Child mortality, child growth failure indicators improve from 2000 to 2017: Study

first_img Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts News Comments (0) Balram BhargavaBiharchild mortalityEClinicalMedicineThe LancetUttar Pradesh Read Article Child mortality, child growth failure indicators improve from 2000 to 2017: Study By Press Trust of India on May 13, 2020 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The highest number of under-five deaths in 2017 were in Uttar Pradesh (312,800 which included 165,800 neonatal deaths) and Bihar (141,500 which included 75,300 neonatal deaths)Although child mortality and child growth failure indicators have improved substantially across India from 2000 to 2017, inequality between districts has increased within many states, and there are wide variations between the districts, according to findings of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative released recently.The first comprehensive estimate of district-level trends of child mortality and child growth failure in India published in The Lancet and EClinicalMedicine, stated that if the trends observed up to 2017 were to continue, India would meet the SDG 2030 under-5 Mortality Rate (U5MR) target but not the SDG 2030 Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) target.“34 per cent of the districts in India would need higher U5MR reduction and 60 per cent districts would need higher NMR reduction to individually meet the SDG targets,” it stated.Child and maternal malnutrition were behind 68 per cent of the under-five fatalities in India, while low-birth weight and short gestation led to 83 per cent of neonatal deaths.The findings, which are part of two scientific papers on child survival, have been published at a time when the country is fighting COVID-19 pandemic.Health experts say, “They remind us that while we must do all that we can to control coronavirus infection, other crucial health issues in India should also continue to receive attention commensurate with their contribution to health loss in India.”The studies stated that the under- five Mortality Rate (U5MR) dropped in India since 2000 by 49 per cent but there is a six-fold variation in the rate between the states and 11-fold variation between districts of India.There were 1.04 million under-five deaths in India in 2017, of which 0.57 million were neonatal deaths, down from 2.24 million under-5 deaths, including 1.02 million neonatal deaths in 2000.The NMR has dropped by 38 per cent since 2000 but there is a five-fold variation in the rate between the states and eight-fold variation between districts of India, the study stated.“The reduction in NMR has been less than for U5MR, and this reduction has been quite variable across states and districts,” the study said.Child growth failure, measured as stunting, wasting and underweight has improved in India since 2000, but their rates vary four to five fold between the districts of India and the inequality between districts within many states has increased, it stated.Lower respiratory infections (17.9 per cent), preterm birth (15.6 pc), diarrhoeal diseases (9.9 per cent), and birth asphyxia and trauma (8.1 per cent) were the leading causes of under-five death in 2017Preterm birth (27.7 per cent), birth asphyxia and trauma (14.5 per cent), lower respiratory infections (11 per cent) and congenital birth defects (8.6 per cent) were the leading causes of neonatal deaths in 2017. Also,80 per cent of the neonatal deaths were in the early period of 0.6 days.“The district-level trends reported in these papers provide useful guidance for identifying priority districts in each state that need the highest attention,” ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said.Rakhi Dandona, Professor, Public Health Foundation of India and the lead author of the child mortality paper, said, “Comparison of child mortality trends in each of the 723 districts of India with the National Health Policy and SDG targets has identified the districts with high gap where more targeted attention is needed. Bringing down death numbers among newborns in the first month of life by addressing specific causes of death is crucial. Malnutrition continues to be the leading risk factor for child death and low birth weight is the biggest component in this risk factor.”K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India said, “Reductions in under-five child mortality and neonatal mortality are promising as we move towards SDG targets.”“Even neonatal mortality which was previously slow to change is now showing improvement. This decline needs to be further accelerated. Child malnutrition is a major determinant along with maternal malnutrition for these deaths and should be accorded highest priority for corrective action,” he said.While stark inter-state and inter-district differences in health and nutrition continue to be challenges, these gaps must be bridged through effective and equitable social development, nutrition and environmental health programmes.“Our preoccupation with COVID-19 should not let these development imperatives slip into the shadows,” he underlined.The highest number of under-five deaths in 2017 were in Uttar Pradesh (312,800 which included 165,800 neonatal deaths) and Bihar (141,500 which included 75,300 neonatal deaths).The study stated U5MR and NMR were lower with the increasing level of development of the states. In 2017, there was 5.7 fold variation in U5MR ranging from 10 per 1000 live births in the more developed  state of Kerala to 60 in the less developed state of UP, and 4.5 fold variation for NMR ranging from seven per 1000 live births in Kerala to 32 in UP.The annual rate of reduction from 2010 to 2017 for U5MR ranged among the states from 2.7 per cent in Nagaland to 6.5 per cent in Telangana, and for NMR from 1.8 per cent in Nagaland to 5.5 per cent in the high SDI state of Tamil Nadu.The annual rate of reduction of NMR was lower than that of U5MR in all states during 2010-2017, but this varied considerably between the states, the study stated. Add Commentlast_img read more

