. You would be very surprised, indeed, if I told you that this was not true and that I am actually not also a millionaire. You can’t have more, without have less as well (by definition).”This is not the first time that physicists have demonstrated entanglement without classical correlations. In 2006, Toth and Acin found an example of a three-qubit system that also shows this phenomenon. This three-qubit example has already been observed in the laboratory, and the physicists hope that their new example with any odd number of qubits can also be observed. They also expect that even numbers of qubits should exhibit the same effect, but do not yet have an example.“The key is that we are using one particular definition of classical correlations, which is in fact the main one used in the solid state physics (and is used to mark phase transitions among other things),” Vedral said. “This is based on average values of a set of observables and the key is that this set is not complete. However, when it comes to two particles (and two point correlations is what all solid state experiments are about) then you cannot have the situation that we found with three and more particles. Namely, if classical correlations vanish for two qubits, then so do the quantum ones.”The paradox that quantum correlations can exist without accompanying classical correlations could have some thought-provoking consequences. For instance, physicists often use a test of Bell inequalities to determine if local realism has been violated and that quantum correlations have occurred. But since Bell inequalities are based on classical correlations, the test doesn’t work for this example. This leads to the need for a new way to detect quantum correlations, based on different concepts.The study may also affect how physicists view the boundary between the classical and quantum worlds – a question at the foundation of physics. With this demonstration of the existence of a state that has quantum correlations without classical correlations, the physicists suggest that local realism might be used as the criteria to characterize the classical world.The result could also have practical applications – for instance, as a possible method for detecting phase transitions. Using quantum correlations only (instead of both quantum and classical) for detecting phase transitions could provide a more universal measurement than conventional methods.More information: Kaszlikowski, Dagomir; Sen(De), Aditi; Sen, Ujjwal; Vedral, Vlatko; and Winter, Andreas. “Quantum Correlations without Classical Correlations. Physical Review Letters 101, 070502 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Awarding the scribes

first_imgEminent Hindi writer with more than 50 years of experience and creator of Jaltarang, Simmi Harshita was awarded on Wednesday for her rich literary contributions at the 3rd annual Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman 2014.The occasion, an annual initiative by Kusumanjali Foundation was organised to recognise contributions made by renowned  authors in the field of Hindi and Bengali literature.Present at the event, LK Advani, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha was the chief guest  who presented the awards to Dr.  Ramkumar Mukhopadhayay for his Bengali contribution titled Dhanapatir Sinhaljatra and to Simmi Harshita for Jaltarang. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on the occasion the senior BJP leader promoted Indian languages and said that they should be used frequently even in abroad,’I was born under British rule. It was very humiliating that during foreign trips, people of different countries used to talk in their own language but people going from India mostly talked in English, even amongst themselves. It didn’t look nice.’ ‘There are some things which are very painful. One of them is not speaking ones language and speaking another language,’ Advani said at the event where he was felicitated. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKusumanjali Foundation, founded and established by  writer  Dr Kusum Ansal seeks to promote and support the artisitc, literary, and cultural activities in the country. As a part of Foundation’s promotional programmes, the Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman was established in 2011 to recognize the talent of reknowned authors in the field of literature. Every year, two awards are givern to creative works in the genres of literature comprising fiction, shorrt story, poetry and drama. Nominations from a large number of literary works published during the last five-year periods were selected for the Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman  2014.Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Kusum Ansal, prolofic writer and Founder of Kusumanjali Foundaton said, ‘ The Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman was initiated with a view to recognise the merit and standards of excellence acheived by eminent authors and scholars in their respective field of literature. Our country holds a distinctive linguistic and literary history. The award-winning texts borrow cultural inspirations from the author’s mother tongue are are a rich source of contemporary yet classical Indian writing.’last_img read more

Grub Fest Most awaited food festival returns to Delhi

first_imgDelectable food, uncontrollable fun and unparalleled entertainment – all comes together under one roof at ‘The Grub Fest’, India’s most renowned culinary affair. This year’s edition, which will take place from March 6-8, makes its way back to the capacious Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the national capital. The Grub Fest is India’s foremost culinary affair with the most famed restaurants displaying their signature delicacies over some good music and hearty performances. The fest has manifested a remarkable journey starting from 30,000 visitors and 100 exhibitors in 2015 to 75000 visitors and 150 exhibitors in their latest edition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, the major highlights of Grub fest include restaurant exhibitors comprising of prominent names like Baking Bad, iHOP, Wok to Walk, Big Yellow Door, and others. Moreover, for the first time, this festival is introducing ‘The Grub Star Access’, a luxury food and dining experience giving each recipient the access to make them feel like a VIP.The next interesting addition is ‘Grub Street’ – the lifestyle zone where one can find upcoming brands selling fashion accessories, pop up shops, gifts etc. Also, ‘Grub Market’ dedicated to packed products, fresh produce, organic products and an assortment of delicious homemade delicacies will surely be grabbing eyeballs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Grub Arena’ will witness artist performances, on-stage games and much more that will undoubtedly leave audiences mesmerized. The festival highlights some of Bollywood’s top artists like Guru Randhawa, DJ Frenzy, Jasmine Sandlers, who will fill the night with melody and bring the audience together for a festival to remember.Apart from the aforementioned attractions, ‘iSkate ring’, an exclusive ice-skating arena where one can strap on a pair of roller skates and wheel away their worries, ‘Edinger Beer Garden’ to sit back and enjoy and the ‘Juke Box’ that would provide a platform for young talented artists and DJ’s to showcase their skills are worth looking forward. You can enjoy the non-stop culinary treat and entertainment from 12 Noon to 10 PM. The early bird ticket is for Rs 250 at cleartrip.com whereas the regular is for Rs 399. Grub Star on clear trip, early bird would cost you Rs 600 whereas regular is for Rs 999. After 3 successful editions in Delhi, the event was also successfully launched for the first time in new cities, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, and Chandigarh in 2017. With a collective footfall of over 3 lakh food enthusiasts, 300 restaurants, a line-up of prominent chefs and some of the top artistes in the country for entertainment, The Grub Fest has fast become the most awaited food festival of the country.last_img read more

International fashion entertainment and lifestyle

first_imgInternational fashion, entertainment and lifestyle network, Fashion One, has launched in the Middle East and North Africa. The network is available in HD on the YahLive satellite platform, which offers roughly 50 high definition TV channels across the region.Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, YahLive is a joint venture between Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat and global satellite operator SES.The service launched in 2011 and broadcasts from its Y1A satellite, positioned at 52.5 degrees East, covering the Middle East, Africa and West Asia.The Fashion One Network is a subsidiary of Bigfoot Entertainment, launched in 2010, and airs original programmes, including reality shows, documentaries, entertainment news and lifestyle magazine content.last_img