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When Should You Use Hadoop?

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing RedMonk analyst Stephen O’Grady tackles the question “What Factors Justify the Use of Apache Hadoop?” O’Grady cites two of the most common criticisms of Hadoop: 1) Most users don’t actually need to analyze big data 2) MapReduce is more complex than SQL. O’Grady confirms these criticisms, but finds Hadoop useful anyway.O’Grady acknowledges that volume isn’t the only factor in the complexity of a dataset. “Larger dataset sizes present unique computational challenges,” writes Grady. “But the structure, workload, accessibility and even location of the data may prove equally challenging.”RedMonk uses Hadoop to analyze both structured and unstructured datasets. There are a number of other tools the firm could use to analyze the data, so why Hadoop? O’Grady responds that datasets companies use aren’t big data yet, but they are growing rapidly.O’Grady says that RedMonk uses Big Sheets and Hive to work with Hadoop and avoid using Java to write queries.Cloudera recently published an announcement about how the company Tynt is using Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution. Tynt is a web analytics company that processes over 20 billion viewer events per month – over 20,000 events per second. Prior to adopting Hadoop, Tynt was adding multiple MySQL databases per week to deal with the data.Another example of a company that’s using Hadoop is Twitter. We covered Twitter’s use of Hadoop here. Twitter needs to use clusters for its data. The amount of data it stores every day is too great to be reliably written to a traditional hard drive. Twitter’s also found that SQL isn’t efficient enough to do analytics at the scale the company needs.Like RedMonk, Twitter avoids writing Java queries. However, it uses Pig instead of Hive.Twitter is working with 12 terrabytes of new data per day, significantly more than RedMonk uses. None the less, both companies are making good use of the technology.How have you used Hadoop? Have you ever found that it was too big for a project that you tackled? If so, what did you end up using instead?See also: Getting Started with Hadoop and Map Reduce Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img klint finley Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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ConnectFX Nodes in Smoke: Blend & Comp and Blur

