How Much Should LeBrons Finals Record Hurt His Legacy

Kyrie Irving318.90.610.4 Tim Duncan617.84.250.8 Stephen Curry418.23.23-0.2 PlayerAppearancesAvg. Game ScoreExp.Act.Diff. Game Score is a metric that summarizes a player’s statistical production, set to roughly the same scale as points per game.Source: 2011MIADAL55.913.7 Larry Bird520.63.13-0.1 According to our measure, James is firmly in the middle of this pack of historical greats. That’s probably still a knock if we’re judging his candidacy for the title of absolute GOAT, but adjusting for competition does end up softening the blow of LeBron’s raw Finals record. Individually, James has outplayed almost all of his peers on the game’s biggest stage, but he’s seldom been in a position to convert those performances into championships.And in many ways, 2018 was the ultimate microcosm of James’s Finals career. He went into the series as a massive underdog, after carrying his undermanned Cavs through a grueling Eastern Conference playoff run. Even as James was scoring 51 points in Game 1, JR Smith’s late blunder probably cost Cleveland its best chance to make the Finals competitive. (It also reportedly spurred James to punch a whiteboard in the locker room after the game, injuring his hand for the rest of the series.) Still, according to Game Score, James had one of the best individual NBA Finals of any player since the merger (on a per-game basis) … and for all of his efforts, the Cavs still got swept. He might have been the only player ever, in any sport, who could earn Finals MVP speculation while being on the wrong side of a sweep.This is LeBron James’s fate, it appears. And because of it, we have to measure him relative to his conditions, rather than in the typical vacuum of ring-counting analyses. Perhaps that will be one of James’s enduring legacies: He caused us to bring a new level of nuance to the usual debates about Finals records. Shaquille O’Neal622.63.840.2 2007CLESAS27.5%10.6 Dwyane Wade517.72.031.0 YearTeamOpponentPre-Finals W%Finals Game Score/GWon Finals? Scottie Pippen615.44.161.9 Kobe Bryant716.75.050.0 2017CLEGSW9.629.6 Michael Jordan624.54.16+1.9 2013MIASAS67.422.5✓ 2016CLEGSW27.426.5✓ LeBron James922.62.830.2 K. Abdul-Jabbar816.23.751.3 James Worthy616.12.730.3 Julius Erving421.22.21-1.2 Clyde Drexler319.81.21-0.2 Source: Hakeem Olajuwon321.61.120.9 Magic Johnson921.14.051.0 LeBron has seldom had much of a chance in the FinalsPre-series odds (via Elo ratings) for LeBron James’s teams in the NBA Finals 2015CLEGSW21.424.6 2012MIAOKC30.823.6✓ Pau Gasol316.31.920.1 Isiah Thomas317.61.920.1 Kevin Durant325.92.42-0.4 Count the (adjusted) ringsNBA championships won vs. expected (based on pre-series Elo ratings) for players with at least 3 Finals appearances and an average Game Score of 15.0 per game, 1977-2018 2018CLEGSW19.628.3 Finals Wins James’s Cavs and Heat teams have generally gone into the Finals with far less than a coin flip’s chance of winning the series. And although James played poorly (especially by his standards) during his first two appearances — including a 2011 matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, in which Miami was favored and could have won if James had only performed better — he’s been playing at a progressively higher level as his Finals career has gone on. With the Warriors’ juggernaut always advancing out of the Western Conference in recent years, though, it hasn’t mattered.So in that sense, it’s not really a surprise that James has that 3-6 record in the Finals. In fact, if you add up the pre-series odds in the table above, you get an expected championship count of 2.8 for James — meaning he’s somehow running 0.2 titles above expectation, despite his record. Although that trails Jordan (who won 1.9 times more than we’d expect from the pre-series odds), it’s better than Bryant, whose 5-2 mark is exactly even with what the probabilities would have expected.Here are those numbers for every player who averaged at least a Game Score of 15.0 across a minimum of three NBA Finals appearances since the ABA-NBA merger: Another year, another NBA Finals defeat for LeBron James. After his Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors Friday night, ending a four-game championship sweep, James’s Finals ledger now lists only 3 wins against 6 losses. It’s a mark completely out of step with those of his historical peers, including Michael Jordan (6-0), Tim Duncan (5-1), Kobe Bryant (5-2), Shaquille O’Neal (4-2) and Stephen Curry (3-1). It’s also probably the No. 1 stumbling block in James’s case as the NBA’s greatest-ever player.But, as is usually the case when you dig deeper than simple ring-counting, things are more complicated than they initially seem. For instance: According to the pre-series Vegas lines, Jordan was favored in all six of his Finals bids, while James has been an underdog seven times in his nine trips to the Finals. One of the hallmarks of James’s career has been dragging terrible teammates to the brink of a championship (and none might have been worse than the crew he brought to face the Warriors this season). That’s great for boosting a player’s tally of Finals appearances — but it leads to a terrible record in the title round itself.Because of this, any analysis of rings won has to account for the differing levels of expectation a player’s teams have going into each series. And by that standard, James has actually won more championships than we’d reasonably expect him to, even after falling to the Warriors this year.We can measure a player’s Finals record versus expectation by using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (which measure a team’s relative quality at any given moment) to calculate his teams’ pre-series odds of winning the Finals. Add up those probabilities over an entire career, and you get the number of titles we’d expect a player to have won, adjusted for who he played and how good his own team was. Here’s how James’s Finals career breaks down against expectation: 2014MIASAS20.922.5 read more

