Group games – Greenwood Acres Campground http://greenwoodacrescampground.net/ Fri, 13 May 2022 19:14:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T160707.015.png Group games – Greenwood Acres Campground http://greenwoodacrescampground.net/ 32 32 Daryl Morey: Doc Rivers will return as coach in 2022-23 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/daryl-morey-doc-rivers-will-return-as-coach-in-2022-23/ Fri, 13 May 2022 19:14:10 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/daryl-morey-doc-rivers-will-return-as-coach-in-2022-23/ After the 76ers exit, Doc Rivers becomes a philosopher about winning and losing. The Philadelphia 76ers are still grappling with their second straight Eastern Conference semifinal loss, but they won’t change who coaches the team next season. Daryl Morey, president of basketball operations for the Sixers, told reporters on Friday that coach Doc Rivers would […]]]>

After the 76ers exit, Doc Rivers becomes a philosopher about winning and losing.

The Philadelphia 76ers are still grappling with their second straight Eastern Conference semifinal loss, but they won’t change who coaches the team next season.

Daryl Morey, president of basketball operations for the Sixers, told reporters on Friday that coach Doc Rivers would return as coach in 2022-23. Rivers has been with the Sixers since the 2020-21 season and led the team to a 51-31 record last campaign.

The Sixers were knocked out of the playoffs Thursday night when the Miami Heat beat Philadelphia 99-90 in Game 6 of the series. Last season, the 76ers reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals as the No. 1 seed in the conference, but were upset in Game 7 at home by the Atlanta Hawks.

Rivers is signed through the 2024-25 season.

“I don’t worry about my job. I think I’m doing a terrific job. If you don’t, then you should write it,” Rivers said Thursday night. “Because I worked really hard to bring this team here. When I got here, no one picked us to be anywhere. Again this year, same thing. If that’s how it feels someone, write it down. I’m going to feel safe about it.

Philadelphia is facing a key offseason, especially when it comes to star goaltender James Harden. The 76ers acquired him at the trade deadline and had mixed results with him at best in the playoffs.

James Harden’s 11-point performance in Game 6 was a troubling sign for Philadelphia as it exits the playoffs in 2022.

He had a fantastic Game 4 at home against Miami, but was plagued with turnovers in every series. When he lost another ball that led to a Heat bucket and an 80-63 lead in the fourth quarter of Game 6, the Sixers were booed off the field.

Harden scored all of his 11 points in the first half. He had four turnovers and four baskets. Harden, who has a $47.4 million player option for 2022-23, missed both shots in the second half and scored his final field goal at 3:31 of the second quarter.

In his comments on Friday, Morey said he plans to see Harden back in the mix next season and hopes he will be part of the squad during training camp in the fall.

“The plan is to bring him back. That’s been the plan since the trade,” Morey said. “Obviously we have to work with his representation, and it will be between us to figure out how it works.

“A full offseason, a full training camp, a full time where everyone can learn to unlock how good everyone can be together. This band – Joel, James, Tobias [Harris], [Tyrese] Maxey – this band played really well together. We can play even better. »

Few people in Philadelphia would give “The Beard” a passing grade, however, after he made the playoffs. That said, Harden said he will return next season.

“I’m sure since we got him, everyone was expecting the Houston James Harden,” Embiid said. “But that’s not who he is anymore.”

The Sixers’ 2021-22 season is ending with a slew of questions to answer.

Embiid has once again dumped a postseason game in his mask (right orbital fracture) and will undergo surgery on torn ligaments in his right thumb. He was only cleared to return last week after suffering a concussion. He held the back of his head after hitting him on the field after a fall late in the second quarter. Embiid still played 22 minutes in the first half of Game 6 and scored 14 points.

He missed the first two games of the series while recovering from the concussion. The Sixers lost both games in Miami. Would a healthy Embiid have made a difference? Maybe not, but it’s yet another sudden end for the All-Star cornerstone who has yet to taste a conference final. Maybe he would have played in one or two if Butler had stuck around.

“At some point you have to stop looking at the coaches and the front office,” Embiid said. “You have to look at the players. Maybe we’re just not good enough.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Toys and games market size and forecast https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/toys-and-games-market-size-and-forecast/ Wed, 11 May 2022 12:10:16 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/toys-and-games-market-size-and-forecast/ New Jersey, United States – Comprehensive analyzes of the fastest growing companies toys and games products market provide information that helps stakeholders identify opportunities and challenges. The 2022 markets could be another big year for toy and game products. This report provides an overview of the company’s activities and financial situation (a company profile is […]]]>

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It describes the behavior of the industry. It also outlines a future direction that will help companies and other stakeholders make informed decisions that will ensure strong returns for years to come. The report provides a practical overview of the global market and its changing environment to help readers make informed decisions about market projects. This report focuses on growth opportunities that allow the market to expand its operations in existing markets.