first_imgOur series on breaking down the effects nodes in Autodesk Smoke continues with Blend & Comp and Blur in ConnectFX.There are over 50 nodes in the Smoke ConnectFX arsenal. As we begin the B’s, our first 2 nodes are very useful in setting up some quick composites of a few sources, and in creating some very organic stylizing of your clips.Smoke’s Blend & Comp NodeSmoke’s Blend & Comp is a simple yet very versatile node.  You can use Blend & Comp to combine up to 2 sources with their mattes over a background. Now, that doesn’t  sound like much, but there is more to this node once you start to breakdown the controls.  By default Input 1 is composited over input 2, and the result of those 2 is composited over the Background input.  This is very useful when you have elements, like graphics, that are already in position and all you need to do is just key them over a back clip.  This node would be well suited if you have CG elements rendered out with alpha channels. Blend & Comp is a much lighter node than Action, and faster to use if all you need to do is comp.[Click for larger view]Blend and Comp has both the Photoshop blend modes and the classic Autodesk Flame blend modes. There are even GIMP blend modes, although I have never had the pleasure of using GIMP.  Several of these blend modes are similar or identical, like Add, Screen, and Multiply.   There are a also few blend modes that are exclusive to the selections.  Flame modes have Spotlight and Simple Add, where Photoshop has Hard, Soft, and Vivid Light.  Needless to say, you have lots of options to blend Input 1 over Input 2.  You can also Swap Sources with a toggle button so you don’t have to rewire the inputs in the ConnectFX schematic.[Click for larger view]You can Activate or Deactivate either of the inputs, as well as, turn the matte on or off.  There is also an option to set the clip as premultiplied or divided from it’s alpha(matte).  Transparency can also be modified.  One of the great features that Autodesk puts into many of their nodes is the ability to make color and level adjustments on the input source.  You have the ability to make simple color tweaks with a color trackball, and individual gain controls for the RGB channels.  These color adjustments only affect the Front of the input and not it’s matte input.  All of these controls are also available on the 2nd Input for the node.When it comes to the Matte or Alpha channels for the clips you have multiple choices in how those mattes interact with each other.  This can be used to create some very interesting matte intersections which can be used for many effects further down in your ConnectFX schematic like making custom transitions.[Click for larger view]You can blend the mattes as 1 over 2, 2 intersect 1, 1 inside 2, 2 inside 1, Excluded, 1 minus 2, and 2 minus 1[Click for larger view]You would set the mattes correlation setting to Correlated if you had separate mattes but we all part of the same object. This will keep the intersection clean.Now that you have these 2 inputs blended together, that result gets blended over the background.  You can choose to blend the composite over the background, input 2, or a color.  Again, you have the blend mode option of Photoshop or Flame, and all of the same blend modes as before.This flexibility, can create some very interesting looks and effects to the final result. If you are familiar with how blend modes work with layer in Photoshop or After Effects all of those same looks can be achieved inside Blend & Comp.  You then have additional color and level controls that affect the final composite, not just the background clip. The result of the 2 inputs and background can seen on the output of the node as well as the result of the matte blend if needed.Smoke’s Blur NodeThe Blur node is pretty self-explanatory, but as with most of the tools inside Smoke it has lots of options and customizations. The Blur node accepts both a Front and Matte input and will output the same.  However, you have the option of having different blur values for the front and matte on output.  If you are working in 16bit float, you have a clamping option for the input color and luminance levels.[Click for larger view]The Blur options of the node are Box, Gaussian, Directional, Radial, Defocus, and Radial Stamp.  Depending on which blur look you choose, specific sub-options will become available. For the Radial option you have Twist and Spin adjustments.  With the Defocus setting you have additional controls for the Bokeh look. Choosing Directional will allow you to set the bias, and Radial Stamp will give you  samples setting.  The Radial Stamp blur creates a very fast rendering blur depending on the amount of samples. With Radial Blur, you also have the option to set the center point of the blur as well as the ability to track the center to a point in your clip with the stabilizer.[Click for larger view]Once the type of blur is chosen, it’s time to set the amount of blur.  By adjusting the front settings, you can have the matte locked to these settings or have its own values.  Again depending on the type of blur chosen the front settings will give more options. Ex: Length & Angle values for Directional, and Amount & Rotation Values for Radial & Radial Stamp.You would use Defocus as your blur type if you want to simulate a realistic camera lens defocus with added bokeh.  Blooming settings can be seen in the front controls to adjust the amount of blooming that will occur on the highlights of the image as well as setting for the minimum and maximum threshold for the blooming effect.A Kernel setting also appears when you can set the look of the bokeh effect. You can set the sides, rotation, curvature and roundness of the bokeh shape, and adjust a custom curve for the look that can shape the softness and blending of the shape.When it comes to the matte settings, as I stated they can be locked to the values of the front image or you can have them independent.  You can also invert the matte if needed.  The reason for that is that you can use the matte to blend the blur over the original image. You can use this to create a vey stylized look to your image with the blur.  The same blend modes that exist in Blend & Comp are also in the Blur node.  You can add more transparency to the blur effect as well.[Click for larger view]To further stylize the blur, you can offset the RGB or YUV channels of the blur. You can adjust the X and Y positon of the offset for each channel as well as alter the weight, which will give more emphasis to one channel over another.  This is great for adding a little chromatic aberration to the blur.  By animating these values you can create a very unique blurred distortion effect.[Click for larger view]As you can see the tools in Smoke are very deep and there are a lot of options and setting to create and customize the look you want. What sounds like a basic node, like Smoke’s Blur and Blend & Comp, is a very complex tool, but once you get comfortable with the nodes you can easily and quickly get the results you want.With Autodesk Smoke, you have both depth and simplicity in how the tools are designed and how the interface is laid out.  Take the time to experiment and remember that once you get look you like you can save that setup for use later on.  Just hit the Node Prefs button and you will then have Save and Load options for that node available.Check back as we continue our ongoing coverage of Autodesk Smoke.  In the next post we will finish up the B’s in the ConnectFX Node Bin.last_img read more