Mens Lacrosse No 9 Ohio State drops second straight Big Ten game

Ohio State junior attack Tre Leclaire (44) passes the ball during their match against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium on Mar. 31. Ohio State lost 6-14. Credit: Willow Mollenkopf | For The LanternNo. 1 Penn State’s offense was too much for No. 9 Ohio State to handle, with the Buckeyes losing their second straight game with a 13-8 defeat to the Nittany Lions, leaving Ohio State without a win in Big Ten play so far.On a wet and slippery Sunday night in State College, Penn State’s offensive efficiency and star players proved to be the key difference. Penn State junior attacker Mac O’Keefe scored three goals, while redshirt junior Grant Ament added two goals and six assists in front of the home crowd.The Buckeyes (7-2, 0-2 Big Ten) were not able to capitalize on the shots they saw, scoring on eight of 37 shots and picking 16 ground balls to Penn State’s eight. However, Penn State made the most of its opportunities, making 13-of-26 shots and saving 14 shots to Ohio State’s seven.Penn State (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten) scored within the first four minutes of the first quarter with a goal from sophomore midfielder Brian Townsend and added to another goal before Ohio State tied it with two straight goals from junior attacker and leading scorer Tre LeClaire. Both teams would score back-to-back goals to keep the game tied at the end of the first. LeClaire finished the game with four of Ohio State’s eight total goals on 10 shots, five of which were on goal. The second quarter started strong for the Nittany Lions, with Penn State’s two prolific stars making the difference. O’Keefe scored two straight goals to stay as the second to top scorer in the country and Ament was the player on both assists, adding to his already nation-leading assist total. The Buckeyes would add a goal, but Penn State would get two more, one of which came from O’Keefe for the hat trick.Ohio State made a strong run to get back into the game, scoring three goals in the third quarter — including LeClaire’s third of the day — but Penn State had an answer for the Buckeyes every time they made a run, answering with three goals in the quarter.The final quarter about Penn State ending the Buckeyes hopes, scoring two straight before LeClaire found the net again, but it wasn’t as enough as Penn State scored again to end the game with the five-goal victory.Ohio State moves on to face Johns Hopkins at noon Sunday. read more

Ronaldo My son says hell be better than me

first_imgConfidence appears to be running high in Cristiano Ronaldo’s family with the star revealing that his son is already aiming to become even better than him8-year-old Cristiano Jr has followed in his father’s footsteps this summer by signing for Juventus’ Under-9 team.And it seems that the youngster is having no trouble adapting to his new surroundings as he continues to bang in the goals for the Bianconeri youth side.Although his father, who recently scored his first two goals the Juventus senior side on Sunday, warned that he may not have it so easy when it comes to catching up with him.“I hope Cris, my son, will be like his daddy,” Ronaldo sr told reporters on Mundo Deportivo.“He says he’ll be better than me, but I think he’ll find it difficult.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Ronaldo will make his Champions League debut for Juventus this evening against Valencia.Below is a video of Cristiano Jr in action.Juventus Pulcini won 7-1 yesterday – Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. scored 4 of those goals on his debut. [TS]— (@juvefcdotcom) September 2, 2018last_img read more