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Mattel, Hasbro, The LEGO Group, Bandai Namco Holdings, Ravensburger, Simba Dickie Group, Dream International, TOMY, JAKKS Pacific, MGA Entertainment, Mattel, Vivid Imaginations, VTech Holdings, Spin Master, Playgo Toys Enterprises, Integrity Toys, Famosa Toys, Kids II, K’NEX Industries, Sanrio Company Ltd, Tarata Toys, Tenyo, Buffalo Games, Hape, Guangdong Hayidai Toys

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• Games and puzzles
• Activity and construction toys
• Dolls and action figures
• Toy vehicles and carriers
• Soft/plush toys
• Others

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• Under 3 years old
• 3-6 years old
• 6-12 years old
• Over 12 years old

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YEAR OF REFERENCE 2021
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HISTORICAL YEAR 2020
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• North America (USA and Canada)
• Europe (UK, Germany, France and rest of Europe)
• Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region)
• Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and rest of Latin America)
• Middle East and Africa (GCC and Rest of Middle East and Africa)

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“We are certainly not confused” https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/we-are-certainly-not-confused/ Mon, 09 May 2022 20:36:08 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/we-are-certainly-not-confused/ Sheldon Keefe, Toronto Maple Leafs Following Monday’s practice, Sheldon Keefe discussed his team’s mood and state of mind after a resounding Game 4 loss at Tampa Bay and the benefits of returning home for Game 5. How is the atmosphere of the group the day after the defeat of match 4? Keefe: The atmosphere is […]]]>
Sheldon Keefe, Toronto Maple Leafs

Following Monday’s practice, Sheldon Keefe discussed his team’s mood and state of mind after a resounding Game 4 loss at Tampa Bay and the benefits of returning home for Game 5.


How is the atmosphere of the group the day after the defeat of match 4?

Keefe: The atmosphere is great. The guys are excited.

Did you have the opportunity to watch the film and identify what needed to be worked on last night?

Keefe: Of course there are. There are in every game. Certainly, last night there were things that we know we can execute better in different places. Now we come to a point in the series where both teams know what to expect. It’s about going out and running.

Has the emphasis been on rest with some of the trips here?

A recovery day is important. Every upcoming match is of extreme importance and will require even more focus, energy and all that kind of stuff.

How important is it to have the latest change in matches?

Keefe: I think it’s important for sure. There are things out there that will definitely help us. Now the depth that they have both in defense and forward mitigates some of that because they have their through lines – or their second, third, fourth lines – that have given them really good minutes and have been a handful for us at different times in the playoffs.

When they’re on the road, they tend to move their D around a lot. That kind of stuff is in play. The most important thing for us, really, is getting on the ice at home and coming home with our audience tomorrow. We’ll love playing in a big hockey game, and obviously that’s the one where we need a good response.

How do you get to a point where special teams are less important in the game?

Keefe: Special teams will always be a factor. In our games in the series – and it seems to be in the whole league – there have been a lot of power plays and shorthandedness. Even if there aren’t any, each becomes all the more important to take advantage of, whether killing or scoring.

Last night we took penalties which we didn’t like. For the most part, most of them came when it was already 4-0 up and pretty much out of control. It is important to do what you can. You have to adapt to arbitration.

We know exactly what to expect at this point in terms of how things were called. We just have to continue not to give them reason to impose sanctions on us.

How do you ensure that the magnitude of this moment, knowing what has happened in the past, does not affect this opportunity in front of you tomorrow?

Keefe: I think it’s just about focusing on what we can control, which is being excited about having a chance to compete tomorrow. This is the atmosphere that I feel from our team. To me, no matter how you lose the game last night, you lose the game. In the playoffs, you have to wash that away and prepare for the next one.

We reacted well when we lost previously. We lost hard at home and went out on the road at a time when you could say it’s a big game at that time. You need an answer. You don’t want to put yourself in a position to lose two on the road when you’ve already lost one at home.

It was a huge victory for us at a key moment. You step into the game and want to rise to the occasion. All of a sudden, before you know it, you’re up 3-0 and feeling pretty good about what you did there.

I think there’s enough for our team – focusing on this season here and now – to have enormous faith in our team. More importantly, they are just thrilled to have the chance to compete against a very good and challenging opponent. We think our guys will respond tomorrow.

You were talking about the positivity to come. Where does this come from right now?

Keefe: We have been a very good team all year. Every time we’ve been challenged, whether it’s in the regular season or even in this playoff series, we’ve responded very well.

This series itself and the adversary itself were a challenge. We had a terrific Game 1 and established ourselves in the series. Throughout, our team reacted well. Because of this, we have great conviction.

It doesn’t change the opponent and the challenge ahead of us, but we’re certainly not fazed by last night. We believe in our group and are excited to play the rest of the series here starting tomorrow.