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Assam: AIUDF, KMSS criticise Centre over Amendment to Article 370

first_imgThere was a mixed response in Assam to the Amendment to Article 370 by the Centre on Monday with the BJP applauding it and the All India United Democratic Front (AIDUF) accusing the government of violating democratic norms enshrined in the Constitution.RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi condemned the Centre’s decision and claimed it would weaken democracy.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that a “historic blunder and injustice done to the very soul of India has been corrected with the Amendment to Article 370”.In a tweet, Mr. Sonowal expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for breaking the “shackles that enemies of India designed to keep India’s rise in check”.Senior BJP leader and State Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the “extraordinary decision” of PM Modi on Article 370 demonstrates the party’s commitment to its ideologies and principles.The Amendment to Article 370 is a giant leap forward in the NDA government’s efforts towards ensuring a united India, Mr. Sarma said in a tweet.“I applaud Union Home Minister Amit Shah for writing a historic script for a new India and the extraordinary decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Article 370 demonstrates the sturdiness of BJP’s commitment to its ideology and principles we pursue,” he said.“The integration of India that Sardar Patel so avowedly started is finally being completed by two of his fellow men from Gujarat – Narendra Modi and Amit Shah…I congratulate both for steering this bold move on way to correcting a monumental historical wrong,” he added.All India United Democratic Front spokesman Aminul Islam said the BJP government has violated the democratic norms as enshrined in the Constitution and the sudden way in which it had gone about amending Article 370 clearly indicates that the ruling BJP is following the “Hindutva agenda”.The process could have been carried out through discussions and taking into confidence all political parties, Mr. Islam told PTI.“Above all, the ruling party (BJP) should have taken into consideration what the people of Jammu and Kashmir want…The way the entire process has been carried out by creating a fear psychosis among the common people of that State is a clear violation of democratic rights,” he said.“The decision should not have been imposed in the manner it has been done, but gradually by bringing in amendments to reduce the privileges under Articles 370 and 35(A),” Mr. Islam said.He also wondered what would be the fate of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution under which the autonomous council areas in Assam enjoy similar provisions in matters such as disallowing sale of land to outsiders and other constitutional safeguards.Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) president Akhil Gogoi said that the day is “one of the darkest days of Indian democracy”.“We strongly condemn the government decision on J&K and the move to terrorise the people of the State by mobilising a huge number of security forces there. By this move the constitutional safeguards that the State was enjoying till now have been withdrawn,” he told PTI.The freedom fighters wanted to make India a federal country and that is why the old princely States which joined India were offered some special safeguards. That was why the States were given more power, he said.“Today’s development will weaken the Indian democracy, its federal structure and will threaten sovereignty. We express our solidarity with the peace loving people of Jammu and Kashmir who have been standing with India all these years. At this crucial juncture, we are with them,” he said.At a time when the Centre is talking about the constitutional safeguards for Assam, it has been withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Gogoi added.last_img read more

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Duleep Trophy: India Blue reach 105/0 vs India Red as rain stops play

first_imgIndia Blue were 105 for no loss when incessant rain forced an early close of play on the opening day of the second Duleep Trophy match against India Red at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, here on Monday.India Blue openers – skipper Gautam Gambhir (51 not out) and Mayank Agarwal (53 not out) – were at the crease after being sent in to bat, when rain forced the umpires to call off the match, just after the opening session of the day-night match.After registering an emphatic 219-run victory over Indian Green in the opening match, which is being played with the pink ball, India Red skipper Yuvraj Singh made two changes to the playing XI by bringing in the Delhi duo of left-handed batsman Nitish Rana and seamer Pradeep Sangwan.Both Gambhir and Agarwal were circumspect in the initial overs as Rajasthan’s rookie pacer Nathu Singh, who took a six-wicket haul in the first match, almost packed off the southpaw in the fifth over when Gambhir mistimed a pull, only for Sangwan to misjudge a catch at deep fine leg.Nathu created another chance of a wicket just at the stroke of the tea break when Agarwal top-edged one of a no ball.Returning from the break, both Gambhir and Agarwal brought up their respective fifties and the team’s hundred before rain started pouring in, forcing the umpires to call off the day’s play.last_img read more