‘Gardathug’ YouTube video pair given suspended jail sentences

first_imgNews Google+ Twitter By News Highland – May 10, 2013 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Previous articleSeptic tank waste most likely cause of west Donegal swan deathsNext articleFive people rescued from stricken boat in Donegal Bay News Highland Pinterest Google+ Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Two men who videoed an attempted Garda search of them on a mobile phone were given suspended jail sentences today.John Deegan and Sean Fitzgerald had put the video on YouTube, called it Gardathugs, and claimed it showed harassment and intimidation by gardai at the Market Yard, Ballyshannon.It was viewed by Judge Kevin Kilrane in court.Judge Kilrane, who had convicted the two and remanded them in custody for a week, said in Sligo District Court today that the video proved the harassment and intimidation was done by the defendants and not the gardai.He said the gardai were rightfully attempting to conduct a search of the men and a van they were in on suspicion that one of them had drugs although no drugs were found.He said both men represented themselves at an earlier hearing in Ballyshannon District Court and made serious allegations of garda harassment and intimidation.When he found the allegations were unfounded and that instead the men were the intimidators he remanded them to consider what prison sentence to impose.The judge said both men had now placed before him letters of apology which were impressive. Testimonials which accompanied 40-year-old Deegan’s were “quite impressive.”.Deegan, of Drumacrin Avenue, Bundoran, and Fitzgerald, of Dalgan Rd, Navan, Co, Meath, were convicted of obstructing gardai last July 18 at Ballyshannon market yard and refusing a drugs search.Each received a one-month prison sentence suspended for two years. ‘Gardathug’ YouTube video pair given suspended jail sentences Facebook Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Adult Education Division Describes 2019 as “Productive and Successful”

first_img Share 185 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Carol Charles-White, Field Supervisor at the Adult Education Division.The Adult Education Division is reporting a productive and successful year for literacy and adult learning.Carol Charles-White, Field Supervisor at the division says the unit accomplished enough to be proud of in 2019.Among top proud moments, White revealed that learners from the state prison did very well in business studies.“One of our main highlights for the academic programs was in the prison program where we had 100 percent pass in Principles of Business. We also had our literacy and numeracy [programmes]which is our base and English as a Second Language, where we teach foreigners  English.”She continued, “We had our summer program during the summer, which is one of our highlights as well. This year we were bombarded, we had a lot of persons coming forward to do programs, all around the island. At the end of August, to highlight our summer programs we had a national exhibition, where we highlighted what was done by persons from the summer program.Programs teach adults skills in varying fields including interior decorating, sewing, cake decorating, event planning and others.White also named a parenting programme which took place in each of the seven districts of the Adult Education Division.The programme is a collaboration between the division and schools in the district.Meanwhile, the Division still wants to see literacy improve among adults and continues to encourage reading among adults.“For December, we had our Book-mas, and we asked persons for donations where they gave books and we got a lot of books, I must say and we just want to thank the persons who gave the books because it was a very good gesture. So what we did, we publicized it and persons came, they chose, one or two books. We just did that to encourage persons to read.” Books are still available for free at the Adult Education Division.center_img Share EducationLocalNews Adult Education Division Describes 2019 as “Productive and Successful” by: – December 31, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Sotomil in debut PVL match as UP sweeps Lady Altas

first_imgMarianne Sotomil. SPIN.PH MANILA – Marianne Sotomil made her collegiate debut in University of the Philippines Lady Maroons as they beat University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas 25-10, 25-12, 25-23 in the 2018 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the San Juan Arena.A native of Pavia, Iloilo, Sotomil played lengthy minutes in the second and third set to finish with 2 points, including a service ace, while also accounting for a number of assists.“Medyo kinabahan pa ako noong start kaya medyo hindi maganda iyong setting ko but noong nag-settle down na ako naging OK naman na,” Sotomil said after the July 28 match.Isa Molde was the lone double-figure scorer with 14 points while Marian Buitre chipped in 7 markers for Lady Maroons, which played without injured veteran Diana Carlos. Lady Maroons had a strong start in the opening set as it surged to a 15-4 lead and later widening this to as high as 15 points. The same went in the second frame where UP went ahead 20-9.But UP struggled early in the third frame and had to rely on veterans to tie the count 23-all before Molde and Ai Gannaban scored back-to-back to win the match.“In the third set, we were trying to do things in a haste,” said Lady Maroons coach Godfrey Okumu. “We were in a hurry. Those are some of all the small things that happen in the game. We were able to recover because we knew what we were doing right.”Meanwhile University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses continued its winning ways after a 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 sweep of San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Rookie Ejiya Laure maintained her rousing performance with 13 points for UST (3-0)./PNlast_img read more