The phrase “start on time” comes up all the time. As the series goes on, however, it seems that the team that scores first doesn’t lose it. Do you insist even more on this knowing this?

Keefe: I don’t know if we can emphasize that more than we have in the four games now. Obviously, it is important. At the same time, you want to stay focused.

It’s one thing for us to go down 1-0. It’s another thing to snowball. You can come back from 1-0. Neither team has been able to do so at this stage. I don’t know what you could attribute it to.

It’s a bit of an anomaly, I’d say, but if you look around the league, it seems like that’s how a lot of games went in terms of the twist. It’s been a funny year that way in terms of goals scored.

Focusing only on tomorrow for us, we want, of course, to have a good start and build from there. Anyway, no matter what happens in the game, we have to stay focused and not be distracted.

Have you decided on any line-up changes for tomorrow?

Keefe: I made no decision here on the lineup. We have time today and tomorrow. We will use it and make our decisions afterwards.

With the way the show has been called, is it hard to go back to Wayne Simmonds and/or Kyle Clifford on the fourth line?

Keefe: I don’t think that’s necessarily how it was called. I know Simmer took a few penalties there, but generally speaking it wasn’t the physique that was called. It’s the hooks, the stumbles, the high sticks, the whips – that sort of thing – that’s been called out at this point.

I don’t think that really comes into play. We have to make decisions based on what we think is the best group to help us win the game.

How is Rasmus Sandin progressing? Is it close to being an option?

Keefe: He is close. I would say he is in good health. It is available at this point. Obviously, his training workload and that sort of thing is not at the level required to fall in this series. But he’s definitely an option for us in case we need more depth.

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LSU softball team hammers Mississippi State with one game left in regular season | USL https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/lsu-softball-team-hammers-mississippi-state-with-one-game-left-in-regular-season-usl/ Sun, 08 May 2022 03:01:00 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/lsu-softball-team-hammers-mississippi-state-with-one-game-left-in-regular-season-usl/ STARKVILLE, Ms. — Scoreless through the first five innings, the LSU softball team came alive with seven runs in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh for a 9-2 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, winning the final series. of the regular season. The Tigers (34-19, 13-10 Southeastern Conference) and Bulldogs (31-23, […]]]>

STARKVILLE, Ms. — Scoreless through the first five innings, the LSU softball team came alive with seven runs in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh for a 9-2 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, winning the final series. of the regular season.

The Tigers (34-19, 13-10 Southeastern Conference) and Bulldogs (31-23, 9-14) end the regular season Sunday noon.

LSU is fourth in the SEC standings with one game remaining. With a win on Sunday, the Tigers can clinch the No. 4 seed at next week’s SEC Tournament in Gainesville, Fla.

LSU’s defense played well behind senior pitcher Shelbi Sunseri (8-7), who pitched in her seventh full game of the season. She allowed three hits and a walk, striking out two along the way.

But the Tigers trailed 1-0 early in the sixth inning. That’s when they opened the game with seven points, capitalizing on four errors by the Bulldogs.

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Georgia Clark hit her 16th homer of the season leading the team.

Ciara Briggs had a game-high three RBIs, and Ali Newland also homered.

Briggs and second Taylor Pleasants hit errors to start the top of the sixth, and Clark walked to charge the bases. Briggs then came home for the Bulldogs’ third error in the inning, and LSU took a 2-1 lead when Newland was credited with an RBI after being hit by a pitch.

With the bases still loaded and no outs, Morgan Smith hit an RBI single to right field, and second Cait Calland scored another run. Briggs – who started the inning – capped the inning with a three-run double RBI to make it 7-1.

LSU added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning with solo shots from Clark and Newland.

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Belhaven coach Kevin Griffin, whose team is ranked No. 5 nationally: “My plan is to be there at game time.” – by Billy Watkins https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/belhaven-coach-kevin-griffin-whose-team-is-ranked-no-5-nationally-my-plan-is-to-be-there-at-game-time-by-billy-watkins/ Wed, 04 May 2022 22:46:01 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/belhaven-coach-kevin-griffin-whose-team-is-ranked-no-5-nationally-my-plan-is-to-be-there-at-game-time-by-billy-watkins/ Photo by Robert Smith By Billy Watkins It was meant to be a happy story, one celebrating the University of Belhaven softball team: 34-5, ranked No. 5 nationally in NCAA Division III and riding a 10-game winning streak in the American Southwest Conference tournament, which begins Thursday. And we’ll get to the happy part. First, […]]]>
Photo by Robert Smith

By Billy Watkins

It was meant to be a happy story, one celebrating the University of Belhaven softball team: 34-5, ranked No. 5 nationally in NCAA Division III and riding a 10-game winning streak in the American Southwest Conference tournament, which begins Thursday.

And we’ll get to the happy part.

