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

The magic of VFX

first_imgComputer generated images (CGI) and 3D animation have injected a whole new dimension in movies. The concept of animation and CGI to create visual effects is not new, but post Avatar, the use of this technology has been visible abundantly. It created a whole new standard for visual effects in the movie industry. Extensive use of CGI can be witnessed in movies like Life of Pi, Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter series, John Carter, Adventures of Tintin and most recently The Jungle Book. The technology not only helps to create realistic accidents, or stunts but also makes one believe in the existence of blue-beings on another planet who resemble real humans on earth! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It is a good opportunity for CG artists as they get greater chances and good pay packs. But personally I feel that the growing focus on CG and VFX have diluted the themes and stories in movies these days. Recently released The Jungle Book also seems to be a portfolio of CG and VFX, rather than an entertaining movie for children,” says Bhaswar Bhattacharya, professor of Animation and Graphic Design at NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata.The boons of performance capture or motion capture and skull caps have actually enabled animated creatures to give realistic facial expressions in movies. This not only makes the animated creature look smarter but also makes one believe in the scenes onscreen. The realistic facial expressions in Avatar had been achieved through skull caps fitted tightly over the heads of the characters and cameras attached directly in front of them. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Mocap is done through the use of sensors on a real character’s body, tracing the body movements and actions for the animated character in a movie or video game,” said animation student Abhishek Bhattacharjee. When asked about the career prospects in the field of CGI animation in cinema, Abhishek added, “With every passing year, more and more movies are coming out with extensive use of VFX and 3D animation. Therefore the future holds good for students learning this subject, as the industry seems to be demanding more interested and specialised artists for CGI works. Not only movies but also the gaming industry is in high demand for animation artists. Basically the career prospect is growing.” Rajnikanth’s Kochadaiiyaan has been the only Indian movie based on motion capture till date. Several Indian films, mostly South Indian films have been using CGI extensively for the past few years; one of the best examples would be Baahubali. Not only movies, but also most of the video games are based on motion capture. This technology is used for numerous reasons- to recreate massive accident or destruction scenes, to create imaginary and different looking beings, to create real animals and make the audience believe all of these with minute details of wet skin/fur, wrinkles, morsels of destroyed articles etc.The use of computer graphics dates back to the early 1940s, with the first use of chroma screen. Back then it was considered to be a magical effect, while now it is extremely common and user-friendly. With the advent of time and fast growing technology, photorealism, 3D animation, CGI and motion capture stepped in and made today’s movie industries across the world the way it is today.last_img read more