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Warners Bay and Chancellor taste Schools Cup glory

first_imgEden RichardsThe girls of Chancellor State College and the boys of Warners Bay High School have taken out their respective divisions of the Harvey Norman National Schools Cup.Chancellor were near unstoppable against Helensvale in the Girls Grand Final, running out 8-3 winners in a one-sided affair.The girls from Sippy Downs scored the first four touchdowns of the match to lead 4-0 at half-time, before continuing to pile on the pressure in the second stanza.The score blew out to 6-0 early in the second half before Helensvale hit back to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but the damage had been done to give Chancellor a well-deserved victory.Courtney Fietz scored a double for the victors, while Nikiah Campbell crossed twice for Helensvale in what was a good performance in a losing side.After watching the girls leave it all on the field, it was time for the boys to show the onlookers on the Sunshine Coast what they were capable of.In what was an exciting contest, Warners Bay and St Edward’s College traded touchdowns early on in their grand final, with neither side able to form any sort of a lead.It hit 3-all halfway through the first half before Warners Bay began to run over the top of their opponents late in the first stanza.Warners Bay used their superior field position and strong possession to jump to a 6-4 lead at half-time, and St Edward’s were going to need a huge effort in the second 20 to mount a comeback.St Edward’s had to be the first to score in the second half and they did just that, crossing the line after a 12-minute stalemate in which both teams continued to turn the ball over.At 6-5 with five minutes to play it was anyone’s match to win, but Warners Bay simply wanted it more, crossing twice in a row to lead 8-5 with four minutes to go.St Edward’s scored a consolation touchdown in the dying minutes, but it was Warners Bay who secured a hard-fought victory.Joshua Fredrickson and Kobe Mcwilliams scored doubles for Warners Bay, while Sandon Smith crossed twice for St Edward’s.last_img read more

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a month agoReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tears

first_imgReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tearsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior has explained his tears after scoring in victory over Osasuna.Vinicius says he cried as being injured it had been a “little difficult” for him to rediscover the form of last season.He said, “I cried because after my injury it was a bit complicated. It was taking a long time to play as before. I was not so happy. “Today I was calmer and nothing better than before a derby. After so many games, I had never been so many without scoring. “I am delighted to have scored again.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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A pattern from Kargil to Balakot