First, we need to talk about head coach and assistant athletic director Kevin Griffin and what he’s been going through. On Sunday, a day after turning 49, Griffin lost his mother. Brenda Askew Griffin of Byron, Georgia, died at age 74 after a sudden illness.

Belhaven Athletics

The funeral was Wednesday. Belhaven gets a bye and won’t play until Friday. “My plan is to be there at game time,” Griffin said.

These will surely be the toughest matches Griffin has ever coached.

“‘Mom was a big fan of the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs, but she changed her whole schedule to watch my Belhaven softball girls online,'” Griffin said. “With her Georgian connection between two of our players (Carley Ingle and Allie Gordon) that she followed during their high school careers, she loved seeing Belhaven succeed, but especially those two girls that she always asked questions about.”

Kennedy Carruth, one of the nation’s top pitchers, said the players were also hurting.

“We’re all thinking about Coach,” Carruth said. “The players get together and talk before every practice about what we need to focus on. We talked this week about getting that done for Coach Griffin. We know he wants to win a national championship. We just have to work hard and trust God’s process.

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Now on to the happy part.

In an interview with Griffin just hours before his mother fell critically ill, I joked with him: who did he rather face the plate – Carruth, who struck out 189 batters in 132 innings, or his son, Konnor , a 16-year-old former freshman pitcher/outfielder at Jackson Prep who pitched in the 90s?

Photo by Robert Smith

“Phew!” Griffin burst out laughing. “I don’t think I would do very well against either of them. Konnor has only been throwing curveballs for eight or 10 months now. So I think I should face him instead. Kennedy can make a softball do crazy things.

“She is in the running for national pitcher of the year. She’s added two new pitches this season – a change that’s not great but good, but also an abandoned pitch that Division I coaches have told me is as good as they’ll face all year .

Carruth said she used it to “get people off my fastball and get me down and up in the zone.”

Opponents beat .164 against her.

Carruth, a sophomore from St. Francesville, Louisiana, is also one of the team‘s top hitters with an average of .339, 5 home runs and 33 RBIs. She transferred to Belhaven in 2021 after two seasons at Coastal Alabama South Community College.

But the talent of this team is rich and deep.

Allie Gordon, a sophomore first baseman/third baseman, was Georgia’s Player of the Year his senior season in high school. She’s had plenty of Division I offers and her numbers show why: .421 average, 9 home runs, 44 RBIs. She leads the team in all three categories.

Belhaven Athletics

“We had help with Allie,” Griffin said with a laugh. “I grew up with his parents. And because of the Covid rules, we will have it for two more seasons. She will graduate and then work on her Masters.

“She’s a great leader.”

Griffin pointed to two other players: Sophomore Gracey Baucom of Purvis was stellar on the mound: 10-3 with a 2.35 ERA. Senior Abby Trahan, an outfielder from Hackberry, La, doesn’t have flashy batting numbers (.281, 2 homers, 18 RBIs) but contributes so much more.

“Without Gracey giving us quality starts this year, I’m not sure we would be in the position we are in,” Griffin said. She worked very hard and was amazing for us in the circle.

“Abby competed in two junior college nationals at LSU-Eunice. The competitive motivation she brings to our team – knowing what it takes to win championships – has been invaluable. His leadership and experience are the engines of our success.

Sophomore Haley Hanson (.409, 31 RBI), rookie Ellie Jones (.407, 38 RBI) and senior Marlee Blackwell (.336, 43 hits) helped bring the charge home.

Griffin owes his share of the credit. Before coming to Belhaven, he coached high school softball and basketball in Georgia. His Windsor High softball team won the state championship in 1998.

Still, Griffin thought of himself as a basketball coach who also coached softball. His record on the Georgia courts was 171-54.

But softball has become a passion over the seasons. He coached softball at Clinton High School for three years before taking the job at Belhaven.

Now in his 12th season, his Blazers have won 362 games and counting.

“I took a baseball approach to softball,” he explained. “But I had to learn very quickly that softball and baseball are different. Things like bunt coverage are totally different, and I had to adapt to the speed of the game. But the swing is the same, the way you line up a ball on the ground is the same.

Photo by Robert Smith

“Perhaps the most important thing I learned is that girls have to feel good to play well, and boys have to play well to feel good.”

He’s recruited well, and he thinks one of the reasons is “we don’t shove softball down players’ throats 24 hours a day.”

He added: “We train hard, but we also want our girls to have a college life.”

Carruth thought it might just be a recruiting pitch.

“But when I got to school here, I realized that was really what it was,” she says. “I just think we’re a little more laid back about things. We don’t worry about coaches jumping on us with every little mistake, and that helps us relax and play the game.

“This school is so Christ-centered. People think we should do everything for the Lord. Our team plays together, but we also hang out together. We are very close.”

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The softball playoffs follow the same path as Division I baseball: Regional, Super Regional, and World Series.