Shelby cruises past Hesperia, Beckman scores 34 points

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WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day accepting early applications for vendor spaces

first_imgThe deadline for vendors to submit early applications for prime spaces at Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture, is rapidly approaching.Organizers said Monday, June 12, will close out the preferred application period for arts, crafts and food vendors to participate in the event, recently named a top 20 festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The family oriented daylong celebration typically attracts more than 12,000 visitors who enjoy continuous music and dance, exhibitions of shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and home-style food.Vendor and exhibitor information and applications are available at www.mountainheritageday.com.The 43rd annual festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event is publicized by the university throughout the Southeast through print and broadcast advertising, social media and billboards. Organizers anticipate more than 120 booths of regional arts and crafts, and vendors offering ethnic, heritage and festival food, as well as an expanded lineup of music and dance performances, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs.Already booked for performances are the band Mountain Faith and Country Current, the U.S. Navy bluegrass band, and dozens of other performers. Traditional festival events include chainsaw competition, an antique car and truck show, storytelling and clogging, along with living-history demonstrations of muzzle-loading rifles, blacksmithing, corn shuck crafts, Cherokee crafts and broom-making. Children’s activities include sack races, free wagon rides and hayrides.Mountain Heritage Day is part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, with www.BlueRidgeMusicNC.com providing an easy and convenient way to find festivals, concerts, jam sessions and plenty of singing and dancing to the traditional music of Western North Carolina. To learn more about WCU’s festival, visit www.mountainheritageday.com or call 828-227-3039.last_img read more