first_imgNothing could be more serious than the fact that for the very first time in the history of Independent India, eight former service chiefs, including another around 150 veterans, had to write a letter to the President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to intervene against politicisation of the military in the Lok Sabha elections. Though the letter endorsed by 156 prominent army-men requests the President to take all necessary steps to ‘urgently direct all political parties’ that they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols and any action by military formations or personnel for political purposes or to further their political agenda, the timing of the letter clearly shows that the army veterans are deeply upset with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to first time voters to dedicate their vote to the memory of Balakot and Pulwama. Modi had even gone to the extent of telling the young voters that if they will push the lotus symbol in EVMs, their vote will directly reach him. Election Commission has also expressed serious displeasure on Modi’s speech in an election rally at Latur in Maharashtra in which he made every effort to take political advantage of the unfortunate incident in Pulwama and a fitting reply by Indian army in Balakot. Prime Minister Modi shows no sign of any hesitation in tearing apart the election code of conduct whenever he gets an opportunity to attract voters. At different times during assembly elections held in the past five years, he never bothered to respect the basic spirit of elections in a democracy. Modi has within him strong defiance for any democratic norm. He always tried to take political advantage of the achievements of Indian Forces after taking over as the Prime Minister. I recall the last day of January 2017, when the then President Pranab Mukherjee mentioned about the surgical strikes in his address to the joint session of Parliament. Modi thumped his desk the loudest and his body language was giving all the credits to this achievement to himself. After September 2017 surgical strikes by the army across the Line of Control, Modi has spared no stone unturned in making such actions the central theme of his government’s stellar achievements. Prime Minister Modi never bothered to consider the negative consequences of using military operations to garner votes for his Bhartiya Janta Party. Even his lieutenants such as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath have gone to the extent calling the forces as “Modi ki Sena” without giving a thought that it will impinge adversely on the moral and fighting efficiency of those who selflessly serve the nation in uniform. On this, Union Minister (Retd.) Gen. VK Singh also had to criticise his party fellow UP Chief Minister. Modi government had also turned a deaf ear to 21 opposition parties who condemned the blatant politicisation of the armed forces and criticised Modi for not convening an all-party meeting amid the rising Indo-Pak tensions. Modi does not believe in the principle that national security must transcend narrow political considerations. BJP president Amit Shah had announced at the time of the elections in five poll-bound states that two key planks of his party’s electoral campaign would be demonetisation and surgical strike. But then he chose to sideline the demonetisation issue as it was heavily counter-productive and BJP focused on singing the song of surgical strikes. Similar is the situation in ongoing general elections. BJP is busy snatching the credit of various important security operations from the armed forces and scientists and adding it to its political kitty. The real issues of ruined economy, worst job market, inflation, social disharmony and rise of crony capitalism have deliberately been washed away from the national discourse. Some may argue that when Manohar Parrikar is no more amongst us, it is unfair to make any comments on him, but let us not forget how he has been credited with planning and conducting the surgical strikes of 2017, which he also had attributed to his ‘RSS training’. The fact is that Parrikar those days was spending more time in Goa for the preparations of Assembly elections than in strengthening the country’s defence. I have no idea what is there in Modi’s mind for the warriors of Balakot? But you may like to recall that how one-and-a-half year back he could make the surgical strikes the most highly decorated single operation in the history of Indian army by giving 32 awards to personnel who carried out the plan. Soon after that when Parrikar attended a BJP rally at Lucknow, the banners and posters carrying the pictures of director-general of military operations Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, who was the public face of the surgical strikes, surrounded by the photographs of Modi, Shah and Parrikar were seen at the rally venue and all over Lucknow streets. That was a trailer of BJP’s keenness for the politicisation of army. The current general election is watching a full feature film of this mindset. It is not accidental that Modi has demanded the votes from first-time voters as a return gift to him for what he has done in Balakot. He wants them to believe that only he can ensure India’s safety and security. There is a particular pattern from Kargil to Balakot through which BJP tries to fetch votes in its favour. By creating a political hype of army operations, the issues of colossal intelligence failures at strategic and tactical levels are brushed aside. BJP’s determination to extract maximum political mileage from military achievements is dangerous. We sleep safely at night because tough men stand ready all the time, but we spent sleepless nights when we see people weakening the very roots of our democratic polity by misusing army ventures to harvest their political aims. Enlightened leadership is always spiritual—spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as a domain of awareness. Our political system is fast losing the values of goodness and compassion. Unless we have insight and focused attention to change the scenario during this general election, the Indian dream will shatter for decades to come. Therefore, the electorate, especially our first-time voters have much more responsibility this time. Let’s hope for the best! (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Kejriwal endorses sacked BSF jawan pitted against Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Lauding former BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav for “challenging” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said there is “something in the soil of Haryana”, the state from where the sacked jawan hails. In a tweet, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener said that in the 2014 general elections too, someone from Haryana– referring to himself– had taken on Modi in Varanasi. Yadav, the former Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, who was was dismissed in 2017 after complaining about the quality of food, was Monday declared as the candidate of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “There is something in the soil of Haryana. Last time too, someone (himself) from Haryana had challenged Modi ji in Varanasi, this time too Haryana’s jawan has locked horns with Modi ji. Best wishes to the SP-BSP alliance candidate from the entire nation,” Kejriwal tweeted. Born and brought up in Haryana, Kejriwal had contested against Modi in the 2014 general elections but lost to him by over 3 lakh votes. Varanasi goes to polls in the last phase of the ongoing elections on May 19.last_img read more

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Draymond Green Is Key For The Warriors In Game 7