Last season brought a season-ending heartache.

After finishing the regular season 30-8, the Blazers were eliminated at two in the conference tournament and were eliminated after three games in the regional.

“Kennedy suffered from kidney stones towards the end of last season, and that hurt us, of course,” Griffin said. “And I don’t think we’ve done a very good job of keeping our girls fresh throughout the course. We haven’t rested people like we could have. We made sure to do that this year.

Griffin loves this group of players “because they hate losing more than they love winning. That’s why our balance sheet is what it is. And I like the experience we have.

Photo by Robert Smith

He, as a conference champion, wants his team to play the conference tournament on the Belhaven campus. “But we don’t have lights on our pitch,” he said. “Last year Mississippi College let us use their field for the tournament. This year we’ll play it at Delta State (in Cleveland). I wish it were different, but that’s the way it is.”

When he’s not coaching softball, Griffin tries to watch as many of his sons’ games as possible. Konnor’s older brother, Kannon, plays for Florence High School.

“I catch some of the games midweek,” Griffin said. “It’s a lot easier these days with all the livestreams.”

Konnor is ranked as a top prospect in the Class of 2025. Most professional scouts and college recruiters see him as a 5-tool outfielder, but his throwing ability also intrigues them.

Barring an injury, he will have to make a decision in three years: turn pro or play college baseball.

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Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that these are not robots in sports uniforms.

In the coming days, Konnor will play for a BUT Class 6A state championship while his father hopes to put national championship rings on his players.

Father and son will do their best to block out the pain, hours at a time, of losing a mother and grandmother. And they will recognize, perhaps more than ever, the difference in real life and the ball games that mimic it.

Yes, scores will still count. They would have mattered to her.

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Jason Kidd says Dallas Mavericks need ‘someone to join the party’ after dropping Game 1 to Phoenix Suns despite Luka Doncic turning 45 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/jason-kidd-says-dallas-mavericks-need-someone-to-join-the-party-after-dropping-game-1-to-phoenix-suns-despite-luka-doncic-turning-45/ Tue, 03 May 2022 08:07:45 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/jason-kidd-says-dallas-mavericks-need-someone-to-join-the-party-after-dropping-game-1-to-phoenix-suns-despite-luka-doncic-turning-45/ PHOENIX — One of the most anticipated second-round matchups of the NBA playoffs, pitting Defensive Player of the Year finalist Mikal Bridges against perennial MVP contender Luka Doncic, was a shift in favor of the Dallas Mavericks. in Monday’s first game. didn’t matter. Doncic burned the top-seeded Phoenix Suns for 45 points, 12 rebounds and […]]]>

PHOENIX — One of the most anticipated second-round matchups of the NBA playoffs, pitting Defensive Player of the Year finalist Mikal Bridges against perennial MVP contender Luka Doncic, was a shift in favor of the Dallas Mavericks. in Monday’s first game. didn’t matter.

Doncic burned the top-seeded Phoenix Suns for 45 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Game 1 of the series, but the Mavs fell behind in the Western Conference Semifinals with a 121- 114 at the Footprint Center.

The Suns rarely sent an extra defender to Doncic to try and force the ball out of his hands. He did a lot of damage – making 15 of 30 shots from the floor, including eight layups and two dunks – but Phoenix kept the other Mavs point guards from picking up the pace. The rest of the Mavs starters combined for just 39 points, the second time in Doncic’s 17 career playoff games that he has scored more points than the other four players on Dallas’ starting lineup.

“He got everything he wanted, when you look at the shots in the paint, behind the arc, the midrange, and then I also thought he had his teammates do some great looks that we normally did,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “I think he played very well.

“We just have to find someone to join the party.”

Mavs guard Jalen Brunson, the star of the series’ first-round win over the Utah Jazz, had a night off with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Dallas leans as an offensive creator, was limited to eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.

“Any time a guy has 45, you look at that number and you don’t like it, but I look at their assist numbers,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “They only had 16. So, [Maxi] Kleber hit a few 3s, but for the most part no one else did what he is capable of.”

The Suns were content to defend Doncic straight up, usually playing drop cover in the pick-and-roll when lob threat Dwight Powell was on the ground and changing screens set by Kleber, who was the Mavs’ second leading scorer with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting. According to ESPN Stats & Information data, Doncic had 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting with Bridges as the leading defenseman.

All 30 field goal attempts by Doncic, who was 4 of 11 from 3-point range, were off the dribble.

“We just need to attack more paint,” said Doncic, whose career playoff scoring average of 33.4 points matches Michael Jordan’s, the highest in NBA history. “I settled for a little too much backing for me. Attacking the paint is our lethal weapon. When we do that we can score easily especially with 5 outs and they have a big rotation. We have to attack more than painting.”