Creativity as a Factor of SSD Performance

first_imgHow would you measure your comfort, user experience, smoothness, and happiness while producing music?Intel® Optane™ SSDs open a full horizon of new application usages and use cases. But how would you translate your device-level performance into an application performance improvement? And how would that be translated into the user experience improvements — the ultimate goal of any technology progress? Well, that’s a question I ask myself while evaluating new technologies. In most conditions that can be measured by benchmarks, pure comparing scores or runtime could mean an advantage of one technology over another one. In certain cases that can be just tangible, such as how would you measure the smoothness of your experience or how would you score your feelings? Well that’s more difficult, as everyone can have a different perspective. In this blog I’ll attempt to make some formal assessment of those feelings based on the recent story. If you haven’t had a chance to see Intel’s interview with top electronic music and film composer, BT, find a moment now. It’s worth it!BT is one of the most innovative musicians who utilizes newest technologies in his music production and creates his own. His work for movie scoring is impressive (The Fast and the Furious, Solace, Stealth), and uses the latest advantages of massively sampled orchestration available in real-time. While sampling has existed for years, the way he pushes it to the limits with hybrid orchestra approach and granular synthesis is quite remarkable.As a user of Intel® SSDs 750-series, he was excited by NVMe SSDs and the performance advantages PCIe interface brings into that. Combining multiple SSDs in the RAID volume allows him to improve the overall bandwidth and, of course, expand the capacity. That’s a great deal, and RAID capability is built in all operating systems today. However, RAID can’t improve the access latency. No matter how many drives you combine together, the access latency would represent the worst drive in the array. That means it’s always equal or higher than a standalone SSD latency. There is a class of applications that can’t keep up scaling the performance by only SSD bandwidth improvements and that story is a demonstration on that. Device latency is one of those requirements for the audio sample playback performance improvements.A complete orchestra is sampled into terabytes of a sample data with a playback of up to 3,000 tracks at a time. Available DRAM is only capable for the small pieces of those sounds (attacks), while the body of the sound is streamed directly from storage. For real-time playback, it is critical all data processing is completed within an audio buffer time — say 5ms, which is common latency these days. Otherwise the user will experience audio drops and other artifacts, including fatal interruptions. This is the case where scaling storage bandwidth can’t help to solve the problem.Let’s look at the facts. A single sample is a contiguous piece of a data. Let’s assume each sample is running at 48kHz * 32bits Stereo, which is translated into 0.37 MB/s bandwidth. You would expect that with PCIe SSD, which as an example can read data sequentially at 2.5GB/s, you can play ~7M samples at a time (2.5*1024*1024/0.37). Why would I ever need faster storage if this number far exceeds any real use case? Well, the conclusion is wrong. Sample libraries are based on the thousands of samples played at a time. Different layering, microphone position, and round robin sample rotation are multiplying that by the order of magnitude. Also, streaming of many sequential fragments at a time causes I/O randomization naturally. Now, a workload is randomized with a lowest denominator, which is an application request size or even file system sector size in a common case. With that the storage workload is no longer sequential and must be measured in the IOPS form on a small block size. This is fully random I/O condition for the device-level perspective and it’s distributed across full span of sample library with no hot area.Here we came to the point where NAND-based SSD performance has significant variation based on workload parameters. That’s easier for a drive to run a single threaded sequential workload than a random one or even than many parallel sequential. Of course, the difference is not as noticeable as with hard drives, where you must physically move a head, which has significant latency impact on results and unbelievable performance degradation. But the performance impact is meaningful, too. The root cause is in the NAND architecture, which consists of sectors (minimal read size), pages (# of sectors, determines minimal write size) and erase block size (# of pages, minimal erase size). Combined with a specific NAND-based SSD acceleration on aggregating sequential I/O into a bigger transfer size, we see performance improvements in sequential I/O, which are not available for Random small block I/O.A 3D XPoint™ memory cell solves that problem. It’s cache line addressable by the architecture, requires no erase cycle before write, and significantly lowers access time compared to NAND. Implemented on a block device, Intel Optane™ SSDs are optimized for a low latency and high IOPS performance, especially on low queue depth. This directly correlates with an exceptional quality of service, which represents max latency and latency distribution. As a consequence of that, Optane SSD is capable of delivering similar performance no matter the workload — random vs. sequential or read vs. write.Let’s run some tests to visualize that. I’ll be running this experiment on Microsoft Windows 10. You may expect Linux or OS X charts similar or better, but as we’re evaluating an environment similar to the one installed in BT’s studio, I’ll try to match it here.Configuration: Asus X299-Deluxe, Core i7-7820X, 32GB DRAM, Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2TB, Intel Optane 900p. You may download all FIO configuration scripts from my repository: www.github.com/intel/fiovisualizerNAND-based SSD is in the sustained performance state before every run. Optane SSD doesn’t have this side effect and delivers performance right away. As you see on charts, I’m only considering a scenario of the I/O randomization, and the overall delta in absolute SSD performance under different conditions. I’m leaving other workloads to the side, which are evaluated thoroughly by a third party such as Storage Review, Anandtech, PC Perspective, and others. All of the simulated workloads are stressful for a SSD, in regards of getting to the maximum performance of the device by pushing many I/Os. Intel Optane SSD leads not only on the absolute numbers, but also on the performance variability between workloads. In a real application scenario, such as in the story above, that means stable and predictable performance for a sample playback that doesn’t change its characteristics based on the number of samples, their sizes, the way they are played or any other activities while doing that, such as multitrack record. You may call it “a performance budget” you can split between workloads without sacrificing overall performance.For a musician that means Optane delivers a smooth experience without audio drops, even at peak demands. That also means no need for the offline rendering, channel freezing and sub mixdowns, which equals more time for being creative and unique.last_img read more