Draymond Green’s playmaking PASSES TO SHOOTEREFG%QSQQSI Games 1-44945.953.9-8.0 Game 5856.353.9+2.3 Crunch time in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals wasn’t subtle. The Oklahoma City Thunder lost the ability to run even basic basketball plays — they had six turnovers in the last five minutes, with four coming in a disastrous two-minute stretch — and Kevin Durant, who has played masterful defense all series, spent the final possessions looking like an overgrown Tim Thomas. Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors with a record-setting 11-for-18 performance from three, and Stephen Curry registered enough of a pulse to get the Warriors over the final hump. But just as important to the Warriors’ Game 6 win as those runs of inept or brilliant play was Draymond Green’s return to form.The Warriors are solid favorites to win Game 7 tonight: -7 at the sports books, 70 percent to win by ESPN Stats & Info’s Basketball Power Index and 68 percent to win by our CARM-Elo forecast. Plenty of factors will go into tonight’s result, including the reemergence of Curry’s shot and handle and the sustained defense of both teams (the Warriors contested 56 of 58 field goal attempts by Durant and Russell Westbrook in Game 6 and forced each to shoot under 40 eFG%, according to player-tracking data). Curry also seemed to begin to solve Durant switching onto him in Game 6. But the Warriors need Green to play in Game 7 like the all-world playmaker of the regular season and Game 6.Green was lively on offense and forceful on defense in Game 6 in ways he wasn’t in Games 3 and 4, both won by the Thunder. He pressured the ball high and made crucial stops in the fourth quarter after the Warriors went to their “Lineup of Death” with about six and a half minutes remaining remaining. And throughout the game, he created shots for the Warriors at a rate and of a quality that was more like his regular season performance, when he was one of the best playmakers in the league.Using player-tracking data from the NBA, we can show Green’s ups and downs as a playmaker. Here’s the qSQ (shot quality expressed as the predicted effective field goal percentage of a shot, as determined by factors like defender location and where the shot came from) and qSI (how much better shooters did than the qSQ prediction) for Green’s passes to shooters in the regular season, and in the Western Conference finals so far. Game 61471.454.1+17.3 Green’s regular season numbers are outstanding — at +5.6, he ranked fourth in the NBA1Among players who passed to shooters at least 500 times. in qSI (meaning his teammates made shots he created for them more than player-tracking data expected), edging out both Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul (each at 5.2). High qSI numbers stem from having good teammates, but just as much, they come from providing value on shots that still escapes the scope of player-tracking data. Mike Conley, for instance, was No. 1 in the league (+6.7) before he went out to injury, and his Memphis Grizzlies are stocked with guys who couldn’t hit the ocean from an aircraft carrier.You can see in the numbers that Green’s passes weren’t very effective early in the series, but you could see this in the games just as easily, particularly in Games 3 and 4. Partly this was due to Durant playing suffocating defense, but Green wasn’t driving, rolling to the rim or putting pressure on the defense in any of the ways that he typically does. The shot difficulty numbers are broadly the same, but this is a place where the numbers don’t tell the whole story, with many of Green’s passes coming a little mistimed or just slightly out of rhythm. The result was a bunch of possessions that looked like this: Green came to life somewhat in Game 5, but in Game 6 he was outstanding. It’s tempting to look at that massive qSI number and assume that Thompson simply shot the Holy Ghost out of the ball, inflating Green’s numbers. That’s a little true — eight of the 14 shots Green created went to Thompson, who hit four, including three of his threes — but Green also created many of those with pressure and timing. In other words, this wasn’t simply the difference between shooters making and missing shots, but a fundamental change in the quality of the shots, even if player-tracking data doesn’t quite catch it.Consider the fast break in the video below, where Green drives into Durant’s chest before passing off to Andre Iguodala. On a similar play in Game 4 (in the above video), he passed off before putting his body on Durant, allowing KD to recover and break up the play. Source: NBA player tracking data Regular season1,06162.056.4+5.6 If Golden State gets more plays like these out of Green in Game 7, the Warriors will be that much closer to regaining their peak form, and likely on their way back to the NBA Finals. read more

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How it came to be The forced resignation of Jim Tressel