Cundy Rooney could have been alongside Ronaldo had he looked after

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy accused Wayne Rooney of failing to reach his true potential by not taking better care his bodyThe 33-year-old striker made one last appearance for England last week against the USA in a friendly with a second-half cameo at Wembley.Rooney leaves the national team with a record 53 goals in 120 games.Aside from that, Rooney is also the Manchester United record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances.But Cundy suggests that the now-DC United star underachieved in comparison to his former United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.The Portuguese forward enjoyed a stellar six years at United, which saw him claim his maiden Ballon d’Or award in 2008 along with three Premier Leagues titles and the Champions League.After leaving Old Trafford in 2009 for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has since gone on to taste further success by winning many more individual and club accolades.Nowadays, Ronaldo continues to star at Juventus – which has left Cundy to ponder what might have been for Rooney.“So we’re talking Wayne Rooney,” Cundy told talkSPORT.“Is he going to go down as a Manchester United living legend, an England living legend as leading goalscorer for club and country?Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He doesn’t get in my first 11 for Manchester United and he doesn’t get into my greatest England team either.“When I first saw him as a 16-year-old he is still the best English teenager I have ever seen.“But think of this, Cristiano Ronaldo is older than Wayne Rooney. Yet he is still scoring goals in the Champions League, in Europe for his club and his country“Yet Wayne Rooney went out to America to grass. Unfortunately for him, he has not looked after himself, he’s not looked after his body and he has regressed as Cristiano Ronaldo has become the world’s greatest player.“Wayne Rooney could have been alongside him! But he hasn’t been there for a number of years and there are a number of reasons for that.”“Ronaldo is older than Rooney yet he’s at the top, and Rooney is in the USA.”“Rooney could have been alongside Ronaldo but he didn’t look after himself.”@JasonCundy05 has strong views on @WayneRooney’s career 👀— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 15, 2018last_img read more

Sissoko believes Spurs can still win

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur footballer believes the team can still lift the English Premier League trophy this season.Tottenham Hotspur is currently in third place of the English Premier League with 57 points.The team is five points behind second and first place Liverpool and Manchester City respectively with 62 points.And for Spurs Moussa Sissoko, his team can still become the Premier League champions this season.“If people want to talk about Liverpool and Man City then it’s better for us,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“For me, I prefer that. It means we can just do our job. We will fight to the end and anything can happen.”“And, yes, I think we can win the league because we have a good team,” he added.And the 29-year-old is hungry for a trophy.The midfielder started his professional career with Toulouse in 2007, and in 2013 he moved to the EPL for the first time with Newcastle United.It was then in 2016 when he decided to transfer to the Spurs.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.“There are 13 games to the end so there are a lot of points left. But each game will be massive and hopefully we can win every one of them,” he commented.“We can see that we are not far from winning something.”“It is only small details that we are missing. What are those small details? I don’t know but we need to find the solution,” he continued.“I think we are capable, we have the team to win, everything is here to win and we just need to keep working and fighting. That is the only way.”The last time the Spurs lifted the First Division trophy was in the 1960-1961 season when they also won the double by earning the FA Cup too.But since then, the last thing they won was the FA Cup in 1990-1991.Moussa is back!💪 @MoussaSissoko 💪#COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2019last_img read more

Murray feels Brighton should have won

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion drew 1-1 against Leicester City on Saturday, even after having one more man in the field for more than half the matchBrighton and Hove Albion didn’t take advantage of having one more man during the 1-1 draw against Leicester City.The Foxes saw how James Maddison was sent off at the 28th minute and played to a draw even with the disadvantage.“It was tough in the second half – we were much better against 11 men than we were with 10,” Seagulls’ Glenn Murray said to the club’s official website.Webster knows there’s a lot of competition before he debuts Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Adam Webster, hasn’t debuted in the English Premier League because he knows the competition is fierce.“They ran us down, they pressed and they were brave. We got sucked into their tempo and let them back in.”“We feel like we should have won, but it’s our own doing. We let Leicester back into the game even though they played with 10 men for a long time and, if we assess the game, I think it was a fair result.”“We got into good positions in the second half, we just made wrong decisions in those positions, which let us down,” he added.“It would have been nice to get the eighth [goal of the season] as well. But it’s not about that – it’s about the points we get, and we need to do a little bit better.”last_img read more