Doncic, however, was much more concerned with Dallas’ defensive performance, especially in the first half. The Suns shot 63.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range while building a 13-point halftime lead.

Phoenix attacked Doncic defensively early and often. According to ESPN Stats & Info tracking, the Suns scored 24 points on 10 of 18 shooting when Doncic was the leading defenseman.

“I think our defense lost us the game today,” said Doncic. “Our defensive start was terrible, and we need to change that. I know we can play a much better defense.”

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Celtics vs. Bucks: Prediction, Game 1 Pick, TV Channel, NBA Playoffs Live Stream, How to Watch Online https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/celtics-vs-bucks-prediction-game-1-pick-tv-channel-nba-playoffs-live-stream-how-to-watch-online/ Sun, 01 May 2022 16:04:00 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/celtics-vs-bucks-prediction-game-1-pick-tv-channel-nba-playoffs-live-stream-how-to-watch-online/ The Eastern Conference Semifinals series between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks is set to begin Sunday afternoon. Both teams qualified after taking care of their respective opponents in the first round. The Celtics swept the Brooklyn Nets, while the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls in five games. Now they will face off for the […]]]>

The Eastern Conference Semifinals series between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks is set to begin Sunday afternoon. Both teams qualified after taking care of their respective opponents in the first round. The Celtics swept the Brooklyn Nets, while the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls in five games. Now they will face off for the opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

For what it’s worth, the two teams split their four regular season meetings, with the Celtics winning both games in Boston and the Bucks winning both in Milwaukee. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in the playoffs. In a series that has the potential to be extremely close, both teams will be looking to start with a win on Sunday. That said, here’s everything you need to know about Game 1 between Boston and Milwaukee.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Milwaukee Bucks

  • When: Sunday May 1 | 1 p.m. ET
  • Or: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ABC | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Odds: BOS +160; MIL-180; O/U 218 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Featured Game | Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Scenarios

deer: The absence of Khris Middleton is the biggest story for the Bucks before the series. Middleton has a Grade 2 MCL sprain and will miss the entire series against the Celtics. If the Bucks are able to get past Boston, chances are they’ll have to miss the conference finals as well. Middleton suffered the injury in Game 2 of Milwaukee’s first-round series against the Bulls, at which point the team announced he would be re-evaluated in about two weeks. With Middleton sidelined, the Bucks will need the rest of the roster, which Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer is well aware of.

“We’ve talked a lot about the depth of the roster, the quality of the roster this season,” Budenholzer said of the situation. “Other guys had chances and played well and our defense got tighter and we leaned hard on that all three games. But we have depth, we have a good group, we miss Khris – I don’t think anyone is underestimating how important it is, how effective it is for us. But as long as we don’t have it, we have to be at our best in all areas.”

Celtics: Boston’s dominating defense will be the center of the team‘s attention against Milwaukee. The Celtics did a great job of making life extremely difficult for Kevin Durant in the first round, and the team defense they played on Durant was a big part of why they were able to advance, easily. Now the question will be whether they can limit Giannis Antetokounmpo’s production in the same way. If they can, Boston will give themselves a great opportunity to win the series. Although slowing down Antetokounmpo is a daunting task, Khris Middleton’s absence should make it easier for Boston to focus their defensive attention on him.

Prediction

As a near-full-strength team compared to a team lacking a key contributor, the Celtics enter the series with an advantage over Milwaukee. After sweeping the Nets in the first round, the Celtics should be well rested, and the game is in Boston, giving them an extra advantage. To take: Celtics – 4

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Xbox Games with Gold May: Yoku’s Island Express, Viva Pinata Party Animals, more https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/xbox-games-with-gold-may-yokus-island-express-viva-pinata-party-animals-more/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 16:11:07 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/xbox-games-with-gold-may-yokus-island-express-viva-pinata-party-animals-more/ Coming in May Xbox games with gold the lineup includes four titles for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One users. As usual, games are available to Xbox Live Gold members and Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscribers. The first is Yoku Island Express, which will be available from May 1 to 31. You play as Yoku, […]]]>

Coming in May Xbox games with gold the lineup includes four titles for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One users.

As usual, games are available to Xbox Live Gold members and Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscribers.

The first is Yoku Island Express, which will be available from May 1 to 31. You play as Yoku, a parcel delivery man who lives and works in Mokumana, a tropical paradise. But first, he will roam the island helping others and attempt to awaken an ancient deity “trapped in a fitful sleep”. The game will have you exploring the open world, testing your pinball skills, and earning bonuses to help the locals.

Available from May 16 to June 15 is The Inner World – The Last Monk. Here you will venture through the Land of Asposia to find the last Wind Monk and fulfill your destiny as heir to the Flute Nose Throne. You can easily switch between the characters Robert, Laura and the pigeon Peck. Expect puzzle solving, humor, and beautiful in-game music.

from May 1 to 15 will see Hydro Thunder Hurricane added to the service. The gme launches you through eleven racing environments like Monster Island and the Bermuda Triangle. Each features jumps, stalls, secret shortcuts, and destructible objects. It also features different game modes as you compete to be the first across the finish line.