For nearly three months, Jim Tressel’s punishment progressively grew more severe, despite a lack of NCAA instruction or new hard evidence further faulting the coach. What started as a slap on the wrist – a two-game suspension and $250,000 fine – ultimately became an indirect pink slip – his forced resignation. Ohio State planned to keep Tressel until the backing for such a measure eroded and external pressure heightened, said athletic director Gene Smith, who voiced his support for Tressel for most of the 12 weeks the coach was under siege. “Our intent was to retain him as our head coach,” Smith told The Lantern on Tuesday. “When you look at his body of work and what he accomplished, you look at this one action and try to take that in total perspective. I felt that (retaining him) was the best thing for the kids who he had recruited to his program and who were here.” The two-game ban didn’t last long. Nine days after a March 8 press conference in which Tressel admitted to his role in covering up OSU’s offseason scandal, Tressel asked for his suspension to be upped to five games. “I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games so that the players and I can handle this adversity together,” Tressel said in a statement on March 17. The coach and his players never got the opportunity to deal with the adversity together. On May 30, Tressel resigned, though not until OSU released its response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations last Friday did the university publicize that it “sought and accepted” Tressel’s resignation. “The University eventually determined that it was in the best interest of the University and Tressel for Tressel to resign, and he agreed to do so,” OSU’s response to the NCAA reads. Outside pressure forced the university’s hand, Smith said. “As we went on and had conversations about expanding it to five games and then ultimately asking him for his resignation, the support had deteriorated for Jim,” Smith said. “The brand of the institution was now at stake in a greater form. We were constantly under attack, and so when I sat down with him that Sunday night and had that conversation, there was no hesitation on his part when I asked him for his resignation. “It was a process, and we moved to a point where we just felt that the brand of the institution was at stake and we just needed to separate our employment relationship and try to restore the brand of the institution.” Through email conversations with former OSU walk-on Christopher Cicero, now an attorney, Tressel knew of Terrelle Pryor and DeVier Posey’s involvement in selling memorabilia to Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Cicero warned Tressel that Rife dealt drugs. Heeding that warning, Tressel kept quiet. Rife pleaded guilty on June 28 to charges of selling marijuana and laundering drug money. When university officials discovered the email chain between Tressel and Cicero, OSU suspended Tressel for two games for his failure to pass along his knowledge to the appropriate university figureheads. Tressel reached out via email to Ted Sarniak, Pryor’s mentor from his hometown of Jeanette, Pa., but never contacted Smith, President E. Gordon Gee or anyone in the OSU compliance department. In Tressel’s response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations, his attorney, Gene Marsh, wrote, “He prioritized those concerns as his focus on the safety of the student-athletes, the gravity of the federal criminal investigation, and the request for confidentiality made by the individual who provided the information. At the time, those concerns trumped any thought he had relating to possible NCAA rules violations.” Smith said when he learned of Tressel’s wrongdoing, he was understanding given the coach’s precarious situation. “I kind of understood it for a while as I first looked at it,” Smith said. “I said, ‘OK, I see that.’ But obviously, the infractions are sitting right in front of you, so I couldn’t get by that. You have a responsibility as an NCAA member to ensure compliance. To make that decision on your own without at least bringing it to me or university general counsel, I have a hard time with it.” Tressel spent a decade as a luminary figure in Columbus, supported by OSU fans appreciative of the program’s winning tradition and of his influence in the community. That’s what made his actions so difficult to swallow, Smith said. “I was totally shocked and surprised and really disappointed when I first heard of his decision and saw the emails,” Smith said. “Every single level of emotion went through me. I was dumbfounded as to why he would make a decision on his own and not share that information and ask for help.” Smith touched on a number of topics during his interview Tuesday with The Lantern. On his confidence in the athletics compliance department: “I never wavered on them. There are things that we can do better and we have been creative, you saw some of those things in our response that we’re going to implement and they’re focused on particular issues, not broad-based compliance.” On whether the NCAA needs to adapt some of its rules to coincide with today’s world: “A lot of the rules in our books need to be modified to where we are today. There’s a number of rules in our books that were put in place in the ‘80s, some even in the ‘70s. They’re not applicable to today’s culture and today’s reality.” On how he went about selecting media members to attend a private press conference last week to discuss OSU’s response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations: “We just focused on people that I’d worked with for a long time and wanted to have a discussion and that’s what we did. In the moment at the time, I did what I felt what I needed to do relative to the message.” OSU will start its season Sept. 3 against Akron under Tressel’s replacement, Luke Fickell. read more

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