A ShotClockByShotClock Guide To Duke vs Wisconsin

When Wisconsin plays Duke for the men’s college basketball championship on Monday night, the coin flip of a game will be decided by a series of countdowns. Each time one of the teams gains possession, it will have up to 35 seconds to shoot. The team that uses its allotted time — or eschews some of it — better than its opponent will win. Each team uses the shot clock differently, in ways that should make for many interesting games within the game. Here’s what to watch for:Early in the shot clock. Transition opportunities are the best opportunities in basketball. Teams get to attack the basket at a high pace, with more space and fewer defenders. The average Division I team is better in transition than it is overall, scoring 0.88 points per possession generally and 1.03 points per possession in transition.Both finalists execute really well in transition. Wisconsin scores 1.22 points per transition possession, according to Synergy Sports Technology stats. That’s fifth best in the country (of 351 teams in Division I). Duke ranks seventh, scoring 1.21 points per transition possession.But Duke pushes the ball, getting into transition much more than Wisconsin does. The Blue Devils were in transition in 18 percent of their offensive possessions, which puts them in the top 20 percent of Division I teams. Wisconsin ranks dead last, at 7 percent.1That’s broadly consistent with Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted tempo rankings (paywall): Wisconsin ranks 345th of 351 teams, while Duke ranks in the top third.Duke transition possessions could be a trouble spot for Wisconsin’s defense, which often wilts against the fast break. The Badgers are a pretty good defensive team in the half court, but below average in transition.In the middle of the shot clock. This isn’t as good as transition opportunities, but is a much better place for an offense to be than the dying seconds of the shot clock, because ball handlers have lots more options besides shooting.The middle of the shot clock — not transition, but with more than four seconds left — is the terrain where most of a typical basketball game is contested, and especially Wisconsin games. The Badgers ended 87 percent of their possessions in this middle ground, running half-court sets without the pressure of needing to shoot right away. That ranks third in Division I, behind Bucknell and Virginia. And they are very dangerous in these sets, scoring 1.05 points per possession — nearly 0.2 points better than the average team in this situation. That means Wisconsin’s half-court set is so good, it’s better than the average transition offense.Duke defends well against these kinds of shots, allowing 0.05 points per possession less than average — 38th best in Division I. But that’s unlikely to faze Wisconsin much, since it just played Kentucky. The Wildcats are the best in the country against half-court offenses shooting before the very end of the clock, allowing 0.16 fewer points per possession. Yet the Badgers beat Kentucky playing primarily in the half court.Duke’s offense also is really good in these bread-and-butter plays, ranking ninth in the country in efficiency. But it plays this style at a below-average rate, just 79 percent of the time.The final seconds of the clock. Teams try to avoid holding the ball this long. Short-clock offense is about as bad as transition offense is good. Teams average just 0.71 points per possession with no more than four seconds left on the shot clock. No wonder they do all they can to avoid the deadline pressure, facing the countdown on fewer than 4 percent of plays.For most of the season, Kentucky avoided these plays even more than the average team, and for good reason: The Wildcats are well above average at transition offense and a solid half-court team, but they stink late in the shot clock, scoring just 0.61 points per possession, well below average. Their drop-off in efficiency from the middle of the clock to those final seconds was among the biggest in Division I.2The 25th biggest drop-off among 351 teams. Yet they inexplicably milked the shot clock on a futile string of possessions late in their game against Wisconsin, contributing mightily to the Badgers’ win.Duke is as loath as Kentucky to let the clock tick down, but is far better when it does, scoring 0.91 points per possession. These are small sample sizes: Just 100 plays during Duke’s entire season occurred that late in the clock.Wisconsin has more experience living on the edge, getting near the end of the shot clock on 6 percent of its plays, in part because it plays so little transition O. But it’s not quite as efficient as Duke when it does. The Badgers should avoid letting the clock run down on Monday night, and not only because they’re so good with more time to work: Duke ranked 13th in the country in defending late-clock plays, allowing barely half a point per possession.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Correction: An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to the difference between plays in the middle of the shot clock and short-clock plays. Plays with exactly four seconds left on the shot clock count as short-clock plays, not as plays in the middle of the clock. read more