Party Animals Viva Pinata will be available from May 16 to 31. In the game, you play as Hudson Horstachio, Franklin Fizzlybear, and others in over 40 mini-games mixed with racing events. Combine your winnings and bonuses to get the most candy and be crowned the winner.

And don’t forget: the Hue puzzle platformer will stick around until May 15.

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Report: Video game sales continued to decline in March (NPD Group) https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/report-video-game-sales-continued-to-decline-in-march-npd-group/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 16:52:00 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/report-video-game-sales-continued-to-decline-in-march-npd-group/ Although overall sales for the month were lower than last March, analysts believe that the year will continue to move above average. The NPD Group’s March 2022 report showed that sales fell again across all categories in terms of year-over-year revenue, but showed a slight increase from February. Total hardware, software and accessories sales were […]]]>

Although overall sales for the month were lower than last March, analysts believe that the year will continue to move above average.

The NPD Group’s March 2022 report showed that sales fell again across all categories in terms of year-over-year revenue, but showed a slight increase from February. Total hardware, software and accessories sales were $4.8 billion, down 15% from March 2021, but up nearly $500 million from to february total of $4.3 billion. Although the downward trend in sales continues, NDP Executive Director Mat Piscatella believes the lower March numbers may not predict the rest of the year.

“Looking at the past few years, the March declines may have been just a blow because of the comparison to a year ago,” Piscatalla told GameDaily. “It really depends on what happens from April to June and how the 2022 spending curve evolves. Of course, spending will be determined by the availability of new consoles, as well as how consumers react price trends in other segments of the market, as well as how quickly they return to experiential spending (such as travel and live events, for example). above the 2019 benchmark, but it remains to be seen how 2022 performance will compare to 2020 and 2021.”

For hardware, Nintendo Switch sold the most units in March and the first quarter of the year, while Xbox Series led both periods in dollar sales. In terms of dollar sales and units sold, last month was a record March for Xbox, surpassing the previous March 2014 high for dollar sales and the 2011 peak for March unit sales. .

Ring of Elden was the best-selling game, defying expectations and featuring an inverse decay curve, where a product sells more units over time instead of fewer.

“It’s rare for a title to see bigger sales in the second month than in the first month,” Piscatella said. “Word of mouth is usually the main driver when something like this happens. A classic example is Guitar Hero, a game that was on the market for a while, but thanks to word of mouth became one of the biggest games on the market. I don’t think we’ll see Guitar Hero type behavior with Ring of Elden, but what’s remarkable is that its launch month was very impressive on its own, and it increased sales in the second month compared to what it did in its first month ? Incredibly impressive.

Other notable software mentions include Gran Turismo 7which made its debut just behind Ring of Elden at number two on NPD’s charts and set a new record for the series. Despite its launch towards the end of the month, Kirby and the Forgotten Land was floating at number three, kicking Pokemon Legends: Arceus up to sixth place. Ghostwire Tokyo from Tango Gameworks, debuted at number 12, while Square Enix’s niche tactical title Triangle Strategy ended up in the top 20 at number 16.

Pokemon Legends pushed Call of Duty: Vanguard instead of number nine. Although things may look bleak for the long-running series – a new Call of Duty isn’t expected until 2024 – Piscatella said the series has evolved beyond the need for annual releases.

“I think it’s important to consider Call of Duty as a total property now – the premium game, war zoneand Portable,” he said. “Avant-garde is still the best-selling game on the market for the past 12 months, and last December, Call of Duty is consistently the best-selling premium game franchise of the year for the past 13 years.”

That’s also not expected to change in the near future, with Activision Blizzard adding more crossovers and unique events to both games, including the new Godzilla and King Kong event in war zone and Avant-garde.

It’s also unlikely to change. Genshin Impactdominance in the mobile market. He, with Garena Free Fire, Coin Masterand Candy Crush Saga remain the top-grossing mobile games, despite an overall drop in mobile revenue of 12% compared to March 2021. This is a curious scenario, because the number of installations has increasedalthough it also matches the general trend of spending time with other activities as pandemic restrictions continue to loosen.

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Josh is a freelance journalist and reviewer who has appeared on PC Gamer, Upload VR, and SPIN online, among others. Apart from game writing and digital marketing, he also has a college background in history and public relations. You can usually find him outside playing with his Belgian Malinois when he’s not working or spending too much time outside. Final Fantasy XIV.