Local Boundary Commission Begins Work With Soldotna On Annexation

first_imgPrior to the council submitting the petition to the LBC, additional public hearings and action from the council will be required. John Czarnezki Director of Economic Development and Planning: “It’s been three years since we started the process, and we’ve methodically gone through the process to look at the financial aspects.” In September 2018 the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a resolution opposing the City of Soldotna plan to annex adjacent properties without voter approval. LBC staff has provided information and documentation to city staff engaged in drafting the petition. LBC staff has not yet been informed of a specific timeline anticipated for the completion of a draft petition. The Soldotna City Council voted back in June 2018 to submit a draft petition  for the annexation areas adjacent to the city limits to the Local Boundary Commission (LBC). Those areas include; Girdwood, Nikiski, and Soldotna. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Local Boundary Commission released its 2018 annual report for the upcoming legislative session, including a number of proposed boundary moves on the Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more

Despite Broad Support John Cornyns Bipartisan Gun Bill Could Be In Danger

first_img Share Mengwen Cao/KUTSen. John Cornyn.The U.S. House has passed a bill allowing gun owners with licenses to carry firearms to carry those firearms weapons across state lines. It’s a bill the National Rifle Association has dubbed a “legislative priority.”Following the deadly mass shootings in Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas, legislators in Washington are also looking for a consensus on improving the national background check system for gun purchases, as well as banning a device known as “bump stocks.”Katie Zezima, a national correspondent for the Washington Post, says the new “concealed reciprocity” bill would essentially treat a concealed carry permit like a driver’s license.“You could take it across state lines no problem,” she says. “Right now, you can’t. You have to just use your concealed carry permit in the state that you got it.”In part, the legislation is controversial because gun permit laws vary so much from state to state.“Some states have very strict criteria, like New York and Maryland,” she says. “They require safety training, that sort of thing. Other states have much less strict permitting regulations. In Texas, you have to be over 21, you have to have been a citizen of the state for six months. There are a few other things, you can’t have felonies.”In a separate bill, Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn co-authored a plan to strengthen the background check system. That legislation comes in the wake of the Sutherland Springs massacre, in which the shooter’s offenses were not reported to this database by the Air Force, which allowed him to obtain a weapon.Zezima says that Cornyn’s background check bill had support from both sides of the aisle, but now that could change because the House GOP has paired it with the concealed reciprocity bill.“[The concealed reciprocity bill] was very controversial when it was introduced and it’s become even more controversial now because the House has linked it to one of the few, if only, bipartisan gun bills to be before Congress in a very long time,” she says.Zezima says the background check legislation was expected to pass easily through Congress, but now that the House has linked it with the controversial concealed reciprocity bill, the fate of both bills rests in the Senate.Written by Jen Rice.last_img read more

Wananavu Beach Resort wins again in 2016

first_img Wananavu BeachResort Wananavu Beach ResortWananavu Beach Resort wins again in 2016Wananavu Beach Resort today announced it has been recognised as a winner in the Fiji Top 10 Hotels and Resorts category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels, ranking 5th out of 10.For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe.Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.“We congratulate the properties that have won Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.“As travelers consider where to book their next trip, they should be sure to check out these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community.”To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Wananavu Beach Resort click here. Source = Wananavu Beach Resortlast_img read more

Middle East and North African streaming service I

first_imgMiddle East and North African streaming service, Icflix, has launched on Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles.Through the Sony deal, PlayStation viewers will be able to access Icflix’s catalogue of Hollywood, Jazwood and Bollywood content.“We are thrilled to announce this partnership to millions of PlayStation owners across Middle East and North Africa, giving them fast and easy access to Icflix’s growing library of content,” said Icflix founder and CEO, Carlos Tibi.last_img read more