Theres A Team That Can Beat The Warriors — It Just Doesnt

3Bucks1551511740.6 13Jazz3702613725.6 25Bulls226194816.3 15Grizzlies3742713324.9 8Pistons189148529.5 27Pacers232114415.4 22Suns4392910918.9 21Mavericks4071910119.1 24Cavaliers216205117.7 2Nets1431313746.7 18Trail Blazers3912611020.9 9Hawks189208428.5 1976ers210195920.4 29Raptors24910289.8 11Lakers3922815727.2 7Rockets3383616330.3 TOTAL MINUTES SPENT … 12Clippers3952515627.0 16Wizards212126422.3 How teams have fared against the Warriors, from 2014-15 to 2016-17 TEAMBEHINDTIEDAHEADPERCENTAGE OF TIME AHEAD After the Warriors accomplished the inevitable — winning a championship with relative ease after adding superstar Kevin Durant to a 73-win core — there were two natural questions looming for the rest of the NBA: What will it take to dethrone this budding dynasty, and when will that realistically happen?The answer, as far as oddsmakers are concerned, is seemingly no time soon. Even Cavs star LeBron James, the greatest player of his generation, sounded unsure of how to beat the Golden State going forward after the club extinguished Cleveland in five games.“Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together, to be able to hopefully compete against this team,” said James, whose team needed a historic shooting night to stave off a sweep. “They’re assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they’re right up there.”By examining the Dubs’ handful of losses in recent seasons, a formula does appear to emerge, albeit in a regular-season setting. And while that doesn’t answer the larger question about dethroning them, it helps illustrate what teams have consistently done to knock Golden State off stride.The league’s other 29 teams were less likely to beat the Warriors by playing an inferior version of Warriors basketball. Cleveland needed to practically burn down the nets with its 3-point shooting to win a Game 4 shootout. But opponents have been more successful by taking Golden State out of its element: having enough defense and length to disrupt the Warriors’ shooting, while having enough offense to keep up with the inevitable points allowed.Opponents with top-12 defenses1The top-12 defenses that knocked off the Warriors this past year included the Spurs (twice), the Grizzlies (twice), the Jazz, the Heat, the Bulls and the Celtics. fared best against the Dubs this past season, accounting for eight of Golden State’s 15 regular-season losses. More broadly than that, beating the Warriors will likely require slowing them down2The Warriors averaged 23.7 points on fast breaks in wins, and 17.7 in losses this season., not only in transition, where they’re far and away the best in the league, but also in half-court scenarios.The clubs that have the most success against them have smart, versatile defenders who possess the length to contest Golden State’s sharpshooters3During ABC’s broadcast of Game 5 on Monday, announcers discussed a graphic showing that Kevin Durant’s release point on his jump shot was 10 feet, 3 inches high, making it a nearly impossible task to defend him without considerable height, length and athleticism. — the team shot 41 percent from 3-point range in its regular-season wins, but just 27 percent in its losses — and the height and size to switch defensive assignments and neutralize the Warriors’ highly unusual methods for setting screens. Includes regular season games since 2014-15.Source: ESPN Stats and Info 4Heat1582510536.5 5Celtics1712310334.6 23Magic213225318.4 14Kings4072814525.0 1Spurs1842926755.6% 6Thunder3462416330.5 20Pelicans3873810820.1 26Hornets232114515.5 10Nuggets3242313828.4 17Timberwolves3883311221.0 28Knicks242133311.5 That partially explains how long, rangy teams such as the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks have done better against the Warriors during the past three regular seasons than just about anyone else. They have respectable defenders they can throw onto the Warriors’ best scorers, and the ability to force Golden State far later into the shot clock — where efficiency plummets — than most other teams can.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/spursd.mp400:0000:0000:20Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bucksd.mp400:0000:0000:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s abundantly clear that shutting down this offense altogether is a pipe dream. Aside from tying for the most efficient regular-season offense of all-time, the Warriors scored at least 113 points in all five games of the NBA Finals. You also need to be able to score on them to have a chance. This past season, it often took a team that moved the ball4Eight of the Warriors’ 15 losses came to teams that ranked in the top 12 in the league in passes thrown per game. and shot well (opponents who walked away with victories hit 38 percent of their 3s against the Warriors, up from 31 percent in defeats) to win. Because of how the Warriors’ defense can smother an opponent, it also helps to push the ball in transition without turning it over too much (think Wizards or Clippers).Or, if you play a more deliberate style, you may be able to find points in half-court situations if you’re willing to set multiple screens that shed seconds off the shot clock (like Utah, which played at a snail’s pace but was among the NBA’s most efficient teams in late-clock scenarios). Then, of course, there are the Cavs, who, with James and Kyrie Irving, can create scoring opportunities for themselves regardless of how well the Warriors defend.But as we saw in Game 3: Even a duo going off for a combined 77 points might not be enough to win a single game against Golden State, let alone four in seven tries.It’s easy to look at Milwaukee’s and Utah’s rosters and see considerable upside5The Jazz, of course, need Gordon Hayward to re-sign with the club in order to continue their upward trajectory.. The same is true of Boston, which has the No. 1 pick in this loaded draft. But most contending clubs look at least one star away from truly competing with the Warriors in the next year or two, if not longer. The Spurs — who had a promising start to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals before Kawhi Leonard was knocked out for the series — will become a greater challenger if they manage to pry Chris Paul away from the Clippers. And Cleveland, if it manages to find solid, attentive wing defenders somehow, may be capable of doing better next season.In the meantime, don’t be surprised if more teams than usual decide to take the long view in the years to come. The Warriors can be beaten, but doing that requires near-perfection — something almost no other team can produce anywhere near often enough to unseat them. read more