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What the Rockets can learn about building this year’s playoff team https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/what-the-rockets-can-learn-about-building-this-years-playoff-team/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 15:47:06 +0000 https://greenwoodacrescampground.net/what-the-rockets-can-learn-about-building-this-years-playoff-team/ It was shocking to watch the Boston Celtics swarm and smother Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving en route to taking a 3-0 lead over the Nets. And the first three games of Denver’s first-round series against the Golden State Warriors raised all sorts of questions about the wisdom of building a team around a less-than-mobile […]]]>

It was shocking to watch the Boston Celtics swarm and smother Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving en route to taking a 3-0 lead over the Nets. And the first three games of Denver’s first-round series against the Golden State Warriors raised all sorts of questions about the wisdom of building a team around a less-than-mobile frontline superstar in the modern NBA.

There are of course real implications for the Rockets, as many question marks surrounding rookie center Alperen Sengun ahead of last season’s draft persist, despite my observation that he has fared better defensively than originally expected. . In this year’s draft, the Rockets could also have the opportunity to use their first pick on Duke’s Paolo Banchero, a giant-sized playmaker who hasn’t exactly inspired confidence in his engine on the defensive end.

It’s true that it’s hard to imagine a team being very successful without defensive versatility up front, but I’d also be careful not to learn too much from edge cases. Anything can really become an outlier and as we have seen historically there are different ways to build a title team. Prior to the Lakers title in The Bubble – during which they pitched Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard/JaVale McGee in tandem – it was almost axiomatic in NBA circles that dual rosters were a relic of the past. Now teams are rethinking this supposed truth.

All that to say that I wouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater at Sengun. His limitations present challenges, but he is a rare talent offensively. And, either way, the Rockets have plenty of time to figure things out, forge their own identity, and chart their own path.

Newsletter: KJ Martin

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Kenyon Martin Jr. #6 of the Houston Rockets high fives fans after a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Toyota Center on April 10, 2022 in Houston.

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I randomly remembered last night that Stephen Silas buried KJ Martin on the bench behind Danuel House and David Nwaba for much of the season, even after Martin was one of Houston’s most impressive players all season. previous. It’s events like this that highlight Silas’ lack of long-term perspective and leave me questioning his strengths for the job.


Martin has shot 53.3% from the floor this season and 35.7% from 3s (2.1 attempts per game). That figure has tended to rise as the year progressed – he shot 42.9% in 3 of 10 games in February and 46.7% in 3 of 17 games in March. Martin’s shooting is really the key variable to unleashing his full potential as a supporting member on this roster. With his prototypical size, engine and jaw-dropping athleticism, he has the other physical tools to thrive on the wing.

One of my favorite observations from this season was the chemistry between Sengun and Martin. It felt like they were always wreaking havoc or connecting on a key piece.

Martin should be a staple here in the long run. There should be no repeat of last season where he struggled to get minutes.

Grade: B+

old wounds reopened

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round basketball playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans on Sunday, 24 April 2022. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round basketball playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans on Sunday, 24 April 2022. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Matthew Hinton/Associated Press

As exciting as the end of the season is for the Rockets, the team’s rookie performances over the past month create plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of the franchise, this year’s playoffs – as last year – reopened all sorts of wounds for this. hardcore Rockets fan, evoking the full spectrum of emotions.

In Miami’s Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks, Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 45 points, including a personal 7-0 run, reminding me why former general manager Daryl Morey wanted to trade for Butler and pair him with James Harden and Chris Paul, reportedly even offered four first-round picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade.

Harden looked more than pedestrian in the first four games of his 76ers’ first-round game against Toronto, averaging 19.3 points and 9.8 assists but shooting just 37.5 percent from the floor. in total (although 39.1% of 3). Some die-hard Rockets fans, myself included, are hoping to see Harden finally get his ring after wearing the Rockets franchise for nearly a decade; thus, it was painful to watch him perform in such a weakened state. He facilitates and plays the role of general on the ground intelligently, but he did not have the crush which made him one of the most dangerous offensive players in the history of the league. It’s been that way all season, but I guess I was hoping whatever was hurting him would be healed by now. Even with Joel Embiid performing at MVP level, it’s hard to imagine Philadelphia passing some of the behemoth teams on the field (Boston, Milwaukee, Golden State.)

And last but not least: Chris Paul. Before being held to 4 points in Sunday night’s loss to the Pelicans that tied the series at 2-2, Paul had put together a masterclass performance for the Suns in record time, putting the Pelicans to bed with flawless execution in Games 1 and 3. Paul’s performance in stabilizing his team in critical moments is a painful reminder of what the Rockets lacked in Games 6 and 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Watching Paul navigate the pick and roll and almost casually make his way to his seats for timely mid-range pull-up hoops presents a vision of an alternate reality – one where, at some point in the middle of the 27 3 straight misses from Houston in Game 7, the Point God rounds up his friends, abandons the game plan and goes straight to his bread and butter. Ah, what could have been; what could have been.

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